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Published February 3, 2016

FRASER — City finances will play a major role in Fraser for the next few years.

A recent audit report presentation delivered by three Plante Moran representatives at the city’s Jan. 14 council meeting dictated that a pragmatic approach will be paramount when it comes to the future.

The audit report covered the 2014-15 fiscal year, which annually runs from July 1 to June 30. It covers the city’s presentation of the finances, rather than the economic or financial well-being.

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Published February 1, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A suspect is reportedly on the loose after shooting a Clinton Township man multiple times.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, outside the apartments on Village Road. The apartments are located off 15 Mile Road, between Gratiot and Harper avenues.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said the victim, a 35-year-old Clinton Township man, saw a person close by who was somewhat recognizable.

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Published January 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Residents in and around Clinton Township can see firsthand who represented the state during the Vietnam War.

Thanks to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154, located on 15 Mile Road in Clinton Township, the Michigan Vietnam Veteran Traveling Memorial is currently on display at the Clinton Township Civic Center, 40700 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township.

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Published January 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Brendan LaRose was simply walking through the halls of Chippewa Valley High School when choir director James Pecar recognized the student wasn’t utilizing what was then an unknown gift, his voice.

Pecar convinced LaRose, now a senior, to join his choir shortly thereafter, and despite only having one short experience in drama prior to this year, LaRose is playing one of the key roles in Chippewa’s production of “Shrek the Musical.”

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Published January 27, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — John Fleming, 27, of Fraser, has dropped out of contention for a Michigan House of Representatives seat in District 31.

In a “very difficult” decision that was made Jan. 16, Fleming said he’s decided to pursue a career opportunity at a law firm. He passed the bar exam last year.

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Published January 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On April 12, all high school juniors in the state of Michigan will be required to take the new SAT exam.

That is a change from previous years, in which students took the ACT exam for their college admittance exam, and also a change from the old SAT.

Kim Voss, the coordinator for student learning for Chippewa Valley Schools, gave an approximately hourlong presentation during a Jan. 11 Board of Education meeting to discuss what the new exam entails.

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Published January 25, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township is not benefiting from the state’s economic recovery. 

That was the main message put forward by Township Supervisor Bob Cannon, who on Jan. 22 delivered his annual “State of the Township” speech.

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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 20, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Nearly a decade after Michigan residents voted in favor of medical marijuana, the issue still remains quite hazy.

That’s especially true for local municipalities, such as Clinton Township, that are trying to enforce their own laws while still following the state’s rules towards legality.

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Published January 20, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A pair of budget-related moves were approved during a Jan. 11 Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education meeting.

A motion to amend the 2015-16 budget was approved first, followed by approval of a series of 2016 refunding bonds, which school officials said could save district taxpayers upward of $50 million over the next 25 years.

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Published January 18, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Nearly a decade after the national recession, Michigan — and the United States as a whole — still has a lot of work to do.

That was the message put forth by local business experts at the Jan. 15 economic forecast at Andiamo in Warren.

Several local and regional dignitaries attended the event.

The first of two speakers was David Sowerby, financial analyst of Bloomfield Hills-based Loomis, Sayles and Co. LP, and the brother of Clinton Township Treasurer Bill Sowerby.

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Published January 18, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department is currently investigating the deaths of a local couple.

James and Christy McKeogh, who were married 20 years, were found dead in their home in the 15000 block of Uthers Street — just off Hayes Road — on the afternoon of Jan. 15 due to blunt force trauma.

Clinton Township Capt. Richard Maierle said Christy McKeogh’s brother — who co-owned a manufacturing company in Shelby Township with her and another individual — found the couple around 1:30 p.m. that day.

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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 12, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — Dominic Miller is doing his part to make the world a better place.

The six-year-old just completed his second year of gathering donations of books and pajamas to give to individuals who need them.

In 2014, Miller collected about 50 pairs of pajamas and 60 books, and his effort grew this past year to 150 books and 110 pairs of pajamas.

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Published January 12, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Jack Novak was sitting in the parking lot of his favorite restaurant when he received arguably the best news of his academic career. 

At 6:28 p.m. Dec. 16, Novak, who will never forget that exact time, opened a message on his phone that told him he was accepted to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

“I cried. I read the first sentence of the letter and I started crying,” Novak said.

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Published January 12, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— For Clinton Township native and 2008 Chippewa Valley High School graduate Hassan Musselmani, competing in “Hell” isn’t a bad thing at all.

Musselmani will be competing in this winter’s season of “Hell’s Kitchen,” which begins airing Jan. 15 on Fox.

He will bring a unique background to the show. Having roots on his father’s side in Lebanese and Arabic food, and an urban influence from his mother’s side, Musselmani has a versatile culinary background.

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Published January 12, 2016

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill Jan. 6 that disallows local communities from publicly discussing ballot or millage proposals 60 days prior to an election.

Snyder said he interpreted Senate Bill 571, which was introduced by state Sen. Mike Kowall and was the last bill to pass the Legislature in 2015, in a different manner than local officials.

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Published January 12, 2016

FRASER — CARE of Southeastern Michigan focuses on an educational dynamic that supports individuals, families and communities through the many challenges that come with dealing with parenthood, mental health conditions, substance abuse and other issues.

And in terms of family-centric needs — such as divorce, remarriage, illness or special needs — there is a consistent need to have the proper tools to cope and overcome.

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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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