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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Possible COVID Exposure At Luke Bryan Concert

27 individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 attended the outdoor concert held in a Conway Township farmer’s field on Saturday, September 18th. According to a press release, during the case investigations conducted by LCHD and other local health departments, it was determined that other attendees may also have been exposed.

Longtime Brighton Preservationist Passes Away

Marieanna Bair passed away Wednesday at the age of 95. Bair was an active member of the Brighton Area Historical Society from its founding in 1981, a board of directors member for 38 years and the society’s president for 15 of those years.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Milford Murder Still a Mystery Forty Years Later

The partially clothed body of 20-year-old Anne Marie Doroghazi was found by a young boy on the morning of September 29th, 1981 in a ditch near Camp Dearborn in Milford Township. An autopsy ruled the cause of death as strangulation.

Board Meeting Derails Over Quarantine Issue

Several parents addressed the board, stating that because so few students who were quarantined actually got COVID, the policy makes quarantining punitive and puts those students behind their peers in the classroom unnecessarily.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Blazejewski Can't Hold MDHHS Seat & Council Seat

Lee Ann Blazejewski, a nurse who is also currently running for Howell City Council, was appointed to serve on Livingston County’s Department of Health and Human Services Board even though members are “appointed from persons residing within the county and not holding an elective office.”

Commissioners Appoint Blazejewski To MDHHS Board

Lee Ann Blazejewski, who has publicly opposed masks in schools and the COVID vaccines, while also recommending the use of a controversial livestock de-wormer as a COVID treatment, was approved to sit on the county's Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Board.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Brighton Fire Chief Receives International Recognition

Fire Chief Michael O’Brian has been accorded the prestigious Robert W. Gain Fire Prevention Leadership Award by the International Code Council. The award was presented last Tuesday at the ICC Gala in Pittsburgh during its annual conference.

Huron River Expected To Crest Later Today

The National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac Office reports that as of 3:15 Monday morning the river’s level was at 7.44 feet, nearly a foot above flood stage, which is 6.5 feet.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

South Lyon Man Pleads To Robberies In Milford & Novi

49-year-old Dennis Michael Maynarich was charged with four counts of armed robbery and seven weapons charges for a variety of incidents culminating in the robbery last year at the Rottermond Jewelers on North Main Street.

Friday, September 24, 2021

MHOG Denies Padnos Hook-Up

Marion Township Supervisor Bob Hanvey said the Water Authority had issues with not knowing what materials would be escaping the proposed industrial shredder via the steam it would give off.

Hartland Man Sentenced In Brutal Beating Of His Father

26-year-old Clay Garner had been charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, aggravated domestic violence, and assaulting, resisting, or obstructing a police officer for the February 18th incident.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Social District Days Expanded In Downtown Howell

With the success of the district and the overwhelming support heard from some business owners, staff recommended expanding the operations to every day of the week. All other guidelines and boundaries remain in effect.

Bridge Repair Causes Lane Restrictions On I-96

The Michigan Department of Transportation started construction Monday on a portion of the Williamston Road bridge over I-96 following an incident in March in which a truck crash into the bridge's support beam.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

NTSB Report: Fatal Crash Caused By Faulty Intake Installation

The August 20th, 2019 crash of the Aero Commander 200D occurred as it attempted to take off from the Spencer J. Hardy Livingston County Airport. Killed were 64-year-old Philip Colmer, who was piloting the single-engine plane, and 68-year-old James Tafralian, who was a passenger.

YouTube Reinstates County Board Meeting Videos

Some videos of Livingston County Board of Commissioners meetings were earlier removed for violating YouTube’s Medical Misinformation Policy, which was believed to be tied to the Call to the Public section of the meeting.

Commissioners Again Reject COVID Funding

Following nearly three and a half hours of public comment, the Livingston County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee again rejected a resolution that would bring $1.5-million in COVID-19 support and response funds to the county health department.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Proposed Genoa Township Mining Operation Draws Opposition

A public meeting is expected to be held in regard to a state plan to temporarily mine a portion of land in Genoa Township as part of a larger plan to convert it into a seed orchard. The proposal, however, has drawn opposition from residents.

New Hudson Firm's Power Unit Among Finalists In Contest

Exotic Automation & Supply, a Premier Parker Hannifin Distributor based in New Hudson, announced on Monday that their World’s Largest Hydraulic Power Unit has advanced to the Top 10 finalist in the Coolest Things Made in Michigan contest.

South Lyon Man Charged After Carjacking & Robbery Incident

21-year-old Carson Zeug was charged last week with armed robbery and jailed on a $150,000 bond after the incident in which a Northville man reported that he had been robbed while in the Kroger parking lot at Eight Mile and Pontiac Trail the evening of September 15th.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Pinckney Schools Pauses Alternative Quarantine

Pinckney Community Schools (PCS) Superintendent Rick Todd said that due to a “variety of factors” he was not comfortable with the Livingston County Health Department’s alternative quarantine program, prompting him to put a "pause" on it.

Michigan Trails Week Underway

Michigan Trails Week is underway and Livingston County residents are being encouraged get outdoors and explore or take part in a unique challenge.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

District Hires New Pupil Accounting Director

The Brighton Area Schools has hired a new Director of Pupil Accounting. Superintendent Matt Outlaw announced the hiring of Annie Kruger at the Board of Education meeting Monday night. She replaces Teresa Hapsburg, who retired this summer.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Jones Attorney Withdraws From Case

The attorney for Democratic State Rep. Jewell Jones of Inkster has withdrawn from the case, citing a "breakdown in the attorney/client privilege." Jones is facing multiple felony charges, including two new ones filed this week after authorities say he tried to smuggle a handcuff key into the Livingston County Jail.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Appeals Panel Hears Argument In Kowalski Case

An online hearing was held Tuesday by the Michigan Court of Appeals on whether an expert in coerced confessions can testify as a witness for Jerome Kowalski, who is facing a second trial in the 2008 murders of his brother and sister-in-law in their Oceola Township home.

Police Arrest S. Lyon Man For Carjacking & Robbery

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were dispatched at 11:56 Wednesday night to the South Lyon Police Department, where a man reported that he had been robbed while in the Kroger parking lot at Eight Mile and Pontiac Trail.

Funding For BAS Pack Of Dogs On Workshop Agenda

Trustee Bill Trombley said the program has been going, in effect, on a wing and a prayer and needs more stable funding than to merely rely on donations, as it does currently. In response, Supt. Matt Outlaw will put the program on the agenda for the October workshop.

BAS Board Grants Contract Extensions

Approved on a 5-0-1 vote were contract renewals with building level administrators and department heads, represented by the Brighton Area Schools Administrators Association (BASAA). BASAA represents 16 principals, assistant or grade level principals, and department directors.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

State Lawmaker Jailed For Violating Bond 3rd Time

State Rep. Jewell Jones was jailed by Livingston County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hatty for violating bond by consuming alcohol and tampering with his monitoring tether over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

MDNR: Fall Colors Ahead Of Schedule

Livingston County residents are encouraged to get out and enjoy the scenery as Michigan’s dazzling displays of red, gold and green are about to come alive.

GoFundMe Account & Cancer Benefit Set For 9-Year-Old Boy

Brock Meader “rang the bell” to end his three-and-a-half years cancer treatment journey with leukemia on June 14th. The celebration was said to be short-lived though as just a few weeks later, Brock was diagnosed with MDS - a rare blood disorder that’s also referred to as cancer.

Monday, September 13, 2021

United For Kids Golf Outing This Saturday

Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson, and Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian BeGole are again coming together to help raise money for three different children’s charities.

Brighton Ceremony Marks 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

Saturday’s ceremony by the Brighton Area Fire Authority marked the 20th anniversary of the deadly attacks of September 11th, 2001, as first responders, public officials and others gathered to honor the memory of lost lives and sacrifices made that day.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Healthcare Leaders Urge Commissioners To Accept COVID Funding

John O'Malley, the President of the St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital & Brighton Health Center, and Dr. David Miller, the President of the University of Michigan Health System, say they were "extremely disappointed in the Board's failure to approve" the more than $1.5 million on COVID funding from the state.

GFL Officially Ends Service In Putnam Township

Friday was the last day the company officially handled the Putnam routes, although officials say they began to have issues in June when GFL stopped picking up garbage. That eventually forced them to switch services. It was estimated that at least half of Putnam residents were GFL customers

Howell Superintendent Named Fantasy of Lights Grand Marshal

After last year’s disappointing cancellation of the Fantasy of Lights parade through Downtown Howell, the chamber is gearing up for its return with the announcement that the Grand Marshal of this year’s event will be Howell Public Schools Superintendent Erin MacGregor.

County Game Plan For Luke Bryan Concert

The Emergency Management Department has unveiled not only how next Saturday's concert will be handled, but also compiled a list of what is and isn't allowed into the venue.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Zajac’s Resolution Seeks Noncompliance To Biden Vaccine Order

Livingston County Commissioner Mitchell Zajac put forth a resolution to declare that Livingston County will not comply with what he called an “unconstitutional OSHA mandate” following President Biden’s announcement that all employers with more than 100 workers must require them to be vaccinated or test for the virus weekly.

Poll: Michiganders Want More Affordable Health Care

A recent poll of about 600 Michigan voters finds neatly 80% agree the amount they pay for health care seems to be going up every year. More than a quarter said they had overdue or unpaid medical bills they were struggling to pay off at the time of the survey.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Lawmaker Alleged To Have Violated Bond Again

The Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office filed an emergency motion requesting that bond be revoked for State Rep. Jewell Jones - alleging he tested positive for alcohol three times on September 3rd and tried to tamper with his tether on Labor Day.

Proposed Commission Maps Due September 20th

Livingston County residents who wish to propose new boundaries for the nine county commission districts can submit up to two maps each but must do so no later than 5pm on Monday, September 20th.

Football Matchup To Feature Food Drive

Joining together, the Brighton Area Schools and Hartland Consolidated Schools will shine their Friday Night Lights by asking fans to bring canned goods to fill the Bountiful Harvest “Brighton Blessings” van.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Strong Winds Leave Thousands Without Power

Many of the outages are centered in an area across Brighton Township that spans from US-23 to Pleasant Valley Road and Grand River to Spencer Road. So far, the utility is not offering an estimate on when power will be restored

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Second Suspect Enters Plea In Fowlerville Gun Robbery

Court records show that 20-year-old Brandon McClure entered a guilty plea last week in U.S. District Court in Detroit. In exchange, prosecutors will recommend his term be at the lower end of the guidelines which call for a maximum of five years in prison.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Garage Fire Seriously Damages Brighton House

The Brighton Area Fire Authority responded to a fire at a residence on Baywood Circle Friday afternoon. Upon arrival, Chief Mike O’Brian says crews found a well advanced fire in the garage spreading into the house.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Brighton Gets Rat Problem Under Control

City officials are considering methods to prevent future infestations, methods for identifying parties that may be responsible for them, and a penalty system for people who violate the rules.

Livingston Resident Among Recent MCTI Graduates

The Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI) delivers training programs for Michiganders with disabilities, helping to provide them with the credentials they need to access employment and enhance their independence.

VINA Receives Blue Cross Blue Shield Grant

The Brighton dental clinic which helps 1,500 low-income and uninsured Livingston County residents annually is receiving a $25,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Protesters Demand Mask Mandate From Livingston County Health Department

The protestors, carrying signs that said “Science in not an opinion” and “Do your job. Protect our community”, turned up at 4:45pm and held a peaceful demonstration in front of the agency they say has the power to protect their kids from the current surge of COVID-19, but has declined to do so.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Overdose Awareness Day Held At Brighton Mill Pond

Guest speakers shared stories of remembrance and recovery during the annual event which seeks to end overdosing, eliminate the stigma attached, and support those who have lost and those who are in recovery.

Registration Open For Michigan Trails Week Challenge

Michigan Trails Week runs from September 19th through the 26th and both veterans and newcomers are invited to team up to collectively travel 100,000 miles on trails across the state during the eight days devoted to trails.