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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Parents, Students Rally To Halt Contact Sports Shutdown

Among those who addressed Saturday’s “Let Them Play” demonstration was Republican State Senator Lana Theis of Brighton Township. Meanwhile, the organizer of the “Let Them Play” movement has drawn scrutiny for social media posts that have, “pushed COVID skepticism, debunked election fraud conspiracies and QAnon rhetoric.”

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Preliminary Report Released In Fatal Plane Crash

The single-engine Piper PA-24 piloted by 60-year-old David Compo crashed January 2nd into a home on Dakota Drive in the Orchards of Lyon subdivision – about a half mile from New Hudson Airport. Compo, his 55-year-old wife Michele and their 18-year-old son Dawson were all killed on impact.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Theis To Whitmer: Let High School Athletes Play

State Senator Lana Theis supported a resolution urging the governor to lift the suspension on winter contact sports and allow them to resume immediately. State health officials say sports that require closeness between players make it more difficult to prevent disease transmission even with masks and other mitigation measures in place.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Defamation Lawsuit Dropped Against Former Restaurant Workers

Adam Merkel, who owns Diamonds, Cello, and the Silver Pig in downtown Howell, filed the defamation lawsuit last year against four former employees for comments they made on social media concerning how his restaurants reopened after the COVID-19 shutdown.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

BAS Budget Currently "In The Red"

The district finds itself in a different position than it has for the past several years, after ending the 2019-20 fiscal year with $7.4 million fund balance, which itself was down from an over $9 million balance before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Whitmer Extols Biden Buy American Order, Dodges Gordon Questions

Governor Gretchen Whitmer praised the Made in America Executive Order signed by President Joe Biden on Monday, saying it will help create good paying union jobs and build back the economy. She also refused to explain the abrupt departure last Friday of Michigan’s health director Robert Gordon.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Parents & Players Seek Return Of Winter Contact Sports

A statewide petition is requesting that the state lift the current pause on winter contact sports like basketball and hockey. State health officials say the concern over COVID outbreaks is even greater with confirmation of the more highly-infectious variant of the virus.

Recent Lawsuit Highlights Housing Discrimination Issues

The Fair Housing Center of Southeast and Mid-Michigan, which recently aided an interracial couple in filing a federal lawsuit against two Livingston County real estate agents, says most people don't know they've been a victim of discrimination.

Reality Tour Kickoff Set For Thursday

A kickoff event this Thursday at the Historic Howell Theater Wake Up Livingston will help launch the virtual Reality Tours, set to take place twice a month starting February 4th. The free tour will allow participants to follow the fate of a fictitious teen addicted to drugs.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Friday, January 22, 2021

Hartland Man Likely To Enter Plea In Plot Against Whitmer

Ty Garbin of Hartland Township is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing Wednesday, according to a notice filed by U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker. He was one of six people arrested after the FBI in October said it broke up a plot to kidnap Whitmer by anti-government extremists upset over her coronavirus restrictions.

Bezotte Gets Committee Assignments

Republican State Rep. Bob Bezotte of Howell was appointed Thursday as vice chair of the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee. He will also be serving on the House Military, Veterans, and Homeland Security, Communications and Technology, and Insurance committees.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

COVID-19 Outbreak Reported At Howell Nursing Home

MediLodge of Howell is reporting a total of 39 residents and staff has been infected with COVID-19. Prior to January 1st there had only been two cases among residents since the state began collecting data from long-term care facilities in late April of last year.

Livingston's COVID Vaccine Doses Not Among Spoiled Shipment

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reported Tuesday that it had been notified by distribution company McKesson Corporation that several shipments of Moderna vaccine shipped on Sunday, Jan. 17, had their temperature reported as going out of range and getting too cold. The cause of the incident is under investigation by McKesson.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

State To Hold Faith-Based Vaccine Town Hall

Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will be joined by a panel of health experts and members of various faiths to take questions and share facts about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Families Celebrate MLK Day At Drive-Up Rally

Several dozen vehicles, most with families, attended the 16th annual celebration of the holiday organized by the Huron Valley MLK Day Committee which featured a brief presentation of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech that participants listened to on their radios while volunteers accepted donations as part of a soup meal food drive.

Dr. Bernice King To Headline Mid-Michigan MLK Program

A conversation between Bernice King and Elaine Hardy, commission chair, will be featured in the one-hour TV program, which will also feature comments from 8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin and other elected officials.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Light Show & Live Nativity Draws Hundreds, Raises Thousands

When St. Mary Pinckney’s annual Christmas concert was postponed due to the pandemic, parents and parishioners decided to do their part in overcoming the gloom of 2020. The $2300 raised by free-will donations will help make it possible for students to attend St. Mary who otherwise would not be able.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Friday, January 15, 2021

Home Heating Help Available In Michigan

In a recent survey, more than half of Michigan voters said their household finances are stretched because of the pandemic. Federal and state financial assistance for low-income households was expanded in 2020, and some of those funds still are available.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Senate Dems Say Theis Among Those Who Contributed To Violence

Republican State Senator Lana Theis of Brighton Township was among ten Republican State Senators who signed a letter asking Congress to investigate massive voter fraud in the election, despite all evidence to the contrary. Democrats introduced resolutions to condemn those who signed the letter as contributors to violence.

Indoor Dining Could Resume In February

In a press conference held Wednesday afternoon, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced she was hopeful that the state could lift indoor dining restrictions for bars and restaurants beginning February 1st.

BAS Looking To Fill Vacant Administrative Position

The district's former Assistant Superintendent for Labor Relations and Personnel Sharon Irvine earlier informed the Board of Education that she would be leaving at the end of the year to become the superintendent of the Southgate School District.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Trump Impeached After Capitol Riot In Historic Second Charge

Ten Republicans fled Trump, joining Democrats who said he needed to be held accountable and warned ominously of a “clear and present danger” if Congress should leave him unchecked before Democrat Joe Biden’s inauguration Jan. 20. Trump is the only U.S. president to be twice impeached.

Slotkin Explains Impeachment Rationale During Town Hall

“Accountability” was the word Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin kept coming back to as she explained her thoughts on what repercussions should come from last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol. The Holly Democrat said she believes those events meet the definitions of “violent insurrection” and “terrorism,” and that President Donald Trump incited it.

Flint Man Charged In Howell Check Cashing Store Robbery

40-year-old Rollo Thomas Pickens of Flint had already been charged with several counts of armed robbery for various robberies and attempted robberies at Check ‘n Go locations in Genesee County. He is now set for arraignment later this month for the November 25th robbery of the Howell location.

No Discipline Planned For Maddock Following Capitol Attack

Michigan House Speaker Jason Wentworth has no plans to discipline Milford Republican Matt Maddock and will seat him for the upcoming session that begins today, despite condemnation for his role in the rally that preceded the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Motion Again Denied To Drop Murder Charges In Fatal Meningitis Case

On Monday, Livingston County Circuit Court Michael Hatty denied motions filed by lawyers for Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin to reverse the decision of 53rd District Court Judge Shauna Murphy who determined in August there was enough evidence to bind the pair over for trial on 11 counts each of second degree murder.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Monday, January 11, 2021

Police Chase Ends In E. Lansing After Brighton Store Robbery

The Brighton Police Department reports that five men entered the T-Mobile store on West Grand River at about 1pm Saturday. They forced the employees into the back room where they were able to gain access to a large amount of electronic devices. All five suspects then left the store in a silver Ford Fusion.

Eligibility Outstripping Local COVID Vaccine Supply

Three clinics are scheduled this week, which officials say will finish off the remainder of their vaccine and also complete the Phase 1A priority groups the Department is targeting. The next shipment of vaccine won't be until the week of January 24th.

Brighton To Reopen Exploration Of Social District

City Council is exploring the idea of a social district where restaurants and bars could sell an alcoholic beverage to a customer who could then take it outside and consume it in a designated common area.

Hartland Man Sentenced For Setting Barn Fire

33-year-old Michael Paul Nester pleaded no contest last month to charges of arson and malicious destruction of property stemming from a suspicious fire in the early morning hours of September 8th.

Car Parade Greets Local Vet On 90th Birthday

Gino Gervasi - who served in the 3rd Marine Division, 2nd Battalion, in 1953 and ’54 - was beaming from ear to ear as he waved at the cars going by in the long procession. Saying he “couldn’t believe” what the fuss was all about, to Gervasi, the tribute was a total surprise.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

State Rep. Bollin Posts Perfect Voting Record

Republican State Representative Ann Bollin of Brighton Township recently completed her first term representing Livingston County residents in the Michigan House with a perfect voting record.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Hatorando Sushi & Sports Bar Reaches Settlement With State

Hatorando Sushi and Sports Bar In Hartland Township was cited in December for violations of the public health orders put in place to control the spread of COVID-19, including prohibiting gatherings of patrons in food service establishments.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Expected GOP Co-Chair Called To Step Down After Capitol Riot

Meshawn Maddock, who is married to Milford Republican State Rep. Matt Maddock, will become co-chair at the state party’s convention next month. News that she helped to organize busloads of Trump supporters who traveled to the Capitol for a protest that turned into a riot has spurred a call for her to withdraw.

Local Dem Chair Says Theis Helped Enable Capitol Mob

Livingston County Democratic Party Chair Judy Daubenmier State Sen. Lana Theis "stoked the unfounded lies that the election was illegitimate" and that Livingston County "needs to understand that Theis was part of an attempted coup against the United States of America.”

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Theis Asks Congress To Investigate Unsubstantiated Voter Fraud Claims

State Senator Lana Theis was one of 11 GOP State Senators asking Congress to examine "allegations of election-related concerns surrounding fraud and irregularities" despite more than 60 lawsuits alleging mass voter fraud being dismissed by courts across the country, all concluding that the claims being made were without merit.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Court: Prepare For Vaccination Of Incapacitated Family Members

Chief Probate Judge Miriam Cavanaugh said “While many residents of nursing homes and family members have already taken the necessary legal steps to allow for important medical decisions to be made on their behalf, the court wants to make sure that there are no delays in vaccinating vulnerable populations.”

Monday, January 4, 2021

Comment Period Open For Genoa Twp. Rec Plan

A January 13th special meeting will take place in anticipation of hearing public comment and approving a new recreation plan that will allow the township to apply for DNR grants in 2021.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Michigan COVID Deaths Just Shy Of 12,600

76 of those deaths have been in Livingston County, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 73 of the local deaths are confirmed, with three deaths listed as probable COVID-related.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Child Killed In US-23 Crash

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were dispatched at approximately 11pm Friday to northbound US-23, south of M-59, on the report of a single vehicle crash with possible injuries.

Friday, January 1, 2021