News, stories of Pearl Harbor attack reported locally

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.— It’s been 82 years since the US Fleet came under attack by Japanese forces on Dec. 7, 1941. Many locally with memories of the attack that killed 2,403, five time zones and half a world away from southeastern Michigan are now dwindling. Oakland County Historian and Ortonville resident Carol […]

2023:Hunter success dips so far this season

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville— With about 80% of the 2023 whitetail deer season completed, including the popular firearm season (Nov. 15-30), the number harvested dropped from 159,931 in 2022 to 136,205 this year, a decline of about 15%. Similarly, hunters in the 2023 early archery season (Oct. 1-Nov. 14) tagged 79,463 deer compared to […]

Blue Christmas service at GUMC

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich — It’s often portrayed as a happy time of the year. Family, gifts and a host of gatherings—followed by holiday music that begins in early November. But for some the holiday’s can be sad— downright blue. At 7 p.m., Dec. 12, the Goodrich United Methodist Church, 8071 S. State Road will […]

‘Sip & Shop’

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp. — On Nov. 16, Atlas Valley Golf Club, 8313 Perry Road, hosted their third annual “Sip & Shop.” The evening event attracted about 40 vendors and 500 shoppers for a local pre-holiday gathering. This year more than $4,000 was raised for the community. Andrea Hanks, Sip & Shop coordinator […]

All in the family: ‘One dollar bid, now two, will ya give me two. Sold’

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp. —For former Brandon Township resident Ken Dockery the “call” to fast talking quips at livestock, estate and automobile sales is the culmination of a childhood experience manifested by his father. Dockery, 55, recently completed the bucket list item when he graduated from the Des Moines-based-World Wide College of Auctioneering during 80 […]

Local folk art returns to Ortonville

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Ortonville — A piece of folk art is finally at home in Ortonville. The Tramp art piece is believed to be modeled after the Village Church of Ortonville, 93 N. Church St., Ortonville. It was carved by Ortonville resident Seymore Torrence. It will now be on display at the Old […]

Remembering a Patriot: Private Nathan Burpee

By David Fleet Editor Grand Blanc Twp. — Four stints of active military duty is remarkable. But when that service is in the American Revolution, where often young recruits lacked military training, carried outdated weapons and battled a regimented trained British troops, the accomplishment is extraordinary. Such is the story of Patriot Nathan Burpee. The […]

1953: Catalina built for cruising

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp. —  Bob Blow vividly recalls his 16th birthday present almost six decades ago, a 1954 Chevrolet 150 economy/fleet model. “It was the most plain-Jane car ever,” recalls Blow, now a Brandon Township resident. “My grandmother wouldn’t drive it. Well, maybe after dark.” Despite the ongoing disdain for the basic two-door […]

W’h’ines for K9 fundraiser

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Lapeer — At 5 p.m., Dec. 10, K9 Stray Rescue League is hosting their annual W’h’ines for K9 fundraiser. Attendees will be provided a five-course meal with wine parings, and proceed will go towards pet care for surrendered and rescued animals. This year the event will be hosted at the […]

Edward Jones moving to downtown Ortonville

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville — Mike Ratliff, Financial Advisor for Edwards Jones is on the move to downtown Ortonville. The new spacious South Street office will open in early 2024. “We’re staying right here in Ortonville, but just at a different location and continuing to serve the community.” Ratliff began with Edward Jones Investments […]