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 […]

Township gravel pit now park land

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.-Despite a few hills and rough spots, an off-road park could soon be a reality. An Oakland County Parks official announced last week that two purchase options were recently signed for 252 acres in the township for a park expansion. The agreements come after the DNR reported in November 2014 […]

Silent auction and spaghetti dinner for Joey

By David Fleet Editor From 5-7 p.m., Sept. 12, Randy Wise Ford and Cranberries Cafe are teaming up to help raise funds for Goodrich High School student Joey Richvalsky and his family. Richvalsky, 18, was in a car crash last month when the SUV he was driving struck an unoccupied excavator inside a closed section […]

Several Goodrich M-STEP scores tops in county

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-District students topped nearly all state test scores and outpaced county-wide averages in several categories according the results of M-STEP. Last week the Michigan Department of Education released scores from the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP, for about 650,000 students statewide in grades 3-8 who were tested in […]

Brandon makes progress on M-STEP

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp-M-STEP results were released this week and Brandon Superintendent Matt Outlaw is pleased with where the district stands on the statewide standardized test. On average, students in the district saw increases in proficiency in the four subject areas tested— math, language arts, science and social studies— from their performance […]

Council under fire for excessive meetings

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville– The village council is under fire by a former councilmember for their spending of tax dollars. Melanie Nivelt, a village resident, addressed the council at their Aug. 22 meeting, questioning the number and type of meetings for which the council are charging fees that are ultimately paid by the […]