(CLARE) -- A century-old mid-Michigan railroad depot will soon be on the move. The Clare Railroad Depot is set to move about 900 feet away on Tuesday. The historic depot was used to transport lumber, goods and supplies to the city, which developed at a crossroads of two important railroads. It was the focal point for arrivals and departures until the advent of the automobile. Since 2005, the Clare Railroad Depot committee has sought to move the building because of access, liability and safety issues associated with its current location on active tracks. The depot was purchased by the city of Clare that year from the Tuscola & Saginaw Bay Railway Co., now the Great Lakes Central Railroad.
(AREA) -- Although many parts of the Upper Peninsula may still have signs of winter and rain showers have swept across much of the state, the DNR reports that firefighters from numerous fire departments have responded to multiple wildfires in the Lower Peninsula. With conditions being right for wildfires, the DNR urges the public to keep prevention and safety in mind, especially when doing spring cleanup. The unsafe burning of leaves, brush and other debris is a main cause of wildfires in Michigan. A person is required to get a burn permit prior to burning brush and debris in Michigan. Residents in the northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula can obtain a free burn permit by visiting www.michigan.gov/burnpermit Residents in southern Michigan should contact their local fire department or township office to see if burning is permitted in their area.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan is giving school districts more flexibility in making up for snow days this academic year. Districts that had scheduled more than the required 174 days of school can now hold just that number if they still meet the required 1,098 hours per school year. Schools that exceeded the six cancelled days allowed under state law may not need makeup days. Schools that need to add more days to the end of the school year can receive state funding as long as they have 60 percent of students in attendance on those days. That's down from the regular 75 percent attendance requirement. Governor Rick Snyder recently signed legislation allowing for the changes after record snowfall and harsh temperatures this past winter.
(AREA) -- A number of local law enforcement agencies are joining the Drug Enforcement Administration on Saturday, April 26 during national Drug Take Back Day, giving residents an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by safely disposing of dangerous, expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Liquids will not be accepted. The event will take place between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office at 65 N. Elk Street in Sandusky, Tuscola County Sheriff's Office, located at 420 Court Street in Caro, Huron County Sheriff's Office at 120 S. Heisterman Street in Bad Axe, St. Clair County Sheriff's Department at 1170 Michigan Road in Port Huron, and at the Port Huron Police Department at 100 McMorran Blvd. Unwanted prescription pills may also be turned in at the Michigan State Police Caro and Lapeer Posts on Saturday, April 26 between 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
(ELK TOWNSHIP) -- A 60-year old Peck woman was seriously injured in a two-car crash Monday morning at the intersection of Peck and Farr Roads in Sanilac County's Elk Township. Deputies say the crash took place around 8:30 a.m. when a pickup, driven by 40-year old Glennda Burgess of Peck, stopped at the intersection on Farr Road and failed to yield for a eastbound jeep, driven by Sandra Francek. Francek was transported to McKenzie Health System by Croswell EMS and later transported by Flight Care to Hurley Hospital in Flint. Burgess was treated and released at the scene. Deputies say both women were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. Elk Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.
(AREA) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's K-9 Baki and his handler Deputy Josh Horst were able to successfully track two individuals last week. The first was Monday, April 14 when the pair was sent to the Decker area in Lamotte Township for a domestic violence in progress call. The suspect, a 52-year old Decker man, had left the scene prior to the deputies' arrival. A perimeter was set up and Deputy Horst and K-9 Baki tracked the suspect through a farm field and later in a field of tall grass. The man was found hiding in a wood line near his residence and was taken into custody. He was transported to McKenzie Hospital for treatment of minor, self-inflicted wounds and lodged in the Sanilac County jail on domestic violence charges. The second track took place the following day, April 15. K-9 Baki was needed to assist in the search of a missing runaway juvenile in the village of Deckerville. The 15-year old boy was found shortly after Baki joined the search. The juvenile later confessed to authorities that he came out of hiding when he saw the dog tracking him. Sheriff Garry Biniecki says Deputy Horst and his partner K-9 Baki are doing a great job.
(VENICE TOWNSHIP) -- Authorities have released the names of two men who were killed when an experimental plane crashed in a Michigan farm field. Saturday afternoon's crash killed 63-year-old Richard K. Hayward of Vassar and 49-year-old Mark J. Kozan of Caro. The crash happened in Shiawassee County's Venice Township. Francis Osika says that he was standing next to his barn when he saw the plane "spitting and sputtering." Osika says it made sharp turns before crashing into the field with its landing gear down. County Sheriff's Sgt. Brian BeGole says the plane was an experimental aircraft owned by an aviation company. The Federal Aviation Administration is leading the crash investigation.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- Motorists traveling along M-24 in Lapeer County Tuesday will see intermittent lane closures due to pot hole patching between Nepessing and I-69. MDOT will be setting up the first phase of construction on the roadway Thursday, shifting traffic to the southbound side of M-24 with one lane in each direction on the western lanes. The shift will be between DeMille and Tower Street.
(AREA) -- Michigan's first national-level Young Farmer Discussion Meet winner in 28-years drove home his grand prize this week. Huron County farmer Nathan Prill was handed the keys to his new Chevy Silverado, courtesy of General Motors and delivered through Thompson Chevrolet of Ubly on Wednesday. Prill grew up on a dairy farm near Bad Axe and relished the opportunity to return to his home county after college. By day he works as executive director of the Huron County Farm Service Agency. Outside the office he still works on his parent's dairy farm and raises tomatoes, cucumbers and leafy greens for direct sales to consumers at area farmers' markets.
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. At discussion meets, participants are challenged by both the subject matter and by communicating their positions with diplomacy. Contestants are rewarded for their insightful knowledge of current agricultural issues, as well as their cooperative demeanor, tact and the civility of their delivery. Young Farmers ages 18-35 are eligible to compete in the state-level event after successfully advancing through district-level discussion meets.
Pictured: Nathan Prill accepting the keys to his new truck from Thompson Chevrolet President Rick Thompson and Paul McNair, GM's District Manager for sales, service and parts in Michigan and Ohio.
(LEXINGTON TOWNSHIP) -- A 59-year old Port Sanilac man was killed early Friday morning around 6 a.m. while driving his motorcycle on E. Peck Road in Lexington Township. Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki says the initial investigation showed that the victim, William Hartnup, Jr., was traveling west in the 5400 block of E. Peck Road, just east of Wildcat Road when he was struck by a Dodge Ram pickup truck, also traveling west. The driver of the pickup, 37-year old Troy Herbert of Lexington, stated that due to low light conditions and the motorcycle being on the west side of the hill, he did not see the motorcycle in time to avoid a crash. Hartnup was pronounced dead at the scene. Herbert refused treatment. Deputies say that Herbert was wearing his seat belt and Hartnup was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor. The incident remains under investigation. The Sanilac County Sheriff's Office Accident Investigation Team was assisted by Croswell Police, Fire and EMS.