Land owners grapple over lumber dispute

Brandon Twp.- Some Kent Road neighbors say loggers from a Michigan- based sawmill may have out-chopped their welcome. Last April Alice and Allan Hines were approached by logger Michael Hackworth of Dansville, Mich. who expressed interest in purchasing some of the older hardwood trees on the adjoining forested property. After speaking with Hackworth, the Hines […]

Family’s classic motorcycle rolls on

Brandon Twp.-As a child, township resident Susan Reddy remembers family cruises through the German countryside past vineyards and farms near the banks of the Rhine River. ‘Mom and my sister Becky rode in the sidecar while Dad and I were on the bike,? said Reddy. Reddy’s father, Master Sgt. Jack Verveer was stationed at Hahn […]

Local bow hunters take aim at 2004 deer season

A deer hunter for the past 10 years, Brandon Township resident Billy Starr says he prefers the balmy October deer archery season over the later November firearm-deer season. ‘The October season is not too cold, the squirrels are active and I see more deer,? said Starr. ‘It’s nothing to see six or seven deer per […]

Limited flu vaccine available for residents

Brandon Twp.-After canceling flu shots at all outreach health clinics across Oakland county, George Miller, manager for the Oakland County Health division said Thursday some shots will be available for county residents. ‘A limited supply of flu shots will be available,? said Miller. ‘We’ll pass (flu shots) out until they’re gone,? said Miller. On Oct. […]

Carving the Pumpkin Perfect

Groveland Twp.- Ortonville resident Pat Harrison is an artist with unusual media. Harrison, 42, a graphic designer has been carving pumpkins for about 10 years and for the past five years has offered his creations for public display. ‘It’s just a hobby for me,? said Harrison. ‘I do the carving in a creative way, it’s […]

It’s time for some squeezings of the season

Brandon Twp.- The sweet aroma is a distinctive part of autumn’the aftermath of a process repeated for centuries, utilizing local fruit for a popular taste. Each Thursday morning from about mid-August through December, Dennis Ashton and a crew of workers spend a few hours producing apple cider. Operating a 1930s-era cider press the Ashtons purchased […]

Former Brandon staffer pleads no contest

Brandon Twp.-A former Brandon High school in-house detention room employee pleaded no contest to charges of criminal sexual conduct (CSC) on Oct. 11, before Oakland Circuit Judge Nanci J. Grant. He will be sentenced Dec. 14. Jodi Keck, 28, was arrested Feb. 26 in connection with the alleged assault on an 18-year old high school […]

Brandon Middle school students suspended

Brandon Twp.- Nine Brandon Middle School students were suspended Sept. 24 following an investigation of an alleged possession of a controlled substance. School officials say at about 2 p.m., Sept. 22, middle school staff were notified a student was in the possession of the prescription drug Ritalin during school hours. Following the report, Brandon Middle […]

Judge grants 21 day stay, Sloan seeks appeal

Brandon Twp.- After five court cases and six court ordered building extensions spanning about three years township resident John Sloan and the saga of his Lagault home was back in court on Wednesday. Attorneys for Sloan, whose rather dilapidated, partially constructed township home has sparked the ire of neighbors and locals for more than three […]

Village councilman resigns, seat open

Ortonville- Village Council member Tom Peters, 53, resigned his council position Oct. 11 due to a conflict with working hours. Peters, 53, was first elected to the council in 2001 filling a two year position. He was re-elected in 2003. Peters moved to Ortonville 30 years ago and served for 27 years as a Brandon […]