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Friday, January 31, 2020

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Community Pays Tribute To Brighton Girl

14-year-old Madison Wegener passed away last week at the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor after a years-long battle with pulmonary hypertension.

Whitmer Lays Out Bonding Plan To Fix State Roads

During Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State address Wednesday, the Democrat rolled out a $3.5-billion borrowing plan to fix Michigan's crumbling road system. But it drew criticism from Republicans for ignoring local roads and for increasing the state’s debt.

Keep Thieves And Scammers From Claiming Your Tax Refund

The state Attorney General's office is working this Tax-related Identity Theft week to ensure that residents have the knowledge needed to keep their private and personal information safe from those who would file phony returns in their name.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Milford Twp. Man For 2015 Sex Assault On A Minor

39-year-old Daren William Muns had been sought by South Lyon Police on a three-count warrant for a 2015 sexual assault when he was spotted January 21st by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Team.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Gun Advocates Seek Sanctuary Status For Livingston

A large group of local residents and guns right activists attended a meeting of Livingston County's Board of Commissioners to urge officials "to not enforce against any citizen an unconstitutional firearms law".

Lawmaker Says Whitmer Needs To "Think Outside The Box" On Roads

Republican State Representative Mike Mueller of Linden says when Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer makes her State of the State address Wednesday night, he will be listening for her plans on how taxpayer dollars will be used to fix Michigan roads, especially local roads.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Diamond Chrome Plating Restarts Degreasing Process

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy says Diamond Chrome Plating started to use a new degreasing fluid on December 23rd as an acceptable alternative to trichloroethylene, also known as TCE.

Michigan Recreation Passport Fee To Increase

The Recreation Passport allows for year-round vehicle access to more than 100 state parks and recreation areas, campgrounds, trails, boat launches and other outdoor recreation opportunities.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Groups Come Together To Present Van To Prout Family

17-year-old Larry Prout Jr. of Howell, who required extensive surgeries from birth for various medical issues including spina bifida, arrived with his parents Friday at Brighton Ford, where they were greeted by a crowd of supporters. There the Prouts were presented with a transit passenger van.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Brennan Transferred Out Of Livingston County Jail

Theresa Brennan was booked this morning into the Livingston County Jail after she was sentenced last week to serve six months in jail following her earlier guilty plea to a charge of perjury. She has since been transferred.

South Lyon Man Sentenced To Lengthy Prison Term

71-year-old Hal Jeffrey Wiessbock pleaded guilty last month in Oakland County Circuit Court to three counts of possession of child sexually abusive material and three counts of using a computer to commit a crime.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Student Groups To Compete For $10,000 To Turn Ideas Into Reality

The Community Foundation for Livingston County has announced the Imagine Boldly competition in which teams of student from Pinckney High School and Pinckney New Tech High will compete on stage, presenting their ideas to improve the community or resolve a current problem.

Volunteers Needed For Winter Stonefly Search

Volunteers will be in the field helping experienced researchers collect the elusive Winter Stoneflies, figure out what makes streams healthy or unhealthy, and understand how river ecology works.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Brighton Man Charged With Church Break-In

51-year-old Gregory Gontarski is charged with breaking and entering with intent and three counts of resisting and obstructing a police officer after the January 12th incident.

Man Charged For Impersonating A Cop Seeks Bond

42-year-old Michael Joseph Snyder of Northfield Township was charged last month with false impersonation of a police officer or employee of the United States. He was charged following an October 27th incident on I-96 in Livingston County.

Hartland Twp. Discusses Proposed M-59 Pathway Connector

MDOT has planned a pathway connector from Hartland Woods to Oakbrooke Apartments and township officials want to complement those efforts by providing residents with a complete pathway on the south side of M-59 from Cullen Road to Old US-23.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Detmer Speaks At Michigan Gun Rights Rally

Howell Republican Mike Detmer, who is seeking the GOP nomination to run against 8th District Elissa Slotkin, also separately denounced comments made on a Facebook page he was a member of.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Construction Will Affect Grand River Traffic In Brighton

A traffic shift will be in effect so that a live water tap can be installed on the water main which serves that area of town. Officials say the contractor hopes to get the work done in one day, but the project may extend into Tuesday.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Friday, January 17, 2020

Teen Charged With Target Robbery, Police Chase

17-year-old Jamone Carter of Kentwood and 17-year-old Kquazay Vinson of Grand Rapids face counts of resisting and obstructing police and breaking and entering. A 16-year-old from Grand Rapids will face charges in juvenile court.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Cleary University Hosting MLK Day March

A 2.8 mile march from the Johnson Center to the Historic Howell Theater will be supplemented with short speeches on themes and ideas consistent with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's teachings.

VINA Looks To Expand Services In 2020

According to the United Way report for Livingston County, there are currently 27,500 residents who qualify for dental care at VINA and two specific areas the organization is hoping to expand into are the veteran’s community and senior citizens.

Huron River Expected To Crest Today

In a Facebook post Wednesday morning, the township noted that water from the ponds next to Merrill Road had filled in the roadway and the trail, closing the Trail at Merrill Road.

World Champion Technodogs Kick Off New Season

The Brighton High School FIRST Robotics team, which won the world championship last year in Detroit, held the season kickoff event recently and invited robotics teams from all the high schools in Livingston County to the event, held at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Nominations Sought For Outstanding Volunteers

The deadline is January 31st to nominate an individual, student, or youth organization to be honored at the Livingston County United Way’s Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Breakfast in March.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Cleary University President Jason Boyers To Resign

Cleary University President Dr. Jayson Boyers will resign, effective May 8th, 2020, in order to assume the position of president of Rosemont College, a private, Catholic liberal arts college in Rosemont, Pennsylvania.

Milestone Will Mark 15th Celebration Of MLK Day In Milford

Residents can participate by donating items to the soup meal food drive, submitting to the art/writing/multimedia contest, walking in the March on Main Street, or assisting at the soup meal assembly event to benefit Community Sharing’s food pantry.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Wanted: Compassionate & Brave Plungers

Participants of the Livingston County Polar Plunge will jump into Leith Lake, located behind Brighton High School. Local individuals and teams have already begun fundraising for the event, which will be held on Saturday, January 25th.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Slotkin Votes To Pass PFAS Legislation

Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin also introduced an amendment to hold the Environmental Protection Agency accountable for coming up with viable alternatives to AFFF, the firefighting foam at the root of PFAS contamination in many Michigan communities.

Hartland Citizen Assessment Returns Positive Results

While respondents felt road maintenance and transportation options were areas where the township's priorities could improve, the survey found that in terms of community satisfaction, the municipality meets or exceeds most benchmarks.

Public Input Sought On Livingston County Trails Plan

A Trail Summit will be held Wednesday, January 22nd at the John E. LaBelle Public Safety Complex in Howell Township. The meeting will begin with a short presentation followed by opportunities to provide input and mark-up maps.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Tainted Steroid Compensation Fund Officially Closed

In all, 642 grants were dispensed to outbreak victims or their survivors, for a total of more than $23 million. The outbreak, caused by tainted steroids produced by the now-closed New England Compounding Center, killed 23 people in Michigan, 11 of them in Livingston County.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Appeals Panel Hears Arguments In Sahouri Lawsuit

The Michigan Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Wednesday on the latest appeal by the Hartland Consolidated School District to a lawsuit filed by Tracey Sahouri in 2012, alleging it violated the Whistleblower Protection Act when it removed her as principal from Creekside Elementary School.

Former TV Anchor Seeking To Replace Slotkin Raises $250,000

Republican Congressional Candidate Paul Junge, a former Lansing-area TV news anchor, most recently worked in the Trump Administration at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He says he is grateful for the financial support to launch his campaign to oust 8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin.

Howell School Bus Struck Head-On

Authorities say the driver of a pickup truck headed southbound on Wiggins Road lost control on the ice-covered roadway and struck a northbound Howell School bus head-on.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Fire Destroys Marion Township Home

The Howell Area Fire Authority was called out just after 11:30pm to a home in the 3000 block of Sesame Drive. When they arrived on scene, Fire Chief Andy Pless says that flames were visible from the roof.

M-59 Pathway To Be Constructed In Hartland Twp.

MDOT is constructing a pathway on the south side of M-59 from approximately 250 feet west of Hartland Woods Drive, to easterly approximately 700 feet to the existing pathway at the Oakbrooke property.

Inclusion & Diversity Will Be The Focus Of Library Event

The Howell Carnegie District Library will host World Cultures Day on Monday, January 20th from 1 to 3pm. It will encourage participants to be a World Culture Detective and find out what makes the different cultures represented in Howell both unique and complementary.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

OWI Enforcement Focus Of Additional Patrols In Genoa Twp.

62 hours of additional patrols by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office in the municipality resulted in 57 traffic stops, two drunken driving arrests, eight misdemeanor arrests, and 14 citations being issued for violations such as speeding.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Slotkin To Lead Congressional War Powers Vote

On Sunday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi informed House members that 8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin would lead the introduction of a war powers resolution calling for an end to military action against Iran without congressional approval.

Howell City Council To Host Budget Worksession

Interim City Manager Erv Suida says Council wants to make sure to start early, identify objectives and get a good game plan together to get through this fiscal year and the upcoming fiscal year.

Volunteers Sought For Community Connect

The Livingston County Homeless Continuum of Care Committee hosts the one-day connection to needed items, community resources, and free services for Livingston County residents in need.

Town Hall Will Focus On New No-Fault Law

The town hall is sponsored by The Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault, or CPAN, a coalition of 15 major medical groups and 11 consumer groups that had fought to preserve Michigan’s one-of-a-kind no-fault auto insurance system.

Registration Still Open For Polar Plunge

The annual Livingston County Polar Plunge will be held Saturday, January 25th, at Brighton High School. Participants will jump into Leith Lake, located behind the high school, to raise money for the Special Olympics of Michigan.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Bollin Seeking Legislative Intern

Republican State Representative Ann Bollin of Brighton Township is looking to welcome a young adult from Livingston County to join her office as a Legislative Intern.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Howell Nature Center Wildlife Director Retiring

Dana DeBenham is leaving a legacy of 25 years at the Nature Center by developing a Wildlife Park with over 70 Animal Ambassadors, a Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic and Pre-Release Zone serving over 4000 animals annually.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Community Coalition Seeks To Expand In 2020

The Huron Valley Community Coalition has been working to bring on more partners in its work, as research shows a significant reduction in youth substance use where there is a strong community-based coalition in place.

Nominations Sought For Hartland Chamber Awards

The Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards celebrates those that have demonstrated unique vision, support and achievement in support of Hartland Living, the area economy, business community, and quality of life.