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Published July 1, 2016

Michigan’s dry. It’s no surprise.

Although no statewide fireworks ban has been instituted, many local communities are restricting burning and fireworks until further notice.

In just one week, Michigan has more than doubled the area considered dry. During the week of June 21, 13.02 percent of the state was abnormally dry, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. When the state was monitored on June 28, that increased to 31.47 percent.

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Published June 29, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Love was in the air, or maybe it’s too early to tell.

Seniors mixed, matched and mingled on the evening of June 16 as part of a speed dating event put on by the Clinton Township Senior Center and the sponsor SameAddress.

The event was for individuals ages 55 years and older, and participants were from throughout southeast Michigan. Opening the event to people from different areas — such as St. Clair Shores and New Baltimore, as well as Clinton Township — allowed for a bigger turnout.

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Published June 29, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A recent pair of millage approvals by voters has aided technological infusion in Clintondale Community Schools.

On June 13, the Clintondale Community Schools Board of Education voted to purchase 900 Google Chromebooks and tablets for the district’s students. These additional Chromebooks help Clintondale achieve 1-to-1 integration in terms of students and technology available.

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Published June 28, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — An outgoing sixth-grade class at Rainbow Elementary is living proof of girl power.

A group of 15 young girls at the Clinton Township school has become synonymous with the inception of an after-school club known as SSC, which stands for “Smart, Strong, Confident.”

The club is the brainchild of Casey Lipari, a substitute teacher at Rainbow — part of Clintondale Community Schools — who took her own adventurous path to reach her current place of satisfaction.

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Published June 28, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The annual Clinton Township fireworks extravaganza has grown a lot over the past decade.

In its ninth year, the event continues to draw large crowds that exceed totals from the year before. It was estimated more than 10,000 individuals came to the Clinton Township Civic Center grounds to take in the entertainment last year.

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Published June 28, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — One month after approving to go out for bid for a towing and vehicle storage contract, the Clinton Township Board of Trustees agreed to a timeline to address the situation.

During its meeting on June 13, the board voted 5-2 in favor of looking at bids and establishing a plan that would lead to a comprehensive bidding process.

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Published June 27, 2016

FRASER/TROY — On June 15, the Fraser Special Investigation Unit executed search warrants in Troy and Sterling Heights that were related to alleged marijuana trafficking.

The warrants resulted in the arrests of Troy residents Eric Layne Berg, 35, and Angie Wong, 30. Approximately 105 pounds of packaged marijuana — valued at about $231,000 — and $116,000 in currency were confiscated.

Wong was arrested not for the marijuana, but for reportedly possessing Hydrocodone pills.

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Published June 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— A new program for Chippewa Valley Schools’ English Language Arts curriculum for grades K-8 will be the big-ticket item in the upcoming fiscal year’s budget.

The 2016-17 budget was approved during a Board of Education meeting June 20. Approximately $1.75 million will be spent on the new ELA programs for elementary and middle school students.

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Published June 22, 2016

FRASER — A collective exhale of relief could be felt in Fraser City Hall on the night of June 9.

Following several meetings that consisted of number analysis and different views of how the financially strapped city should be run, the Fraser City Council approved its 2016-17 fiscal year budget with a 5-2 vote.

A 1.6-mill increase for taxpayers was integral to keeping general city operations up and running, as Fraser’s current fiscal year is set to conclude June 30.

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Published June 22, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP— “They really lived every day like it was their last.”

When Ella Lafata was 11 years old, she saw both of her parents die nine months apart from each other.

The attitudes each of her parents had toward their illnesses left a lasting mark on Lafata, and that helped make her one of Chippewa Valley High School’s top graduates this spring.

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Published June 22, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The fight against substance abuse has taken the nation by storm, and one court system is leading the battle at home.

At the Clinton Township Board of Trustees’ June 13 meeting, the board unanimously approved the establishment of a specialty fund to aid 41-B District Court.

No more than $5 of every fine or cost assessed on civil infractions and conviction-leading misdemeanors will be allocated toward the 41-B Veteran’s Treatment Court and the Drug Court.

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Published June 22, 2016

FRASER — It’s the season of fun in the sun, and now there are free meals to go along with it.

Fraser Public Schools is offering a summer meal program called “Meet Up and Eat Up” for children at Fraser High School and McKinley Barrier-Free Park.

The program began Monday, June 20, and will continue Mondays through Fridays until Aug. 26. The high school will offer breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m., and then lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The park will only offer lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

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Published June 20, 2016

FRASER — A man was sentenced to at least seven years behind bars June 16 for killing one teen and injuring two others in a drunken driving crash earlier this year.

Judge Diane Druzinki sentenced Kyle Kumbo, 24, in Macomb County Circuit Court for his actions that led to the death of Julius Jones, a Roseville High School student.

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Published June 15, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan recently unveiled a long-term, comprehensive plan designed to connect residents in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties through public transit.

At 10 a.m. May 31 on the Southfield campus of Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, officials from the RTA — a board created by the Michigan Legislature in 2012 to plan for and coordinate public transit in southeast Michigan — revealed the plan in front of a large crowd. 

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Published June 15, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Two local high school seniors were recently honored for their academic successes.

Chippewa Valley High School students Tara Kaszubowski and Alexis Tober each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Clinton Township Friends of the Senior Center.

The scholarship program is in its second year and was established as a means to “pay it forward” and encourage members of the community to help students excel to greatness.

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Published June 15, 2016

FRASER — The water situation in Flint raised flags across the state and the country, leading other entities to question what was in their water and pipes.

Fraser Public Schools Communications Director Kristin Ledford said the district recently contracted with an independent lab to test water in all its schools and buildings.

Results showed that every location is well below the limits for lead in the water, and a majority of the results had levels so low they were undetectable.

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Published June 14, 2016

FRASER — A 26-year-old man was arrested for allegedly burning his significant other during a domestic dispute.

Brandon Allen Lovett, of Richmond, was arrested around 4 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Skipper Motel, located on Groesbeck Highway between 13 Mile Road and Masonic Boulevard.

Fraser Lt. Mike Pettyes said the alleged incident occurred around 2 a.m.

The police report from that morning indicates that a 25-year-old woman and Lovett got into an argument.

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Published June 14, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Edward Stross said the dream of most artists is to see their ideas come to fruition.

Stross has owned Gonzo!! Art Studio in Roseville since the late 1980s. Starting as an airbrush painter opened a creative outlet, which later led him into hand painting, sculpting and using charcoal.

His experimentation recently led to the creation of a new mural located behind the studio, which is located at 28305 Gratiot Ave. — the corner of Gratiot and Utica Road. The mural faces Utica Road.

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Published June 13, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Lutheran North senior golfer Scotty Sparks won a state title as a sophomore. He took sixth in the 2015 state finals, and was not pleased with his performance.

Sparks, a four-time regional champion, rebounded at this year’s Division 3 state finals, shooting a two-day 141 to win his second state championship.

The D-3 finals took place June 10-11 at Michigan State University.

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Published June 13, 2016

FRASER/HAZEL PARK — Life’s twists and turns can be tragic, yet cathartic.

That has been the case for Brian Lewandowski, the gallery coordinator at Phoenix Café in Hazel Park.

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