Township denies property excavation plans for now

Brandon Twp.- Truck traffic and environmental impact are just two reasons the township planning commission temporarily turned back a Detroit-area development company’s plan to excavate a township parcel. The Silverman Development Group is considering removal of about 177,000 yards of material from 25 acres north of Solley’s Appliance & Fireplace Center south of Seymour Lake […]

One night at Rendezvous X

Ortonville-In November 1941, Bill Duman, a 17-year-old Cheboygan resident, faced a momentous decision’stay in high school and endure the tough employment conditions, or join the war efforts brewing in Europe. Despite his young age, the opportunities outside the small northern town, although dangerous, seemed the best option, says Duman. ‘Dad refused to sign for me […]

Village, DPW union battle heats up

Ortonville- Teamsters Local 214 has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the village after local officials refused to ratify an agreement with the Department of Public Works. At the Aug. 14 village meeting in executive session, council members rejected by a 4-3 vote a final draft of a tentative agreement accepted and ratified by […]

After 20 years, local sailor back on land

Navy Engineman Kenneth Rogers describes a 30-foot wave breaking over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during an encounter with an Atlantic hurricane. ‘That ship can go right through those storms,? said Rogers, 38, a 1986 Brandon High School graduate. Many sailors, including Rogers, say it was ? and arguably still […]

Local joins GOP ticket for lieutenant governor

Groveland Twp.- Scattered on Ruth Johnson’s dining room table is a minimum of three cell phones, a box of DeVos for Governor ink pens and a bowl of left over potato chips’the remnants of a whirlwind 36 hours for the new GOP candidate for lieutenant governor. ‘It’s an honor to be asked,? says Johnson, 51, […]

New exit aims to curb school traffic woes

Brandon Twp. A quarter-mile long traffic backup along M-15 is not uncommon for those dropping off or picking up students at Brandon Middle School during school days. A combination of business traffic, commuters and school traffic converge around one entrance to the school, causing an entanglement that has drawn the ire of parents and others […]

Oakwood, M-15 lights ready

Groveland Twp.- The traffic signal at the intersection of M-15 and Oakwood Road should be operational by Aug. 21, say officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation. The $60,000 project, installed by Mt. Pleasant-based J. Ranck Company and funded by federal transportation money, will be maintained by the Road Commission for Oakland County, who will […]

Motorcycle fatal

Brandon Twp.- A 49-year-old Orion Township man was killed Aug. 5 when he lost control of his motorcycle on Oakwood Road and hit a minivan head-on. Edward Allan Majesky was traveling eastbound at about 5:14 p.m., east of State Park Road, when he crossed the centerline on his 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle and hit a […]

Brandon voters dump override by landslide

Brandon Township-By nearly a 4-to-1 margin, township voters said ‘no? to a override of the Headlee Amendment tax rollback provision on the township’s general operations tax levy. The vote, 345 to 1,290 thwarted a 1.0119-mill, currently about $110 on $200,000 home, from increasing to 1.41 mills during the next 20 years. The increase would have […]

Lawyer:They would like to continue a relationship

Poor judgement. That’s what defense attorney Brian Gagniuk said Ethel, 59, and Gary Swan, 61, along with their son Anthony Swan, 19 exhibited regarding charges of harboring an Ortonville runaway. The Swans a Waterford Township family was back in court on Monday for a pretrial hearing after their arrest last month. Police had been pursuing […]