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Published September 19, 2017

FRASER/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Data from the third year of Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress reveals improvements at various levels.

The Michigan Department of Education reported proficiency gains in eight of nine grades tested in the subjects of mathematics and social studies, as well as an improvement in 11th-grade SAT scores.

Math scores increased in grades three, five, six, seven and eight, while social studies scores increased in grades five, eight and 11.

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Published September 19, 2017

FRASER — Former Fraser Mayor Joe Nichols and Councilman Matt Hemelberg left Fraser City Hall and walked toward their cars while a group of residents chanted, “Na-na-na-na, hey-hey-hey, goodbye.”

That was following the tribunal hearing that took more than two hours Sept. 18. Nichols and Hemelberg were each voted out of office by a majority of Fraser City Council members.

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Published September 14, 2017

FRASER — On Sept. 14, Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Richard Caretti issued an opinion denying an injunction request in regard to Fraser Mayor Joe Nichols and Fraser Councilman Matt Hemelberg.

Caretti’s ruling means that the previously scheduled Sept. 18 tribunal hearing will still take place at 6 p.m. at Fraser City Hall. Nichols and Hemelberg could be removed from office with a majority vote by Fraser City Council members.

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Published September 13, 2017

FRASER — Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Richard Caretti said Sept. 13 that he will decide within a 24-hour period as to whether a special Sept. 18 tribunal hearing will still take place in regard to sexual harassment allegations against Fraser Mayor Joe Nichols and Fraser Councilman Matt Hemelberg.

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Published September 13, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley Schools has introduced a new English language arts program for all students in kindergarten through eighth grade this school year.

The district purchased two new curriculums — the Journeys program for elementary students and the StudySync program for middle school students. Both curriculums are more comprehensive than the programs they are replacing, according to Director of Curriculum and Assessment Pamela Jones.

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Published September 12, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Thomas Francis is a Vietnam veteran who wants to make life easier for people near and far.

The 68-year-old Clinton Township resident received a gold medal at InventHelp’s INPEX — America’s largest invention trade show — in June in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for his Shark Tooth Edger invention. It was part of the lawn-garden category. Awards were presented in 45 individual categories.

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Published September 12, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Almost a decade after it was overwhelmingly approved by Michigan voters, the rules and regulations stipulating medical marijuana use and cultivation are still hazy.

Municipalities across the state are now being faced with a choice: opt in to new medical marijuana laws, or keep things status quo.

State law is scheduled to change Dec. 15, allowing municipalities to opt in to five new kinds of licenses: grower, processor, provisioning center, secure transporter or safety compliance center.

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Published September 12, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Smoke testing in Clinton Township sewers is estimated to begin the week of Sept. 18, lasting for a one- or two-week period.

Per an administrative consent order that began in 2000, Clinton Township officials and associated engineers continue to monitor flow data in various sewer districts. The ACO is being mandated by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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Published September 11, 2017

FRASER/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Hurricane Harvey ravaged the city of Houston and parts of Louisiana with record rainfalls recently, and the effects can be felt here at home too.

Kendra Lowe, a Clinton Township woman who has two children in the Fraser Public Schools system, had an idea for a bottle drive after people she knows personally were affected by the hurricane’s devastation.

Kendra and her husband, Jim, fostered 13 children from 2007 to 2013. One was 2-year-old Lizzie, whose mother was working to get her life back on track.

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Published September 11, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department is investigating a crash that resulted in the death of a 64-year-old Sterling Heights woman.

According to Clinton Township Sgt. Christopher Allis, the crash occurred around 3:34 p.m. Sept. 10 at the intersection of Metropolitan Parkway and Groesbeck Highway.

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Published September 7, 2017

FRASER — On Sept. 7, the Macomb County Election Commission approved four of six petitions to recall Fraser Mayor Joe Nichols.

The hearing in Macomb County Probate Court ended with results almost exactly opposite to how an Aug. 17 recall hearing transpired, in which Fraser petitioner Thomas LaDuke saw all three of his petitions get denied by a board comprising Macomb County Treasuer Larry Rocca, Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger and Probate Judge Kathryn George.

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Published September 7, 2017

It may be more than a thousand miles away, but help for the victims of Hurricane Harvey arrived from St. Clair Shores, Saginaw and Detroit as the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit pitched in to help with the rescue efforts.

Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain over eastern Texas in four days at the end of August, causing catastrophic flooding and displacing more than 30,000 people. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall near Rockport, Texas, and caused at least 65 deaths in the United States.

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Published September 5, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A group of 10 local residents enjoyed the trip of a lifetime earlier this summer.

On July 14, the travelers boarded an approximate 14-hour flight to Japan’s Nagoya Airport, as part of the Sister City exchange program between Clinton Township and the Japanese city Yasu. This year marked the 24th anniversary of the program.

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Published September 5, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The horrors of Sept. 11, 2001, will never be forgotten, and each year, military members and Clinton Township officials make sure the day is remembered locally. 

This year marks the 16th annual Patriot Day, with a ceremony at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, on the grounds of Resurrection Cemetery, 18201 Clinton River Road, in Clinton Township.

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Published September 5, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It took six Clinton Township firefighters to get the roof off a small compact car caught under an overturned school bus, and get the student who was stuck in the passenger’s seat out.

The same firefighters had spent the previous 30 minutes getting the two other passengers out of the car, as well as tending to several Chippewa Valley Schools students who were passengers of the school bus.

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Published September 5, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — One of the most famous roadways in southeast Michigan is the focus of an aesthetic makeover.

Clinton Township Treasurer Paul Gieleghem, who serves as the chair of the township’s conservation committee, was recently joined by members of the U.S. Forest Service, the Clinton Township Planning Department, the Clinton Township Public Services Department and local businesses in an effort to revitalize and beautify Gratiot Avenue.

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Published August 31, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Regional water issues such as the Flint water crisis and toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie have brought to the forefront the importance of monitoring the lakes, said state Rep. Kevin Hertel, D-St. Clair Shores.

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Published August 30, 2017

FRASER — At 9:49 a.m. Aug. 24, resident Thomas LaDuke filed six petitions with the Macomb County Clerk’s Office to continue to attempt to recall Fraser Mayor Joe Nichols.

LaDuke, whose four petitions were all denied Aug. 17 by the Macomb County Election Commission in Macomb Probate Court, declared immediately after that hearing that he would refile.

The petitions’ reasonings are worded as follows:

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Published August 30, 2017

FRASER — Following the retirement of Gerry Gauthier from the Fraser Public Schools Board of Education, the board recently voted for a new president and also welcomed a new member.

Laura Edghill is the board’s newest president, replacing Gauthier — who retired in May after six years as board president and 23 total years as a member. Due to his retirement, the board chose to conduct a mid-year reorganization effort at its July 17 meeting.

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Published August 29, 2017

The city of Holland will say “welkom” to anyone wanting to delve a little deeper into the area’s rich Dutch history when it hosts the annual State History Conference Sept. 22-24.

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