Michigan bank robberies visited

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer August 1933, downtown Grand Haven, Mich.—notorious robber Baby Face Nelson walks into the Peoples Savings Bank. Nelson and his gang grab the cash then exit—except his driver already split. At 7 p.m., Oct. 25 the Brandon Township Public Library will be hosting Tom Powers, author of “Stick ‘Em Up: Michigan […]

A Brandon Brazilian connection

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-Eating mac and cheese and running cross country are two things that exchange students from Brazil are loving in America. Brandon students Mateus Wanderley, 16, and Pietra Magnagnagno, 15, arrived in the United States last summer for a school year long stint as a Blackhawk. “The culture is totally […]

Our veteran’s perpetual care

By David Fleet Editor Holly Twp. -Army Private Stan Kengerski served in France during World War I returned home in 1919 and raised a family. He died in 1992 and was buried at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Now, more than century after serving his country on a rainy October morning his son, Brandon Township resident […]

Barn again

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.- A barn returns. An area couples passion for the restoration of an area landmark barn was recently honored statewide. Last May, David and Kathleen Mayo earned the 2018 Michigan Barn of the Year Award for their exceptional restoration of an 1880s barn on their township farm. “We had been […]

Yoga for recovery

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Grasping the peace of mind achieved in yoga may now be a direction for curing addictions and recovery. According to the National Survey on Drug use and Health, 21.5 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2014. And almost 80 percent of people suffering […]

‘Welcome to Here: a Reluctant Traveler goes to China’

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer For some traveling is a hassle. Nancy Solak is one of those individuals. “I’d rather stay at home, I’m a homebody,” said Solak. “I’ve never had dreams of going to China.” Solak’s apprehension to a journey to the Far East has prompted some intriguing stories. At 7 p.m., Sept. 27, […]

‘Hana “Max” Ferguson Memorial Page’

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer A local mother is raising money for a scholarship fund in her daughter’s name. “She would have started at Wayne State this week,” said Cheryl Ferguson. Ferguson’s daughter Hana “Max” Ferguson passed away on Jan. 26, 2018 at the age of 18. Hana was diagnosed with Chirai Malformation, which causes […]

Letters home: Life of local Union Cavalry Pvt.

By David Fleet Editor Atlas- Private Eli Jennings’ letters home to his wife Nancy provide a glimpse of the life of a Union Solider. Four letters penned in 1863 during the Civil War by Eli and one from his wife Nancy to her sister were recently shared by long time Ortonville resident Ron Sutton. Eli […]

Hurricane Lane fizzles, local safe on Island of Oahu

By David Fleet Editor A few puddles in the parking lots. Some rain. On and off wind. That’s how Justin Stonerock, 22, a 2013 graduate of Goodrich High School described the hurricane that wasn’t on his island home. “We lost power for an hour on Friday and that was it,” said Stonerock, who moved to […]

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