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Wilson Says School Board Intends To Fire Him

News Photo 10/24/14 - Howell’s school superintendent says he believes that ultimately he will be dismissed from his job and he’s at a loss to explain why. Superintendent Ron Wilson remains on paid administrative leave that was ordered by a unanimous vote of the school board due to what were called questionable mileage reimbursements he received. Earlier this week, Board President Mike Witt refuted allegations by Wilson that his forced leave from the district was partly because Wilson had requested an accounting of items solicited for the Fire Academy’s inaugural year. Witt released a 144 page accounting of all items and services that were donated to the program and said Wilson’s accusations were meant only to deflect questioning about the superintendent’s actions. Witt points out Wilson did not submit the accounting of the firefighting program to the district’s auditors until early September, after he had filed a harassment complaint against Witt. That claim was investigated and determined to have no merit. Witt further adds that the auditor’s preliminary report, which will be presented to the board on Monday, makes no mention of the firefighter program. Also expected at Monday's meeting is a report on the expense reimbursements. Wilson says while the stated reason for his leave was mileage reimbursements, it doesn’t justify the treatment he’s received. "There was nothing done that was covert or behind the scenes. I went through the regular process of the board policy of submitting the request. It went to the business office and the business office approved it and then it went to the board and the board approved it." Wilson says he's concerned that the district is slipping back into the type of tumultuous past that greeted him when he arrived in 2010. Wilson says he was the fifth superintendent in five years, including those who held the post on an interim basis. He says he’s at a loss as to why the board would want to terminate his employment considering the gains that have been made in student achievement, adding that Howell’s fund balance is arguably greater than all of the other county districts combined. However, he did confirm for WHMI that he has retained the services of an attorney, and when asked if he planned to initiate litigation against the district if he is fired, Wilson would only say that he plans to explore every possible option. (JK)
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Family Says Boy Hunter Has Received Death Threats

News Photo 10/24/14 - An Oceola Township boy has reportedly received death threats after online pictures went viral of his taking down a 12-point albino buck with a crossbow. 11-year-old Gavin Dingman bagged the rare buck while hunting with his dad. Biologists estimate that albino deer occur once every 20,000 to 100,000 births. While the result was a once in a lifetime achievement, his father Mick Dingman told the website OutdoorHub.com they have received death threats. Dingman has since removed the pictures of his son and the deer from his public Facebook page. Jordan Browne, a host of Michigan Out-of-Doors Television is acting as a spokesman for the family and says comments on the photos have ranged from "polite opinions all the way to death threats and everything in between." But not all of the attention has been negative. Browne says some outdoor outfitters want to use pictures of Gavin with the deer for promotions. Meanwhile, the picture continues to garner worldwide attention, having been listed as one of USAToday.com's most popular stories, drawing more than 3,700 comments. But Browne says while albino deer are rare, there's nothing exceedingly special about them. He said in a state with a deer population of 2 million, they represent nothing more than a genetic defect. (JK)
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Bishop Keynotes County GOP Reagan Day Dinner

News Photo 10/24/14 - The Livingston County Republican Party 2014 Reagan Dinner Thursday night featured Republican Congressional candidate Mike Bishop. The former Senate Majority Leader is in the race to succeed Mike Rogers in the 8th Congressional District. Bishop's talk highlighted Ronald Reagan and says the issues Reagan addressed many years ago are still applicable and relevant today. He tells WHMI he has similar ideals to Reagan's. Bishop says it is “rewarding to have so many people to rally around” and is looking forward to connecting with the residents of Livingston County. Bishop is endorsed by Right to Life, the National Rifle Association, and Congressman Rogers, who spoke at the event and said Bishop is the kind of individual needed in Washington. Bishop encouraged supporters not only to vote, but to spread the word as the election is just 12 days away. Bishop believes changes are needed and quoted Reagan’s first campaign slogan saying “the time is now”. Bishop is running against Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing in the November 4th election. (DK)
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Livingston County's September Jobless Rate Up Slightly

News Photo 10/24/14 - Livingston County’s unemployment rate inched up slightly from August to September. The state Department of Technology, Management & Budget recently released the local and regional jobless figures for September. It says typical seasonal patterns dominated the local area labor market data from August to September; and unemployment rates were mixed and little changed in the state’s 17 major labor market regions. Livingston County’s unemployment rate stood at 6.3% in September, compared to 6% in August. Its overall ranking among Michigan’s 83 counties dropped to 35th after holding mostly steady the last few months at 26th. The workforce in the Detroit-Warren-Livonia region, which includes Livingston County, was essentially unchanged in September. Although local area unemployment showed only small changes over the month, state officials say jobless rates have dropped substantially in all regions over the year. (JM)
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Local Man Charged After Road Rage Incident Involving Gun

Paving Work Being Done in Busy Area of Grand River & Hilton Road

Howell Man Dreams Of Recreating Iconic 1960's TV Spaceship

Community Series on Opiate Prevention Continues Next Week

Witt Releases Accounting Of Firefighting Program

12th Annual Legend of Sleepy Howell To Take Over Downtown

EMS Director Praises Anti-Heroin Drugs While Criticizing Laws

Thursday Meeting to Educate Hamburg Residents on Road Millage

Daytime Road Closures Thursday in Northfield Township

Votes Needed for Brighton High School in Safe Driving Contest

Hamburg Twp. Raises No Objection to Privatization of County Road

Local Child Advocate Program Unaffected by Closure in Washtenaw

Governor Signs Law w/ Hune's Amendment to Ban Direct Car Sales

Hearing Delayed For Man Accused In Deaths Of Kittens

New Local Salvation Army Leader Getting Acquainted w/ Community

Female Suspect In Oceola Township Home Invasion Bound Over

Cell Phone Video Creates Questions Over Judge's Volunteer

Program Aims To Teach Survival Skills In Shooting Scenario

Brighton DDA Votes to Negotiate Purchase of Parking Lot Site

Livingston County Has A Plan In Case Of Ebola Virus

Southwest Instructor Howell Schools Teacher Of The Year

Friday Marks Filing Deadline for Local Write In Candidates

Informational Meeting Planned To Explain Medicare Changes

Howell Area Motorcyclist Jailed After Police Chase

Chilson Road to Close Tuesday in Hamburg Township

Best Practices in Brighton Schools Could Boost Per Pupil Funding

Spooky Family Fun Planned in Pinckney Community Friday

Local Celebrities To Serve Up Hope For Mental Illness Sufferers

Hune's Amendment Sparks Further Conflict Of Interest Criticism

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Student Athlete of the Week 10-19-2014

Sports Photo Its time once again to recognize another outstanding performance from the Livingston County area as our Student Athlete of the Week, brought to you by Bob Maxey Ford of Howell. This week we'd like to recognize Brighton runningback Joseph Clifford as our Student Athlete of the Week. In a must win situation he stepped up for his team with possibly the best performance of the year. Clifford rushed for 260 yards and scored 6 touchdowns, keeping the Bulldogs alive for playoff eligibility. Once again we'd like to recognize Brighton runningback Joseph Clifford as our Student Athlete of the Week. Congratulations on an outstanding performance from Bob Maxey Ford of Howell and WHMI, Livingston County's own 93-5.
 

Game Night Schedule 10-24-2014

Join us this Friday night for the regular season finale of WHMI Game Night. Sideline reports and live high school footbal scores from across the Livingston County area at 15 and 45 past the hour, as teams take their last shot at making the playoffs.


High School Football

South Lyon @ Brighton, Byron @ Flint Beecher, Jackson Northwest @ Dexter, Lansing Waverly @ Fowlerville, Northville @ Grand Blanc, Hartland @ Salem, Holly @ Ortonville-Brandon, Howell @ Novi, Fenton @ Linden, Milford @ White Lake Lakeland, Portland St. Patrick @ Morrice, Pinckney @ South Lyon East, Stockbridge @ Flat Rock, Webberville @ Burr Oak, Whitmore Lake @ Morenci, Lake Fenton @ Williamston.
 
Michigan Headlines

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state says Michigan's seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.7 percent in the latest month. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget released the September employment report yesterday. The jobless rate was 8.2 percent in September 2013. The Detroit-area rate is up from 7.9 percent in June but down from 9.1 percent in September 2013.

DETROIT (AP) - The city of Detroit is hoping to sell off garbage trucks, buses, other surplus vehicles and machine shop equipment to help pay down its debt. More than 450 vehicles no longer needed by the city will be featured in a November 5th webcast/onsite public auction and a November 13th online-only auction.

DETROIT (AP) - Some Oakland County commissioners say they want the Detroit Institute of Arts to pay back bonuses and raises given to two top museum executives. The Detroit News reports that commissioners discussed the compensation issue on Thursday. Voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties in 2012 approved a tax to help maintain museum operations. In exchange, residents get free admission. Oakland County contributes $11 million to the museum.

DANSVILLE, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say they found a missing 55-year-old bow hunter dead of natural causes in a tree stand. The Lansing State Journal reports that authorities identify him as Nhia Zong Her of Lansing. They say he was found about 10:40 a.m. yesterday in the Dansville State Game Area.

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Livingston County Events

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Friday, October 24Rocky Horror Picture Show

Friday, October 24Old School Movie Night

Friday, October 24Boogie Woogie Piano Concert with Bob Milne

Friday, October 24Boo Bash & Splash

Friday, October 24Oktoberfest Dinner

Friday, October 24Trunk or Treat

Friday, October 24The Witches Halloween Play

Friday, October 24Pinckney Halloween Spooktacular

Saturday, October 25LSO Fall Concert

Saturday, October 25Headless Horseman 5K/10K and Monster Mile

Saturday, October 25Ten Thousand Villages Craft Fair

Saturday, October 25Harvest Dinner

Saturday, October 25Croppin' for a Cure

Saturday, October 25Pinckney Farmers' Market

Saturday, October 25Legend of Sleepy Howell

Saturday, October 25Hartland Farmers' Market

Saturday, October 25Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit Veterans

Saturday, October 25Dance Project/Masquerade Dance

Saturday, October 25Smash Diabetes at Howell Elks

Saturday, October 25Wild Game Dinner

Saturday, October 25Hope for Heroes Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25Howell Eagles Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25Brighton Farmers’ Market

Saturday, October 25JumpStart Jump Rope Workshop

Sunday, October 26Special Bingo to Aid Cancer Research

Sunday, October 26Trunk or Treat

Sunday, October 26Howell Farmers’ Market

Sunday, October 26Green Oak Farmers' Market

Sunday, October 26Skate with the Dollz

Tuesday, October 28BHS Band-O-Rama

Wednesday, October 29Howell HS College Night

Thursday, October 30BHS/SMS Choir Concert at BCPA

Thursday, October 30Teen Party at Howell Opera House

Friday, October 31Trick or Treat on Barnard Street

Friday, October 31Halloween Party

Friday, October 31Events at Brighton District Library

Friday, October 31Trunk or Treat

Friday, October 31Events at Hartland Library

Friday, October 31Events at Pinckney Library

Friday, October 31Events at Howell Library

Saturday, November 1Craft Show

Saturday, November 1Fall Celebration to Benefit Family Impact Center

Saturday, November 1Annual Turkey Dinner

Saturday, November 1Greektown Casino Outing

Sunday, November 2St. Mary's Breakfast

Sunday, November 2First Presbyterian of Brighton Fish and Loaves Dinner

Wednesday, November 5Howell Library Hosts "A Thousand Letters Home"

Wednesday, November 5UMC Harvest Supper

Thursday, November 6Who'll Let the Dogs Out?

Thursday, November 6Livingston County Genealogical Society Meeting

Thursday, November 6Kaleidoscope Pop Up Art Gallery

Friday, November 7Parker Middle School Madrigal Dinner

Friday, November 7Turkey Bingo

Friday, November 7Chicken, Fish & Rib Dinner

Friday, November 7Treasures & Treats Bazaar

Friday, November 7USMC Birthday Ball

Saturday, November 8Trinity Mini Mall & Crafts

Saturday, November 8Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, November 8Holiday Craft Show

Saturday, November 8Chicken and Biscuit Supper

Saturday, November 8Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, November 8Day of Hope

Saturday, November 8Chicken Dinner at Howell Eagles

Saturday, November 8Veterans Dinner

Monday, November 10"Noises OFF!" Auditions

Tuesday, November 11Grief to New Hope Workshop

Tuesday, November 11Veterans Day Ceremony & Luncheon

Tuesday, November 11Fundraiser for Shannon Watts

Tuesday, November 11Veterans Assembly At Howell High School

Tuesday, November 11Family Law & Divorce Seminar

Thursday, November 13Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Performed in Hartland

Thursday, November 13Muir Middle School Ladies' Night Out

Friday, November 14Benefit for Michael Grossmeyer

Friday, November 14Chilson Hills Church 30th Annual Blood Drive

Saturday, November 15Buck Pole

Saturday, November 15Southern Fried Chicks at BCPA

Saturday, November 15Holiday Fundraiser for Youth Connection Services

Saturday, November 15Hamburg Holiday Bazaar

Wednesday, November 19Kids Against Hunger

Thursday, November 20Celebrity Holiday Fashion Show

Saturday, November 22Autumn Harvest Craft Fair

Friday, November 28Fantasy of Lights in Downtown Howell

Friday, November 28Fantasy Art Show

Saturday, November 29Love INC Benefit Concert

Saturday, November 29Christian Songwriters Lunch

Sunday, December 7CUUB's Care & Share Fair

Saturday, December 13Gift Boutique

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