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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Relief Package Passed But Unemployment Benefits Delayed

Michigan must wait until guidance is issued from the U.S. Department of Labor before it can begin implementing the provisions of the Act that was passed, thus there will be a delay in benefits for those currently enrolled in federal benefit programs.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

COVID-19 Case Numbers Improving In Michigan

Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said they’re cautiously optimistic about the data they’re seeing in the state but stressed that is not cause to celebrate or become complacent as progress is fragile.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Monday, December 28, 2020

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

County To Add New Public Defender Position

Livingston County's Chief Public Defender said that now that her office has some time under it's belt, that they need one more felony attorney to best serve clients and the court.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Monday, December 21, 2020

Firefighters Battle Barn Fire West Of Fowlerville

Fowlerville Fire Chief Bob Feig tells WHMI that they were called at 8:10 pm for a structure fire in the 5000 block of Stow Road. He says they arrived to find a large barn that was well involved with fire and with several large pieces of farm equipment inside.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Michigan Lawmakers, Governor Agree To $465M In Virus Aid

Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer agreed to a $465 million pandemic spending plan, including relief payments to businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat because of the coronavirus and government restrictions to curb its spread.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Padnos Receives Air Permit With Changes

EGLE's Air Quality Division issued a Permit to Install to Padnos for their proposed industrial shredder with modifications including more frequent testing and an allowed lead emissions limit.

Casinos, Bowling Alleys & Theaters Can Re-Open With Restrictions

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has lifted a prohibition on in-person instruction at Michigan high schools and said movie theaters and other entertainment venues can re-open with capacity restrictions following a decline in coronavirus cases. Indoor dining remains banned.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Indoor Dining Ban Extended To January 15th

Indoor restaurant dining will continue to be barred under the new state health department order that takes effect Monday. Bowling alleys, casinos and other entertainment businesses can re-open but must close drink and food concessions.

Slotkin Says COVID Relief Package "Our Duty" & "Our Job"

8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin spoke on the House floor Thursday, detailing the plight of three of her constituents, including a veteran from Brighton and a server from Hartland. "They are not asking for their government to solve every problem. But they expect their government to act."

Donations Still Being Accepted For Toys For Tots

While the official deadline to donate toys to the dozens of collection boxes throughout the county has passed, Livingston County Toys for Tots will still accept them through December 23rd at their warehouse in Genoa Township.

House Adopts Bollin Patient Rights Resolution

Brighton Township Republican State Representative Ann Bollin says adoption of the resolution reaffirms that it is the patient or surrogate decision maker’s right to direct medical decisions in conjunction with the physician, “and to give affirmative consent for the refusal of treatments.”

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Grand Jury Indicts Hartland Man, Five Others, In Kidnap Plot

A federal grand jury has charged six men, including Ty Garbin of Hartland Township, with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in what investigators say was a plot by anti-government extremists who were angry over her coronavirus policies.

Northfield Township Police Warn Of Holiday Scams

Northfield Township Police on Wednesday issued an advisory on holiday scams, concluding that people should: “Trust your gut!” and that if an offer or deal appears “Too Good to be True, It probably is”.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Fowlerville To Host Wreaths Across America Ceremony

The program, sponsored by the Fowlerville Fourth of July Committee, will start at noon this Saturday, coinciding with the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and similar events at over 2,500 other cemeteries across the nation.

EMS To Add Billing Specialist

The Administrative Specialist position is being reduced to part time to make room for the new part time position that will help the department more timely bill for calls.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Snowy Owl Rescued By Howell Nature Center Staff

While rescue missions are rare for the Howell Nature Center’s wildlife team, mostly due to limited time and resources, two staff members offered to help as they knew that this young snowy owl was highly susceptible to predation.

Irvine Leaving Brighton To Become Southgate Superintendent

Brighton Area Schools Assistant Superintendent for Labor Relations and Personnel Sharon Irvine, who has been in that position for a year and a half, confirmed at Monday night’s virtual Board of Education meeting that she will be leaving at the end of the year to become the Southgate Community Schools’ new superintendent.

LACASA Toy Drive Ends Saturday

Staff are asking for new and unwrapped toys and gift cards that might help make a child living in the Crisis Shelter's holiday a bit more special.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Local High Schools Will Finish 2020 Online

Since the current health department order ends on December 20th, and winter break starts the very next day, Livingston County high school students will not be going back to school until after the New Year’s holiday.

Donation Gives DART Members High Visibility

The Howell Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star have purchased new Carhartt “high visibility” jackets for all 33 members of the Livingston County Disaster Assistance Response Team, or DART.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Alcohol Suspected In Fatal Handy Township Crash

A preliminary investigation indicated that a 32 year old Byron man was driving north on Fowlerville Road in a 2007 Pontiac G5 when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle slid off the roadway into a tree.

Milford Settles Lawsuit With Former Employee

Michael Esson, the Village’s former assistant public services director, filed suit in 2019 alleging violations of Michigan’s Whistleblower Protection Act, extortion, retaliation, racketeering, freedom of speech issues and violations of due process.

Friday, December 11, 2020

Funds Will Repair Pedestrian Bridge In Hamburg Township

$50,000 will be granted to Hamburg Township to repair the Hay Creek bridge along the Lakelands Trail near Chambers Road. The 104-foot bridge dates from the 19th century when it was built by the Ann Arbor Railroad. Repairs are expected to begin in the fall of 2021.

Senate Approves Theis Bill To Limit Public Health Orders

Republican Senator Lana Theis sponsored legislation that would limit emergency orders issued by the state Department of Health and Human Services to 28 days and require that any extension of such orders receive legislative approval before taking effect.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Slotkin Says Lack Of COVID Relief Is "Shameful"

Speaking Wednesday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Slotkin stressed the urgency of passing a package before the end of the year, saying that “Platitudes won’t feed a family. Empty words won’t get folks through the holidays.”

Commissioners Vote To Increase Their Pay In 2021

A motion to retain the current compensation was voted down, followed by an amendment to raise the levels by an average of 8.4%, which passed 5-4, despite strong opposition that voting themselves an increase while many of their constituents were suffering economic hardships didn't "pass the smell test." A final vote is expected Monday.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Man Enters Plea To Genoa Township Sexual Assault

Police say 25-year-old Luis Santana of Lincoln Park picked a teenage girl up from her home in 2019 and sexually assaulting her in the parking lot of the Lowe's Home Improvement store in Genoa Township.

BAS To Host Limited Schools Of Choice Program

At its meeting last week, the board approved a Schools of Choice program for grades jr. kindergarten-through-4 and grades 7-12, as space permits. In Michigan, each school district is allowed to choose whether it will participate or not in the program.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Slotkin Says Biden Pick For Defense Secretary "Feels Off"

8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin says “choosing another recently retired general to serve in a role that is designed for a civilian just feels off.” The comment followed reports that President-elect Joe Biden would nominate retired four-star Army general Lloyd J. Austin as defense secretary.

Federal Officials Hear Arguments On Enbridge Pipeline Tunnel

A dozen organizations are calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reject plans to construct an oil-pipeline tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. An online hearing was held Monday on Enbridge's permit application for the tunnel, which would replace the existing Line 5 pipelines.

Four Livingston Schools Report COVID Outbreaks

As the state extends the partial shutdown, additional local school districts are reporting COVID-19 outbreaks, which are defined by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services as those educational institutions “that have been found by their local health department to have two (2) or more COVID-19 cases who may have shared exposure on school grounds and are from different households.”

Monday, December 7, 2020

Slotkin Says COVID Relief Bill Long Past Overdue

8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin says one issue that seems to be a sticking point is aid for struggling states and local governments to fund programs like unemployment and rental assistance that will expire at the end of the month.

National Older Driver Safety Awareness Week Underway

Livingston County residents and others across the state are being encouraged to celebrate the week by taking the opportunity to learn more about the topics related to aging and driving on the state’s Safe Driver Smart Options.

Holiday Lights Shine In Brighton From Crowdfunding Campaign

The DDA’s goal was to cover the Millpond area in holiday lights, the same as in years past. In a release Friday, it was announced that the campaign had raised over $10,000 which DDA Chair Tim Corrigan said meant that the City of Brighton will be “lit up and festive again this year.”

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Friday, December 4, 2020

Hartland Man Enters Plea To Barn Fire

33-year-old Michael Paul Nester was charged with arson and malicious destruction of property charges that stemmed from a suspicious fire and property damage that occurred at a property located off of Clyde Road, east of Hartland Road, in the early morning hours of September 8th.

Theis & SOS Verbally Spar Over Data Memo

State Senator Lana Theis and two GOP colleagues have questioned the motivation of a memo by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson ordering the deletion of all electronic pollbook software and associated files. Benson's office says it is standard procedure and suggestions to the contrary help to amplify "false and widely debunked conspiracy theories."

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Giuliani To Republicans: Pressure Legislature On Biden Win

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani made baseless claims of “massive fraud, all over the country,” which he later restated to a Republican-led legislative committee while pressing legislators to intervene. Just a day before, Attorney General William Barr declared the Justice Department had uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election.

Michigan AG Argues Men Should Face Jury On Murder Charges

In a pair of filings Tuesday, the Michigan Attorney General’s Office refuted a motion by attorneys for Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin that the second degree murder charges they face should be dismissed. The men were charged last year for their roles in running the New England Compounding Center.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Brighton Man Killed In I-696 Crash

Michigan State Police say a preliminary investigation indicated a 45-year-old Brighton man was eastbound on I-696 when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a bridge abutment.

Health System Launches Social Care Hotline

Mercy Health and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, which together comprise the Michigan region of Trinity Health, implemented a social care hotline earlier this year to connect individuals with needed support, including access to food, transportation, health insurance, medication assistance, dependent care and more.

Whitmer Calls On Legislature To Pass COVID Relief Plan

Additionally, the Governor said it's too early to say if a three-week order that prevents high schools from offering in-person instruction, prohibits dine-in service at restaurants and closes various entertainment businesses will be extended.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Brighton Board Ratifies Teacher Contract

The Brighton Board of Education unanimously ratified the salary reopener portion of the Brighton Education Association’s three-year contract at its meeting Monday night. The two sides had been at loggerheads on the contract for months until a tentative agreement was reached earlier this month.

EGLE Awards Recycling Grants

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) announced more than $1.5 (m) million in infrastructure grants to support expanded recycling. Dexter Community Schools was among the recipients.