(IMLAY CITY) -- The Imlay City Commission moved to hire current West Branch City Manager Tom Youatt as the next Imlay City Manager during their meeting last Tuesday. The top six candidates were interviewed and narrowed down to the top three. Youatt was interviewed by the full commission last week along with Troy Feltman, a former superintendent for the Bath Charter Township and William Cooper, the former city manager for Hamtramck. Youatt, who was offered the position, stated that he needed about 45 days to address ongoing city projects and business matters in West Branch. Youatt has years of experience in the position of manger after serving for 15-years as the Harbor Beach City Manager and most recently, 6-years with West Branch. Imlay City's interim Manager Dennis Collison will remain on the job until Youatt assumes those duties. Contract negotiations are underway.
(CARSONVILLE-PORT SANILAC) -- Carsonville-Port Sanilac Schools Board members were informed last Thursday that each student in grades 6-12 have been issued an iPad. Teachers at the district are incorporating them into their classroom lessons and student textbooks have been downloaded to each iPad. CPS students now have the ability submit assignments online; however, homework can be done without the use of the Internet. Elementary classrooms will receive five iPads each for student use with lessons. In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Elementary Food Service employee Christy Garrison-Bean.
(AREA) -- Cros-Lex and Marysville High Schools have ranked in the top 50 in the state of Michigan, according to the U.S. News and World Report Best High School rankings. Data from more than 19,400 public high schools in the country was analyzed for the report based on performance on state proficiency tests and the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level learning. Marysville is ranked 29th in the state and 901 nationally and Croswell-Lexington was ranked 31st and 1,002 nationally. Both schools also received a silver medal for their college readiness statistics.
(AREA) -- Sanilac County voters will see a couple contested races on the August 5 primary ballot. In the race for District 2 County Commissioner, incumbent Justin Faber of Deckerville is being challenged by former commissioner Nort Schramm of Sandusky on the Republican ticket. The District 3 race has newcomer William Watson of Lexington running against incumbent John Hoffmann of Applegate. There is no Democratic opposition in either race. District 1 Commissioner Dan Dean, District 4 Commissioner James Ruby and District 5 Commissioner Donald Hunt are running unopposed.
Four people are seeking the 6-year Sanilac County Road Commissioner term. Incumbent Harold Donaghy of Sandusky is being challenged by Randy Horst of Sandusky, Carl Trigger of Carsonville and Kirk Winter of Cass City.
Sanilac County Clerk Denise McGuire and Probate Court Judge Greg Ross are running unopposed.
The 82nd and 84th House of Representatives seats have contested races in the August 5 primary election. Voters will see a number of candidates on the Republican ticket. In the 82nd District Representative race, Republicans seeking the seat currently held by Republican Representative Kevin Daley are Jacob Hunsanger of Lapeer, Jan Peabody of Lapeer, Sharna Smith of Attica, and Todd Courser of Lapeer. On the Democratic ticket, Margaret Guerrero DeLuca of Imlay City is running against Immanuel Eickholdt of Lapeer. The winners in each race will square off in the General Election in November. The 82nd District serves Lapeer County.
The 84th House District, covering Huron and Tuscola counties has seven Republicans vying for the seat currently held by Democrat Terry Brown. The candidates are Kurt Damrow of Elkton, Dan Grimshaw of Vassar, Marlene Jobe of Port Austin, James Wencel of Bad Axe, Dr. Edward Canfield of Sebewaing, Harbor Beach resident Curtis Boehmer, and Fairgrove resident Tom Wassa. Richard Badger of Mayville is running on the Democratic ticket against David Jaroch of Ubly.
In the 81st District, incumbent Republican Representative Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township will face opposition from Democrat Bernardo Licata of Harsens Island in November. The district covers a majority of St. Clair County. 83rd District State Representative Paul Muxlow of Brown City is also running again. He will be challenged by Democrat Marcus MIddleton of Port Huron in the November General Election. The 83rd District serves Sanilac County and a portion of St. Clair County including the city of Port Huron.
Incumbent 31st District State Senator Mike Green of Mayville is running against Kevin Daley of Lum and Jeffery Phillips of Caro on the Republican ticket in August. The winner will face Democrat Ron Mindykowski of Bay City in November. In the 25th District Senate race, incumbent Republican Senator Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township will face off against Democrat Terry Brown of Pigeon in November.
Three people are seeking the 52nd Circuit Court Judgeship in Huron County August 5. Attorney's Gerald Prill of Bad Axe and Jill Schmidt of Sebewaing are being challenged by Huron County Prosecutor Timothy Rutkowski of Ubly. Circuit Court Judge M. Richard Knoblock cannot run again due to age limits.
(PORT HURON) -- The Culinary Institute of Michigan has opened a learning restaurant for students to get practical experience at Baker College of Port Huron. Courses restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Second-year students prepare and serve the food under the watchful eye of instructors. A full menu of appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts is available at the restaurant, which requires reservations. Entrees range in price from $7 to $12. The restaurant also has a bar with Michigan beers. The institute has 70 culinary students. The first class at the main campus started in fall 2012. Those students will graduate in December.
(DECKERVILLE) -- The Sanilac County Drug Task Force will host the 23rd Annual Junior High Invitational Track Meet Thursday, May 1 on the Deckerville High School Track at 4 p.m. Boys and girls from all seven Sanilac County Schools will participate in track events. The public is invited to attend free of charge. The D.A.R.E. Program is in its 24th consecutive year of teaching students throughout the county about the prevention of substance abuse and violence. The Drug Task Force Board hopes that the D.A.R.E. track meet will reinforce and support the message of a "drug free" environment for the children participating in a positive way.
(SANDUSKY) -- Sandusky Schools have announced that Melanie Mrozek is the Valedictorian and Jarred Dorman is the Salutatorian of the graduating class of 2014. Melanie is the daughter of Scott and Donna Mrozek. She plans to attend Central Michigan University in the fall to pursue a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Melanie is the President of that National Honor Society and Captain of the English Academic Games Team. Jarred is the son of Lynn and Troy Dorman. He also plans to attend Central Michigan to purse a degree in sports management.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- The Lapeer County Road Commission reports that frost laws will be lifted, effective Friday, April 25 at 12:01 a.m.
(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- An 83-year old Marysville woman was hospitalized after her vehicle collided with a semi-truck Tuesday afternoon. St. Clair County Sheriff's deputies say the crash took place shortly before 1 p.m. when the woman was traveling west on Lapeer Road. As she attempted to make a left turn onto Range Road, she turned into the path of a semi-truck, driven by a 35-year old Smiths Creek man. Deputies say the woman was transported to Port Huron Hospital by Tri-Hospital EMS. Her condition is unknown. The driver of the semi was not injured. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
(MARINE CITY) -- Plans in Marine City call for cutting lifeguards and closing bathrooms at its beach as part of a budget-balancing effort by the community along the St. Clair River. Cutting lifeguards will reduce an about $200,000 city deficit by about $30,000. A public hearing on the $1.9 million budget is May 15 and commissioners are expected to vote on the budget at a meeting after that one. Marine City Beach was the only beach in St. Clair County that still had lifeguards. Lynn Zyrowski, the city's parks and recreation director, says lifeguards were on duty seven days a week and assisted in recent years when people had medical issues. Lifeguards also were responsible for cleaning and maintaining the bathrooms.