From Blackhawk to Battlehawk

By David Fleet Editor San Antonio — On Feb. 19, former Brandon Blackhawk standout, Jake Sutherland returned to professional football and the XFL with the St. Louis Battlehawks who defeated the San Antonio Brahmas in the season opener 18-15. “It’s still surreal being back,” said Sutherland, 27, during an interview on Wednesday. “I have not […]

The Village of Ortonville: Celebrating 175 years

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville—  This summer, Ortonville will be celebrating its 175 birthday with a special gathering at September Fest this fall. Over the next six months, The Citizen newspaper will be recounting some of the history of Ortonville with a special page published in the last edition of each month. “Throughout the year, […]

Abney tallies 1,000 points in stellar BHS career

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp. — Riley Abney needs just a few more shots for the record book. The 5 feet 9 inch junior and three year starter on the Blackhawks Varsity Girls Basketball team tallied her 1,000 point on Feb. 17 in a win against Flint Metro League foe Corunna. She needed just […]

Brandon 64- Holly 33

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp. — Tuesday Feb. 21, was Senior Night at Brandon High School, and the Lady Blackhawks made sure their three seniors went out in style, crushing Holly by the final score of 64-33. “Brandon dominated the Broncos in every aspect of the game, once again showing the improvement that has […]

Michigan State: ‘It was chaos all over campus’

By David Fleet Editor East Lansing — Two former high school students had been taught how to respond in an active shooter situation. Then it really happened to their classmates on the campus of Michigan State University on the night of Feb. 13. “As a student at Goodrich High School we prepared for this type of […]

Road Runner dream roars back to life for local

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.— Jim Nichols still considers himself fortunate. His father, Perry Nichols, a long time employee at Dodge Truck Assembly, gave his son Jim a Plymouth Satellite after graduating from Waterford High School in 1971. “The car was great but I wanted the Plymouth Road Runner,” said Jim, now 69 years old and a township resident. […]

History saved: From tree to table

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp. — About 250 years ago American rebels threw 342 chests of British Tea into the Boston Harbor and George Washington was named  Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. About that same time there’s a good chance a white oak tree was growing in Atlas Township in what is […]

Council OKs Hegel Road work

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich — On Monday night the village council voted 5-0 funding for cold-mill resurfacing of Hegel Road from M-15 west to the village limits. The project will be in 2024. Costs of the resurfacing project include $188,204 of federal funding with a $25,000 match, The engineering and design from Wade Trim will cost the village […]

Martians win Division 2 Regional title

By David Fleet Editor Waterford — On Wednesday, the Goodrich Varsity wrestling team claimed the MHSAA Division 2 team wrestling regional title at Waterford Kettering High School. Goodrich won its district by defeating Kearsley 66-7. In the regionals semifinals: Goodrich 55 – Waterford Kettering 21, In the finals Goodrich 42 – Lake Fenton 18. Goodrich […]

Goodrich 58-Brandon 43

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp. — On Feb. 10, the Goodrich Girls Varsity Basketball team defeated Brandon 58-43 at Goodrich High School. BHS Jr. Riley Abney led all scorers with 30 points in the Blackhawk loss. GHS Riley Place tallied 16 points with 13 in the second half, along with 3 steals and 3 […]