Most crashes: Oakwood, Seymour Lake intersections top list

Area motorists traveling M-15 may want to pay extra attention when crossing two key area intersections. According to a report issued by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) late last year, the highest number of crashes in Brandon Township were reported at the intersection of M-15 and Seymour Lake Road, leading the township with […]

District eyes Mandarin Chinese class

Move over Spanish and French, there’s a new language soon to be spoken here. The Brandon School District is considering an exploratory class in the Mandarin Chinese language for middle school seventh grade classes. Lorrie McMahon, Brandon School District director for curriculum discussed the class, which could start sometime next year, with the school board […]

Brandon district refinances school bonds

The Brandon School District is jumping on the refinancing bandwagon, aiming to save money on the district’s outstanding bonds debt. The school board gave the go-ahead at the April 9 meeting for the district’s administration to refinance two sets of facilities bonds, one set issued in 1995 of around $815,000; and a $25 million set […]

Father Bernie was ‘the epitome of the Good Shepherd?

Known to friends and parishioners as ‘Fr. Bernie,? the St. Anne priest will be remembered for his love of art, devotion to God and compassion to others. The Rev. Bernard J. Mullen of Ortonville died Nov. 28 after a long illness. He was 72. ‘He was a kind, gentle person who cared deeply about the […]

Local groups screen for lead toys

After countless China built toys were yanked from stores nationwide this year due to lead in the paint, at least two area charity groups say they remain cautious this Christmas before any toys are distributed. The Ortonville Community Emergency Fund, along with the Holly Youth Assistance, will distribute about 2,000 toys to area youth this […]

District buses pass trooper inspection

A backup emergency door buzzer and low air pressure in one tire were the only blemishes found by Michigan State Police Traffic Division Inspectors who spent about a week going over Brandon School District buses earlier this year. The two infractions, which prompted ‘yellow-tags,? were part of the state police annual school bus inspection required […]

School Board OKs pay hike

By a 5-0 vote, the Brandon School Board OK’d a contract on Tuesday night with about 65 district employees including food service, bus drivers and mechanics, along with maintenance and custodial workers. The employees were represented by the Teamsters Union. Tom Miller, Brandon School District superintendent, said a 1 percent pay increase was approved retroactive […]

Sobriety Court graduate: ‘I was a selfish brat?

It was only a five-mile drive home. What was the big deal? For township resident Mike Teaney, that cruise home after a friend dropped him off at the Independence Township Park and Ride near I-75 and Sashabaw Road’should be no problem. He’d had too many drinks, he knew it, and he already had one DUI […]

The invasion at Anizo was the worst

Brandon Twp.-From a glimpse of American General George Patton to the hanging of fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini to a USO performance by the singing Andrews Sisters? township resident and WWII veteran Raymond Harris? tour of duty in North Africa and Italy was a snapshot of history. On Nov. 11, Veterans Day 2007, Harris, now […]

Plenty of deer for the 2007 firearm season

Brandon Twp.-Russ Shipley considers himself lucky’a near perfect 14-point buck with ll-inch tines shot with his bow from a tree stand near Clarkston. ‘He came in at only about 13 yards,? said Shipley, 41, a deer hunter for more than 30 years. ‘I’ve seen lots of other deer so far this season mostly does and […]