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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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Published December 31, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Improv, cooking and bears ... oh my.

Shows based on these three topics and more will take center stage this month at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.

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Published December 30, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — There were plenty of headline-making news stories in the Journal’s coverage area this past year. Some are still fresh in our minds, while others may have faded from memory. Here’s a look back at some of the stories that shaped Macomb County in 2015.

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Published December 27, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb Community College’s Most Distinguished Graduate for the fall 2015 semester, Alexander Witan, had a message for his peers.

“You guys have the tools to go out there and put your personal mark on the world,” Witan said. “There are so many opportunities.”

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Published December 26, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Just in time for the ice fishing season, a popular Harrison Township angling company has opened its doors at a new, and much larger, home.

Sportsmen’s Direct, previously located near Velger Boat Harbor on the township’s southeast side, is now operating out of the former Boater’s World building on Jefferson Avenue, adjacent to Lake St. Clair Metropark.

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Published December 23, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — Local medical experts say the flu wreaked havoc in Macomb County last season, affecting thousands and sending many to the hospital, flooding local emergency rooms.

The key to staying healthy this flu season is being keen to the symptoms and avoiding spreading the infection.

Registered nurse Kellee Necaise, infection prevention coordinator at McLaren Macomb Hospital, is an expert in the practice of preventing the infection and spread of communicable diseases, which especially includes the flu.

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Published December 23, 2015

MOUNT CLEMENS — There will be no shortage of things to see and do in downtown Mount Clemens on New Year’s Eve.

The 22nd annual Macomb County New Year’s Eve Gala will kick off at 4 p.m. with a Children’s New Year’s Eve in Never Never Land event hosted by Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinker Bell and the Fairy Godmother.

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