Unemployment remains high in local markets

Local jobless rates continued to increase in September, according to a report from Michigan Department of Career Development Employment Service Agency. Genesee County unemployment increased by 1.1 percent for September 2003 compared with 2002, while Oakland County jobless rates increased by .6 percent. Locally, Brandon Township leads the area in unemployment with 6.6 percent outpacing […]

Local grads top statewide MEAP

The Class of 2003 at both Brandon and Goodrich out paced students statewide in exceeding or meeting standards on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP). Local students exceeded the state average in nearly every category, according to records released in November by the Michigan Department of Education. The number of students qualifying for the Merit […]

State eyes surplus budgets

Local governments that have been fiscally sound over the past few years could end up paying for their penny-pinching ways if state lawmakers have their way. Legislators may consider significant cuts to local governments with general fund balances exceeding 15 percent of the annual expenditures. The cuts would come in the form of less state […]

Couple has double buck luck

Goodrich— Kelly Stonerock confesses to being a just a little competitive when it comes to deer hunting. At about 9:30 a.m. Nov. 15, Kelly was perched in a tree stand on private land near Clarkston, when she bagged a 160-pound 10-point buck. In the same morning hours of opening day, and 500 miles to the […]

Yo, electric junkies

A few weeks ago The Citizen received a letter addressed to the Michigan Utility Commission regarding 12 power outages that have occurred in the Brandon Township area between July and November 2003. The resident, who has given up setting appliance clocks as a result of the outages, explains some of the blackouts are perhaps the […]

Twp. balks at Library mils

Brandon Twp.- Groveland Township residents may soon lose the use of their Brandon Township Library cards following a recent decision. In a Dec. 1, 2003 letter to Robert DePalma, Groveland Township Supervisor, the Brandon Township Library had suggested a millage increase to the residents of Groveland Township of 1.8265 mills to generate $190,686 needed to […]

Development tabled following land use questions

Atlas Twp.-A proposed development that may swell Goodrich Schools has been put on hold after a former township planning commission member and several residents balked at the plan. “If you are going to allow a developer to take advantage of a community, they should give back to the community by setting aside land for our […]

BHS students selected to state honors choir

From left, senior Melinda Maxey, James Davis, Lisa Langdon; (bottom, l-r) Amanda Halula, Elissa Fortner, Lynndsy Koss. Six students from Brandon High School recently auditioned and were chosen for MSVMA State Honors Choirs. From the 157-voice Regional Choir, 85 students were chosen to go on to the State level from District C. Elissa Fortner and […]

Brandon teacher retires after 25 years

Brandon Twp.-Whether teaching students fire safety, math or reading—when the light goes on in young minds, Nancy Griest is still thrilled even after 25 years. “When students figure out what you’re talking about, it’s the reason I teach,” said Griest, who was honored by the Brandon School Board on Dec. 8, following her retirement at […]

Local, state VFW rolls sage

Ortonville-When soldiers are buried they provide honor guards. When a veteran needs assistance they offer assistance. And for more than 100 years their work has influenced patriotism nationwide. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States began more than a century ago by a small group of veterans after serving in conflicts in both […]

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