District to add social worker

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer On Monday night, the Brandon School Board voted 6-0 to hire another social worker for the district. Vice President Lisa Kavalhuna was absent with notice. “Our mental health staff is really doing a good job and really working hard to identify students who are in need early,” said Superintendent Dr. […]

DAR to mark grave of Patriot Phelps

In 1777, Norman Phelps was just 13 years old when he joined the Connecticut Militia as a musician- fifer. The youth enlisted four times serving as a fifer and drummer with the Connecticut Continental Line before his discharge at age 20 in 1781. In his pension records, he says, “that General George Washington reviewed his […]

Blacksmith shop returns to Ortonville

By David Fleet Editor Ortonville-It’s been more than 70 years since the ring of blacksmith Carl Williams’ hammer and the smell of his coal fired forge were an everday part of the village. Ron Sutton, 90, recalls Carl along with his son Ervin’s blacksmithing business along the banks of the Kearsley Creek near Mill Street. […]

$600K AtlasTownship hall renovations move foreward

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.- Due to some major building renovations, township business will be working from an on-site office trailer until sometime this fall. “We will do our very best to get back into the new office space by the month of September and look forward to returning to normal business hours and […]

Ortonville DDA appointment

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Ortonville- On Monday night, Kim Hill of Hill Decor and Lifestyle was appointed to the board of directors for the Downtown Development Authority by a 7-0 vote by the village council. “We are in unanimous support of recommending Ms. Kim Hill from Hill Building and Hill Decor, right here in […]

Zoning Ok’d for BFI, new sports complex

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Ortonville- On Monday night, the village board approved the rezoning of the parcel 03-18-102-006 at 300 South St., formerly known as Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School, from public to commercial in a 6-0 vote. Council member Pat George abstained from the vote. “It’s going to be a sports facility, basketball tournaments, […]

Creek swamps baseball field, prompts swap

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- The varsity baseball field will be changing to the middle school within the next few years, due to encroachment from the creek at the current fields. “The main field behind Harvey Swanson, the creek is encroaching,” said John Thompson, director of operations at Brandon schools. “So to get […]

Aqua Club sets pool goals

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer At the special workshop meeting of the Brandon School Board, Mike Kavanaugh of AQUA Club addressed the board and shared the upcoming goals for the next few years. “Growth is something that’s very, very important to us and actually that’s always our number one goal, the more people in the […]

Time to bloom

Time to bloom

Magnolia blossoms in Brandon Township prepare to bloom with day time temperatures in the 60s. Photo by Patrick McAbee.

Groveland Township planning commission

On Monday night the Groveland Township Board of Trustees voted 5-0 to appoint David Newbill to the township planning commission. Newbill, a resident for more than 13 years is a Flint Township area Certified Financial Planner. Newbill replaces Neil Sheridan who resigned last month to serve as Executive Director of the Michigan Township Association.