School board takes aim at key contracts

Brandon Twp.-The Brandon School Board approved a resolution to consider non-renewal of both the athletic director’s contract and community education director’s contract at the Monday meeting. A final vote will be on the agenda at the April school board meeting. If the board approves the measue, June Wuopio, community education director and Larry Lamphere, athletic […]

Area teen responsible for house fire

Brandon Twp.-A township teen was in court Tuesday on arson charges stemming from a 2004 township house fire. The teen who was 15 years old at the time of the fire appeared before Oakland County Circuit Judge Daniel O’Brien. The name of the defendant is withheld since he is a minor. After a short deliberation […]

Super Bowl Sunday not so super for some

Brandon Twp.-A Saturday evening snow storm just before Sunday’s Super Bowl has at least one business owner still seeing red. The early February storm that caused power outages to several thousand DTE customers in Oakland County the day of the big game cost Bullfrogs Restaurant and Bar, 2225 Ortonville Road, thousands of dollars in business […]

Diving the Straits:stories from the depths

By David Fleet Editor Rising about 50 feet from the surface of Lake Huron, Martin Reef Lighthouse marks a dangerous shoal east of the Straits of Mackinac. For young Cheboygan native Bill Duman, the solitary Great Lake lighthouse about 4 miles from the Upper Peninsula shore holds rather unique memories from the summer of 1936. […]

M-15, school traffic gridlock key in bond extension

Brandon Twp.-Denise Fortiner waits in about a quarter-mile long line in her white Jeep Cherokee for her daughter Lauren, an eighth grade student at Brandon Middle School. ‘If you’re not here at 2 o’clock’you’re stopping traffic out in M-15 with those picking up students from school,? said Fortiner. ‘It’s a serious situation.? Fortiner joins hundreds […]

Local mines expect more stringent regulations

Groveland Twp.- The tragedies last month in the coal mines of West Virginia resulting in the death of 16 miners has at least one are area mining safety director expecting more stringent enforcement of regulations. David Ax, safety director at Holly based Tri-City Aggregate with operations in Brandon and Groveland townships says absolute compliance is […]

Sanitation man pumped up for job

Brandon Twp.-Ryan Sidock slips on a pair of rubber surgical gloves then a pair of thick rubber work gloves. Dressed blue work pants, a long sleeve work shirt he carefully drops the end of a heavy 3 inch wide-20 foot long hose down into the dark abyss of a 1,000 gallon commerical septic tank. As […]

Fourth of July ball party, an invitation to the past

Ortonville- It was the 98th celebration of Independence Day’an invitation to attend a gathering at the once grand Ortonville Hotel. It’s been more than 130 years since invitations to the Fourth of July Ball on Friday evening July 3, 1874 were purchased. An original invitation to the event was recently obtained by a resident. Brandon […]

District expands use of rapid notification system

Brandon Twp.-It has been a tradition of winter since buses first rambled the wintery roads of rural communities. In the early morning hours students and parents gather by televisions, radios and computers screens waiting for the magic words that sends kids back to bed, parents scrambling for babysitters and bus drivers a day off. Snow […]

‘Grace of God’ kept chopper pilot safe

Ortonville- The true extent of Robert Davis? heroic efforts in the Vietnam War will remain unknown. He has now gained a place of honor at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly following his death on Dec. 10. He was 63. Born in 1942, Davis a native of Nitro W.V. graduated from Nitro High School […]