(HURON COUNTY) -- Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says an unconfirmed text was sent to numerous cell phones Friday. The text appears to be a scam and it's unclear what could happen if it were to be responded to. The text read, "You won--your mobile number has won $2,500,000. For claims, email kevinsmith-at-hotmail.com.br Reply strictly by email and keep claims confidential." Sheriff Hanson reminds residents not to share personal information such as bank accounts or social security information to unknown sources.
(MARLETTE) -- Retired school administrator Al Broughton has taken on the task of getting the Marlette School District back on track. After his retirement from Deckerville Community Schools as Superintendent, Mr. Broughton served on an interim basis for both Sandusky and Kingston Community Schools. The Marlette School Board is expected to make Broughton's Interim Superintendent appointment official during their December 10 board meeting. The district is dealing with a financial crisis after having to recently borrow over $1 million from the state to pay bills and meet payroll. Superintendent and Finance Director Jeriann Patterson was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this month pending a financial investigation. The board then hired retired North Branch Schools Finance Director Cheryl Bruff to serve as the Finance Director on a part-time basis for the remainder of the school year.
(PIGEON) -- The Huron Conservation District has received a grant in the amount of $21,333 from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. According to State Representative Terry Brown of Pigeon, the funding will be used to help Huron County farmers use best practices to reduce sedimentation and nutrient loss from the Sebewaing River Watershed into the Saginaw Bay. The funds, which are part of a multi-year project, are part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The grant will help farmers become an "environmentally assured and verified farm under the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program," as stated in the grant.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- Tuscola County Sheriff Lee Teschendorf says over 58,800 people viewed a post on facebook regarding several home invasions that had taken place in the south part of Tuscola County in the last week. Within a few hours of the post, Teschendorf says a lead came forward. Detectives were able to take one suspect in custody. That person's name is being withheld pending warrants. Seven home invasions were reported to authorities and on two occasions, the homeowner arrived home during the afternoon hours while the suspect was still there.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky School Board met Wednesday night and received the disctrict's annual enrollment information from superintendent Mike Carmean. This year's student count stands at 1,018 students in the district--that's a 29 student increase from the end of last year. Superintendent Carmean also reported that Crop Production Services will now donate fertilizer and weed killer for the school's football field. In other business, the board approved revisions to the student handbook to clarify the definition of skipping a class. If a student is more than five minutes late for class, it is now considered an absence. The board also added electronic cigarettes to the list of banned tobacco products on school grounds.
(PORT HURON) -- A man has been convicted of second-degree murder after authorities say he slashed the throat of a 26-year-old man as they gathered around a bonfire in Port Huron. A jury deliberated about 30 minutes on Wednesday before returning the verdict in the case of Michael Poole. During the trial, Poole testified in his own defense. He denied cutting David Long. Other witnesses, however, testified about circumstances of the slaying. Sentencing for the 53-year-old Poole is scheduled for December 20. Police say Poole and Long were part of a small group at the bonfire in June and that the two had been arguing throughout the day.
(BROWN CITY) -- The Brown City School Board formally accepted the resignation of Superintendent Jerry Steigerwald with regret Monday, effective January 31. He served the district over the years a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent. High School Principal Doug Muxlow will assume the Superintendent duties on February 1. The board unanimously approved his appointment to the top position Monday night. The high school principal position will be posted internally with candidate interviews by an interview committee the first week of December. A recommendation is expected to be brought to the December board meeting.
(AREA) -- Governor Rick Snyder recently signed into law Public Act 161 of 2013, which made an amendment regarding property tax exemption for disabled veterans and unremarried surviving spouses of eligible disabled veterans. To obtain the exemption, an affidavit showing a legal description of the property must be filed. To have 2013 property taxes exempt, the affidavit must be filed with your local assessor for the December Board of Review. Affidavit's are available at the Sanilac County Veterans Affairs Office, located at 171 Dawson Street, 2nd floor in Sandusky. Veterans must bring a proof of disability from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Anyone with questions may contact the Sanilac County Veterans Affairs Office at 810-648-0212.
(PORT HURON) -- A program that will match entrepreneurs with technical experts is set to open in Port Huron. TechPort will have a soft opening to work out bugs in the next couple of weeks and then have a grand opening early next year. It's already taking applications. TechPort chairman John Robbins says the program is designed to match young entrepreneurs with people who have skills that can make that business possible. That includes web designers, marketers and finance experts. The TechPort website, techporthuron.org, is where members can post a profile and search for people or companies that need those skills. Once signed up, members can use the building as their work space. Mentoring programs also will be offered.
(BROOKFIELD TOWNSHIP) -- A new wind farm in Huron County is expected to start making power next month. NextEra Energy's Pheasant Run Wind Project is being built in Brookfield, Fairhaven, Grant, Oliver, Sebewaing and Winsor Townships. About half of the project's 88 turbines are to start spinning November 27 ahead of the December 5 start of commercial production. That's the project's first phase. The second phase is expected to begin commercial operation on February 15. When it's fully operational, it's expected to be Huron County's largest wind farm. With construction wrapping up, NextEra says trucks hauling massive turbine blades in the area will soon be seen less often.