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Published January 18, 2016

The winning vehicles from the 2016 North American Car & Truck/Utility of the Year Awards could receive additional publicity and prestige when they appear on the dealership floor, according to some automotive industry insiders.

Those awards — which were based on North American journalists’ opinions — were announced Jan. 11 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. 

The 2016 North American Car of the Year distinction went to the Honda Civic. Other finalists in that category were the Chevrolet Malibu and the Mazda MX-5 Miata. 

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Published January 13, 2016

A divided vote by the Sterling Heights City Council preserved the status quo on public speaking rules after a councilman proposed to shorten the typical speaking time from seven minutes to four.

During a Jan. 5 meeting, the council voted 4-3 to reject a motion to change the city’s Governing Body Rules of Procedure in order to cut down the speaking time for public comment.

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Published January 13, 2016

The end of the school year is still months away, but it’s not too early to begin applying for scholarships that are open to students who are planning to attend or who are already attending places of higher education. 

The Sterling Heights Community Foundation announced that it has gathered scholarship partners who are ready to give out scholarships to qualifying students in 2016. Altogether, those scholarships are worth close to $40,000, according to city officials.

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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 11, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to tour the North American International Auto Show in downtown Detroit in January. 

And in between all the sneak peeks of upcoming and concept vehicles, visitors should expect to see plenty of other sights during their visits, according to auto show organizers and exhibitors.

The media were invited to check out the Cobo Center exhibits in advance Jan. 11-12, and the general public may see the show Jan. 16-24. 

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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

Days before Christmas, the Sterling Heights Police Department investigated a pair of traffic accidents in the city that reportedly resulted in injuries.

The first incident reportedly happened just before 9:30 a.m. Dec. 22. According to police, officers arrived to the site of a two-vehicle crash at northbound Mound Road, south of 15 Mile Road.

According to the report, a man who drove a semi-tractor that was pulling an empty tanker was at fault for hitting the back of an Econoline van that had been stopping for a yellow signal.

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Published January 6, 2016

As Sterling Heights’ police and fire departments keep watch over the city’s safety, they are also preparing for future events on the horizon as 2016 begins.

Near the end of 2015, Interim Police Chief John Berg was promoted from captain to his current position after former police Chief Michael Reese announced his retirement. Due to remaining vacation time, Reese actually left earlier than his Dec. 11 retirement date, and he was poised to work at another job, as the chief of the Clinton-Huron Metroparks police.

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Published January 5, 2016

Public safety officials from Warren and Sterling Heights spent the afternoon of Jan. 4 investigating how and why a semi-truck drove off the road and smashed into Frank’s Deli and Liquor in Sterling Heights, injuring several people, according to police.

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Published December 30, 2015

Residents want information quickly, and Sterling Heights has created tools to make it possible, according to a recent city presentation.

At a Dec. 15 Sterling Heights City Council meeting, City Development Director Denice Gerstenberg said city officials have taken fresh steps to improve customer service and build strong relationships with the taxpaying customer base. And Sterling Heights is using technology to achieve this goal, she said.

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Published December 30, 2015

The year 2030 is a popular destination on the city of Sterling Heights’ visionary timeline for the future, and the year 2015 served as an entry point for making some of those dreams come to life.

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Published December 30, 2015

WARREN/CENTER LINE/STERLING HEIGHTS — The year 2015 again had local school officials closely watching their district’s financial budgets. The fiscal year for local districts runs July 1 through June 30, and school boards had to approve budgets by June 30, 2015, for the 2015-16 school year.

Educators also took pride in student and staff accomplishments, focused on student achievement, continued to use various teaching methods to help at-risk students, remained up-to-date with mandates coming from state lawmakers and kept student safety on the forefront.

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Published December 29, 2015

AAA Michigan has some advice for drivers to keep in the back of their minds when deciding how and where to park.

The auto association is now saying that motorists should back into parking spaces because it is safer for them and others when it is time to leave. According to AAA, parking lot accidents make up around 14 percent of crashes that end up with a claim.

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Published December 24, 2015

Capuchin friars in Detroit and their fundraising allies plan to roll out a bocce event in Sterling Heights after the new year begins.

The fourth annual Bocce with the Brothers fundraiser will take place at Villa Penna in Sterling Heights Jan. 22.

Michael Schodowski, founder of Bocce with the Brothers, said the fundraiser will be an indoor “strolling party” and will feature a buffet and a 19-piece band. Guests can look forward to getting a drink at a cash bar, bidding in a silent auction and, of course, playing bocce ball.

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Published December 23, 2015

Charity starts in the community at Utica Community Schools this holiday season as students offer their gifts of resources, time and services, according to school officials.

UCS spokesman Tim McAvoy said the school district’s students have planned to participate in more than 200 charitable activities during the holiday season. Examples include caroling at local senior centers, setting up hat-and-mitten trees on which they hang donated winter clothing, stocking up food banks and assisting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

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Published December 22, 2015

Setting up and maintaining a Christmas tree requires more than ornaments, garland and a star on top — it requires a commitment to safety, according to the Sterling Heights Fire Department.

According to a list of the Fire Department’s safety tips, Christmas trees might not be the most common cause for fires, but they can be dangerous when they happen. Electrical mishaps and proximity to heat sources are listed as two of the most common threats.

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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

For another year, Sterling Heights police officers’ annual Cops and Kids event was on target in helping low-income families afford some presents this holiday season.

Officers from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 118 and from the Sterling Heights Police Department teamed up with the Target store at Metropolitan Parkway and Dequindre Road to host a Dec. 12 shopping spree for a preselected group of young people.

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Published December 21, 2015

This year’s version of Sterling Heights’ “Project Runway” amateur fashion contest will focus less on style and more on absurdity according to organizers at the Sterling Heights Public Library.

The library will hold its “Project Runway: Ugly Sweater Edition” Dec. 29.

According to Jason Groth, library public relations and programs coordinator, the event’s timing with the end of the year was intentional.

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