George James

National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week

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This week is National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. The Port Huron area has multiple shelters and emergency housing shelters, as well as some permanent housing assistance programs for the homeless. Shelters open each evening and close in the mornings, so homeless have a place to sleep. But there is no place for them to…

Snyder Putting Refugee Efforts On Hold

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In light of the terrorist attack in France last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says he is putting efforts to bring refugees to Michigan on hold. In a statement issued by his office on Sunday, he said, “Given the terrible situation in Paris, I’ve directed that we put on hold our efforts to accept new…

Eastern Michigan Bank Acquiring Ruth Bank

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Eastern Michigan Financial Corporation and Ruth Bank Corporation have entered into an agreement whereby Eastern Michigan Financial Corporation will acquire Ruth Bank Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiary Ruth State Bank. It is anticipated the transaction will be completed sometime in the first quarter of 2016, pending regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. Both…

Fort Gratiot to Offer Weekly Recycling

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Starting in 2016, Fort Gratiot will be offering weekly recycling to residents. Currently, they offer biweekly pick-up. The change will not cost more, but will, in fact, cost a dollar lest than residents paid last year. The reason for this, Supervisor Jorja Baldwin said, is due to residents recycling more and trash tipping fees are…

I-94 Construction Closings

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MDOT is reporting I 94 will be closed at I69 in Port Huron Township between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. this week. The closures started Tuesday night and will continue through Sunday. Crews will be setting new bridge beams during the closure. I 94 will be closed in both directions at I 69.  Eastbound traffic…

Public School Retiree Contributions Ruled Constitutional

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Michigan lawmakers did not violate the Constitution when they required teachers and other public school employees to contribute to their retiree healthcare costs, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday. Justice Stephen Markman, wrote in the decision AFT Michigan v. Michigan that because the law, has a voluntary provision that allows teachers and public school…

February Elections On the Chopping Block

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A Michigan House committee has created legislation that will end some district’s practice of holding elections in the month of February. The bill sponsor, Rep. Lisa Lyons, R-Alton, says February elections are costly to hold, and have low voter turnout. Some school officials disagree, sighting that limiting election months causes “voter fatigue” by creating large…

Expect Lower Gas Prices This Summer

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Summer gasoline prices are expected to be the lowest in about 6 years, according to the Energy Department. The national average price is forecast to fall 32 percent from a year ago to $2.45 a gallon between April and September. That would mark the lowest seasonal average since 2009. For the year, the department’s Energy…

Judge Kelly Appoints New District Court Administrator

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Chief Judge Daniel J. Kelly has announced that Andrea R. Strassburg has been appointed as 72nd District Court Administrator. Mrs. Strassburg holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and has served as a 72nd District Court Probation Officer since 2003. During her tenure she was…

Smoking Slowly Declines

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Have you wondered how many people still smoke cigarettes in the US? Here are the latest statistics:  Nearly 18 of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older currently smoke cigarettes. This means an estimated 42.1 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease…