Brandon School board votes in new leadership

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon Twp. —During the Monday night meeting, the Brandon board of education voted unanimously to appoint board member Rebecca Haynes as board president, Hilary Stockoski as vice-president, Kim Smith-Kulaga as treasurer and Jeff Zielke as secretary. “I am excited to take on the role as Brandon School Board president,” said […]

Personal finance course required for graduation

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon — During the regular Monday night meeting, the Brandon board of education voted unanimously to approve a personal finance course as a graduation requirement starting with the class of 2027. The requirement follows legislation that was signed in June of 2022 that requires a half-credit personal finance course be […]

Holly man faces life in prison

By Sharon Stone Tri-County Times Groveland Twp. — During a pretrial Jan. 11, a 31-year-old Holly man pleaded no contest to charges involving torture and homicide of a 3-year-old girl. He faces life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. Samual Lester Smart had been bound over to Oakland County Circuit […]

Criminal misconduct investigated

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon — On Jan. 16, parents in the Brandon School District received a communication about allegations of criminal misconduct. The district was made aware of allegations regarding inappropriate relations that occurred between a female contracted employee and two high school students. The incidents occurred off school property, and the district […]

Foggy freeze

Foggy freeze

Fog lifts over Bald Eagle Lake in Brandon Township. After a snowy start to January temperatures jumped into the mid-40s across southeastern Michigan. Photo: Patrick McAbee.

Reward in abandoned dogs case swells

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon Twp. — The reward to find the person or persons who dumped four dogs in Brandon Township on New Years Eve is up over $2,000. “I will pray every day that we can get the word out,” said Tina Drescher. “I hope it will bring somebody forward and raising […]

Brandon Teacher named VFW District Five Teacher of the Year

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon Twp. — Brian Moore, Brandon High School Teacher, has been named teacher of the year for the VFW District five. “I think it’s special that one of the most respected organizations in the world takes the time to recognize teachers in their communities,” said Moore, who has been at […]

Township park gazebo donation considered

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon Twp. — The Ortonville Lion’s Club and the Rotary Club are teaming up with Brandon Township Parks and Recreation to build a gazebo out at the township park, 1414 N. Hadley Road, Ortonville. “I’ve got a letter of commitment from both of them, and I wrote a small grant […]

Timothy Helmle

HELMLE , Timothy A.; of Ortonville; passed away suddenly on January 7, 2023 at the age 59; loving father of Kyle (Nicole) & Joshua; beloved son of Hildegard Helmle and the late Alfons Helmle; dear brother of Anita Helmle and Birgit (Eric) Amann. Tim was the sole Owner and President of Witt Mechanical, headquartered in […]