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Brighton Council Holds Public Hearing on 14-15 Budget

News Photo 4/18/14 - The Brighton City Council will adopt the coming year budget for the city next month, and according to city officials, the downward spiral that has caused major cuts over the past several years is starting to reverse itself. City Manager Dana Foster gave a detailed presentation on the spending plan at Thursday night’s meeting, which preceded a public hearing on the budget - at which no residents spoke. Foster tells WHMI the budget for the coming year is sufficiently healthy that he is anticipating being able to start putting some funds away for some much-needed infrastructure projects in the future. The budget as proposed includes an increase in curbside refuse collection charges from the current $13.77 per month to $14.48 a month, which totals $8.52 more per year. The reason for the recommended increase is that the amount collected last year was about $50,000 short of what it costs the city to provide the service through Mister Rubbish. Prior to two years ago, the city paid for refuse pickup itself through property owners’ taxes, but has since been forced to assess a fee for the service. In addition to the garbage collection fee increase, residents can expect a 1-2% increase in water and sewer rates. The budget for next year – with all its constituent individual budgets – totals $13.5 million. That includes a general fund budget of $7.8 million. Most of the remainder of the overall budget is comprised of the utilities fund, which includes sewer and water and totals $4.2 million. The 2014-15 city budget takes effect on July 1, the start of the city’s new fiscal year. (TT)
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47th District State House Candidates Could Host Debate

News Photo 4/18/14 - A large slate of candidates are seeking various open seats this election season in Livingston County and one is calling for a clean race but not without debate. Candidates seeking the GOP nomination in the August 5th primary for the 47th District State House of Representatives seat include Howell Mayor Phil Campbell, Howell Township resident Harold Melton, Hartland Township resident Theodore Ring, Handy Township Supervisor Hank Vaupel and former Howell School Board Trustee Wendy Day. She recently challenged candidates to take part in a series of four debates so that voters will be clear where everyone stands on different issues if elected. She further encouraged candidates to avoid mudslinging and stick to the facts as the race heats up. Long-time Hartland Board of Education trustee Charlie Aberasturi announced this week that he was ending his campaign for the seat, which is being vacated by the term-limited Cindy Denby. Seeking the Democratic nomination for the 47th District is candidate Jordan Genso, who previously announced his intent to run but didn’t formally file until Thursday per county records. (JM)
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Local Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Cigarettes from Party Store

News Photo 4/18/14 - A Putnam Township man busted by police who followed a trail of stolen cigarette packs to him from a local party store has entered a plea. 27-year-old Matthew Thomas Morrison pleaded guilty as charged to breaking and entering a building with intent to steal in Livingston County Circuit Court. In exchange for that plea, prosecutors agreed that upon successful completion of probation, the charge may be reduced to a misdemeanor. Morrison will be sentenced May 22nd. Morrison was arrested after deputies with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department responded to an alarm at the Hell Country Store on Patterson Lake Road February 24th. They discovered a broken window and two packs of cigarettes beneath it, along with fresh footprints in the snow. Those led to a home on a private road where Morrison was located and is said to have confessed to stealing 10 packs of cigarettes. (JM)
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911 Dispatchers Ask Parents Not To Give Children Working Phones

News Photo 4/18/14 - Local 911 central dispatchers help keep the community safe, and they are asking parents not to let their children harass their dispatch center. Dispatcher Mary Reed tells WHMI one of the most pressing messages they would like to get out to the county is that every active cell phone can contact 911, and that is not always a good thing. She says many adults like to give their old cell phones to children as toys, but once the children discover the old phones can call 911 and connect to a live person, they call nonstop. Reed says this remains true even if the phone has no service plan, so adults who cancel service and give their old phones to children as toys may not realize they can call the dispatch center. Answering these calls is a distraction for dispatchers, and locating cell phones that are used to call 911 is still very difficult, so it is up to parents to make sure children are not harassing the dispatch center. This week was National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, where 911 dispatchers and other who work behind the scenes in public safety were recognized for the work they do supporting local police, fire, and EMS. (TD)
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Milford Police Investigate Possible Theft of 1,500 Gallons Of Gas

Mad Hatter Tea Party to Benefit Media Centers in Fenton Schools

Marshmallow Drop And World Record Attempt Come To Genoa

Former 911 Director Evaluations Show Steady Performance Decline

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Marion Man Sentenced on Child Abuse & Gun Charges

Sheriff's Department Warns of New Fraud Scam

Local Fundraiser Seeks To Provide Education To Liberian Village

911 Dispatch Now Training Dispatchers With In-House Academy

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Aberasturi Drops From 47th House Race as Ring Jumps In

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County Sets Deal With US Marshals To Help Fund Jail Expansion

Man Police Say Huffed Air Duster, Crashed Into Hydrant Bound Over

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Set Next Saturday

Event Greets New Howell DDA Director

Salary Issues Among Reasons for Superintendent's Job Search

Judge Orders County Jail to Deliver ACLU Mail to Inmates

Brighton DDA Survey Supports Proposed Theater

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Bob Maxey Ford Of Howell Student Athlete Of The Week

Sports Photo This week we would like to recognize Hartland softball player Katie Singer. Singer pitched a perfect game in the Eagles ten to zero win over Wayne. Not only was she flawless on the mound but contributed to the offense as well going three for four with three RBI’s. She followed that up by scoring a pair of runs with two hits and two RBI’s in the second half of the double header. She is off to a great start this season and has been a big reason the team has a record of four and two. Once again we would like to recognize Hartland softball player Katie Singer 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) - A judge has concluded interviews with candidates seeking to serve as an expert adviser in the Detroit bankruptcy case. Judge Steven Rhodes said he wants a set of fresh, experienced eyes to offer opinions as Detroit tries to emerge from bankruptcy this year. Eighty-year-old former New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch was among those questioned Friday by Rhodes in court.

DETROIT (AP) - The names of high-profile businessmen Dan Gilbert and Roger Penske are among those on a witness list for a court proceeding this summer on Detroit's plan to exit bankruptcy. The city released the list on Friday. It has grown to 30 and also includes emergency manager Kevyn Orr and Mayor Mike Duggan.

DENVER (AP) - Officials say a Delta Air Lines plane on a flight from Detroit to Denver, Colorado reported an unspecified potential security threat and taxied to a remote area after landing safely at Denver International Airport. FBI spokesman Dave Joley (JAH'-lee) said yesterday the agency didn't believe the threat was credible but agents followed standard security procedures as a precaution. All the passengers were released after they and their luggage were screened.

TRENTON, Mich. (AP) - Thousands of marshmallows dropped from the sky in the Detroit area. And there was no shortage of young people running to pick them up. The annual Marshmallow Drop took place Friday at Wayne County parks in Trenton and Westland. The marshmallows were dropped from a helicopter.

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Livingston County Events

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Friday, April 18Lenten Fish Fry

Saturday, April 19Shred Event/Community Sale

Saturday, April 19Shredding Day

Saturday, April 19Easter Tea Party

Saturday, April 19Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 19Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Saturday, April 19Children’s Easter Celebration & Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 20Events at Hamburg Township Library

Sunday, April 20Diaper Drive

Sunday, April 20Events at Brighton District Library

Sunday, April 20Events at Howell Library

Sunday, April 20Events at Hartland Library

Sunday, April 20Events at Pinckney Library

Monday, April 21Blood Drive

Thursday, April 24Parents Who Host Lose the Most Kick Off

Thursday, April 24Cinderella's Closet

Saturday, April 26Faith Medical Clinic Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26Grand Equestrian Scrap Metal Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26Mom to Mom Sale Home/Based Business Expo

Saturday, April 26Aguanko - Cuban Jazz

Saturday, April 26Walk/Rally For Autism

Saturday, April 26Broadway's Best Concert

Sunday, April 27Jason Hull Family Fundraiser

Wednesday, April 30Spring Salad Luncheon

Wednesday, April 30Comedy Show Benefit

Thursday, May 1American Car Heritage Car Show

Thursday, May 1Heritage Days Festival Volunteers Needed

Thursday, May 1Downtown Howell Tour & Lunch

Thursday, May 1St. Mary Children’s Clothing Exchange

Friday, May 2Mom Prom

Friday, May 2Spring Rummage Sale

Friday, May 2Fenton Community Orchestra Spring Concert

Saturday, May 3Wounded Warrior Project Benefit Dinner

Saturday, May 3Large Item Trash Day in Cohoctah

Saturday, May 3Dining By Design

Saturday, May 3Cinco de Mayo at Howell American Legion

Saturday, May 3Pitch, Hit, and Run

Saturday, May 3Livingston County Concert Band

Saturday, May 3Relay For Life in Hartland

Saturday, May 3Oceola Township Spring Clean-Up Day

Sunday, May 4St. Mary's Breakfast

Sunday, May 4Fish and Loaves Community Meal Event

Monday, May 5Homeschool Curriculum / Music Sale

Tuesday, May 6TOPS Take Of Pounds Sensibly

Wednesday, May 7Bike Day

Thursday, May 8Second Chance Support Network Fellowship Banquet

Friday, May 9Pheonix Players Present Just So Stories

Friday, May 9Brighton Relay for Life

Saturday, May 10LCCA's 11th Annual Run Against Drugs

Saturday, May 10Elvis Presley Tribute Show

Saturday, May 10Chelsea Heart and Sole Race

Saturday, May 10Howell Eagles Benefit

Saturday, May 10Share the Love Pet Food Drive and Fundraiser

Saturday, May 10LSO Spring Concert

Sunday, May 11Mother's Day Breakfast

Sunday, May 11Mother's Day Buffet

Sunday, May 11Howell Elks Mother's Day Buffet

Monday, May 12Ladies Spring Tea

Friday, May 16Attaboy & Jason Eaton Band

Saturday, May 17Mother/Daughter Mad Hatter Tea Party

Saturday, May 17Howell Twp Clean-up Day

Saturday, May 17Hike to Raise Funds for the Potawatomi Trail

Saturday, May 17Fishing Derby

Saturday, May 17Teaching Our Tradition Pow Wow

Saturday, May 17Ride to Remember

Monday, May 26Hartland Memorial Day 5/10k Run

Friday, May 30Trash to Treasure Sale

Friday, May 30More Than Just a Golf Scramble

Friday, June 6Despicable Me 2 at Howell City Park

Saturday, June 7Heritage Benefit Car Show

Saturday, June 7St. Patrick Shamrock 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, June 7Marion Township Heritage Days

Sunday, June 8Boy Scout Troop 380 Golf Tournament

Tuesday, June 10Tiny Tot Olympics

Friday, June 13Drive Out Child Abuse Golf Outing

Saturday, June 14Flip and Flop Fishing Tournament

Saturday, June 14Mom to Mom Sale

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