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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

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb Community College is one of three educational institutions nationwide that will receive grant money from the Kresge Foundation’s new education program.

The Kresge Foundation, based in Troy, is an organization that works to expand opportunities to low-income individuals in America’s cities. The foundation promotes post-secondary access and success for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students.

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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

FRASER — The new Fraser City Council is looking forward to the new year.

At the end of 2015, Mayor Joe Nichols discussed the biggest points of emphasis moving forward for Fraser. While stressing that there is not a specific issue that stands out, he added that the council’s ability to work together will either result in prosperity or contention.

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Published January 6, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — As 2016 gets underway, Chippewa Valley Schools is preparing for a host of districtwide changes and reviews.

The first review will occur by way of accreditation from AdvancED, which is an international review organization. Each building in the district is accredited on its own currently, but district Superintendent Ron Roberts said AdvanceEd will be reviewing the district as a whole starting in the last week of February and running through the first week of March.

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Published January 6, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — If it snows and you don’t take care of your property, you might have to literally pay for it.

The Clinton Township Board of Trustees approved a revision of a sidewalk-related ordinance during a meeting on Dec. 14.

The amended ordinance, which was approved unanimously, not only promotes pedestrian safety but also the “consistent appearance and peaceful enjoyment of property.”

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Published January 4, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Garfield Road is already a well-traversed spot for motorists, but many of them might want to find a new route soon.

On Dec. 28, Macomb County Public Works issued a release stating that the far right northbound lane, south of 18 Mile Road, will be closed for approximately nine months for a county sewer project.

The job consists of replacing a 45-year-old sewage metering facility that is part of the Macomb County wastewater system that serves Clinton Township.

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Published December 28, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It’s been a long journey for both Kuhnhenn Brewery and Clinton Township, working hand in hand to jumpstart the opening of the Warren-based brewery’s new location.

However, many unforeseen pitfalls have become part of a process that has exceeded the expected timetable of the opening of a new establishment.

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Published December 28, 2015

Fraser election ushers in new era in city 
Following a tumultuous year of City Council inaction and back and forth banter, Fraser residents voted in favor of a new crop of candidates to lead the city in a new direction.

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Published December 23, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/FRASER — Until the last month, 20-year-old Macomb Academy student Sarah Miller, of Fraser, has helped the local running community from the sidelines, cheering on her older sister and helping serve refreshments.

Recently, she decided that she not only wants to participate, but also start a running group for other students with special needs at her school.

Miller has since trained with her older sister, Danielle Miller, a member of the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project, and completed three local events.

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Published December 22, 2015

FRASER — In an effort to maintain control over situations that could affect both residents and the general environment, Fraser officials are currently examining different ordinance routes that would derail possible drilling activity.

As explained by City Attorney Jack Dolan on Dec. 10, the administration is exploring ways to be proactive regarding drilling operations based on what has happened in other communities in the past.

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Published December 22, 2015

FRASER — In an effort to promote a higher level of transparency among city officials, one Fraser councilman has proposed that new language be drafted to coincide with the ever-changing high-tech world.

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Published December 22, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — If pain is weakness leaving the body, the participants in Henry Ford Macomb Hospital’s 2015 ‘Faces of Recovery’ calendar have acquired plenty of strength.

In partnership with CARE of Southeastern Michigan and Project Vox, Henry Ford has produced its annual calendar that includes personal messages of hope from 12 people in addiction recovery.

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Published December 22, 2015

FRASER — More than two months after Fraser first delved into the topic of commercial pet breeding, the city unanimously approved an ordinance to provide stability in the future.

The decision, which was made Dec. 10 by City Council, comes on the heels of an October presentation made by Pam Sordyl, founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan, which came to fruition in 2008.

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Published December 22, 2015

We asked local kids to send us their letters to pass along to Santa at the North Pole. All kids who submitted a letter have also been entered into a drawing to win an ice-skating party. We'll announce the winner in early January, so stay tuned.

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Published December 21, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies took a 13-year-old boy into custody Dec. 19 after he led them on a high-speed chase on Metropolitan Parkway (16 Mile) with his 8-year-old sister in the passenger’s seat.

According to the sheriff’s report, deputies received a notification at 11:30 p.m. to be on the lookout for a black Nissan Altima that was reportedly driving erratically.

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Published December 21, 2015

OAKLAND COUNTY — To the homeless cats and dogs at the Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, don’t worry — Santa got your wish list.

All year round, the center accepts donations of items on its Amazon.com Wish List. Generous animal lovers can head to the Amazon website and purchase a variety of items, from dog treats to kitty litter, to be shipped directly to the nonprofit shelter.

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Published December 16, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. is in the process of crossing its T’s and dotting its I’s, growing closer to opening its new location in Clinton Township.

The brewery — which initially became popular for its beer, crafted and served at its location off Mound and Chicago roads in Warren — decided to expand to meet popular demand and have more space to brew its product.

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Published December 16, 2015

FRASER — Claude Woods is 97 years old but still sharp as a tack, talking about trekking through Normandy as if it happened last week.

Woods grew up on the east side of Detroit — on Monclair Street, near Shoemaker and Lemay streets — with his mother, father and older brother, and it wasn’t until after he graduated from high school in June 1936 that his family moved to Fraser.

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Published December 16, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Gratiot Avenue is a staple of metro Detroit, traversed by thousands every day.

With a new era of technological advancement ongoing, one group is trying to facilitate a process that will overhaul the roadway and offer better modes of transportation for both residents and visitors.

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