(CROSWELL) -- For over 60 years, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have been strong supporters of United Way both at the national and local levels. AT&T will continue this legacy of support through a contribution of $500 to United Way of Sanilac County. In 2012 alone, AT&T gave $5.77 million to 574 local United Ways across the country. A presentation will take place at 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 12 at the United Way offices located at 50 N. Howard in Croswell. State Representative Paul Muxlow will attend the ceremony.
United Way of Sanilac County is a community based non-profit with over 22-member agencies. The organization is currently in the process of bringing the help line 2-1-1 to Sanilac County. This resource and referral phone number is accessible 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365 days a year. AT&T is directing its contribution to this effort. Marie Thieleman, Director of United Way of Sanilac County said, "This help and assistance program will service all people in Sanilac County and be able to tap into 2-1-1 systems statewide. This program will enable those in need to find the best resources available, and AT&T's donation will help the United Way fund this project."
(AREA) -- Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents that all branch offices and the Office of the Great Seal will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. All offices will be closed on Thursday, November 22, Friday, November 23, and SUPER!Centers will be closed on Saturday, November 24. The Department of State mails notices to motorists 45 days before their driver's license or license plates expire to give them ample time to renew. Licenses and plates that expire on a day when state offices are closed, such as a holiday or weekend, can be renewed the following day without penalty. With the exception of holidays, offices are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. On Wednesdays, most offices are open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. SUPER!Centers also provide Saturday hours from 9 a.m. to noon.
(AREA) -- During the week of November 12-18, the Sanilac County Community Foundation will join more than 700 community foundations across America for Community Foundation Week to tell the stories of lives changed, jobs created, and communities transformed through private and public community leaders and organizations.
Community foundations are independent, public entities that help institutional and individual donors provide support to local nonprofits. So far this year, the Sanilac County Community Foundation has helped the Peck Summer League start construction of a new ball field, McKenzie Health System produce Senior Exercise classes, the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department put on a Safety Awareness Fair, and the Sanilac Consortium for the Arts advertise their music series. Other organizations helped this year include the Humane Society, which provided a free pet vaccination clinic, MSU Extension provided coupons for fresh produce to Senior citizens, the Sanilac Career Center purchased CPR training supplies, the Sanilac County Health Department purchased a new vision screener, the Sanilac County Child Abuse Prevention Council purchased items for the Baby Pantry and the Brown City "Be the Change" program is planning Challenge Day 2013. The CPS Elementary School was able to erect a safety fence for their playground, the Delta Kappa Gamma Beta Tau chapter purchased items for their "Read to Me" project, and the foundation helped Eva's Place meet the needs of homeless individuals and those at risk of homelessness. There were also over 70 scholarships presented to local high school graduates to attend colleges, universities and trade schools.
Launched in 1989 through a proclamation by former president George H.W. Bush, the first Community Foundation Week included a congressional briefing about the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems. For more information about the Sanilac County Community Foundation, call 810-648-3634.
(FORESTER TOWNSHIP) -- Port Sanilac firefighters were dispatched to a garage fire at 6406 Forester Road Thursday morning at 4:30 a.m. Fire Chief Brian Moran says the fire was contained to one area of the garage and caused minimal damage. The house attached to the structure was not damaged and no injuries were reported. A cause has not been determined. The Deckerville Fire Department assisted at the scene.
(PORT HURON) -- Eight Port Huron residents were arrested Tuesday after a drug raid at a residence in the 2200 block of Griswold Street. The St. Clair County Drug Task Force initially made a traffic contact in a parking lot at Griswold and 24th Streets while officers conducted a search of the home around 6:45 p.m. Deputies seized crack cocaine with a street value of $260, marijuana, cash, and a 2002 Saturn L300. Three women ages 24, 31, and 37, and five men ranging in age from 25 to 48 remain lodged in the St. Clair County jail. Drug-related charges are pending. A 13-year old juvenile was turned over to a family member.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Five Sanilac County Correction Deputies recently completed the Correction's Training Academy held at Mott Community College in Fenton. Deputies Britton Simon, Aaron Morden, Tracy Kensley, Caroline Thoms and Evans Ehardt graduated from the 4-week, 160 hour academy on October 26. The academy offers a comprehensive, interactive instruction program for corrections deputies in various disciplines. Training topics include custody and security, defensive tactics, first aid, suicide awareness, fire safety and interpersonal relations. The academy, certified by the Michigan Sheriff's Coordinating and Training Council, is an important element of providing the necessary skills for maintaining a safe, secure environment for correction deputies, inmates and county residents.
Pictured Left to Right: Deputy Britton Simon, Deputy Aaron Morden, Deputy Tracy Kensley, Sheriff Garry Biniecki, Deputy Caroline Thoms, Undersheriff Brad Roff and Deputy Evans Ehardt
(BRIDGEHAMPTON TOWNSHIP) -- A vehicle collided with a deer in Sanilac County's Bridgehampton Township Wednesday morning resulting in a head-on crash. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say the incident took place shortly after 6 a.m. on Ruth Road a half mile south of Downington Road. An investigation showed that a vehicle driven by 55-year old Ismael Pachecco of Argyle, was traveling south on Ruth Road when he struck a deer in the roadway. The crash caused Pachecco to swerve into the north lane of traffic and hit a vehicle driven by 45-year old Daniel Smith of Watertown, head on. Smith's vehicle overturned causing the air-bags to deploy. Pachecco was treated at the scene and released. Smith was transported to Deckerville Hospital by Sanilac EMS for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
(FLYNN TOWNSHIP) -- A 25-year old Snover man was arrested Tuesday after he was caught allegedly stealing cattle from a Flynn Township resident in the 4600 block of Cade Road. The owner of the cattle, Matthew Sutton, informed Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies that he purchased 10 Holstein cattle from the Cass City Stock Yards on Monday. Sutton said that he noticed four of his cattle were missing Tuesday afternoon and filed a police report. At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the suspect was found on Sutton's property with five feeder calves loaded into the back of the suspect's trailer. Deputies took the Snover man into custody. He remains jailed on a $10,000 bond and faces charges of larceny over $1,000 and probation violation. His name is being withheld pending arraignment.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- There was heavy voter turnout in Sanilac County Tuesday during the General Election.
Incumbent 83rd District State Representative Paul Muxlow of Brown City defeated his Democrat challenger Carol Campbell with 19,647 to 15,684 votes. The district covers Sanilac County and a portion of St. Clair County.
Voters turned down the Sandusky Schools 18-mills non-homestad operating millage renewal by 11 votes with 1,427 no votes and 1,416 yes votes. Sandusky Superintendent Mike Carmean expressed disappointment at the defeat and said that voter confusion could have been a factor, as the proposal was directly below the 6 state-wide proposals that were all defeated. He added that it's possible the board may request a recount since the margin of defeat was so close and to schedule a special election would cost taxpayers over $10,000. The 18-mills, which are vital to the operation of the school district, do not expire until the end of 2013.
Port Sanilac voters turned down a 1-mill tax limitation increase for maintenance, repairs, replacement and improvements to buildings and grounds owned and operated by the village by 24 votes. The Croswell-Lexington Schools operating millage renewal was passed with 3,111 yes and 2,303 no.
The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners will see three new faces on the newly redistricted board. Republican Dan Dean defeated his Democrat challenger Joyce Wiley with 2,304 to 1,088 votes for the District 1 seat. In District 2, Republican Justin Faber garnered 2,092 votes, defeating Democrat Nort Schramm who received 1,255 votes respectively. The District 3 seat was won by Republican John Hoffman, who garnered 2,081 votes over Democrat challenger Cynthia Gardner's 1,581 votes. Incumbent Republican District 5 Commissioner Donald Hunt defeated his challenger Democrat Richard Partlo with 2,011 to 1,505 votes.
In the local schools board races, incumbent Michele Pattullo and Steve Ladd won the two seats open on the Deckerville School Board with 1,255 and 792 votes, defeating challenger Brian Lee Paterson who garnered 712. Sheryl Cribbins and Judith Ferguson were the top vote getters for the two available seats on the Peck School Board, defeating challenger Roy Hickman. Voters in the Carsonville-Port Sanilac School District elected Matthew Frostic and Cathy Knaggs. They defeated challenger Gregory Fruge. Incumbent Cros-Lex School board members Linda France and Lyle Clarkson were re-elected, defeating newcomer Steven Johnston.
Incumbent council members Danny Loutzenhiser and Ross McIvor, Sr. were re-elected to the Brown City Council Tuesday, along with newcomer Richard Jacobson. Incumbent Eugene Navock was defeated.
In Marlette, incumbent council members Pat Wilson and Stephen Quade and newcomer Daniel Redman, Jr. were elected to the three open seats on the council, defeating Charles Zampich.
Roy Booms, Jennifer Gezequel, Tamera Heilig, Sara Lautner, Kelly Peruski and Dan Vogel were elected to the six open seats on the Minden City Village Council.
Congresswoman Candice Miller was re-elected by an overwhelming margin in the 10th Congressional District. Miller defeated her Democrat challenger Chuck Stadler 226,151 to 98,058. The district includes northern Macomb County, a portion of Tuscola County, and St. Clair, Sanilac, Huron and Lapeer counties.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- Voters in the Yale School District turned down the bond proposal Tuesday with 2,247 no to 2,212 yes votes. The St. Clair County Drug Task Force millage proposal passed by a wide margin, 39,501 yes to 30,052 no.
In the 81st District State Representative race, Republican Dan Lauwers defeated his Democrat challenger Patrick Phelan with 20,929 to 17,945 votes. The 81st District covers most of St. Clair County.
31st Circuit Court Judge John Adair lost his bid for re-election to Michael West by 947.
In the St. Clair County Board of Commissioner races, incumbent Republican District 1 Commissioner Steven Simasko defeated his Democrat challenger Anne Baker with 7,032 to 3,709 votes. In District 2, Republican Karl Tomion defeated Democrat Cheryl Kerns-Stein with 5,901 to 4,450 votes. District 3 incumbent Democrat Howard Heidemann defeated his Republican challenger Shane Hernandez with 3,740 to 2,495 votes. Republican incumbent District 7 Commissioner Bill Gratopp was re-elected defeating his Democrat challenger Jynil Schneider 6,457 to 4,126 respectively.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- Tuscola County Sheriff Lee Teschendorf defeated his Democrat challenger Chris Rogner during the General Election Tuesday. Sheriff Teschendorf garnered 14,750 votes, while Rogner received 10,814 votes respectively.
In the County Commissioner races, incumbent Republican Thomas Bardwell retained his District 2 seat, defeating Democrat challenger Ricky Jonas. In District 3, Republican Christine Trisch defeated Democrat Lynne Staples. Republican Matt Bierlein won the District 5 seat over his Democrat challenger John Schlicht.
Republican John Bishop won the Register of Deeds race, defeating his Democrat challenger J. Warren Taylor.
Tuscola County voters passed the Akron Fairgrove Schools and Caro Schools operating millage renewals.
(HURON COUNTY) -- Sixty-percent of the registered voters in Huron County cast their ballots Tuesday. In the race for 84th District State Representative, Democrat Terry Brown defeated Republican challenger Dan Grimshaw with a total of 21,608 to 15,654 votes. The 84th District covers Huron and Tuscola counties.
In the District 1 County Commissioner race, incumbent Democrat John Horny was defeated by his Republican challenger Jeremy Tietz by 349 votes. District 4 Commissioner Steve Vaughan defeated his Democrat challenger Rich Swartzendruber by 35 votes, respectively. In the District 7 race, incumbent John Nugent was the winner over his Democrat challenger Andrew Lockard, 1,299 to 937 votes.
Huron County voters turned down several millage proposals in the city of Bad Axe, Brookfield Township, Grant Township, and Sebewaing Township. Millage proposals in Pairs Township, Port Austin Township, and Verona Township passed. Both the Bad Axe Schools and Ubly Schools operating millage proposals passed.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- Lapeer County Sheriff Ron Kalanquin will stay on the job after his re-election Tuesday. Kalanquin defeated his Democrat challenger Jeff Fick with 22,440 to 19,252 votes.
Lapeer County voters re-elected incumbent 82nd District State Representative Kevin Daley, who defeated Democrat John Nugent. Daley received 24,471 votes, while Nugent garnered 17,028 votes respectively.
In the Lapeer County Commissioner District 2 race, incumbent Gary Roy defeated his Democrat challenger Michael Carrier, Sr. with 3,179 votes to 1,958.
In District 3, Republican incumbent Dyle Henning defeated Democrat Les Jackowski with 3,121 to 2,655 votes.
The Lapeer County Veterans Affairs millage proposal passed by 3,883 votes Tuesday. Voters in the Almont School District approved the operating millage renewal request with 1,825 yes to 1,208 no votes. The Ruth Hughes District Library millage proposal was defeated by 50 votes--476 no to 426 yes.
(PORT HURON) -- Baker College of Port Huron is hosting free information sessions this month for students interested in learning more about its new culinary arts program, food and beverage management program, new associate degree program in chiropractic assisting and other health science programs. The information session on the Culinary Arts and Food and Beverage Management programs with demonstrations will be held Wednesday, November 7 from 5-7 p.m. The Chiropractic Assisting associate's degree program and other health science programs and careers session will be Monday, November 12 from 5-7 p.m. at the Baker College campus at 3403 Lapeer Road. High school students and adults considering returning to college are encouraged to attend.