Former Blackhawk signs with Jackals

By David Fleet Editor Later this spring a former Brandon Blackhawk baseball player will move one step closer to the major leagues. Spencer Hereferd, a 2015 Brandon graduate recently signed his first professional baseball contract for the 2021 season with the New Jersey Jackals, of the Frontier League. The league’s opening day is May 27, […]

Symbols of change:‘Women’s right to vote is the result of a fight’

Editor’s note:This is the second of a series of stories The Citizen will publish during Women’s History Month a celebration of women’s accomplishments and contributions celebrated in the month of March. By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer An local collector recently shared some century old political pins from his collection reflecting a dynamic time in history […]

Blackhawk named Region 9 Athletic Director of the Year

By David Fleet Editor The Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, has selected Chris Deines of the Brandon School District as the Region 9 Athletic Director of the Year. Deines is one of 14 athletic administrators in the state to be honored this year by the MIAAA which includes more than 700 athletic directors serving Michigan […]

Local Grand Army of the Republic flag authentic

By David Fleet Editor The silk is still bright blue, the fringe is golden and threads used in embroidering the letters are pristine. “It’s real,” said Matt VanAcker, Curator/Chair of Save the Flags of Michigan. “The flag is ‘as mute as the grave,’ but if this flag could talk it would tell stories shared by […]

Giving back one stitch at a time

(This is the first of a series of stories The Citizen will publish during Women’s History Month a celebration of women’s accomplishments and contributions celebrated in the month of March.) By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Goodrich-When Nancy Tenniswood retired from teaching, she wasn’t done serving her community. “I was a teacher for 26 years,” said […]

Sterling Elliott problem-solving inventor

By David Fleet Editor When Sterling Elliott saw a problem—he fixed it. From wagon springs to pivoting steering knuckles for vehicles to a pedal cycle the inventor changed the way we drive today. Sterling Elliott was born in 1852 on a farm in Ortonville, his father operated the local flour mill, the farm work was turned […]

Chamberlain’s Auction Gallery

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-For more than four decades, Chamberlain’s Auction Gallery has been family owned and operated. Last month they moved to 1652 S. Ortonville Road. “I don’t think there’s anything in Ortonville like us,” said Ron Chamberlain, owner. “We have a lot of people that come to us. Hopefully that increases […]

COVID in Lombardy, one year later

By David Fleet Editor Martina Ferri says the COVID situation in northern Italy isn’t good. The 20-year-old college student, lives in Ostiglia a commune in the Province of Mantua, Italy in the region Lombardy. The small suburb in northern Italy, has a population of 6,600 and is about 135 miles east of Milan. In 2017 […]

Sharing their secrets of love: Atlas couple together for 69 years

By David Fleet Editor Atlas-From the rural coal mining areas of West Virginia to Atlas— an area couple on the cusp of nearly seven decades of marriage say, “it’s OK to disagree with each other, but do it agreeably.” Through the window of a school bus on a rural West Virginia road, Melba Harvey then […]

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