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(SANDUSKY) -- The 2014 Sandusky Thumb Festival is in the books! Mark Heberling and Amy Roggenbuck were named the 2014 Thumbuddies. This year's Little Prince is Dakota Wagner and Kiera Grear was crowned the Little Princess. The winners of the Bed Races included the Sandusky Sleepers in the 14 and under category, the Sandusky Fire Department in the 15-55 category and the Sandusky Class of 1969 took top honors in the 55 and older category. Racers included Raymond Lee, Richard Lee, Tom McNeil, Jim Terschuck, and Jeanie Kreger.

(WHEATLAND TOWNSHIP) -- A 60-year old Sandusky man escaped serious injury Sunday morning after the moped he was driving struck a deer at the intersection of Deckerville and Chevington Roads in Wheatland Township. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say the incident took place around 7:30 a.m. Michael Nizich was traveling east on Deckerville Road when the deer entered the roadway. Deputies say Nizich was unable to avoid a collision and lost control of the moped. He was transported to Deckerville Hospital for treatment. Nizich was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Deputies were assisted by Sanilac EMS and the Deckerville Fire Department.

(BAD AXE) -- A 23-year old Port Hope man was injured after driving his pickup truck into the side of a house in Bad Axe Saturday afternoon. Bad Axe Police say the crash took place just before 5 p.m. at 305 S. Port Crescent Street. Upon arrival, officers found the pickup truck's rear wheels resting on the foundation and the front wheels on the basement floor. The driver was pinned inside and found unresponsive. The occupants of the house were not hurt. The Bad Axe Fire Department was sent to the scene to disconnect the electricity and gas from the home. The driver of the pickup, Robert Bender, was then extricated from the vehicle and transported to Huron Medical Center and later transferred to Saginaw for further treatment. The extent of his injuries in unknown. Authorities say alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

(CLAY TOWNSHIP) -- Inmates from the St. Clair County and Macomb County Jails were busy Saturday morning cleaning up trash on Gull Island. The inmates filled dozens of garbage bags with waste left behind Friday by the annual Jobbie Nooner partygoers. According to St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon, the trash removal program started in 2010. The inmates are transported to the island by Marine Division boats and watched over by Corrections deputies from each office. The inmates spent about 6-hours picking up bottles, cans, paper, and other debris from around the island.

(PORT HURON) -- The St. Clair County Agricultural Society has settled a lawsuit over membership that accused its board of not complying with the Freedom of Information Act. Barbara Yockey, a lawyer for Amy and Bryan Balon and Cindy Leone, says that neither side admitted liability, but the settlement will lead to more transparency. The lawsuit came after the society changed how people could become members. Under the deal, the society has agreed to change its bylaws about membership and post meeting minutes online. The society's main project is to put on the St. Clair County 4-H and Youth Fair. The fair's board president Rob Usakowski says it's getting ready for the July fair and hopefully the board "can work with people who have concerns."

(VASSAR) -- Two men in their mid 20's were killed in a traffic crash Friday in Tuscola County. Reports say the men were from the Vassar area. Michigan State Police Troopers from the Caro post investigated and say alcohol is believed to be a factor. Details of the crash have not been released.

(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky School Board Wednesday night approved the proposed 2014-2015 budgets. Superintendent Michael Carmean says projected revenues are at $8,751,179 with projected expenditures at $8,652,182 showing an estimated end of year fund balance of $724,516. The 2014-2015 budget includes two 32-station Chrome Book computer labs and a 32-station laptop computer lab for the elementary school. It also includes funding to lease two new propane school buses and sets aside $50,000 for elementary reading curriculum upgrades.

In other business, the Sandusky School Board accepted the retirement of high school English teacher Susan Meissner. Hired by the board Wednesday night was Kaylie Gaedcke and Erin Carlson as Jr./Sr. high school English teachers. Part-time Special Education teacher Michael Sanderson was put on layoff status pending a recall if the number of student warrant. Administrator contracts for Elementary Principal Adam Lulis and Jr./Sr. High School Principal Steve Carlson through June 30, 2017.

Next school year the price of a student lunch will increase by 15 cents and an adult lunch will increase by 20 cent.

The board also approved the purchase of 50 iPads for the Sandusky district in an amount not to exceed $18,950.  

Monday, 30 June 2014 09:44

Missing Caro woman found safe

(CARO) -- A 56-year-old Caro woman who was last seen sitting a lawn chair in her front yard on Saturday, June 21st has been found safe and sound. State Police Troopers from the Caro post say that Sharon Steffke disappeared without taking her identification, money, medication, cell phone and other personal items. The search began when her family reported her missing Thursday. Acting on a tip from a viewer who saw the story on TV, Troopers were able to locate her. No other information about the disappearance is being released.

(OLIVER TOWNSHIP) -- Huron County Sheriff's deputies say an 18-year-old Owendale man suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision with a semi truck Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Gagetown and Stein Roads. An investigation showed that Timothy Hurley was traveling south on Gagetown Road just before 5 p.m. when he failed to stop at the intersection and was hit by a semi truck driven by 61-year old Randall Shelter of Cass City. Hurley was transported to Scheurer Hospital and later air lifted to a Flint area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Shelter was taken to Hills and Dales General Hospital in Cass City by a private vehicle. Pigeon Police and the Winsor and Oliver Township Fire Departments assisted at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

(AREA) -- Carl Osentoski, Executive Director for Huron and Sanilac County Economic Development, was recently asked to participate in the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workgroup formed by the Michigan Senate. Knowing the importance of wind energy issues to the Thumb, Senator Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township recommended Osentoski to serve on the workgroup and was instrumental in his appointment. Senator Mike Green of Mayville also provided assistance in advocating for the Thumb's interests. According to Senator Pavlov, Carl Osentoski has been a leader on renewable energy issues, particularly wind energy, and was the logical choice. Huron and Sanilac counties are the center of the wind energy industry in the state and the workgroup is tasked with reviewing the Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act  and recommending changes or updates to the law. The workgroup will meet over the summer with the goal of developing draft language that will be considered by the Senate Energy and Technology Committee later this year.

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