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Published November 18, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — Mino Watanabe’s artwork is inspired by many different aspects of her personality.

Her “Vegetable Spirit” series is taken from her love of food, particularly vegetables, and their association with earth and soil.

“I like mushrooms and how they degrade into the soil,” Watanabe said.

With the help of close friend Gary Watts, she was able to express her love for the environment and nature.

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Published November 17, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Still facing a civil lawsuit over the death of an inmate in 2014, Macomb County has been dealt another lawsuit, this one claiming negligence in the death of a 37-year-old woman while in custody in 2013.

The federal civil rights lawsuit filed in late September states that Jennifer Meyers died following a prolonged illness after serving 12 days of a 30-day sentence on June 26, 2013, for failure to make child support payments, resulting in a $500 fine.

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Published November 15, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A 23-year-old Detroit woman was arrested and charged for allegedly hitting her boyfriend with her car in Mount Clemens Nov. 12.

According to a report released by Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, deputies and Mount Clemens fire officials were dispatched to an address on N. River Court at 11:08 a.m. following a report of an unconscious man lying on the ground.

When emergency officials arrived they found the body of a seriously injured 41-year-old Mount Clemens man in a parking lot.

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Published November 11, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — In the race for the state House of Representatives District 24 seat, Republican Steve Marino took the win with 55 percent of the vote. Challenger Democrat Dana Camphous-Peterson received 44 percent of the vote.

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Published November 11, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/CLINTON TOWNSHIP/ST. CLAIR SHORES — Looking to buy a new house? Why not go house hunting with a Realtor and “House Hunters”?

That’s what Tiffany Prater did after she hired Realtor Jessica Swanson to help her find a home in Macomb County earlier this year.

Prater and Swanson had been searching for the perfect house around Macomb County when Prater had an idea and reached out to the producers of the HGTV series “House Hunters.”

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Published November 11, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP/MOUNT CLEMENS — L’Anse Creuse Public Schools and Mount Clemens Community Schools will each have a new face on their respective boards soon.

During the Nov. 8 general election, Terri Spencer was elected to the L’Anse Creuse Board of Education with 13 percent of the voter support. Nine candidates were running for three six-year terms.

Spencer, a resident of Harrison Township, said she was pleasantly surprised and humbled by the number of people who voted for her (7,558).

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Published November 11, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Republicans are in full control in Harrison Township.

During the Nov. 8 general election, Supervisor Ken Verkest received his sixth re-election with 60 percent of the vote over his Democratic challenger, James Senstock (38 percent).

Verkest will join again at the table his fellow Republicans Clerk Adam Wit, Treasurer Darrin York, and Trustees Bill Bitonti and Larry Tomenello. They will be joined by newly elected Trustees Brian Batkins and Bill Servial, also Republicans.

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Published November 9, 2016

METRO DETROIT —  On Election Day, voters in four counties weighed in on a transportation millage proposal by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, and they voted to strike down the plan.

According to unofficial results, in Oakland County, the proposal received 292,401 yes votes, or 49.91 percent, and 293,510  no votes, or 50.09 percent.

In Macomb County, the proposal received 148,159 yes votes, or 39.9 percent, and 222,806 no votes, or 60.1 percent. 

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Published November 9, 2016

The Santa Parade in Mount Clemens was created by the Priehs Department Store. For many years, Priehs store display manager, Milo Diorio, built a float that brought Santa to the Priehs Department Store each year. The float left the warehouse behind the Priehs store, where it was built, and went down New Street to Walnut Street to Macomb Street, where Santa met the anxious children at the front door of Priehs.

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Published November 9, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — It was a long and contentious race between Republican Congresswoman Candice Miller and Democrat Anthony Marrocco for the Macomb County public works commissioner seat, but in the end it was Miller claiming the throne.

Miller was elected the county’s new public works commissioner by taking 54 percent of the vote, according to the unofficial results of the Nov. 8 general election. Marrocco received 45 percent of the vote.

During her victory party at MacRay Harbor, Miller responded to the results as precincts reporting exceeded 98 percent.

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Published November 8, 2016

METRO DETROIT — If you’ve ever flocked to nearby eateries to enjoy special restaurant week promotions, get ready, because tea shops across the state are brewing up something special Nov. 14-20.

Or, should we say steeping?

The first-ever Michigan Tea Week is an effort founded by Eli Majid, of Birmingham’s Eli Tea Bar. Since the Mitten State is already known as a leader in the U.S. for quality eats, amazing craft brews and other delicacies, Majid wants to add tea to Michigan’s fame.

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Published November 3, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Clintondale volleyball team won 11 matches total from 2012 to 2015 and finished at or near the bottom of the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division in each of those four seasons.

The Dragons this year moved to the MAC Bronze Division. The change led the team to end the regular season with an 11-3 record and a 7-1 mark in the Bronze, giving Clintondale its first division title since winning the MAC Bronze in 2009.

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Published November 2, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Bryan Santo is looking forward to all the planned road improvement projects he’ll oversee once he begins his new job as director of the Macomb County Department of Roads.

“I’m looking at ways to improve road services for the Macomb County citizens,” he said. “And to provide a healthy road repair, maintenance and construction program. Providing a great road product to our user is my top priority.”

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Published October 31, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — For its ongoing efforts in educating its resident physicians on domestic violence and sexual assault, McLaren Macomb’s Department of Graduate Medical Education was recently honored with the 2016 Tracy Minnella Award.

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Published October 26, 2016

In the Journal’s coverage area, voters will decide on national, state, county and local races and issues Nov. 8.

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Published October 25, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A bartender working at Orleans Sports Cafe in Mount Clemens sustained injuries after he was reportedly stabbed twice in the back while trying to break up a large fight inside the establishment the night of Oct. 24.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies were dispatched to the bar located at 100 Macomb Place at around 11 p.m.

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Published October 24, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The bodies of a father and son from Jackson County were recovered from Canadian waters after they were reported missing by family members Oct. 23.

According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement officials were notified that the two men, identified at Timothy Hughes, 59, and Daniel Hughes, 24, failed to return home from a duck hunting trip on Lake St. Clair over the weekend.

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Published October 24, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Members of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division are searching Lake St. Clair for two duck hunters from Jackson County.

According to the report from the sheriff’s office, multiple agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Coast Guard, are working together to try to locate the father and son, 59 and 24.

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Published October 22, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — For the first time since the 10-year library millage passed in 2014, voters in Harrison Township will be electing a library board come Nov. 8.

The six-member board will be responsible for the oversight and general direction of the library, said Harrison Township Public Library Director Dan Hutchins.

The library board will also have authority over the library’s budget and will be responsible for appointing a library director, who runs the day-to-day operations of the library with oversight from the board.

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Published October 20, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Ethics Board found Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco to be in violation of the county’s ethics ordinance for use of a county facility for the purpose of campaigning.

Board of Commissioners candidate Leon Drolet, R-Macomb Township, filed the complaint with the Ethics Board. He and Macomb County Deputy Executive Mark Deldin each spoke during an Oct. 19 Ethics Board meeting to voice their concerns about Marrocco’s actions.

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