Religious Diversity Journeys:

‘Knowledge eliminates fear and creates understanding’

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp .- Annaliese Elliott isn’t old enough to vote, but at 13, she is old enough to form an educated opinion, and she is, through a special opportunity. Last fall, Annaliese, as well as 19 other Brandon Middle School seventh graders, applied for and were accepted into the Religious […]

Goodrich Senior housing complex back on table

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich -On Monday night the village council voted 5-0 to verify that 70 sewer units were available for a proposed village senior apartment complex. The request is needed prior to a 7 p.m., Feb. 27 village planning commission meeting at the adiministration building to hear a request for rezoing of about […]

Brandon School Board changes direction; Fletcher closing proposed

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- After hearing input from staff and parents, district officials have changed their minds regarding which school to close in a reorganization, although it is not yet official and when it will occur is still up in the air. During a special meeting Feb. 8, the school board again […]

Former twp. man charged in assaults

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer A former Brandon Township man who fled the state after allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old child has been brought to justice, seven years later. Gary Tremayne Hollins was extradited back to Michigan last month from Missouri and was arraigned at 52-2 District Court on six counts of first degree […]

ELGA Credit Union coming to Goodrich

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-ELGA Credit Union announced last week the purchase of the Oxford Bank branch, 8125 State Road. ELGA Credit Union CEO Karen Church said the 2,800-square foot retail banking facility is expected to open in June. “The Goodrich branch is an excellent opportunity for ELGA along M-15,” said Church. “We are continually […]

Greater Ortonville Chamber of Commerce dissolved

By David Fleet Editor On Feb. 7 the Greater Ortonville Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted 5-1 to disband the local organization. Roy Langolf, chamber vice-president, said a lack of interest prompted the vote. “Today the chamber consists of about 30 members,” said Langolf, owner of Village Funeral Home, 135 South St., Ortonville. “We […]

Weapons ordinance shot down after residents protest

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- A proposed weapons ordinance, as well as two other ordinances from the building department, have been shot down for now. A standing room only crowd at the Feb. 6 township board meeting voiced strong objections to the first reading of a weapons ordinance, which the board subsequently agreed […]

Library reopening delayed

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Oh well. Repairs to the library’s well, which are taking longer than expected, are testing the patience of patrons as well as employees. “The board and the staff are clamoring for us to be back in business and serving the community,” said Library Director Rebecca Higgerson on Wednesday, […]

Township board appoints new trustee

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Back to seven. Scott Broughton is the newest township trustee, appointed by a 5-1 vote during the board’s Feb. 6 meeting. Treasurer Terri Darnall made the motion to appoint Broughton, with support from Clerk Candee Allen, and yes votes from Supervisor Kathy Thurman and Trustees Dana DePalma and […]

Village septic study: 58 systems found in failure mode so far

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville -When Randy Gregory first began uncovering data regarding septic systems in the village, he was dismayed. An initial set of numbers showed that half of the structures in the village were built before 1980. Septic systems installed prior to 1980 are at the largest risk of failure. However, as […]

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