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Saturday, October 30, 2021

Volunteers Sought For Cleanup Project

The City of Howell is seeking volunteers for an event to clean up the right-of-way by the railroad tracks on the north side of town between the Howell Depot Museum and Barnard Street.

Friday, October 29, 2021

Slotkin Testifies About Flooding On Ore Lake & Huron River

Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin stated that one of the issues she’s been grappling with is Michigan being hit by severe and repetitive flooding. She questioned emergency management experts on how to help protect communities that are most vulnerable against these increasingly frequent disasters.

Genoa Planning Commission To Host Master Plan Open House

The Genoa Township Planning Commission is in the process of updating the township’s Master Plan and says that understanding the community’s changing identity is essential to developing and maintaining civic engagement, attracting and keeping residents, and supporting local businesses.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

More Than 1,000 Hartland Students Are Quarantined

The latest weekly update letter from Superintendent Chuck Hughes, sent out on Wednesday, indicated 1,055 students were being kept out of class since last week, with 83 positive or probable cases of COVID-19 in the district.

Outgoing Howell Mayor & Council Members Say Goodbyes

Mayor Nick Proctor and Council members Randy Greene and Jeanette Ambrose are not seeking re-election. Council met Monday night with those outgoing members offering their reflections, thanks and at times, getting a little emotional.

Bezotte Among Legislators To Propose Auto No-Fault Fix

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers, including Republican Bob Bezotte of Marion Township, announced a legislative package on Wednesday on the steps of the state Capitol to try and fill funding gaps in Michigan’s new auto insurance law.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Team Takes "Field of Dreams" For Peer Buddy Baseball Game

A Peer Buddy Baseball Club called “Field of Dreams” hit the diamond at Cleary University’s Lake Trust Stadium on Sunday for a game that included children with disabilities or other circumstances that have prevented them from playing an organized sport.

Former MSP Captain Files Discrimination Lawsuit In Livingston County

Michael Caldwell filed the action against the Michigan State Police, MSP director Col. Joseph Gasper and Lt. Aimee Brimacombe. Caldwell, who is represented by Pinckney Attorney James K. Fett, claims that he was demoted after he expressed concerns about diversity initiatives within the agency.

AAA Offers Tips For A Safe Halloween

With the increased number of pedestrians trick-or-treating this Sunday night, along with the risk of cell phone distraction while driving or walking and potentially impaired party goers behind the wheel, AAA Michigan is offering some tips to try and keep everyone safe while trick-or-treating

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

BAS Board Votes Down Anti-Quarantine Motion

While applause greeted Trustee Bill Trombley's motion to immediately end the policy of quarantining students who had been identified as being exposed to the coronavirus in school, it was voted down largely on procedural concerns.

South Lyon Church Celebrating 190th Anniversary

The First Presbyterian Church of South Lyon is holding an Open House this Saturday, October 30th from 2 to 4pm to mark their 190th anniversary. Located at 205 E. Lake Street, the church is listed as a National and Michigan Registered Historic Site.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Brighton Clerk Reminds Residents To Return Absentee Ballots

A low number of absentee ballots have been returned with barely more than a week before the election, leading Brighton Clerk Tara Brown to speculate that many voters may believe they already voted, when in it fact it was for a similar-looking primary election in August.

Bond Modified For Wixom Man Charged In Capitol Riot

30-year-old Michael Foy, described by prosecutors as one of the most violent protesters during the January 6th attack on the Capitol, is now allowed to leave home to attend religious services and go on pre-scheduled job interviews.

Specialty Courts Receiving State Grants

Livingston County's Adult Drug Court, Intensive Treatment Mental Health Court, and Veterans Treatment Court are receiving Problem Solving Court grants from the State Court Administrative Office.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Eligible Residents Encouraged To Get COVID Booster

All residents 18+ who received the Johnson & Johnson and those 65+ or who live in long-term care, have underlying medical conditions, or live or work in high risk settings and got the Moderna vaccine should get a booster, according to the state health department.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Former Cheer Coach Sentenced To Probation

35-year-old Alisha Beaton of Fowlerville was sentenced Thursday to a year of probation for her conviction on a single count of embezzlement by an agent or trustee of $200 or more but less than $1,000.

Redistricting Public Hearings Continue

The second of five public hearings on the latest drafts of Michigan's new voting district maps took place Thursday in Lansing, with another set tonight in Grand Rapids. The final maps will be used for the next decade of elections.

Brighton City Council Approves Budget Amendments

Extra contributions will be made towards the City's unfunded pension liability, City employees will receive a thank-you bonus, and the police department can look towards training a new hire for a presumptive opening next summer.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Prosecutor Declines Charges In Coughing Incident

The Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office has declined to seek charges against a Brighton school board trustee after he was accused of purposely coughing on a parent during a Brighton Board of Education meeting.

Deadline Friday to File For School Board Appointment

Earlier this month Trustee Charlie Aberasturi gave the Board of Education notice that he intended to move out of the district to be closer to his grandchildren and would step down as soon as a replacement could be found.

Mast Road Bridge Work Almost Done

The lengthy rehabilitation project near the City of Dexter is close to final completion and a sealant is being applied to concrete parts of the bridge.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Former Fenton Twp. Doctor Sentenced In Kickback Scheme

April Tyler. a former physician who owned and operated Fenton Creative Healthcare, was charged in 2018 in U.S. District Court in Detroit with 18 counts of conspiracy and health care fraud. She later pleaded guilty to a single charge of violating a federal Anti-Kickback Statute, in exchange for the other counts being dropped.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Brighton Theatre Company Set To Open In New Space

A Wilde Theatre will debut Friday night in their new space in Downtown Brighton. Owner and Director Lynn Wilde said an opportunity for a new space opened up at the old Studio West building, directly behind Jameson's Pub, and she grabbed it.

Arguments Set In Lawsuit Over Proposed Howell Twp. Gun Range

The 6th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has scheduled oral arguments for December 9th in the lawsuit which was filed in 2018 by Oakland Tactical Supply and three potential users of an outdoor shooting range proposed for 352 acres on Fleming Road.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Amid Redistricting Uncertainty, Slotkin Remains Top Fundraiser

According to campaign finance disclosure reports, Holly Democrat Elissa Slotkin is the top fundraiser among all 14 of Michigan's Congressional representatives. In a year of electoral uncertainly due to redistricting, Slotkin raised $957,461, with $3.76 million in cash on hand.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Fire Destroys Brighton Township Home

Brighton Area Fire Authority Chief Mike O’ Brian tells WHMI that they were called out at 12:16 Saturday morning to a home in the 5000 block of Red Fox Drive for a garage fire spreading into the home.

FEC Levels Fine Over Slotkin Fundraising PAC Fund Transfer

According to an April 2020 FEC report, the Michigan Democratic State Central Committee originally disclosed $78,000 in transfers it received from the Slotkin Victory Fund during the 2018 calendar year, “but failed to itemize the contributions received through the transfers.”

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Friday, October 15, 2021

Judge Denies Request To Restore Lawmaker's Bond

A Livingston County judge denied a defense motion to reinstate bond for State Rep. Jewell Jones, who has been jailed since September 15th after tampering with an alcohol monitor ordered following a previous violation. Photo courtesy of WDIV /

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Concerns Raised About County Appointment Process

Resident Bob Sexton, a Democrat, spoke during call to the public and said he had applied for a position but was shocked when after the application deadline had passed he was told the posting was being re-opened with new requirements that would exclude him.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Cleary Announces Degree Partnership With Detroit Police Dept.

Detroit Police Chief James E. White joined with Cleary University President Alan Drimmer to announce the program which was created in response to the needs of the Detroit Police Department to provide educational training and benefits to officers and staff.

Drug Use Possible Cause Of Fatal Tyrone Twp. Crash

A preliminary investigation indicated that a 53-year-old Grand Blanc man was driving a 2007 GMC Savanah van east on Rohn Road late Tuesday afternoon when he crossed over the westbound lane and left the roadway to the north.

Howell Mayor Comments On Presidential Visit

Mayor Nick Proctor reported that he was pleased to represent the City at last Tuesday's event - saying he had an opportunity to shake the President’s hand and welcome him into Howell.

Three Horses In Nearby Counties Test Positive For EEE

The state announced three new cases of EEE in horses from Genesee and Shiawassee Counties - saying the findings highlight that mosquitoes carrying EEE are still alive and active and Michiganders still need to take precautions to safeguard their animals and themselves.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Fire Damages Tyrone Township House

Just after 4pm, a call came in about a possible fire at a home in the 11000 block of White Lake Road, with arriving Fenton Fire Department units reporting a working fire in a single-story residential structure.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss Probation Officer's Lawsuit

The suit was filed last year by Shalimar Howard, a Michigan Department of Corrections probation officer, who claims former Livingston County Prosecutor William Vailliencourt and others conspired to falsely charge her with perjury resulting in a false arrest and an unwarranted prosecution.

Court Grants Deadline Extension For New County Map

The Michigan Court of Appeals has granted the Livingston County Apportionment Commission extra time to complete its task of redrawing the county’s commission districts, although it is unlikely to have any practical effect.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Friday, October 8, 2021

Surprise Retirement Party Nets Arc Livingston $100k Grant

A surprise farewell gathering for Anne Richardson, who will soon be stepping down as Executive Director of The Arc Livingston, ended up being a double surprise with a $100,000 grant to the organization from the Von Voigtlander Foundation.

Commission Adopts New Map While Waiting On Court Decision

The Livingston County Apportionment Commission adopted a map on Wednesday to ensure compliance with an October 11th deadline. It had sought an extension like many other counties across the state but had not yet heard back from the Michigan Court of Appeals and thus felt it would be appropriate to just proceed.

Probation Ordered For N. Carolina Man In Fatal New Year's Day Crash

37-year-old Jonathan Osborne from Fayetteville, North Carolina was charged with one count of Moving Violation Causing Death, two counts of Moving Violation Causing Serious Injury and one count of Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle following the crash that happened around 11pm on New Year’s Day.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Livingston County Launches New Broadband Survey

The County is looking to begin getting a better picture of what Internet connectivity looks like in the community through the Resident Broadband Survey and an educational webinar is set this Friday.

Slotkin: "F*** Biden" Signs Outside President's Visit "Embarrassing"

8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin said President Biden pointed out the "F*** Biden" signs while passing through the rally – noting their proximity to Howell’s Voyager Elementary - and saying "I guess I’m still surprised when people, even if they don’t like me, are willing to be that profane around children."

Movie Screening In Howell Will Usher In "Coming Out Day"

Monday, October 11th is National Coming Out Day which celebrates those who have come out publicly to friends, family and co-workers as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. The day before, Pride Alliance of Livingston will host a free screening of "Love, Simon" at the Historic Howell Theater.

Ed. Dept. To Streamline Student-Loan Forgiveness

The program aims to provide student-debt relief once a government or nonprofit employee has worked and made monthly payments for 10 years, but many borrowers report finding the process difficult to navigate.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Man Charged In Genoa Township Murder

Brandon Eric Wilson is facing one count of homicide-open murder after the body of a deceased female was located during a welfare check at a residence in Genoa Township.

Protestors Turn Out For Biden's Howell Visit

Amid signs that said, "China Joe Must Go!" and "Biden is a Traitor" was at least one Confederate flag, several hundred protesters turned out on all four corners of M-59 and Michigan Avenue Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Residents Cheer On Health Care Workers

A rally was held outside St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell to show gratitude and appreciation for the service health care workers have provided through the pandemic.

BAS Receives Excellent Audit Report

The big change in this year’s audit was the COVID Relief Funds which have added substantially to the coffers of school districts around the state, such as Brighton, which got $4.7 million in federal funding.

International Walk To School Day (W2SD) Wednesday

Local students will be joining schoolchildren from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day that's coordinated by the Michigan Fitness Foundation and Safe Routes to School program staff.

Biden Says America Risks Losing Its Edge

With his plans in jeopardy on Capitol Hill, Biden visited the Operating Engineer’s Local 324 training center in Howell Township, declaring that he wanted to “set some things straight” about his agenda and cut through what he dismissed as “noise” in Washington.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Biden To Make His Case In Howell For $3.5 Trillion "Build Back Better" Plan

President Biden will speak at the Operating Engineers Local 324 Training Facility in Howell Township at approximately 3:35pm in support of his administration’s “Build Back Better” agenda, which is currently being debated in Congress. Joining Biden will be 8th District Democrat Elissa Slotkin, who has urged him to sell his proposals more aggressively.

Whitmer Vetoes Election Bills, Including Bollin's

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed several Republican-sponsored election bills, including one introduced by Republican State Rep. Ann Bollin of Brighton Township. Whitmer said the bills perpetuate falsehoods to discredit the 2020 presidential election.

Theis Legislation Would Repeal State Pistol Registry

Senate Bills 646-648 are sponsored by Republican Senators Lana Theis of Brighton Township and Tom Barrett of Charlotte. They would repeal Michigan’s pistol registry and require law enforcement to destroy all associated records.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

President Biden To Visit Howell On Tuesday

Sources have told WHMI that the President is expected to visit the Operating Engineers facility in Howell Township where he is will discuss his “Build Back Better” agenda, which is currently being debated in Congress.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Friday, October 1, 2021

Detmer Switches Sights To State Senate Run

Mike Detmer of Howell, who announced in January he was trying again to win the Republican nomination for the 8th District Congressional race, has confirmed he will instead seek the GOP nomination to the 22nd State Senate seat currently held by Lana Theis.

Appeals Panel Says Expert Can Testify At Kowalski Retrial

The Michigan Court of Appeals says while Dr. Richard Ofshe can take the stand, he cannot discuss any specific testimony about the case against Jerome Kowalski, who is charged in the 2008 murders of his brother and sister-in-law in their Oceola Township home.

EV Owners Urged to Charge Overnight at Home

The new Bring Your Own Charger program gives credits to Consumers Energy customers who charge their vehicles overnight between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Myrom added EVs take a lot of energy to reach full charge.

Theis, Bollin Support State Election Legislation

Michigan Senate Republicans on Thursday passed a series of bills they believe will strengthen the integrity of the state’s elections system. Democrats, however, contend the bills are uncalled for and based on disproven election conspiracies.