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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Longtime Hamburg Official Passes Away

Township Trustee Annette Koeble died on Tuesday. In a statement from Township Clerk Mike Dolan, Koeble was remembered as being “dedicated to serving her community.”

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

BAS Teacher Contract Talks Move Sluggishly

According to BEA President Barry Goode, the Board of Education is continuing to demand a pay cut, despite about $9 million in overall savings. “They’ve moved some (from their previous position), but we’re not anywhere near where we need to be,” he said.

Three Sheriffs To Host Charity Golf Outing

Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy has partnered up with Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson and Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian BeGole for the United for Kids Golf Outing.

Tyrone Man Sentenced On Child Sex Abuse Charge

39-year-old Jeremy J. Studt of Tyrone Township was charged earlier this year with several felony counts after he was arrested in July of 2019 by the Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team, or GHOST.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Slotkin Defends Voting Record Against Junge Attack

Republican candidate Paul Junge of Brighton issued a press release targeting incumbent Democrat Elissa Slotkin about her stance on an extension of the Paycheck Protection program, a claim her campaign called “disingenuous”.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Tyrone Township Gets Favorable Audit

Tyrone Township was said to be in significantly better shape than other municipalities – liabilities are known and predictable, revenues are healthy and the township doesn’t have the contingencies many others are dealing with right now.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Slotkin Speaks Out On Trump Refusal To Commit To Peaceful Transition

Following comments Wednesday in which President Trump declined to commit to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the November 3rd election, 8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin is again calling on top intelligence and military officials to state their intention in such a circumstance.

BAS Board Chooses New Superintendent

He is Matthew Outlaw, superintendent of the 2,400-student Brandon School District in Ortonville, who coincidentally is a Brighton native and current local resident and whose children are now enrolled in the Brighton Area Schools.

Howell Township Postpones Rezoning Request

The Planning Commission agreed to postpone discussion of rezoning 20 acres of heavy commercial zoning on Burkhart Road, following a developer's presentation on why he feels multi-family residential housing is appropriate.

Secretary Of State Extension Deadline Approaching

With the deadline less than a week away, affected residents who need to renew their driver’s licenses or state ID cards are being urged to schedule their appointment as soon as possible to avoid late fees and other issues.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Renaissance Fair-Style Fundraiser To Benefit Mentor Livingston

Diva’s Night Out is described as an all outdoor renaissance fair style fun-raiser on the Schell Family Farm in Pinckney this Saturday, September 26th from noon to 10:00pm. The program is reaching out to women who want to get out of the house for a while and have some fun.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Slotkin And Junge Meet In First Debate

Healthcare, racial tension, and more were discussed between Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin and Republican challenger Paul Junge during their first of three scheduled debates.

Livingston County To Get EEE Spraying Tonight

The spraying is being done to try and kill mosquitoes that carry the virus, which so far has infected 32 animals, including a horse in Livingston County, and one human, a Barry County resident.

Timber Touted As A Key To Sustainable Building Future

A virtual tour of Michigan State University's new STEM Teaching and Learning Facility is taking place today during the Michigan Mass Timber Summit. The event will be held online over three sessions, and will examine the costs and benefits of mass timber projects, design and logistics, building codes and construction.

Monday, September 21, 2020

COVID-Infected Students At CSA, Brighton; Probable Case In Howell

In an email sent out Friday, parents of students at the Charyl Stockwell Academy in Hartland were informed that a student was diagnosed with COVID-19. Two students at Brighton High School also tested positive, while an elementary school student in Howell is considered a probable case.

Michigan Trails Week Underway

Livingston County residents are being encouraged to take advantage of the state’s more than 13,000 miles of trails and take part in a new challenge.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

Brighton's Fire Marshal Receives Official Designation

The Brighton Area Fire Authority reports that Fire Marshal Richard Boisvert successfully completed the process that awards the professional designation of “Fire Marshal”, a designation according to only 188 others worldwide.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Another Howell H.S. Student Tests Positive For COVID

The student on Bus #36 who tested positive for the virus is not believed to be connected to the one positive and two probable cases reported over the weekend that forced a one-day closure of the high school and freshman campus on Monday.

Online Roundtable Examines Myriad Of Water Issues

Livingston County Drain Commissioner Brian Jonckheere was among four water resource representatives from Oakland, Livingston, and Washtenaw counties and South Lyon who participated in the Water Roundtable hosted by the Salem-South Lyon District Library and the South Lyon Community Television.

Howell Superintendent Granted Emergency Powers

The temporary powers give HPS Superintendent Erin MacGregor "to respond quickly and appropriately to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic" including waiving board policies and entering contracts without board approval.

Fowlerville To Host First Home Football Game

The Fowlerville Gladiators will take on the Williamston Hornets at 7pm Friday night, and Superintendent Wayne Roedel says they’ve had to do some things a little bit differently because of COVID restrictions.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Big Ten Calls Audible, Will Play Fall Football After All

Less than five weeks after pushing football and other fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course Wednesday and said it plans to begin its season the Oct. 23-24 weekend. Each team will have an eight-game schedule. Photo - AP - Tony Ding

Hundreds Of Military Ballots List Wrong VP Candidate

The ballots listed Libertarian candidate Jeremy Cohen in the place of Vice President Mike Pence. The more than 400 incorrect ballots were intended to be mailed or emailed to Michigan residents living abroad under the Military and Overseas Empowerment (MOVE) Act.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Prosecutor Candidates Trade Jabs On Experience

Democrat Ragan Lake and Republican David Reader will face off in the November General Election. Following Lake's assertion that Reader's judicial experience did not, in and of itself, qualify him to be an effective prosecutor, Reader responded to what he said were "unsupported allegations."

Monday, September 14, 2020

COVID Confirmed In Howell & Brighton; Howell H.S. Closed Today

In Howell, both the high school and the Freshman Campus are closed today and students will switch to online learning after a 12th Grade student tested positive. Meanwhile, a student at Maltby Intermediate School in Brighton has also tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

EEE Cases Up In Michigan

Officials say the number of confirmed cases for 2020 is more than double the number of cases found by this time last year.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Friday, September 11, 2020

Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of 9-11 Attacks

First responders gathered this morning to honor the memory of lost lives and sacrifices made during the Brighton Area Fire Authority’s annual 9-11 Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes, with the ceremony streamed online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Brighton AD Questions Governor's Sports Mask Mandate

Brighton High School Athletic Director John Thompson says he has "many concerns" about the decision to require masks for many athletes, including for football, soccer and volleyball. He called it an "unenforceable mandate" and said it is "trading one concern in which data shows has minimal impact on kids for another risk that God forbid could cause a kid an even greater harm."

Playdates Discouraged By State Health Officials

Michigan Department Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said the state continues to aggressively track outbreaks and asked that parents consider not having playdates and gatherings as they normally would.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Slotkin Bill Seeks To Enhance Smart Border Security

8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin today introduced the bipartisan Integrating New Technologies to Empower Law Enforcement (INTEL) at Our Borders Act, which garnered support from the National Border Patrol Council, a union representing border personnel.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Water Roundtable Discussion Set Next Week

Panelists, including Livingston County Drain Commissioner Brian Jonckheere, will address concerns from the public and answer questions about the prevention of PFAS and contaminants and how the COVID crisis has impacted water resources.

Milford Man Skips Out On Sentencing For Second Time

34-year-old Jesse Ray Linn was originally arrested December 4th after Milford Police say he stole a 2019 Chevy Silverado from a gas station in Wixom and then fled from officers when they tried to take him into custody.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Fowlerville Tractor Operator Injured In Crash

A preliminary investigation indicated that a 40-year-old Fowlerville man was traveling south on Nicholson Road on his John Deere tractor Monday when it was struck from behind by a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Metroparks Ready For Labor Day Holiday Weekend

At Kensington Metropark, the beach and Splash N’ Blast are open, along with the boat launch and boat rentals. Trails are open for hiking, biking, walking, running and roller blading in all parks.

Friday, September 4, 2020

VINA Tailgate To Go Virtual For 2020

The VINA Tailgate Party is the signature event for the nonprofit with Michigan and Michigan State fans using their rivalry to raise money for the clinic, which offers affordable dental care to low-income, uninsured residents of Livingston County.

Man Sentenced For Police Chase

28-year old Eddie Allen III of West Bloomfield was arrested June 16th in Putnam Township and charged with fraud, fleeing and eluding, resisting police and driving on a suspended license.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Lyon Twp. Woman Cuts Tether, Skips Out On Sentencing

25-year-old Jessica Kropiewnicki of Lyon Township was set to be sentenced on Wednesday in Oakland County Circuit Court following a no contest plea to assault with intent to murder for her part in a 2019 baseball bat attack.

Awareness Campaign Focuses On Infant Safe Sleep

September is "Safe Sleep Month" in Michigan and LACASA Center’s Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council and the Livingston County Health Department are working in tandem by raising awareness about safe sleep practices.

BHS Principal Given Surprise "Thank You"

The gifts were presented to Brighton High School Principal Gavin Johnson for what they called his “tireless work this past spring and summer in putting together the seniors’ graduation program, in spite of all the obstacles posed by the coronavirus pandemic.”

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

BAS Board Interviews Irvine, Responds To Teacher Protest

Sharon Irvine, Brighton’s assistant superintendent for labor relations and personnel, was grilled in a series of questions Tuesday after the board alleged the teacher's union had tried to “manipulate the emotions of the teachers and community as means of trying to pressure the board into capitulation.”

Final Month To Fundraise For 2020 Walk To End Alzheimer's

The 10th Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd, and while it won’t be taking place specifically in downtown Brighton, it will instead utilize communities throughout Livingston County, with a mix of real-world and virtual components.

Fowlerville Students Head Back To Class

Parents were able to choose in-person instruction or online learning for each of their children. Today will be the first day for students with last names A-J. Those with the last names K-Z will start Thursday.

Slotkin Calls Junge's Debut TV Ad "Misleading and Tired"

Republican Paul Junge of Brighton released the ad titled “Politics Aside” targeting Democrat Elissa Slotkin - which Slotkin's campaign has called misleading and repeats a “failed” attack against Slotkin from the 2018 campaign.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Brighton Teachers Protest Proposed Salary Reduction

Many of the teachers complained that the school district is demanding they take a 5.8% cut in pay, all the time when the district has millions of dollars saved up in fund equity. The Board of Education has since responded by saying that it was, “highly inappropriate for the BEA leadership to selectively disclose information from the negotiation session out of context...”

Give Blood, Get A Haircut

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and the Red Cross is partnering with Sport Clips to give blood and platelet donors a free haircut.