Goodrich pastor recovering following COVID-19 diagnosis

By David Fleet Editor Pastor Ben Gonzales said he was never afraid. “I knew I had the coronavirus,” he said. “God gave me peace—it’s in his hands.” Gonzales, 39, has been the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Goodrich, 6116 S. State Road, for about two and half years. He has been in the […]

‘Stay in Place’order draws concerns from law enforcement, residents

By David Fleet Editor On Monday the state moved forward in the fight against COVID-19 when Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a ‘Stay in Place’ order for Michigan. This order prohibits any non-essential business and travel for three weeks starting midnight March 24. Essential businesses are outlined in the full order, which can be found at […]

‘Rob was a good leader who set great example for other firefighters’

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.-On March 16, the township board of trustees voted 5-0 to accept the resignation of Captain Rob Cummins. “Rob was an asset to the department,” said Tere Onica, township supervisor. “The first responders (like Cummins) are truly dedicated, they go are out there in all types of weather, heat, cold […]

Board opts to move bond vote to August

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich- In a special meeting on March 19, the school board of trustees voted 7-0 to move the May 5, 2020 ballot for a $20,930,000 bond extension proposal to Aug. 4. The date change is due to concerns about the health risks of the community members and election workers associated with […]

Garland ‘Fitz’ Fitzpatrick

FITZPATRICK, GARLAND D. “FITZ” of Oxford; died March 21, 2020. He was 72. Born in Giles County, Tennessee on November 9, 1947 to the late Garland D. and Florine (nee: Kelley) Fitzpatrick.  He married Carol Luna on January 28, 1978 in Keego Harbor, Michigan.  He is survived by his loving wife Carol Fitzpatrick; two sons, […]

Whitmer Administration: School food service will continue

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office issued the following statement today from Press Secretary Tiffany Brown on the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order: “Gov. Whitmer is committed to ensuring that Michigan students have access to the food they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the governor’s executive order, K-12 school food services are considered […]

AK2 Bridge team heads to national competition

The Brandon High School freshmen STEM team of Kaitlyn McKinney, Alexsis Spragg, and Katelyn Bobel have qualified to participate at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials-Transportation and Civil Engineering (AASHTO-TRAC) Bridge Competition for 2020 in Kansas City, Mo. Competing at the national level has now become a tradition for the Brandon High […]

The Citizen wins three awards in state journalism contest

The Citizen newspaper was honored with three awards in the 2019 Michigan Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, marking the 11th consecutive year of recognition in the state’s largest journalism competition. The awards were announced earlier this month. With the new awards, The Citizen has now received 43 MPA awards since 2005. The competition inspires all […]

Life in Italy following COVID lockdown

By David Fleet Editor Martina Ferri is thankful for the yard behind her home. “We first had the news of the COVID virus on Feb. 21,” said Martina via the WhatsApp. “They soon started closing schools and my college. It all happened so fast. We are lucky here with my family, we have a backyard […]

Businesses adapt to COVID concerns

By David Fleet Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-On Monday morning Quinten Cook was busy. “We’re doing our best,” said Cook, the fourth generation at Cook’s Farm Dairy, 2950 East Seymour Lake Road. “We’ve ramped-up production of our milk to keep everyone supplied. Now we are bottling more often. We just want to reach out and communicate […]