County park in township moves forward

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.– The future of the first county park in the township could be decided by December. On Sept. 22, the board of trustees was expected to pass a resolution that would commit the township to a collaboration and marking partnership with the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission if Genesee […]

New location for Pet Supplies Plus

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Groveland Twp.– Pet Supplies “Plus” has a new home in the area. The Ortonville franchise opened Sept. 9 in their new location at 260 N. Ortonville Road (in Bueche’s Plaza). “We wanted a newer, nicer building,” said Peter Benedict, store team leader. “It’s smaller, but it feels bigger. It’s more […]

Township coffers jump, sheriff contract eyed

According to the 2015-16 audit, the township general fund balance grew to $1,746,072

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.– Mark Perry, a CPA for Yeo & Yeo, presented the annual financial statements and auditor’s report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 at Monday’s township meeting. The township board voted 5-0 to accept the audit. The fiscal year 2015-16 included general fund revenues of about $1.3 million […]

Township EMS recognized for life saving response

Oakland County Medical Control Authority awards Groveland Township medics/firefighters

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.- One week. Two lives. Two township residents are alive today thanks to some quick and professional medical treatment. On June 17 at about 2:30 p.m., Lt. Tom Nicholson, a 15-year township firefighter/paramedic responded to a home and found a 74-year-old male patient lying on the floor. “When I arrived […]

Parents battle sick mental health system to save son

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer (Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part story) Brandon Twp.- Bob and Judy McReavy are afraid to die. The township residents, married 51 years and the parents of two sons, fear what will become of their mentally ill eldest child after they are gone, with continuing state cuts to the […]

Burning leaves will continue in Goodrich

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-By a 3-1 vote on Monday night the village council OK’d an amendment to an ordinance that will ban burning household refuse in the village. Councilmember Pete Morey was absent. Council President Mark Baldwin voted no. The ordinance, which is a combination of Atlas Township and village rules, became an issue […]

Village, county will battle right-of-way issues

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-A proposed communication tower in the village has drawn the attention of county officials. On Aug. 26, Newport Beach, Ca. based Mobilitie, LLC a worldwide communications corporation, approached the village with a request to install a 120-foot communications pole near Hawes Street and M-15. The pole, which is 40 inches in […]

Board mulls renovations to township hall

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.-Bugs, water damage, a significant lack of insulation and non compliance with ADA requirements were just a few of the issues that were discussed regarding the aging township hall last month. On Aug. 25, the board of trustees hosted Davison based H2H Architects to assess the current physical condition of […]

NYT bestselling children’s author comes to library

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Kelly DiPucchio knows a little something about perseverance. When the New York Times bestselling children’s author visits schools, she shows students the rejection letters she received from publishers— she saved nearly 200— as an important lesson about not giving up on your dreams. “It took six years of […]

Existing home sales, values climb locally

By David Fleet Editor Area home sales jumped in Goodrich, Atlas Township along with the Ortonville, Brandon Township area so far in 2016 according to data released last week by Realcomp. Median home values were up from $185,000 to $187,000 in Goodrich/Atlas Township area and from $231,000 to $233,900 in the Ortonville/Brandon Township areas, also […]