Local housing market sags, great time to buy

Jim Tanner is in a bind. About four years ago Tanner decided to lease a Groveland Township home with an option to buy. The expansive, well maintained 3,000 square foot home situated on about three wooded acres was the perfect deal for Tanner. ‘At the time of the lease business and the economy were much […]

No signs of slowing down

Goodrich-Like other athletes’Betty Dunlap will lace a pair of New Balance running shoes, don shorts and a tank top, than join more than 7,000 runners in Flint’s annual Bobby Crim 10 mile race on Aug. 26. And like other distance runners, Dunlap prepares for the race by logging hundreds of miles, keeping tabs on diet […]

‘All you can do is just ‘hang canvass?

Brandon Twp.- Sunrise and sunsets on Lake Huron’a moment that township resident Bryan Whitfield says are simply spectacular. ‘At night, miles out in Lake Huron there’s no ‘light? pollution from cities and the stars reach right to the horizon, it’s like you could reach out and touch them.? Whitfield, 45, reflections came from the deck […]

Inflatable pools draw safety issues

Ortonville- Village resident Traci McCormick and her two daughters, Erica and Hailee, spend long, hot summer days playing in their back yard inflatable pool. ‘The pool was a birthday gift for Erica,? says McCormick. ‘It’s big enough for the whole family, and in the fall we can just deflate it and put it away.? McCormick […]

Runaway found, couple charged with harboring

Ortonville- A two year search for a missing juvenile ended in Waterford Township on July 26. Ethel Swan, 59, and Gary Swan, 61, along with their son Anthony Swan, 19, were arraigned before 51st District Court Judge Phyllis McMillen on charges of harboring a runaway, a one-year misdemeanor. The juvenile, now 16-years-old, had just turned […]

Harvey-Swanson student best friend to many

Family, friends and teachers are remembering Jacob Donald DesJardins as a youth with a passion for outdoor activity and a zest for life. Jacob died July 13, from an accidental drowning in the family’s backyard pool at their Waterford Township home. He was 11. ‘He got up every morning dug his own worms and went […]

Internet scams hit locals, bank offers assistance

Ortonville- Shock. That’s what Leslie Wills, a village resident felt when she checked her bank account on-line at about 10:30 p.m. and noticed an unauthorized $10,000 electronic fund transfer was posted to her account. ‘She checks her on-line banking accounts three times each day,? said Wayne Wills, husband of Leslie. ‘My wife uses EFTs for […]

Space, economy stalling area building permits

Following a surge in 2000, building permits in Atlas, Brandon and Groveland townships have been steady then dropped to a five year low in 2005 according to data from Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and township records. SEMCOG plans and gathers data in areas that cross jurisdictional boundaries in the Southeast Michigan region that encompasses […]

Board OKs new principal

Kurt Sutton, 29, a former elementary assistant principal in the Richmond School District was named principal at Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School at the school board meeting July 10. Sutton replaces longtime principal, Donald Patrick who retired in June. ‘Brandon Fletcher Intermediate is a terrific school,? said Sutton. ‘I’ll aim to continue the tradition of excellence […]

Brandon mathematics icon retires after 31 years

Brandon Twp.-As a new teacher Alice Robb would often kneel down by students? desks to discuss questions they may have. Today, after teaching more than 30 years, instructing about 6,000 students and grading countless reams of homework, Robb just rolls her chair over to the students who need help. ‘Time to start a new adventure,? […]