New village manager

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville-Mike Lee, recently retired from active duty military, is ready to take on a new challenge— overseeing the village. The DeWitt resident was unanimously approved by the council earlier this month as the new village manager. He will be formally introduced to the community at the next village council meeting, […]

Mosquito control discussed

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.-The latest buzz in the township may be some dead mosquitoes. On Monday night the board of trustees discussed the possibility of a township-wide mosquito abatement program. Shirley Kautman-Jones, township supervisor, said the suggestion was presented by Goodrich Village Council President Mark Baldwin to possibly join the village in a […]

Ortonville man killed in crash

A 24-year-old Ortonville man was killed and his passenger seriously injured last weekend in a single-car crash. Bloomfield Township Police and Fire responded to a single-car crash at about 9:52 p.m., May 15 in which reports indicated a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee being driven eastbound on Long Lake Road from Telegraph Road left the road […]

Diggin’ them bones

Dinosaur CSI comes to Brandon Library

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Joe Kchodl digs dinosaurs. Literally. The paleontologist, who goes by the name of PaleoJoe, will share stories of his unearthing of various dinosaurs, as well as provide education about the lives and deaths of prehistoric creatures during the program, “Dinosaur CSI” set for 4-5 p.m., June 3, at […]

Goodrich connection in Copenhagen

By David Fleet Editor In about a month Georg Larsson, 16, will return to his native land of Copenhagen, Denmark. “I love my country,” said Larrson, who arrived in the United States on Aug. 18. “But after almost a year here, I’d consider a return trip to America.” Larsson attends Goodrich High School and lives […]

Technical error prompts new ballot question

Law firm to cover costs of new vote after ‘2016’ was omitted from March ballot

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich- A technical error in the ballot language on the March 8, 2016 non-homestead tax levy renewal of 18 mills used for the school district’s general fund budget has prompted a new question for  Aug. 2 voters in the district. Bev Bonning, of East Lansing-based Thrun Law firm, P.C. addressed the […]

Peace, serenity on Israel hikes

Local finds ‘a nature lover’s dream’ on Middle East trails

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer The danger for Jonathan Schechter on his recent hike in Israel was not the nearby mine fields, but the traffic. Only a short distance from war-torn Syria, the Brandon Township resident and on-call firefighter was more concerned he might be struck by an unsuspecting driver while crossing a road. “The […]

Locals rounded up for Jackson State Prison

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Who says prison can’t be fun? Not Steve Rudolph. As vicepresident of Jackson Historic Prison Tours, one of which is being offered to area residents next month, he enjoys guiding visitors through the Old Jackson State Prison and his charges seem to enjoy it, too. “It’s a grim history, but […]

Language no barrier

By David Fleet Editor Ask Thu Nguyen a question in English, French, German, Spanish or Vietnamese and there’s a good chance she’ll understand. “French is by far the toughest,” said Nguyen, 17. “They speak really fast and it was more difficult to understand French at first, but I got it. At school we really emphasized […]

State superintendent visits Brandon School District

By David Fleet Editor On May 4, the State Superintendent of Schools Brian Whiston, along with State Board of Education member Kathleen Straus, visited the Brandon School District. Whiston began his tenure as state superintendent in July 2015 and is the principal executive officer of the Department of Education, and sits on the Governor’s Cabinet, […]

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