Thursday, February 28, 2019
State Senator Lana Theis and State Representatives Hank Vaupel and Ann Bollin issued a joint statement following the Michigan Supreme Court suspension of Judge Theresa Brennan, while still allowing her to draw her $143,000 salary and benefits.
Bridgett McDowell of Green Oak Township said she was just as surprised as anyone else that her performance at Monday’s Livingston County Board of Commissioners meeting was retweeted by actor Patton Oswalt.
Nine students, a teacher, and two musical performances filled the night that was designed to spark conversations that speak to the hearts of the Highlander students.
Auto One will be moving across Grand River and share a site with Grand River Party Store.
There is little ultimate effect to Wednesday's decision by the Michigan Supreme Court as Brennan had already been removed from her Livingston County docket last June after the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission filed a complaint against her.
Charges were filed in 2015, but Prosecutor Bill Vailliencourt says due to the legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan, it was determined that it was no longer an appropriate use of resources to proceed.
The Livingston County Board of Commissioners met Monday night and unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing an opioid litigation services agreement - an action said to be another step in helping to combat the area’s opioid crisis.
A man who got lost in a wooded area was rescued by local authorities Tuesday evening, who were aided by specialized equipment.
The local service organization is expanding its scholarship program to include graduating Brighton-area high school students who are pursuing trade and vocational careers.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
The fund has pumped $329 million into Michigan in its 53-year history including to the Brighton and Island Lake State Recreation Areas in Livingston County.
State Rep. Hank Vaupel's bill would require certain businesses to post new signage warning about drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
Edward Erwin, the second generation owner of Erwin Orchards in Lyon Township, died last Friday. He was 95.
Commissioners expressed a desire to honor the voice of the people who voted for decriminalization and are further exploring options.
Selling alcohol to minors on three separate occasions has resulted in the store's liquor license being suspended from March 1st through the 17th.
The Brighton High School Unified basketball team will play tonight at the BHS field house as part of Respect Week being celebrated all this week at the high school.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
A woman had to be extricated following a rollover crash this morning on Pontiac Trail.
Some 85 Middle-to-upper income townhouses within walking distance of downtown Brighton have been given preliminary approval by the city's Planning Commission.
President and CEO of Cleary University, Dr. Jason Boyers, said the reason a business university is involved in this is because diversity, “leads to innovation” adding that this isn’t meant to be a politically charged event.
Among those being recognized during Women’s History Month in March are three local pioneers for women’s voting rights.
The couple's vehicle lost control and crashed into a fence and electric pole on the Huron Meadows golf course.
A peaceful protest dominated Monday night’s meeting of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners to implore the board to boost transparency and start broadcasting meetings again.
An ordinance is in the works in Argentine Township to potentially address alternative energy and solar farms.
The next meeting of Livingston County Democrats will feature Lisa Wozniak, executive director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, who will speak on Governor Whitmer's clean water challenges.
Monday, February 25, 2019
Barry Cadden, the co-founder of New England Compounding Center and Glenn Chin, who worked there as a pharmacist, are charged in connection with 11 deaths in Livingston County.
Brighton State Recreation Area is one of thousands of places in Michigan that have been funded in part by the Land and Water Conservation Fund
The meeting will be held Monday, March 18th, at Township Hall beginning at 6:30pm.
The high winds that swept across Michigan have left several thousand homes and businesses without power this morning in the Livingston County area.
The Livingston County First Responder Charity Gala will feed into a benevolent fund for any fire, police, EMS, or dispatch worker in-need.
Council is looking at potential reductions tied to a structural deficit in the neighborhood of $200,000 to $300,000 so cuts will need to be made to facilitate a balanced budget.
Construction is underway on another trail segment of the Border to Border extension project in the Dexter area.
Slotkin donated $10,965, and presented the check on Saturday to Lauren Kovach, a lifelong Brighton resident and advocate with the Alzheimer’s Association in Michigan.
The event will feature nine students speaking on topics ranging from empowering young women in STEM fields to new ways to combat bullying.
Sunday, February 24, 2019
The Brighton City Council has approved rules changes at the city's three cemeteries.
The Brighton City Council has approved an agreement with a law firm that handles labor contracts to represent the city in contract talks with the four city employee unions.
State Rep. Hank Vaupel said he’s encouraged the plan put emphasis on the need for increased mental health care access, health care affordability and opioid abuse and overdose prevention.
Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are needed to help remove trash and debris from area waterways, creeks and streams.
Saturday, February 23, 2019
The vandalism was first found Wednesday at St. John the Baptist Church and more was found on Friday.
21-year-old Zachary William Brown is charged with first degree home invasion and assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct.
Accidental carbon monoxide poisoning claimed the lives of Len and Heather Quasarano and their children, Luke, Brenden, Rachel and Grant, in February of 2016.
The Child Care Relief Policy will assist veterans returning to school with funding aid for day care service.
Aloha Soiree is the theme for the annual St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Ball, this April.
Friday, February 22, 2019
Speaking at the event was an individual who is currently on dialysis and awaiting a kidney, a local teacher who is also in need of a donor, a living donor and two kidney recipients.
The non-profit organization says someone scammed their logo for a fake fundraising effort.
The Brighton City Council has approved a new, long-term contract with its current trash and recycling contractor that the city says will reduce in a slight rate decreease.
23-year-old Brandon Lee Morfitt is charged with one count of assault with intent to murder and three weapons counts in the January 4th shooting of a 22-year-old man.
Brighton's Mona Shand is the Field Representative for 8th District Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin's office.
Livingston County Prosecutor Bill Vailliencourt is the incoming president of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan or PAAM, which opposes the bills as currently written.
About two dozen residents opposed to the County Commission's decision to stop recording their meetings will use their three minutes of "Call to the Public" time to extend Monday's meeting as "long as possible.”
51-year-old Michael Troy Mapes pleaded no contest but mentally ill to several charges including Assault with Intent to Cause Great Bodily Harm, Arson and Carrying a Dangerous Weapon With Unlawful Intent.
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Brennan’s motion says the commission must disqualify itself from deciding her misconduct case because it showed “pre-judgment” against her. The examiners, meanwhile, are seeking more than $35,000 from Brennan in reimbursement costs.
It took approximately 60 minutes and extensive extrication efforts by the Brighton and Hartland Area Fire Departments to remove the driver from the vehicle.
19-year-old Anthony “Nikki” Nicholas was found shot to death in a farmhouse on property between M-36 and Spicer Road on February 21st, 2003.
The path will connect the Lakelands Trail to Whitmore Lake Road, providing a connection to Washtenaw County and to Hamburg Township.
The purpose of the plan is to guide the parks, open space and recreation decision-making of the Livingston County government until 2023.
Agreement papers for a potential new Veterans Court Coordinator approved by the County Board of Commissioners were not the ones sent by the Veterans Committee.
Cleary University and the Livingston Diversity Council are teaming up to bring people of different backgrounds and perspectives together for a conversation on race in America.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Elizabeth Hundley has been appointed to an Election Modernization Advisory Committee that will advise Secretary Benson and the Department of State’s Bureau of Elections on the implementation of Proposal 3 and other reform measures.
An updated draft of the plan that could bring expanded public transportation options to Livingston County, including airport service, was presented to the public on Tuesday.
Construction is continuing at a shopping plaza where new businesses and restaurants are slated to open later this year in Fenton.
Parker Middle School Band Teacher Jeff Stimson is leading efforts to raise awareness about kidney disease and organ donation through an upcoming event.
Board of Ethics Chair Dan Beagle called Councilman Carl Richards actions towards Councilwoman Mary Parisien as a "very egregious" violation of the city's ethics ordinance.
Township officials say despite misinformation being shared on social media and the "Next Door" app, the agreement will not give the district priority usage rights of the fields.
State Representative Ann Bollin of Brighton Township served as a member of the Policy Action Plan Committee to develop the plan, which highlights key areas to focus on during the current legislative term.
The popular food delivery service has finally made its way to Livingston County.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Area residents and businesses can expect to see and hear a number of helicopters around the Livingston County Spencer J. Hardy Airport.
Preliminary license approval has been granted for the restaurant seeking to serve beer, wine and liquor at the establishment.
The opinion involved the rape case against 25-year-old Justin Michael Bailey of Oceola Township.
The company filed for bankruptcy Monday night, saying all of its locations will remain open until at least the end of March, although most should stay in business until May as they wind down operations and sell off their inventory.
President Donald Trump's Friday declaration would divert federal funding toward building a wall along the United States and Mexico border.
A proposed agreement has organizers of the Hamburg Family Fun Fest up in arms.
Expanded recycling options for bulky cardboard boxes will soon be offered in Genoa Township.
The two local townships are reminding the community of free amenities for both kids and adults to enjoy.
Monday, February 18, 2019
Final signage has been determined for the renaming of Howell City Park to Scofield Park.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will issue March and April food assistance benefits early to reduce the gap between benefits payments that resulted from the partial federal government shutdown.
Genoa Township is proceeding with submitting a grant application to hopefully aid in completing a sidewalk project sooner than originally planned.
The partnerships will help support various programs, including one that provides cyber security training to people with disabilities.
Indivisible Livingston is protesting what they are calling a “Fake Emergency to illegally divert money to fund” a wall. It will take place at 5pm on the grounds of the Livingston County Courthouse in Downtown Howell
Among the actions for improving the county’s transit system are expanded weekend service, commuter shuttles and a regular service to Metro Airport.
There's still time to sign up for the upcoming event, which raises funds for a program that provides those in need with heating assistance during the cold, winter months.
Sunday, February 17, 2019
A third grader at Hawkins Elementary School who sold his own honey for presents for hospitalized children was honored at the Brighton Board of Education meeting.
The City is interested in improving the pavement and storm water drainage throughout the Department of Public Works site in a series of project phases.
High School girls can pick up a formal gown or dress for $25 and help a good cause during four upcoming weekends in Brighton and Howell.
Saturday, February 16, 2019
From 2001 through 2012, Pat Lockwood says communities throughout Michigan lost more than $5-billion that was diverted from revenue sharing and used to fix the state’s budget.
The City of Howell and M.A. Hanna are continuing annual monitoring and sampling of the Lucy Road landfill site.
Pipes burst on the third floor of the building January 31st.
The Huron Valley Community Coalition is asking parents to spend 5 minutes in order to help them glean information that will be used to write a new grant.
A draft copy of the plan is available on the county's website for a 30 day public review and comment period.
Friday, February 15, 2019
It was the second such grant awarded to the township even though it had never requested the money nor had “any notification whatsoever from the state” that the money had been awarded.
It will be located off of M-59, next to Taco Bell, and in front of the Emagine Theater.
New specialized equipment will help make trails in the Chelsea and Pinckney areas safer for outdoor enthusiasts thanks to local fundraising efforts.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers will be at the library for sessions that start next Tuesday, February 19th and then continue on three additional Tuesdays; March 5th, March 19th and April 2nd.
Ordained ministers Bill and Lori Fenton have offered their wedding officiant services free of charge on Valentine’s Day for the last three years.
The house fire is believed to have been caused by a wood burning fireplace.
Christine Reid has lived in the township since 2006 and has been a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for a decade.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
The Principal Shopping District Board, amid financial troubles, held an open discussion with business owners on what they like and didn't like about the marketing of downtown Brighton.
The easement agreement allows the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority to access the remainder of their property, which is to the north of the land on which the township's new police station has been constructed.
Lynn Markland has been chosen to be president of the Michigan Municipal Executives for 2019.
A group of dedicated and talented middle school band students are busy preparing for special concert Friday night.
The “ repurposed” downtown Brighton court building has been getting a facelift in recent weeks, including new carpeting and other touches.
The resolution passed the Democratic-led House 248-177 with 18 Republicans also in support.
The study will help determine financial projections for the City's water and wastewater systems, along with potential rate increases.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
54-year-old Daniel Hill will be laid to rest following a community farewell Saturday at 11am.
A young boy who had wandered away from home sparked a large search effort today.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation's program aims to revitalize participating communities by attracting and retaining businesses, entrepreneurs and talent.
The popular fashion retailer is the latest to declare bankruptcy, with two area stores are expected to close.
Failing roads, infrastructure, failing schools, drinking water, workforce and the need to work together and build a stronger economy were among the themes.
Front reception office help is needed weekday afternoons and throughout the day on Fridays.
Levi Podhola is an eighth grade wrestler at Pathfinder who faced an opponent from Tecumseh last Thursday night with cerebral palsy, 5th grader Kanton DeClercq.
Uptown Coffeehouse in downtown Howell will again be the hot spot to tie the knot this Valentine’s Day.
Two new science-related courses have been added to the curriculum in the Brighton Area Schools.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Area motorists are being reminded to slow down in icy, snowy conditions following a fatal afternoon crash on General Motors Road in Milford.
All public schools are closed in Livingston County, as well as many other charter, private and parochial schools.
The city of Howell was recognized as a Redevelopment Ready Community Monday night.
The Michigan Legislature recently passed a bill eliminating references to fireworks being allowed the day before, the day of and the day after national holidays.
Dance team voting donations will support Catholic Charities’ Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention programs.
The bond will raise $39 million for the school district, which will be used to update infrastructure such as roofs and boilers, secure entry points, add school buses and STEM Labs and athletic facility upgrades.
The rape charges were filed after police were dispatched to a gas station in Hartland Township on May 21st, 2016, where a 25-year-old woman claimed Ningan Hu had plied her with alcohol and then sexually assaulted her.
Township officials are deciding what, if any, projects they'd like to participate in as proposed by the Livingston County Road Commission.
The unique collection has been expanded and now includes things like Kindles, Wifi hotspots, and a car battery and alternator tester.
Monday, February 11, 2019
Police said the sulfuric acid was at a temperature of 160 degrees when the employee fell in.
49 Michigan schools had vaccination waiver rates that exceeded 30% in 2017. Among them are Cornerstone Christian School in Brighton and Livingston Classical Cyber Academy in Whitmore Lake.
The Board of Trustees is hoping to have a new pavilion constructed in the township park this spring.
The 6th Annual Livingston County Women's Health Goes Red event will be held Wednesday, February 27th, at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center in Genoa Township.
42-year-old Randa Jawhari vanished from her apartment complex on Shiawassee Avenue near US-23 on February 11th, 2009.
Crews will begin work within the next two weeks on installing water and sewer lines for the new Single Barrel Social, to be located in the former Border Cantina on West Grand River.
The Amber Reineck House gala will be held Saturday, February 16th, at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center in Genoa Township.
On Thursday, February 21st, both the Planning Commission and the Board of Trustees will discuss various aspects of the current plan and the new version.
Sunday, February 10, 2019
The Brighton City Council set private usage rates and approved a name for the new Mill Pond amphitheater at its meeting Thursday night.
South Lyon Police say an employee at an industrial plant fell into a tank of sulfuric acid on Saturday.
The company, which performs most of the services at the cemetery, had charged the same rates since 2008.
The three-day bowling fundraiser will take place Wednesday, March 6th through Saturday, March 9th at Striking Lanes in Hartland Township.
Saturday, February 9, 2019
The amended ordinance will now allow microbreweries to open in downtown Howell subject to special land use in the central business district.
9-year-old Lucas Vetter will share how he learned about LUCAS, a hands-free CPR device during the upcoming Lunch & Learn event.
The annual event will again cater to do-it-yourselfers, people looking to hire contractors for projects and those who just want to get some inspiration.
Friday, February 8, 2019
Chris Sovik has officially taken over as chief while other department members were promoted.
Financial help is headed to Livingston County in the fight to end homelessness.
The affected pole was on Dexter-Pinckney Road, just south of M-36 and north of St. Mary’s School.
Crossroads Outdoor LLC, an all-digital billboard company, filed the suit in October in U.S. District Court in Detroit against both Howell Township and the township’s Zoning Administrator Joe Daus.
Brighton Area Schools will be able to further enhance safety and security at various buildings thanks to a grant from Michigan State Police.
City Council members recently discussed increasing the rates, but instead chose to maintain status quo for at least the next fiscal year.
The Brighton City Council Thursday night unanimously approved spending $175,000 to perform spring maintenance work on several of the city’s primary streets.
Huron Valley Schools introduced the free SafeStop app that aims to enhance the safety and security of students by providing both real time information and peace of mind.
All services statewide will be down from February 15-18 as the Department of State is modernizing the computer system.
A Stockbridge man was arrested after stealing a cement truck, hitting vehicles at a GM facility and fleeing police.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
The Board of Trustees is interested in having a study conducted to determine if the speed limit on Eager Road should be lowered. Picture courtesy of Google Street View.
Howell joins 29 other communities, including the Village of Pinckney, that have qualified as “thoroughly prepared” when it comes to planning and zoning to remove traditional barriers and promote opportunities for prospective investors.
22-year-old Floyd Bryon Blalock Jr. had been charged with second-degree murder in the September 22nd incident that authorities say took place in an apartment on Seymour Road in Argentine Township.
More than 8,500 traffic stops that resulted in over 200 drunk driving arrests were reported from December's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
Hartland Township Assessor Jim Heaslip states in a memo that each year about a dozen late filed personal property exemption applications come before the Board of Review for acceptance.
Several Lyon Township Planning Commissioners expressed displeasure at housing unit densities on a proposed development that includes the Erwin Orchards property.
Fire Chief Mike O’Brian tells WHMI that the millage — if passed — would be used for remodeling or expansion of the authority’s five fire stations plus construction of a sixth station
Officials say if the position change is approved, the leftover funds would be used for community outreach, specifically the “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully” program.
Lawmakers voted Wednesday on party lines, with both of Livingston County’s House lawmakers, Hank Vaupel and Ann Bollin, joining their GOP colleagues in favor of the rejection.
The township outdoor lights were in need of repair and officials determine it would be best to retrofit all of the exterior lighting with efficient LED lights.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
An agreement dated December 4th gave back pay and benefits to former Veterans Services Officer Dawn Learst. It also authorized an additional payment of $55,000 from the county's insurer.
Officials are considering ballot language to let voters decide if they want to consolidate waste services to help protect their roads.
On Monday, the Milford Village Council approved the first reading of an ordinance amendment that would limit the number of occupants in a rental home based on the square-footage.
Brighton Fire Chief Mike O’Brian tells WHMI they just want to warn people to take extra time on the morning commute and pay attention as there is the potential for some devastating amounts of ice.
Local emergency responders have rallied to the aid of Unadilla Township Fire Chief Mark Schroeder after he suffered a blood clot in his lungs.
State grant funding for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or STEM programs will benefit the two local school districts.
While incarcerated in the county jail for a separate case, James Bonam allegedly solicited a third party to commit murder with help from his girlfriend at the time.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
17-year-old Ethan James Smith told police he brought the knife to school to defend himself after being threatened by another student.
Authorities say after fleeing from police in a vehicle, Crystan Medina and Daniel Sinko drove into the City of Howell, where they fled on foot and broke into an occupied residence.
Fenton City Council learned more about a proposed Veteran’s Memorial that would be located at Freedom Park during a meeting Monday night.
Organizers announced late Monday that due to milder-than-normal temperatures, they have had to cancel the 2019 Michigan Pond Hockey Classic that was set for this weekend on Whitmore Lake.
The Judicial Tenure Commission has filed a new petition with the Michigan Supreme Court seeking the suspension of a Livingston County judge who faces criminal charges.
Amanda Thomashow, a former Michigan State University student, filed a Title IX case in 2014 which led to an investigation and contributed to Larry Nassar’s eventual firing from the university
If LETS receives state assistance supporting the project, the service would not be directly operated by LETS, but instead through a contract with a motor coach operator.
The Genoa Township Board met Monday night and the topic of recycling again dominated the meeting.
Monday, February 4, 2019
The SUV apparently had a mechanical problem while trying to turn at the Grand River & Cross Street intersection.
Superintendent Greg Gray says the reason for the budget escalation is that enrollment has shown an increase from earlier projections.
The family-friendly event will be held this Saturday, February 9th and is free to all attendees.
State Senator Lana Theis (R-Brighton) sponsored one bill of a seven-bill plan that would allow victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking to hide their physical address from offenders.
31-year-old Dane Mathew Steward led police on an hour-long chase that ended on I-96 west of Mason Road near Howell, where Steward was taken into custody.
39-year-old Edward Franklin Hulbert of Howell was sentenced to serve two to ten years in prison last week by Livingston County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hatty. He had earlier pleaded guilty to a count of aggravated domestic assault.
Goals for the upcoming year include assessing underground infrastructure and pedestrian walk ways.
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Awards were meted out at the annual Brighton Area Fire Authority Awards Ceremony Friday night at the Brighton Performing Arts Center.
Holly Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin says MSU would likely not be required to take action on Larry Nassar under the proposed changes.
Rubella, also known as the German measles, is a viral illness with symptoms that can include a low-grade fever, sore throat and a rash.
Saturday, February 2, 2019
A Whitmore Lake elementary student was injured while crossing a neighborhood street to get to the bus stop.
Livingston County residents looking to improve their community’s health could be in line to receive an award.
Friday, February 1, 2019
The victim has been identified as a 67-year-old man.
North American Brokers filed suit against Howell Public Schools in 2015, alleging that they had engaged a buyer to purchase the former Latson Road Elementary School property owned by the district but received no broker commission for the sale.
Howell Public Schools has partnered with St. Joseph Mercy Health System to host a parent workshop titled Drugs 101 on Tuesday, February 5th.
A new phone system is on track to be installed at the Brighton Township Hall and wastewater treatment plant.
The Downtown Development Authority is making it a point to work more closely with businesses to help them succeed and thrive.
The Hartland, Howell and Pinckney school districts have all used their allotted number of days for which they can cancel classes due to conditions out of their control.
The Scofield Park Dedication Committee requested the name change with a goal to recognize Bill, Joy and Rick Scofield’s influence and many years of commitment to the city.
37-year-old Robert Joseph Markus had been charged with bank robbery and armed robbery for the January 19th incidents. At a probable cause conference earlier this week, a second count of armed robbery was added.
Organizers say the interpretive program will offer fun for all ages and detail the history of ice harvesting.