Brian Moeller Loses Battle With Cancer

Brian Moeller

Brian Moeller

Port Huron has lost a strong voice and advocate for the city.  Port Huron Councilman Brian Moeller lost his battle with cancer Tuesday.  Moeller, 59 was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma about Thanksgiving time, and was given a good report in February, however, a routine-type surgery last week found the cancer had returned with a vengeance.  Moeller served as mayor of Port Huron from 2007-09 and has been on council since.  Brian was a former police officer, taught a criminal justice class at St. Clair County Community College, and was dedicated to the community.  His term on city council runs through 2016, and the next highest vote-getter in the last election, which was Rachel Cole is eligible to move into that position.  Brian Moeller is survived by his wife Diane, eight children, and many friends.  He will be missed.

 

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Study Shows SC4 Contributes More Than $200 Million To Local Economy

St. Clair County Community College contributes more than $200 million annually to the local economy, according to a new economic study by Economic Modeling Specialists International.  The recently commissioned study analyzed SC4’s effect on St. Clair County using student and financial data from the 2012-13 fiscal year.  According to the report, SC4 contributes $202.6 million to the…

Study Shows SC4 Contributes More Than $200 Million To Local Economy

sc4 building 2St. Clair County Community College contributes more than $200 million annually to the local economy, according to a new economic study by Economic Modeling Specialists International.  The recently commissioned study analyzed SC4’s effect on St. Clair County using student and financial data from the 2012-13 fiscal year.  According to the report, SC4 contributes $202.6 million to the local business community and is responsible for 4.5% of the county’s entire gross regional product.  That number includes $178.1 million in income generated by SC4 alumni working in St. Clair County. It also includes $24.4 million spent by the college on day-to-day operations and $39,235 in spending generated by students who relocated to St. Clair County to attend SC4.

Other highlights from the study:

  •  For every $1 students spend on tuition at SC4, they earn $5.30 in higher future wages.
  •  For every dollar the community invests, society sees $9 in benefits. That includes the extra money earned by students when they enter the working world and social savings generated by improved lifestyles of students.
  •  SC4 is a large employer in St. Clair County. In 2012-13, the college employed 425 full-time and part-time faculty and staff, 78% of whom lived in St. Clair County.

EMSI is located in Moscow, Idaho. To date they have conducted more than 1,200 economic impact studies for educational institutions in the U.S. and internationally.  To view more highlights and the entire study, visit www.sc4.edu/impact.

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A Marijuana Question Could Be On The Port Huron November 4 Ballot

Marijuana activists submitted signatures to the Port Huron Clerk’s Office in the hopes of getting a proposal on the November 4th ballot.  The Coalition for a Safer Port Huron, a group that created the ballot proposal as well as obtained the necessary number of signatures, is looking to legalize the possession and use of less…

A Marijuana Question Could Be On The Port Huron November 4 Ballot

marijuana-3000-2000-wallpaperMarijuana activists submitted signatures to the Port Huron Clerk’s Office in the hopes of getting a proposal on the November 4th ballot.  The Coalition for a Safer Port Huron, a group that created the ballot proposal as well as obtained the necessary number of signatures, is looking to legalize the possession and use of less than one ounce of marijuana by anyone 21 or older.   According to Port Huron City Clerk Sue Child, more than 1,033 signatures are needed, and it is believed that about 1,800 have been collected.  The reasoning of the coalition is that police need to focus on more serious crimes, such as meth labs, and sales of large amounts of drugs, along with the excess crime and violence that goes along with such activity.  They say Port Huron will be a safer community by allowing officers to focus on those crimes and criminals.  Many law officials do not agree, stating that the legalization of marijuana could create even more issues as the drug dealers work to make up lost profits.

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Jury Selection Begins

Jury selection is completed in the trial of a man charged with killing two Port Huron residents last summer.  Thirty-two year old Manuel Gamez has been charged with  two counts of open murder, two counts of torture and one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.  Charges came following the murders of Melissa Ichenberg, 26, and…

Jury Selection Begins

Manuel Gamez

Manuel Gamez

Jury selection is completed in the trial of a man charged with killing two Port Huron residents last summer.  Thirty-two year old Manuel Gamez has been charged with  two counts of open murder, two counts of torture and one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.  Charges came following the murders of Melissa Ichenberg, 26, and Daniel McRoberts, 29, who were found dead in a Riverview Street apartment in July 2013.  The trial begins Wednesday at 9 a.m. in St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael West’s courtroom.

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Police Looking For Armed Robbery Suspect

The Port Huron Police Department is seeking assistance in the investigation of an armed robbery that occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. Monday at the Spirits Shoppe, at 3550 Gratiot Ave. in Port Huron.  The suspect is described as a white male with a scruffy beard between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall wearing…

Police Looking For Armed Robbery Suspect

ph policeThe Port Huron Police Department is seeking assistance in the investigation of an armed robbery that occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. Monday at the Spirits Shoppe, at 3550 Gratiot Ave. in Port Huron.  The suspect is described as a white male with a scruffy beard between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall wearing dark clothing.  Reports say the suspect entered the store carrying a knife, and robbed the clerk of an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the store heading northeast.  No injuries were reported in the incident.  Anyone with information can call the Capture hotline at (810) 987-6688.

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