Local lawmakers support drug tests for welfare

Welfare recipients who are suspected of substance abuse may be subject to a drug test if some state lawmakers have their way. On Sept. 22, by a 82-25 vote, the House passed a bill requiring welfare recipients to submit to a drug test if the Department of Human Services employee has reasonable suspicion of substance […]

Youth hunt successful for local hunter

Brandon Twp.-Logan Williams had a great September. The 15 year-old Brandon High School student connected on a four-point buck, his first deer, while hunting in Isabella County during the recent Youth Deer Hunting season. ‘The younger hunters have a chance to get a deer during the youth season,? said Williams, who was accompanied on the […]

High traffic crash intersections identified by council

The intersection of Granger and Ortonville roads in Brandon Township, along with the ramp from north I-75 and Grange Hall Road in Groveland Township, top the area in traffic accidents for the past five years according to a report issued by the Southeast Michigan Traffic Crash Facts and SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. […]

Local connects on Michigan elk

Goodrich-Christina Johnson accomplished a first during the last two hours on the last day of her recent elk hunt to northeastern Michigan. The 34-year-old former Goodrich resident shot a 705 pound, five-by-six bull elk, her first, at about 7 p.m., Sept.18 near Atlanta, Mich., just before her elk permit expired. ‘I’ve never even shot a […]

New Intermediate principal named

Brandon Twp.-Jeffery Beane, 32, an Oxford native and current Oxford Middle School assistant principal was named principal at Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School at the school board meeting on Monday. Beane replaces longtime principal, Donald Patrick, who retired in June. Beane, a 1992 Oxford High School graduate, received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in mathematics from […]

Township denies property excavation plans for now

Brandon Twp.- Truck traffic and environmental impact are just two reasons the township planning commission temporarily turned back a Detroit-area development company’s plan to excavate a township parcel. The Silverman Development Group is considering removal of about 177,000 yards of material from 25 acres north of Solley’s Appliance & Fireplace Center south of Seymour Lake […]

One night at Rendezvous X

Ortonville-In November 1941, Bill Duman, a 17-year-old Cheboygan resident, faced a momentous decision’stay in high school and endure the tough employment conditions, or join the war efforts brewing in Europe. Despite his young age, the opportunities outside the small northern town, although dangerous, seemed the best option, says Duman. ‘Dad refused to sign for me […]

Village, DPW union battle heats up

Ortonville- Teamsters Local 214 has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the village after local officials refused to ratify an agreement with the Department of Public Works. At the Aug. 14 village meeting in executive session, council members rejected by a 4-3 vote a final draft of a tentative agreement accepted and ratified by […]

After 20 years, local sailor back on land

Navy Engineman Kenneth Rogers describes a 30-foot wave breaking over the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during an encounter with an Atlantic hurricane. ‘That ship can go right through those storms,? said Rogers, 38, a 1986 Brandon High School graduate. Many sailors, including Rogers, say it was ? and arguably still […]

Local joins GOP ticket for lieutenant governor

Groveland Twp.- Scattered on Ruth Johnson’s dining room table is a minimum of three cell phones, a box of DeVos for Governor ink pens and a bowl of left over potato chips’the remnants of a whirlwind 36 hours for the new GOP candidate for lieutenant governor. ‘It’s an honor to be asked,? says Johnson, 51, […]