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Oil company withdraws permit

A spokesman with the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Chicago this week confirmed that officials with Jordan Development have withdrawn their permit application seeking approval to dispose of contaminated water through an injection well in White Lake Township....more>

Interviews scheduled for treasurer's position

Five candidates for the Commerce Township Treasurer's position will be interviewed on Tuesday, November 25, by the township board of trustees....more>

Preliminary Commerce library designs presented

Architects heading up the design of the future Commerce Township library presented the township board on Tuesday, November 18, with four preliminary design concepts for the building that will be built at Dodge Park No. 5, at the southeast corner of S. Commerce and Commerce roads....more>

Embezzlement citation delivered to jail

A 23-year-old White Lake woman was cited for embezzlement after she allegedly stole $140 from a pizzeria she worked at in Union Lake, authorities said....more>

Fire destroys Commerce home

A Commerce Township home was destroyed on the evening of Friday, November 14, due to a fire, authorities said....more>

Craigslist ad results in fake check

A Commerce Township man attempting to sell a truck cover online through Craigslist.com received a phony check from an unscrupulous buyer, authorities said....more>

Job scam tricks Commerce woman

A Commerce Township woman who applied to become a mystery shopper was taken for $1,740, authorities said....more>
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Gourmet grocery market

Organic, locally sourced fruits and vegetables from nearby Michigan farms, brought in by trucks in the last 12 hours. Exotic African and southeast Asian delicacies known to only the most accomplished and well-traveled chefs. Unique balsamic vinegars, extra virgin olive oils (knowns as EVOOs), exotic spices and seasonings, scratch baked goods, homemade prepared foods, and gourmet cheeses from around the globe....more>
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School absences

Skipping school, cutting class or playing hooky. Whatever name you give it, truancy and excessive absences can lead to serious problems for students and schools. Surprisingly, the issue is one that often goes unnoticed and can be easily overlooked....more>
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Unions struggle

Labor unions, credited with helping workers achieve fair wages, benefits and good working conditions, as well as the creation of a mass middle class in America in the second half of the 20th century, has fallen from favor as the calendar has turned the page to the 21st century....more>
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