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Howell Interim Superintendent Hired For Washtenaw Position

News Photo 11/26/14 - Howell Schools Interim Superintendent has made it official; she is leaving the district for a new position, but says that decision was made long before the current conflict over the firing of her predecessor. Cassandra Harmon-Higgins has been the Interim Superintendent since the board placed Ron Wilson on paid leave in October to investigate several issues, mostly mileage reimbursements they say he wasn’t entitled to and then lied about afterward. Wilson was subsequently fired by the board November 12th. In a 5-0 vote last night, however, the Washtenaw Intermediate School District voted to hire Harmon-Higgins to be their Director of Human Resources and Legal Services. The news that she was up for the job created speculation that the current turmoil surrounding Wilson’s firing may have led to her decision to seek employment elsewhere. But in an e-mailed statement to WHMI, Harmon-Higgins made clear that was not the case. She said that “An effective leader has integrity and is transparent; the decisions he or she makes in private mirror those made in public,” adding that those philosophies influenced her decision several months ago to “do what I witnessed other administrators do while under the leadership of Supt. Wilson...seek employment elsewhere.” In fact the person she is replacing at the WISD is Kristen Clark, who held the same position in Howell previously and also left during Wilson’s tenure. Harmon-Higgins says when she was presented with the opportunity to work at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, under what she called “the well-respected leadership of Supt. Menzel, the decision to leave Howell became less difficult.” She added that, although Howell Public Schools is currently immersed in conflict, it is her hope everyone's focus returns to that of educating students. Harmon-Higgins then thanked the Board of Education and staff for working towards that goal and promised a smooth transition with the new Interim Superintendent. Her full statement is posted below. The search for a new Interim Superintendent was begun at Monday’s meeting when a committee of three board members was formed to search out candidates and make a recommendation to the full board. But School Board President Mike Witt made clear that the district’s next permanent superintendent will be chosen by the new board which will take office in January, including three new members; Brent Earl, Grace Trudell and Gregg Gilligan. (JK)
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Crowded Airports For Thanksgiving But No Pain At The Pump

News Photo 11/26/14 - An improving economy and the lowest gas prices seen in years will give Michiganders plenty to be thankful for this holiday season. Thanksgiving marks one of the busiest travel times of the year, with most going by vehicle. The statewide and national average price of gasoline has fallen below $3 per gallon for the first time since December 22nd of 2010 - a welcome gift for travelers as they head into the busy holiday travel season according to AAA Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz. Travel volume for the Thanksgiving holiday is expected to reach the highest level since 2007. Hiltz tells WHMI nearly 1.5 Michiganders will be hitting the roads to celebrate with family, friends, food and football. Most travel budgets go toward transportation, food and shopping. Hiltz says travelers will encounter moderately higher prices with airfares being 1% higher, mid-range hotels up 8% and car rentals costing 10% more. Hiltz says local residents should make sure their Thanksgiving to-do list includes wearing a seat belt, designating a sober driver and avoiding distractions like talking on a cell phone while driving. Local motorists will also have visual reminders as the Michigan Department of Transportation will display safe driving reminders on freeway message boards and at rest areas throughout the busy travel weekend. (JM)
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Local Study Feedback Gives Road Commission Project Possibilities

News Photo 11/25/14 - A recent access management study has created a “wish list” of sorts for local municipalities in regards to the roadways. The survey, conducted by the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, looked for input from community officials and residents. The feedback was then presented to the Livingston County Road Commission to uncover what area motorists believe are the highest priorities. Though many project ideas were provided, there unfortunately isn’t guaranteed funding attached to them. Mike Craine, Managing Director for the Livingston County Road Commission, tells WHMI there are a few courses of action to possibly cover the cost. The goal is to find a way to lessen accidents while maintaining the same amount of traffic volume. Much of the response was directed towards non-motorized paths, which Craine says many communities are pushing. Brighton Township highlighted pedestrian pathways as a priority, looking for completion and connectivity to the Kensington Metro Park. Howell Township discussed potentially funding and providing a trail head near the loop on M-59 heading towards Highlander Way. As the Road Commission believes they are up to date on safety and traffic control, some of these proposals could be granted if there are means for funding. (DK)
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Driver Arraigned In Tyrone Township Traffic Death

Suit Filed Against Local Judge Seeking Access to Videos Dismissed

Brighton School Board Told It's On Track To Erasing Deficit

Fowlerville Heroin Dealer Sentenced To Prison

Brighton Swimmers Have State Champion; Finish 4th in State

Company Files Protest Over County Jail Expansion Project

Howell School Board Begins Search For Interim Superintendent

Howell Council Rejects Potential Offer on Highland-Howell Parcel

Local Man Arraigned in Circuit Court in Road Rage Shooting Death

Resident Escorted Out Of Council Meeting After Cemetery Rant

County Eyes Improvements to Historic Courthouse Grounds

Howell School Board Starts Search For New Superintendent As Recall Committee Continues Its Efforts To Reinstate Fired Ex-Super

Vaupel Assigned To Committee To Decide Committees

New Year Brings New Leadership To St. Joe Mercy Health System

Lyon Twp. Business Set To Move Into Former School Facility

Freedom Songs Inspire Annual Huron Valley MLK Jr. Day Contest

Upcoming Dodgeball Tournament Will Help Local Families

Businessmen to Offer Leadership Insight During Next Power Lunch

Lansing Man Sent To Trial In Local Overdose Death

Building Boom Behind Expansion of Lyon Twp. Municipal Center

Storefront Contest Helps Kick Off Holiday Season in Howell

Brighton CIty Council Member Cooper Resigns Effective Jan. 1

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Student Athlete of the Week 11-24-14

Sports Photo It's 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 swimmer Taylor Seaman as our Student Athlete of the Week. It was a record setting performance for Seaman as she became just the second state champion in Brighton history setting a new record in the 100m freestyle with a time of 51.16 seconds, helping her Bulldogs finish fourth in the team standings. Their best finish in the state championships. Once again we'd like to recognize Brighton swimmer Taylor Seaman 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.
 
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DETROIT (AP) - DTE Energy says it's close to getting all the lights on. Roughly 9,000 homes and businesses still lacked power this morning after strong winds earlier in the week. DTE says it hopes to restore service to a majority of those by this evening. Consumers Energy says its outages were down to 2,000 by last night.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - The rear window of a Kalamazoo police car was broken during an otherwise peaceful protest tied to the shooting of an 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. The protest drew 150 people and came a day after a grand jury in Missouri declined to file charges in the death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson officer. There were similar demonstrations in Detroit and on college campuses in Michigan.

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) - A 48-foot-tall cross on city-owned property overlooking Grand River is raising questions from residents and at least one religious organization. The international Jewish civil rights group the Anti-Defamation League has written a letter to Grand Haven city leaders calling for the removal of the cross from Dewey Hill. The cross has been displayed periodically since 1964.

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Marquette officials have approved partnering with other entities to challenge a utility company's request to reduce the official value of a power plant property for tax purposes. The Marquette City Commission backed the joint defense agreement in the city's dispute with We Energies. The city denied in August that the property was improperly assessed.

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Livingston County Events

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Wednesday, November 26Turkey Trot at Howell American Legion

Wednesday, November 26Howell Elks Pre-Thanksgiving Event

Wednesday, November 26Red Cross Blood Drive

Thursday, November 27Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Friday, November 28Fantasy Art Show

Friday, November 28It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Show

Friday, November 28Fantasy of Lights in Downtown Howell

Friday, November 28Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, November 29MTV Teen Moms at Toy & Book Drive

Saturday, November 29Love INC Benefit Concert

Saturday, November 29Christian Songwriters Lunch

Saturday, November 29Troop Packages

Saturday, November 29Swinginfusion Annual Dance of the Tofurkey

Sunday, November 30Events at Howell Library

Sunday, November 30Events at Pinckney Library

Sunday, November 30Events at Hartland Library

Sunday, November 30Howell American Legion Sells Christmas Trees

Sunday, November 30Events at Brighton District Library

Sunday, November 30Arise Church in Pinckney Holiday Concert Series

Sunday, November 30Kegan's Kids Memorial Coat Drive

Thursday, December 4Coneys at Pinckney American Legion

Friday, December 5Stuff the Bus

Friday, December 5Living Christmas Story

Saturday, December 6Arts & Crafts Show

Saturday, December 6Chicken-n-Fixens Dinner

Saturday, December 6Livingston Christian Schools Vendor and Craft show

Saturday, December 6Dashing Through the Snow 5K

Saturday, December 6Gospel Concert Supports Toys for Tots

Saturday, December 6Christmas Cookie Walk/Crafts Sale

Saturday, December 6Pet Picture with Santa

Saturday, December 6Jinglefest in Fenton

Saturday, December 6St. Mary’s Annual Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, December 6Christmas in the Ville

Saturday, December 6Mark Lundholm in Detroit Comedy Performance

Saturday, December 6 HoHoHolidays

Sunday, December 7St. Mary's Community Breakfast

Sunday, December 7Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 7Winter Marketplace

Sunday, December 7Turkey Shoot

Sunday, December 7CUUB's Care & Share Fair

Sunday, December 7The Answer Christmas Concert

Friday, December 12Live Nativity

Saturday, December 13Christmas Dinner and Celebration Concert

Saturday, December 13Breakfast With Santa

Saturday, December 13Gift Boutique

Saturday, December 13Handel's Messiah at the Hartland Music Hall

Saturday, December 13Holiday Cookie Walk

Saturday, December 13Pet Pictures With Santa

Sunday, December 14Santa Central at Hudson Mills Metropark

Thursday, December 18Families Agaisnt Narcotics Monthly Meeting

Saturday, December 20The Legendary Jimmy McCarty

Saturday, December 20Pet Photos with Santa

Thursday, December 2533rd American Legion Christmas Dinner

Wednesday, December 31Masquerade Ball at Howell Elks

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