Nivelt reappointed to village planning commission

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Ortonville- On Monday night the village council voted 4-2 to reappoint Melanie Nivelt to the planning commission. Council members Mark Butzu and Mark Robinson were the only two who opposed the reappointment. “I’ve worked with Melanie for quite a while. She’s very dedicated, she goes above and beyond, and it’s […]

Sleva steps down;Skornicka appointed to council

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Ortonville- On Monday night, the village council voted 6-0 to accept the resignation of now-former council member Karen Sleva, effective immediately. “We appreciate the two years of time and commitment that Karen Sleva has served, as a Trustee on the Village of Ortonville Council,” said village president Tonja Brice. “During […]

Local charged for farm animal cruelty, neglect

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-On Dec. 13, a 32-year-old township man was arraigned on a charge of animal cruelty and neglect of 10 or more animals, which is up to a 4 year felony. Andrew Scott was arraigned in 52-2 District Court in Independence Township. The Oakland County Animal Control investigation found 31 […]

Robert Reckwald

Robert Herman Reckwald, age 72, of Metamora, formerly of Ortonville, died Sunday, December 16, 2018. He was born September 22, 1946 in Wayne, Michigan, to Norman and Alba Reckwald. Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Infantry, during the Vietnam War.  He married Diana Lee Smith on June 24, 1967, in Port Huron, […]

Letters to the Editor Dec. 15

Crown Jewel (In response to, “In our town,” a letter by Sue Howard, The Citizen newspaper, Dec. 1, page 6.) Thank you Sue Howard Dear Editor, Mrs. Howard, in response to your request for some thoughts from your “In Our Town” letter a few weeks back… Miss Fran certainly is a “Jewel in Our Crown”. […]

Shop with a Hero

Shop with a Hero

Carrie Pollard Brandon Firefighter and EMT with an eight year old Brandon Student. Photos by Shelby Stewart By Shelbyt Stewart Staff Writer Toys, kids and and some local heros gathered for a growing Christmas tradition. On Dec. 6, six Brandon Township students—two paried with Oakland County Sheriff officers from Brandon along with four with Brandon […]

Not so fast: MSP says no gravel road study

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- At the Dec. 3, township board of trustees meeting Lt. Lance Cook from Michigan State Police gave a presentation about speeding on the dirt roads and the possibility of a speed study. “People drive a speed that feels safe and reasonable to them,” said Cook. “The thing with […]

Tales from the TransAmerican Trail

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer On May 13, Lynne Wummel and Jenny Cupp started on a journey spanning more than 4,000 miles with just their bikes, 30 pounds of gear and the open road. On Dec. 17, they will be sharing their story. “We will be sharing pictures and stories about the life on the […]

Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa

Kelley Alford’s second grade students from Oaktree Elementary School Dear Santa, I like my elf Elma. She is good at hiding. Please tell her that she can hide in the fridge. Now let’s talk about poor people. When will you give things to poor people? Toys, clothes, shoes too. They really need it soooooooooooooo bad. […]

‘There’s nothing I can do on my own’

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Ortonville- On Nov. 6, village residents voted in a new village president. Tonja Brice previously served as a council member on the board, and was elected into the position with goals and a vision. “I think the biggest thing for me is that I desire to be a proactive not […]