Power outage

Debra Dodd spokesperson for Consumer’s Energy reported that 1,930 customers were without power from about 6 to 10 p.m. in the Atlas Township area on April 25. Dodd said the power outage was weather related. Dodd said two circuits locked causing a pole fire. The power outage affected homes from Green Road north to Maple […]

‘We Make the Cut’quality lawncare

Groveland Twp.-For more than 35 years, Paul Kerr worked in metal fabrication, testing equipment for the Big Three automakers’where high standards and quality are the rule. That same commitment to perfection and dependability are reflected in Paul and son Nathan Kerr’s new lawn mowing business, ‘We Make the Cut.? ‘No job is too big or […]

School board OKs new parking lot

Brandon Twp.-To passers-by it may appear to be just another asphalt parking lot’a common feature in any urban landscape. Yet for school officials, environmentalists and a handful of area residents, the new four-acre lot just south of the high school campus will represent a symbol of cooperation and diligence. On Tuesday, by a 7-0 vote, […]

Brandon teacher awarded grant for reading recovery

Brandon Twp.- Patty Ellsworth has made a difference one word at a time. Several years ago, Ellsworth, a Brandon School District teacher, recognized the need to help youth learn reading and writing? fundamentals of education, says Ellsworth. ‘I saw kids struggling in those areas, and I had a passion to help. I believe all children […]

Abandoned family cemetery holds key to area past

Atlas Twp.- Jeremiah York was born in Saratoga County, NY in 1794 enlisted with Captain Justus P. Spencer’s Company of the New York militia, engaged in battles of the War of 1812. Pension records indicate that in 1814 York was with a division of Colonel Steven’s Regiment of the New York Infantry, when the British […]

In for the long run

Brandon Twp.- It’s been more than 30 years since Bill Snyder, Brandon Middle School principal, first laced up his running shoes and joined legions of area athletes who hit the pavement each day. ‘I once weighed more than 200 pounds,? said Snyder, 63, who has since trimmed down considerably. ‘I didn’t want to die of […]

‘No parking? lot?

By a vote of 5-2 the Brandon School Board rejected an agenda item to construct a parking lot on recently acquired school property south of the current high school campus. The vote came after several in attendance at the meeting expressed opposition to the construction of a new 450 space parking lot on four acres […]

Area population aging, report

When members of the Goodrich United Methodist Church approach the Goodrich Planning Commission this May for a proposed senior housing construction project near the church a new growth trend may be inching forward. ‘We felt that there was a growing need for affordable housing for seniors and it was becoming more and more evident,? said […]

It’s turkey time in Michigan

Atlas Twp.-It’s spring time and Mike Gross is happy. For the past 20 years Gross, 36, has participated in the statewide spring turkey hunt near his township home? and like other years the long-time hunter is confident in a successful hunt.. ‘So far this spring we’ve seen lots of birds,? said Gross. ‘This month we […]

Board eyes more land for school district

Brandon Twp.-The Brandon School Board is expected to vote Monday night on the purchase of a 75 acre parcel north of Oakwood Road, east of Hadley Road, for the construction of a new elementary school. At a cost of $850,000, the purchase also includes a two and one-half acre parcel along Oakwood Road for access […]