Drivers not putting phones down

By David Fleet Brandon Twp. — Cell phone use prompting distracted driving continues to plague Michigan roads, despite stiffer laws and enforcement. Last week the first report was released since legislation making it illegal to hold and use a mobile electronic device while operating a motor vehicle in Michigan took effect on June 30, […]

Hurricane Beryl delivers soaker

By David Fleet Atlas — Heavy tropical rain from Hurricane Beryl soaked southeastern Michigan from late Tuesday night through Wednesday according to the National Weather Service. The local moisture from the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the southern states produced flooding in some areas of southeastern Michigan. “There was a lot of […]

Council postpones decision on village truck ordinance

By David Fleet Goodrich — On Monday night the Goodrich Village Council voted 4-1 to postpone a vote on a proposed heavy truck route ordinance around the village until October 2024. Council member Sherry Ann Moore voted no. The proposed ordinance, introduced in July, emphasized safety of the village citizens, truck noise and vibration […]

Township Fire Dept. responds to garbage truck fire

By David Fleet Goodrich — At 8:49 a.m., July 8 the Atlas Township Fire Department was dispatched for trash in a garbage truck on fire in the 7000 block of S. State Road in Goodrich. Upon their arrival the garbage truck had emptied its contents in a business parking lot to keep the truck from […]

Audit: Brandon Township in good financial condition

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Brandon Twp—During the regular meeting on July 1, the Brandon Township board of trustees voted 7-0 to approve the audit report for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2023. “Overall the township is still in good financial condition,” said auditor Ken Palka of Pfeffer, Hanniford & Palka. “Your numbers are in […]



Joann Zimmer of Ortonville getting her flag ready for Independence Day, which was Thursday, July 4. Photo: Patrick McAbee.

OCEF ramps up Back-to-School supply drive

By David Fleet Brandon Twp. — The new school year is still two months away, but the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund is getting ready for their annual back-to-school distribution. “Even though summer has just begun, we are gearing up for our Back to School Collection for OCEF,” said Robin Loughlin, Back to School team. […]

East bound I-69 & M-15 ramp closure

By David Fleet Davison— If the I-75 construction wasn’t enough, the summer of orange barrels just grew a little hotter. On July 8, the east bound ramp from I-69 to M-15 in Genesee County will be closed for improvements. The project should be completed in August. The Michigan Department of Transportation is investing approximately […]

Ortonville Rite Aid closure looms as bankruptcy shutters area stores

By David Fleet Groveland Twp. — The Ortonville Rite Aid remains open for now. Despite depleted stock, the local store has not posted any date of a possible closing as of July 3 as Rite Aid last month announced it was closing 12 more stores in Michigan in addition to the 19 stores last […]

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