James Kelley

James Randolph Kelley, 75, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at his residence in Alger.  Jim was born May 15, 1942 in Saltville, Virginia to the late Cornelius and Wilma (Hogston) Kelley.  He married Elaine J. Follis in Clarkston on May 25, 1974.  Jim was a very social person and as the family said, “he […]

Geraldine Ashby

ASHBY, Geraldine of Ortonville; April 18, 2018; age 93. Preceded in death by her husband Survetus and son in law Thomas Poli.  Loving mother of James (Donna) Ashby, Jerry Ashby, Rick (the late Krystal) Ashby, Larry Ashby, Garry Ashby and Betty (John) Wellman.  Proud grandmother of 8 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.  Also survived by […]

Letters to the editor April 21

Arming teachers bad idea Dear Editor I am a middle school student who is concerned about the recent school shootings and threats that have been happening. In my opinion arming teachers is a bad solution because in an active school shooting police will not know where teachers located that are armed and a teacher may […]

Let me see

Let me see

From left, Riley Brice, 10, Andie Greer, 9, and  Lilie Gotch experience vision impairment goggles  last week at Harvey Swanson Elementary. Photo by Patrick McAbee.  By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Life with a disability— last week Brandon School District fourth grade students spent a few hours experiencing the challenge often facing those with special needs. “My hope is […]

‘WISDOM,’ five women, five journeys at St. Anne

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer So just what can happen when women come together and make friends? The question will be deliberated at 4 p.m., April 29 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 825 S. Ortonville Road, when Women’s Interfaith Solutions, Dialogue, Outreach in Metro-Detroit (WISDOM) will be coming to give their five women, five journeys […]

Carrying the baton: Reilly’s return

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Goodrich-Reilly Shellenbarger’s race has been both difficult and lengthy. But on Thursday afternoon, Shellenbarger a high school junior completed more than the 800 meters in the first leg of the 4-by-800 meter relay in a dual meet with Mt. Morris and Montrose. On July 5, 2017 Reilly was travelling across […]

Security guards posted at Harvey Swanson, Oakwood

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Brandon Elementary schools now have new security personnel in the buildings. When students came back from spring break, both Harvey Swanson and Oakwood elementary schools implemented new security guards at the front doors. “Parents come to the door and they are screened by the security official, they can see them […]

Ray Cummings

CUMMINGS, PAUL R., “Ray” of Ortonville; died April 15, 2018.  He was 71.  Born in Lake City, Tennesee on April 30, 1946 to the late Charlie and Effie (nee: Duff) Cummings. He married the former Elizabeth “Betty” Rooney on April 8, 1967 in Wayland, Massachusetts.  He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, […]

Mural, mural on the wall

Mural, mural on the wall

Olivia Kilpela and Andrew Hofman of Oakwood Elementary School check out a colorful mural created by classmates with paper feathers designed by each student. Photo by Patrick McAbee. 

Theodore Owczarek

OWCZAREK, THEODORE HARRY “TED” “Mr. O”of Ortonville; died April 14, 2018.  He was 74.  Born December 7, 1943 in Hamtramck, Michigan to the late Zygmunt and Helen (nee: Pieczara) Owczarek.  He married the former Karen Stroud in Hazel Park, Michigan on November 20, 1965.  He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Karen Owczarek; […]

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