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(SANDUSKY) -- The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, January 8 for their first organizational meeting as a five-member board. District 5 Commissioner Donald Hunt was elected Chairman and new District 2 Commissioner Justin Faber was elected Vice-Chairman. District 4 Commissioner Jim Ruby will remain the Finance Chairman. The three newcomers include Faber, District 1 Commissioner Dan Dean, and District 3 Commissioner John Hoffman. Hunt and Ruby served on the board prior to the redistricting. Commissioners will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday's at 3:30 p.m. Finance and Administration meetings are the first and third Tuesday's at 2:30 p.m. Meetings are subject to change due to a holiday. Discussion was held Tuesday on having a meeting each month within the five districts to make it easier for constituents to attend. Administrator Kathy Dorman says that the logistics and changes to by laws language are still being looked into and discussed. 

(AREA) -- State Representative Terry Brown (D-Pigeon) was sworn in Wednesday, January 9 to his third and final term representing Huron and Tuscola counties in the Michigan House of Representatives. The lawmaker, along with the other 109 members of the Michigan House, took the oath of office during a ceremony at the state Capitol marking the beginning of the 97th Legislature. Brown took the oath of office on his maternal grandmother's Bible. At a similar ceremony in his district, Brown took the oath on his paternal grandmother's Bible.

"I'm grateful to my friends, family and supporters who helped me get back to representing the 84th District," Brown said. "I'm eager to pick up where I left off working for residents of the Thumb."

As a former school administrator, education is a priority for Brown. He has pledged to restore the state's focus on our children's future and fully fund Michigan schools. Brown also will fight to protect seniors, restore fairness to the state's tax code and work to create new and better jobs.

PICTURED: State Representative Terry Brown is joined by his wife, Carol Brown; mother, Doris Brown; brother Thomas Brown; and staff members Justin Alexander and Melissa Weipert at the swearing-in ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the state Capitol.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Twenty-eight new lawmakers are joining the GOP-controlled Michigan Legislature on the first day of the next two-year session. The new House members were sworn in shortly after noon Wednesday along with those re-elected to the 110-member chamber. Senators are in the middle of their four-year terms. Opening day is filled with pomp, smiles and excitement of choosing new seats before the real work begins weeks down the line. But acrimony over the GOP's passage of a right-to-work law in December lingered as hundreds of union demonstrators protested outside the Capitol. Republican Gov. Rick Snyder will outline his agenda in next week's State of the State address. He will propose a budget in late January or early February.

Pictured: 83rd District State Representative R-Paul Muxlow of Brown City being sworn into office Wednesday, January 9. The 83rd District includes Sanilac County and a portion of St. Clair County. Photo submitted by Capitol Correspondent Robert Benko.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Republican state Rep. Jase Bolger of Marshall will serve another term as speaker of the Michigan House. He was elected by his colleagues Wednesday on a 107-2 vote. Such votes typically are unanimous, but two Democrats voted against Bolger leading the chamber for two more years. An Ingham County judge acting as a one-person grand jury is collecting evidence to decide whether to charge Bolger or anyone else with crimes in a Democratic lawmaker's switch to the Republican caucus in May. Kent County's prosecutor says Bolger and then-Rep. Roy Schmidt broke no laws, but that their actions represented a fraud on the public. Bolger has apologized but insists he broke no laws.


(HURON COUNTY) -- The illegal "bath salts" case against a 48-year old Bad Axe man resumed in Huron County District Court last week, as Robert Alent was bound over to Circuit Court on eight felony counts stemming from a September raid. An extensive investigation led to search warrants at the Maple Lane Discount Store on N. VanDyke Street, owned by Alent, and his residence at 1030 Beech Street, both located in the city of Bad Axe. During a search of the business, officers seized records, documents, packaging and manufacturing materials, computers, and cash. The Drug Enforcement Agency was called to search the home on Beech Street due to the large amounts of hazardous materials that were used to manufacture illegal substances. Alent is accused delivering designer drugs and maintaining a drug house. He remains free on bond and is scheduled to appear for his Circuit Court arraignment on Monday, February 4, according to court records.

(AREA) -- With the arrival of winter and ice-related activities, Department of Natural Resources officials remind anglers, snowmobilers, skiers and others that no ice is ever 100-percent safe. Anyone who ventures out onto the ice is advised to keep the following precautions in mind--check with local sources of information -- such as the bait shop or corner store about ice conditions before venturing out, travel in pairs whenever possible and make sure someone knows where you are going and when you plan to return. With warmer temperatures and rain expected, area residents are warned that ice conditions could become extremely dangerous.

(PORT HURON) -- A 48-year old Detroit man was arrested Monday evening following a drug trafficking investigation in Port Huron. St. Clair County Drug Task Force officers searched a room at the Days Inn Hotel located in the 2900 block of Pine Grove Avenue and seized heroin, cocaine, marijuana, cash, and a .38 caliber handgun. The suspect, found inside the room, has a felony criminal record and a least two open cases pending outside St. Clair County. He remains jailed on several drug-related and felony charges.

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Sanilac County authorities are seeking tips from the public in finding a stolen trailer. The theft was reported on December 26 at Blue Bird Enterprises, located at 3950 West Burnsline Road. Deputies say the 20-foot three axle Central Trailer was stolen between December 21 and the early morning hours of December 26. The trailer has a black steel frame, wooden deck, 2-inch sides and a 4-foot drop ramp off the back. The non-expiring Michigan Registration on the trailer is A604504. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the trailer is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP, the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau at 810-648-8361 or Deputy Kevin Nowiski at 810-648-8639. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and or the retrieval of the trailer.

(AREA) -- Michigan corn producers will have an opportunity to vote on whether to continue the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan in a referendum conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development beginning Monday, January 28 through Friday, February 8. Ballots will be mailed to corn producers on Thursday, January 24. Eligible producers with questions, or those not receiving a ballot, should contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development toll-free at 800-292-3939. The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan was designed to increase the utilization of Michigan corn through market development, education, and research. The program was last approved in 2008 and, by law, must be renewed every 5-years. Currently, the assessment is one cent per bushel. For the program to be renewed, more than 50 percent of the producer votes cast, representing more than 50 percent of the total number of bushels represented on the cast ballots, must approve it. All ballots must be filled out completely, signed, and postmarked by February 8.

(PORT HURON) -- The Port Huron Police Capture Program is seeking tips from the public in locating their latest fugitive on the run. 39-year old Jason Lee Huhta is wanted on one count of failing to register as a sex offender and for non-compliance with the sex offender registry act. Huhta is also wanted on an unrelated weapons offense charge. Police say Huhta has frequented the cities of New Baltimore, Marine City and East Tawas and was most recently residing in the 600 block of 11th Street in Port Huron. He is described as a white man, 5'10" in height, 235 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the CAPTURE hotline at 810-987-6688 or go online at www.porthuronpolice.org. A reward of up to $1,000 is available if an arrest is made based on your tip.