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Published February 9, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — The number of applications for concealed pistol licenses (CPLs) has soared in the last two months in Macomb County.

The number of new applicants is roughly triple from the same time a year ago, and has caused the Macomb County Clerk’s Office to appeal for extra funding to hire a pair of temporary workers to keep pace with the added workload.

During a county Board of Commissioners meeting Feb. 4, the Clerk’s Office was granted approval to expand its budget by $56,517 in order to hire the extra help.

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Published February 3, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A group of 25 individuals with ties to Macomb County recently returned from a “people-to-people” excursion to Cuba to find out what life is like there, and how things are changing for the local people.

Through their travels, the group spoke with several professors who are experts in Cuban culture and history. The tour took them to stay in tourist hotels in Havana, and also “casa particulares,” which are privately owned bed-and-breakfasts in smaller towns where hotels cannot be found.

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Published February 3, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Dakota High School senior Bethany Moses was feeling a little stressed out during play rehearsal Jan. 27.

Having just completed midterms, she was now turning her full attention to her lead role in Dakota’s musical production of “Mary Poppins.”

“It’s been a little insane, but it will all come together. I know that definitely. It always does,” Moses said.

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Published February 3, 2016

Known around the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology for her leadership, innovation and compassion, teachers said they were not surprised when the White House recognized Christina Li, 17, of Macomb Township, as a computer science education “champion of change” Jan. 26.

Li single-handedly planned and executed a weeklong computer science camp, called “Hello World,” for 30 middle school girls in the district during spring break last year. She plans to hold the camp again this midwinter break and has received about 36 applications.

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Published February 2, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A case involving a 55-year-old Macomb Township man charged with first-degree murder was bound over to Macomb County Circuit Court following a preliminary exam Jan. 27.

Gregory Nieman is facing a charge of first-degree murder, plus an additional charge of felony murder with elderly abuse. Nieman was arrested and charged following the death of his father, Donald Nieman, 89, on Dec. 27.

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Published January 27, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Two years ago, Rebecca Gibson wasn’t sure how putting on a play would come together for her students at Glen Peters School.

With several students in wheelchairs, and others who are blind or deaf, Gibson was faced with many logistical challenges to pulling the show off.

She decided to create and edit the production of “The Odyssey” into a video format, and after having so much success in doing so, she and her students were ready to create their own version of “The Great Gatbsy” this fall.

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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 27, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A group from the Macomb County Veteran Services Department presented information to the Macomb County Board of Commissioners Jan. 20 to show why it is seeking a millage increase proposal in this year’s election cycle.

According to a presentation given by Veteran Services Director Laura Rios, the department is eyeing a negative fund balance before the millage’s next renewal in 2018.

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Published January 26, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — There were no district or league titles on the line for a basketball tournament held at Dakota High School Jan. 22, but the impact it made was just as significant.

For the eighth year, Dakota played host to a Special Olympics basketball tournament that featured 16 teams and approximately 200 students ranging from 10 to 26 years old.

Retiring Chippewa Valley Schools teacher Jim Murphy began the program, and Dakota teacher Paul Sassin has led it for the past five years leading up to last week’s event.

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Published January 25, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — There will be a fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 27 at Coyote Joe’s, 49440 Ryan Road in Shelby Township to benefit the Police Unity Tour 2016: Team Rolling Bacon.

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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

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The final plan for an upscale condominium development was approved by the Macomb Township Board of Trustees Jan. 13.

Dirt movement could begin as soon as this week on Christenbury Creek, a 134-unit development located on the east side of Card Road, between 22 and 23 Mile Roads.

The development covers 76 acres, 50 of which were able to be built up because of a flood plain area of the Clinton River.

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Published January 19, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — More than 1,000 members of the metro Detroit community gathered on Jan. 18 at Dakota High School for the 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event hosted by the Interfaith Center for Racial Justice.

The theme of the event, “Silent No More” centered around a letter written by King in which he expressed that he was not so concerned about extremists, but the silence of good people at the time of the civil rights movement.

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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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