Gazebo may replace village fountain in square

Ortonville-The days of the village fountain may be dried up. A plan to remove the fountain in the village square and replace the decade-old downtown landmark with a gazebo is currently under consideration by the Downtown Development Authority. The DDA had recently eyed a plan to install an underground water supply to the existing fountain […]

Harrison Hoe, Inc. to expand business

Brandon Twp.- Harrison Hoe keeps on digging into the area market. ‘The community needs to know that we’re expanding to a larger facility,? said Brian Harrison, owner of Harrison Hoe, Inc. 1358 Ortonville Road. ‘Even with the struggles in the economy right now, we’re having a fantastic year.? Founded in 1980 with a backhoe, five-yard […]

Century-old barn destroyed by fire

Groveland Twp.-In less than an hour, 130 years of township history was gone. At about 4 p.m. Monday, fire departments from Brandon, Holly Village, Groveland, and Springfield townships, along with the North Oakland County Fire Authority responded to a barn fire at 3694 Jossman Road. Township Fire Chief Steve McGee said when firefighters arrived, the […]

A community remembers

Brandon Twp.- A permanent memorial to honor 2003 Brandon graduate Pfc. Joseph A. Miracle, who was killed in military action July 5, 2007, will be dedicated before the Sept. 12 Blackhawk football game. The event will take place at 6:45 p.m., just prior to kickoff and will feature color guard. Following a recommendation from the […]

McMahon to lead district

Brandon Twp.- By a 7-0 vote Wednesday night, the school board named Lorrie McMahon as the new Brandon superintendent. McMahon, 59, has served as the Brandon curriculum director for the past year and had been serving as interim superintendent since July, when Tom Miller left the district to take a position as a principal in […]

Deputies seek Goodrich sign vandals

Goodrich-The Genesee County Sheriff’s Department is asking area residents to help find the vandals responsible for spray painting graffiti on village signs. ‘On three occasions this summer our signs were painted,? said Jakki Sidge, village manager. ‘It appears to be the same vandal’the initials painted on the sign were, ‘GVS.? The damage has been in […]

Area guide answers call

From a distance of six feet, professional hunting guide Don Koon says, ‘you can see the red in the bull elk’s eyes and hear his stomach digesting food.? ‘The elk play the game like their life depends on it,? said Koon, an Atlas native and Goodrich High School graduate. ‘If you’re not thrilled getting that […]

A life on the farm’Maurine Scramlin remembered

From the fields of Groveland Township to the White House lawn to a farm house kitchen’Maurine Scramlin’s dedication to family and agriculture will be remembered by the community. Scramlin died Aug. 16 at Fenton Extended Care. She was 92. Maurine H. Sutton was born to Will and Ruth Sutton in Pontiac on June 2, 1916. […]

Dogs spared in township fire

Atlas Twp.-Firefighters responded to a house fire near Baldwin and Vassar roads on Sunday at about 11:45 a.m. Sunday. Fire Chief Fred Forys said passerbys traveling east on Baldwin Road saw smoke coming from the home’s attached garage and stopped in the driveway. ‘The passerbys could hear the dogs barking in the garage,? said Forys. […]

Wrong to run? Candidate’s actions questioned after violation

Groveland Twp.- A federal attorney has reportedly exonerated Township Trustee David Ax following charges he violated the Hatch Act as a candidate for township treasurer in the primary election on Aug. 5. Ax, 59, a township trustee since 1992 and a probationary interim federal mine safety inspector since 2007, was accused of breaking the act, […]