Tell a veteran you’re not voting

In a report issued September 2001 by the Michigan Department of Education, almost half of Michigan school districts reported fewer than 5 percent of eligible voters participated in the 2000 school board election. Three-quarters of the districts had turnouts of 10 percent or less, and since not all eligible citizens register to vote, the percentage […]

Sub raises tabled

Goodrich ? The issue of a 2-percent pay raise for Goodrich substitute teachers was put on hold at Monday’s meeting so school board members could further research the matter. Goodrich High School Media Specialist Joan Turner spoke against the raise. ‘I question a pay raise for subs when we’re cutting textbooks and supplies,? said Turner. […]

Ak’wa Water, labeled for success

Ortonville- About 260 feet below the Village of Ortonville is a vast river of profit for one local business. Ak’wa, the Greek word for water, is the name found on a variety of artesian water bottles in the 14,000-square-foot warehouse of Ak’wa Water Company. Local owners Jack Quigley and son Jack L. Quigley, along with […]

Johnson will run for Oakland County clerk

Lansing- After three-full terms as 46th District State Representative, Ruth Johnson (R-Groveland Twp.) announced Wednesday she will run for Oakland County Clerk. ‘If the voters are willing I’d like to bring my experience and leadership back to Oakland County,? said Johnson on Wednesday. ‘The taxpayers of Oakland County deserve to have the most efficient and […]

Local schools outpace state MEAP scores

On Wednesday both Brandon and Goodrich elementary and middle schools were cheering after the Michigan Educational Assesment Program test scores were released’boasting scores that, like other years, outpaced state averages. The only blemish on some pretty decent scores was fourth grade writing, which trailed the state by 7 percent in the Brandon school disrtict and […]

Goodrich-Oxford Bank plans set

Goodrich-Oxford Bank Corporation the holding company for Oxford Bank, officially announced the purchase of a one-acre site on the northeast corner of M-15 (State Road) and Hawes Street (8125 State Road) in the Village of Goodrich. The plans were approved by the Goodrich Planning Commission during its April 26 meeting and ground breaking is expected […]

Two Brandon School District teachers retire

Brandon Twp.-The Brandon School Board accepted the resignation of two longtime teachers at the May 10 school board meeting. Margaret Hall earned a Bachelor of Arts from Central Michigan University in History, with minors in Art and Political Science. She also earned a Masters of Arts degree in Social Studies, with a minor in art […]

Student summer job outlook ‘bleak?

Diane Ridley, Assistant Store Director at Bueche’s Food World, says that after more than 12 years at the Ortonville store the number of applications are perhaps the highest ever. ‘We went for a long time and had few applications, now there seems to be an overabundance. The range of applicants include youth just turning 15 […]

Brandon buses older, replacements unlikely

Brandon Twp.-The Brandon School bus fleet is aging and school officials say the district may be in for a long rough ride. ‘It’s going to be tough to buy a bus when your’re cutting the budget, so it’s rather bleak that any new buses will be purchased soon,? said Beth Nuccio, Brandon School Board president. […]

Brandon, Groveland assist in 300 acre fire

Holly Twp.’Firefighters from both Brandon Fire Department and Groveland Township Fire Department were among about 100 firefighters that responded to an April 18 Holly Township brush fire that consumed more than 300 acres. ‘We were the second department called in to the fire,? said Steve McGee,Groveland Township Fire Chief. ‘The only way to fight these […]