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Hundreds enjoy pancakes at hospice fundraiser


BROWN CITY — More than 200 people came out to the Brown City Rotary Club’s 34th annual Hospice Pancake Supper on Tuesday, Jan. 30, to enjoy good food and give back to the community. The event was hosted by the Brown City Rotary Club, in conjunction with a new student organization, the Brown City Interact Club, made up of students […]

Marlette students roar for Lions

Marlette Red Raiders wore Detroit Lions’ Honolulu blue in school on Friday, in support of the Lions NFC championship game against the San Fransisco 49ers on Sunday. Unfortunately, and much against this reporter’s highest hopes, the Lions lost and will not be headed to the Super Bowl. But Lions fans still have reason to celebrate this year’s victories and keep […]

Deckerville pot, guns case settled

Defendant pleads to misdemeanor

DECKERVILLE — A 47-year-old Deckerville man’s guilty plea to the amended charge of disorderly person-illegal occupation last week wrapped up two cases that included an unlicensed marijuana grow operation, more than 50 firearms and ammunition. Felony drug charges against Adolf Veshtaj were dismissed and the plea to the disorderly misdemeanor was accepted for the cases that were impacted by a […]

Kala’s pies a favorite in national contest


LEXINGTON — When Kala Sheridan began baking custom design pies in 2018, she planned on making it a “hobby.” “Who buys pies,” she joked when someone told her she should start a Facebook page for her creations. Turns out, a lot of people buy pies! Far beyond a hobby these days, Homemade Pies by Kala recently became a top contender […]

Drain board to fix Marlette flooding


MARLETTE –—Street flooding that has been a problem in parts of this town for years will be addressed. The Duff Intercounty Drain Board passed a resolution on Jan. 23 in support of a maintenance and improvement project. The board has retained BMJ Engineers and Surveyors which provided preliminary cost estimates and recommendations at the meeting at city hall. At the […]

Dairy leaders, producers honored at banquet

Jeff Dawson receives Jim Frey Award

A longtime leader in the local dairy industry, whose professional career has included law enforcement, emergency medical service, real estate and auctioneering was in the spotlight at the 87th Annual Thumb Dairy Banquet. Nearly 200 dairy producers and others attended Saturday’s event at the M-Dahs Well Banquet Hall in Deckerville, where Jeff Dawson received the prestigious Jim Frey Award, and […]

Who’s running, who’s not

All county officials, but prosecutor, to run; Davidson files for prosecutor

Mark Davidson wants to erase the words “Chief Assistant” from his title. Davidson, the chief assistant prosecuting attorney for Sanilac County, has filed his nominating petition to run for prosecutor in the August Republican Primary. Prosecutor is one of several county offices up for election this year. Davidson, a retired FBI agent and lifelong Sanilac County resident, filed his paperwork […]

Two dead in separate traffic crashes

A 97-year-old Deckerville man and a 60-year-old Worth Township woman died from injuries in separate crashes on Friday. Sanilac County Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate both crashes that occurred within hours of each other in different parts of the county. The first crash on Jan. 19 occurred at approximately 1:06 p.m. when a 9-1-1 caller reported a two-vehicle collision on […]

Mom, kids flee as shots fired

A 34-year-old Carsonville man faces criminal charges stemming from a domestic violence during which a mother and her two children fled amid gunfire. Joshua Peter Behnke was arraigned last week in 73A District Court for domestic violence- third offense, three counts of assault with dangerous weapon (felonious assault), and reckless discharge or negligent use of firearms. Behnke’s next court appearance […]

Gunshot prompts police, drone response

Suspect charged with assault

APPLEGATE — Reports of a gun discharged inside a garage prompted a large response from the Sanilac County Sheriff Department and arrest of a 52-year-old suspect. The incident occurred Monday, Jan. 8 near the main intersection of Applegate. “It is my understanding that a subject had fired a firearm inside the garage of his home…He was taken into custody,” said […]


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