True Crime Thursdays: ‘Blood on the Mitten’

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Ortonville-Today the quiet northern Michigan town of Kalkaska is known for the trout festival and great snowmobiling in the winter. But a former resident cared more about murder then outdoor activities. Between 1887 and 1903, serial killer Kalakaska native Mary McKnight, murdered between 12 and 18 people including her own […]

Last call for Sgt. Shafer: ‘It’s been my reward helping others’

By David Fleet Editor Gary Shafer watched as an elderly man fell backward, striking his head on the sidewalk. “I wanted to help,” said Shafer, then a Pontiac resident in the late 1960s. “But I did not know what I was doing. Finally the meter maid came over and covered him with a blanket. The […]

Willy Wonka, Jr.‘You’ve got a golden ticket’

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer At 7 p.m., Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Brandon Middle School is putting on their musical, Willy Wonka Jr., at the BHS performing arts center. “It follows Willy Wonka, he’s trying to find an heir and our protagonist is little Charlie Bucket,” said co-director Kristen Kelsey. “It’s fun and holiday […]

Christmas in the village

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Ortonville-Christmas comes to town. From noon-5 p.m., Dec. 1 the annual Christmas in the Village celebration with more than 20 different activities to kick off the holiday season. Celebrate a little early by checking out downtown and voting on the best window decor by donating inside the businesses. All money […]

Remembering Deputy Overall

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-This past week, Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard ordered flags at half staff at Sheriff Office buildings and L.Brooks Patterson, Oakland County executive, has requested flags be lowered at all county buildings to honor and remember Deputy Eric Overall who was killed in the line of duty one year […]

Recount following village council election

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-A petition for a recount is looming in the village. Village resident Sherry Moore has filed a recount following the results of the Nov. 6 election. She lost her bid for the village council seat by just 10 votes. According to the Genesee County Clerks office Doug McAbee received 461 votes, […]

Voters say yes, township says no to recreational weed sales

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp. – On Monday night the township board of trustees voted 5-0 to prohibit all marijuana establishments within the boundaries of the township. The ordinance follows a new state law that goes into effect next month after voters decided to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use on Nov. 6 by […]

First snow

First snow

Tinley, 4, and Brynn Brown, 7 take advantage of an early November snow fall in Goodrich and create a small snowman on Tuesday. Photo by Patrick McAbee. 

New doctor, physician assistant joins McLaren/Oakland Ortonville

By David Fleet Editor Two new medical professionals recently joined the staff at McLaren/Oakland Ortonville Family and Internal Medicine, 180 N. Ortonville Road. Dr. Rachel Young is a Bloomfield Hills native and Birmingham Groves High School graduate. She attended Michigan State University and received an undergraduate degree in psychology. She then attended medical school also […]

Township eyes plans for business area near ORV park, I-75

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.- On Oct. 24, township officials gathered with economic developers from Oakland County to discuss the future of property near the intersection of Grange Hall Road and I-75. The proposed township business area will be incorporated within the master plan and on about 88 acres with close access to the […]