Simms open, fights for small dealerships

On June 1, Simms Chevrolet was notified by General Motors that a contract would not be renewed for 2010. Typically, new vehicles would begin arriving on dealers? lots in August for the next calendar year’a given for owner Larry Simms after purchasing the dealership in 1992 from Owen Chevrolet, which opened the M-15 location in […]

Open to learning

Brandon Twp.-On Sunday afternoon, Oakwood Elementary School Principal Kristy Spann spent the best part of an hour-and-a-half of a two-hour open house outside. ‘The crowd was steady all afternoon,? said Spann, who will lead the newly constructed Oakwood Elementary School when it opens this September. ‘I had very little time to come in and show […]

New teachers at Brandon

Brandon Twp.-Retirements, coupled with a change from part-time kindergarten classes to full-time classes and a few more kindergarten students, have prompted the addition of teachers in the Brandon School District. Janet McLeod, Brandon School District Human Resources coordinator, said the job postings were up on the Brandon Schools website for about seven days this summer. […]

Two 70-year-old township bridges examined

Atlas Twp.-Two area bridges were inspected earlier this month by the Genesee County Road Commission along with township officials. The Jordan Road bridge located between Irish and Atlas roads, along with the Henderson Road bridge were the focus of the daylong study. Fred Peivandi, director of engineering at the Genesee County Road Commission, said both […]

District aims to shed school property

Brandon School officials are now seeking buyers for two parcels of district-owned property. The sale includes a 23-acre section of property along Oakwood Road, just north of Leece Road, purchased with bond extension dollars in December 2006 for the construction of the new Oakwood Elementary School. Purchased at a cost of $500,000 from Tucker Investment […]

Howell family gathers for 90th reunion

Ortonville-For one area family, ‘the Sunday before, the Sunday before Labor Day,? has been marked on their calendar for the past 90 years. Since August 1916, the Howell family’a local clan who since the summer of 1857 when Abram and Sally Howell first sailed up the old Erie Canal to Sandusky, Ohio, crossed Lake Erie […]

Real estate market:’It’s the perfect storm for home buyers?

Area real estate manager Jeff Dawley witnesses the good and bad of the local housing market. Dawley, manager of Atlas Real Estate, 8491 State Road, Goodrich, says foreclosures have sparked about a 20 percent decline in home values in the area. That’s the bad. The good part is, sales of homes are up, explained Dawley. […]

Village, township set public hearing for library

Atlas Twp.- Debate over funding for the 120-year-old Goodrich Library building moved forward on Monday night when township officials called for a special meeting with Goodrich Village officials. At 6 p.m., Aug. 27 the township board will host a special meeting with the village council at the township hall to discuss the future of the […]

Township inks county sewer ordinance, amendment Ok’d

Atlas Twp.-By a 4-1 vote on Monday, the board approved a countywide sewer ordinance, joining more than 30 other communities. The extensive sewer ordinance takes aim at the non-residential commercial pre-treatment program, mandated by federal law along with other sewer issues. David Jansen, assistant director of the Genesee County Drain Division, said several workshops were […]

Township ready for Phase II, waste authority

Groveland Twp.- Area officials are ready to proceed on to Phase II following a months-long study of waste hauling services. The township board of trustees voted to move forward a plan that would create a solid waste authority, which would be able to seek services on behalf of the communities and allow them to request […]