Not so happy trails

Some board members balk on trail plans after visit to route properties

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-It appears to be back to square one, or possibly square none, for the Iron Belle Trail. During an Aug. 8 meeting, four of the six township board members present expressed disapproval of the formerly proposed route C or suggested the project be scrapped entirely. Trustees Dana DePalma and […]

Brandon man charged in shaking of infant son

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer A Brandon Township man has been charged with first degree child abuse after shaking his 3-month-old son, resulting in multiple injuries and possible loss of the baby’s sight. Chance Erin James, 36, was arraigned on Aug. 6 by 52-2 District Court Magistrate Judith Holtz, with bond set in the amount […]

Hope Network OK’d to open in Goodrich

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-A former village hospice facility may be operational with a new occupant by the end of the year. By an 8-0 vote on July 25 the village planning commission OK’d Grand Rapids-based Hope Network for a special use permit for the vacant Goodrich Hospice Care Center, 7280 S. State Road. Hope […]

MABAS groundbreaking

From left, Bob Hoffman, Oakland County commissioner district 2; Ruth Johnson, Michigan Secretary of State; Robert DePalma, Groveland Township supervisor; Diane Howell, Groveland Township trustee; Pam Mazich, Groveland Township clerk and Dale Cason, Groveland Township trustee. On Thursday morning, area officials participated in the groundbreaking of the new Michigan Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, or […]

Village fireworks ordinance

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-On Monday night, the village council voted 5-0 to OK an ordinance which regulates the usage of consumer fireworks between the overnight hours of 1-8 a.m. on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving […]

Village manager resigns

‘I misjudged the commitment it would take’

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville– The responsibilities associated with being village manager was more than Mike Lee expected. Just two months after accepting the position, Lee has tendered his resignation. His last day will be Aug. 19. “The job itself is consuming too much time and resources,” said Lee, who retired in February as […]

Jones out, Thurman returns

By David Fleet and Susan Bromley An incumbent out. An incumbent remains. Tuesday’s primary election will pave the way to familiar faces, some in new places. Current Atlas Township Clerk Tere Onica won the Republican nomination for supervisor for the November general election with 651 votes, or 50 percent of the votes cast, defeating incumbent […]

‘Clean Water Millage’ flushed

‘We’re on our own at this point...’

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-The day after the proposed school district millage failed, Superintendent Matt Outlaw was looking forward, even while facing the daunting task of funding needed projects without community support. “I am disappointed, but I understand that its tough to ask people to raise their taxes,” said Outlaw. “We didn’t go […]

Voters OK ballot correction tax levy renewal

By David Fleet Editor On Tuesday about 70 percent of voters in the Goodrich School District OK’d a one-year non-homestead tax levy renewal of 18 mills used for the school district’s general fund budget. A technical error in the ballot language in the March 8, 2016 election prompted the new question Aug. 2 for voters […]

Mann School Reunion and Open House

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville-There are only five known surviving students who attended the Mann School, but they will be reunited soon in the one-room building that closed in 1943. From noon-2 p.m., Aug. 13, the Ortonville Community Historical Society will host a Mann School Reunion and Open House at the one-room school that […]