Heading west for work, a new life in Wyoming

Former Groveland Township resident Richard Adriaens says he misses family, pumpkins, and the orange leaves during the autumn months in Michigan. Still, the former Royal Oak police officer says the decision to head west was the right one. Budget cuts forced him to take an early retirement from the police department, but as he pursued […]

James Lumber consolidation closes Ortonville store

Ortonville- James Lumber is not going away. That’s the message from Doug Graham, grandson of company founder John R. James and one of the family owners, following an announcement last week of a plan that includes closing five of their six area locations. The closing includes the Ortonville location. ‘Our business has gone full-circle we’re […]

District eyes Oakwood property

Brandon Twp.- At a cost of $500,000, the Brandon School Board is considering the purchase of about 23 acres just north of Leece Road along Oakwood Road, for the construction of a new elementary school. The building project will include a 62,000 square-foot building to replace the aging H.T. Burt Elementary School, a soccer field, […]

Military service a family affair for local man

Goodrich- Village resident and Air Force veteran Jim Pless says his family mantra, proclaiming obedience to ‘God, country and family,? was the key to an outpouring of patriotism during a time of war. Between 1915 and 1939, Jim’s parents, Tyra and David Pless, residents of central Alabama, raised 11 children including two sets of twins. […]

‘Great? firearm deer opener expected

Brandon Twp.-Three hours before dark is the prime time, says township resident Joe Garza, a veteran bow hunter for more than 30 years. ‘This year I’ve seen more bucks then ever,? said Garza, who bagged a 260 pound, 10 point buck near Rattalee Lake Road and M-15 on Tuesday afternoon. ‘There were only three days […]

‘Real head and heart medicine?

Brandon Twp.-A vintage, wooden Sher-wood hockey stick, once used by former Detroit Red Wing Brad Smith, leans near the back door of Ron Gapa’s home on the shore of Lake Louise. Dressed in full camouflage and armed with a Hoyt Compound hunting bow, the slender 6-foot 3-inch Gapa slowly steps out the door, grasping the […]

Mother, son convicted of harboring runaway

Waterford Twp.-The two-year saga involving a defiant runaway teen, her older boyfriend and his parents that kept her, ended Monday in a township courtroom. A jury returned with a guilty conviction of harboring a Brandon Township runaway against defendants Ethel Swan, 59, and her son Anthony Swan, 19, following a two-day jury trial, before Judge […]

TDI lands missile-engine deal

Brandon Twp.- Technical Directions, Inc. was awarded a contract for $750,000 from Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control of Dallas to continue the development of the TDI-J45 engine-generator system for the Non Line of Sight-Launch System Loiter Attack Missile. The TDI engine-generator system has been designed into three mini-cruise for the new generation cruise missiles, […]

A man and his Tugboat

Detroit- Slow and powerful’two key tugboat characteristics that inspired Brandon Township resident Paul Vassall to sail off on a lifelong dream. ‘They’re like the little engine that could,? said Vassall, 55, an on-call Brandon Firefighter for the past nine years and Detroit native. Vassall, who served in the Navy during the early 1970s, was first […]

‘It was the classiest act I’d ever seen?

The game was all but over. Up 28-12, with about one minute left in the game, the Fenton Tigers were poised to hand the Brandon Blackhawks freshman football team their fifth loss of the season? when 15-year-old Tyler Fitzgerald entered the game. ‘So we put ‘Fitzy? in the backfield to run a couple of plays,? […]