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Meet And Greet Held For New Howell DDA Director Cathleen Edgerly

News Photo 4/16/14 - It was standing room only Tuesday night at Moe’s BarBar Shop when the Howell Downtown Development Authority introduced its new director, Cathleen Edgerly. Edgerly, who joined the DDA from Lansing’s downtown commercial district, told WHMI Lansing and Howell are not that different. "Every downtown community has similarities. People will always talk about parking challenges. What I look for are passionate people, a core group volunteers who love their community and are willing to give their time and talents to insure the community continues to be successful," Edgerly said. Edgerly, who is in her first week as the Director of the Howell DDA, is already turning heads with her fresh outlook. Heart of Howell Developer Joe Parker mentioned Edgerly’s fresh eyes and wider viewpoint "could get people acting like a community not just talking like one.” Mike Tipton, a Howell Township Trustee who worked with Edgerly at the Capital Area Transportation Authority in Lansing said, “Edgerly is full of energy and will get the communication process going between the Mayor, business owners, and community members.” Edgerly stated her first order of business is to walk the streets of Howell, getting to know its business owners, workers and citizens face to face. (LR)
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Odor Prompts Fire Dept. to Briefly Evacuate Pinckney Post Office

News Photo 4/15/14 - A strong odor that turned out to be a false alarm on Tax Day led to employees and customers being evacuated for a short time from a local post office. The Putnam Township Fire Department was called out late this morning to investigate a possible gas leak at the Pinckney Post Office after an unusual odor was reported both inside and outside of the building. The Pinckney Post Office is located on East M-36 and all of the commotion attracted a lot of attention as there were a number of fire trucks on scene but firefighters could also be seen walking on the roof and around the back of the building. Fire Chief Greg Amburgey tells WHMI they evacuated the building for about half an hour to investigate and after determining that the odor in the air was actually coming from a nearby business where a truck was pumping sludge oil, the building was cleared and re-opened for business. (JM)
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Illegal Traffic Stop Claims Lead to Civil Suit in Federal Court

News Photo 4/15/14 - A civil rights lawsuit is moving forward in federal court involving a man challenging a traffic stop in the City of Howell. The case is being heard in U.S. District Court in Ann Arbor, with Judge John Corbett O’Meara presiding. Christopher Bailey of Canton Township alleges his rights were violated by Howell Police Officer Luke Lorenz during a September 2011 traffic stop. The civil suit seeks $500,000 in damages and also names the City of Howell and Police Chief George Basar as defendants. Bailey, formerly of Fowlerville, alleges Lorenz wrongfully stopped his vehicle when he left a high school reunion and arrested him but also claims illegal search and seizure, denial of due process and malicious prosecution surrounding his refusal to submit to a chemical test. The City sought to dismiss the lawsuit but that motion was denied. It defends the officer had probable cause to stop, detain and arrest Bailey and is further entitled to the cloak of Qualified Immunity. The City maintains that Bailey’s having entered a plea to expired license plates, no proof of insurance and careless driving is virtually an admission of probable cause. Initial disclosures were due Tuesday and the federal suit remains in the discovery phase, which is expected to conclude in July. (JM)
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Fenton Woman to Run Boston Marathon as Tribute

News Photo 4/15/14 - Today marks the one-year anniversary of the attacks on the finish line of the Boston Marathon but that’s not stopping 36,000 runners who will take to the streets this year in a tribute to victims and survivors but also as a show of resilience. One of them will be 51-year-old Rochelle Jones of Fenton. She serves as the membership director for the Fenton Regional Chamber of Commerce and will be running the marathon with her friend Kathleen McGowan, who she’s been training with since December. Jones told WHMI the best part about the Boston Marathon is how supportive the crowds are from start to finish - with people lining the streets and cheering for everyone running. She says she’s glad they’re making a big deal to remember what happened last year, adding that she’s not nervous or worried about safety. "In my opinion, they have taken so many steps for security this year. Runners are very resilient. There's not much that gets a runner down." Jones and McGowan leave Saturday, April 19th and plan to take in the sights Sunday because first thing Monday morning, all of the runners are bussed out to a location where they’ll take off from and run into downtown Boston. Jones says she and McGowan have been utilizing special training methods that can get pretty intense and are averaging about 60 miles a week right now after a lot of hard work to build up their endurance over the course of months. (JK)
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State Grant Will Help Lyon Twp. Upgrade Wastewater System

News Photo 4/15/14 - A planned improvement to a local township’s wastewater system will be greatly assisted by a state grant worth more than a half-million dollars. Lyon Township recently a received a Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater (or SAW grant) from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The nearly $516,000 will cover 90 percent of the costs to design the township's wastewater treatment plant expansion and prepare an asset management plan for the sanitary sewer system. Lyon Township is responsible for the remaining 10 percent of the project costs, totaling just over $57,000. The upgrade will increase the plant's capacity by approximately 60% to more than a million gallons per day. Officials say the increase is needed to accommodate the growth occurring in the township. The MDEQ created the SAW program in 2013 to provide grants and loans to Michigan municipalities for development of asset management plans, stormwater plans, and sewage collection and treatment plans, and state-funded loans to construct projects identified in the asset management plans. The state received 673 applications that totaled $541 million. Because only $97 million was available, a lottery was held. Other local municipalities receiving funds this fiscal year were the cities of Linden and Williamston. (JK)
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Howell Superintendent Finalist for Position in Muskegon

Injured Firefighters In Stable Condition After Howell Twp. Fire

911 Dispatch Honors Operators, Names Employee Of The Year

Pinckney Council Approves Zoning Change for New Rehab Facility

EMS Director Says Search Process to Begin Soon for 911 Director

Services Tuesday for Hamburg Man Killed in Semi Crash

Blaze Burns Highland Township Barn Sunday Afternoon

Man Jailed After Felonious Assault Incident w/ Pellet Gun

Howell City Council Approves Parks And Rec 2014 Budget

Citing Medical Issues, Drick to Retire as Magistrate

District Motion Denied, Administrator Lawsuit Heading to Trial

Local School's Robotics Team Advances to World Championship

Milford Event Celebrate K9 Veterans Day

Boil Water Advisory Lifted in Fenton

Bill Funds Trail Improvements in Hamburg Township

Hartland To Offer Large Item Clean Up And Paper Shredding Day

Tyrone Township Planning Commission Talks Fireworks Sales

Yoshiaki Kato Takes Control Of Fowlerville Proving Grounds

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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 police officer from Windsor, Ontario, has been charged with drug possession after crossing the Ambassador Bridge into the United States. The Wayne County prosecutor's office says 31-year-old David Bshouty was off-duty when he was arrested Saturday. Bshouty was taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents after cocaine was found.

ROSCOMMON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Officials say a dam has failed on a man-made lake in Roscommon County, forcing closure of part of a two-lane highway called Old 27. Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials say the agency owned the earthen dam that held back a shallow lake on Wolf Creek, a tributary of the Muskegon River. The National Weather Service reports that the Muskegon River has risen to a record level in Osceola County, cresting at 15.55 feet and surpassing a record of 15 feet set in 1989.

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan agriculture department says a virus that kills piglets at an alarming rate has been found on 93 farms in the state. Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development officials say Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus is deadly to newborn pigs but doesn't affect the safety of pork nor is it a human health concern. A national outbreak of PEDV has killed about 7 percent of the country's baby pigs.

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - A surgeon is creating a new ear for a Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby. The procedure for Charlotte Ponce (PON'-say) got underway Tuesday morning at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. By the early afternoon, nurse navigator Jennifer Brabant said Charlotte was "doing great," but had a few hours to go.

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Livingston County Events

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Wednesday, April 16Livingston Regional Job Fair

Thursday, April 17Marshmallow Drop & Moon Glow

Thursday, April 17Volunteer Meeting for Christmas in Action Workday

Thursday, April 17Encore Theatre presents The Foreigner'

Saturday, April 19Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 19Shred Event/Community Sale

Saturday, April 19Shredding Day

Saturday, April 19Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Saturday, April 19Easter Tea Party

Sunday, April 20Events at Howell Library

Sunday, April 20Events at Pinckney Library

Sunday, April 20Events at Hartland Library

Sunday, April 20Diaper Drive

Sunday, April 20Events at Brighton District Library

Sunday, April 20Events at Hamburg Township Library

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

Thursday, April 24Cinderella's Closet

Saturday, April 26Aguanko - Cuban Jazz

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

Saturday, April 26Grand Equestrian Scrap Metal Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26Broadway's Best Concert

Saturday, April 26Faith Medical Clinic Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Sunday, April 27Jason Hull Family Fundraiser

Wednesday, April 30Spring Salad Luncheon

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

Thursday, May 1Downtown Howell Tour & Lunch

Thursday, May 1Heritage Days Festival Volunteers Needed

Thursday, May 1American Car Heritage Car Show

Friday, May 2Fenton Community Orchestra Spring Concert

Friday, May 2Spring Rummage Sale

Friday, May 2Mom Prom

Saturday, May 3Wounded Warrior Project Benefit Dinner

Saturday, May 3Relay For Life in Hartland

Saturday, May 3Pitch, Hit, and Run

Saturday, May 3Dining By Design

Saturday, May 3Livingston County Concert Band

Sunday, May 4Fish and Loaves Community Meal Event

Sunday, May 4St. Mary's Breakfast

Tuesday, May 6TOPS Take Of Pounds Sensibly

Wednesday, May 7Bike Day

Thursday, May 8Second Chance Support Network Fellowship Banquet

Friday, May 9Brighton Relay for Life

Saturday, May 10LSO Spring Concert

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

Saturday, May 10Howell Eagles Benefit

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

Sunday, May 11Howell Elks Mother's Day Buffet

Sunday, May 11Mother's Day Breakfast

Sunday, May 11Mother'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 17Fishing Derby

Saturday, May 17Teaching Our Tradition Pow Wow

Saturday, May 17Ride to Remember

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

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

Friday, May 30More Than Just a Golf Scramble

Friday, June 6Despicable Me 2 at Howell City Park

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

Saturday, June 14Flip and Flop Fishing Tournament

Saturday, June 14Mom to Mom Sale

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