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 […]

‘Flint? no name for metro league

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-The seven schools that comprise the Flint Metro League share many common characteristics from student council exchanges to athletic competition to curriculum development. However the schools don’t share an association with ‘Flint,? as their title indicates. The name issue has at least one group of Brandon students and administrators looking […]

Local voter registration higher

Groveland Township Clerk Pamela Mazich, spent part of Tuesday on the phone with printers requesting addtional absent voters ballots. ‘We were very busy on Monday,? said Mazich. ‘We’re getting anywhere from 15 to 25 voter registrations in the mail. That’s better than what I’ve seen in other years. This is a love-hate election and it’s […]

Fun day for a ‘Fund run?

About 280 of the 330 kindergarten through fourth grade students brought in pledges but nearly all the students participated the first annual Fund-Run at HT Burt Elementary. Deborah Rader, school principal says the fund-raiser netted more than $15,000, surpassing their goal. Students received pledges from sponsors for about a 1/10 of a mile lap around […]

Our duty as the local newspaper

It was March 21, 2003 when Charles and Darlene Newberry of Brandon Township walked into The Citizen office and proclaimed their son, Douglas Newberry, a paratrooper in the United States Infantry 173 Airborne was deployed in northern Iraq. Just a few days earlier on March 19, 2003 United States and United Kingdom forces began conducting […]

Commuter traffic peaks on M-15

By David Fleet Editor Earlier this spring the Michigan Department of Transportation conducted a study that measured peak hour traffic on M-15 between Richfield Road (north of Davison) to the Oakland-Genesee county line. Positioning video cameras along M-15 at Richfield Road, Lippincott Boulevard and the Oakland-Genesee county line, vehicles were tracked heading south in the […]

Scarecrow, pumpkin missing

Groveland Twp.- Each fall for more than 10 years the friendly face of a 12-foot inflatable scarecrow sitting atop a bright orange pumpkin welcomed patrons to Oak Haven Farm, located at 7515 Grange Hall Road near Dixie Highway. Yet when workers at the farm–which attracts about 4,000 to 6,000 students each year for autumn field […]

Bear in the bag

Tracy Murphy, 40, had never encountered a black bear until the afternoon on Sept. 26. Hunting from an enclosed ground- blind in Dickinson County in the western Upper Peninsula, Murphy–a veteran hunter of about 15 years– watched as several smaller bears came into the bait pile to snack on a mix of bread, pancake syrup, […]

Library, school should consider taxpayers in card issue

What a great day for library and school attorneys’what a dark day for Brandon Township taxpayers. Beginning this year Brandon Township Library officials now charge Groveland Township students who attend Brandon Schools $6 per card to use the facility. The request came after Groveland Township officials dumped a Dec. 1, 2003 proposal to up library […]