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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Blackhawks vs. Martians

Blackhawks vs. Martians

By David Fleet Editor Two seconds. That’s how much time was on the game clock when Brandon kicker Zach Clements hit the game-winning 37-yard field goal propelling the Blackhawks to a 11-10 victory over the Martians on Aug. 27, 2015. The Blackhawks win was the first since 1986 and narrowed the overall series 30-12 in […]

Not so happy trails

Some board members balk on trail plans after visit to route properties

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-It appears to be back to square one, or possibly square none, for the Iron Belle Trail. During an Aug. 8 meeting, four of the six township board members present expressed disapproval of the formerly proposed route C or suggested the project be scrapped entirely. Trustees Dana DePalma and […]

‘101 Things that Happened on the Mackinac Bridge’

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville– It’s just five miles of I-75 that spans the straits of Mackinac from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace. The Mackinac Bridge, an iconic symbol of Michigan, has sparked hundreds of stories—some myths, some truths. At 6 p.m., Aug. 16, Mike Fornes will unravel some of the mysteries and fables of the […]

Little sprinklers

Little sprinklers

From left, Lanie Lang, 5, along with cousin Radley Brown, 3, cool off in a sprinkler in Atlas Township on July 27. Photo by Patrick McAbee. 

Election results: Onica tops Jones in Atlas Township, Thurman wins, Clean water millage dumped by Brandon Voters

Atlas Township Clerk wins the Republican nomination for the November election with 651 votes, or 50 percent, defeating incumbent two term supervisor Shirley Kautman-Jones who tallied 587 votes or 45 percent.  Trustees Patrick Major and Barry June also win GOP nomination this fall. The Brandon School District millage proposal fails, with 1,778 no votes, or 60.77 percent, to 1,148 […]

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