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Friday, 11 October 2013 10:46

"Drive for the Cure"

(SANDUSKY) -- Graff Chevrolet Buick in Sandusky and McKenzie Health System are once again paring up for the "Drive for the Cure" campaign being held Tuesday, October 15 from 5-7 p.m. at Graff. Dr. Karen McFarlane will host a "Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention" presentation at 5:30 p.m. There will be entertainment, refreshments, and opportunities to get your nails done and hair extensions in support of breast cancer prevention. Funds raised during the event will go to McKenzie Health System's Digital Mammography Imaging System Fund. The public is encouraged to attend Tuesday at Graff Chevrolet Buick in Sandusky.

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a state trooper has been released from a hospital after being shot in Saginaw in an exchange of gunfire that also left a suspect wounded. Police responded Thursday night to a reported shooting and the suspect fled. State police say troopers saw a man matching the suspect's description enter an abandoned home. When officers approached, police say a shooting ensued. Police say the trooper, who was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, was briefly hospitalized before being released later Thursday night. The condition of the suspect wasn't released, but police say he was hospitalized after the shooting. Names of those involved weren't immediately released. 

(AREA) -- A successful pilot program aimed at stopping repeat drunken drivers from further endangering motorists could be used throughout the state under legislation introduced by 81st District State Representative Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township. House Bill 5021 would help institute a sobriety court interlock pilot program throughout Michigan. The program allows repeat offenders to receive a restricted driver license after installing an ignition interlock device on each vehicle the driver owns or operates. The 3-year pilot interlock program in the state is set to end in January 2014. According to an evaluation released by the Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals, participants had lower drug and alcohol use than nonparticipants.

(CARSONVILLE-PORT SANILAC) -- The Carsonville-Port Sanilac School Board presented Business Manager Margie Crompton with a retirement bell during Friday night's meeting, commending her for 25-plus years of service to the district. Margie has been instrumental in guiding the district financially since 1988.

In other business, the official Student Count Day in the state was held on Wednesday October 2. Superintendent Harold Titus reported to the board that the good news is that the overall count is up 1.81 students. Of the seven school districts in Sanilac County only two districts showed an increase in student count, CPS and Cros-Lex.

The Carsonville - Port Sanilac School District is seeking applicants for the following Schedule B Positions. If interested, please complete a Letter of Interest for each position applied for and remit to Carsonville - Port Sanilac School District, Attn: Angie Hooper, Athletic Secretary, 100 N. Goetze Road, Carsonville, MI 48419.
7th Grade Girls' Basketball
JH, JV & Varsity Girls' Winter Games Supervisor
Girls' Varsity Track
Varsity Baseball
Golf (club sport)

DETROIT (AP) - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption that turned city hall into a pay-to-play parlor. Kilpatrick was convicted earlier this year of two dozen crimes, including racketeering conspiracy, bribery and extortion. There was evidence of shakedowns, kickbacks and strong-arm tactics to reaped tens of thousands of dollars and other benefits from people who wanted city business. The sentence was a victory for prosecutors, who had recommended Kilpatrick serve at least 28 years in prison, while defense attorneys argued for no more than 15-years. Kilpatrick quit office in 2008 after a different scandal involving sexually explicit text messages and an extramarital affair. The 43-year-old Democrat served as mayor for nearly seven years.  

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Annual Eat All Day for United Way fundraiser is happening this Saturday, October 12 in an effort to raise funds for non-profit agencies in the county and the new 2-1-1 program. The free telephone hotline connects residents with human resources services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Local restaurants will donate $1 per table served this Saturday. Participating businesses include the Harrington Inn in Brown City, the Camm Cafe Diner and Riverside Restaurant in Croswell, the D-ville Diner and Silver Tavern in Deckerville, the Forester Inn in Forester, Lakeside A&W, the Cadillac House, Lakeview Hills, Steis's and The Windjammer in Lexington, Eddie G's in Marlette, the Stone Lodge in Port Sanilac, and Benchwarmers, China Lee, and Liberty Lanes in Sandusky.

(AREA) -- Low-flying helicopters are expected to be seen throughout mid-Michigan and the Thumb region this month as part of a power line inspection effort. The October 16-23 flyovers are for ITCTransmission and Michigan Electric Transmission Company. The inspections of high-voltage transmission towers and lines are part of regular procedures. Flights take place weather-permitting. The aerial inspections will cover an area south of U.S. 10 to Lansing and east to the Thumb area.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 13:58

October offers 70 harvest festivals at Michigan

(AREA) -- Michigan's state parks are offering a variety of fall festivals this month with activities such as hayrides, scarecrow building, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, costume contests and more. Maia Turek, of the Department of Natural Resources says Michigan is home to more than 70 annual harvest festivals. They typically run throughout the weekend so people can extend camping season while taking part. Turek says campers should make reservations soon because harvest festivals are a popular destination for many families and the campgrounds fill up fast. Among locations hosting a harvest festival are Otsego Lake State Park, Hoffmaster State Park, Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park and Port Crescent State Park near Port Austin in Huron County. Activities vary from one festival to another. The DNR "Harvests and Haunts" calendar has specific information and dates.

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday afternoon and honored three county employees for their years of service. Margaret Williams, Joyce Gregg, and Janet Young were all recognized for their dedication and service to the citizens of Sanilac County. In other business, commissioners filled a vacant position on the Community Mental Health Board. Nanette Susalla was appointed as Family or Primary Consumer Representative for the board, with a term set to expire on March 31st, 2015. Commissioners also considered several candidates for both the Democrat and Republican representatives for the Sanilac County Board of Canvassers. Linda Graves was appointed as the Republican representative, and Dora Guiterrez was chosen as the Democrat representative.

(SANDUSKY) -- The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners received an update on the status of the Sanilac Medical Care Facility Tuesday afternoon. Louie Wenzlaff, a consultant for the medical care facility, said that the project is progressing close to schedule. He said that as of Tuesday, most of the air handling duct work has been completed and covered with insulation, the hot water heat piping installation is complete, and that inside framing is up for all resident rooms and hallways in the existing building. Wenzlaff added that the concrete flooring in the new addition is scheduled to be completed next week, and that steel framing for the roof of the addition should be coming in the near future. Meanwhile, commissioners Tuesday approved the payment of invoices for the medical care facility renovation and addition in the amount of $263,676.24. Funding will be drawn from the medical care facility construction fund.