Local on cusp of next American Idol

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.- The road to stardom may have veered through a local thrift store for a township girl. Genavieve Linkowski, 19, will appear on ABC’s “American Idol” reboot before the judging panel comprised of Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. However, her “Idol” journey won’t be revealed until the episode […]

‘Petticoat Surgeon:’ The life of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer In honor of Women’s History Month, at 7 p.m., March 14, Brandon Township Library, 304 South St. will be hosting a presentation, titled ‘Petticoat Surgeon’ exploring the life of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen, an early female student of University of Michigan Medical School. “She was born on a farm, but […]

Local races to the top with UM Baja team

By David Fleet Editor A love for dirt bikes and off road has landed former Atlas Township resident in the drivers seat. Alex Gardner, 22, a 2014 Goodrich High School graduate and current University of Michigan-Ann Arbor senior is team captain of the Michigan Baja Race team. “I just gravitated toward the Baja people as […]

Weapon used 1926 Hadley bank heist now part of history

By David Fleet Editor Hadley-It was a bold bank robbery. On Jan. 13, 1926, a bandit gang stopped in the main street near the Citizen Bank and raided the establishment for $3,331. The gunfight and drama that transpired on that cold winter day on the downtown throughfare would be dubbed the “Great Hadley Bank Robbery.” […]

Then there were two

By David Fleet Editor Ask Dane Guisbert or Howard Brandt to share their Army World War II stories and the answers would differ. Guisbert served in the South Pacific while Brandt was in France. However, more than 70 years later the local soldiers share a common thread as the last two WWII veterans members of […]

Oslo native at home as Blackhawk

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer The fact that Michigan has 3,288 miles of shoreline just does not impress a Brandon High School foreign exchange student. “I live like 30 seconds from the beach,” said senior Maren Andersen, 17, a Norway resident. “So just being in the middle of a continent is kind of freaky to […]

Brandon Township 4th safest in state

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer The National Council for Home Safety and Security has put out their rankings for the safest cities in the nation and for each state. Brandon Township is ranked as number four in Michigan. “I’m very proud of the men and women assigned to this sub-station and the department in general,” […]

Local teen races into 2018 NASCAR season

By David Fleet Editor A local driver continues to race toward NASCAR fame. Michael Clancy, Jr., a 15-year-old Brandon High School freshman, recently finished second in the Jegs All Star Tour Championship 2017—the youngest ever finish that high up in the series. Clancy, Jr., along with his father, Michael Clancy, Sr. started racing career at […]

Mixing it up for 54 years

By David Fleet Editor Lewie Main has mixed his last batch of concrete. Main, 74, was honored last week for many years as a driver at Ken’s Redi Mix, 8016 S. State Road, Goodrich. “I tried working for Pontiac Motors,” said Main, a 1961 Goodrich High School graduate. “I lasted about 90 days then the […]

High school experience OK for Vietnam native

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Starting high school can be intimidating—new friends, teachers and a new building. But that challenge is even more amplified when you start high school in a new country. Such is the life of Brandon High School freshman Van Le. Le, a 14-year-old foreign exchange student, is experiencing high school for […]

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