(NORTH BRANCH) -- Authorities say animal rights activists may be responsible for vandalism at a meat production facility in Lapeer County. Sheriff's Lt. Gary Parks says that detectives are investigating the vandalism early Monday at McNees Meats. Parks says an email claiming responsibility was sent to police and media by someone claiming allegiance to the Animal Liberation Front. The email claimed that two people glued a truck ignition and the lock to the facility's front door, painted "Meat is Murder" on the building, freed cows and destroyed other property. Parks says damage at the facility was consistent with the description. Jerry W. Vlasak, a press officer with the Animal Liberation Front, said in an email that he couldn't independently verify that the action occurred.
The Homegrown Radio Show on WMIC 660 AM is switching times! Beginning September 14th, join Nick Lien on Saturdays from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. for the best in Michigan-based music--from folk, to bluyegrass, and everything in between. Again, tune in Saturdays from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. for The Homegrown Radio Show on WMIC 660 AM.
Tune in Monday, September 9th from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. on WMIC 660 AM for a very special edition of the Homegrown Radio Show, featuring a live, in-studio performance from the Port Sanilac based group "Ourselves." Enjoy the traditional celtic sounds of "Ourselves" as they play a selection of Irish classics, and a whole lot more. Remember, tune in Monday, September 9th from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. on WMIC 660 AM for a special edition of the Homegrown Radio Show, featuring a live performance by "Ourselves."
(LAPEER) -- State Representative Kevin Daley of Lum joined Governor Rick Snyder and officials from Pinnacle Foods at a ribbon cutting ceremony announcing the expansion of Pinnacle and their new 5,000-square-foot Vlasic facility, which will add 29 new jobs to Imlay City. Representative Daley stated that when the area's biggest employer adds jobs and expands physically, it's a sure sign of Michigan's turnaround. Pinnacle Foods is the parent company of the famous Vlasic pickle. The new 5,000-square-foot pickle plant is part of a consolidation and expansion effort. In February 2012, Pinnacle Foods announced its decision to focus on the branded Vlasic business resulting in a decision to consolidate all of the company's pickle production to the Imlay City facility. Daley added that the new plant is a perfect example of how the Legislature's actions over the last few years are creating economic opportunity in our state.
PICTURED: Rep. Kevin Daley, second from left, is pictured here with Gov. Rick Snyder, fourth from left, state Sen. Phil Pavlov, fifth from right, representatives from Pinnacle Foods and other state and local officials. Daley, and others, were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Vlasic Pickle Plant located in Imlay City.
(DECKERVILLE) -- The Deckerville School Board Monday accepted with regret the resignation of first grade teacher Holly Spangenberg. Four new teachers were hired for the 2013-2014 school year during the meeting. Angela Blank was hired for a 4th grade position, Ashley Mater will teach 3rd grade, Alex Schrauben was hired as a Jr. High/High School Math teacher and Katie Wessel was hired to teach 5th and 6th grade Language Arts and fill a 6th grade position. Deckerville School Board members also hired Monica Warczinsky as the district's 8th grade Volleyball Coach and Melissa Tank as the JV Girls Basketball Coach. In other business, the Elementary staff was recognized for the work and dedication in making the elementary a "Reward School" for the 2012-2013 school year. The Michigan Department of Education selects "Reward Schools" based on traditional risk factors to student achievement. Those schools are either outperforming their expected ranking or outperforming similarly-situated schools.
(CARO) -- Highland Pines School in Caro has received a grant to expand their breakfast program for students. The Building Healthy Communities through Breakfast: First Fuel Breakfast Challenge grant is funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. State Representative Terry Brown of Pigeon says that he is pleased to see that Highland Pine received one of the grants. Studies have shown that students who eat a nutritious breakfast perform better all-around. Highland Pines is one of only 75 schools to receive the grant, which is dedicated to ensuring that an additional 35,000 students across the state receive breakfast before school. Currently only 42% of students in the state who receive school lunches also receive school breakfast, placing Michigan 35th nationally in breakfast services. The First Fuel Breakfast Challenge aims to increase that number to 60%.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday afternoon and appointed two county residents to the planning commission. Leonard Klisz was appointed Representative for the General Public and Louise Blasius was appointed as the Representative for the Public School Board. Both terms are for 3-years, set to expire September 1, 2016. Commissioners also honored Peggy Patten for her 25-years of service to the State of Michigan. Peggy began her career with the Michigan Department of Corrections in 1987 as a probation officer before coming to Sanilac County as a probation supervisor. In other business, commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the printing of veteran photo ID cards and established a photo fee of $10. The photo fee for concealed weapons licenses and passports was lowered from $15 to $10 as well. Next week's Finance and Administration Committee meeting has been cancelled due to the lack of a quorum. Commissioners will meet again on Tuesday, September 10 at 2:30 p.m. in the Commissioners' Chambers.
(FORT GRATIOT TOWNSHIP) -- The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect involved in a break-in at the Fort Gratiot Township McDonald's early Tuesday morning. Authorities say the male suspect did substantial damage to computers and cash registers and stole some food from the restaurant. The incident took place shortly before 2 a.m. A photo from surveillance video shows the suspect inside the McDonalds. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Kelsey Wade at 810-987-1738.
(AREA) -- The winner of the Sandusky VFW Post #2945 Gator Raffle is Paul Parks of Almont. Mr. Parks purchased his tickets at the Eastern Michigan State Fair in Imlay City. Parks served with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. Members of Post #2945 would like to thank those that purchased raffle tickets in support of the VFW.
(BAD AXE) -- The Bad Axe School Board hired several employees during Monday's meeting. Adam Sutherland will be the High School Physical Education/Health teacher, Amy Britt was hired as a High School Title I teacher, Samantha Acker will be the Middle School office aide, and Toni Powers was hired by the board to fill the Elementary/Middle School Student Services position. Former High School Principal Wayne Brady was also hired Monday night to fill the High School Student Services position.