Township noise ordinance takes aim at drumming

Groveland Twp.-By 4-0 vote Monday night, the township board of trustees OK’d a commercial noise ordinance that would curtail excessive sound late in the evening. Trustee David Ax was absent. The ordinance comes after residents in the Thread Valley and Bavarian Woods subdivisions just to the east of Bottoms Up Food & Spirits, 14007 Dixie […]

Voters dump larger lot size

Atlas Twp.-The minimum lot size for township homes will remain at 3 acres rather than 5 acres in designated areas of the township following Tuesday’s election. The rural estate district ballot proposal was rejected, 683-478 (59-41 percent) after a year-long emotional battle between supporters and detractors of the rezoning since the measure was adopted last […]

Schools superintendent search begins

Goodrich- Within five months, a new school district superintendent could be on board. That’s the message Carl Hartman of the Michigan Association of School Boards gave during a special meeting on Monday to discuss and outline the criteria to begin the search for a new superintendent. The vacancy was created after Superintendent Kim Hart was […]

Council eyes closing skate park permanently

Ortonville-For the second time in less than two years, the Ortonville Skate Park is closed. Following a bevy of issues which included indecent exposure, public urination, profanity and trespassing, coupled with 27 complaints to the sheriffs office since March’Village President Sue Bess requested the park closed on July 27. ‘We must have a solution,? said […]

Developer eyes vacant township property

Groveland Twp.- The township board OK’d up to $20,000 for an appraisal of 197 acres of township property located north of Grange Hall Road, east of I-75 and west of Dixie Highway. A small section of the property is located on the southeast corner of Grange Hall and Worden roads. ‘Right now we have a […]

Five days in Detroit

Ortonville-It’s been 40 years this week that police vice squads raided an after hours drinking club or ‘blind pig? in a mostly black Detroit neighborhood at 12th Street and Clairmount Avenue. According to newspaper reports, the squad found 82 people inside the club, holding a party for two returning Vietnam veterans. The mostly white officers […]

Duane Getzmeyer named DAV Michigan Commander

Brandon Twp.- Last month, township resident Duane Getzmeyer, 56, was named State Commander for the Disabled American Veterans, Department of Michigan. Getzmeyer was drafted in 1969, just six weeks after graduation from Waterford Kettering High School, and served in the Army’s 196th Light Infantry Brigade while in Vietnam from 1970-71. In October 1970, while on […]

Area man wins $100,000 in Keno

Brandon Twp.-A 21-year-old Groveland Township man, who asked to remain anonymous, says he will purchase a used car, put a down payment on a home and move to Georgia after winning $100,000 in the Keno Millionaire Raffle. The 2005 Brandon High School graduate, who lives with his parents, purchased the winning ticket at Bullfrogs Restaurant, […]

GOB team second in Vassar competition

Groveland Ortonville Brandon gymnastics team made a strong showing in their most recent competition in Vassar. Gymnasts ranged in age from 6-years-old through high school in the Michigan Recreational Gymnastic League Trophy Challenge. The League is a feeder system for high school leagues. When gymnasts reach high school, they must join their school team. GOB […]

Local business owner braves fire to rescue man

Goodrich- Business was slow at Tom’s Coney Cafe on the afternoon of July 4. So, owner Mark Nikaj decided to close up the local eatery at about 3:15 p.m., before heading home to the Lancaster Lakes Apartments in Independence Township. ‘It was the Fourth and not real busy’so we just went home,? said Claudia Nikaj, […]