Sharing the road on two wheels

"I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been brushed by a mirror of a passing motorist,"

David Fleet Editor For almost a decade Bruce DeGrouchy has been an avid bicyclist. “I’m out riding just about every week I can,” said DeGrouchy, an Atlas Township resident since 1988. “I ride on the shoulder of the road, wear a helmet, have a flashing light on the back of my bike and use a […]

Brandon Township man threatens deputies

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Police are awaiting blood test results from a 41-year-old Brandon Township man who threatened to kill deputies this week. According to an Oakland County Sheriff’s Office major incident report, corrections deputies were leaving the Oakland County Jail in Pontiac at the end of their shift shortly after 11 a.m., June […]

Community turns to ‘One Million Pages’

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.– Reading is a solitary activity, but this summer, it’s also a common goal. Residents of the community are invited to join a challenge with students, parents, friends, neighbors, and strangers this summer to read One Million Pages. The Brandon School District, in partnership with the Brandon Public Library, […]

New Ortonville Village clerk

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer The new Ortonville village clerk hails from north of the border. Jenna Lane, born and raised in Canada and now a permanent U.S. resident, is enjoying the clerk position she accepted at the end of May, working alongside the new village manager, Mike Lee. “We’re learning about municipal government together […]

Board OKs municipal civil infraction ordinance

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.-On Monday night, the board of trustees OK’d the implementation of a municipal civil infraction ordinance. By a 4-1 vote, three ordinances were OK’d: providing for municipal civil infractions of certain township ordinances and penalties; amending certain township ordinances by designating violations as municipal infractions and providing penalties for the […]

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,” […]