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Published February 1, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — As Macomb County undersheriff, Elizabeth Darga has become the highest-ranking woman in the department’s history.

Darga was chosen by Sheriff Anthony Wickersham to succeed Kent Lagerquist, who recently retired after 41 years in the department.

“Obviously we have a lot of qualified people here, and I truly believe in hiring from within,” Wickersham said. “Elizabeth Darga has the qualifications, the ability and the mindset to keep the Sheriff’s Office operating when I’m not around.”

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Published February 1, 2016

LANSING — U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Township Association during a ceremony held in Lansing on Jan. 21.

Miller is a former Harrison Township supervisor, Macomb County treasurer and Michigan secretary of state. This was only the fourth Lifetime Achievement Award given in the association’s 63-year history.

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Published January 30, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Five years ago, Adam Wit began experiencing symptoms that he chalked up to stress.

He was to be married soon, so there were many big life changes in store.

“I was having night sweats, shortness of breath, and I had started losing a lot of weight,” said Wit, 33. “Like a guy, I just blew it off and didn’t do anything about it.”

The wedding went off without a hitch, and four months later, during a regular eye exam, the ophthalmologist found something peculiar with the blood vessels in Wit’s eyes.

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Published January 29, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Longtime Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mary Chrzanowski on Jan. 19 accepted an appointment as a federal administrative law judge.

“This is a dream come true for me,” said Chrzanowski. “It has been a privilege serving on the Macomb bench for over 23 years, and I cannot think of a better way to continue my career in public service. I am honored to have been chosen for this post.”

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Published January 28, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — There are at least a few people out there right now hoping the first weekend in February will bring with it freezing temperatures.

Not only will the low temperatures keep those ice sculptures that will be featured in the 11th annual Downtown Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show intact, they will also make the chili dishes entered in the Fire & Ice Cook-Off, which kicks off the three-day event, that much more appealing.

The Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off fundraiser begins at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4.

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Published January 27, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A temporary employee of the Martha T. Berry Medical Care Facility in Mount Clemens has been charged with stealing morphine belonging to patients, law enforcement officials reported.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said that when confronted with questions surrounding missing narcotic medications, Karen Lynn Spearman, 53, of Rockford, agreed to a drug test.

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Published January 27, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The U.S. Air Force announced this month that it’s indefinitely freezing all plans to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II, a warplane that many local military and elected officials have rallied behind since the announcement of its withdrawal from the battlefield in 2014.

On its website, the Air Force indicates that it is delaying plans to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt attack plane, also known by its nickname “Warthog,” due to its usefulness in the campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, in Iraq and Syria.

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Published January 27, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A group from the Macomb County Veteran Services Department presented information to the Macomb County Board of Commissioners Jan. 20 to show why it is seeking a millage increase proposal in this year’s election cycle.

According to a presentation given by Veteran Services Director Laura Rios, the department is eyeing a negative fund balance before the millage’s next renewal in 2018.

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Published January 25, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — There will be a fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 27 at Coyote Joe’s, 49440 Ryan Road in Shelby Township to benefit the Police Unity Tour 2016: Team Rolling Bacon.

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Published January 22, 2016

WARREN — In the summer of 1950, less than five years after the guns of World War II fell silent in the Far East, armed conflict erupted on the Korean peninsula.

The Korean War, also known in the United States and Canada as “The Forgotten War,” would eventually result in more than 36,000 American combat deaths. More than 100,000 Americans were wounded. Theater-wide, the numbers were staggering, with more than 5 million people killed, nearly half of them civilians.

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Published January 21, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Pastor Kevin Lancaster said it’s not always the loudest voice, but the one that cares the most, to make a difference.

Lancaster, a pastor at Love Life Family Christian Center Church in Eastpointe, was the emcee of the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast Jan. 18 at MacRay Harbor in Harrison Township.

The annual event, which is put on by the Macomb County Ministerial Alliance, brings the surrounding community together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and discuss how the world is a different place today.

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Published January 20, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Emergency medicine physician James Larkin has been named chief of staff at McLaren Macomb Hospital through 2017.

Larkin replaced former Chief of Staff Andrew Staricco, M.D., whose term ended at the end of 2015 and to whom Larkin served as vice chief of staff.

Additionally, Larkin has previously served as emergency medicine residency director and is currently chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

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Published January 15, 2016

DETROIT — One of Mount Clemens’ own has been bestowed with an honor to join the ranks of such legendary sports figures as Ernie Harwell, Bo Schembechler and Bill Flemming.

John Cwikla was among five Michigan natives to be named Lifetime Honorary Members by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA).

The DSBA honor is the highest individual membership honor, according to DSBA Executive Director George Eichorn.

“It’s an honorable list to be a part of,” Cwikla said.

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Published January 13, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Two literary favorites will make the jump from the book page to the main stage next month as the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts brings back its “Page to Stage” series.

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Published January 13, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Louise Rallis-Wibbelman has been named director of the McLaren Macomb Healthcare Foundation.

She had held the same position on an interim basis since the spring of 2015.

“It’s a pleasure and great honor to be named director and lead an incredible organization,” Rallis-Wibbelman said. “Having been with this organization for several years, I am very proud of all the work we’ve accomplished in the past and excited for all the possibilities and opportunities the future holds.”

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Published January 11, 2016

It was a media metropolis at the beginning of the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

A daylong event open to media members kicked off around 7 a.m. and concluded at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 11 at Cobo Center. Those associated with various car brands made keynote presentations: Chrysler, Chevrolet, Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volvo, Porsche, Ford, Infiniti, Lexus, Honda, Hyundai and Kia.

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Published January 8, 2016

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder on Jan. 5 signed legislation eliminating straight ticket voting in Michigan.

Senate Bill 13, which was sponsored by state Sen. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy, updates state election law and disallows constituents from voting for single parties with the check of one box in polling places.

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Published January 6, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — L’Anse Creuse Public Schools will be asking voters to renew a decades-old nonhomestead millage during the presidential primary in March.

According to Superintendent Jackie Johnston, the millage will not raise the taxes for the average homeowner. Locally, the non-homestead millage is an existing 18 mills levy on second homes, including vacation homes and rental homes, as well as on commercial and agricultural property.

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Published January 6, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens was recently awarded a $50,000 grant that will allow it to bring hands-on arts instruction to Mount Clemens Community Schools students.

Executive Director Phil Gilchrist explained that the grant, gifted by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s Detroit Auto Dealers Assoc. Charitable Foundation Fund, will be used to implement educational arts programming for all students within the district.

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Published January 6, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — In March, voters will be asked to support a two-year millage increase of 1.083 mills that will provide taxpayer support for police, fire and general operations within Harrison Township.

The 8.20 millage rate ($8.20 per $1,000 of taxable value) funds the operation of the Harrison Township Fire Department, the Macomb County Sheriff’s contract and the general operating procedures in the township.

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