(AREA) -- Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment is little changed in the latest monthly report, standing at 7.7 percent. The Department of Technology, Management and Budget said Thursday that the statewide unadjusted jobless rate for December was down 0.1 percentage points from November's 7.8 percent. The rate has fallen 1.2 percentage points from December 2012's 8.9 percent. In the Thumb region, Huron County has the lowest rate at 7.7 percent. St. Clair County has 9.4 percent unemployment, 9.7 percent in Tuscola County, 9.9 in Sanilac, and Lapeer County has the highest rate in the Thumb at 10.1 percent unemployment. The state says the increases reflect fairly typical seasonal employment changes.
(MARLETTE) -- A number of Marlette residents are experiencing frozen water lines as a result of the cold temperatures. Marlette officials are reminding residents to run a small stream of water to prevent the freeze-ups. Call the city office at 989-635-7448 so that your water bill can be adjusted.
(MARLETTE) -- Three Marlette residents will be honored for their dedication and contributions to the community during a ceremony in March.
John Frazier was named "Citizen of the Year" for his service as Editor of the Marlette Leader. For the past 40-years, John has provided Marlette and the readers of the Marlette Leader with information important to our community. Additionally, John has provided a means for the various civic organizations to let the citizens know of events in our community. John is a charter member of the Marlette Toys for Tots organization and originated the concept of the "Angel Tree." He was a charter member of the Marlette Historical Society and coauthored a grant to establish the original museum at the former Kindergarten cottage. He is also a charter member of the Ken Knight Scholarship Committee and is still active with the group. He was also one the originators of the annual community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Marlette First United Methodist Church. John's efforts have resulted in a greater awareness of activities in the community and his grant writing efforts have brought in over $3 million and properties to the county, mostly for the Sanilac County Parks system.
Sara Redman was named "Volunteer of the Year" for her hard work in organizing the Dog Days of Summer Festival, Marlette's 150th Celebration, and the annual Marlette Country Christmas festival. As a key organizer of those events for the past three years, she has provided a means for showing the surrounding communities the great things and people we have here in Marlette. A supporter of the Marlette community and a graduate of Marlette Community Schools in 2005, Sara is always eager to help promote the community at large. Through her position as the Foundation and Marketing Specialist at Marlette Regional Hospital, the community benefits that the hospital provides has allowed her to assist the Chamber of Commerce, Marlette Historical Society and other small groups in promotion of their events and activities.
Jamie Zuhlke was named "Educator of the Year" for setting an amazing example of health and fitness to the students of Marlette. Jamie has taught at Marlette for 12-years as the Physical Education teacher at Marlette Elementary School. She has a special way of bringing the best out of every student and challenging them to do better. The relationship she has with her students continues even as they leave the elementary school. She is a very trust worthy person that the students feel they can talk to and depend on in any situation. Mrs. Zuhlke is very active in the school district well beyond the classroom. She is the Jr. High girls basketball coach, Jr. High Track coach, she assists with Student Council, a member of the "Get on Track" Committee, etc. She is always willing to step up in any capacity needed around the school. She loves her job and always puts the kids first.
John, Sara, and Jamie will be honored on March 22 at the Marlette Masonic Lodge. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the awards presentation will start at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $20 at Treve's and Marlette City Hall.
(CHINA TOWNSHIP) -- Human remains were discovered Thursday afternoon on Allington Road and Fred Moore Highway in St. Clair County's China Township. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says a citizen called in a suspicious incident around 4 p.m. and when deputies arrived they found body parts inside garbage bags along the roadways. Another witness informed deputies that they observed a mid-1990's SUV type vehicle in the area, dumping what were believed to be garbage bags. The vehicle is believed to be white or gray in color, possibly a GMC Jimmy or Chevrolet Trailblazer. The driver was described as a heavy set, middle aged white female. An autopsy is planned on the remains, which are believed to be of a white male. Another citizen tip has lead authorities to more evidence that could be linked to the case. Deputies were sent to the entrance ramp to westbound I-94 from Fred Moore Highway shortly before 5 a.m. Friday and found another bag containing clothing and charred paperwork. Sheriff Donnellon says his department is treating this incident as a homicide. The Michigan State Police Crime Lab team from Sterling Heights is assisting Detectives in the investigation.
(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- The St. Clair County Sheriff's office is warning the public of a counterfeit bill scam that has hit St. Clair County. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says that businesses in Fort Gratiot Township, Port Huron Township, and in the city of Port Huron have seen a rash of counterfeit $10 and $20 bills in the past two months. The counterfeit money is being passed at gas stations, fast food restaurants and pharmacies. Donnellon says the scammers are also buying items from Craigslist and using counterfeit money. A couple of tips on spotting a fake bill include holding a $10 bill up to the light. You should see a hologram of Alexander Hamilton on the front right hand side, just above the number 10. There will also be a hologram that reads: U.S. Ten on the upper right hand side of the bill. On a real $20 bill, there is a hologram of President Jackson on the front right side above the number 20. There is also a hologram reading: U.S. Twenty on the front left hand side. Counterfeit bills will not have these markings. If you have received a counterfeit bill or have information on the scam operation, contact the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office.
(CASEVILLE) -- Residents in the Village of Caseville are asked to let their faucets run at a steady stream in order to keep pipes from freezing. Those who do so are asked to contact the Caseville water plant at 989-856-4407 or David Quinn at 989-963-0124 so that water bills may be adjusted.
(SANDUSKY) -- A number of Sandusky residents are experiencing frozen water lines as a result of the extreme cold temperatures. Sandusky officials are again reminding residents to run a small stream of water to prevent the freeze-ups. Also, call the city office at 648-3330 so that your water bill can be adjusted.
(SANDUSKY) -- Former Miss Sanilac County Outstanding Teen Samantha Orchard was crowned "Miss Tip of the Mitt Outstanding Teen 2014" during the pageant Saturday, January 25. Samantha was crowned at the Cheboygan Opera House. The reigning Miss Tip the Mitt is Shelby Beauregard of Davison. Sam is the daughter of Mark and Julie Orchard. She is a sophomore at Sandusky High School.
(AREA) -- The House of Representatives Wednesday passed a 5-year Farm Bill that would reduce the deficit, grow the economy and provide certainty to the 16 million Americans whose jobs depend on agriculture. The Agricultural Act of 2014, passed 251-166, contains major reforms including eliminating the direct payment program, streamlining and consolidating numerous programs to improve their effectiveness and reduce duplication and cutting down on program misuse. Congresswoman Candice Miller says the bill also strengthens our nation's commitment to support farmers and ranchers affected by natural disasters. Miller voted in favor of the bill. The measure saves $15 billion over the next 10-years. A priority issue for the Michigan Farm Bureau for years, the new farm bill is the nation's most significant and far-reaching package of agricultural legislation. Michigan Farm Bureau President Wayne H. Wood said, "We appreciate the commitment of our representatives in Congress who stood up to support this bill and support agriculture." The Senate is expected to take up the measure next week.
(AREA) -- Current 84th District State Representative Terry Brown has announced his intentions to run for State Senator. Brown, a Democrat from Pigeon, is seeking the 25th Senate District seat, which will include St. Clair, Sanilac and Huron counties, as well as a part of Macomb County after redistricting. Representative Brown is serving his third term as State Representative. He worked for the Huron Intermediate School District for 23-years prior to throwing his hat into the political ring. Incumbent Senator Phil Pavlov, a Republican from St. Clair Township, has not yet announced his decision to seek re-election.