(MARLETTE) -- The Marlette School Board held their regular meeting Tuesday night and presented the audit for the 2012-2013 school year. The auditing firm of Anderson, Tuckey, Bernhardt, and Doran, P.C. gave the district an Unmodified-Clean Opinion, which is the highest level of assurance possible. The audit found that Marlette School District's revenues during the 2012-2013 school year were $8,222,277, with expenditures totaling $9,060,835. Expenditures exceeded revenues, resulting in the board having to draw a total of $838,558 from the fund balance. The audit also found that there were certain inaccurate general ledger balances and that the financial reporting deadlines were not met. The board Tuesday also approved the hiring of interim Superintendent Al Broughton.
(DECKERVILLE) -- Santa and a few of his Reindeer will be in Deckerville Friday, December 13. Children and their families are invited to visit between 4-7 p.m. at Keinath Tire, located at 3680 Range Line Road. Santa will be on hand to hear Christmas wishes and parents are reminded to bring their camera!
(AKRON TOWNSHIP) -- Three people were injured in a three-car crash Monday morning on M-25 near Thomas Road in Tuscola County's Akron Township. Undersheriff Glen Skrent says the incident took place around 10:50 a.m. when a vehicle towing a trailer, driven by David Sylvester of Linwood, was heading east on M-25 and lost control, crossing the centerline. The Sylvester vehicle struck a westbound car driven by Ashley Volk of Bad Axe head-on. A vehicle also traveling west behind Volk, driven by Bradley Schwanbeck of Saginaw, was unable to stop in time and struck Volk. During the collision, the trailer being towed by the Sylvester vehicle became detached and landed in a field. Deputies say that all three drivers were transported to local hospitals for treatment of various injuries; none of which appeared life threatening, according to Skrent. Deputies were assisted by Akron Police and the Tuscola County Road Commission at the scene.
(MARLETTE TOWNSHIP) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Office is investigating a single-vehicle crash that took place Monday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. on Marlette Road, a quarter mile east of Gosline Road in Marlette Township. According to deputies, a white Ford pick-up driven by 48-year old Kelley Tresnak of Sandusky was traveling east on Marlette Road, when an unknown black SUV traveling west, came into her lane. Tresnak attempted to avoid a collision, but ran off the roadway, entered the ditch, struck a mailbox and then struck a tree. Tresnak was transported to Marlette Hospital by Marlette EMS for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Deputies say she was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and alcohol does not appear to be a factor. Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office at 810-648-2000.
(SANDUSKY) -- Crowds of people braved the cold to watch Sandusky's 20th Annual Country Christmas Lighted Farm Implement Parade Saturday night. This year's Mayor's Award was given to Countryside Free Methodist Church for their float entitled, "Filing you up with Christmas Spirit." The Heritage United Methodist Church took top honors in the Religious Community category. The Sandusky Community Fire Department entertained the crowds with their amazing light show synchronized with music. The department took top honors in the Fire Department category for their efforts. Gordon Farms was the winner of the Privately Owned Modern Farm Equipment and Tractors Division and Setcher Site Specific, LLC won the Agricultural Equipment Dealers/Commercial Farm Supply category with their "Music Box Dancer." float. The winner of the Non-farm Small Division was Phil's Custom Flooring, which featured horse back riders and a horse drawn wagon. Pirates of Michigan took top honors in the Service, Non-profit category. The Pirates of Michigan are a group of friends and family that enjoy getting together for parades, fundraisers and movie openings. Saturday night's parade capped off a weekend of events held throughout Sandusky to kick start the holiday season. Earlier in the day, Team Walmart was the winner of the Fruit Cake Toss for the third straight year. The winner of the Home Decorating contest was 334 Bridgehampton Street, second place went to the Behm residence at 195 Bridgehampton Street and third place went to the Combs family at 401 Golfview. The first place winner of the Business Decorating contest was the Health Store at 160 E. Sanilac Ave. Second place went to Eastside Plaza at 119 E. Elk and third place went to the Ball Insurance Agency at 132 S. Elk Street.
(GREENLEAF TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say a Dodge pickup struck an Amish buggy from behind shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday morning along M-53, injuring the man inside the buggy and the horse pulling it. Deputies were sent to the scene north of Bay City Forestville Road in Greenleaf Township. An investigation showed that the driver of the pickup, 50-year old Michael Leavine of Port Austin was traveling north on M-53 and says he didn't see the Amish buggy on the roadway until it was too late. The buggy, also traveling north, was being driven by 44-year old Harvey Kempf of Ubly. Kempf was transported to Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe for treatment of minor injuries and later released. The buggy was completely destroyed and the horse was injured. No other injuries were reported. Sheriff's deputies were assisted by Cass City MMR Ambulance and the Cass City Fire and Police Departments.
(BAD AXE) -- Nathan Prill of Bad Axe took the top spot at Michigan Farm Bureau's 2013 Young Farmer Discussion Meet on December 3 in Grand Rapids. Prill grew up on a Huron County dairy farm and now works as executive director of the county's USDA Farm Service Agency. On the side he grows kale, cucumbers, beets and other fresh vegetables to sell at area farmers' markets. Young Farmer Discussion Meets test farmers ages 18 to 35 in a unique public speaking contest, in which participants are rewarded for their knowledge of current agricultural issues, their cooperative demeanor and the tact and civility of their delivery. Prill won a $500 cash prize from Ford and a trip to the John Deere world headquarters. He also will choose from a tour at the John Deere factory in Iowa or a $500 Cabela's gift card from AIS Construction Equipment. Prill also advances to compete in the national-level Young Farmer and Rancher Discussion Meet at the American Farm Bureau Federation 95th Convention and Annual Meeting in San Antonio, January 12-15, 2014.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- Tuscola County has been selected as one of four Michigan counties that will receive state transportation economic development grants that will support the creation or retention of 563 jobs. The grants will be used to resurface Doerr Road from Division Street to M-81. Additionally, the intersection of Doerr Road and M-81 will be widened to accommodate an increase in truck traffic. The estimated cost of the projects is $549,965, including $439,972 in state TEDF funds and $109,993 in local match from the village of Cass City. In September, Dairy Farmers of America announced plans to build a new processing plant in Cass City. The company is investing $40 million in a new 33,000-square-foot processing plant that will be able to process 3 million pounds of fresh milk each day, supplied by DFA member farms located in the Thumb area. The plant will be located in the Cass City Industrial Park located off of Doerr Road.
(AREA) -- Residents around the state will soon benefit from the services of 12 canine teams, including eight new teams and four replacement teams, who graduated from the Michigan State Police 2013 Basic Canine School this week. The graduating class brings the total number of MSP Canine Teams to 49. The MSP Canine Unit responds to approximately 5,600 calls annually, making it one of the largest and busiest in the country. The replacement team is where a veteran handler trains with a new partner to replace a retiring canine. The canines retire to their handler or another loving person's home after working 8-years. Locally, replacement graduate "Enzo" will join his handler, Trooper John Sholtz at the Lapeer Post.
Basic Canine School Graduates
Tpr. Bryon Bierema with Hank-Fifth District Headquarters
Trp. Ben Bordner with Smoke-Eighth District Headquarters
Tpr. Kyle Kelley with Bach-Seventh District Headquarters
Tpr. Denis McGuckin with Jax-Tri-City Post
Tpr. Jereme Miller with Dakota-Coldwater Post
Tpr. Nolan Przybylo with Hondo-Metro Post
Tpr. Michael Sinke with Murph-Fifth District Headquarters
Tpr. Benjamin Sonstrom with Otto-Second District Headquarters
Replacement Canine School Graduates
Tpr. Michael Bush with Shep-Rockford Post
Tpr. Kris Mikowski with Ammo-Cadillac Post
Tpr. Joel Service with Pitch-Niles Post
Tpr. John Sholtz with Enzo-Lapeer Post
(AREA) -- Michigan State Police Inspector Gene Kapp has been promoted to Captain and Commander of the Third District. Kapp replaces Captain Richard Arnold, who was recently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and Commander of the State Services Bureau. In his new role, Kapp will serve the Third District, which covers Arenac, Bay, Genesee, Gladwin, Huron, Iosco, Lapeer, Midland, Ogemaw, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Tuscola counties. Prior to his promotion, Kapp served as Inspector and Assistant Commander of the Third District. He is a Mackinaw City native and graduate of Grand Valley State University.