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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Friday, May 29, 2020

Local Superintendents Discuss Upcoming School Year

A Webinar sponsored by the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce included Greg Gray of the Brighton Area Schools, Rick Todd of the Pinckney Community Schools and Tom DeKeyser of the Whitmore Lake School District.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Slotkin To Host Virtual D.C. Field Trip For Michigan Students

On Friday morning at 10:30, 8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin will hold a virtual Washington, D.C. field trip for Michigan students. It will feature a “Capitol tour” and live Q&A with Slotkin, as well as testimony from officials serving in a variety of government agencies including the White House, National Institutes of Health, United States Department of State and the U.S. Navy.

Decision Again Delayed For Pair Charged With Livingston Deaths

Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin were charged with second degree murder last year by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office for their roles in running the New England Compounding Center. Final arguments have been re-set for a third time due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

HCCC Releases Collective Impact Report

The Livingston County Homeless Continuum of Care Committee has released their latest report which highlights how several of their partner organizations are helping the community through the COVID-19 crisis.

VINA Online Auction Begins Tonight

The VINA Dental Clinic is holding a 24-hour online auction fundraiser with vacation stays, gift baskets, and prizes donated by the community being put up for bid.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Detmer Denies Campaign Links To Protest Organizers

A recent report links Cindi Holland, who serves as the manager for Howell Republican Mike Detmer’s campaign for the 8th District GOP nomination, and Londa Gatt, the Detmer campaign’s grassroots director, to the organizers of the April 15th Operation Gridlock protest in Lansing.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Sunday, May 24, 2020

New Whimsical Park Planned In Downtown Howell

Conceptual designs were presented during a recent virtual meeting and the project is designed to provide a charming spot for people of all ages to gather and enjoy the beauty and of Howell.

Advocates Press For Rental & Mortgage Assistance Program

Housing advocates predict a massive wave of evictions and foreclosures once the moratorium on evictions is lifted, unless the state puts together a comprehensive program to assist families thrown out of work by the COVID-19 crisis.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Friday, May 22, 2020

City Council Votes To Dissolve Brighton PSD

Council approved a resolution to dissolve the Principal Shopping District and associated special assessment districts. Members Renee Pettengill, Kristoffer Tobbe and Jim Bohn were opposed.

Practice Safe Gatherings Memorial Day Weekend

Livingston County Emergency Management and Health Department are encouraging people getting together during the holiday weekend to continue safe steps and protect themselves and their families.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Judge Tosses GOP Lawsuit Against Whitmer

A 1945 law cited by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, is not limited to local and regional emergencies only and can have no end date, said Judge Cynthia Stephens of the Court of Claims.

Lansing Kroger Employee Says They Battle Virus Every Day

Kristine Holtham, a 53-year-old Kroger meat department worker in Lansing, joined a conference call Wednesday by the United Food and Commercial Workers union, which called on food retailers to extend hourly hazard pay for frontline workers.

Hidden Harbor Condo Fire Deemed Suspicious

Fire crews are being commended for their response to a large fire deemed suspicious at the Hidden Harbor condominium complex in the City of Brighton. One person was hospitalized in critical condition with severe smoke inhalation.

Resolution Seeks To Dissolve Brighton PSD

The idea to dissolve the PSD, a nine-member board that oversees the promotion of Downtown Brighton, was proposed by Councilman Jim Muzzin following the May 7th adoption of the city’s 2020/21 fiscal year budget.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Recycle Livingston Set To Reopen June 1st

Normally the organization’s site days are on Saturday and Wednesday, but for the first three weeks of June, they will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, utilizing an alphabetical scheduling system.

Thousands Evacuated After Dams Break Near Midland

For the second time in less than 24 hours, families living along the Tittabawassee River and connected lakes in Midland County were ordered Tuesday evening to leave home. By Wednesday morning, water that was several feet high covered some streets near the river in downtown Midland.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020

Couple Arrested After Following Undercover Detectives

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office says two undercover detectives were in the Kensington Place mobile home community at Grand River and Kent Lake Road when they started being followed by an SUV with police-style lights in the windshield at about 3am Saturday.

School Board Votes To Refinance Outstanding Debt

The Brighton Board of Education took a step last week toward saving interest costs, while approving a line of credit to avoid having to go to the state’s Revolving Loan Fund and borrow this summer.

MIOHSA Shares Guidelines For Returning Workers

With manufacturing and construction sectors re-opening, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration is giving guidelines for employers and returning employees to help keep everyone safe from COVID-19.

Playground Kickoff Canceled Due To COVID-19

The kickoff fro Brighton's Imagination Station was to have been held Saturday, May 9th, but was cancelled due to concerns over safe distancing, stay-at-home and other restrictions placed by the state stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

MLBA Releases Guide For Restaurants Prepping To Reopen

A new resource guide is available to Livingston County restaurants and bars that will help make certain they are as ready as possible for the day when they can again reopen their doors to the public. However, a portion of it seemingly stands in opposition to guidelines set forth by public health officials.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020

Prosecutors Association Says Whitmer Orders Are Enforceable

The statement by the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, which is led by Livingston County Prosecutor Bill Vailliencourt, is at odds with one of the rationales that Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy stated in his refusal to enforce the governor’s stay-at-home order.

Vaupel Telemedicine Plan Passes House

The proposed legislature allows patients to record video and send it with images to doctors for analysis, while also making people on Medicaid eligible for reimbursement.

Search Warrant Executed On Suspects In Gregory Store Theft

Among the businesses that were targeted was The Unadilla Store in Gregory, which was broken in to on both February 1st and then again on April 11th. In both instances, the suspects unsuccessfully attempted to break in to the store’s ATM.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Howell Nature Centers Plans Soft Reopening May 29th

Nature Center officials say the May 29th target date, a day after the current stay-at-home order expires, will give them time to “slowly bring staff and volunteers back and ensure all health and safety COVID-19 mitigation protocols are in place and operational.”

Hartland Schools Moves Bond Proposal To August Ballot

The bond was pulled from the May 5th ballot after concerns grew on the emerging COVID-19 pandemic and officials stressed the need to keep voters safe and to the spread of the virus. The August ballot proposal contains the same projects as the May proposal and remains the same, requiring a 1.44 mill increase in the current tax rate.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Governor Offers Unemployment System Update

Governor Whitmer said the state has provided more than 1.1 million unemployed Michigan workers with more than $4 (B) billion in benefits and the state is committed to working until every eligible worker who applies for unemployment benefits gets them.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Michigan Receives Experimental COVID-19 Medication

During a press conference, Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said the FDA has granted an emergency use authorization of the experimental medication Remdesivir and Michigan was one of the state’s to receive a small amount of the medication.

Commission To Further Study Gun Ban At Michigan Capitol

Commission members heard conflicting legal advice at their meeting. It ended early when “very racist and threatening” comments were made in a chat room function of the video-conferencing platform Zoom, which was how the public could participate, said panel spokesman and vice chairman John Truscott.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Sunday, May 10, 2020

State Tells Enbridge To Rewrite Line 5 Application

The State Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has asked Enbridge to rewrite its permit application to rebuild an oil and gas pipeline underneath the Straits of Mackinac and include alternative options.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Friday, May 8, 2020

Whitmer Extends Stay Home Order To 28th; Restarts Manufacturing

The Democratic governor, whose emergency powers are being challenged in court by the Republican-led Legislature, lengthened the shelter-in-place order to last nearly two more weeks in a state where more than 4,200 people have died from COVID-19 complications. The restrictions had been scheduled to expire May 15.

Vaupel Plan To Open New Telehealth Options

State Representative Hank Vaupel introduced a bipartisan package of bills that would allow patients to record and forward medical data to doctors for review at a point when they have time available, rather than requiring it be done live.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Districts Preparing For Major State School Aid Cuts

The loss of tax revenue from businesses during the COVID-19 shutdown is forcing the state legislature to look at hundreds of dollars in per-pupil funding cuts to public school districts across Michigan, with a $1 to 3 billion loss in the combined general fund and state school aid fund.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Legislature Sues To Block Whitmer’s Virus Order

The lawsuit, filed in the state Court of Claims, says a 1945 law that gives the governor broad emergency powers to order such restrictions governs local, not statewide, declarations like one that has been in place since March.

AG Nessel Confirms Executive Orders Enforceable

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Order and places of public accommodation order are still enforceable and issued a letter of guidance to local law enforcement officials across the state. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Brighton Sign Displays COVID-19 Misinformation

The property where the sign is located is owned by John Conely, a former member of the Brighton Board of Education and owner of Conely Auto Sales & Service. Conely tells WHMI that he has now asked his friend to remove the COVID-19 misinformation from the sign.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Men Likely Survived 2019 Lake Michigan Crash Landing

The body of 53-year-old Emanuel Manos of Monroe was found after the May 12th, 2019 crash, while that of 65-year-old Randal Dippold, of Perry, was never recovered. Dippold, a Pinckney High School graduate, owned Airservice Enterprise Inc. at the Livingston County Airport, which is where the aircraft was based.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Friday, May 1, 2020

Whitmer Unfazed As GOP Lawmakers Reject Extending Emergency

Republican State Senator Lana Theis said Whitmer's actions were a “rejection of the democratic process" and the legislature acted to "restore the balance of power.” Meanwhile, 8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin condemned a protest against the orders, saying she was "disappointed to see that many of those protesting (put) their own interests ahead of the health and safety of their fellow citizens.”

Nessel to Investigate Contact Tracing Contract

The issue had originally been brought to light by Republican Livingston County Commissioner Wes Nakagiri after he noticed that the software company chosen to manage the data had connections to dozens of Democratic candidates, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Library Emphasizes Digital Resources During Shutdown

The Brighton District Library, along with Livingston County’s other libraries, will remain closed until further notice. Additionally, Brighton has cancelled all programs and meeting room usage through the end of June.