Firefighter, EMT honored for 45 years of service

By David Fleet Editor After more than four decades of service for the Brandon Fire Department, Cpt. Dan Flood concluded a stellar career as a firefighter, paramedic, emergency medical technician, and EMS coordinator. On March 31, the department provided Flood the traditional last ride home in a fire truck following a Zoom retirement gathering. Flood’s […]

The Citizen wins 11 awards in state journalism contest

The Citizen newspaper was honored with a record 11 awards in the 2020 Michigan Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, marking the 12th consecutive year of recognition in the state’s largest journalism competition. The awards were announced via Zoom meeting on March 25. With the new awards, The Citizen has now received 55 MPA awards since […]

Groveland to continue virtual board meetings

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.-On March 31 the board of trustees voted 5-0 during a special meeting supporting a resolution to continue the board of trustee meeting, along with other township meetings in a virtual format. Currently, the virtual Zoom meetings are available to the public live and later on Facebook and YouTube platforms. […]

3:50.39:Cooper Teare sets fastest NCAA indoor mile ever

By David Fleet Editor Cooper Teare, a senior distance runner for the University of Oregon, recently set both an individual NCAA record and was also part of a relay world record. Teare is the son of Dave and Charlene Teare of Alameda, Calif. Dave is a former resident of Ortonville and a 1980 graduate of […]

Flippin’ over Spring

Flippin’ over Spring

Ava backflips while onlookers Samantha, Zoey, Finley and Reese cheer. The tumbling practice was performed outdoors thanks to some temperatures in the upper 60s during the first days of Spring which officially arrived on March 21. Photo by Patrick McAbee.

Council to peck away at fowl issue once again

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Ortonville- During the Monday night meeting, the village council voted unanimously to have the planning commission review the ordinance pertaining to chickens and give recommendation back to council. “We have received a letter from a resident stating that they would like to see the ordinance possibly reviewed,” said village president […]

House OKs bill to keep extend bar closures until 4 a.m.

By David Fleet Editor Patrons of bars and restaurants statewide could toss a few more back until 4 a.m. with a bill that passed the State House last week. On March 18, a third and final vote was held regarding State Rep. Ryan Berman’s (R- 39th District Commerce Township) House Bill 4115 which passed 61-47. […]

Voter redistricting reform rolls out

By David Fleet Editor Groveland Twp.-By November Michigan voting districts will look much different. Earlier this month Rebecca Szetela, an independent commissioner from Canton, representing the Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission (MIRC) provided an overview of the process during a recent township meeting. “We are welcoming everyone’s ideas,” said Szetela, 47. “We are actively seeking comments […]

A dose of relief

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.- The mood at the vaccination clinic on Saturday was uplifting and hope. “They were just so happy to be there,” said Jenny Roelandt, Ortonville Rite Aid, pharmacist. “Many expressed they could soon see their children and grandchildren. There was a feeling of relief from many.” That’s how Roelandt described […]

Village manager offer extended

By Shelby Stewart Staff Writer Ortonville- During the Monday night meeting, the council voted 6-1 to extend an offer to Ryan Madis the position of village manager, contingent on background checks and health screenings. Council member Kay Green voted against the offer. “There’s so much that happens in local government and I’m excited about all […]