Several Goodrich M-STEP scores tops in county

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-District students topped nearly all state test scores and outpaced county-wide averages in several categories according the results of M-STEP. Last week the Michigan Department of Education released scores from the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP, for about 650,000 students statewide in grades 3-8 who were tested in […]

Brandon makes progress on M-STEP

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp-M-STEP results were released this week and Brandon Superintendent Matt Outlaw is pleased with where the district stands on the statewide standardized test. On average, students in the district saw increases in proficiency in the four subject areas tested— math, language arts, science and social studies— from their performance […]

Council under fire for excessive meetings

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville– The village council is under fire by a former councilmember for their spending of tax dollars. Melanie Nivelt, a village resident, addressed the council at their Aug. 22 meeting, questioning the number and type of meetings for which the council are charging fees that are ultimately paid by the […]

Goodrich apartment proposal, zoning discussed

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-On Monday night, the planning commission voted to table a request for a change in zoning from general commerical to multiple-family residential district on about 10 acres at 7293 South State Road just south of Yellow Dog. The proposal has been tentatively scheduled for the planning commission meeting Sept. 26 at […]

Easements: Village drain project moves forward

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-Easement requests for the final route on an estimated $600,000 village drain project have been sent to four village residents. Jim Gerth, director of surface water management for the Genesee County Drain Office, said that once the easements are returned construction could begin as early as this fall. “The field work […]

Hatching a plan against heroin

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp .-Kim Zernec has had to attend one too many funerals for people lost to heroin. The tragedies have prompted her to take action and she is seeking others in the community who want to bring awareness on how to prevent and treat drug addiction. “I think heroin affects […]

Drunk driver all wet after fishy story

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-A man who claimed a stranger he met while fishing was the one who drove his truck into a lake, was ultimately found to be responsible, and also to have a blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit. Brandon deputies responded around 10 p.m., Aug. 18 to […]

Man charged after spitting on medic

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp– A man who spit on a medic will be charged with aggravated assault on a first responder. On Aug. 16, at 5:58 p.m., Brandon deputies responded to the 900 block of Lockwood Road to assist Brandon Fire Department on a medical emergency. The complainant said her brother was […]

School millage failure discussed, try again considered

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.– Voters sent a message to the school district when they shut down a “clean water millage” proposal, but the district is keeping the lines of communication flowing. Following the Aug. 2 election, school administrators sent about 4,000 emails to all parents in the district, containing a link to […]

Bench marks

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich– Don Bullis is all about the rust color. For Carol Garrison it’s the bright flowers. The differing artistic expressions became part of the village streetscrape as area artists gathered on Hegel Road to paint the downtown benches. “The artists painting reflects the public’s involvement and ownership of their public spaces,” […]

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