Alexis Wheat: ‘I chose the district before they chose me’

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Brandon — The Brandon School District has a new executive assistant to the superintendent and the board of education. “I think I chose the district before they chose me,” said Alexis Wheat. “Just the warmth from the interview panel, the excitement from Carly Stone. I wasn’t sure at first, but I […]

ATFD receives grant from 100 Club for fire gear

By David Fleet Atlas Twp. — The Atlas Township Fire Department received a grant from the 100 Club of Genesee, Shiawassee and Lapeer counties for $6,690 to purchase two bunker coats, two bunker pants and two helmets to replace gear that was expiring. The local organization is comprised of residents who contribute money each […]

Teare’s Olympic bid falls short again

By David Fleet Eugene — Cooper Teare’s second bid to make the U.S. Olympic Team has fallen short. Teare, 24, a University of Oregon standout was on the cusp in both the 1,500 and 5,000 meter races at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. during the recent U.S. Olympic team trials. Cooper is the son […]

Local shares wild season to Stanley Cup game seven

By David Fleet Sunrise, Fla. — For defenseman Ben Gleason it was a new team, new country and a wild ride to the Stanley Cup Finals. Gleason, a Brandon Township native was signed by the Edmonton Oilers, last summer following five years with the Texas Stars. Despite a strong 2023 preseason camp, Gleason, 25, […]

Vintage wedding dresses of the past

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Ortonville — With wedding season well underway, the Old Mill Museum has put up displays of several wedding dresses from as far back as 1885. “A few museums have done this because June is the month of weddings, and the fall is becoming the time of weddings, so we just thought […]

Boston Tea Party anniversary celebrated

By David Fleet Ortonville — On the night of Dec. 16, 1773, a single, non-violent act caused a great stir in London and throughout the colonies. The Tea Party was the spark that created unity among colonists to stand up to the King’s tyranny. On Monday night the Michigan Color Guard from the Sons […]

‘Folds of Honor Friday’ comes to The Ally Challenge

Grand Blanc — Ally Challenge Tournament officials announced last week that complimentary admission to The Ally Challenge presented by McLaren is available to members of the United States Armed Forces including active duty, national guard, reserve and retirees and veterans courtesy of Dow. The 2024 Ally Challenge presented by will take place the week of […]

Remembering D-Day, ‘Three minutes over Normandy’

By David Fleet Normandy — From the open door of a C-47 Brendan Quisenberry recalls the Normandy countryside about 800 feet over the Village of Azeville, France. The “static line” attached to the aircraft would initiate the opening of his round canopy parachute as the soldier stepped forward for the brief descent to the […]

Michigan Project KidSight program

Ortonville —  On June 6, the Brandon Township Public Library hosted an Ortonville Lions Club Free Vision Testing. The Michigan Project KidSight program is designed to identify treatable and preventable causes of vision loss in preschool children ages 6 months to 5 years. A total of 16 youths attended the event and all passed the […]

Randy Wise Automotive establishes $50K scholarship at Northwood

Flint — Randy Wise Automotive Group is establishing a $50,000 scholarship fund at Northwood University in honor of its founder and leader, Randy Wise. “We are deeply honored by Randy Wise Automotive Group’s generous contribution, which aims to support and inspire the next generation of automotive retail industry leaders by providing critical financial assistance to […]

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