(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Straight line winds are to blame for a destroyed barn, damage to the roof of a second barn and uprooted trees at 1875 Rangeline Road. Sanilac County Emergency Management Director Todd Hillman says winds gusting between 40 and 60 mph hit the property in Custer Township around 2 p.m. Friday afternoon. No injuries were reported. Residents in the southeastern part of the state have been dealing with severe thunderstorms and damaging winds since Tuesday evening.
(BAD AXE) -- Authorities arrested a Bad Axe man Friday after he left the scene of a hit a run accident, crash his vehicle and fled into the woods. Bad Axe Police say the hit and run accident took place at E. Huron and North Street just before 10:30 a.m. A caller informed dispatch that the driver of a red pickup truck was leaving the Village Square Apartments and struck a westbound vehicle. The driver then fled th e scene heading east. Officers at the scene learned that a red pickup truck had entered a ditch at M-142 and Hellems Road and the driver took off on foot. Officers pursued the suspect through a wooded area and help from witnesses resulted in his arrest. The 37-year old Bad Axe man was taken to Huron Medical Center for treatment of his injures. He faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, reckless driving, resisting and obstructing law enforcement, and operating a vehicle while in the presence of drugs. Bad Axe Police were assisted by the Huron County Sheriff's Department and the Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division.
(SANDUSKY) -- Organizers of the Sandusky Thumb Festival are looking for volunteers and participants for the craft show, which will be held in the downtown district this year. The festival will be held Friday, June 28-Sunday, June 30. The craft show will be located on the first two blocks of South Elk Street. The Kid's Fun Day and Bed Races will be held on West Speaker Street connecting the festival to Doerr Field where the softball/baseball tournaments and 3-on-3 basketball shoot out will be held.
Buttons supporting the Thumb Festival will be sold at the four corners of M-19 and M-46 and at Jerry's Foodland on Friday, June 7. This year's winning design was submitted by Emily Morris of Sandusky.
Forms and applications for the weekend events are available on the Sandusky Chamber of Commerce website-www.sanduskychamber.us To volunteer for the Kid's Fun Day and Bed Races call 810-648-4445.
Thumb Festival Schedule of Events:
Merchants' Sale Promotions All Weekend
Thursday June 27
Glow Walk at Diamond Trail at Dusk
Friday June 28
Senior Fair - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sandusky High School
Ribbon Cutting Grand Opening--"Buck It Sporting Goods"- Noon
Crowning of Thumbuddies at Gazebo at 6:15 p.m.
Crowning of Little Prince and Princess at Gazebo at 6:30 p.m.
Lawn chair Music at Gazebo at 7 p.m.
Baseball/Softball Tournaments at Doerr Field
Saturday, June 29
Baseball/Softball Tournaments at Doerr Field
5K Run/Walk at Diamond Trail - 8 a.m.
Craft Show on S Elk Street - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Antique Show on State Police Post lawn - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
3-on-3 Basketball Tournaments at Doerr Field - 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Car and Motorcycle Show at Graff Chevrolet and Buick - 10 a.m.
WMIC 45th Anniversary special event - All Day
Garage Sales - townwide
Horseshoe Tournament behind Liberty Lanes - 10 a.m.
Antique Tractor Show at Tri-County Equipment
ORV Fun Run begins at 10 a.m. originates behind Firebird Theatre
Kid's Fun Day on W Speaker Street - 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Gordon Russ Magician on W Speaker Street - 3 shows at Noon, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Bed Races on W Speaker St - Register at 5 p.m.; races begin at 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 30
Community Church Service 10 a.m.
Chicken BBQ at Doerr Field begins at 11 a.m. until chicken runs out
Craft Show on S Elk Street - 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Antique Show on State Police lawn - 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Drive In/Fly In Breakfast at Sandusky Airport - begins at 8 a.m.
Parade - line up begins at 11:30 a.m. at Kmart parking lot and corner of S Gates Road
-parade begins at 1 p.m.
(AREA) -- In a significant step toward restructuring parishes across the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, 39 churches are coming together in new parish communities with new parish names effective July 1. All parishes in the diocese have written their own action plan to revitalize parish life and will focus on areas such as providing enhanced educational programs for young people and adults, nurturing vocations and living out the Church's mission of evangelization.
The Sandusky area parish consisting of St. Joseph in Sandusky, St. Elizabeth in Marlette and St. John in Peck will be named the Holy Family Parish with St. Joseph in Sandusky severing as the parish church. St. Denis Catholic Church in Lexington will serve as the Lexington area parish and includes St. Mary of Port Sanilac and St. Patrick in Croswell. The parish will be named the Ave Maria Parish. The Ruth area parish comprised by Saints Peter and Paul of Ruth and St. John of Forestville will be named the Holy Apostles Parish. St. Isidore Parish was selected as the Parisville area parish name consisting of St.Mary of Parisville and St. Patrick in Palms.
In the weeks ahead, many parishes will be celebrating both closing and opening Masses. The celebrations will honor the past, while welcoming opportunities to partner with members of neighboring churches in new ways into the future.
Other new parish names:
Ubly Area--Good Shepherd Parish
St. John The Evangelist Church, Ubly
St. Ignatius Church, Frieburg
St. Columbkille Church, Sheridan Corners
St. Joseph Church, Argyle
Bad Axe Area--St. Hubert Parish
Sacred Heart Church, Bad Axe
St. Joseph Church, Rapson
Most Holy Trinity Church, Smith Corners
Kinde Area--Annunciation of the Lord Parish
St. Michael Church, Port Austin
St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, Kinde
St. Edward the Confessor Church, Kinde
Caseville Area--Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish
St. Roch Church, Caseville
St. Francis Borgia Church, Pigeon
St. Felix of Valois Church, Pinnebog
Harbor Beach Area--Holy Name of Mary Parish
Our Lady Of Lake Huron Church, Harbor Beach
St. Anthony of Padua Church, Helena
(SANDUSKY) -- Signature Bank announced their officer appointments this month. Jessica Lamm joined Signature Bank in October of 2005 as a Credit Analyst and is currently a commercial lender based at the Sandusky branch. Mary Rich joined the bank in March 2001 as an Investment Representative and Loan Specialist and currently serves as the branch manager in Sandusky. Signature Bank is an independent community owned bank with eight locations in Bad Axe, Caro, Frankenmuth, Harbor Beach, Port Hope, Sandusky and Sebewaing.
(PORT AUSTIN) -- Destructive and disorderly behavior landed a 49-year old Port Austin man in jail Tuesday afternoon. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says Jerry Widner had apparently backed a pickup truck into the water at the boat ramp of the Port Austin Harbor earlier in the day and left. Deputies were dispatched to N. Van Dyke and Grindstone Roads around 3:30 p.m. after reports of two men jumping into traffic. Deputies found the men attempting to pull the almost completely submerged truck out the water with a station wagon. Authorities suspected the pair were intoxicated and requested identification. Widner quickly became agitated and wouldn't follow instructions. He ended up jumping into water, swam out to the harbor and refused to return to shore. After a while, he swam back to shore and was arrested for being disorderly while intoxicated and was placed in the back of a patrol car. Widner began kicking at the back windows and damaged the left rear door. He was arraigned on charges of misdemeanor disorderly while intoxicated, OWI, and felony destruction of police property. Widner's bond was set at $10,000 cash.
(SNOVER) -- The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners held their regular meeting Tuesday night at the Moore Township Hall in Snover, giving residents in district two the opportunity to attend a meeting closer to home. Commissioners and residents heard from Kyle McCarthy of the Sanilac Conservation District. McCarthy spoke about the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP), a voluntary program designed to verify that a farmer is implementing environmentally safe practices. McCarthy also talked about the Michigan Right to Farm Act, and addressed concerns from residents about a 3,500 cattle farm coming to the area.
In other business, board members unanimously authorized the Sanilac County Sheriff Department to purchase 27 .40 caliber pistols at a cost not to exceed $18,270. Sheriff Garry Biniecki explained that the purchase will standardize the weapons that officers carry.
The meeting at Moore Township Hall was part of an effort by commissioners to hold a meeting in each district. Commissioners will meet at the Lexington Village Hall on Tuesday, July 23rd at 7:00 pm.
(HURON COUNTY) -- The DNR recently conducted a series of prescribed fires on five sites totaling 535 acres in Huron County's Verona State Game Area. The fires were conducted in conjunction with other area wildlife habitat improvement projects as part of the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative. The initiative is intended to enhance small game hunting opportunities, increase wildlife populations, improve hunter satisfaction and help Michigan's economy. Area managers burn grassland areas in the spring on a regular 3-5-year rotation to control tree and brush encroachment on grasslands. The blackened appearance lasts only a few weeks and the overall wildlife habitat improvement lasts for multiple years. Wildlife such as wild turkey and deer will use the burned areas immediately after the site cools to take advantage of the newly uncovered food sources, such as insects and unburned plant growth lying just underneath the ash.
(FORT GRATIOT TWP) -- Thumb area residents will have the opportunity to personally ask questions of the top authorities on the Great Lakes and tourism industries next week. State Senator Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township is holding an open Town Hall on Friday, June 7 at the Fort Gratiot County Park South Pavilion with special guests Jon Allan, Director of the Office of the Great Lakes, and Dave Lorenz, Industry Relations and International Marketing Manager of the Pure Michigan campaign. Both will discuss how healthy Great Lakes and a robust tourism industry benefit Michigan's environment and economy. The Pure Michigan campaign has continuously been voted the best state advertising campaign in the country. In 2012, the campaign generated $5.76 for every dollar spent and 3.8 million visitors generated $1.1 billion in revenue for businesses. The Town Hall will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Mama Vicki's Coney Island will be serving free coney dogs to those that attend. Senator Pavlov says you don't have to look any further than the Blue Water area to take full advantage of all that Pure Michigan has to offer. Pavlov hopes the community discussion will benefit the Thumb and build upon continued growth and success.
(HURON COUNTY) -- A 22-year old man was rescued from Lake Huron Monday afternoon after his kayak capsized north of the Port Austin Harbor in Port Austin Township. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says a friend called 9-1-1 and advised that the man had been in the water for about 20 minutes, was wearing a life jacket, and was hanging onto her kayak. Hanson responded in the department's patrol boat, along with Deputy Atwell and Port Austin Fire personnel. Once the patrol boat reached the pair, approximately a mile and a half northwest of the harbor, the man had been in the 55-degree water for nearly an hour. The 22-year old student from China was one of five people from East Lansing that were in separate kayaks. The others made it to shore. The female kayaker that called for help and the man rescued from the water were transported to Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe for treatment. Sheriff Hanson says that the incident Monday was one of three the department has responded to this spring. Boaters and other water enthusiasts are reminded that the water offshore is still very cold and prolonged exposure to the cold causes hypothermia, which can lead to death.