Veteran educator to lead BMS

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon — Kevin Ayer has spent 27 years in education, and now he’s making his mark on the Brandon School District as the new middle school principal. “I grew up in this area, I went to Kearsley, so Brandon has always been a solid school,” said Ayer. “The community is […]

Happy trails: Perry Road pathway boardwalk, bridge

By David Fleet Editor Atlas — The latest township pathway project along the south side of Perry Road that began earlier this summer features a boardwalk, which took shape earlier this month, just west of Atlas. The raised structure is necessary to traverse low areas and uneven ground. The two-mile section of the Iron Belle […]

Board OKs one location for all four voting precincts

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp. — On Monday night the township board of trustees voted 4-0 to designate the Goodrich High School gymnasium as the site of the township polling location. Trustee Barry June was absent. The move will now place all four precincts that were at four different locations within the 36-square miles […]

BHS required reading update

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon — In April of 2022, the Brandon school district began updating the English Language Arts, ELA, required readings for the English 11 students. During the regular Monday night meeting, the board of education received an update on how the change affected the students for the 2022-2023 school year. “We […]

Bond projects underway

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon — The Brandon school district has a number of bond projects that are close to finished and ready for students to come back to school. The bond, which was renewed in November of 2021, covered several athletic upgrades this summer, as well as a full face-lift inside Harvey-Swanson Elementary. […]

Village Council nixes property sale for new fire hall

By David Fleet Editor Goodrich — On Monday night the village council voted 4-0 to deny a request from Atlas Township to purchase a village owned vacant lot for a future fire hall location. In August 2021, the village council voted 3-1 to purchase 5.4 acres of property in the village that was tax reverted […]

Nearby island residents rally to assist Lahaina fires

By David Fleet Editor Honolulu — A former Goodrich resident is about as close to a devastating wild fire as one should be. Justin Stonerock, 27, a 2013 graduate of Goodrich High School moved to the west side of Honolulu about three miles east of Pearl Harbor on the Island of Oahu about five years […]

Brandon Township hires new Parks and Recreation Director

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon Twp. — John Hugg is looking forward to getting to know the community. “Even just last week we had a meeting in the middle of the week, and working for the private sector, getting people to attend a meeting is like pulling teeth,” said Hugg. “I like that people […]

Blackhawk cooking up a culinary career at OSTC

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon — For Kiera Strange, traditional school was never something she enjoyed. “Sitting in a classroom, it never really worked for me,” said Strange, 17. “It was really difficult for me to get my school work done and take something away from it.” Strange is a senior at Brandon High […]