Published 10/14/2020

GST Michigan Works Virtual Job Fair on Thursday

Local Employers to Participate

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GST Michigan Works will host a virtual job fair on Thursday October 15th from 9am to 12pm.  To attend online, register now at gstmiworks.com/jobfair.

Among the local employers that will be participating are CIE Newcor MTG , Crest Marine, Josh’s Frogs, McCarthy Building Companies, Memorial Healthcare and Wheeler Trucking.

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Meet the Incumbent Candidates for Durand Schools Board of Education

Blair Pancheck, Kasey Fiebernitz, Xak Zdunic and Darrick Huff Are Up for Re-Election on November 3rd

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Blair Pancheck

I have served on the board since 2014. My roots are deep within this community, in fact, my children are 3rd generation Railroaders! In the last 6 years while on the school board I have helped increase our fund balance, helped pass the Headlee Amendment, worked on the no mill bond which allowed many new upgrades at no increased cost to our taxpayers, as well as approved aligned curriculum for our district. If I’m re-elected I will work together with the board to improve the safety of our schools and to continue to strengthen our curriculum. We have an amazing administrative team and wonderful teachers who make representing this district something I am very proud of! Our board encompasses an eclectic group that have the same mission in making Durand the top district in the county!

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Kasey Fiebernitz

I have been on the Board for 15 years. I am running again because I want to continue to build Durand Area Schools as the top school district in our county. I am proud of our teachers, support staff and administration team. I am most proud of how this Board works toward putting our students first. We have a great Admin team and great teachers who have raised our state tests scores, worked to align curriculum, and of the hard work this Board has put towards building our fund equity.

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Xak Zdunic

I was elected in 2011.

I believe that everyone should serve their respected community in some capacity. Being a lifelong resident, former graduate, parent, and business owner in the Durand school district, I believe it's my civic duty to make sure my community has a successful school district.

I am honored to be part of a team that took Durand from having a $700,000 budget deficit to boasting a fund balance of almost 2 million dollars. I'm also proud of Durand's enrollment. Just prior to my election Durand was losing 150+ students per year to neighboring districts. Thanks to our staff, administrators, and current board, student enrollment has stabilized with the majority of new students coming from neighboring districts.  

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Darrick Huff

I was appointed in 2018.  I am running again because I want to see the work this board has started through.  The current board has great communication and synergy.  I am most proud of our test score improvements, curriculum updates and facility assessment and planned improvements.

CAST YOUR VOTE ON NOVEMBER 3rd!  Polls will be open 7am to 8pm.

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2020: Turkey To Go

Lennon United Methodist Church's annual turkey dinner is set for October 22nd, but this year, turkey will be served curbside.

Call ahead to place your order, 810-621-3676, or order when you arrive, between 4:30 and 7pm on Thursday October 22nd.

Lennon United Methodist Church is located at 1014 Oak Street in Lennon. Dinner prices $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Children 4 years old and under are free.

Latunski Fit To Stand Trial

Shiawassee County District Judge, Ward Clarkson, has ruled that 51 year old, Mark Latunski, accused in the brutal December 2019 killing of 25 year old Kevin Bacon, is mentally fit to stand trial.

Latunski has been in the care of a State psychiatric hospital for the past ten months.

After connecting via a dating app, authorities say Bacon went to Latunski's home. Responding to a request for a wellness check at Latunski's Tyrrell Road home, deputies discovered Bacon's body.

A preliminary hearing is set for October 23rd at 8:30am.

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Sandula Clock Tower Gets Repairs, New Look

After fundraising for work to renovate the Sandula Clock Tower in downtown Durand, the newly updated attraction is not only ready to weather another quarter-century or so, new LED lighting installed by contractor, Eric Cleveland, makes it an even brighter spot in the city.

The color of the newly-installed lighting can be changed. The clock tower was lit red on Tuesday September 1st. On September 4th, the clock tower was lit green. There are more than 30 color options that will be changed for different events and seasons.

Earlier in the summer the Durand Rotary Club set out to raise funds for replacement of the asphalt roof with a metal roof, replacement of damaged wood sections, and repairs to the clock faces. All of these updates were completed with the more than $12,000 in donations that was collected.

The group is currently evaluating the sound system that plays music from the tower and is expecting the system may need to be replaced. Some other minor repairs are planned in the lobby of the tower as well.

The Durand Rotary Club appreciates the generous community response to the club’s efforts to maintain and preserve the Sandula Clock for the future.

Built by local resident John Sandula in the early 1950's, the clock design is based on the style of a Hungarian cathedral clock. The bells on the clock are nearly 150 years old, given to Sandula from the First United Methodist Church of Durand.

The clock was originally housed on top of the Simplicity Engineering machine shops. After it was removed from the factory and stored for several years, the Durand Rotary Club undertook a fund raising campaign to repair the clock and build the tower to house it. The beautiful white stone tower and restored clock were dedicated by the City of Durand and the Rotary Club in 1996.

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Struggle Bus

Durand Afternoon Bus Run In Question Due to Need for Driver

Published 10/7/2020  10:16am

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Durand Schools Superintendent, Craig McCrumb, sent a communication to parents on Tuesday evening regarding the need for a driver for Durand's afternoon Bus 28 run.

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