Looking back at events that shaped 2018

December 27, 2018

January

5th:
New Year’s fire destroys home
Dan and Mary Atyeo, and couple’s three children lost everything in a structure fire on New Year’s Day.
Lawsuit against City denied
A lawsuit filed against Clare City by resident Tom Dunn charging that City officials excessively estimated his April FOYA request has been dismissed.

12th:
Grant residents voice setback concerns
Once again the Grant Township meeting turned into a comment session about the proposed setback ordinance for property owners.
Two from Lake killed in car crash
Maxine Mariann Joseph and her front seat passenger Gary William Carr, both of Lake, died following a three car crash in Osceola county’s Lincoln Township early Sunday.

19th:
Rynearson to attend State of Union
Former Police Officer and Clare’s Cops and Doughnuts President Greg Rynearson told the City he has been invited to be Congressman John Moolenaar’s guest at

Congressman John Moolenaar has invited Cops and Doughnuts President Greg Rynearson to be his guest at the State of the Union address January 30th.

Congressman John Moolenaar has invited Cops and Doughnuts President Greg Rynearson to be his guest at the State of the Union address January 30th.

the upcoming State of the Union address in Washington D.C.

26th:
Closing Lake Senior Center ruffles feathers
Lake seniors are concerned over the County Commission’s vote last week to close the Lake Senior Center.
52-year-old’s gun threats close MMCC Wednesday
A 52-year-old student at Mid Michigan Community College in Harrison was arrested after he reportedly was disruptive at the college and made threats of coming back and committing a school shooting.

February
2nd:
More object to closing Lake Senior Center
More and more people are writing letters objecting to the County Commission’s January 17 decision to close the Lake Senior Center.
Davis arraigned for MMCC threat
Norman Roy Davis, Jr., 42 of Roscommon, was charged last week for threats against MidMichigan Community College.

9th:
Oakbridge Inn to close, homeless vets must leave
Oakbridge Inn, a facility that welcomes veterans and others in desperate need of a home, has been sold. The new owners will be closing the property March 1st.
Vape shop owner sues FDA
Kimberly Manor, owner of Moose Jooce in Lake, caters to people who have found a better way to “kick the Tobacco habit,” with her vape shop. Now the Food and Drug Administration’s new “Deeming Rule” has put a stop to her effort and may put her out of business.
Farwell Student gets fine, probation for bomb threat
The 14-year-old Farwell student who made a bomb threat against the Farwell High School November 13, entered a plea in Probate Court January 30th. The threat forced the evacuation and cancellation of school events and a night long search by the Clare County Sheriff’s Office.

16th:
Task force uncovers thefts, drugs from 8 counties
Three suspects from Clare County and four in Gladwin County were arrested last Friday for multiple thefts of items and narcotics violations. Clare County arrests included Brooke Walters, Gale Walters and Ronald Driver, Jr. In Gladwin County those arrested included Jessica Holtz, Deann Hyde, Coltin Sisk and Gerald Witner.
After months of controversy, Grant Twp. approves setback ordinance
After four months of controversy and a brief Public Hearing with very little fanfare Tuesday evening, the Grant Township Board approved the new Building Setback Ordinance for township property.

23rd:
Flooding severe in Clare County
Flooding earlier this week prompted Clare County Emergency Services Director Jerry Becker to seek a State of Emergency Declaration for Clare County.

March
2nd:
County Flood damage total rises to $500K
Flooding early last week prompted Clare County Emergency Services Director Jerry Becker to ask for a State of Emergency declaration. Although a State of Emergency was not declared for the county Becker said Wednesday “Damage Assessment was completed as of yesterday. Clare County had a total of 45 impacted properties for a total of $500,000 in damages.
Drug house schnauzers find new homes
A drug raid in Clare County February 9th seized more than drugs. Officers also rescued seven young schnauzers from the meth riddled home…All seven, five females and two males went home with new families.

9th:
Bomb comment prompts ‘Outside Threat Mode’
A potential threat of a bomb made by a 16-year-old Pioneer High School student Monday morning led to an “outside threat condition” for all Clare Schools and started a search for the student. City officers and Clare County Sheriff’s Office deputies located the teen at his home in Sheridan Township where he was taken into custody.
Davis arraigned for murdering parents at CMU
James Eric Davis Jr., arrested after a 25 hour search in Mt Pleasant, was arraigned last Friday morning for the murder of his parents in his CMU dorm room.

16th:
Clare depot reaches $50K goal
Renovations of the historic Clare Depot building are completed and the Clare Chamber of Commerce and Clare County Arts Council will soon be able to move into the building. Recent grants and funds from the Buccilli’s fundraiser have raised enough for the $50,000 goal to be met and the project is coming together.
Hook sentencing means new life for abused dog Remi
With a sentencing now over and a mixed-breed shelter dog’s former owner Joshua Hook of Harrison headed to prison, Remi will now have a new much happier home. Officers called to the home in Hayes Township June 3rd (2017) where they found Remi, who had been stabbed 13 times. Since then Remi has been recovering at the Clare Animal Shelter. Hook was charged with torturing the dog.

30th:
Township owes $42K after Lily Lake FOIA lawsuit
A lily Lake owner’s no-wake controversy that began three years ago has led to a Freedom of Information lawsuit, now settled, that will cost Greenwood Township about $42,000 in attorney fees for both the board and Lori Stephens who filed, and won the lawsuit.

Bill Rouech

Bill Rouech

April
6th:
Harrison store owner vanishes without a trace
The Clare County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in locating William “Bill Irwin Rouech, Jr., the owner of the Long Lake Party Store. Rouech was last seen March 26 at his party store on the north side of Harrison.

13th:
Store owner’s body found, no foul play
An update from the Clare County Sheriff’s Office earlier this week reported that the body of William “Bill” Irwin Rouech, Jr., Long Lake Party Store owner, was found Sunday, April 8th in Roscommon County. There was no evidence of foul play.

20th:
Over 100K lose power, 200 schools close
More than 200 schools across Michigan were Closed Monday, about 100 Tuesday, and many events cancelled both Sunday and Monday April 15 and 16 in the wake of a weekend storm that led to treacherous driving Conditions. A winter storm warning for the whole of mid-Michigan was in effect, power outages were recorded in 18 counties including Clare and Isabella Counties. Nearly 10,000 lost power in central Michigan.
Clare’s ‘Downtown Gateway design unveiled
Clare’s “Downtown Gateway” design is now developed and the $3,000 design costs, in a surprise from the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction, were waived. North Ten LLC donated the western portion of the former Consumer’s property at the corner of Third and McEwan with the stipulation that the property be used to develop a “gateway” to the City.

27th:
Harrison breaks ground for school improvements
Harrison Community Schools held a groundbreaking last Thursday to begin the first phase of a $26.7 million project for improvements to the Harrison High

School Board members, community member and members of the “Step Up For Our Students” committee met last Thursday to break ground for improvements to the High School, Middle School and Athletic Complex this summer.

School Board members, community member and members of the “Step Up For Our Students” committee met last Thursday to break ground for improvements to the High School, Middle School and Athletic Complex this summer.

School, Middle School and the Athletic Complex.
Board approves start of drain project
The Little Tobacco Intercounty Drain Board Chair Brady Harrington and members Carl Parks and Robert Willoughby voted Tuesday to have Spicer Group, the engineering firm for the project to clean the drain, do the design work and develop a cost estimate before they determine the scope of the project, which will widen, deepen and replace bridges along the course of the Drain through Isabella County, the City of Clare and Grant Township. The drain has been untouched for 50 years.

May
4th:
County up in smoke!
Fires that were fanned by Warm dry winds and dry ground plagued firefighters all over the State since last Friday. The Redding Township home of Janie McGhee burned to the ground April 27th. Clare was busy helping other departments and battling its own blazes with help from other departments. Fires popped up in several areas around the county, many because people missed the “Red Flag Warning” in affect across the Lower Peninsula and didn’t realize a burning ban was in force for Clare and all the surrounding counties.

11th:
Farwell supt. Charged with embezzling, placed on unpaid leave
Farwell Superintendent David O’Bryant is facing two felony charges in connection with the misuse of Rogers City Youth Football Club funds. O’Bryant, who has been the Farwell Superintendent since November, was charged in March. On Monday, the Farwell Board of Education placed O’Bryant on unpaid administrative leave due to the felony charges pending against him.

18th:
Ultralight crashes into trees, pilot okay
Clare County Emergency Management Director Jerry Becker reported that at 7:13 p.m. May 13th, Central Dispatch received a report that a ‘powered parachute’ type ultralight aircraft had crashed into the trees near Townline Lake Road in Hamilton Township. Becker said responders found the pilot uninjured and still strapped into the aircraft which was hanging from tree branches.

25th:
Governor welcomes Harrison to Rising Tides program
Governor Rick Snyder was scheduled to meet with Harrison officials Thursday to celebrate the community’s graduation from his Rising Tide Program. Harrison was one of ten communities who participated in the program to work with local leaders developing strategies for prosperity and create more and better jobs.
Block named new United Way director
Sarah Block, a resident of Clare County, is starting her new role as Executive Director at United Way of Clare and Gladwin Counties. She replaces former director Jennifer Long.

June
1st:
Governor visits Harrison
Governor Rick Snyder was in Harrison last Thursday afternoon to congratulate and present an award to Harrison as the fifth community to graduate from Michigan’s ‘Rising Tide Program.’
Clare track teams win state titles
Both the Clare Boys’ and Girls’ track and field teams won their respective state titles in the MITCA State Championship meet held at the Brookwood Athletic Complex.

8th:
House takes over as interim Farwell Superintendent
Once again, Interim Superintendent Tom House was on hand to head up the Farwell Board of Education meeting Monday evening. House will cover the position while felony charges against Superintendent David O’Bryant are resolved. O’Bryant has been charged with embezzlement and misuse of the Roger’s City Youth Football program while he was in charge during his time as athletic director at the Roger’s City School District. O’Bryant was bound over to 53rd Circuit Court in Presque County last week.

15th:
McQuay sentenced for boyfriend’s murder
Michelle McQuay of Clare will spend the next 22.5 to 50 years in prison for the May 7th, 2017 murder of her live-in boyfriend Daniel Kruskamp at their Clare home.
Presley arraigned, I jail on $1.2 million bond for chainsaw attack
Robert Presley of Clinton Township has been arraigned for allegedly attacking a woman with a chainsaw and dragging her through a fire. He was arraigned June 8th on the charges.
Kuhns pleads guilty to murdering, burying Hempel
James Kuhns of Farwell pled guilty Tuesday to the April, 2016 murder of Leonard Hempel of Farwell. Kuhns was charged with open murder on May 3rd.

22nd:
ATV hits tree, passenger dies, driver arrested
Pamela Brashaw of Lake died Tuesday evening when the ATV she was a passenger on went off the road and crashed into a tree. The driver, Nicole Eysenbach of Florida, with a seasonal home in Lake, was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing death and with restricting and obstructing a police officer.

July
6th:
O’Bryant pleads guilty
Rogers City – Farwell Superintendent David O’Bryant, now on unpaid administrative leave pending disposition of felony criminal charges against him, accepted a plea deal in Presque Isle County Monday.
Return of Horse Progress Days brings thousands
This past weekend Horse Progress Days put a whole new light on farming and a way of life many considered lost to modern technology. Horse Progress Days last made an appearance in Clare in 2012 at the Alvin Yoder, Jr. farm. The event returned to the same location for their 25th anniversary.

13th
Bacteria prompts boil water alert
Some Clare businesses and residents were advised to boil their water last Saturday due to a presence of bacteria, the first such alert in the City in more than 35 years. The alert lasted until testing revealed no dangers on Monday evening.
Judge postpones sentence for Hempel’s killer
James Bryan Kuhns, 36 of Farwell, who pled guilty in June to the murder of Leonard Hemple in April of 2017, was back in court this week but now will have to wait while Judge Thomas Evens determines if he will be sentenced for first, or second degree murder.

20th:
Search is on for new superintendent
A special meeting Monday was crowded with residents of the Farwell School District, with audience members urging caution in choosing a new Superintendent. In a letter to the BOE, David O’Bryant resigned from the position, following his guilty plea to larceny by conversion over $1,000.
Washburn charged with embezzling $20K+
Melissa Washburn, 46 of Farwell, was charged with one count of embezzlement from the Clare Moose Lodge on July 10th following an investigation that started last December.

27th:
Kerns arrested on multiple charges
A reported armed standoff July 23rd, followed by a search for a Farwell man in Lake of the Pines led to the arrest of Tyler Kerns, 29 the next day. Clare County Undersheriff Dwayne Miedzianowski said it wasn’t a standoff, but a report that Kern’s was despondent over a pending court date, armed and his family was concerned.

Mia and Harley hug in the show ring supporting one another.

Mia and Harley hug in the show ring supporting one another.

August
3rd:
Fetzer’s hog raises $11,500 for Harley
When her friend Harley Crawford was diagnosed with cancer in May, Mia Fetzer decided to do a little more to help her Farwell High School teammate out. On Facebook in June she asked “Please consider coming to the [Clare County Fair 4-H] auction on July 28th and bidding.” The overwhelming response to her request resulted in the sale of one of her hogs for $11,500.

10th:
Former mayor, longtime CCR staffer passes
Albert Anthony (Al) Iacco, 91, a long-time community supporter, former Mayor and staff member of the Clare County Review

Albert (Al) Iacco

Albert (Al) Iacco

for nearly 30 years, died Monday at the University Of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.
9-1-1, senior millages pass by 3-1 margins
Both the 911 millage renewal and renewal for Senior Services in Clare County were overwhelmingly approved in the Primary Election Tuesday. Also approved were millage requests for Frost, Summerfield and Redding Township.

17th:
Clare looks to expand DDA
A proposal from Clare’s Downtown Development Authority could add to the DDA’s boundaries in Clare. The organization is requesting an expansion of the current DDA and TIF District to include property along Fifth Street and the north side of Fourth Street and the addition of four lots just east of Beach Street plus four lots just east of Beech Street and four on Third Street.
Judge orders former Farwell superintendent to jail
David O’Bryant, formerly superintendent of Farwell Schools, will serve one month in jail after his guilty plea in Presque Isle County. He pled guilty to a charge of larceny by conversion over $1,000 and agreed to pay restitution of $3,727.52. An embezzlement charge against him was dismissed as part of the plea bargain. He will be on probation for one year.

24th:
Allegations put Clare Chief on leave
Correspondent Clare Police Chief Brian Gregory is on temporary paid administrative leave because of allegations of “misconduct while on duty” made against him

31st:
Storm wreaks havoc in area
A Wednesday morning storm resulted in wide-spread wind storm damage to Clare and several other Michigan counties. Consumers reported 6,931 power outages in Clare County. Trees were damaged and uprooted causing damage to homes, utility lines poles and infrastructure.

September
7th:
Iacco honored at City meeting
Al Iacco, a World War II veteran, long time Clare resident, business owner, former commissioner and mayor, founding member of the Clare Industrial Development Corporation, an original member of the Downtown Development Authority, Clare Rotarian and Little League promoter, was honored posthumously at the Clare City meeting Monday.
Soccer fields ready, skate park underway at EIRC
Things are really starting to happen at the new Clare Parks and Recreation Complex, recently named the Emerald Isle Recreation Complex. Practice has been ongoing and the new soccer fields are ready for the very first games Saturday. Work is underway to pour the cement for the new Skate and Bike Park.

14th:
Clare Police Chief vindicated, reinstated
Following a review of the investigation of 17 allegations against Clare Police Chief Brian Gregory and his subsequent administrative leave that began on August 1st, Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis concluded, “These allegations against Chief Gregory are without merit. No charges should or will issue against Chief Gregory and this matter is closed.”
Fire causes major damage at Gateway Apartments
A heroic rescue effort saved the lives of the residents of three dwellings at Gateway Apartments, 221 Gateway Drive in Clare last Friday evening. The Clare Fire Department was called to Gateway Apartments on September 7th, arriving to find the entire front of the building was fully engulfed, but everyone was out. Chief Jim Chapman said he will recommend a life-saving award from the City be presented to Amber McNally, another building tenant who noticed the fire and quickly notified residents just in time to get out of the six-unit building without injury.
Clare ESP files unfair labor charges against BOE
Clare’s Education Support Professional Association (the Clare ESP), a union that represents 31 office personnel and paraprofessionals, has filed Unfair Labor Practice charges against the Board of Education with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) for failing to bargain in good faith and for threats of retaliation. Both teachers and support staff began the school year without a new contract.

21st:
City presents life-saving awards to ladies
Two City residents were honored with life-saving awards for averting a tragedy recently. Amber Osborn, who despite flames burning between two doors on an apartment across from her, risked her own safety to alert the residents inside the building to escape. When Amber Gale discovered her 5-year-old son Bentley was still inside, Tana Spicer grabbed a shovel and broke the glass in a sliding door enabling the rescue of the youngster, who only suffered some smoke inhalation from the incident.
Farwell BOE selects Scoville to lead district
Steven Scoville, elementary principal for Delton Kellogg Schools for the past 11 years and a resident of that community for 26 years, was selected at a special meeting of the Board of Education Monday evening as Farwell’s new Superintendent, pending a contract agreement.
Sanford couple die in Pere Marquette crash
A Sanford couple, Leroy Bass, 81 and Shirley Bass, 83, both died Monday following a collision just east of Clare between their 2014 Ford Fusion and a 2003 Chevy Trail Blazer

28th:
Harrison Schools to show off bond improvements
Harrison Community Schools is inviting the community to come to an Open House Thursday, October 4th to see the newly renovated Harrison High School. The

A fire last Friday night completely destroyed a barn at Wild Pumpkin on Beaverton Road.

A fire last Friday night completely destroyed a barn at Wild Pumpkin on Beaverton Road.

Open House will be held from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Fire destroys Wild Pumpkin barn
A Friday, September 21 fire at the Wild Pumpkin at 5799 Beaverton Road east of Clare destroyed a barn on the property, but other buildings and the home were not damaged. No people or animals were injured in the blaze just before midnight Friday night.

October
5th:
Farwell BOE says goodbye to House, hello to Scoville
Monday was an unusual day for the Farwell Board of Education. It was a meeting with two superintendents at the table with the board. Interim Superintendent Tom House was there with new Superintendent Steven Scoville, who took over the position that day.
Veit’s Rottweilers win REVIEW contest
The 3rd annual Clare County Review’s Cutest Pet Photo contest is over. Taking first place with the title of “Cutest Pet” were Rottweilers Bronx and Maxwell, belonging to Abby Jane Veit.

12th:
Bancroft arrested for bomb threat ‘joke’
A 63-year-old Harrison man, Richard Bancroft, is in jail after he threatened to have a bomb in his backpack at the Members First Credit Union in Hayes Township Tuesday afternoon.
Break-in leads to drug house, three arrested
An October 5th report of a break-in at a Hayes Township concrete business led to the arrest of two from Farwell and one from Clare: Jason Methner, Matthew Johnson and Katheryn Durfee. According to a release, several gallons of fuel, surveillance cameras and other items taken from the business.
Ovid youngsters identify Siegel, notify police
A Clare County Sheriff’s Office search for Gregory Todd Siegel, also known as Gregory Todd Iafrate, ended October 4th when he was arrested after an Ovid manhunt. After Erica Grim-Cook of Ovid left for work, her two children were approached by a stranger when they left their home to catch the school bus. The youngsters, the grandchildren of Lynn Grim of Farwell, made it into the garage, closed the door and called police, who responded and apprehended Siegel.

19th:
County’s crime, drug problems lead to $360K grant
Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis announced Wednesday that Clare County has been awarded a $360,000 grant from the Justice Assistance for Innovative Prosecution Solutions for Combating Violent Crime and Illegal Opioids.
One hundred + Santas arrive in Clare
The sixth annual Santa Gathering is this Sunday at Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm in Clare where more than 100 ‘Santas’ and many Mrs. Claus’s will arrive.
Harrison’s Jensen named ‘Teacher of the Year’
Hillside Elementary Teacher Heather Jensen, a fifth grade teacher at the school for the past 25 years, has been named 2018 Elementary English Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Council of Teachers of English.
Troyer sentenced for molesting 3 girls
A 53-year-old Amish Gladwin man, Ora F. Troyer, who was arrested August 7th, was arraigned August 9th in Gladwin County 80th District Court for 18 counts of criminal sexual conduct against three girls over a 15-year period. He has been sentenced to three concurrent terms with a maximum of 25 years in prison.

26th:
Ten from MP win $1 million
Lottery officials reported that someone in South Carolina bought the winning ticket in Tuesday’s Mega Millions game with a jackpot total of $1,537 billion dollars. What started out as a disappointment for the people who bought 12.1 million tickets in Michigan, turned into a celebration for a group of ten local people when one of their tickets turned out to be one of the two $1 million winning tickets in Michigan. The ticket, sold in Mt. Pleasant at Rics Food Center, belonged to ten McLaren Central Michigan emergency room employees who will share that $1 million prize. The group, organized by Nikki Wildey, had pooled their money and bought 50 tickets…one was a winner.

Michigan Beekeepers Association District Representative and Conference Committee member Chris Beck shows a wooden hive for bees.

Michigan Beekeepers Association District Representative and Conference Committee member Chris Beck shows a wooden hive for bees.

November
2nd:
Beekeepers get a buzz on at Doherty conference
Things were really “buzzing” when about 200 beekeepers from across the state met at the Fall Statewide Beekeeping Conference at the Doherty Hotel last Sunday. Michigan Beekeepers Association District Representative and Conference Committee member Chris Beck said the conference is organized to help the “many people who have recently become interested in beekeeping, joining clubs and the MBA to find mentors.”
Alleged chainsaw attacker headed for trial
Joseph Presley Jr., 46 of Clinton Township was bound over to Circuit Court to stand trial for a June 6th attack of a 38-year-old Madison Heights woman at his Redding Township cabin, where allegedly Presley “attacked the victim with a chainsaw, dragged her through a fire and hit and kicked her until she was able to get away from him and run for help.”

9th:
Republican sweep BOC seats
The County Board of Commissioners will see some changes in the coming year with three incumbent Commissioners defeated in Tuesday’s General Election. Clare County Commission seats were lost by Karen E. Lipovsky (Democrat – District 8), Sandra Bristol (Democrat – District 5) and Jim Gelios (Democrat – District 7). Republican David Hoefling claimed Lipovsky’s seat; Bristol’s seat will be filled by Republican Mark Fitzpatrick; and Gelios was defeated at the polls by Republican Jeff Haskell.
Clare County Road Commission Chair Mike Duggan was also defeated at the polls Tuesday. Duggan’s seat will be filled by Republican Karen Huliberger.
Clare teachers protest over stalled contract
Clare teachers from the primary, middle and high schools, wearing “red” to show their protest over the lack of contracts for this year, protested in front of the Clare Superintendent’s office Thursday morning against what they claim is the school’s refusal to settle their contracts.

16th:
Computer glitch causes ‘boil water’ warning
A malfunction of Farwell’s SCADA (computer) system caused the Village water tower to empty, resulting in a “boil water alert” for approximately 378 system customers last Saturday night, said Village Clerk Kayla Randle Monday.
Arthur Twp. votes down fire protection. Now what?
With the voters’ rejection of a proposal on the ballot to set a special fire protection district and assess property owners to pay for fire protection, the township is in real trouble. Harrison Fire Chief Chris Damvelt said, “After January 1st, Arthur Township will no longer have fire protection. The Harrison Fire Department will no longer respond to emergencies in the township.”
Man uses crowbar to save woman from burning car
A 51-year-old Riverdale man made a daring rescue last Saturday, saving a 24-year-old St. Louis woman from her burning car November 17th. The rescue happened around 9:20 a.m. on U.S. 127 near the county line between Clare and Roscommon Counties.

23rd:
Colonville Store, CCRC squabble over parking
The year-long controversy about safety concerns with the parking situation at the Colonville Country Store at 7047 East Colonville Road have led to the installation of a parking island this summer, which some residents in the area have said makes the situation even more dangerous with customers now parking vehicles along both sides of the road.

30th:
Reid shot, killed by deputies – MSP mum on details
Three Clare County Deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave while Mt. Pleasant State Police investigate a shooting in Lincoln Township that left a man dead. Robert William Reid, 42, of Harrison was pronounced dead at the scene outside of his home last Wednesday evening.
Two die in Surrey Twp. crash
Two men, Cody Smith, 20 of Farwell and Jacob Mester, 21 of Midland, died in a Wednesday night crash last week. According to the Clare County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened around 11:30 p.m. November 21 on Littlefield Road in Surrey Township just west of Farwell.

December
7th:
Crawford cancer free, back on hardwood
Harley Crawford is suited up again and supporting her teammates. She may even be able to play varsity basketball in Farwell sports after her months-long battle with cancer. Last spring she was diagnosed with Lymphoma.
Recreational marijuana legal as of yesterday
Thursday, recreational marijuana became legal in Michigan Voters approved the proposal on November 6th making Michigan the first state in the Midwest and the tenth state in the country to legalize its recreational use.

14th:
Past celebrated at Clare’s Christmas
On Saturday, the historic old Depot and the community brought back crowds and simpler times for Christmas in Downtown Clare., The event was held in front of the Depot and Clare Castle Senior Retirement Apartments on Fourth Street. As in past years many local merchants offered a wide variety of activities ranging from cookie decorating to music.
Bird found guilty of 14 rape counts
Dale Byron Bird, 63 of Rosebush, could be sentenced to prison for up to 232 years for repeatedly raping a 12-year-old girl at her Rosebush home. Bird was found guilty of 14 counts of rape last Friday by a federal jury.

21st:
RESD awarded $1.2 million grant
Monday, the Middle Michigan Professional Trades Talent Consortium, led by the Clare Gladwin Regional Education School District, learned they were named

Clare Gladwin RESD Superintendent Sheryl Presler is pictured in red in the center of the group shown at the State ceremony awarding the Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grants. Just two places to her left is CTE Director Sandy Russell.

Clare Gladwin RESD Superintendent Sheryl Presler is pictured in red in the center of the group shown at the State ceremony awarding the Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grants. Just two places to her left is CTE Director Sandy Russell.

one of nine consortia in the State who will get a share of the nearly $15 million in total awards in the first round of the Marshall Plan for Talent grants. The Middle Michigan consortium was awarded $1,254,000. RESD Superintendent Sheryl Presler said the funds will be used for the Clare Gladwin RESD’s CTE program and equipment for the auto labs.
Clare settles contracts with teachers, support staff
Following a closed session after Monday’s regular Clare Board of Education meeting, three contracts were finally settled for Clare teachers including the Pioneer High School teachers and for the support staff. All three contracts expired on June 30th.
Three die in Beaverton house fire Tuesday
A fire early Tuesday morning in Beaverton claimed the lives of three, Amy Athey and two of her children, Rocco and Lydia, died in the fire. Amy’s husband, Dan Athey, is hospitalized in Flint with burns, according to officials. He was able to escape with another son.

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