(CARSONVILLE-PORT SANILAC) -- The Carsonville-Port Sanilac School board approved the layoffs of four district teachers during their regular meeting last week. Elementary teacher Michelle Barnett with 5-years of service, Elementary/Junior High teacher Nicole Korpuski, also with 5-years, Albert Lowry, Alternative Education teacher with 6-years with the district, and Elementary teacher Corey Tanton, 4-years of service will be let go at the end of the school year with deep regret. The board also approved reducing teachers Carolyn Christner and Febe Garcia to part-time status. The district says the layoffs and cutbacks were necessary after reviewing projected revenues and expenditures for the 2013-14 school year, program enrollments, and curricular needs. The board Thursday also accepted the retirement of High School Cook Beverly Herrington, who worked 20-years for CPS, and the resignations of Speech Therapist Debbie Kaluck and High School Food Service Aide Lorena Henderson. Two employees took the voluntary severance plan offered by the district. Elementary teacher Brenda Cutler and High School teacher Brenda Nichol had a combined 54-years of service at CPS Schools. In other business, board members approved the creation of one K-12 Administrative position as recommended by Superintendent Harold Titus. Jennifer Richmond was appointed to the K-12 principal position. Contract negotiations are underway. High School Principal Scott Bular will be returning to the classroom this fall.
(PORT HURON) -- A decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard ship that was sold to a private owner by the Port Huron Museum is being reopened to the public. A Friday ceremony at the 180-foot Bramble at Seaway Terminal Bean Dock will be the first public viewing of the vessel since it was sold in January to Robert Klingler of Marine City. The Memorial Day weekend ceremony will consist of a short, military-style ceremony with an American Legion color guard, rifle detail and a trumpeter. Volunteer Michael Murray says the ship will be reopened to allow public access until the Bramble's hull is inspected. Admission fees haven't been determined. If the ship passes hull inspection, Klingler plans to finish restoration work to return the ship to operation.
(HURON COUNTY) -- A 27-year old Port Austin resident was arrested over the weekend after he crashed his vehicle into a garage at a residence located at 8501 Lake Street in Port Austin. Sheriff's deputies say the incident took place around 3 a.m. Saturday when the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel while heading west on Grindstone Road. Deputies say the driver failed to stop at Lake Street and continued through the intersection before striking the garage door. Witnesses say the man allegedly fled on foot, but returned minutes later. He was arrested for drunk driving and lodged in the Huron County jail. The vehicle and garage were heavily damaged, but no injuries were reported.
LEXINGTON, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan woman gained the sympathy and admiration of her community as the subject of a newspaper's award-winning series about surviving rape. People and organizations then rallied when her cancer diagnosis became public. Now 38-year-old Sara Ylen is charged with fraud, false pretenses and using a computer to commit a crime after state police found no doctor who diagnosed cancer. And the charges come as those who helped Ylen reel from the news that the man who spent nearly 10 years in prison for her rape was released last year. A judge said new evidence cast doubt on whether Ylen ever was attacked. Prosecutors say Ylen fooled everyone, even her then-husband, into believing she was ill. Neither Ylen nor her attorney has returned phone calls seeking comment from the Associated Press.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation will begin final work next week on the replaced bridge over the abandon railroad north of Lapeer and south of Davis Lake Road. Crews are expected to complete asphalt paving weather pending. One lane of traffic will remain open in each direction by shifting traffic onto the shoulder or left turn lane. Motorists should expect delays. MDOT also announced that road work on M-24 from W. Genesee Street to I-69 has been pushed off until 2014. The Lapeer County Road Commission will start work on Millville at McKeen Road and Clark at Turrill Road on Monday, May 20 with full detours set up. Both projects are expected to be complete in 3-4 weeks.
(MARLETTE) -- Marlette Schools Superintendent Jeriann Patterson updated the school board Wednesday on the $5.54 million bond project. The first phase of the project is completed. The Bea McDonald Elementary School was taken down and the lot has been seeded for new grass. Superintendent Patterson noted that the project took a little longer to finish due to the unusually wet spring. Also, the three new busses have been ordered and are expected to be delivered in time for the start of the new school year. The board Wednesday approved the final bids for the bond project. The district was successful in keeping its promise to the community by hiring as many local contractors as possible. According to Superintendent Patterson, at the elementary, $530,460 was awarded locally and over $1.3 million was awarded to local contractors for the Jr./Sr. High School.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Police and Firemen's Field Day Committee is seeking nominations for the Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, EMT and Citizen of the Year. These individuals will be honored at a special awards dinner Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m. at the Sanilac Shrine Park. Send your nominations by Tuesday, May 21 to Chief Todd Hillman, Sandusky Fire Department, 161 South Elk Street, Sandusky, MI 48471.
(WORTH TOWNSHIP) -- A tractor pulling two attached pieces of farm equipment collided with a car along Wildcat Road near Sheridan Line in Sanilac County's Worth Township Thursday just after 10 a.m. Sheriff's deputies say the vehicle driven by 69-year old William Carpenter of Carsonville was traveling south on Wildcat and started to pass the tractor driven by 48-year old Thomas Walls of Croswell. Walls told deputies that he did not see the vehicle in the passing lane and started to turn into a field on the east side of the road prior to the collision. Carpenter received minor injuries and was treated at the scene. His passenger, 64-year old Kathleen Brynt of Sandusky, was transported to Port Huron Hospital by Croswell EMS for non-life threatening injuries. Walls was not injured. Deputies say Walls used his turn signal, but Carpenter did not see it. Croswell Fire and Police assisted at the scene.
(CLYDE TOWNSHIP) -- State Representative Paul Muxlow of Brown City is holding a news conference Friday, May 17 to discuss House Bill 4534, known as "Logan's Law," and its impact on reducing animal abuse in Michigan. The event will be held at the Blue Water Area Humane Society, 6266 Lapeer Road in Clyde Township at 10:30 a.m. Representative Muxlow says there has been overwhelming support for the legislation and he hopes the bill will go through committee quickly and up for a full vote of the House. Logan's Law is a proposed legislation package that would create an offender's database for anyone convicted of animal cruelty laws. Logan, a husky dog, died last year after someone sprayed acid on his face. If passed, the legislation would start a registry of animal abusers and block convicted abusers from adopting animals.
(EAST CHINA TOWNSHIP) -- A 21-year old Algonac man and East China Township woman is credited with saving the lives of three people from a burning home. St. Clair County Sheriff's deputies say Tyler Brady was traveling north on M-29 shortly after 6:30 a.m. Wednesday when he noticed smoke coming from a chimney in the area of Francis Street. Brady found a residence at 5862 North River Road on fire with heavy smoke coming for the home. He found an unlocked sliding door at the back of the house and learned from a neighbor that an elderly wheelchair bound woman was inside the house, along with a 20-year old woman and her infant child. The neighbor called 9-1-1 and both entered the smoke filled house in search of the women and baby. The two women and baby were sleeping. With the help of Brady, the neighbor, and Deputy Baysinger everyone was able to get out of the house safely and uninjured. The Marine City Fire Department arrived a short time later and were able to put the fire out. Marine City Police and Tri-Hospital EMS also assisted at the scene.