Thomas Tucker decendent to discuss family history

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville-Thomas Tucker was one of an estimated 2 million Union soldiers who fought in the Civil War. He was a local farmer and family man who endured the riggers of mid-19th century life in a rural southeastern Michigan. However, through his daily writings etched in a small diary—Tucker left a unique […]

A little help from Brandon

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Earlier this year Hurricane Irma and Harvey battered Texas and Florida—today millions are still trying to recover their homes, their belongings and their lives. Two Brandon High School sophomores wanted to help them recover. Kara Berger and Sara Pesta organized a fundraiser through the school district to help raise money […]

A change in scenery from Toyko Japan

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Moving from a big city to a little countryside village sounds like a movie, but for Hikari Makino, it’s reality. Makino is a foreign exchange student at Brandon High School this school year, who arrived from Tokyo, Japan—population about 9 million. The first thing she noticed was the change in […]

District water treatment plant continues to improve

By Shelby Stewart Staff Wrtier Brandon Twp. The school board held a special meeting on Oct. 25 to discuss updates on the wastewater treatment plant. The plant has been failing standards set by the Department of Environmental Quality, and recently there has been a system implemented that would help the school district to meet or […]

Local Rosie joins world record attempt

By David Fleet Editor For 16 years Kathy Bolton donned a tool belt, picked up a hammer and went to work. “Building houses was once a man’s job,” said Bolton, a Hadley Township resident and former construction worker. “Women should be empowered to accomplish their dreams—equal pay for equal work.” Bolton expressed her equality on […]

OCEF kicks off Thanksgiving food drive

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer St. Anne Church is hosting their OCEF Thanksgiving food drive again this year, and help is needed from the community to gather and pack all the food. The food drive will be providing Thanksgiving day dinner to about 200 families in the community who need a bit more help around […]

Teen vaping sparking concern locally

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Hunter’s first vape hit was in the eighth grade. “I started to vape because it looked cool—all the tricks you can do with the vapor and it sounded healthier,” said Hunter, a township resident and Brandon High School graduate. Hunter’s suggests that young people are trading cigarettes and […]

Blackhawks top Avondale on field goal as time expires

Blackhawks top Avondale on field goal as time expires

Brandon’s Conner Burke kicked a 25-yard field goal as time expired on Friday night to lift the Blackhawks to a playoff win at Avondale. The Blackhawks were down 44-42 with just second left on the Avondale 8 yard line when Burke made the kick. Brandon now 7-3, will take on Linden 8-2 in the district […]

Village fowl now fair

Village fowl now fair

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Ortonville- The chickens are here to stay. At Monday’s meeting the board of trustees voted 3-2 to not enforce the current ordinance banning chickens and to look into options for a future ordinance. Council members Tonja Brice and Karan Sleva and President Wayne Wills voted yes while Pro tempor Dan […]

Village council member resigns

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Ortonville- Trustee Keith Dylus resigned on Oct. 23 without comment. His resignation was announced by village council president Wayne Wills at the Monday night meeting, which Dylus was absent from. Dylus was appointed originally in December 2015 to fill the seat vacated by Liz Waters partway through her term. He […]