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(AREA) -- Three thumb-area students had the opportunity to meet Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson while attending the Michigan Driver and Traffic Safety Association's annual conference Saturday. The presentation is held to inform and motivate driver education instructors and local and state agencies to go above and beyond in preventing teen fatalities due to traffic accidents. High school sophomores Nathan Stone from Carsonville-Port Sanilac and Devin Adams from Landmark Academy joined St. Clair County Community College student Jeremy Grzech for the event at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant. Grzech  spoke on his experience as a survivor of a car accident that claimed the life of one other teen and left him with life sustaining brain injuries. Over 150 people attended the conference, including driver education instructors and representatives from several local and state agencies.

PICTURED: L to R--Jeremy Grzech, Nathan Stone, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, Devin Adams, & Christine Meddaugh

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 14:33

Brown City Council adopts 2013-14 budget

(BROWN CITY) -- Following a public hearing on Monday evening, the Brown City Council adopted the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The proposed spending guide calls for revenues and expenditures totaling $1,931,000. This is an increase of $433,000 when compared to the current budget. The increased expenditures are for repairs to the water tower and water main, as well as street improvements. The revenues to do the work are coming from the water and street reserve funds. The council also passed a resolution keeping the city's millage rate at 16.87 mills and the Brown City Parks millage rate at 1.25 mills.

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Department has received a special donation of stuffed animals for victims of traumatic incidents from a young girl looking to give back. Sheriff Garry Biniecki was proudly presented with stuffed animals from 8-year old Stephanie Stone of Deckerville. Stephanie was accompanied by her mother Rhonda and her brother Jeffery. Stephanie got the idea when she received a stuffed animal when involved in a traffic accident back in 2005 east of Sandusky. She commented that it meant so much to her that she wanted to give something back to help other kids. Sheriff Biniecki says no act of kindness is too small and it is even more special when young people give of themselves to make a difference in our community.

Pictured: 8-year-old Stephanie Stone of Deckerville and Sheriff Garry Biniecki

(HURON COUNTY) -- Cooperative Elevator Company held its 98th annual stockholders meeting last week at the Franklin Inn in Bad Axe, where three people were elected to the board of directors, financial information for the year ended January 31 was reported and future goals were discussed. Incumbents Kurt Ewald of Unionville, James Licht of Pigeon and Les Roth of Bad Axe were re-elected as directors for 3-year terms. 

The company realized net margins of $12,889,601 on sales of $293,280,945. The profits will be returned to patrons in the form of a patronage dividend based on the volume of business done during the fiscal year. 40-percent of the dividend in the amount $4,175,000 will be paid in cash on September 30. The balance of the dividend will be in the form of an allocation.  The board of directors also authorized a back year allocated patronage revolvement of $3,101,070 which was paid March 15. The back year revolvement combined with the patronage dividend, represents $7.28 million dollars which will be returned in cash to members in 2013.

Cooperative Elevator Company was incorporated November 15, 1915. It was organized by farmers and it has remained farmer owned for over 97-years.

(AREA) -- Flint is moving forward on plans to get its water by participating in a pipeline project that would tap Lake Huron. Monday night's Flint City Council vote sets in motion a process that would end Flint's use of water from Detroit. Under the proposal, Flint would get 16 million gallons of water per day from Lake Huron, pipe it to Flint for treatment and then sell it to city customers. Another 2 million gallons per day would come from the Flint River and would be treated in Flint. The state must approve Flint's plans, which aim to save millions of dollars a year. The Karegnondi Water Authority project could serve Flint and Lapeer as well as residents elsewhere in Genesee, Lapeer and Sanilac counties.

(CARSONVILLE-PORT SANILAC) -- Carsonville-Port Sanilac school board members last week approved the Quiz Bowl team's request to travel to Lansing next month to compete in the State Championship Finals at Michigan State University. This is the third consecutive year that the CPS Quiz Bowl team has made it to the State Finals. Matches will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 19 and continue on Saturday, April 20. In other business, the board approved the resignation of Lindsay Carter, Food Service Coordinator and the hiring of Sue Phillips to the Food Service Director position. The Cost Savings Recommendations presented in February by Superintendent Ann Binienda were tabled until the regular June board meeting. The recommendations proposed included a 5% reduction in across the board expense items, adjusting the Great Start Readiness Program teaching position, reducing the staff by four positions, and reviewing the Athletic Director and Schedule B positions and transportation fees. 

(SANDUSKY) -- Sandusky dairy farmer Leonard Brown was recently reelected to serve a 3-year term on the Michigan Milk Producers Association board of directors. Brown represents MMPA members in Sanilac and Huron counties. Brown was elected to the board position at the MMPA District 8 delegate meeting held in Bad Axe on February 25. He has served on the MMPA Advisory Committee and as a treasurer/secretary for the Sandusky Local. Brown has also served as the Elmer Township Supervisor for the past 23 years. He and his brother William own and operate Brown Brothers Dairy where they milk 110 cows and farm 950 acres. The Michigan Milk Producers Association is a member owned and controlled cooperative serving approximately 2,000 dairy farmers in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana.

(AREA) -- Six of the seven Michigan waterfowl hunters randomly chosen as the first winners of the DNR's Wetland Wonders Challenge received their prizes March 14 at the regular monthly meeting of the Natural Resources Commission in Saginaw. One of the winners was Isaiah Battel of Cass City. To be entered to win one of the seven prize packages, winners had to hunt four or more of the DNR's seven premier managed waterfowl areas and turn in a punch card as proof of participation this past waterfowl hunting season. Each winner received one of seven ultimate waterfowl hunting prize packages, each worth approximately $1,800. Each prize package was unique, but included items such as shotguns, a "golden ticket" good for first choice at a managed waterfowl area hunt, a jon boat, decoys, blinds, calls, taxidermy mounts, guided duck hunts, gift cards, trail cameras and hunting gear. Consolation prizes were also given out to 93 lucky winners. To learn more about Michigan's managed waterfowl areas, visit www.michigan.gov/wetlandwonders

PICTURED: Winners--Triston Bradshaw of Allegan, Michael Schindler of Bay City, James Graves of Rhodes, Isaiah Battel of Cass City, Thomas Bauer of Clarkston and Gary Van Kirk of Swartz Creek. (The seventh winner, Lupe Martinez of Hamilton, could not be present at the meeting and has since received his prize package.)

Monday, 25 March 2013 10:42

M-53 reconstruction scheduled in Bad Axe

(HURON COUNTY) -- MDOT crews will start a $2.7 million project to reconstruct M-53 from Outer Drive to M-142 in Bad Axe on Monday, April 1. Work includes pavement reconstruction, curb and gutter, storm and sanitary sewer, and water main work, traffic signal upgrades and sidewalk and ramp improvements. M-53 will be closed with traffic detoured through the end of August. Northbound M-53 traffic will detour north on Pinnebog Road, east on M-142, and north on M-53. Southbound M-53 traffic will detour west on M-142, south on Pinnebog Road, and south on M-53. Eastbound M-142 traffic will detour east on Learman Road, south on Carpenter Road, and east on M-142. Westbound M-142 traffic will detour north on Carpenter Road, west on Learman Road, and west on M-142. Northbound Bad Axe Road traffic will detour east on Soper Road, north on Hanselman Street, west on Woodworth Street, and north on Port Crescent Road. Southbound Port Crescent Road traffic will detour east on Woodworth Street, south on Hanselman Street, west on Soper Road, and south on Bad Axe Road. Single-lane closures will be in effect from August through October. The project is expected to be completed by October 12.

(WATERTOWN TOWNSHIP) -- Fire of undermined origin destroyed a barn owned by John Sadowy located at 908 Elk Creek Road in Watertown Township. Sandusky Fire Chief Todd Hillman says the 40 by 70 structure was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived shortly after 7 p.m. Friday evening. The barn was used for storage and a number of antique snowmobiles were among the items destroyed in the blaze. A monetary estimate of the loss was not available. According to family members, John Sadowy suffered third degree burns on his hands as a result of the blaze. Firefighters from Applegate, Carsonville, Elk and Speaker Townships assisted in battling the fire. The scene was cleared around 11:30 p.m.