Eco Club

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville- Mother Teresa was once quoted, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Every drop of water counts in Flint, a city of 98,310, where the H2O coming out of taps […]

Opening day ‘I do’

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.– Lisa Salsini and Brad Czechowski didn’t want a big, fancy wedding. They’d both been married before, and were going for a more laid-back, relaxed vibe, so they got hitched April 7 at the Boat Bar, and followed it up with a celebration in downtown Detroit to kick-off both […]

Local bound over to circuit court on amended drug charge

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer A local business owner was back in court April 18, with a 20-year felony drug charge against him reduced to a 4-year felony. Zaky Mohammad Elkour, 25, now faces an amended charge of possession of a controlled substance, reduced from a count of possession with intent to deliver cocaine less […]

Brandon superintendent contract extended to 2020

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.– The school board has approved a 1-year contract extension for the superintendent, keeping Matt Outlaw in the district through June 2020. The board voted 6-0 to approve the extension. Board Trustee Bob Eisiminger was absent with notice. Prior to the vote, Board President Kevin McClellan noted that Outlaw […]

Tropical Smoothie Cafe comes to town

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.– Get your daily servings of fruit, veggies and so much more at the new restaurant in town— Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Don’t be fooled by the name. Tropical Smoothie Cafe does indeed offer a wide selection of delicious smoothies and owner Melissa Bosek and her staff of 25 are […]

Project Lead the Way

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp. – Full STEAM ahead. At their April 17 meeting, the board of education approved by a 6-0 vote full implementation of “Project Lead the Way” for grades K-5 for the 2017-18 school year, with plans to continue with the program for at least the next five years. Debbie […]

No problem: Brandon wins states, ticket to Future Problem Solving International

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp .- They began by dealing with educational disparity, then moved on to disentangling gene modification, before clearing up 3D printing, and finally tackling identity theft. It’s been quite a year for the Brandon Future Problem Solvers and their hard work and efforts have been rewarded— Brandon teams earned […]

Proposed budget cuts may threaten local funds

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp. -If approved, proposed federal budget cuts by President Donald Trump would affect people most in need of assistance in this community. Trump released a proposed budget last month that included elimination of Community Development Block Grant funds, $3 billion in 2017, and for which, on average, the township […]

New friends for Ortonville fireworks

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville – The Chamber of Commerce may have flamed out, but a non-profit community organization has stepped up to make sure the fireworks show does not. The Friends of AMOS (Always Making Ortonville Strong) will take over fundraising and planning for the 2017 Ortonville Fireworks following the dissolution of the […]

Septic checks for chosen few eyed

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville – Nearly one-third of septic systems in the village are at-risk of failure. This is far above the average in the county and enough to prompt a recommendation for a septic ordinance and maintenance plan from Randy Gregory, who issued a septic risk assessment at the village council’s March […]