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Local News Summary - February 20, 2019 Edition

Hillman Village and Township work together to keep recycling program up and running
The Village of Hillman and Hillman Township are each chipping in $5,000 per year to keep the recycling program in Hillman operating, but Myron McIntire, village council president, said that might mean fencing in the recycling bins and limiting the program to the village and township residents.

“We hope to not get to that point,” he told the Tribune.

He estimated, at the current rates, recycling would cost about $6,600 per year, but he explained that doesn’t account for increases in volumes during the summer months with seasonal residents or the cost of transporting garbage that doesn’t belong with recycling materials to the landfill.

Hillman’s recycling program serves more than residents in the immediate area, McIntire maintains, as residents from other townships bring recycling materials to the site out of convenience. He attended the Feb. 13 county board meeting to encourage the two county commissioners who serve on the landfill board to continue to appeal to the landfill for support.

“See what you guys can do, because we might end up needing more money,” he said, adding he doesn’t want to place limitations on the program, because he doesn’t want an increase in the amount of materials ending up in the landfill.

Commissioner Bert LaFleche, who serves on the landfill board, said the landfill abandoned recycling because it was costing the landfill too much money, but he would bring the matter up to the rest of the landfill board. There are concerns among landfill board members about legislation introduced that would increase landfill tipping fees from 36 cents per ton to $4.75 per ton.

“If it does happen, we’re going to be hurting, too,” LaFleche said.

Oelfke pleads not guilty
Daniel R. Oelfke, 34, Mount Morris, has entered a plea of not guilty on a charge of third degree criminal sexual conduct force, an offense punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Oelfke allegedly sexually assaulted an adult female while employed as a deputy for the Montmorency County Sheriff Department.

At a Feb. 11 appearance in 26th Circuit Court in Atlanta, Douglas Gutscher, attorney for the defense, said the discovery information has been provided, but he is still reviewing numerous recorded interviews and reports. Oelfke waived his right to a preliminary examination, and Gutscher said there was no need to conduct one for discovery purposes.

“The case is not overly complicated,” he told Judge Michael G. Mack, adding the case involved an encounter between two co-workers in which the co-workers had different assumptions regarding the encounter.

Oelfke was granted permission to travel on a vacation with his girlfriend as neither the defense nor prosecution deems him as a flight risk. A status conference in the matter has been scheduled for April 22 at 1:30 p.m.

Lady Tigers pounce on Wolverines
The Lady Wolverines from AuGres-Sims were no match for the Lady Tigers of Hillman on Feb. 11. Although it took halfway through the first quarter before either team would score, the Tigers took an early lead and kept it.

The Wolverines knotted the game twice in the first quarter, but they trailed by five at the end of the first courtesy of shots from Hillman’s Alison Samp and Anna Calender as well as five points for Bailey Schook, including a triple.

Lady Tiger Emma Libby was persistent in getting her hands on the ball to cause AuGres turnovers. More from Samp, a shot from Brooke Jones, a hoop and a foul for Jessica Jones and another Schook triple boosted Hillman’s lead to nine going into the halftime break.

Both teams were aggressive on defense and making possession difficult to maintain. The teams traded shots early in the third, but that’s when the Tigers made their move. Schook hit from the line after drawing a foul while intercepting a pass. Brooke Jones added five points, including a three-pointer, and Davi Stewart checked in to immediately triple and leave the Wolverines down by 15 going into the final quarter.

Tiger steals proved valuable with Jones earning a free throw after stealing before hooking in a two and tripling off the glass. A steal by Schook put her on the line for two, and a steal by Samp resulted in two more for Schook. Samp stole the ball and went all the way for two more in the game that ended 53-29, Tigers. Schook was Hillman’s highest scorer with 15 points, but Samp and Jones weren’t far behind with 13 each. The Lady Tigers travel to Alcona to face another team of Tigers on Feb. 21.

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