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Local News Summary - February 21, 2024 Edition

Lady Huskies tighten the gap against Fairview
Atlanta’s Lady Huskies improved against Fairview’s Lady Eagles on Feb. 16 compared to when the teams first met in January. The Huskies lost by 21 points in the earlier contest but kept the score gap to just 14 in the more recent matchup.

Fairview’s Jessie Ross was a scoring factor for the Eagles, and she started the game with back-to-back triples. Atlanta’s Alliyah Hagemeister fired a three from the side, and Jylisia Larsen landed two three-pointers to help keep the Huskies within six points at the end of the first quarter.

Second-quarter scoring began with four points for Fairview, but an eight-point run for Atlanta, including four points for Larsen and two each for Sophia McLean and Alyssa Carigon, helped bring the Huskies within two points at the halftime break.

Carigon landed a free throw for Atlanta at the start of the second half to bring the Huskies within one, but that’s as close as Atlanta would get to the soaring Eagles. Down by six in the final quarter, a two-point shot for Atlanta brought the Huskies within four. Hagemeister was stealing the ball, but referee calls were not going her way.

A Carigon bucket put the Huskies back within range, but Fairview launched a teamwide scoring spree that ended the game at 40-26, Eagles. The Huskies travel to Wolverine to take on the Wildcats on Feb. 19, a team they defeated earlier this year, and host Mackinaw City’s Comets on Feb. 22 before district playoff action begins.

Tenured courthouse employees want retiree health insurance contract
A group of county employees has requested a contract assuring retiree health insurance, reinstatement of the ability to add a spouse to their policy at their cost and reinstatement of the $600 stipend for health insurance for retirees 65 years of age or older. The matter was discussed at the regular county board meeting on Feb. 15.

Aprille Williamson, county controller, said the lack of the $600 stipend for retirees 65 years of age or older was an oversight, and she confirmed she will add that stipend to the county policy. She informed commissioners allowing employees to add a spouse to their policy could increase the county’s premium if the premium is based on utilization.

Currently, employees have the option to obtain health insurance at a cost of 20 percent if they retire between the ages of 55-65 and have more than 15 years of service. A contract assuring the coverage would affect 10 employees, and Commissioner Dell Bolser pointed out the policy could be changed for employees who do not yet have tenure.

The issues of a contract and the ability to add a spouse to a policy were tabled until the next regular board meeting on March 7. The county’s attorney is being requested to attend that meeting to answer questions for commissioners and possibly county employees.

“Let’s see if we can make it happen,” Commissioner Bolser said.

Hillman School millage on February 27 ballot
In addition to choosing a presidential candidate in the Feb. 27 election, voters in Hillman, Montmorency and Rust townships will decide if Hillman Community Schools will continue levying a millage on non-homesteaded property for operating expenses. A previously approved millage expires with the 2024 tax levy. The proposal seeks to renew a millage rate limitation of 18.39 mills for a period of four years. The millage would generate about $1,894,128 in the first year levied.

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