Bills Ok’d eroding local control over wind, solar projects

By David Fleet Editor Lansing — It’s been just over 13 years since the Atlas Township Planning Commission first established ordinances to maintain the rural character of the community as the drive for renewable energy ramped-up. “In October 2010, Atlas Township developed and approved specific zoning ordinances governing wind energy conversion systems and the same […]

CCTS ramps up toy drive for Christmas

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Brandon Twp. — The Brandon Christmas Community Toy Store is gearing up for Christmas and seeking some help from area elves. The local toy drive kicks off this week with boxes for gifts around area businesses. Families in the Brandon School District who qualify for help at Ortonville Community Emergency Fund […]

Halloween comes to town

Halloween comes to town

Peyton Anderson dressed as a zombie cheerleader during the Harvey-Swanson Elementary Halloween parade through downtown Ortonville on Oct. 31. Photo: David Fleet.

Area voters to decide on school funding

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer On Nov. 7, voters in Atlas, Brandon and Groveland townships along with the Villages of Goodrich and Ortonville will have school funding measures on their ballots. Voters in the Goodrich School District, which includes parts of Atlas and Groveland township, including the Village of Goodrich, will be voting on a […]

Ortonville:Local Gems

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Ortonville — The Ortonville Downtown Development Authority, in partnership with Main Street Oakland County, are looking for ‘local gems.’ “One of the Ortonville DDA’s objectives is to identify creative ways to support the local shops that make our downtown home,” said DDA Executive Director Matt Jenkins. “Because of our town’s […]

Perry Road pathway project halted

By David Fleet Editor Atlas Twp. — A summer-long pathway project along the south side of Perry Road will be halted on Nov. 15. Construction of the two-mile section of the Iron Belle Trail from Atlas to Grand Blanc Township connecting the existing Gale Road trail and ending near Mancour Drive just east of the Grand Blanc Middle School, encountered a […]

Dort Financial Credit Union opens first branch in Oakland County

By Jim Newell Managing Editor Orion Twp. — For 70 years Dort Financial Credit Union has had the mission to serve the needs of the communities in which they operate, and now the credit union has turned its sights on Orion Township. Dort Financial opened a new branch location on Brown Road in Orion Township, […]

OCEF seeking donations for annual Thanksgiving drive

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Ortonville — The Ortonville Community Emergency Fund is ramping up their Thanksgiving food collection for 2023. This year OCEF will be helping approximately 100 families for the holidays, and donations are needed by Nov. 10 for Thanksgiving distribution. Donations are accepted at St. Anne Church, 825 South Ortonville Road or […]

ZBA denies commercial variances

By Shelby Stewart-Soldan Staff Writer Ortonville —  On Oct. 23, two variances for properties eyed for possibly the village’s first retail marijuana facilities were denied by the village council. The council, acting as the Zoning Board of Appeals, considered the variances at 456 S. Ortonville Road and 490 S. Ortonville Road. Both commercial properties are […]

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