Last call for Sgt. Shafer: ‘It’s been my reward helping others’

By David Fleet Editor Gary Shafer watched as an elderly man fell backward, striking his head on the sidewalk. “I wanted to help,” said Shafer, then a Pontiac resident in the late 1960s. “But I did not know what I was doing. Finally the meter maid came over and covered him with a blanket. The […]

Remembering Deputy Overall

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-This past week, Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard ordered flags at half staff at Sheriff Office buildings and L.Brooks Patterson, Oakland County executive, has requested flags be lowered at all county buildings to honor and remember Deputy Eric Overall who was killed in the line of duty one year […]

Recount following village council election

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-A petition for a recount is looming in the village. Village resident Sherry Moore has filed a recount following the results of the Nov. 6 election. She lost her bid for the village council seat by just 10 votes. According to the Genesee County Clerks office Doug McAbee received 461 votes, […]

Voters say yes, township says no to recreational weed sales

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp. – On Monday night the township board of trustees voted 5-0 to prohibit all marijuana establishments within the boundaries of the township. The ordinance follows a new state law that goes into effect next month after voters decided to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use on Nov. 6 by […]

New doctor, physician assistant joins McLaren/Oakland Ortonville

By David Fleet Editor Two new medical professionals recently joined the staff at McLaren/Oakland Ortonville Family and Internal Medicine, 180 N. Ortonville Road. Dr. Rachel Young is a Bloomfield Hills native and Birmingham Groves High School graduate. She attended Michigan State University and received an undergraduate degree in psychology. She then attended medical school also […]

Township eyes plans for business area near ORV park, I-75

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.- On Oct. 24, township officials gathered with economic developers from Oakland County to discuss the future of property near the intersection of Grange Hall Road and I-75. The proposed township business area will be incorporated within the master plan and on about 88 acres with close access to the […]

Gleason on NHL ice

By David Fleet Editor At 7:30 a.m., Nov. 10, Ben Gleason got the call. “’We’re sending a car to pick you up in 15 minutes,’” said Gleason, 20. “They had been calling me since 6:30 and I slept through them.” Gleason’s early morning call was from the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League to […]

Ancient township artifacts found

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.- The small stones are about three inches long and two inches wide—honed to sharp edges. Last month Ortonville resident Ron Sutton shared the story of the two township artifacts he received from his brother Orra more than 80 years ago. “In the 1930s Orra worked on a Groveland Township […]

New village council president

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-On Monday night the village council voted 3-2 for Shannon McCafferty to serve as the new president. Tim Barraco and Doug McAbee voted no. McCafferty, Wendy Ciaramitaro and Tim Light voted yes. McCafferty was elected to the council in 2016. She replaces outgoing president Mark Baldwin who did not seek reelection […]

Two teams-one goal

By David Fleet Editor In May the Goodrich Cross Country team lost to Corunna High School. It was ugly. “We got beaten real bad,” said Al Warden, in his first year as Martian Cross County head coach after stepping in for coach Jennifer Sweet who retired last year. Warden recognized just how good the Corunna […]