Student scholarships available

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Local scholarships are available to Brandon seniors for the upcoming college or trade programs. “The Ortonville Lions Club has been awarding excellence of our graduating seniors in the form of scholarships for many years,” said Kim Bishop, a member of the Ortonville Lions. “We are proud to celebrate the outstanding […]

Former Blackhawk now on The Guardians of XFL

By David Fleet Editor Last Sunday, when the XFL professional football league kicked off their inaugural season, a Brandon Blackhawk was on the field. Jake Sutherland, a 2014 Brandon High School graduate plays tight end, and on special teams for the New York Guardians—one of eight teams competing during the new 10 week season. The […]

Deadline for BGYA Youth Recognition nominations March 6

The Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance is seeking nominations for their annual Youth Recognition Night. Anyone can nominate a youth that they feel has gone above and beyond in helping people and the community or has been a general role model for others. This year’s theme for the BGYA Youth Recognition Night is ‘Youth Volunteers Shine […]

Goodrich SRO: ‘It’s about prevention through education.’

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich- Deputy Casey Seeley recalls his first home varsity football game as a School Resource Officer. “I remember the response from students—they greeted me and many called me by name,” he said. “I had worked plenty of football games as a deputy before that, but not as an SRO. It was […]

Brandon EMS response, efforts saves township man

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Chuck Grarlin has plenty to be thankful this year. On top of Grarlin’s list is to be alive in 2020 and the emergency medical response of Brandon Fire Department. “The end of December, New Year’s Eve, I had a heart attack,” said Grarlin. He was able to call for an […]

Bridgewood Church-Goodrich campus to open

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich- At 5 p.m., March 7, Bridgewood Church, 10291 Green Road will open a local campus. In December 2018, the Victory World Outreach announced they will merge with Clarkston-based Bridgewood Church, 6765 Rattlalee Road, remodeled the 18,000 square foot facility and now will reopen the church under new leadership. Curt Demoff […]

Government, coronavirus spark Hong Kong turmoil

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-Wai Choi says Hong Kong is complicated right now. “It’s one county with two systems,” said Choi, a former Hong Kong resident, who now along with his wife Malinda have owned China Fare, 1764 S Ortonville Road, Ortonville for about 19 years. “Mainland China’s communist influence on Hong Kong, and […]

‘We’ve been partners for 29 years’

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Mark Bell described Thursday, Jan. 23 as a “semi-controlled mad house.” Bell is co-owner of Papa Bella’s Pizza, 425 Mill St., Ortonville. His partner, Joe D’Anna, has been in the hospital since Jan. 4 when he suffered a massive heart attack. “We’ve been partners for 29 years,” said Bell. “We […]

Chill out with chili

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer OATS is partnering with local veteran groups to host a chili cook-off. “We’re a non-profit, and we have worked with veterans in the past and we are working once again to provide services to veterans,” said Fred Pellerito. “American Sportsman for Veterans, they provide recreational outings for veterans, mostly hunting […]

Gift of Life drive at GHS

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich- From battling juvenile arthritis to recruiting organ donors to intense ballet studies—Joslynn Ridley is a high school senior on a mission. At 6 p.m., Jan. 31 and Feb. 18, at the Goodrich High School Varsity Basketball games, Ridley will use her senior capstone project and medical-science interests to gather registrations […]

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