Village future discussed

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville- Master plans are devised to give direction to communities, and typically contain what are considered obtainable goals. They are updated as years pass and ideals change, and usually have many pages. Is the village council, planning commission and DDA on the same page with the master plan? Do the […]

Township OKs Iron Belle Trail subcommittee

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Four residents have been appointed by the township board to a subcommittee that will research an Iron Belle Trail connection in the community. The township board approved by a 6-1 vote to appoint Dwight Woodbridge, Paul Barber, Jennifer Bickel, and Candice Hill to serve in a volunteer capacity […]

New Det./Sgt. named to Brandon substation

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Shawn Werner is the new detective/sergeant in town. The 47-year-old brings 23 years of experience as a police officer. He worked for the City of Pontiac for 17 years, serving in the undercover narcotics unit from 1998-2002, on the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team from 1998-2006, and […]

Appalachian Trail: Big Apple

Appalachian Trail: Big Apple

Lynne Wummel, foreground, took a roughly 24-hour detour from hiking the Appalachian Trail to visit New York City. By Susan Bromley Staff Writer (Editor’s Note: This is the third installment in a series covering Lynne Wummel’s journey hiking the Appalachian Trail. The two previous stories can be found at by searching Wummel or Appalachian […]

Oakland County Fair opens

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer The Oakland County Fair is going on now through July 16 and is ready to mesmerize. Among the featured entertainment this year is Michael Blaine, a hypnotist and retired New York law enforcement lieutenant who has been entrancing audiences for 25 years around the country with his comedy hypnosis act. […]

Township weapons ordinance again draws concerns

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- A 5-gallon bucket with nothing but trees behind it does not constitute a proper backstop for target shooting. A township resident learned this lesson the hard way after being issued a misdemeanor citation for reckless discharge of a firearm after he was found shooting a .22 caliber rifle […]

School properties remain on market—deadline for offers extended

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- No buyers have been found yet for three school-owned properties, prompting school officials to extend a deadline for offers. “We are looking for investors with creativity and we are open to any and all proposals for these properties,” said District Superintendent Matt Outlaw. “We want it to be […]

Motorcyclist hit by distracted driver ‘messing’ with GPS on cell phone

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Three separate area traffic accidents last weekend resulted in numerous injuries to motorists, including a motorcyclist without a helmet struck by a driver distracted by her cell phone. The 48-year-old Metamora motorcyclist was completely stopped at about 11:45 a.m., June 24, in the westbound lane of Seymour Lake Road, west […]

Wandering fawn rescued

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Does can leave their fawns unattended for several hours while they are off foraging. Well-intentioned humans often mistake such baby deer as abandoned and remove them from the location their mother left them. But it was clear that a fawn seen wandering at about 6 p.m., June 19 […]

Village OKs budget with road improvements

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville-The village council unanimously approved the 2017-18 fiscal year budget at their June 26 meeting. The budget has matching revenues and expenditures of $834,477, with the council approving a transfer of about $63,000 from fund equity to help pay for road improvements. The current fund balance is about $548,000. “We […]