Bringing in the autumn harvest

James A. Ernest

James A. Ernest, age 83, of Brown City and formerly of Armada died Nov. 22, 2014. He was born April 3, 1931, in Putnam, Alabama to Fred and LouElla Ernest. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Jim married Nancy Gingrich on Jan. 22, 1955. He was construction superintendent for Emil VanSile the company that built the Pontiac […]


Have an upcoming activity or event planned? Drop us a line at; The Brown City Banner, 4241 Main St. P.O. Box 250, Brown City MI 48416 or call 810- 346-2753 or e-mail December 1 The Over 50’s Group meets for a Pot-Luck lunch at 12:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Trinity Lutheran Church, 7029 Cade […]

MSU Extension to hold open house

SANDUSKY — The Sanilac County MSU Extension Office invites you to join them for an open house from 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The open house is being held to recognize the 100-Year Anniversary of Extension Services creation by the Smith-Lever Act of 1914. Additionally, the MSU Extension office recently moved to its new location and staff would like […]


We are updating our Birthdays list. Call 810-346-2753 to add a name or to make changes. December 1Joe BezmekCarol NelsonCheryl OwenRyan Spencer December 2Bernard MitchellScott CronceBetty PrattMary Ann McKibbonLinda SeddonOrthella ProctorJoshua ThomasMichael Dennis December 3Tina BeckwithLevi WelchSandra DeanSharyn McKenzieJohn Cummings Ken CronceSara Belle in memory December 4Lowell MilettRobert BossmanLee WebbCatherine PutzTracey McClellandKeith NelsonMary RickmanBlake Knox December 5Jessica JohnsonDavid ColonSamantha AveryGrant […]

Young farmers face off at Farm Bureau annual

SANILAC COUNTY — Eager to take their place alongside their elders, the next generation of Michigan farmers face off at Michigan Farm Bureau›s (MFB) 2014 Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids. Thirteen young farmers including several from the Thumb region, ages 18-35, will face off in four individual contest categories geared toward measuring their agricultural involvement, leadership and achievements. Contestants vie […]

Holiday fun in the heart of the Thumb!

Marlette to host Country Christmas on Dec. 6

MARLETTE — Area residents are invited to enjoy some holiday fun in the heart of the Thumb on Saturday, Dec. 6 for the Marlette Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Marlette Country Christmas event. A Christmas vendor sale will kick off festivities at 9:30 a.m. at Marlette High School and will conclude at 3 p.m. There is no entrance charge and […]

Students of the Week

The Brown City Lower Elementary Student of the Week is first grader Charlotte Ferguson. She is the daughter of Melisa Ferguson and Wade Ferguson. Teacher Pam Martus chose her because, “Charlotte always does her best. She likes a challenge and has read over 200 books in the first marking period. Charlotte takes pride in her class work and does her […]

Updated assessment plan good for schools

Michigan’s public schools can begin moving forward in their planning for the online statewide student assessment in the spring of 2015. The Michigan Dept. of Education recently announced its updated assessment system, called the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP). This is good news for local school districts that have been anxious to hear what the new assessment will […]

A slap in the face

I was not at the Veterans Day ceremony in Brown City, but I have an excuse. I was out of town. I was in Kalamazoo on business and stopped by their program while I was there. I saw the pictures in The Banner and I thought they were great. To think that only three people showed up to watch and […]