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(AREA) -- The cities of Croswell and Imlay City will receive grants through the Michigan Strategic Fund for public infrastructure improvements. According to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Downtown Infrastructure Grants program is intended for non-entitlement communities that do not receive funding directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A total of $4.4 million was approved for nine Michigan communities. The city of Croswell will receive $253,000 for streetscape improvements with a $105,875 match. Imlay City will see $479,500 for streetlights and parking improvements. The city must provide a $204,500 match. All of the projects are located in traditional downtowns and must be completed within a year.

(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- State Police from the Caro Post and other first responders were called to the scene of a single vehicle roll over accident late Thursday afternoon in the area of Cemetery Road near Deckerville Road in Tuscola County's Novesta Township. According to police, 19-year-old Sarah Flowers of Deford was traveling north on Cemetery Road when she lost control of her minivan and rolled the vehicle several times before coming to a stop in the ditch on the west side of the road. Flowers was ejected from the vehicle as a result of the crash. She was flown to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw for treatment. Her condition is listed as stable, but serious. Flowers' 2-1/2 month old child was secured in a child restraint in the rear seat of the vehicle and was not injured. The infant was taken to Covenant Hospital for precautionary measures.

(SANDUSKY) -- The latest in digital mammography technology is now available at McKenzie Health System in Sandusky. Local women now have access to high-quality, high-resolution screenings. The Aspire digital mammography system provides enhanced image clarity enabling extraordinary detail of potential abnormalities that assist in more accurate and reliable diagnoses. Older systems use film to capture images. The new machine is all digital and provides images more quickly. Transmission of images from one physician to another is also quick and easy. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 15 and 54, and the second cause of cancer death in women 55 to 74. Fortunately, 96 percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer free after 5-years. In addition to mammograms, McKenzie Health System will offer patient counseling and advice for preventative care at the Project Healthy Living Health Fair Saturday, April 27.

(HURON COUNTY) -- Michigan Department of Transportation crews are removing existing traffic signals in Huron County to improve intersection operations. The changes are a result of a 14-month study to help MDOT identify unnecessary signals. The traffic light at M-142 (Michigan Avenue) and M-142 (Main Street) in Pigeon, M-25 (Main Street) at Michigan Street in Caseville, the M-53/M-142 (Van Dyke/Port Crescent Street) at Watkins Place light in Bad Axe, and the M-25 (Spring Street) at M-25/M-53 (Lake Street) in Port Austin will be removed. Two signals will be removed and replaced with an overhead flashing light on M-142 at Main Street in Elkton and on M-53/M-142 at Irwin Street in Bad Axe. Motorists may see short delays while the signals are removed. Work should be done by May. MDOT says additional improvements will be made in spring 2014.

(AREA) -- State Representative Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township worked with his colleagues to provide an additional $50 million in existing state dollars to go toward fixing Michigan roads under a state budget proposal approved Wednesday by the Michigan House. The funding comes from $25 million initially designated for film credits and $25 million earmarked for the Michigan Strategic Fund. The House budget proposal already included an extra $100 million for road repairs, bringing the total funding to $150 million. Representative Lauwers stated that legislators must continue to make more efficient use of all taxpayer dollars and this initial budget proposal delivers for the people of Michigan.

(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- A person suspected in the thefts of air conditioning units from businesses in Kimball and Port Huron Townships has been arrested. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon says several businesses had their central air units stolen during the evening and overnight hours over the last month. The 41-year old Port Huron Township man was arrested Wednesday after the owner of an area scrap yard contacted authorities about a person trying to turn in an air conditioning unit. The man was arrested for driving while license suspended and suspicion of larceny. While questioning the suspect, investigators determined that he was allegedly involved in at least six separate larcenies involving the theft of air conditioning units and scrap metal. A second suspect is still being sought in connection to the crimes. The Port Huron Township man remains jailed pending arraignment.

(PORT AUSTIN) -- The Michigan State Waterways Commission will hold its regular meeting on Friday, April 26 at the Port Austin Welcome Center, located at 2 W. Spring Street. The public meeting begins at 9 a.m. The agenda includes the 2013 emergency dredging program update, review of the new contractor for the Central Reservation System affecting harbor slip reservations, and the proposed review process for a potential land acquisition for a public boating access on Eagle Lake. The Michigan State Waterways Commission is an advisory group, created to address issues concerning public boating opportunities in the state, including the acquisition, construction and maintenance of recreational harbors, channels, docking and launching facilities, administration of commercial docks in the Straits of Mackinac, and to advise on regulations and grant funding for the Great Lakes Harbors of Refuge.

(LAPEER COUNTY) -- McLaren-Lapeer Region Hospital has been ordered to pay back 51 nurses who filed a grievance after a portion of their wages was cut without a labor contract negotiation. In a press release issued Tuesday, the Michigan Nurses Association says a group of nurses who worked at McLaren-Lapeer Region Medical Center will be refunded a yet-to-be determined amount after an arbitrator ruled last month the hospital had unfairly cut their wages by $2 an hour. The amount was cut from wages of some in August 2011. The Lapeer hospital, part of McLaren's system that brings in $2.6 billion in revenue each year, is the primary provider of health care services to Lapeer County and the surrounding area. The approximately 200 nurses at McLaren Lapeer Region are represented by the Michigan Nurses Association.

(MARLETTE) -- ThumbWorks! is again hosting FFA Chapter Strategy Day this Friday, April 26 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Marlette. The annual event is focused toward future agri-business leaders. FFA members from chapters located in the Thumb, as well as officers from state and national chapters, get together to learn about opportunities and advanced technologies in the agri-business industry. This year's keynote speaker is National FFA President Clay Sapp. Several workshops will be presented, including "Starting Your Own Ag-Business", "College Ag-Business Options", "Technology & Ag-Jobs", and "Resumes & Interviews." A special panel of agri-business employers will be on hand to address agri-business topics, including careers in agri-business, and to answer questions from FFA chapter members.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 10:40

Peck seeking nominations for Royalty

(PECK) -- The Village of Peck is seeking nominations for the 2013 Peck Royalty Court. King and Queen and Prince and Princess nomination forms will be accepted at the village hall until Monday, April 29. Prince and Princess applicants must be between the ages of 4 and 10 and live in the Peck Community School District. The official crowning ceremony will take place Friday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. at the village carnival. For more information call 810-378-5131.