State Sen. Lana Theis today urged her Senate colleagues to reject confirming Elizabeth Hertel's appointment by Gov. Whitmer as director of the state Department of Health and Human Services unless Hertel “fully commits to reopening the state immediately, to restore a fully in-person learning experience for K-12 students, and to not shutting down school sports"
Following the lead of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners, the Michigan Senate Appropriations Committee voted 11-6 to adopt an amendment on a party-line vote that would force the state to stop using the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index to determine vaccine allocations.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has strongly encouraged schools to provide a face-to-face option by March 1st and she said most districts will be able to meet that goal. Meanwhile, Whitmer said her administration will announce the further loosening of coronavirus restrictions in the coming days.
Lawmakers unveiled a plan designed to lower prescription drug prices, bring parity in insurance coverage of chemotherapy and improve the quality of health care - which includes a measure sponsored by State Rep. Ann Bollin of Brighton Township.
The Area Agency on Aging 1-B will be holding a drive-up facemask distribution event from noon to 2pm this Friday, February 26th at the Howell Senior Center, 925 W. Grand River Avenue. The agency has approximately 2,000 KN95 masks to give away at the event, which will be available to those 60 and older.
62-year-old Daniel Thompson, formerly of Gregory but now living in Harrison, was charged after leaving threatening messages for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and making vulgar and threatening remarks via phone with a member of Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin’s office.
The Board of Commissioners passed a resolution asking the state to retract the current Social Vulnerability Index-based vaccine allocation plan and replace it with one more medically-based and weighted towards the senior population.
The Fowlerville Fire Department was called out at 2:19am on the report of a fire at a home on Lange Road. Fire Chief Bob Feig says upon arrival they found that a fire that had started in the chimney area of the home was extending through the roof and into the walls.
The 2-1-2 arrangement that has been in place since the start of the school year in September simply means all in-classroom students attend school on Mondays and Tuesdays, have a virtual, online day on Wednesdays, and are back in school on Thursdays and Fridays.
LACASA's Child Abuse Prevention Council and Great Start Livingston are seeking nominees for the award which recognizes community members who have made a noteworthy and positive impact on children's lives.
29 people were issued $180 tickets for impeding traffic at a racial injustice protest last July in Chelsea. The American Civil Liberties Union and attorneys with the University of Michigan Law School argue police “illegally infringed on (defendants’) constitutionally protected right(s)".
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were dispatched just after 7:30 Friday morning to a crash involving a 2016 GMC Sierra pickup truck and a Livingston Educational Services school bus at the intersection of Challis Road and Conrad Road.
After Zoom-bombers interrupted an online service of the Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton, showing KKK-related images and making racist statements and violent threats, Minister Julie Brock has responded with an open letter to the culprits.
A committee of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners took the first step in passing a resolution requesting that the state move away from the CDC's Social Vulnerability Index for determining how much COVID-19 vaccine counties get.
Jarod Ericksen has been hired to start the Esports team at Cleary University this fall. Considered the fastest growing sport in college athletics, esports involves organized, multiplayer video game competitions, usually played for an audience. Space is being dedicated in the Cleary Commons to build an Esports Arena.
State Representative Ann Bollin said putting a check on the actions of the Legislature during the lame-duck period after elections would be a huge step in the right direction for restoring the public’s trust in state government.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer is again calling on the Republican-led Legislature to pass a COVID Recovery plan to provide critical support for those struggling. GOP leaders say, instead, they are working with each other as their plans are "substantially" different than Whitmer's.
The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting the virtual Dr. James S. Jackson Seminar on Health Equity and Alzheimer's Disease on Wednesday, March 3rd from 5 - 6:30pm. It is named in honor of the late-Dr. James Jackson’s research at the University of Michigan.
Strong opinions were voiced by Brighton parents at a Monday night workshop session to keep the current 2-1-2 arrangement and not revert to pre-COVID five, in-classroom days per week. That echoed results from a recent survey.
City Council, hearing large public outcry that police were targeting and citing Black Lives Matter supporters at a July 31st gathering, made a recommendation to the police chief to rescind the tickets that were issued.
As a major snowstorm has dumped more than half a foot of snow across most of the region, the cities of Howell & Brighton, along with the villages of Fowlerville & Pinckney have declared snow emergencies. All area schools have also canceled classes for the day. Also, Livingston County offices, including the courts, will open at Noon today.
Businessman Vern Brockway owns approximately 100 acres at 1388 Lucy Road, where site renovations are being proposed that will eventually replace an existing structure with a larger 6,000-square-foot repair shop and office building.
State Rep. Ann Bollin of Brighton Township, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, says while she shares priorities with Gov. Whitmer on issues such as roads, schools and health care, they need to be achieved through revenue-neutral means.
Attorneys for Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin filed motions last month in the Michigan Court of Appeals to reverse earlier rulings against their clients that they should stand trial on 11 counts of second-degree murder for their roles in the 2012 meningitis outbreak which killed more than 100 people nationwide, 11 of them in Livingston County.
State Sen. Lana Theis says the use of the Social Vulnerability Index, or SVI, in determining how much COVID-19 vaccine each county receives is “grossly disproportionate" to Livingston County, which ranks low based on its status as relatively healthy and prosperous.
Plans call for constructing an asphalt plant and warehouses on 30 acres adjacent to the northwest corner of the Old US-23 and Center Road intersection. Residents raised concerns about waste disposal, odor, traffic, pollution and say it would be an eyesore that would ruin the rural character of the community.
The suit was filed last October in U.S. District Court in Detroit by Michigan resident Matthew Borke against Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the ET Rover natural gas pipeline which was built through Livingston County in 2017 despite public protest.
Livingston County has the lowest ranking of all 83 counties in Michigan on the CDC's Social Vulnerability Index, which is now being used by the state to determine vaccine allocation. State officials say vaccine distribution "correlates with the communities hardest hit by COVID-19 this spring."
Phase 2 means people come into the building for in-person filings, payments and other service. In person court proceedings will be allowed on a limited basis, with as many proceedings as possible to be conducted virtually.
26-year-old Evan Thomas Silva of Hartland Township was killed Saturday night when a small cannon device that was fired in the backyard of a Gaines Township home blew up, spraying metal shrapnel that struck him in the chest.
The Livingston County Convention & Visitors Bureau says its annual “Hospitality Star Scholarship” seeks to continue investing in the education of the tourism industry professionals in the Brighton-Howell Area.
Planning Commissioners are seeking more information on a proposed development that would recreate a chapel and prayer space similar to St. Padre Pio's Home in Italy, with nearby residents concerned that future plans would include a hospital.
A small cannon device that was fired in the backyard of a home by the homeowner blew up, spraying metal shrapnel that struck a Hartland man who was standing nearby. He later died at Hurley Medical Center in Flint.
The Republican-controlled state House, including both of Livingston County’s representatives, approved a nearly $3.6 billion coronavirus relief package Thursday but voted to withhold $2.1 billion for schools unless Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cedes the state’s authority to prohibit in-person instruction or sports and hands it over to local health officials.
While the Livingston County United Way “Spirit of the Community” Breakfast will be online this year, Livingston County Drain Commissioner Brian Jonckheere, who is also the United Way Board President, will return as host.
Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin was named Chair of the Intelligence & Counterterrorism Subcommittee of the House Committee on Homeland Security and says outreach and education are key components to the fight against those who would resort to violence for political goals.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today announced the state will amend its most current epidemic order, allowing the start of four contact winter sports on Monday, February 8th; boys and girls basketball, hockey, wrestling and competitive cheer, as long as masks are worn at all times. The restriction was set to be in place through Feb. 21.
Angela Guillen has been selected to succeed longtime Howell City Clerk Jane Cartwright. Guillen, who is currently the Deputy Clerk in Genesee County’s Mundy Township, is expected to begin her role with the City later this month.
Republican State Senator Lana Theis of Brighton Township, said she joined with her GOP colleagues to reject the nominees, saying that Gov. Whitmer must, “learn to respect the separation of powers, respect the Michigan Supreme Court, and respect the will of Michigan's people.”
The women, who dress in full nun habits and go by the name of, "The Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary" are based in Hartland Township, but according to a spokesman for the Diocese of Lansing, "do not have canonical standing within the Church."
Melissa Seifert, associate state director of government affairs at AARP Michigan, said vaccine appointments are available through local health departments. However, she noted that with such high demand, time slots are in short supply and the online system can be glitchy.
Kris Valade and Cody Alexander were chosen as “Shining Stars” by the Brighton Board of Education for their efforts during a recent COVID-19 incident that left the entire kindergarten class at the school in quarantine, including their regular classroom teacher.
Livingston County residents and others across the state are being encouraged to apply for two scholarship opportunities that aim to close the talent gap in the labor force for skilled trade and technical professions.