120 years: Daughters of the American Revolution

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp.- On June 3, 1897, 11 descendants of Revolutionary War soldiers gathered at Harriet Thompson’s Kearsley Street home in Flint—the first meeting for the Genesee Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The sixth DAR chapter in the state was established due to many pioneers from the Genesee County […]

Residents protest Route A of trail

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-The township offices were packed June 5 as residents lined the halls leading to a standing room only meeting where the board discussed the Iron Belle Trail. Many in attendance were residents voicing objections to Route A, after the board took Route C out of consideration last month, also […]

Play Ball!

By David Fleet Editor Carter Odinga loves baseball. And like many mid-Michigan baseball youth, Odinga dreams of making it to the majors leagues and to the hallowed grounds of Comerica Park’s playing field, donning the Tigers’ iconic Old English “D.” Carter was as close as any 9-year-old Oakwood Elementary third grade student and Brandon Recreation […]

Officials discuss tri-community sewer initiative

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville- For the second time in just over a month, a meeting regarding a suggested tri-community sewer initiative was held at the Brandon Township Library. At the most recent meeting on June 1, members of the Brandon Township and Groveland Township boards and the respective planning commissions of those communities […]

BHS graduate makes most of second chance

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Grace Morse was given a second chance and after turning her life around, she is this year’s recipient of the Board President’s Award. The award is given to a graduating Brandon High School senior who has overcome great odds and obstacles to still be successful both in and […]

House takes on concealed weapons permits

By David Fleet Editor For more than 40 years area resident Ken Davis has carried a concealed weapon. “It’s been necessary for me due to the way the world is today,” said Davis, 78. “I’ve got a friend in my pocket that I can count on.” Davis is just one of about 600,000 concealed pistol […]

Last inning: Coach Wagner steps down

By David Fleet Editor At some point over the past 26 baseball seasons whether Martians and Blackhawks coach Ron Wagner has been in the dugout. However the 2017 season will be the last for the veteran coach. Wagner will retire to the Traverse City area after the Goodrich Martians complete this season. “I love the […]

Aggressive, plentiful fowl draw ire of lakeshore residents

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Summer is heating up and things are getting wild on Bald Eagle Lake. The body of water named for a bird has two types of water fowl that aren’t considered feathered friends by all. At the June 5 township board meeting, Carol Ulman and John Dean, members of […]

Iron BelleTrail future eyed

By Susan Bromley  Staff Writer Brandon Twp.-Glaciers and trails wouldn’t seem to have much in common other than both are found in nature. The former is created without human intervention in areas of the world where snow is a constant and turns to ice in a process that commonly takes up to 100 years. Although […]

Faulty ventilation eyed in boat fire

By David Fleet Editor Brandon Twp.-At about 2 p.m., May 27, the Brandon Township Fire Department responded to a burning boat on Bald Eagle Lake. When firefighters arrived a fiberglass boat was engulfed in flames while still tied to a dock. Heavy black smoke could be seen for miles. “There were concerns the fire threatened […]

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