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(AREA) -- Peck High School graduate Hailey Sharrard is this year's recipient of the Marvin Longuski Scholarship through the Sanilac County Community Foundation. Hailey is the daughter of Joe and Amy Sharrard. She was the co-valedictorian at Peck High School. Hailey was a member of the National Honor Society, Varsity track team, and treasurer of her class for 4-years. She was also actively involved in 4-H. Hailey plans to attend Michigan State University in the fall to pursue a degree in animal science while focusing on pre-veterinary to someday become a large and small animal veterinarian. The family of Marvin Longuski, a long time educator and member of the Peck School Board, established the scholarship in cooperation with the Village of Peck to honor his memory.


Hailey Sharrard

Several other Sanilac County Community Foundation Scholarships were recently awarded to thumb youth.

Monica Falls, the 2014 Salutatorian of Carsonville-Port Sanilac High School, has been named this year's recipient of the Daryl Walker Scholarship. Monica, the daughter of Christopher and Nicole Falls of Port Sanilac, will attend Saginaw Valley State University in the fall to pursue a degree in nursing. She has been accepted as a Freshman Pre-Admit into the Nursing Program. Her high school activities were Varsity volleyball, basketball, and softball, President of the National Honor Society, Class President and Student Council member. The scholarship was created in memory of Daryl Walker, former teacher and superintendent of Carsonville-Port Sanilac Schools.


Monica Falls

Tori Mock, an honors graduate of Marlette High School, was selected as one of the recipients of the Lee and Thelma Flannigan Scholarship and also the Cheryl Thomas Scholarship. Tori is the daughter of Gary and Lynette Mock of Lisle, Illinois, formerly of Marlette. Tori was a 3-year member of the National Honor Society in which she has served as treasurer. She participated in Business Professionals of America where she qualified for the State Leadership Conference in Desktop Publishing. She has also served as class treasurer for student council all 4-years. Tori will attend Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant in the fall to further her education.


Tori Mock

The other recipient of the Lee and Thelma Flannigan Scholarship  was Keara Wilson, daughter of Marc and Julie Wilson. Keara was a member of National Honor Society, Business Professionals of America, Science Academic Games, as well as class representative in Student Council. She plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University in the fall to major in nursing. The Lee and Thelma Flannigan Scholarship was established to assist Marlette High School graduates who desire to further their education. The Cheryl Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in her memory by her family. Cheryl had been a long-time coach at Marlette Schools.


Keara Wilson

(AREA) --  State Representative Terry Brown of Pigeon thanked his colleagues last week for passing House Bill 5438, which changes driver education in Michigan to put more emphasis on bicycle and motorcycle safety. The bill passed 108-0 and has 89 co-sponsors. Brown introduced the bill after a Thumb resident, whose friend Nathan Bower died in a motorcycle accident in 2009, brought the issue to Brown's attention. In attendance for the bill's passage were Tammy and Clint Bower, the victim's parents, and his sister Stephanie, who said the family is glad that they can give some meaning to Nathan's life by saving even one life. Brown says he looks forward to seeing this bill pass the Senate and receive the governor's signature.

PICTURED: L to R Nathan Bower's parents, Tammy and Clint Bower, Nathan's sister Stephanie and friend who suggested the bill to Representative Terry Brown, Lisa Cook-Gordon.

(MARINE CITY) -- Authorities say a 57-year-old man has died while scuba diving in the St. Clair River near Marine City. James A. Fox of Fairhaven was part of a group of people who were diving in the river Sunday morning. A witness called 9-1-1 and said that Fox surfaced and yelled for help before submerging again. It says another diver later found Fox lifeless in 20-25 feet of water.

(ARGYLE TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies investigated a two-vehicle personal injury accident late Saturday morning at the intersection of Ubly and Deckerville Roads in Argyle Township. The accident happened when a vehicle driven by 20-year old Melissa Owensby of Caro stopped at the intersection and pulled into the path of car driven by 33-year old Kristopher Noble of Sandusky.  After the collision, the Noble vehicle continued north, rolling several times and coming to rest in the roadway. Noble was treated at the scene by Sanilac EMS and Argyle Fire and Rescue and later flight-cared to Saginaw St. Mary's Hospital for treatment of possible life-threatening injuries. Owensby and her 27-year old passenger, Bryan Periso of Deford, were treated at the scene for minor injuries. They were not hospitalized. Deputies say everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seat belt and alcohol was not a factor. The incident remains under investigation by the Sanilac County Accident Investigation team.

(SANDUSKY) -- Patients at McKenzie Health System in Sandusky will now be able to receive recreation therapy. Physical Therapist Veronica Byrne recently received her certification in RT. As a certified recreational therapist, Veronica will use a variety of activities and techniques to help patients improve their physical, emotional, and cognitive well-being. Veronica received her B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation in 2007 from Central Michigan University. She says that she's thrilled to be able to serve patients in the community by providing both skilled physical and recreational therapy services.

(AREA) -- Congresswoman Candice Miller Thursday congratulated the 2014 military nominees who have received an order of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Naval and Air Force Academies. Among the six nominees are Sean Kincaid of Bad Axe, who will be attending West Point. Jonathan Kopacka of Metamora and Ryan Najor of Emmett will both be attending the U.S. Air Force Academy. Congresswoman Miller says the nominees represent "some of Michigan's best and brightest."

Friday, 06 June 2014 11:31

Five vehicle crash in Bad Axe

(AREA) -- The Michigan Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee unanimously approved measures Thursday to stop the construction of a Canadian nuclear waste dump and strengthen Michigan's protection of natural resources against radioactive waste. Senate Bill 948, sponsored by Senator Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township, would ban the importation of nuclear waste into Michigan. The bill would also create the Great Lakes Protection Radioactive Waste Advisory Board. Two Senate resolutions would call for a recommendation from the International Joint Commission to halt the construction of a nuclear waste dump in Ontario, less than a half mile from the shore of Lake Huron. Additional resolutions would also call on the Great Lakes Commission to intervene. The measures now head to the full Senate for approval.

(AREA) -- The Michigan Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee unanimously approved measures Thursday to stop the construction of a Canadian nuclear waste dump and strengthen Michigan's protection of natural resources against radioactive waste. Senate Bill 948, sponsored by Senator Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township, would ban the importation of nuclear waste into Michigan. The bill would also create the Great Lakes Protection Radioactive Waste Advisory Board. Two Senate resolutions would call for a recommendation from the International Joint Commission to halt the construction of a nuclear waste dump in Ontario, less than a half mile from the shore of Lake Huron. Additional resolutions would also call on the Great Lakes Commission to intervene. The measures now head to the full Senate for approval.

Thursday, 05 June 2014 16:52

Auto parts supplier in Capac adds jobs

(CAPAC) -- Auto parts supplier Keihin Michigan Manufacturing in Capac will add 75 news jobs by next year as part of a $9.9 million expansion project. The company makes plastic engine components and currently has close to 300 employees. The plant opened in 2010 and officials say the company has entered into a new contract with Honda. $9.5 million will be spent on new machinery and $400,000 will be used to reconfigure the plant to accommodate the new machinery. Hiring for production, engineering and quality jobs will begin immediately.

(AREA) -- Governor Rick Snyder this week announced the reappointment of Tom Durand of Croswell to the Michigan Corn Marketing Committee. The nine-member committee prepares and oversees the research and marketing program budget, promoting the advancement of Michigan's corn industry. Tom serves as President of Durand Farms and has 31-years of farming experience. He received the Outstanding Citizen Award from Michigan Sugar Company and has served as a school board member, Little League coach, and in numerous volunteer positions through the Michigan Farm Bureau. Tom will continue to represent District 7. Members serve 3-year terms expiring March 5, 2017.

Last month, Governor Snyder appointed Sally McConnachie of Deckerville and reappointed David Milligan of Cass City to the Michigan Wheat Promotion Committee. The nine-member committee oversees the wheat marketing program and consists of wheat farmers from across Michigan. Sally is a managing member of Dave's Dirt LLC. She has 34-years of farming experience and is a member of the Michigan Farm Bureau and the Michigan Corn Growers Association. She will represent District 5 and replace Scott Huessner. David Milligan is the owner of Milligan Farms LLC and has 44-years of farming experience. Milligan serves as a member of the National Wheat Association Wheat Growers board and previously served on the American Farm Bureau Wheat Committee. He will continue to represent District 7. Members will serve 3-year terms expiring May 31, 2017.