Thursday, March 31, 2022
Weekend lane closures are planned and the South Hill Road bridge over I-96 in Lyon Township is scheduled to close for one month starting April 11th.
Wind gusts reached more than 50 mph early this morning, knocking down utility poles and causing tree branches to fall onto power lines.
Multiple shows under the big top are running daily through April 3rd.
Mark Milatz is charged with embezzlement of $50,000 or more. His case was recently bound over for trial.
Senate Bill 875, sponsored by Republican Senator Lana Theis, would prohibit photographic traffic signal enforcement systems from being used to enforce traffic law.
The Livingston County Sheriff's Office was granted approval for the remaining amount of a grant awarded by Michigan State Police at the beginning of the pandemic.
"On Icebergs and Inquiries: Michiganders on the Titanic" will take place on the anniversary of the evening the historic vessel collided with the iceberg that caused its sinking, early the following morning.
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
A well company employee is hospitalized in critical condition after being electrocuted while working in the Brighton area.
Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services says its online COVID-19 dashboard will now be updated only on Wednesdays.
The County is submitting summaries for 5 projects for the next round of community projects to be selected for funding by the House Appropriations Committee.
The extension allows for time to implement a plan which will see the Public Defender's Office take on caseloads for the Livingston County Veterans Treatment and Intensive Treatment Mental Health courts.
Blue and silver pinwheel gardens raising awareness against child abuse will decorate lawns and windows in Livingston County, through April.
The Livingston County Republican Party's upcoming Lincoln Day Dinner will be the host of the GOP's first primary debate for gubernatorial candidates.
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
A warrant remains active for 36-year-old Kenneth Robinson Heard - who is facing three counts of uttering and publishing for incidents at two local Kroger stores.
US Marine Makes Good in Hartland Township
Motorists might want to start thinking about potential detour routes ahead of the big project that starts next week in Green Oak Township.
The new ordinance will allow the Village of Pinckney to know what’s going on and keep a handle on the donation bins so they don’t become a nuisance. Permission must be obtained from a property owner and a permit obtained for a fee on an annual basis.
Among the myriad topics, the survey asks residents their opinions about city amenities such as police services and response, trash collection and removal, the condition of streets and roads, parks and recreation facilities and downtown parking availability.
The state has launched 4 new websites to help better serve veterans
One project involves improvements to the parking lot by the Depot Museum, which the City would like to make into an ice rink during the winter months.
Stacy Trosin is one of ten Michigan educators who have a new title: 2022-2023 Regional Teacher of the Year.
The township is looking to enact on borrowing money while rates are low.
Businesses are finding part time employees are hard to find.
The percentage of roads that are in good conidition is improving
Monday, March 28, 2022
AAA Michigan reports the state average is down 2 cents compared to last week.
The farmer's market-type event for K-12 entrepreneurs will be held on the 2nd Saturday of each month from May to September.
A report of a gun turned out to be a false alarm but prompted a lockdown at the GM Proving Grounds in Milford on Friday morning.
Township officials are talking with a developer who is seeking assistance in removing contamination from a site.
The proposed legislation would open up new options to allow residents to grow their small food businesses.
The department stands to receive approximately $75,000 from a FY 2021 Homeland Security Grant.
Saturday, March 26, 2022
Staff will be providing some updates on where the City is at, along with what’s happened in the county and state over the past couple of years. The City has "opted-out" of allowing all marijuana uses.
The BHS Band excelled at this the Michigan State Band and Orchestra Festival earlier this month, and will perform at Disney World in April.
The Livingston County Republican Party will host a candidate forum on Wednesday, April 6th.
Events are scheduled to take place May 10th, June 14th, July 12th, August 9th and September 13th from 11am to 2pm.
Friday, March 25, 2022
Cities, villages, townships, and counties that have licensed marijuana retail store and microbusinesses will be getting $56,400 for each one.
53-year-old Scott Richard Holloway of West Branch is charged with four counts of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct involving a person under 13.
Dr. Paula Duren of Universal Dementia Care will lead an online discussion aimed at caregivers of those suffering from dementia.
A number of new dining options and redevelopment projects are planned along Grand River.
The Board of Trustees is seeking information on multiple potential projects from the Livingston County Road Commission, while agreeing to a bid for the paving of Lantern Village.
The Livingston County United Way is inviting the public to “go green” by participating in the Challenge and Scavenger Hunt April 22-24th.
The $4.3-million project is being recognized by the American Public Works Association as best of 2021 for a project between $1-million and $5-million.
Thursday, March 24, 2022
A rowing competition coming to Kensington Metropark is projected to bring tourism and visitor opportunities to the area.
Hamburg Township is seeking a Michigan DNR Trust Fund Grant for several improvements and renovations to the west portion of the park.
Livingston County DPW, Washtenaw County DPW, and Cohoctah Township have all been named recipients for grants to help with the collection and/or recycling of scrap tires.
The Public Defenders Office could soon be representing individuals in Livingston County's Veterans Treat Court and Intensive Treatment Mental Health Court.
The Lyon Township Board of Trustees awarded Asphalt Specialists, Inc. the contract for the pulverizing and paving of the Trail.
Ty Garbin of Hartland Township is a star witness for prosecutors in the trial of four men charged with conspiracy. Garbin says they thought a kidnapping would cause a “disruption” before the election.
Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin shared thoughts on the Russia invasion of Ukraine, high gas prices, and permanent Daylight Saving Time during an online town hall meeting with residents.
Despite some recent rainfall, grassy areas are still dry and pose a potential fire threat - with conditions conducive for fires to build quickly and rapidly.
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Renay Gedeon is charged with Attempted False Pretenses of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000 after police say she admitted to lying about having a farm that was damaged.
State Representative Bob Bezotte says the new "The Ville" project will bring much-needed housing opportunities and vitality to downtown Fowlerville.
Livingston County will not participating in the Michigan Statewide Tornado Drill at 1pm, due to current weather conditions.
Their Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Grant through the Michigan State Police still has roughly $22,000 out of the original $166,000 available.
Leonard Harris of Lyon Township was ordered to serve prison time following an incident in May of 2020 in which he and Leanna Paige Garcia-Stowe were pulled over in the Kensington Place mobile home community.
The intersection of North Fourth Street and Walnut Street, at the railroad tracks, will be closed to thru-traffic starting this Thursday and lasting through Friday, April 8th.
Rangers will be a presence meant to help enhance the park experience and help ensure a safer environment, while not hassling visitors.
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
The Brighton City Council, meeting in special session Monday, accepted City Manager Nate Geinzer's resignation despite concerns expressed by at least one person on City Council.
The package of bills sponsored by State Representative Mike Mueller would provide stable funding for secondary road patrols by using $15-million from liquor taxes.
Howell High School's FIRST Robotics Team won the award that goes to the team which best exemplifies the mission the FIRST.
A new industrial park consisting 7 parcels spanning 300 acres was recently reviewed by the Board of Trustees.
The 2022 tornado preparedness event is scheduled for 1pm on Wednesday.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed legislation sponsored by Republican Senator Lana Theis that would have required county clerks to keep processing concealed pistol licenses during state-declared or locally declared emergencies.
A portion of Linden Road, south of Bennett Lake Road, is closed to all traffic until further notice due to springtime thaw.
Monday, March 21, 2022
In a surprise move, Brighton City Manager Nate Geinzer has tendered his resignation, effective May 31st.
At the request of the Director of Public Safety, the township's flood response plan has been implemented into the response document.
Growth from the latest Census has created a need for additional precincts and rebalancing.
Students from around the county spent a day learning about public service careers from leaders in Livingston County.
The project will rebuild eastbound and westbound I-96 between Kent Lake Road and the I-275/M-5/I-696 interchange in Oakland County.
The Brighton Optimist Club is holding monthly euchre tournaments on the 2nd Tuesday each month to benefit other local charities.
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Severe Weather Awareness Week starts Sunday and runs through next Saturday across Michigan – a time for local residents and businesses to get safety plans in order.
The City is seeking volunteers to participate in the State-required copper and lead sampling program.
Howell High School senior Elisabeth Bonnani is a finalist for a National Merit Scholarship.
Friday, March 18, 2022
Volunteers from Executive Wealth Management will pack between 9,000 and 12,000 meals for displaced Ukrainian refugees.
Project agreements have been approved to split costs with the County Road Commission for work to be done on Strawberry Lake Road and Merrill Road.
State Representative Ann Bollin's new plan would increase transparency in elected officials and make FOIA requests more accessible.
The township Board of Trustees approved an agreement with the Livingston County Road Commission for the repaving of the residential development, to take place this construction season.
The grant would cover the revitalization of the part of Millpond Park that is between the south-end of the Millpond and Main Street.
63-year-old George Michael Galbraith was charged last September with impersonating a public officer after a fake badge, two handguns and a shotgun were found in a vehicle - which was off the road with a flat tire.
The annual request and application for state assistance was approved by the County, at their latest meeting.
Thursday, March 17, 2022
State Representative Jewell Jones of Inkster was arrested last April after crashing his vehicle in a ditch on I-96 near Fowlerville and resisting officers who responded to the scene.
A new budget format is being required by the state, which was said to be a lot of work, and the township recently completed a comprehensive wage study.
The Board of Commissioners exercised its option to redeem bonds, allowing Handy Township a path for a clear title for their treatment plant.
Doing well at the state DECA conference has become a habit for the Brighton High School DECA chapter, and this year was no exception.
Consumers Energy is investigating what caused a natural gas transmission line to rupture in Tyrone Township yesterday morning – causing an explosion that sent debris flying everywhere and forced freeway closures.
21-year-old Thomas More Grayson of South Lyon was referred for competency and criminal responsibility evaluations following the incident at Busch's in Brighton that injured two people.
The second reading of an ordinance that will allow companies such as Michigan Flyer to apply for a special land use permit for their transit stops has been approved by the Brighton City Council.
Livingston County previously had the program running, but it was ceased in 2019 due to financial constraints.
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
An explosion around 9:30 this morning sent mud and debris hundreds of yards onto US-23 and Old US-23, prompting their closures.
The Goldendoodle is the district's first therapy dog in a program where they hope to eventually have one in each building to help meet the social-emotional needs of students.
Staff is working with representatives from the Horseshoe Lake Corporation to gauge their interest in roughly 70 properties.
Police are investigating a fatal fire at the Grand Plaza Apartments off South Highlander Way on Tuesday afternoon.
The Board of Commissioners approved potential spending allocations in several categories, including $12-million for rural broadband and $10-million for lost revenue funding.
The non-partisan League of Women Voters of Livingston County partnered with the Howell Carnegie District Library to host the virtual event “From Start to Finish: The Voting Process in Livingston County”.
Michigan State Police seized marijuana, a handgun that had the serial number filed off, and almost $10,000 in cash.
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
The major road rehabilitation project was once projected to need three years for completion, but is now expected to be done in two, wrapping up this year.
Students are raising money to build an inclusive, nature-inspired playground at the Genoa Township Park on the township hall property off Dorr Road.
The Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill sponsored by Republican Senator Lana to prohibit municipalities from installing red-light cameras to issue traffic citations in the state.
A Brighton attorney's petition to start a recall campaign against a Brighton school board trustee has been approved after having been twice rejected.
A parade and traditional Irish festivities will take over downtown Pinckney this Saturday from 11am to 1pm. The popular parade steps off at noon.
The Stockbridge woman's boyfriend reports they were talking on the phone when she appeared to crash and become unresponsive, early Saturday.
The Library Board presented options to the Township Board for their thoughts, and an 11 Mile Road - Milford Road location was the overwhelming favorite.
Monday, March 14, 2022
This major highway project is expected to take 3 years to complete, and affects I-96 in both directions from Kent Lake Road to the major interchange in the Novi-area.
The 2022 program removed a total of 330 deer from seven parks - including Kensington, Hudson Mills and Huron Meadows.
The Murie Glen development will feature 51 single family homes across 48 acres.
Three local students have won prizes for their essays based on the effects of having an optimistic mindset.
34-year-old Kevin Porter of Fowlerville was ordered to serve 15 years and 3 months in federal prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release.
The Board of Trustees has allocated matching funds for a DNR that will assist in the construction of a long-anticipated community park in downtown Whitmore Lake.
The township is working with the applicant of a proposed mini-warehouse development that individuals would own and not rent, at Old US-23 and Faussett Road.
The township elected to buy a new Bobcat excavator for the cemeteries rather than rent one.
Saturday, March 12, 2022
The MDHHS has updated Isolation & Quarantine Guidance based on low COVID-19 numbers and the state entering the post-surge, recovery phase. LARA also updated guidance for childcare facilities.
No criminal charges will be filed against Kasey Helton of Marion Township, who had posted videos to social media of anti-mask activists at a public school board meeting.
“March On To Spring With VINA” is a virtual auction event that will open on Friday, March 18th at 8am and close March 27th at 8pm.
Friday, March 11, 2022
Two drivers, one 69 from Howell and one 67 from Whitmore Lake, were involved in a head-on collision, Thursday night, on Pinckney Road.
The state House approved a plan introduced by Republican State Representative Bob Bezotte to create the Michigan Vietnam Veteran Recognition Certificate.
Newfound interest in a troubled Whitmore Lake building has caused a delay in the decision to demolish it.
Livingston County residents will spring forward this weekend as Daylight Saving Time goes into effect Sunday morning at 2am.
Republican Senator Lana Theis's bill would require county clerks to continue to issue and renew concealed pistol licenses regardless of any shutdown issued by executive order or public health order.
The city of Brighton is cutting the Southeastern Livingston County Recreation Authority a little slack in a huge water bill the agency recently received.
The City is putting together a list of possible projects and plans to submit to the County for consideration.
A dozen local roads will see reconstruction and/or rehabilitation as part of the 2022 Local Streets Program.
Thursday, March 10, 2022
It's officially been two years since the first two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Michigan.
Congress mustered what was said to be rare bi-partisan support for the Postal Service package, dropping some of the more controversial proposals to settle on core ways to save the service and ensure its future operations.
The Board of Trustees approved a series of requests in preparation of this year's Fun Fest, which will run June 15-18.
Volunteers are needed to help clear invasive species from state parks in the area, including at Island Lake, this Saturday.
Michigan gas prices reached a new high Wednesday - the same day the GOP-led state House passed a plan to suspend the state's gas tax.
21-year-old Tristan Stavedahl is serving prison time for the incident that occurred in April of last year.
Consumers Energy is marking trees and contracting out trimming and removal services to help ensure reliable electric power.
The Brighton District Library is hosting four virtual Sunday evening yoga sessions this month and next that will focus on balance, stability, and mobility.
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Brianne Pope was sentenced following the crash of a charter bus returning from a Hartland school field trip in 2019. A lawsuit filed against her and the company by a chaperone remains pending.
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's office accepted some proposed revisions to election law supported by State Rep. Ann Bollin, but rejected others.
A community paramedic can help residents that might not be able to get to the doctor with various medical needs.
The annual basketball fundraiser between Special Ministries of Livingston County Charities and the Livingston County Sheriff's Office will take place this Saturday.
Pam Moughler has worked the last two township elections in different capacities and was said to be very familiar with how things operate. She’s also been an election inspector for many years and is currently a precinct chair at a church location.
A compensation and classification study for the 200+ non-union employees with the County has been approved by the Board of Commissioners.
The City received two far-apart offers for an upcoming maintenance and repair project with the dam.
The League of Women Voters and Howell Carnegie District Library are hosting a special event with key members involved in every Livingston County vote.
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association is returning surplus funds to Michigan policyholders and will begin the process of refunding $400 per vehicle to drivers this week.
The move to a more visible location has helped bring in unprecedented levels of traffic, and so the department is seeking a second front desk staff member to help provide service.
The Brighton Optimist Club recently presented a check for $745 to the Friends of the Howell Carnegie District Library, which represented proceeds from their February event.
Township officials are considering a policy that would allow birthday parties, wedding showers, and baby showers to be held at the Senior Center.
Crooked Lake Road is closed from Dorr Road to Latson Road and detours will be in effect until roughly July.
In an effort to continue stimulating business growth while preserving safe consumer access to marijuana, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency says it has updated the administrative rule sets.
Approximately 200 trees will be removed over the next month near the intersection of Pontiac Trail and North Territorial Road in Salem Township in preparation for the construction of a roundabout.
Monday, March 7, 2022
The Livingston County United Way, Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency and the Livingston County Treasurer’s Office are working to educate the community about MIHAF - a program that helps homeowners negatively financially impacted by the pandemic.
Wait times for many testing sites around Michigan can now be found on the MDHHS's COVID-19 test finder.
Crooked Lake Road will be closed to thru-traffic during the project, which will be underway through July.
The Hamburg Township Board of Trustees held discussion on potential benefits and drawbacks to pursuing charter township status.
City Council is attempting to secure necessary easements from two property owners and has begun the process of eminent domain.
The Livingston County Health Department says February saw a decrease in COVID-19 cases and both test positivity rates and cases per 100,000 declined throughout the month.
The Michigan Association of Firefighters and Livingston County have come to a tentative three year deal for paramedics.
Lindsay Hiltunen is an expert on the events and attitudes of the Michigan Copper Miners' Strike that took place in the Upper Peninsula from 1913-1914.
Saturday, March 5, 2022
The second attempt to recall two Brighton school board members from office failed Friday at a hearing before the Livingston County Election Commission.
A new movement is underway in the City of Howell to help educate the community about snow removal requirements but also encourage people to come together and help one another.
Young Preston Trevarthen recently wrote and designed a comic book about a potato that becomes a superhero titled “POE-TOE-TOE And The Battle Of The Peelber”.
The 2022 Midnight in the Tropics event will take place Saturday night at Crystal Gardens in Genoa Township.
Friday, March 4, 2022
Northbound US-23 had to be shut down at Barker Road due to a pile-up involving around 14 vehicles.
The current water booster station is running on original parts that have exceeded their life expectancy and need replacing.
The Sheriff's Office saved 73% on inmate offsite medical visits with a similar contract, last year.
The City is drafting new policy to eliminate the segregation of water and sewer tap fees collected, to allow for greater flexibility between the two utilities.
Certified College Planning Specialist Bob Hoger returns to help keep parents and students from being overwhelmed by the cost of college-level education.
The plan is an all-hazards plan supporting the Livingston County Emergency Operations Plan and Emergency Action Guidelines for use in the event of disaster or severe emergency of natural, human, wartime, technological or terrorism origin.
John Mekjian, a full time law clerk for judge Shauna Murphy, was appointed to the position earlier this week.
Weight restrictions for non-all-weather roads will go into effect in an effort to protect them as best as the Road Commission can through the spring thaw.
Thursday, March 3, 2022
The annual breakfast event hosted by the Livingston County United Way highlights outstanding volunteers and community efforts.
The Board of Trustees approved the 2022-2023 budget at their meeting, Tuesday night.
The Road Commission of Oakland County is accepting applications for its dust-control program on gravel roads.
The festive Mardi Gras-like event will take place downtown from 4-7pm on Saturday.
Sandy Leith Bates, Dolores S. Johnson, Anne King Hudson, Ruth E. Munzel, and Susan G. Rosebrough are being celebrated this month and will be honored at a public ceremony at 2pm on August 13th at the Brighton District Library.
The 32nd Annual Walk for Warmth will provide hundreds of Livingston County families with utility assistance.
The Southeast Michigan Council of Government's estimates that nearly one-third of the water infrastructure in its seven county region is in poor condition due to under-investment.
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Voters can decide whether Brighton, Michigan or Jasper, Indiana should proceed to the Elite Eight round of the contest.
The Executive Directive calls on the Michigan Department of Transportation to use all available resources to expedite the repair of road surface, as well as ensure the public can easily report the location of potholes or other issues.
Kecia Williams has over three decades of dispatch experience and was approved by the Board of Commissioners, Monday.
The City has identified 14 priority repairs to begin with as they continue with their full sanitary sewer evaluation study.
Hartland High School's Eric Fisco and Elijah Prutow won the Michigan 8th District Congressional App Challenge with their app, "School Group Finder."
The Tyrone Township Board met Tuesday night and approved the budget for the coming year.
The Youth Art Voice Exhibit encourages youth to explore and communicate what mental health means from their unique viewpoints and experiences.
Court dates have been adjourned again for 26-year-old Joseph Lee Ackerman, who is charged with seriously injuring an Iosco Township teen in a hit and run incident.
The Mason Road bridge and the Iosco Road bridge will be rebuilt in May as part of a new program from MDOT.
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
State Representative Bob Bezotte and several lawmakers, health care providers, and advocates came together to discuss further needed reform to Michigan's no-fault auto insurance laws.
Eligible businesses include entertainment venues, recreational facilities and public places of amusement, barbers and cosmetologists, exercise facilities, food service establishments, nursery dealers and growers, athletic trainers, body art facilities, and hotels and bed & breakfast establishments.
The 7th Annual Project Bunny event delivers springtime baskets to residents in need of a little extra spring cheer.
The survey is needed to determine the best options for utilities to properties located south of the railroad tracks and paving to the end of Lucy Road - including the 273-acre Motorsports Gateway property.
18-year-old Hayden Jagst is charged with the June 21st, 2021 murder of his father, 48-year-old Edward Jagst, a Canton Township Police officer.
It is currently uncertain why the numbers spiked over the past year.