29th annual Youth Recognition Night

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.– While the world robotics championship was taking place last week, three members of Metal Muscle Robotics were receiving the highest honors on a local stage. Jacob Donders, Sage Hallberg and Tyler Solo were the recipients of the Gold Star Award during the 29th Annual Youth Recognition Night April […]

Year-round coyote hunting aims to curb nuisance

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.-It’s an aerial attack that concerns township farmer Steve Spratt. “Hawks get my chickens and turkeys more often then coyotes,” said Spratt, who for the past 40 years has raised fowl on his Hill Road farm. “But the coyotes are moving closer and closer each year. I can watch them […]

Oakhill Road paving possible— in 2023

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-Paving of Oakhill Road between M-15 and Ellis Road may finally be in sight­— in 2023. At their May 2 meeting, the township board unanimously approved submitting a letter of interest to the Road Commission for Oakland County to consider paving the 1.5 mile section of road using federal […]

Township eyes municipal civil infraction ordinance

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.-The township board of trustees will consider implementation of a municipal civil infraction ordinance during the May 16 board meeting. If approved, changes to township infractions regarding nuisance, zoning, licenses, signs, lighting, animals and blight will result in a civil infraction rather than a criminal violation. David Lattie, township attorney, […]

Shane Holton Memorial Shoot

From 9 a.m.-3 pm., May 21-22, the Grand Blanc Huntsman’s Club, 9046 South Irish Road, Grand Blanc, will host the Shane Holton Memorial Shoot. In 2013, while stationed at Fort Wainwright, Ala., Army Specialist Shane Holton of Goodrich died on base of an undetected heart problem. He was 21-years-old. In his memory, his family and […]

Brandon student seeks letters for troops

'The food goes away, but they can read the letter over and over again'

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville– Haley Hicks is campaigning– not for political office, but for letters, and not to your politicians, but to those who serve in the military. Her cause was initially prompted by an Honors English assignment, but grew from a desire to express appreciation to troops deployed overseas. “I started the […]

Child abuse reported on a weekly basis

It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep children safe

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- The majority of child sexual abuse is not perpetrated by a stranger, but by someone the victim knows, and nearly half the time, by another child. “On a weekly basis, we take a sexual abuse case involving a child, and more often than not, it is child on […]

After more than a decade OCEF Rummage sale a no-go for 2016

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- One of the area’s largest annual yard sales won’t take place this year. The Ortonville Community Emergency Fund’s Rummage Sale has been cancelled for 2016. “Due to expansion, the sale has gotten so big and is so well-received, but we don’t have the volunteers needed to do this […]

Ortonville Village Council sets Purple Heart Day

  By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville- Dennis Hoffman needs your help to honor our Purple Heart veterans. The commander of the VFW Post 582 received the blessing of the village council last month to have Aug. 1 designated Purple Heart Day. He now plans to have the nearly 50 Purple Heart recipients from this […]

Recalling the life, experiences of Civil War soldiers

By David Fleet Editor April 10, 1865—Chattanooga, Tenn., 20-year-old Union Pvt. Tom Tucker and Brandon Township resident soldier who joined the 22nd Michigan Infantry in August 1862, reflected his daily activity in his diary. “Rainy and cold weather. I am on guard duty at the jail post #2. We heard this morning that the reb […]