School board OKs buyouts for 21 district teachers

The Brandon School Board OK’d an early severance package for 21 district teachers during a special board meeting on Monday. The buyouts constitute about 11 percent of the total staff in the district, enough, say school officials, to shave about $700,000 the first year and $500,000 in the second year as the district’s enrollment drops […]

‘I should have done this 50 years ago?

Brandon Twp.- Mass confusion and terrifying. That’s how township Army veteran Don Kengerski describes the chaos of a battlefield in early 1952 near the cities of Chorwon, Kumwha and Pyongyang, designated as the Iron Triangle near the border of North and South Korea. ‘You never get to know anyone very well,? said Kengerski, a Minnesota […]

Creek patrol

Brandon Twp.-For the past five years, middle school science teacher Dave Green, along with a few students, has ventured from the classroom and investigated the creeks that flow through school property. On May 11, about 20 seventh-graders, along with two eighth-graders, donned waders and entered the swift current of Kearsley Creek southeast of the middle […]

Local bees still buzzing despitepossible die-offs

Brandon Twp.- The symptoms seem simple’the bees just disappear. The cause, however, may be far more complex. Colony Collapse Disorder, the recent honeybee crisis riddling millions of colonies nationwide and resulting in the loss of 50 to 90 percent of some keepers? bees for no apparent reason? has some area beekeepers seeking answers. Ed and […]

Hadley Township settlers? name remains despite spelling change

Hadley Twp.-Whether it’s Brocker Road without an ‘e? or Broecker, with’an area descendant of the German immigrant family that helped settle the township says we’re all the same. Crenghton Broecker, 81,’a direct namesake of the local thoroughfare in the southern section of the township, says he’s researched his family’s history over the past two centuries […]

18 Brandon teachers agree to buyout so far

Brandon Twp.- About 18 district teachers have agreed to a comprehensive severance package’just enough, said an official from Educators Preferred Corporation last week, to move forward a plan that could save the district thousands. ‘It’s an emotional decision to retire,? said Katy Rose, senior vice president for EPC, the Southfield-based company that provides early buy-out […]

Holly Civil War Days return

Groveland Twp.- It’s blue meets grey once again at the Holly Civil War Days on May 19 and 20 at the Holly Recreation Area, 8100 Grange Hall Road. Reenactors from the Fifth Texas Company E will participate in a variety of battles, military drills, and encampments during the two-day event, which starts 8 a.m. and […]

‘If they write it, we will find it?

Brandon Twp.- On Tuesday, school officials, along with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, identified a suspect and are seeking a warrant package in connection with a threat of violence at Brandon High School on Thursday, April 26. A bomb threat received at the high school at approximately 12:30 p.m. forced the evacuation of the school. […]

Kent State University shootings recalled

Groveland Twp.-On Monday, May 4, 1970, Dane Lovelady was 21-year-old student at Kent State University. Lovelady, now 58 and a township resident, was just a few hundred yards from the campus area where four students were killed and nine wounded by gunfire from Ohio National Guard troops. According to newspaper reports, the shootings came after […]

Polling locations

Goodrich School District Precinct 1- St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 7296 Gale Road. Precinct 2- Crossroads Church of the Nazarene, 5366 S. State Road. Precinct 3- Victory World Outreach Church, 10291 Green Road. Precinct 4 (village residents)- Goodrich United Methodist Church, 8071 S. State Road. Brandon School District (Brandon Township) Precinct 1 & 2? Brandon Fletcher […]