Women’s March

Locals join thousands in Washington, Lansing

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Local women marched in Washington, DC and Lansing last weekend, motivated for various reasons. Danell Duff, a Groveland Township resident and survivor of sexual assault, is offended that so many Americans supported Donald Trump as president, a man accused of sexually assaulting women and who repeatedly dismissed his comments about […]

Library closed due to well

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp .- The library closed on Jan. 25 for emergency well repairs and is expected to remain shuttered to the public for up to 10 days. Library Director Rebecca Higgerson explained that after repeated well breaks in the past three years, the library board approved during a Jan. 6 […]

Furry, fundamental therapy

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville – Readers in the Harvey Swanson Elementary Library were joined by a furry companion on Tuesday morning. Honey, a golden retriever, rested calmly at the feet of Raemi Stach. The first grader, who has a visual impairment, used her fingers to read a Braille book and occasionally reached down […]

This is what democracy looks like

By Susan Bromley A journey of a thousand-plus miles (round trip) figuratively began last November, but literally was taken this weekend. This journey– to the Women’s March on Washington– took me out of my comfort zone in more ways than one, and also brought me, as leaving your comfort zone often does, to a place […]

#Why I march

Back in November, after the presidential election and a tumultuous number of days in which I just wanted to take cover from all the anger and the gloating and the sniping that was taking place from every side, I began writing a column of reconciliation. Writing is therapy for me and how I come to […]

District eyes closing Harvey Swanson Elementary School

Reconfiguration on docket for Jan. 25 community forum

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp. – A reconfiguration of the district is being considered, less than four years after the last. Under the newest proposal, Harvey Swanson Elementary School complex would be shuttered, joining Belle Ann Elementary as buildings no longer used by the district. A community forum to discuss the proposal is […]

Brandon man faces 20 years felony on cocaine charge

"If you’re going to sell drugs in this township, sooner or later you’ll get caught," said Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Greg Glover, Brandon substation commander

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- A 25-year-old township man is facing a potentially lengthy stint in prison after being found in possession of cocaine. Zaky Mohammad Elkour was arraigned Jan. 12 on one count of possession with intent to deliver cocaine less than 50 grams, as well as one count of possession of […]

Community Expo and Education Exploration Night

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp. – Ready to get down to business with fun and education? The Community Expo and Education Exploration Night is set for 5-8 p.m., Jan. 31, at Brandon High School, 1025 S. Ortonville Road. The free event to which all are welcome showcases several community businesses, as well as […]

Sex education advisory council forming

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp .- A sex education council is about to be born. The school board approved at their Jan. 16 meeting the formation of an advisory council that will discuss abstinence only vs. abstinence-based sex education and return a recommendation. “I think the most important thing to recognize is that […]

Trustee seat open, candidates sought

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp. – The election was two months ago, but an opportunity remains for those wanting to serve local government. Candidates are needed for an open township trustee spot after Liz Waters, elected to the position in November, moved out of the township and thus was unable to take the […]