(AREA) -- The Farmer Board of Directors of the Michigan Wheat Program is hoping to invest in innovative research projects that will help growers increase yields and quality, as well as ideas for new markets and uses. Cass City farmer David Milligan chairs the groups' nine-member board and says the idea was discussed during the December 2012 strategic planning session. The Michigan Wheat Program board is seeking research projects that will touch on various aspects of production, including rotation, cover crops, nutrients, inputs, pests and disease. The board is also interested in more market-driven projects that will provide an overview of production practices, current wheat markets and uses and exports and export markets. Milligan says that delivering the highest quality product to market is a key goal. The full Request For Proposals and a budget submission form can be found at www.miwheat.org by clicking on "Research" under the "Industry" tab. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 4. Researchers chosen for funding will be notified by April 30, 2013.
(HURON COUNTY) -- There was low voter turnout during three special elections in Huron County Tuesday. The bond proposal sought by the Owendale-Gagetown Area School District was turned down with 184 no votes to 175 yes. The district was seeking to increase its debt by $2.99 million through general obligation bonds for improvements at the school. A similar bond proposal was turned down by voters in May 2012 when the district was asking for a $3.08 million bond proposal, which would have levied 3.3-mills. That vote went down by just 11 votes.
The Unionville-Sebewaing School District's $5.85 million bond proposal for improvements and technology updates passed Tuesday with 317 yes votes to 171 no votes. The district will levy the current 7-mills over 14-years.
The police tax levy in the Village of Gagetown passed with 50 yes votes to 36 no. The renewed property tax levy of 3.5-mills over 10-years will continue to fund police protection within the village.
(SANDUSKY) -- A new business is opening in Sandusky on Friday, March 1. Fitness Edge Gym is located at 5 South Elk Street in downtown Sandusky, just south of the stoplight, and will be open seven days a week. Between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, the first ten people to sign up for a membership will receive 50% off. The fitness center will include treadmills, elliptical machines, upright bikes and weights. Zumba classes will be offered on Wednesday's at 6:30 p.m.
(WORTH TOWNSHIP) -- The Worth Township brothers arrested after driving off with a stolen boat were sentenced in Sanilac County District Court Tuesday. 17-year old Darence Maze and 21-year old Jordan Maze both plead no contest to larceny less than $200. Darence Maze was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 12 months probation and $555 in fines and costs. His brother Jordan was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 12 months probation and $555 in fines and costs. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say a concerned citizen witnessed the pair driving in the 8500 block of St. Clair Road near Fisher Road last week with a green aluminum boat hanging out of the back of their van. The citizen was familiar with the boat and called 9-1-1.
(LEXINGTON) -- The 68-year old Lexington man arrested early Monday morning for felonious assault remains jailed in Sanilac County on a $50,000 cash/surety bond. Norman Holdwick was arraigned Tuesday on charges of felonious assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic violence. Troopers from the Caro State Police Post say Holdwick allegedly brandished two long guns toward his wife and adult granddaughter and threatened to harm his neighbor. Authorities were advised that Holdwick was intoxicated and suicidal before they arrived at his Lexington residence. Holdwick's pre-exam conference has been set for March 5 at 10 a.m. A preliminary exam has been scheduled for March 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Sanilac County District Court.
(COLUMBUS TOWNSHIP) -- An extensive investigation into heroin and cocaine sales in the Port Huron area resulted in the arrest of three men late Monday during a traffic stop on I-94 and Fred Moore Highway in St. Clair County's Columbus Township. Drug Task Force officers seized $1,600 worth of heroin, $400 in crack cocaine, marijuana, analog drugs, and a loaded .45 caliber semi automatic handgun from the vehicle. Two Detroit men ages 23 and 25 and a 35-year old Port Huron area man were arrested at the scene. Officers say all three suspects have felony drug convictions on their record and one is on federal parole. The three men remain jailed on several drug-related charges.
(BAD AXE) -- A woman who stole more than $23,000 in lottery tickets from a Michigan gas station where she worked has been sentenced to about 10 months in jail. 43-year-old Connie May Husen also was ordered in Huron County Circuit Court to serve three years of probation and pay more than $23,000 in restitution to the Caseville One Stop gas station. The Huron County woman told the court Monday that she is responsible for her actions and she apologized. Defense lawyer Jim Woodworth says Husen has a severe gambling problem. Husen earlier pleaded guilty to an embezzlement charge. Prosecutors say Husen stole lottery tickets between February 2012 and November 2012. Police say video footage showed her taking other items as well.
(LAMOTTE TOWNSHIP) -- Troopers from the Caro State Police Post say a 49-year old Bad Axe woman was killed in a two vehicle crash on M-53 north of Richards Road in Sanilac County's Lamotte Township Tuesday around 6:30 p.m. Troopers say an Art Van Furniture delivery van was traveling south on M-53 when it lost control on the snow covered roadway and struck a northbound Chevy Trailblazer. Both vehicles ended up in the east ditch along M-53. The driver of the Trailblazer, Paula Lynn Eckstein, formerly of Lennon, Michigan, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the van, 38-year old Gerald Pelch, Jr. of Flint was transported to Marlette Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. His passenger, 29-year old Phillip Rose of Burton was not injured. Authorities say that all of the occupants were wearing seat belts and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
(CLYDE TOWNSHIP) -- A 37-year old Washington Township woman was arrested following a crash in Clyde Township around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the woman was traveling south on Vincent Road south of Walker Road, when her vehicle was struck nearly head-on, by a vehicle driven by 30-year old Matthew Schott of Croswell. The Schott vehicle lost control on the slushy roadway. Deputies say the woman was found to be intoxicated at the scene. She was treated by Tri-Hospital EMS personnel and then taken to the St. Clair County Jail. A 49-year old Croswell man, who was a passenger in the Washington Township woman's vehicle, and Schott were taken to Port Huron Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
(AREA) -- Voters in the Sandusky School District overwhelming passed an 18-mill operating millage renewal during a special election Tuesday. The non-homestead millage will provide the district with $860,000 in tax revenue in 2014. There were 688 yes votes and 242 no votes. The 10-year renewal failed by 11 votes in November. Superintendent Mike Carmean said he was very pleased with the results. NWS 0044
Meanwhile, in the Yale School district, voters approved a $1.94 million bond proposal for technology upgrades, equipment for the school's buildings and bus purchases. The .22 mill levy passed by a margin of 168 votes, 676 yes to 508 no.