Deadline for November ballots nears

Brandon School Board, Ortonville Village Council seats open

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Want to serve your community? The filing deadline to be placed on the November ballot as a candidate for local school board and village council seats is 4 p.m., July 26. The Brandon School Board has four seats up for election this year, currently held by Kevin McClellan, Lisa Kavalhuna, […]

Fire insurance witholding increasing

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.- In 2012 when the board of trustees voted to withhold township residents’ insurance money in escrow from casualty losses including fire or explosion to repair, replace or remove damaged structures that may violate local codes—the cost was $7,873. Effective July 1 that dollar amount has jumped to $12,056. About […]

County eyes park for Atlas Township

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.– A 155-acre parcel on the north side of Hegel Road, about 800 feet east of Gale Road, may soon be part of the Genesee County Parks. The property, owned by three brothers, was purchased about 40 years ago as a speculative land investment. The property was for sale; however, […]

On ice with Gordie Howe

Photographer recalls ‘Mr. Hockey’ and sons at Olympia

By David Fleet Editor A cold February night in 1971, Olympia Stadium, Detroit. The Detroit Red Wings were set to play the Junior A Wings in a March of Dimes charity event. According to the Associated Press, it was the first time Gordie Howe and sons, Mark and Marty, would play on the same forward […]

District to answer questions on clean water ballot proposal

BRANDON SCHOOL DISTRICT MILLAGEPROPOSAL, BUILDING AND SITE SINKING FUND TAX LEVY Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in Brandon School District in the Counties of Oakland and Lapeer, Michigan, be increased by and the board of education be authorized to levy not to exceed 2 mills ($2.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 2 years, 2017 and 2018, to create a sinking fund for the construction or repair of school buildings and all other purposes authorized by law; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2017 is approximately $1,100,000? YES NO

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-School district officials will answer questions regarding the proposed clean water millage during a public Q&A session planned for 6 p.m., June 23, at ITEC, 609 S. Ortonville Road. “I am hoping for a good discussion, this is part of our responsibility to share factual information with the public,” […]

Groveland Township upgrades cable channel

  By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.-A long time issue with the township cable system has received an upgrade. Channel 10 for Comcast subscribers, which provides up-to-date township information ranging from township news to road conditions to Holly and Springfield Library events, will run new state-of-the art digital broadcast equipment. Funds for the project, said […]

Teens break into cars, then busted while counting bounty

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-Two teenagers, one 15 and the other 17, were arrested for breaking into vehicles after being found counting their loot while sitting on a mobile home park tennis court. According to an Oakland County Sheriff’s Office report, Brandon deputies responded at 5:21 a.m., June 12 to the mobile home […]

Brandon man charged with domestic violence, third offense

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer A Brandon Township man who punched and pulled out clumps of his wife’s hair was arraigned on a felony charge of domestic violence, third or subsequent offense and was jailed on a $40,000 bond, no 10 percent. Deputies responded at 2:41 a.m., June 13 to a mobile home in the […]

Ortonville Days return to downtown

By David Fleet Editor After an absence of more than three decades Ortonville Days is back—bigger and better than ever. “If it’s cold beer, friendly competition and entertainment under the big top—Ortonville Days is just the place,” said Ed Albertson, Ortonville Lions Club event coordinator. “We needed to get something for the whole family going […]

Iron Belle Trail route proposed, costs debated

Funds available for $5 million, 7.7 mile trail

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.– The proposed route and projected costs for the portion of the Iron Belle Trail suggested to run through the township are in. At the township board’s June 6 meeting, Kristen Wiltfang presented results from the most recent survey seeking opinions from area residents in which 86 percent of […]