GOB team second in Vassar competition

Groveland Ortonville Brandon gymnastics team made a strong showing in their most recent competition in Vassar. Gymnasts ranged in age from 6-years-old through high school in the Michigan Recreational Gymnastic League Trophy Challenge. The League is a feeder system for high school leagues. When gymnasts reach high school, they must join their school team. GOB […]

Local business owner braves fire to rescue man

Goodrich- Business was slow at Tom’s Coney Cafe on the afternoon of July 4. So, owner Mark Nikaj decided to close up the local eatery at about 3:15 p.m., before heading home to the Lancaster Lakes Apartments in Independence Township. ‘It was the Fourth and not real busy’so we just went home,? said Claudia Nikaj, […]

New Ortonville postmaster named

Ortonville- After more than 30 years working for the U.S. Postal Service, Judy Hickman was recently named postmaster for the Ortonville office. Hickman replaces Keith Raymond, who became the officer in charge and postmaster in Ortonville Nov. 27, 2006. Raymond, a Shelby Township native, had served as postmaster in Dryden and will return to that […]

Township man’s ‘all class? when seeking the lost

Groveland Twp.- For more than 30 years, township resident Al Jawors has scoured lake beds, beaches and yards around abandoned homes in search of lost treasures. From diamond rings to old coins to earrings, using a variety of metal detectors, Jawors uncovers some rather unique finds’some historical and sometimes of significant personal value to the […]

Burn aid

Brandon Firefighter Billy Starr signs a check for $7,200 held by Susan Polan, development events specialist for the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers Trauma Burn Center of Ann Arbor. The funds were raised at the 16th annual Brandon-Atlas Burn golf outing at Goodrich Country Club on June 2. The money will be used […]

Road material stolen from residents

Atlas Twp.- Several township residents in the Horton Road area have reported road material stolen from county ditches. Paul Amman, township supervisor, said the several tons of loaf-of-bread-size limestone aggregate used for ditch repair was reported missing during the last few weeks. ‘Someone took every stone,? said Amman. ‘That’s on the taxpayers? dime.? John Daly, […]

High court rules in city hunting ban case

Ortonville-Hunting in the village may now be a long shot, following a recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling. The Michigan Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that cities have the right to ban hunting with bows and arrows, in addition to firearms, within their boundaries, despite what the Department of Natural Resources currently allows. The high court […]

National chains eye development

Brandon Twp.- An area developer has received a letter of intent from a national retail chain to build a store near the corner of M-15 and the entrance to Brandon High School. Local developer Mike Riddle, of township-based Rison Construction and Lockwood LLC, said negotiations are currently ongoing with a nationwide drugstore chain to open […]

Preserving flying history: the Vultee SNV-1

To conserve aluminum during wartime, hickory was used for the pilot’s control stick; ‘friend or foe? signal lights indicated enemy aircraft, and scantily clad pinup girls painted on the engine cowl reflected the youthfulness of the men who flew the warbirds. Like other aircraft of the era, the Vultee SNV-1 is a piece of flying […]

Brandon paraprofessionals may face layoffs

Brandon Twp.- About five paraprofessionals from the elementary schools and the intermediate school may be given layoff notices prior to the beginning of the next school year. The decision, say school officials, was necessary to free up about $42,000 to hire a language teacher, required for district students that do not speak English as their […]