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March 18, 1922

If there had been the strong wind during the first storm that hit this weekend, there would be hardly a tree left in Cadillac. The wind was whipping the wires hard today and the lines, weakened by the last storm, didn’t hold up to much chastisement. The Consumers Power Co. tower line went out at 2:15 p.m. Sunday. Two phases of the transmission line were down for about a mile in the canal area. Principal SW Webb drove to Wheeler School in a light car and Stronach patrolmen traveled the rest of the distance from Junction Dam. A team descended on the transmission lines at 4 p.m. and worked through the night with flashlights and lanterns. The heavy cables have been stretched so much that they are the size of a pin where they break. Through the state park there is no clearing, although beyond the golf clubhouse all brush and trees have been cut from the transmission line right-of-way. Troubleshooters wallowed in ice and snow, often knee-deep, all night but at 4am today a daytime patrol found the line still not clear and it was only at 8:45 a.m. the power line was reported finally clear. . A telegram has been sent to Grand Rapids, from where the order will go to the dam to turn on the power.

March 18, 1972

The Temple Hill Baptist Church congregation has approved a recommendation from the church building committee to enter into a contract with construction company RW Cole for the construction of a new church building. Temple Hill Church, organized in 1883, is one of the oldest churches in Cadillac. The present building was constructed in 1908. Seven years ago, during the pastorate of Reverend Lee Giddings, a proposal was made to consider a relocation project and build a new church. In recent years the congregation has provided a building fund and worked on plans for a new church. The building committee includes Chairman Bud Grogan, Evelyn Benson, Doris Kardell, Hilma Lamphere, CO Kumfer, Cliff Proffit, Hilma Lamphere, Harold Finstrom, Ed Powell, Reuben Eubank and Otto Kalmbach. They engaged the services of GE Associates of Flint, Michigan as the architectural firm. Once the final approval of the drawings was completed, an invitation to tender was issued to the contractors. The lowest bidder for the job was Cadillac’s RW Cole Construction Company at a cost of $196,803. Arrangements for financing the project have been made with the Cadillac State Bank. Construction of the property on West Division Street will begin in early April. Completion will be in the fall of this year. The new church provides off-street parking and a ground floor building. The complex is built with two adjoining sections. One section will be the church auditorium and the other will be used for the fellowship hall and Bible school facilities. Reverend Alan Olsson, the current pastor, and the congregation said they believe the move will allow them to pursue a more effective ministry in this community. In the near future, a dedication service will be held in preparation for the construction of the new church.

March 18, 1997

Cadillac dropped its lawsuit regarding the local sale of pornography, but may pursue other avenues and attempt to involve other communities. City council members on Monday approved removing appeal rights in the Mitchell Street News and Video case, which was heard in late February by the Michigan Court of Appeals. The appeals judges upheld the opinion of County Wexford Circuit Judge Charles Corwin that the 30-year-old law unlawfully gives the court the power to prohibit the distribution of obscene material. At their March 3 meeting, board members met behind closed doors to decide on the next course of action. Cadillac could have appealed the case to the Michigan Supreme Court or tried to have parts of the law changed. Cadillac spent about $12,000 on the 2-year battle, city attorney Roger Wotila said earlier. But city officials said money wasn’t the biggest issue in ditching the suit. “City prosecutors have said our chances of success, and number 1 if the Supreme Court even hears the case, would be quite difficult to address,” City Manager Pete Stalker said. City attorney Dave McCurdy hopes to involve state lawmakers and possibly the Michigan Municipal League in attempts to change the civil obscenity law. Since the Court of Appeals ruled the law unconstitutional, McCurdy said it was up to lawmakers to create a new law. “When there is a question of constitutionality, it just invites legislation,” he said. In 1995, Cadillac filed a civil lawsuit against Mitchell Street News and Video and hoped a jury would decide whether the store’s material was obscene. A jury trial never took place and the suit was continued on legal grounds.

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