Hillsdale County, MI

Summer Farm Festival set for Saturday

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the Will Carleton Summer Farm Festival will take place at the historic Will Carleton Poorhouse. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Attendees will get the opportunity to participate in and view a wide assortment of events, from seeing...
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What's next?: 800 MHz proposal rejected by voters

Hillsdale County “sits on an island" with most emergency responders operating on an outdated VHF radio system that surrounding counties have scrapped in favor of the state-wide 800 MHz state radio system. The Hillsdale County Board of Commissioners began looking into upgrading the outdated system countywide earlier this year and opted to take a nearly $10 million bond proposal to the voters Tuesday, which failed. ...
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Jonesville Man Wins $115,000 Fantasy 5 Jackpot

Jonesville, MI – A Hillsdale County man is looking forward to living comfortably after winning a $115,000 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the Michigan Lottery. 68-year-old Stephen Hammel, of Jonesville, matched the Fantasy 5 numbers in the July 24 drawing to win the big prize: 04-16-22-30-38. He bought his winning ticket at J&B Liquor, located at 319 Reading Avenue in Jonesville.

Lindsey beats LaSata in 17th district Republican senate primary

Political newcomer John Lindsey, 37, with an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, won the Republican primary for the new Michigan Senate District 17, beating current Sen. Kim LaSata.  Both candidates moved into the reapportioned district which stretches from western Hillsdale County to southern Berrien County on Lake Michigan.   Lindsey, who graduated from...

Republican house primary goes to Andrew Fink

Voters delivered the Republic primary to incumbent state Rep. Andrew Fink, 37, for a second term in the Michigan legislature Tuesday. Steve Meckley, 54, a Somerset Township trustee, carried Hillsdale County 3,214 votes to Fink's 3,064. Fink won in all the Branch County precincts, which gave him a 1,923 vote margin in both counties.

Harmful algal bloom identified in Hillsdale County

Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has been notified of a harmful algal bloom at North Lake LeAnn. The State of Michigan’s Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy laboratory has confirmed the detection of microcystin in the cyanobacterial scums on the northern section of the lake. The Lake LeAnn Property Owners Association is aware of the algal bloom and is taking appropriate steps in working with EGLE and the health agency.  ...

11-Year-Old Girl Dies After Struck By Boat In Hillsdale County Lake

HILLSDALE, Mich. (AP) — An 11-year-old girl died after she fell off of an inflatable banana boat and was struck by the motorized vessel towing it, authorities said Thursday. After three children fell from the banana boat, the motorboat circled back to pick them up and struck the 11-year-old, whom the motorboat’s operator had not seen, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said in a news release. The girl was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the release said. The accident occurred around 3 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Michindoh in Hillsdale County, conservation officers said. Twelve children were riding the banana boat boat at the time, officers said. The girl’s name has not been released. It was not clear whether the girl had been riding on the banana boat or was in the water for another reason. Both vessels are owned by the Michindoh Conference Center, a Christian camp, officers said. © 2022 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.