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Saturday, May 29, 2021

Friday, May 28, 2021

Genoa Township Could Face Legal Battle After CHI Denials

Missouri-based Catholic Healthcare International had been seeking to construct a 6,000-square-foot chapel with other accessory uses in honor of St. Padre Pio on 40 acres located on the west side of Chilson Road, south of Crooked Lake Road.

Brighton High School Honors Senior Class

The exterior of the sprawling school campus is currently replete with about 500 signs which sport the name of each graduating senior along with the student’s photo. This is the second year that the PTO and BHS administration placed lawn signs in front of the school complex for the senior class.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Williams Responds To "Unfounded, False" Attacks

Former County Commissioner Steve Williams says that the campaign resulting in a 5-3 vote against his reappointment to a regional parks board relied upon incorrect information and "ludicrous" assumptions.

GOP Senators Revise ID Requirement For Ballot Requests

A bill sponsored by State Senator Lana Theis of Brighton Township would have required voters to attach a copy of their photo ID when mailing an absentee ballot application. It was revised to allow voters now to include their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number instead.

Wixom Man Charged In Capitol Riot Seeks Release

29-year-old Michael Foy remains jailed without bond for his role in the January 6th attack. Prosecutors say Foy, a former Marine, was one of the most violent protesters that day. His defense lawyer argued for his pre-trial release, noting that he had no criminal history and was an honorably discharged veteran.

Howell Main Street Receives 2021 National Accreditation

Chief Operating Officer Kate Litwin said as a Master Level Main Street Community, their organization is at the heart of a movement to develop downtown Howell as an entrepreneurial, innovative, and environmentally sustainable community that exists for everyone.

Concerts At The Courthouse Return In July

A variety of local area musicians will take center stage every Friday night throughout the summer on the lawn of the Historic Livingston County Courthouse in downtown Howell.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Fenton Twp. Man Sentenced On Child Sex Sting Charges

27-year-old Kurtis Statler was charged in June of 2019 after the arrest of 22 people in an operation run by the Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team, or GHOST. Authorities said Statler and the other suspects targeted children for sexual purposes in Genesee County.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Tyrone Man Charged In Child Sex Assaults

41-year-old Shaun Matthew Voight was charged earlier this month with 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. According to testimony from a Michigan State Police Detective, Voight assaulted a child under the age of 16 on multiple occasions between 2010 and 2020.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Brighton Township Dump PFAS Meeting Thursday

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team is holding an online meeting for residents interested in the PFAS investigation and residential well sampling being conducted around the old Brighton Township Dump site.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Man Killed In Single Vehicle Crash On I-96 Saturday

The Saturday morning crash was one of two investigated by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office over the weekend. The first, on Friday night, sent a Jackosn man to the hospital. The second, early Saturday morning, left a 28-year-old Wayne resident dead after he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Friday, May 21, 2021

Theis Bill Would Ban Critical Race Theory In K-12 Schools

State Sen. Lana Theis on Thursday introduced legislation that would ban from Michigan K-12 curricula the use of so-called “critical race theory”. It would also prohibit teaching of the 1619 Project, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times project that examines the ongoing consequences of slavery through the lens of American history.

Popular Principal Announces Retirement

Jeff Eisele, who has been principal at Hilton Elementary School in Brighton for the last seven years, says he has mixed feelings but believes it’s time to start a new chapter in his life.

Friday Is First Ozone Action Day Of 2021

With warm and humid weather conditions present, making ozone formation probable, SEMCOG is asking governments, businesses and the public to help where they can to reduce pollutant emissions.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Nakagiri Seeks To Sink Former Commissioner's Appointment To Metroparks Board

At the Wednesday meeting of the Livingston County Board of Commissioner's Personnel Committee, Board Chair Wes Nakagiri continued his assault on the concept of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in opposing the reappointment of former Commissioner Steve Williams to serve a new term on the Huron Clinton Metroparks Authority board.

Groundbreaking Set For New Brighton High School STEAM Center

The STEAM Center is a major part of the $59.3 million bond issue passed by voters in November of 2019. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) is geared to provide the framework to teach students how to think critically, problem-solve and use their own creativity.

Foster Closet Holding Shoe Drive

The Fowlerville non-profit, which serves children and families in the foster care system, is holding a shoe drive to support their new lease needs.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Livingston County Honors EMS "Frontline Heroes"

EMS Recognition Week runs through Saturday and, in a press release, Livingston County EMS Director David Feldpausch said he was “extremely proud” of the “amazing” staff of professionals, who he said quickly adapted to everything that has been asked of them over the last year.”

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Iosco Man Enters Plea To Shooting Incident

32-year-old Michael Joseph Libtow pleaded guilty to six counts today related to the incident in May of 2020 when authorities say he fired a gun multiple times into a car in Handy Township.

Theis Calls For Return Of Walk-In Service At SOS Offices

State Senator Lana Theis urged Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to reopen branch office locations to walk-in customers, calling wait times “excruciating." A spokesperson for the Michigan Secretary of State said Theis’ comments were a “petty, partisan” attack.

County Considering New Full-Time Child Support Aide

The Livingston County Prosecutor's Office and Family Services Division is seeking to make a needed but vacant aide position in the FSD more attractive to qualified candidates by taking it from part time to full time.

Two Road Projects To Begin Today

The Livingston County Road Commission says that work will begin Tuesday morning on Pinckney Road (D-19) in Putna Township as well as Triangle Lake Road in Marion Township.

Brighton Seniors Raise Money For Local Nonprofits

This is Senior Survivor Week at Brighton High School, and, as such, a number of events and competitions are taking place all week. Last year, Senior Survivor Week was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Monday, May 17, 2021

Prosecutors Say Wixom Man Remains Public Threat

29-year-old Michael Foy remains jailed without bond in Washington, D.C. after his arrest in the weeks following the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Prosecutors have described Foy, a former Marine, as was one of the most violent protesters that day, striking police at least 10 times. Foy is charged with eight crimes, including assault, civil disorder and obstructing Congress.

Veteran Honored For Pivotal Role In Historic Korean War Incident

Joseph Charles Cherup of Fenton was 92 when he died April 24th. The lifetime member of Fenton’s VFW Post 3243 served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. According to a tribute made by Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, he played a pivotal role in a famous incident during his service in Korea.

Bond Refinancing Saves District $400,000

The Brighton Area Schools recently sold $8,325,000 worth of new bonds related to the Nov. 2019 bond issue, garnering what Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Michael Engelter says are excellent interest rates ranging from 0.25% to 1.55%.

Local Court Operations Move To Phase 2

In-person hearings, filings and payments will increase but masks will continue to be required for all court employees and all persons entering court facilities.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Group Turns Toward Preserving Old Tyrone Township Hall

Residents for Community Preservation, which originally formed to fight a since-withdrawn asphalt plant proposal, now hopes to raise funds to move and restore the old Tyrone Township hall, originally known as the Town House.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Newest Hartland School Administrator Is No Stranger To The District

Cristal Briskey been teaching in Hartland for 16 years, but also grew up in the community and is a district graduate. On Monday, she was unanimously approved to take over as Assistant Principal at Farms Intermediate School, where she is currently a Special Education teacher.

House Republicans Unveil Plan To Support Law Enforcement

Republican State Representative Bob Bezotte of Marion Township, the former Livingston County sheriff, took part in a news conference with legislators and police officers Thursday to announce a “Stronger Support for Safer Communities” plan.

Theis Leads Effort To Subpoena Nursing Home Documents

The Michigan Senate Oversight Committee is subpoenaing the state health department for information used by the Whitmer administration to determine the handling of nursing homes and long term care facilities during the pandemic.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Milford Republican Wants To Register Fact-Checkers

State Rep. Matt Maddock this week introduced the “Fact Checker Registration Act,” which would force journalists and others who perform fact checks to register with the state and insure themselves with a $1 million fidelity bond. Critics argue it would clearly violate First Amendment protections for the press and free speech.

EGLE Conducts Routine Sampling In Brighton

As part of the Northwest Neighborhood construction project, City staff met with EGLE to review dewatering needs just outside of a known Trichloroethylene (TCE) groundwater plume.

Ron Wilson Abruptly Resigns As Ionia Superintendent

At a special meeting Monday, the Ionia Public Schools Board of Education voted 5-0 to accept Wilson’s “retirement and release.” Wilson was fired in 2014 by the Howell Public Schools Board of Education over travel reimbursements they determined he knew he was not entitled to and then lied about afterward.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Facebook Disables Anti-Mask Group's Page

A notice on the Facebook page for Unmask Livingston and Surrounding Areas states that it was temporarily disabled by the social media platform for “violating our Community Standards for violence and incitement.” The closed group page had attracted more than 1,500 members, at least some of whom were not sympathetic to their cause, regularly sending out screenshots of various posts about the group’s activities.

Annual Fundraising Walk Set This Weekend

Normally held indoors and in February, this year’s Walk For Warmth is scheduled Saturday to be outdoors at the Hartland Educational Support Service Center, better known as the old Hartland High School.

Hartland Superintendent Addresses Rumors About DEI Committee

During his regular report to the board Monday, Superintendent Chuck Hughes wanted to address a rumor that was spreading in the community that the district planned to be teaching CRT, or critical race theory, as a result of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.

Deadline To File Income Taxes Monday, May 17th

The Michigan Department of Treasury is reminding taxpayers that state individual income tax returns must be submitted electronically or sent through the U.S. Postal Service before midnight on Monday, May 17th.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

County Clerk Presents Annual Report

Livingston County Clerk Elizabeth Hundley presented her department's 2020 Annual Report to the County Board of Commissioners at their latest meeting.

Four EV Charging Stations Being Added In Livingston County

The charging stations were approved as part of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s ‘Charge Up’ grants, which totaled nearly $1.9 million. The fast-charging stations will be for private and commercial electric vehicles and were added along key travel routes throughout the state.

Highland Man Charged With Theft & Forgery

33-year-old Kenneth Michael Hill was charged last month with three counts of uttering and publishing, two counts of larceny from a building, forgery, attempted larceny of $20,000 or more, and fraudulent use of a financial transaction device.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Mentor Livingston Announces Closure

The pandemic has taken a toll on the non-profit, formerly the local Big Brothers, Big Sisters chapter, which had provided children throughout Livingston County with volunteer mentors who serve as friends and role models.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Friday, May 7, 2021

Genoa Clerk Arraigned On Election Violation Charge

Genoa Township Clerk Polly Skolarus entered a not guilty plea in front of Magistrate Jerry Sherwood this morning to a single, misdemeanor charge of Election Law - Failure to Perform Duty for using unapproved storage bags for absentee ballots.

Award-Winning Group Includes Brighton & Howell Choir Directors

Phil Johnson, director of the Brighton High School Choirs, and Brendan Closz, the choir director and vocal music teacher at Howell High School, are members of the group TBD a Cappella, which won the Best Semi-Professional/Post-Collegiate Album at the 2021 CARA Awards.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Howell City Manager Resigns

Paul DeBuff, who was only on the job for a year, gave his notice this morning after “city staff lost confidence based upon the very quick pace of changes he wished to implement."

Citing Debunked Study, Nakagiri Seeks FOIA Of COVID Evidence

In a resolution authored by Board Chairman Wes Nakagiri, county commissioners will send Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests seeking "those records establishing what the governor considers to be “the best available scientific evidence and public health guidance published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other public health authorities.”

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

MDNR Reminds That Public Land Is Not A Trash Can

Spring is a great time for cleaning up and starting the season fresh and Livingston County residents and others across Michigan are being reminded to not throw out unwanted items or trash on state-managed land.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Genoa Twp. Chapel And Pilgrimage Site Denied Site Plan

The Genoa Township Board of Trustees voted to deny site plan, special land use, and an environmental impact study to Missouri-based Catholic Healthcare International, which was looking to build a pilgrimage site dedicated to St. Padre Pio.

Appeals Denied By Men Charged In Meningitis Deaths

Attorneys for Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin filed motions in January to reverse earlier rulings against their clients that they should stand trial on 11 counts of second-degree murder. Cadden was a part-owner and Chin was a supervising pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center linked to the 2012 outbreak which killed more than 100 people nationwide.

Bond Proposal Would Build New K-2 School, Other Upgrades

Voters in the Fowlerville Community Schools district will be casting ballots today on a $37.8 million bond proposal that school officials say would fund a new building and improvements district-wide, while not increasing property taxes.

Inmate Pleads To Jailhouse Assault

29-year-old Bryan James Busher was back in 53rd District Court for a plea hearing on an assault and battery charge stemming from an encounter in the Livingston County Jail in March of 2020.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Arbitration Hearing Held On BAS Social Distancing Grievance

The grievance was filed by the Brighton Education Association, which represents the district’s approximately 325 teachers. BEA President Barry Goode maintains that the “Return to School” plan, as it was called, is unsafe because proper social distancing cannot be maintained due to the physical dimensions of classrooms, school hallways, and school buses.

Woman Says Racial Bias Motivated Threat To Call Cops

Rosie Ellis of Columbus, Ohio took to social media to tell her story, saying a threat by the manager at the Courtyard by Marriott in Brighton to call the police was motivated by the fact that she’s African American.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Saturday, May 1, 2021