To catch a leprechaun

To catch a leprechaun

Sawyer Mezger, an Oakwood Elementary School student creates a leprechaun trap on St. Patrick’s Day. According to tradition, one must believe leprechauns are real to trap one. It is also believed that leprechauns love gold and trickery unless captured. Photo by Patrick McAbee.

Barron Road paving project rolls forward

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.- By this fall two miles of a primary township road will be much smoother and safer. In August 2019 the township board of trustees voted 4-0 to pave two miles of Barron Road. Trustee James Christopher was absent with notice. At a cost of $5.3 million, the process of […]

Township seeks to stewardship of historic cemetery

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.- By a 5-0 vote on Monday night the township board of trustees authorize the township attorney to pursue legal easement to the Atlas Cemetery. The historical cemetery dating back more than 250 years, located on a 1/4 acre tract of land just behind the Atlas Baptist Church, 6396 S. […]

Districts seeks lower interest rate for bonds

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-On March 8, the Goodrich School Board voted 6-0 to authorize Okemos-based Stifel, Nicolaus and Company to test the municipal market to sell school districts refund bonds. The refunding bonds are for the purpose refinancing the school districts’ outstanding school bond loan fund balance of $4,626,000 as of May 27, 2021. […]

Sweet beginnings

Sweet beginnings

Dale Bond and Bill Haney boil sap in southern Brandon Township. Warm sunny days starting the maple sap flowing a few weeks ago. On average, a tapped maple will produce 10 to 20 gallons of sap per tap. Photo by Patrick McAbee.

Lawmakers eye bars open until 4 a.m.

By David Fleet Editor Bars and restaurants statewide could keep the drinks coming until 4 a.m. with a bill currently under consideration in the State House. The bill, sponsor Rep. Ryan Berman takes aim at helping bars financially after many lost during the coronavirus restrictions. The measure would allow businesses to stay open and serve […]

Village marijuana dispensary ordinance challenged

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Ortonville- During the special meeting on Monday night, the village council voted unanimously to keep the current village ordinance that prohibits marijuana dispensaries in the village limits. “There was a petition request of a different ordinance,” said Tonja Brice village president. “The request is to reevaluate or revise that ordinance.” […]

How life has changed since COVID -19 arrived

By David Fleet Editor Just a year ago mask wearing, social distancing and contact tracing were not a part of the daily routines. Then the coronavirus arrived—schools closed, sporting events were canceled, and a national state of emergency was declared. March 10 marked the one-year anniversary of the first two cases of COVID-19 in Michigan. […]

Council to seek refinancing of village offices

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich- On Monday night, the village council voted 4-0 to consider refinancing the Rural Development Loan taken out in 2003 for the construction of the village offices. About 22 years remain on the current loan for the village offices at an interest rate of 4.250 percent, the unpaid balance is $819,074. […]

Village holiday lights funding

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich-The village council voted 4-0 on Monday night to contribute up to $1,300 for a portion of the cost to install and remove the village holiday/Christmas decorations on Hegel Road and M-15. Goodrich Lion’s Club requested the village and Atlas Township to split the $2,600 cost of installing and removing the […]