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Published October 6, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — When Sonya Keel heard on a local radio station last year that there was an open casting call for the popular, long-running game show “Family Feud,” she knew her own close-knit family would be the perfect contestants.

“We heard the announcement in August (2016), so we immediately made two videos,” said Keel, a native of Mount Clemens who now lives in Sterling Heights.

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Published October 6, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — “It’s broken — it’s been broken, and no one is doing anything to fix it.”

That’s how state Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township, referred to Macomb County’s flawed sewer infrastructure, which he said has ultimately been the cause of regular contamination causing mucky shorelines and beach closures, during a recent water quality meeting.

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Published October 2, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A 20-year-old suspect from Detroit was scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 10, after press time, in association with numerous recent local home invasions.

According to Macomb County court records, the suspect was booked Oct. 3 and his bond was set at $500,000, with no 10 percent, for first-degree home invasion.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said at least three separate home invasions occurred around 8 p.m. Sept. 29 on Shannon Street and Acton Court, in the area of 15 1/2 Mile and Kelly roads.

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Published September 29, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Chris Tait offers a sober assessment of his outlook in 2011, after all the years he spent touring with bands and living a rock and roll lifestyle fed by booze and drugs.

“I’ve torched so many relationships. The shame and guilt. I didn’t want to die, but I didn’t want to live anymore, either,” said Tait, of Hamtramck, who plays keyboards in the Detroit-based Electric Six.

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Published September 28, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — L’Anse Creuse Public Schools officials reported that the district’s 2017 M-STEP scores are at or above the Macomb County averages in high school social studies and science, as well as eighth-grade math, sixth-grade reading and writing, and in social studies, science, reading and writing, and math at the elementary level.

The Michigan Department of Education released the results of the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP, and the Michigan Merit Exam in August.

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Published September 26, 2017

FRASER — The restaurant business is, and has always been, a family business for Eugene Kasapis.

Throughout high school, he worked in his dad’s restaurant in Greektown alongside his brothers Steve and Gus Kasapis. And three months before graduating, he and his brothers opened up their own restaurant in downtown Detroit.

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Published September 22, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — State Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, was recently awarded the first Michigan Library Association Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his leadership promoting libraries in Michigan.

Brandenburg was recognized during a reception held at the Chesterfield Township Library on Sept. 8.

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Published September 22, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MOUNT CLEMENS — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office has expanded its emergency fire service capabilities after agreeing to allow several communities to amend their service contracts, which ultimately means expedited response times.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said COMTEC, the county’s communications and technology center in Mount Clemens, now provides full emergency fire dispatch services for the Washington Township, Harrison Township and Mount Clemens fire departments.

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Published September 22, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The art doesn’t stop, at least not in Clinton Township.

On Sept. 23 and 24, the 11th rendition of the popular Festival of the Senses will take place on the grounds of the Clinton Township Civic Center, 40700 Romeo Plank Road.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, with the dog parade. Both days will features artists, entertainment and food vendors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free to the public.

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Published September 22, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Selfridge Air National Guard Base provided safe refuge to nine evacuated military aircraft from Naval Air Station Jacksonville just days before Hurricane Irma struck southern Florida last week.

Officials with the 127th Wing, the host unit at Selfridge, announced just days after the arrival of the evacuated P-3 Orions and P-8 Poseidons on Sept. 8 that they had also prepared to aid in relief efforts in both Florida and Texas, which experienced catastrophic flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

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Published September 22, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Like the start of fall, the Crocker House Museum and the Macomb County Historical Society’s annual Cemetery Walk is right around the corner.

The Cemetery Walk to be held this year on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Clinton Grove Cemetery in Clinton Township — brings museum and Historical Society members and volunteers as well as local thespians together to bring history to the masses.

Museum Director Kim Parr said the annual event is a rare opportunity to learn true stories about the lives of people who lived in Macomb County.

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Published September 22, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Volunteers from the Mount Clemens Rotary Club, Macomb Community College and Baker College are working together to get much-needed items to those affected by flooding in Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

Valerie Miller, secretary of the Rotary Club of Mount Clemens, wanted to do something to help those affected by the flooding so she called on her Rotary contacts and fundraising experience and secured a semi-truck and driver, palettes and shrink-wrap, and a warehouse.

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Published September 22, 2017

On Aug. 27, 2017, when the doors of the Gibraltar Trade Center closed for good, we marked the end of another era for the property that was once home to the Mount Clemens Race Track.

The site was part of Harrison Township until it was annexed by Mount Clemens. The track opened around 1900 and featured year-round horse races and parimutuel betting. When horse racing on ice and betting were banned, the track turned to auto racing.

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Published September 21, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A Harrison Township man has been charged with first-degree child abuse of his 2-month-old daughter.
Matthew Lee Virgin, 27, was arraigned via video on Sept. 21 at the 41-B District Court in Clinton Township, and is being held on a $150,000 cash-or-surety bond. A stipulation of that bond is that Virgin is to have no contact with a minor.

According to Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Renee Yax, deputies were called to St. John Hospital in Detroit at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 19 on a suspected child abuse complaint.

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Published September 21, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Mount Clemens’ rich German history will be celebrated for three days this week during the Downtown Development Authority’s highly popular Oktoberfest.

The fifth annual Mount Clemens Oktoberfest will be held Sept. 22-24 in the downtown area, with local restaurants offering specials on German fare. There will be an expanded selection of craft and German beers, as well as live entertainment at the Biergarten Tent and, of course, the ceremonial Tapping of the Keg.

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Published September 21, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Breweries from all over Michigan are well-known, and well-regarded, across the country. But you don’t have to travel far for a pint of quality craft beer.

In metro Detroit alone, there are more than 100 craft breweries within a short drive.

Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, estimates that there are more than 300 breweries in Michigan. But it wasn’t always such a large industry.

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Published September 21, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Members of the Mount Clemens Optimist Club are already gearing up for their annual Trunk or Treat event in the city’s downtown, and they’re looking to recruit people to hand out candy from the trunks of their spookily decorated vehicles.

Entries, as well as sponsorships, are now being accepted, said club member Jerry Kuhl.

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Published September 21, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Macomb County Jail and Macomb County are named in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed in federal court Sept. 8.

The lawsuit, filed by the family of Daniel Byrd, who died in 2015 while serving time in the jail, alleges that jail officials and medical personnel violated Byrd’s constitutional rights by failing to keep drugs and other contraband from becoming accessible.

Byrd, 42, was found dead in his jail cell in November 2015. The autopsy report indicates that he died from a lethal combination of prescription drugs and methadone.

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Published September 21, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — There’s no doubt about it: Harrison Township is growing.

According to a 2000 census, the population of the lakefront community stood at 24,461. The number of people residing in the township increased to 26,004 by 2008, and as of today, the community is more than 27,000 strong, with population estimates over the next two years to exceed 28,000.

With that increase in the population comes an increase in construction, both commercial and residential.

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Published September 19, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Addiction is here, and it’s not going away, and many locals want to help.

That’s a big part of CARE of Southeastern Michigan’s annual Ride 4 Recovery event, which is being presented by Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith and St. John Providence Ascension Sept. 23 at Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Parkway in Harrison Township.

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