Millington falls short in quest to defend title

Millington falls short in quest to defend title

By Scott Bolsby | Sports Editor
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The chances came and went for Millington’s softball team in Saturday’s regional final loss to Division 3 No. 2 Richmond.
The Blue Devils took advantage of a late opportunity to knock off the No. 1 ranked Cardinals 2-1 in nine innings.
“I think we had our opportunities to get the win,” said Millington coach Greg Hudie. “It wasn’t a game where we walked away from thinking ‘Man, we just never had our shots.’ It takes luck, skill and everything to align to win.
“I think the girls played absolutely amazing softball, especially with the way it started out.”
The game started with both teams scoring in exact fashion.

Marlette doubles down on baseball history

Marlette doubles down on baseball history

By Scott Bolsby | Sports Editor
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CLARE — Marlette’s baseball team made history twice Saturday.
The Red Raiders won their first regional title, defeating Muskegon Catholic Central 5-4.
Its first regional crown wasn’t good enough.
Marlette then defeated Michigan Lutheran Seminary 7-6 in the quarterfinals.
The Red Raiders now advance to the Division 4 semifinals for the first time in school history. “It’s just special,” said Marlette coach Dave Hayden. “I’ve got a special group of guys and they earned it all today. They fought right to the end. Seminary never went away.

Splash pad makes a super-soaked debut

Splash pad makes a super-soaked debut

By Tom Gilchrist | Reporter
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It rained buckets – actually, from a bucket containing hundreds of gallons of water – on squealing children in Caro on Monday night.
Many of the kids getting wet at the grand opening of the Aqua Zone, a $320,000 splash pad off Park Drive, yelled their approval.
A drenched Luke Stephens, 4, of Caro, the first child to run onto the Aqua Zone’s concrete pad and soak up some fun, “came up to me and said ‘I love it! I love it!’” said Heidi Stephens, 39, Luke’s mom.

Shifting Perspectives: SCMCCI-Putman dispute still unresolved, but commissioners find fault with both parties

Shifting Perspectives: SCMCCI-Putman dispute still unresolved, but commissioners find fault with both parties

By Mark Haney | Reporter
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The dispute between South Central Michigan Construction Code Inspections and Putman Development remains unsettled, but the attitude of the Tuscola County Board of Commissioners has shifted in the two weeks since William E. Putman II appeared at the commissioners’ meeting room in the H.H. Purdy Building in Caro.
At stake is the fate of a 42,000-square-foot, $7 million new medical center on five acres of land at 1800 W. Caro Road, just west of Caro.
While work on that building has been going on since November, SCMCCI has yet to issue the Putmans a building permit. Instead, the building codes office has filed two stop-work orders against the development.

Mayville schools millage vote delayed to November ballot

Mayville schools millage vote delayed to November ballot

By John Schneider | Editor
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It turns out the polls will be closed on Aug. 3 at all Tuscola County voting precincts.
There was just one issue scheduled to be decided that day – a Mayville Community Schools operating millage renewal proposal. But a technical issue caused it to be removed from the Aug. 3 election.
“It was an unfortunate communication mishap,” said Mayville schools Superintendent Barry Markwart.