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Chesaning Schools elated with newly released school ratings

CHESANING – The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) recently released a ranking of every school in the state, as well as issuing report card grades for each school. These grades reflected the new cut scores that have been a cause for concern in many school districts. Superintendent Mike McGough addressed the school board, telling them Big Rock and Chesaning Middle […]

Sewer system did not overflow despite heavy rains

CHESANING – This summer, Young Environmental has been cleaning and televising the Chesaning Village sewer system enabling Chesaning to comply with MDEQ (Michigan Department of Environmental Quality) requirements under the ACO (Administrative Consent Order). The goal is to substantially reduce the influx of storm water into the sanitary sewer system. Services provided by Young Environmental have established the condition of […]

Marion Twp. home explodes into flame

MARION TWP. – In the early hours of Monday, Aug. 20, a Marion Twp. two-story home located at 15711 S. Merrill Rd., exploded and burst into flames. The Marion Township Fire Department received the call at 3:26 a.m. Capt. Tiffany Fitting was in command at the scene. Fire Chief Victor Weigold said, “It was an old home that had been […]

NEWS Briefs

TTA OFFERS EMT CLASS – Twin Township Ambulance, Inc., will host an Emergency Medical Technician class starting on Thursday, Sept. 6. The class will be held Monday and Thursday evenings, starting at 6 p.m. Upon successful completion of the class, students will be certified and prepared to complete the National Registry EMT exam. The cost of the class is $500. […]

Student count, audit improves NL schools budget outlook

District hires, approves staff contracts

NEW LOTHROP – New Lothrop schools are now projecting a fund balance in line with the district goals, thanks to an audited 2011-12 balance higher than first estimated and an increase of about 30 students. On Monday, the school board approved the administrative contracts, teaching contracts and also pre-approved the hiring of three teachers. The district anticipated ending the 2011- […]


NL Schools millage renewal slated for November ballot

NEW LOTHROP – Monday, the New Lothrop school board approved ballot language to ask for a renewal of the nonhomestead general operating millage in the November election. The ballot item combines the current operating millage with the Headlee override that allows the district to receive the full amount of the millage every year, otherwise law requires that the amount the […]

STC schools to move forward with bond refinance

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles school district is moving forward with the bond refinance process in an effort to save taxpayer dollars. Superintendent Michael Wallace shared with the school board Wednesday that refinancing under lower interest rates would save at least three quarters of a million dollars over the next 16 years. The 25-year bond was originally approved by […]