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Published May 11, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — After weeks of dispute and a court injunction, Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger agreed to a May 10 court order that ultimately means a partial move, as planned, of her office from the Circuit Court building to the former Talmer Bank building at 120 N. Main St.

The Register of Deeds and Vital Records were slated to be moved the weekend of May 13-14, after press time.

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Published May 10, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — John Berg’s term as Sterling Heights’ police chief will be a short one after he announced during an April 25 City Council meeting that his contract will not be extended.

The announcement came as Berg discussed in a budget presentation how a series of police retirements are expected to wrap up during the 2017-18 fiscal year.

According to city officials, Berg had entered a Deferred Retirement Option Plan  that took effect in 2012 and lasted five years, making his final day June 17 of this year.

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Published May 10, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — The Sterling Heights City Council gave a Class C liquor license and associated permits April 18 to a California-based restaurant chain’s new location.

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. plans to open a new restaurant, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, near Hall Road/M-59 and Schoenherr Road, at 14455 Lakeside Circle. The property used to contain a Linens ‘n’ Things store before it went out of business.

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Published May 5, 2017

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY — On May 2, taxpayers in Warren Consolidated Schools approved the district’s zero-tax rate operating millage renewal.

According to the unofficial results from the Macomb County Clerk’s Office, there were 7,344 (70.6 percent) “yes” votes and 3,057 (29.4 percent) “no” votes.

The millage renewal will continue to levy the number of operating mills required for the school district to receive revenue at the full per-pupil foundation allowance permitted by the state of Michigan.

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Published May 5, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — Representatives from the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill say concertgoers can bet on an exciting season of musical acts.

This is the second year that Palace Sports & Entertainment has managed the amphitheater’s concert schedule, and it’s the first concert season under the amphitheater’s name change from Freedom Hill Amphitheatre to the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill. The amphitheater, which can fit more than 7,000 attendees, is located at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights.

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Published May 3, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Reminders about driving behavior may prove tiresome at times, but being tired is one of the leading factors that can contribute to a dangerous crash, according to safety experts and statistics. 

A 2016 AAA survey found that almost 30 percent of drivers had a hard time keeping their eyes open behind the wheel within the past month or so, and around 3 percent admitted that this occurs “fairly often” or frequently. 

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Published May 3, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY/DETROIT — The Detroit Institute of Arts will be holding Macomb County Day on May 6, offering free round-trip bus rides to the museum for all county residents.

The service is part of County Days, offered twice a year for people living in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. County Days are made possible by millage support from tri-county residents, said DIA Program Manager Julie McFarland.

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Published May 2, 2017

CENTER LINE/WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY— Center Line Public Schools Superintendent Eve Kaltz was on pins and needles May 2.

After months of speaking to residents about the district’s $58.7 million bond proposal, it was time for them to vote at the polls Tuesday.

“I can’t wait until we start getting the results,” Kaltz said.

When the voting precincts closed and the votes were counted, the outcome wasn’t what Kaltz wanted to hear. The bond issue failed to get enough votes to pass.

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Published May 2, 2017

Vendors of political memorabilia and other valuables are casting a vote of confidence for a local annual expo that will soon celebrate five decades of existence.

The 50th annual Michigan Political and Pop Culture Collectibles Show will take place May 12-13 at the Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights hotel.

Ken Hosner, who has organized the local show for 28 years, said keeping the same show going for 50 years is a “pretty big milestone.”

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Published May 2, 2017

City officials are looking northward when it comes to anticipating some of the biggest upcoming economic changes and developments in Sterling Heights.

During an April 11 Sterling Heights City Council budget meeting, Senior Economic Development Adviser Luke Bonner offered a preview of some of the changes the city hopes to see advance in fiscal year 2017-18 with the North Van Dyke River District.

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Published May 2, 2017

The creation of the Recreating Recreation campaign’s attractions and amenities will be well underway in the 2017-18 fiscal year, according to presentations at an April 25 Sterling Heights City Council budget meeting.

According to Finance and Budget Director Jennifer Varney, the voter-approved 2016 millage for parks and recreation funding is largely responsible for boosting the Parks and Recreation Department’s budget, which is estimated at $16 million for 2017-18, compared to around $1.96 million the previous fiscal year.

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Published April 28, 2017

Police have arrested the brother of a Sterling Heights teen who died April 28 in an incident that police and firefighters suspect was an arson-caused house fire.

According to a city press release, firefighters from stations 1, 2 and 5 were reportedly deployed to a fire early in the morning in the 42000 block of Bloomingdale Drive, located near 19 Mile and Ryan roads. They learned that a 17-year-old was trapped in a second-floor bedroom above the first-floor fire.

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Published April 27, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Both Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley made remarks during a recent Macomb Chamber Alliance event that Macomb County has been instrumental in Michigan’s economic rebound in recent years.

“Not long ago, Michigan was at the top of any list you want to be at the bottom of, and the bottom of any list you want to be at the top of,” Calley said. “Macomb County has been in the middle of our comeback. Macomb County is responsible for bringing Michigan back.”

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Published April 26, 2017

While it wasn’t all fun and games, the Sterling Heights City Council recently took the first step toward modifying its amusement device regulations.

At an April 18 City Council meeting, the seven members unanimously introduced changes to Sterling Heights’ city code pertaining to amusement devices and introduced modifications to related sections in the zoning ordinance. This does not mean that the changes are officially adopted yet — a vote to consider final approval is set to occur at a May council meeting, officials said.

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Published April 26, 2017

An actor who grew up in Sterling Heights is on the verge of expanding his empire in the acting world by making an appearance on a national television show.

Revon Yousif, 25, is scheduled to appear on the Fox TV show “Empire” at 9 p.m. May 3. Yousif said he can’t reveal much about his character except that his name is Harry and he is an R&B singer.

“Acting and singing are the two things I love doing most, so being able to do both on a show that I’m a huge fan of is a dream come true,” Yousif said in a statement.

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Published April 26, 2017

The pastor of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Slovak Catholic Church in Sterling Heights recently has been preparing to return to his native country after working in the metro Detroit area for around 18 years.

The Rev. Ben Kosnac recently announced the news to his parishioners that his bishop had directed him to go back to Slovakia, with his last day presiding over Mass in Sterling Heights scheduled for April 23, after press time.

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Published April 26, 2017

A musical tale set in the Windy City will breeze through Stevenson High School when students present their version of “Chicago” April 28-30.

Stevenson Theater Director Mark Johnson said he picked the show because it fits the students in terms of casting, abilities and a leaning toward female singers.

“When you’re picking a musical, the vocal talent is key,” Johnson said. “Like most high school programs, there are not a ton of guys who can sing, so the show works out perfectly for them.”

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Published April 26, 2017

More spending on new services, employees, projects and infrastructure can be expected in the next budget, which was discussed at an April 11 Sterling Heights budget meeting.

The City Council voted 6-0 to introduce the budget’s appropriation ordinance, with Councilman Gary Lusk absent. According to officials, the evening was the first of three budget hearings before the planned adoption for the fiscal year 2017-18 budget takes place at a future council meeting.

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Published April 26, 2017

METRO DETROIT — When a car wash is not enough to make a car look and feel clean, local auto businesses have another option — full or partial auto detailing. 

Greg Swett, owner at Classic Appreciation World Class Auto Detailing in Rochester, confirmed that spring is the time of year when interest skyrockets in auto cleaning and detailing.

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Published April 26, 2017

WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS/TROY — Warren Consolidated Schools officials are asking residents in the district to support an existing operating millage renewal proposal May 2 that will continue to levy the number of operating mills required for the school district to receive revenue at the full per-pupil foundation allowance permitted by the state of Michigan. 

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