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Published January 13, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Dakota High School sophomore Brendan Markwood had quite the week to kick off the new year.

On Jan. 7, he celebrated his 16th birthday. Two days later, he participated in a Court of Honor ceremony to officially be named an Eagle Scout, and also on Jan. 9, Macomb Township commemorated his accomplishments by recognizing that date as “Brendan Markwood Day.”

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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

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

MACOMB COUNTY — A plan for regional transit could be one of the big ticket items to pay attention to in 2016, according to Macomb County Board of Commissioners Chair David Flynn, D-Sterling Heights.

“Everything should be on the table,” Flynn said as it pertains to discussions for a regional transit system.

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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

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Three elections will dominate discussion of government and politics at the state, local and national levels in 2016.

While a new president will be elected this upcoming November, all four Macomb Township trustees, Supervisor Janet Dunn, Clerk Michael Koehs and Treasurer Karen Goodhue will also be facing an election cycle.

March 8 is the date for the presidential primary. Aug. 2 brings the primary election. Candidates for federal, state, county and local offices will appear, with the exception of president.

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Published December 30, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — As 2015 comes to a close, the Macomb Township Chronicle is looking back at what stories mattered most to residents of Macomb Township over the past 12 months.

Significant court cases, a new waste hauling service, stories of tragedy and tales of inspiration dotted the calendar.

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Published December 23, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Fifth-grade students from Shawnee Elementary School are being transformed into superheroes this year, and their next mission is giving their capes to ill children at Children’s Hospital of Michigan this Christmas.

Inspired by the book “What’s Under Your Cape?” fifth-grade teachers Lisa LoMedico and Katie Couture set out to create a unique curriculum for their students this year.

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Published December 22, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The probable cause conference in the case of a 61-year-old woman charged with fatally shooting her husband the day before Thanksgiving was delayed a week until Dec. 21 during its original hearing scheduled for Dec. 14.

Julie Kay Chimelak, of Macomb Township, is facing a life felony charge of second-degree murder following the shooting of her husband, Ronald George Chimelak, 75.

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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

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

MOUNT CLEMENS — An executive order issued by President Barack Obama this past January is causing Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham to begin searching for a new vehicle for his department’s SWAT team.

Due to the order, the Sheriff’s Office lost its armored personnel carrier in early December because of its designation as a “tracked” armored vehicle, which is now prohibited for use by local law enforcement.

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Published December 7, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said an alleged threat made during a conversation between two L’Anse Creuse High School-North students in November has been deemed as “no credible threat.”

“We investigated the comments made by a couple students,” Wickersham said. “We investigated and found no credible threats or actions that rises to a criminal action.”

Consequently, many unsubstantiated claims that students were advised to stay home from school began to appear on social media.

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Published December 3, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel filled the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts with positive vibes as he presented his fifth State of the County address on Dec. 2.

Hackel, standing in front of a large video screen that flashed photos, videos and impressive stats throughout the 45-minute address, delved into the county’s achievements in recent years and its thrilling future.

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Published December 2, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The marching band from Dakota High School continued its tradition of having a very busy Thanksgiving Day.

For most of the 183-member band, that meant waking up around 5 a.m. to hop on buses and head to downtown Detroit for America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The band, which director Rob Abend said has performed in at least eight consecutive parades, performed a medley of Christmas numbers, as well as “Light My Fire” by The Doors, throughout the 90-minute, 3-mile march.

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Published December 2, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Visitors to the Macomb Township Hall building will notice a new flag being flown on the front lawn of the building.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart recently recognized Macomb Township as a “Purple Heart Community,” and the order’s flag will be flown underneath the State of Michigan flag.

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Published November 30, 2015

METRO DETROIT — About 20 members of the Osak family, their friends and supporters packed into vans and headed to the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly last December.

They went to honor Edward John Osak Sr., the family’s patriarch, a Warren resident who had served honorably as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Osak had remained as sharp as a tack through the years. He’d kept his wit, was spry enough to bowl and continued to be an ardent supporter of veterans until his death, just days after his 90th birthday in September 2014.

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Published November 30, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Sheriff’s department has reported that a woman has been charged following a fatal shooting during the afternoon of Nov. 25.

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