(AREA) -- Students have more options when it comes to getting that high school diploma these days. The recent partnership between Carsonville-Port Sanilac and Croswell-Lexington Schools has been expanded to include a new online school called "Blue Water Virtual." The new virtual school's goal is to seek out students not currently attending public school and offer an alternative educational platform to fit the needs of those students. The two districts have developed more than 60 online courses aligned to the Michigan curriculum and required for graduation for grades 5-12. The courses will be taught by CPS and Cros-Lex teachers. CPS Superintendent Harold Titus says the partnership with Cros-Lex expands the opportunities for more students to get an education outside of the traditional setting. For more information on the Blue Water Virtual School, parents and students are asked to contact Cros-Lex Superintendent Dr. Kevin Miller or CPS Schools Superintendent Harold Titus.
(AREA) -- Michigan says seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates have increased in all 17 of the state's labor markets. Figures released Thursday by the Department of Technology, Management & Budget show Michigan's overall unadjusted unemployment rate rose by 1 percentage point, from May's 8.4 percent to 9.4 percent in June. Sixty-six of the 83 counties recorded unemployment rate increases in June, while 13 counties posted declines and four were unchanged. Huron County has a 9.3 percent unemployment rate while Lapeer County saw 10.2 percent, 10.5 in Sanilac, and 10.9 percent in Tuscola and St. Clair counties. The department says regional jobless rate increases from May to June ranged from 0.1 to 1.3 percentage points with a median hike of 0.6 of a percentage point. According to state officials, rates historically advance in June by around half of a percentage point.
(AREA) -- Tuscola County Sheriff Lee Teschendorf reports that another scam is targeting area senior citizens. Teschendorf says residents are getting letters in the mail from several companies urging them to make copies of their deeds for various reasons. These "companies" are using the word "urgent" and phrase "limited time offer" to pressure residents into thinking it's necessary to purchase the copies quickly. They are charging around $85 for the service when a copy of a deed costs $1 at a county Register of Deeds office.
(LEXINGTON) -- The former Lexington Municipal Mobile Home Park manager accused of embezzlement has been sentenced to 2-years probation. 52-year old Cheryl Ann Vincent of Lexington was sentenced in Sanilac County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Last month Vincent plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of embezzlement by an agent or trustee of $200 or more, but less than $1,000. An investigation between the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department and Lexington Police revealed that approximately $18,000 was found missing during a routine audit and should have been recorded as rent payments. Authorities say the embezzlement took place July 2011 through November 2012 and totaled over 200 missing cash receipts. Prosecutor Young's office says Vincent has reimbursed the Village of Lexington $33,000.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan is interested in possibly commercializing a couple of rest areas along a major highway in northern Michigan. The state Department of Transportation on Thursday put feelers out to companies looking to form public-private partnerships involving rest stops, freeway lighting and bridge construction. Two rest areas proposed for possible deals are near Higgins and Houghton lakes along U.S. 127 south of Grayling, a popular route for tourists. The state wants to know if businesses are interested in improving the rest stops. Ideas could include opening restaurants and buying advertising space. If successful, the state may look to make money at rest stops along U.S. 131 in west Michigan and U.S. 23 in the southeastern part of the state. One privatization deal could involve all 18,400 lights on the state's freeways.
(PORT HURON) -- Authorities say a 22-month old Port Huron girl drowned in a pool Wednesday. Port Huron Police were sent to the Palmer Court home around 7:20 p.m. According to officers, the child's mother was preparing dinner while the child was playing and at some point, she noticed the child was missing. The woman searched the home and found the little girl floating in the pool. EMS personnel performed CPR, but were unable to revive the child. The incident remains under investigation.
(MINDEN TOWNSHIP) -- A 60-year old Pasadena, California man's arm became trapped underneath a tractor that flipped over Wednesday afternoon in the 7500 block of Obee Road in Sanilac County's Minden Township. Lt. Washkevich says Michael Logroasso was freed from beneath the tractor before deputies arrived on the scene. Logroasso, who was visiting the area, was working with the property owner, Chris Pflanzer, also from California. An excavator had gotten stuck in a field and the two men were attempting to pull it out with a Ford 8000 tractor. The tractor flipped over backwards, pinning Logroasso's arm. Two area farmers helped free him before EMS personnel arrived. Logroasso was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
(HURON COUNTY) -- Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says a wanted Bad Axe man has been captured. 22-year old Shawn Newland was apprehended at a home in Alcona County Wednesday morning. Sheriff Hanson says his department received information Tuesday that Newland had fled to Alcona County, possibly due to family ties. Newland faces possible charges in Alcona County. He is being transported back to Huron County where he will remain jailed pending formal charges Thursday. Newland is accused of assaulting a former girlfriend and holding her at a residence against her will.
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(PORT SANILAC) -- The Harbor Park in Port Sanilac will be filled with family-friendly events this weekend during the Port Sanilac Summer Festival. The Farmers' Market at Fire Hall Park will be open from 2-7 p.m. Friday with music by Dean Barnett. The Firemen's Beer Tent Fundraiser will be open from 5-10 p.m. and the Funkee Station band will entertain with classic soul, motown, and rock n' roll from 7-10 p.m. Saturday there will be a watermelon eating contest, inner tube races, kids' games, and the best dressed and ugliest dog contests from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. An arts and crafts show will be held at the museum. Eastport's Classic Car Show will run from 1-5 p.m. and the Caribbean Blue Band will play from 7-11 p.m. at harbor park. Sunday wraps up with kids' games and a chili cook off.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- Seventeen public transit systems from around the state competed in the 38th Annual Michigan Small Bus Roadeo in Mt. Pleasant on July 19, with competitions held for individuals and teams. Drivers competed in Roadeo events designed to test the skills and knowledge of Michigan public transit bus drivers. Drivers competed for points based on a written test, their driving skills on an obstacle course, a test to load and unload a wheelchair passenger, and a pre-trip vehicle inspection. The title of "Rookie of the Year" went to Robin Lemeron of Greater Lapeer Transportation Authority. According to MDOT, there are more than 3,700 buses on Michigan streets daily, serving 100 million passengers.