(AREA) -- The annual "New To You Toy Event" hosted by the Great Start Collaborative Parent Group is happening today at the Lexington United Methodist Church from 4-7 p.m. Volunteers have been gathering new and gently used toys from all over Sanilac County to stock the shelves of a magical store that provides free toys to any parent, grandparent, or guardian in need of help putting gifts under their Christmas tree this year. Sandusky High School Student Council students did their part and braved the cold to collect cash donations at the main corner in Sandusky, raising over $1,500 for the purchase of new toys. The Croswell-Lexington National Honor Society donated $100 towards the event and the Lexington United Methodist Church provides space for the event. A special thanks goes out to Great Start Parent Liaison Nina Barnett, who orchestrates the event with her parent members.
(BROWN CITY) -- Brown City School Board members held a special meeting Monday night for a board workshop budget review. Superintendent Jerry Steigerwald went over an amendment to the general fund budget and gave a brief explanation of the district's restricted and undesignated fund equity. Steigerwald informed the board that state funding and declining enrollment has impacted the budget and several money saving changes were suggested for the second semester including moving the Alternative Education Program to the high school from an off-site location and filling the Elementary Principal position internally. Board member Ron Marion suggested that the board go through the budget and see if they could come up with some different alternatives for cost-savings. Several guests voiced their concerns and also suggested other reductions for possible budget savings. The Brown City School Board will meet again Monday, December 16.
(PORT HURON) -- St. Clair County Drug Task Force officers conducted two drug raids this week resulting in the seizure of cocaine, heroin, and cash. The first raid took place late Monday in the 1500 block of 9th Street. Two men ages 50 and 52 from Port Huron and two women ages 30 and 39 from Port Huron and Detroit were arrested. Officers found crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, $850 in cash, and drug paraphernalia inside the residence. The second search warrant was served at a home in the 800 block of Elmwood Street in Port Huron Tuesday night. Officers seized crack cocaine, cocaine valued at $200, marijuana, $470 in cash, drug paraphernalia and a vehicle. A 30-year old woman and 35-year old man, both from Port Huron, were arrested and remain lodged in the St. Clair County jail.
(PORT HURON) -- Port Huron Hospital has signed a letter of intent to join McLaren Health Care Corporation. The decision was unanimously supported by the hospital's board of trustees. Administrators began meeting with employees Wednesday and will continue to do so this week regarding the announcement. McLaren has eight member hospitals and three special-care facilities. The health system and Karmanos Cancer Institute also recently merged. With about 1,450 employees, Port Huron Hospital is one of the largest employers in St. Clair County.
(CROSWELL) -- Croswell Police Chief Dave Hall says the 15-year old Croswell boy reported missing has been found safe at a friends house and has been returned to his parents. Hunter Stevenson ran away from his home in Croswell during the evening hours of Saturday, December 7. Tips to police resulted in his safe return home.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday afternoon and held a public hearing on the county's proposed 2014 budget. Sheriff Garry Biniecki spoke to the board about his concern over a $175,000 reduction from what the sheriff's department requested and what was allocated in the budget. Biniecki stated that the cut in funding would prevent the department from operating at their full potential. District one commissioner Dan Dean offered an amendment to increase the 2014 funding by $90,000--that's still $85,000 less than requested. Board members approved the $90,000 increase on a three to two vote, with commissioners Justin Faber and James Ruby voting no on the increased funding. Commissioners voted to table the approval of the 2014 budget until their December 17th meeting. In other business, the board received an update from Lou Wenzloff on the status of the Sanilac Medical Care Facility expansion and renovation. Wenzloff said that the project is proceeding on schedule, and should reach completion by March or April of 2014.
(AREA) -- Sanilac County Health Department's Health Officer Dianna Schafer is clearing up any confusion regarding the requirements for temporary food permits in the wake of last week's Country Christmas Weekend in Sandusky. According to Schafer, under the Michigan Food Law (Act 92, P.A. 2000), groups or individuals serving potentially hazardous foods to the public must obtain a temporary food license permit. Temporary food permits may be obtained by notifying the Health Department at least 5 days prior to the event to avoid late fees. The county's Food Service Sanitarian works with those groups or individuals and completes an inspection of the site the day of the event. The inspection ensures the safety of food being served to the public and prevents a food borne illness outbreak. Organizations and groups are reminded that at any event where food is served to the public must have a temporary food permit, even if the food is given away for free. For more information contact the Sanilac County Health Department at 810-648-4098 ext. 124
(MAPLE VALLEY TOWNSHIP) -- An 18-year old Brown City man was injured after losing control of his Jeep Wrangler Tuesday afternoon along St. Mary Street, north of Brooks Road in Sanilac County's Maple Valley Township. Sheriff's deputies say the incident took place just before 1 p.m. when Matthew Good was traveling north on St. Mary Street and lost control on the slippery, snow covered roadway. The Jeep ran off the road, entered the east ditch sideways and struck two large trees. The impact caused one of the trees to sever and the vehicle became wrapped around the other. A citizen called 9-1-1 after noticing that Good was injured when he freed himself from the wreckage. Good was transported to Marlette Regional Hospital for treatment and soon after transferred to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw. Deputies say speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
(PORT HURON) -- Some items from a freighter that sunk in Lake Huron during the Storm of 1913 are being sold at the Port Huron Museum to help pay for its Storm of 1913 Remembered exhibit and events. Commercial diver Wayne Brusate recovered the artifacts after he found the SS Regina in 1986. He donated about 60 legally recovered items to the museum, and others to the Great Lakes Maritime Institute and Dossin Great Lakes Museum in Detroit. Brusate, Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki and John Severance found the 250-foot freighter in 80 feet of water about three and a half miles offshore between Lexington and Port Sanilac. It carried items such as whiskey, champagne and canned goods. Some items will remain in the museum.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate will not extend current farm law if Congress can't agree on a new farm bill before adjourning next week. House leaders have reserved space on their agenda this week for extending the current law until the end of January. Lawmakers fear that milk prices might rise sharply if dairy subsidies expire Jan. 1. The House and Senate have passed separate versions, but with widespread differences over crop subsidies and how much to cut food stamps. House Speaker John Boehner said last week that the House should extend the current law while negotiators seek a compromise. Reid's response Tuesday, in his words: "Let them vote on it. We're not going to do it." Some senators fear an extension relieves pressure to get a deal.