Our duty as the local newspaper

It was March 21, 2003 when Charles and Darlene Newberry of Brandon Township walked into The Citizen office and proclaimed their son, Douglas Newberry, a paratrooper in the United States Infantry 173 Airborne was deployed in northern Iraq. Just a few days earlier on March 19, 2003 United States and United Kingdom forces began conducting […]

Commuter traffic peaks on M-15

By David Fleet Editor Earlier this spring the Michigan Department of Transportation conducted a study that measured peak hour traffic on M-15 between Richfield Road (north of Davison) to the Oakland-Genesee county line. Positioning video cameras along M-15 at Richfield Road, Lippincott Boulevard and the Oakland-Genesee county line, vehicles were tracked heading south in the […]

Scarecrow, pumpkin missing

Groveland Twp.- Each fall for more than 10 years the friendly face of a 12-foot inflatable scarecrow sitting atop a bright orange pumpkin welcomed patrons to Oak Haven Farm, located at 7515 Grange Hall Road near Dixie Highway. Yet when workers at the farm–which attracts about 4,000 to 6,000 students each year for autumn field […]

Bear in the bag

Tracy Murphy, 40, had never encountered a black bear until the afternoon on Sept. 26. Hunting from an enclosed ground- blind in Dickinson County in the western Upper Peninsula, Murphy–a veteran hunter of about 15 years– watched as several smaller bears came into the bait pile to snack on a mix of bread, pancake syrup, […]

Library, school should consider taxpayers in card issue

What a great day for library and school attorneys’what a dark day for Brandon Township taxpayers. Beginning this year Brandon Township Library officials now charge Groveland Township students who attend Brandon Schools $6 per card to use the facility. The request came after Groveland Township officials dumped a Dec. 1, 2003 proposal to up library […]

Search firms considered by board

Brandon Twp.-The Brandon School Board announced last week that three superintendent search firms are under consideration in an effort to replace current Brandon Superintendent Bart Jenniches who announced his retirement last June. A new superintendent will be in place by July 1, 2005. Represenitives from the Michigan Association of School Boards, Michigan Leadership Institute and […]

Card dispute heats up

Brandon Twp.- School officials say a legal battle with the library over student library card fees moved one step closer after recent negotiations between the two entities have all but ended. On Sept. 13, the school board convened in closed session to discuss future litigation regarding the township library. ‘I think it’s embarrassing all the […]

When a nation calls and a father answers

Goodrich-For Kristin Frankart the war with Iraq may be fought thousands of miles away but a host of daily battles are right at home. Frankart, 25, a 1997 Goodrich High School graduate is the wife of Spc. Troy Frankart, 22, a specialist with the Ohio National Guard. They now have two children, Lexi, 16 months, […]

Former treasurer sentenced

Former Belle Ann Parent Organization treasurer Lori Ann Ruhle was sentenced in 52nd-2nd District Court in Clarkston on Tuesday. Circuit Court Judge Richard Kuhn ordered Ruhle to pay $2,688 in restitution, serve 18 months probation and court costs as part of a plea by the defendant. Ruhle entered a plea of no-contest to embezzlement of […]

Simms Chevrolet expansion begins

Ortonville-Larry Simms, owner of Simms Chevrolet, 110 M-15, Ortonville plans on expanding his growing dealership. Last month demolition crews removed the front section of the building in preparation for a new showroom, service greeting area, quick-lube and children’s play area. The two story addition, which should be completed by January 2005 will expand the current […]