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Friday 05/26/2017
Awarding the Brad Stone scholarship
Posted: May 26, 2017

On Wednesday evening, I attended the Senior Awards event at Lake Fenton High School. I went, not as a parent of a soon-to-be graduate, but as a presenter of a college scholarship. Attending with me was my husband, Jeff, and my mom, Barb Richey. On stage, I had the pleasure of sitting next to Char Olmstead, my neighbor. She, too, was handing out a scholarship in memory of her husband, John, who was a longtime counselor for Lake Fenton. Char and I, as well as several other presenters sat on stage and waited for our turn to walk to the podium to announce our scholarship and meet our winners. The bright lights shining on us made it difficult to see everyone in the audience, but I could see so many smiling faces of seniors wearing their graduation gowns in the front rows of the auditorium. I’ve been presenting the Brad Stone scholarship since 2004. So far, Brad’s memorial scholarships have been awarded to 20 Lake Fenton graduates for a combined amount of $107,300. We’ve also given out Brad’s scholarships to 23 hockey players with the Eastern Michigan Hockey Association for a combined amount of $63,500. On Wednesday, I was thrilled to announce that Abigail Rhodes (left) and Allison von Dagganhausen were this year’s recipients. Their names have already been engraved on Brad’s plaque, which hangs at the high school and we hope the Abigail and Allison display the plaque at their graduation open houses. Giving out these scholarships in Brad’s memory is our opportunity to turn a parent’s worst nightmare into something positive. Our hope is that all of these scholarship winners continue to live life to the fullest, reach for the stars, laugh every day, love their families and treat everyone like a friend. After congratulating both girls, I took my seat and realized that I was seated next to Abigail’s dad, Cliff Rhodes. As the president of the Athletic Boosters, he was there to hand out a scholarship as well. I remember him reaching around my shoulder and saying ‘thank you.’ That made my heart happy. The program continued and I believe the entire audience gasped in awe when they heard with a senior class of 159 students, this year’s graduates earned a total of $593,000 worth of combined scholarships. That is an incredible amount and shows just how special Lake Fenton Community Schools and its families are. Jeff and I would also like to give a sincere thank you to high school counselor Duanita Bailey for all of her hard work with organizing all of these scholarships and the Senior Awards event.

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Friday 03/24/2017
We want to hear from you
Posted: March 24, 2017

 As your award-winning community newspaper, we do our best to provide you with the finest stories, photos and videos on the topics that are most important to you. We also bring information and advertisements from our local businesses directly to you. We are always open to story ideas and we make it simple to send those ideas our way. With so many interesting men, women and children in this area, the number of stories is endless. People with a hot tip, a pet peeve, a suggestion for our ‘Our Town’ feature, a concern about their neighborhood or school or anything else that they believe would be of particular interest to Fenton, Linden and Holly area residents can easily contact us by sending an email to news@tctimes.com or calling (810) 629-8282. You might not realize that we broke the embezzlement story on Michael LaJoice after receiving an anonymous phone call. As I spoke to the unknown man, I knew immediately that his information, if true, would change LaJoice and his family’s lives forever, as well as the Fenton area. Once I confirmed that LaJoice was in the Oakland County Jail, I knew that the information I received was valid. My staff went into action the following morning to find out as much as we could. Oftentimes, Hot lines lead to very interesting stories. Our readers know that these Hot lines, whether submitted by phone, handwritten letters, text or email, will remain anonymous. For many, this feature is the only way to have his or her voice heard and we believe that if it’s important to you, it’s important to us. Our website, tctimes.com, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages have grown significantly, which allow us to stay in constant contact with our readers. As a bonus, we often include photo galleries and videos to our online stories. These online stories, photos and videos are great to share with family and friends anywhere in the world. As editor, we want to hear from you, our valued reader and customer. We want to write about the things you want to read. Keep sending in those ideas, tips and concerns so we may keep serving the tri-county area.

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Friday 09/30/2016
Watching Chester
Posted: September 30, 2016

 Have you ever wondered what your dog does all day while you are at work? I do. Does Chester mope around waiting for us at the door? Does he sprawl out on the couch all day?

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Friday 05/27/2016
Senior Awards night
Updated: June 01, 2016 - 10:03 am

 Each year as Senior Awards night approaches for Lake Fenton High School, anxiety rolls in for me. It’s a very emotional and hectic time for my family. We’re in the midst of planning our annual golf outing fundraiser and a week or so before each year’s senior awards night, my husband, Jeff, and I meet with our committee of school officials who select the winner of the Brad Stone scholarship, which is in memory of our son. It’s hard to believe Brad would be 28 if he were alive today. He died in 2000 when he was just 12 from complications of an asthma attack. Each year as I put together a speech about the latest scholarship, I try to keep it simple, as I know I will struggle when I’m standing at the podium. On Wednesday, as soon as I heard Principal Todd Reynolds announce my name to the audience filled with seniors and their families, that rush of emotion hit me again. I try to stay composed. I really do. Sometimes I do pretty well and sometimes I fail miserably. As soon as I said Brad’s name, I felt my voice quivering and a huge lump in my throat. Brad’s legacy and this scholarship mean so much to my family and me. I glanced at my husband, seated in the back row with my mom, and after taking a deep breath, I finished my speech and announced this year’s winners. Twenty seniors applied for Brad’s $10,000 college scholarship. Our committee ultimately chose two seniors — Mason Rinks and Allison Muenzer. They each are receiving a $5,000 college scholarship. I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the seniors who took the time to apply. Their essays, especially those who knew Brad’s story, always tear at our heartstrings. I’d also like to thank Duanita Elford, the high school counselor, who works so hard with these scholarships and organizing a very special evening. The Stone family finds much comfort in providing these scholarships in Brad’s memory to such incredible young men and women.

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Wednesday 12/09/2015
MSU Spartans beat Iowa, priceless roadtrip for Times editor and family
Posted: December 09, 2015

To say this weekend was a blur would be an understatement. Anyone who knows my husband or me knows that we are diehard Spartan fans. So are our kids.

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Tuesday 02/03/2015
American Sniper
Posted: February 03, 2015

I’ll have to admit that part of the reason why I wanted to go see American Sniper was because Bradley Cooper had the starring role as U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle. My husband and I, along with some friends, decided to go see the movie at Trillium on opening night.

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Wednesday 10/23/2013
Community mourns Ralph Coaster
Updated: October 23, 2013 - 9:10 am

The Lake Fenton community is mourning the loss of a former school administrator — and friend. I knew Ralph Coaster from the days when he was principal at Torrey Hill Middle School (now Torrey Hill Intermediate School). I remember a cute photo of my son Brad, who was in sixth grade, and Ralph posing together after Brad was named Student of the Month in 2000. What great memories.

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Saturday 08/10/2013
Building memories at Family Camp
Posted: August 10, 2013

From the desk of Times Editor Sharon Stone

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Friday 06/07/2013
Busy time of year, but it’s all good
Updated: June 07, 2013 - 4:19 pm

 It’s that time of year when I am being pulled in many directions.

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Friday 03/08/2013
Behind the scenes at the Times
Posted: March 08, 2013

 Have you ever wondered how your local newspaper gathers all of its news and stories? Here at the Times, we are continually on the lookout for interesting, entertaining and informative news and features — especially those that affect the majority of our area residents. Whether it’s a new animal ordinance (think chickens), a policy at our children’s school (weather-related closings), or criminal activity, we report it accurately, fairly and timely. Most stories are posted on our website within mere minutes of their occurrence.

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