Church collecting new, used blankets

RICHFIELD TWP. — Richfield United Methodist Church, 10090 E. Coldwater Rd., is collecting new or gently used blankets and comforters. The church’s goal is 120 by Jan. 11. Items need to be freshly washed and placed in a new garbage bag and tied or sealed. Drop off is, Davison Monday’s from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Details: Call 248-417-1196. — G.G.

Flushing A&W founder remembered for work ethic, philanthropy

FLUSHING — Former Flushing A&W owner Lawrence “Larry” Melancon is being remembered for his tireless work ethic and the caring attention he paid to staff and customers alike. Melancon, 93, passed away at his Burton home on Dec. 21. He is survived by his bride of 75 years, Christine, and by his five children, 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, as […]

Flushing Township: A look back at 2020

FLUSHING TWP. — Below are some of the most notable decisions made by the Flushing Township Board of Trustees in 2020, along with key events that happened in the township over the year. January: Flushing Township police arrested a home invasion suspect at the Meadowbrook Park subdivision across from Flushing Middle School on Jan. 7. According to police, an 18-year-old […]

Flushing Township approves appointments to boards, committees

FLUSHING TWP. — The Flushing Township Board of Trustees approved a series of appointments and reappointments to various township boards and committees at its Dec. 10 meeting. The appointments are as follows: • James Sarka and Edward Henneke were reappointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals to serve three-year terms. • Flushing Township Treasurer Terry Peck was reappointed to the […]

City to spend $20-30K replacing Christmas decorations

BURTON — The city managed to decorate the light poles along Saginaw Street this Christmas, where possible, but in order to do a thorough job next year, it will need to buy new decorations and repair damaged electrical fixtures. Mayor Duane Haskins told the city council Dec. 21 the Department of Public Works was able to place some decorations of […]

Economic development consulting company to ask for contract extension

BURTON — An economic development consulting company will be back before city council Jan. 18 to ask for an extension of its contract at no cost to Burton taxpayers. Mayor Duane Haskins told the council, Dec. 21, Retail Coach will come to the second council meeting in January to give an overview of what it has done the past year […]

Police call teenager’s death a suicide in response to public interest

BURTON –—The Burton Police Department issued a statement Dec. 28 regarding the Oct. 24 shooting death of a 17-year-old male. The statement reads as follows: “On October 24, 2020 the Burton Police Department responded to a house on Packard regarding a shooting. When officers arrived, they found a juvenile male unresponsive. The juvenile was transported to a local hospital where […]

Steam from dishwasher prompts fire call at Whitey’s Restaurant

DAVISON — Firefighters were called to Whitey’s Restaurant, 109 S. State Rd., New Years Eve (Dec. 31) at approximately 8:30 p.m. for the report of a structure fire, which turned out to be a false alarm. Assistant Fire Chief Jim Bratton said the call was prompted by excessive steam from the restaurant’s dishwasher. Police and firefighters were at the building […]

Clayton Twp. officials to work toward improvement, growth in 2021

CLAYTON TWP. — Growth potential, police protection and road work top the list of priorities for 2021 in Clayton Township. “We would like to try to get this COVID behind us; it certainly changes the way we do business,” said township Supervisor Tom Spillane. “With that in mind, we do have some big things to deal with this upcoming year.” […]

SCCS to charge full speed ahead in 2021

SWARTZ CREEK — In the Swartz Creek Community Schools, 2021 will be the year that district officials and residents put on their thinking caps and craft a vision that will guide the district well into the future. COVID, of course, will weigh heavily in the decisions ahead, with a major challenge unique to our time being the learning gap that […]