DETROIT (AP) - A study finds that if water levels remain low on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River they will have a negative economic impact on the region that could reach $18 billion by 2050. The report released Thursday by the Mowat Centre used a climate-change scenario that projects future water levels near the low end of the historic range. According to the study, much of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence basin beginning in 1997-98 has experienced the longest extended period of lower water levels since coordinated measurement began in 1918. The entities that would face an economic hit include recreational boating and fishing; commercial shipping and harbors; and rural groundwater users. The study was conducted for the Council of the Great Lakes Region.
(WORTH TOWNSHIP) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Department will now call a local rescue crew for help on future water searches following the death of an 18-year-old Detroit-area man who fell off a raft in southern Lake Huron. Lexington firefighters weren't called June 17 because Sanilac County dispatch was under directives for 3-years not to call them to help with water rescues due to training concerns. Reports say it took about 20 minutes from the time Sanilac County deputies were dispatched to when they launched a rescue boat. Lexington firefighters say it could have taken them 5 minutes. It's not known whether that time would have made a difference. Ikechukwu Onwuzurike of Oakland County's West Bloomfield Township was found about three hours after he was reported missing.
(CARSONVILLE) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Department is investigating multiple cases of malicious destruction of property in the village of Carsonville. Deputies were initially called to the area of Marsh and Wilson Streets for damage to equipment and vandalism. Once they arrived on scene, deputies discovered that several other areas in the village had been sprayed painted as well. Several road signs and buildings were vandalized with white and gray spray paint. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 810-648-2000.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed changes in Michigan's high school graduation requirements affecting math, foreign language, and health and physical education classes. Two laws signed Wednesday rewrite a provision that gives students flexibility to meet the algebra II credit by taking welding or another career tech class. Snyder says the goal is giving K-12 districts more flexibility to weave algebra II into career tech programs while maintaining "necessary rigor." Michigan requires students to complete two years of a foreign language. Now in the next six years, students can fulfill half the requirement in a career tech or art class. Students who now need one year of health and physical education will get flexibility. They can take a half-credit of health and count extracurricular activities as a half-credit in gym.
(PECK) -- Congresswoman Candice Miller will attend the 10th annual Dinner on the Farm Monday, June 30 at the Quandt Farm, 3600 Prentice Road, in Peck. Over 400 farmers from Tuscola, Huron, Sanilac, Lapeer, St. Clair, and Macomb counties will join the congresswoman at 5 p.m. Miller says she looks forward to this event every year and the opportunity to sit down with members of the agriculture community in her district to talk about some of the pressing issues in Washington that impact their businesses. Each year, the county farm bureaus in Michigan's 10th Congressional District take turns hosting the event to showcase the state's agriculture community. Monday night's dinner is being hosted by the Sanilac County Farm Bureau. It is not a fundraiser and is open to all county farm bureau members.
(PORT HURON) -- The Port Huron Police Department's "Neighborhood Enforcement Team" is wrapping up a nearly weeklong investigation regarding heroin trafficking into the city of Port Huron. Following up on a tip, NET conducted surveillance on several subjects believed to be selling drugs in the area. On Tuesday, eight people were arrested on various drug charges at multiple locations, including Water and 1st Streets and the 800 block of Union where a search warrant was also served. Officers confiscated heroin valued at over $4,500, a small quantity of marijuana, analogue pills and drug paraphernalia. Over $8,000 in cash, a vehicle and electronic equipment was also seized for forfeiture. Four of the eight people arrested have been released pending further investigation. A 19-year old Detroit resident, a 20-year old Roseville resident and two 18-year old Port Huron residents remain jailed on drug related charges. The investigation continues and additional charges are likely.
(LOS ANGELES) -- An expert in laser hair removal and facials, a barista, a YouTube personality, a police sergeant and a minister are among the 16 contestants who'll try to win a half million bucks on the 16th season of "Big Brother." Eight will be introduced tonight starting at 8 p.m., and the others Thursday night at 9 p.m. One of the contestants is 21-year old Ubly resident Nicole Franzel. CBS is calling it the most "twisted" season ever. Julie Chen will reveal two new twists in the competition tonight. This year, there will be 76 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones capturing their every move 24 hours a day. Franzel is one of the youngest members of the cast vying for the $500,000 grand prize saying that she's "just a small town girl with a big dream."
(MARLETTE) -- Mark Haggett was appointed to fill the vacant position on the Marlette School Board during a special meeting Tuesday night. The position became available after the resignation of Sarah Kady after 10-year of service on the board of education. Two other residents, Dr. Janet Mutch and Carolyn Taylor, submitted letters of interest and were encouraged to run in the upcoming November election. Mr. Haggett will fill the position for the remainder of the term, which ends on December 31.
Superintendent Alan Broughton reviewed the financial information used to determine the amount of the loan the district would need to operate in the upcoming 2014-15 school year. The board approved a resolution authorizing Issuance of Notes in Anticipation of State School Aid in the amount of $1.4 million.
The board also approved the hiring of Katelyn Aikens as the 4-12 grade teacher and director of bands and retirement of bus driver/custodian Connie Innes.
In other business, Marlette School Board members were given an update from Superintendent Broughton on the realignment of staff after retirements. Emily Adamczyk will fill the open Special Education position in the Jr./Sr. High School, Sandy Cumper will move from 6th grade to lower elementary Special Education. Karen Demaray will assume the duties of the Special Education Director for half of her day and will teach elementary Special Education for the other half. The open 6th grade teaching position will be filled by Michael Boyle and Tara Leonard will fill the part-time math position in the Jr./Sr. high school.
(DECKERVILLE) -- The Deckerville School Board Monday night approved the 2013-14 final budget and proposed 2014-15 budget. The 2013-14 final budget showed expenditures of $4.9 million and revenues of $4.8 million with a deficit of $120,832, leaving a fund equity balance of $2,389,570. The proposed 2014-15 budget showed expenditures of $5,035,436 and revenues of $4,774,308 with a deficit of $261,128 leaving a balance of $2,128,442 in fund equity.
The board accepted with regret the resignation of Pam Spencer from her elementary paraprofessional position effective at the end of the school year. Pam has accepted a position with the district's hot lunch program. Scott McVittie was hired to fill the part-time Transportation Supervisor position.
In other business, the board went into closed session to discuss evaluations. Computer Technician Rustin Murdock's contract was extended through June 30, 2016 with a 1% increase, Inside Maintenance and Custodial Supervisor Rob Taylor and Outside Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor Jim Nichol received $1,250 stipends for additional transportation duties and contract extensions through June 30, 2016 with a 1% increase. Athletic Director Scott McVittie's contract was also extended through June 30, 2016 with a 1% increase. Business Manager Marsha Taylor and office secretaries Jayne Fisher, Lisa Fritch, Monica Warczinsky and Becky Foster received 1% increases for the 2014-2015 school year.
(EVERGREEN TOWNSHIP) -- A dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting is planned at the Evergreen County Park next month to recognize recently completed improvements. The event at the park, located along M-53 in Evergreen Township, will be held Friday, July 11 at 3 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. The Evergreen Park project involved the creation of 40 additional camping sites, including four handicapped accessible sites; upgraded water, electrical, and septic services; a pond; and general improvements to the park's facilities. The $600,000 project was a joint venture between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources with local matching funds provided by the Sanilac County parks millage.