Donut Dolly: ‘Like a letter from home’

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer In the year that Joann Kotcher was in Vietnam, she almost died six times. That she is aware of. These instances and more are documented in her book “Donut Dolly,” the narrative of her stint in Vietnam War, working with the American Red Cross to visit the soldiers overseas. “We […]

Bookin’ it for your Library 5K

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Jill Norris and her family have run the Bookin’ it 5K for the Brandon Township Public Library for six years and counting. “It was a community event to do with the kids,” said Norris who takes on the 5k with her family, husband Josh Norris and three sons Jake, 15, […]

Kenneth Freeman

FREEMAN, Kenneth W.; of Ortonville; suddenly April 24, 2018; age 74; Beloved husband of Margaret for 54 years; loving father of Barbara (Terry) Gagnon, Rob (Tammy) Freeman, Jeffrey (Mary) Freeman & Shari (Chris) Burton; proud grandpa of Sarah (Louis) Webb, Eric (Renee) Gagnon, Shaleen (Sean) Wilkins, John “AJ” (Jenny) Freeman, Rachel (Thomas) Bradford, Jacob Uribe, […]

Memoir by Skylar Mullins, Gold Key winning essay

My alarm screeched through the dark, startling my brain into waking up. I rolled over looking at the clock, my vision muddled. I intended to go back to sleep, but it hit me. Today is the day! I nearly fell out of bed, so many thoughts ran through my mind! I needed to get dressed, […]

Rebecca Ann Peterson

PETERSON, REBECCA ANN of Ortonville; died April 20, 2018.  She was 68.  Born in Pontiac, Michigan on November 5, 1949 to the late Myers and Princess (nee: Putman) Conn.  She is survived by her husband, Gregg Peterson; two daughters, Tara (Eric) Sears and Carlee Harris; two step-daughters, Brittany (Sean) Collins and Carrie (Ryan) Orleman; six […]

Laura Devlin

DEVLIN, LAURA ALICE of Ortonville; died April 17, 2018.  She was 81.  Born in Jackson, Michigan on March 6, 1937 to John Freeland and Dorris Charlotte (nee: Longbrake) Ward.  She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Don) Taylor; son, Douglas (Diana) Devlin; three grandchildren, Danielle (Justin) Devlin Canoy, Alana Taylor and Stacey (Ralph) Ford; one great […]

Letters to the editor April 21

Arming teachers bad idea Dear Editor I am a middle school student who is concerned about the recent school shootings and threats that have been happening. In my opinion arming teachers is a bad solution because in an active school shooting police will not know where teachers located that are armed and a teacher may […]

James Kelley

James Randolph Kelley, 75, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at his residence in Alger.  Jim was born May 15, 1942 in Saltville, Virginia to the late Cornelius and Wilma (Hogston) Kelley.  He married Elaine J. Follis in Clarkston on May 25, 1974.  Jim was a very social person and as the family said, “he […]

Geraldine Ashby

ASHBY, Geraldine of Ortonville; April 18, 2018; age 93. Preceded in death by her husband Survetus and son in law Thomas Poli.  Loving mother of James (Donna) Ashby, Jerry Ashby, Rick (the late Krystal) Ashby, Larry Ashby, Garry Ashby and Betty (John) Wellman.  Proud grandmother of 8 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.  Also survived by […]

Let me see

Let me see

From left, Riley Brice, 10, Andie Greer, 9, and  Lilie Gotch experience vision impairment goggles  last week at Harvey Swanson Elementary. Photo by Patrick McAbee.  By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Life with a disability— last week Brandon School District fourth grade students spent a few hours experiencing the challenge often facing those with special needs. “My hope is […]

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