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Congresswoman Candice Miller was at the Sanilac County Courthouse Tuesday to honor longtime Sanilac County Clerk Linda Kozfkay, who retired in December after 23 years in the position. Congresswoman Miller presented Kozfkay with a framed certificate honoring her years of service during the Board of Commissioners meeting. She says Kozfkay was widely respected not just in Sanilac County, but throughout the state. "It really is all about public service--somebody that has a passion and a commitment, and Linda, having been the Sanilac County clerk for so many years, certainly was a very vivid demonstration of that." Kozfkay began her career in Sanilac County as chief deputy county clerk in 1981 before being appointed to the position of county clerk in December of 1990. She says that it's been a pleasure to serve the citizens of the county and to work with elected officials over the years.

(MARLETTE TOWNSHIP) -- Charges have been brought against a boy and his father in the fatal shooting death of a 12-year old boy during a sleepover November 23, 2013 at a home on Howard Road in Marlette Township. The victim, Tyler Dunn, was shot by his friend with a long gun. Sanilac County Prosecutor James V. Young authorized a charge of careless discharge of a firearm causing death against the 12-year old Marlette Township boy. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 2-years incarceration. The pre-teen's father has been charged with firearms-possession by a felon, a 5-year felony and contributing to the delinquency-children, which is a 90-day misdemeanor. Authorities say the boys had been left alone for a considerable period of time when the incident happened. Prosecutor Young stated that "the lack of adult supervision, the presence of guns, and the failure to take appropriate measures to ensure the guns present in the house were out of reach, contributed to this incident."

(AREA) -- Landowners and mineral rights owners are receiving offers to sell their mineral rights in Sanilac County. There is also a continued interest by oil and gas companies to lease mineral rights for oil and gas production throughout southeast Michigan. There are several factors that must be considered by landowners regarding the sale or lease of mineral rights. The Michigan State University Extension is sponsoring an educational meeting open to the public on Thursday, January 30 from 7-9 p.m. at the MSU Extension Conference Room, located at 37 Austin Street in Sandusky. Speakers include a representative from the DEQ office of Oil, Gas and Minerals, Curtis Talley Jr., a farm management educator that specializes in oil and gas leasing and mineral ownership, and Dennis Stein, area farm business management educator. The meeting will discuss what landowners should consider in evaluating the sale or lease decision. For questions related to program information and to reserve your seat please contact the Tuscola County MSU Extension office at 989?672?3870. Pre?registration is encouraged, but not required. There is a registration fee of $10 per person or $15 per couple to offset speaker travel costs and printed handouts.

(HURON COUNTY) -- Reports say new details have been released in the death of an Alma College student. Investigators report that Sean Murawske, a Harbor Beach graduate, did not suffer traumatic injuries before he died. An autopsy was conducted after Murawske was found dead in a field near the Alma College campus last week. A cause of death will be determined once toxicology results are complete. Funeral services for Sean were held Monday in Harbor Beach.

(LAPEER) -- State Representative Kevin Daley has announced his candidacy for the Michigan State Senate. He will be running in the 31st Senate district which includes Lapeer, Bay and Tuscola counties. Daley is currently serving his 6th year in the Michigan House of Representatives where he serves as the chair of the House Agriculture Committee and also serves on the Local Government, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Education Committees. During his time in the legislature he has worked diligently on legislation to help veterans, grow agriculture in Michigan, improve our roads, and promote organ donation in our state. Born and raised in Lapeer County's Arcadia Township, Daley owns and operates a 240-acre 5th generation centennial farm founded by his family in 1881. Community and public service have always been part of Kevin Daley's life. Prior to being elected to the House of Representatives in 2008, he served 24-years as an elected official in Arcadia Township as a Trustee, Treasurer, and Township Supervisor. He also has held numerous leadership positions with Tri-County Michigan Milk Producers, Farm Bureau and Lapeer County Agriculture Preservation Board. Kevin and his wife Debbie have been married for 36-years and they have raised three children.

(AREA) -- The Sanilac County Health Department is offering appointments to area residents wishing to sign up for an Affordable Health Care Plan. A certified application counselor will be available at the health department building in Sandusky on Thursday, January 23 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to help walk residents through the application process. Several appointments throughout the day Thursday are still open. To schedule an appointment contact Jennifer Gezequel at 810-648-4098 ext 133. Please bring your income information, tax return or pay stubs, social security numbers and policy numbers for your current health insurance plans.

(HURON COUNTY) -- It's been 28-years since a young farmer from Michigan got to the winner's circle at the national-level Farm Bureau discussion meet, but that long drought ended last week when Huron County farmer Nathan Prill of Bad Axe  took the top honor, competing against the the nation's finest through four rounds of competition at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 95th Annual Meeting and Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Prill got to the national stage by winning the state-level Young Farmer discussion meet at Michigan Farm Bureau's 2013 Annual Meeting December 3 in Grand Rapids. Young Farmers ages 18-35 are eligible to compete in the state event after successfully advancing through district meets. Contestants are judged on their analysis of the topic, delivery and cooperative attitude. Prill grew up on a dairy farm near Bad Axe and now works as executive director of the Huron County Farm Service Agency. As the national winner, he earned his choice of a 2014 Chevy Silverado or a 2014 GMC Sierra pickup truck. Michigan's last national-level discussion meet winner was Larry Priest in 1986.

Monday, 20 January 2014 10:35

Shed in Moore Township destroyed by fire

(MOORE TOWNSHIP) -- Firefighters from five departments were on the scene for 7 1/2 hours in frigid temperatures on Friday evening battling a shed fire at Martin Farms located at 2600 Wheeler Road in Moore Township. Fire Chief Dan Bush says his department received the call around 6 p.m. and when firefighters arrived, the structure was fully engulfed in flames. Lost in the blaze was some farm equipment and a large quantity of straw. The building was three-quarters full of straw, which made fighting the fire very difficult. There were no injuries. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but is not considered suspicious. Moore Township firefighters were assisted by the Sandusky, Marlette, Argyle and Lamotte Township Fire Departments, as well as Sanilac EMS, Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies, and Michigan State Police Troopers.

Monday, 20 January 2014 10:34

Bay City man killed in Huron County crash

(FAIRHAVEN TWP.) -- One person was killed in a traffic accident Friday evening in Huron County's Fairhaven Township. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says a 1998 Chevrolet Tracker driven by 21-year old Michael Briggs Jr. of Bay City, was traveling southbound on Geiger Road around 4:30 p.m. when it lost control on the icy roadway and entered the northbound lane. The Briggs vehicle was struck head-on by a 2012 Ford van, driven by Christopher Thick of Bad Axe. Shortly after the impact, the Briggs vehicle caught on fire. Thick and a passing motorist were able to free Briggs from the vehicle, but he died moments later. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Huron County Medical Examiner's Office. Thick refused medical treatment. The accident remains under investigation. Sebewaing Ambulance Service, Fairhaven Fire Department, and the Sebewaing Fire Department assisted at the scene.

(LAPEER COUNTY) -- There were no injuries reported in a car-train collision that occurred Friday morning in Lapeer. Sheriff's deputies say a 49-year old Lapeer woman was traveling north on Lake Nepessing Road when she crossed the center line, entered the south lane, and struck the side of the train. After impact, the vehicle came to rest within the ditch. Deputies report that the railroad crossing arms were lowered for the westbound train; however, the driver stated that she and her passenger did not observe the train because she was distracted and was driving too fast for conditions.   The driver was cited by authorities.