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Breaking News: Women’s basketball coach resigns

Clay Kimball


This past Wednesday, Skippers’ women’s basketball coach, Lakita Gantz, stepped down from her position prior to the game against Schoolcraft College.

Lakita Gantz
Lakita Gantz

Athletic director Dale Vos was reached for comment about said resignation.

Vos could not comment on reasons behind the resignation of the former coach, but reassured that the season would continue.

Mike Groulx, men’s assistant basketball coach, will fill in as interim coach, with help from current women’s assistant coach, Lucretia Bowerman.

Groulx will maintain this position until the end of the season, at which point the hiring process for a new coach will begin, sometime around March.

Vos maintains that the lady Skippers will be able to withstand this blow and finish the season strong.

More information will be provided as the story develops.

Should I stay or should I go?

“Get involved in the political process,” advised Senator Phil Pavlov during his keynote speech at the “I will stay if…” event, atop the Vintage Tavern in Downtown Port Huron, Thursday afternoon.

Senator Pavlov was one of dozens of attendees for the event, organized by the Blue Water Young Professionals, that invited the “movers and shakers” of Port Huron to “Help inform our leaders what will make a more successful Port Huron and a more successful Michigan”. Senator Pavlov is also a former SC4 student.

The crowd in the Vintage Tavern, for the "I will stay if..." event. Photo by Cody Kimball
The crowd in the Vintage Tavern, for the "I will stay if..." event. Photo by Cody Kimball

It was standing room only at the meeting, with people from a variety of backgrounds and industries, from government officials to high school students, business owners to entrepreneurs, even SC4 Board of Trustees member Robert Tansky was spotted in the crowd. “[The turnout] represents what the future of what the state of Michigan is going to look like,” Senator Pavlov said.

Attendees had photos taken with their idea to make the community more successful.

Trina Kern-Avedision, President of Citizens for a Vibrant Community, expressed a desire to see more support for community events. She is also an SC4 graduate and former Erie Square Gazette writer, and WSGR DJ. “We’re big supporters,” said Angela Kelley, the Community Liaison for the CVC, “we’re throwing events in and around the area, and we need the thirty-something families to be able to work.”

Family was a common sentiment during the event.

Matt Selepack, 31, explained that he moved back to Port Huron from Orlando, because his family is in the area, and he had a child. He is planning on opening an Ad Agency in Port Huron. “I’m looking to see whose moving and shaking in Port Huron.” His business partner, John Loshaw, also had a child and came to get some guidance. “I’m networking tonight,” Loshaw said.

James Glover, of Parking Carma, has been working in Port Huron for a few years. “We need to really capture why people stay in big cities like Chicago,” said Glover. “It’s a great event to start up and get people talking!”

Cody Kimball


VIDEO: Pet of the Issue

Pet of the Issue

Video by Dan Pettee
Edited by Cody Kimball Webmaster

Pet of the Issue

Dove photo credit Dan Pette

Dove (cat) photo by Dan Pette

Dove is a one year old American Short Hair. Dove is named for her unusual purr, which sounds like cooing. Although Dove is kitten-sized she is full-grown. Dove has not been declawed and she been tested for FEV and FELV. Dove’s adoption fee is $75.

Kringle photo credit Liz Whittemore

Kringle (dog) photo by Liz Whittemore

Kringle is a male adult medium-sized Spaniel mix. Kringle is up to date with all his shots, neutered, and house trained. He is very friendly and best of all it only costs $175 to take him home with you.

For more information on adopting these pets, contact the Sanilac County Humane Society at (810)657-8962 or e-mail them at You can also visit their website and check out their other adorable adoptees at To help cover adoption fees, an anonymous supporter has offered to help cover the cost of any pet featured in the Erie Square Gazette. For more information call 989-5584.

VIDEO : Fire at Fort Gratiot Chrysler Dealership

A fire, resulting from a downed power line according to witnesses, has consumed several vehicles at a local auto dealership. The fire was noticed by several, including SC4 student Tim Jobbitt, who was at work at the Fort Gratiot Little Caesars across the street at the time of the fire. According to Jobbiitt, the power went out at around 7:15pm on December 26, and returned, only to be lost again an hour later, which, according to witnesses, was the approximate start of the fire. Heather Margaret, 35, of Kimball was among the onlookers. Margaret, with her daughters Nia, 8 and Amiah, 10, noticed the fire and attempted to call 911 at 8:14. Authorities arrived on the seen shortly later. The fire was evidently caused by a downed power line which, according to Margaret, was resting on the first car which caught fire. Other cars caught fire later. The blaze and the electrical sparking and arcing attracted groups of onlookers. Vehicles traveling  past the scene were re-routed around the area. As of 9pm the fire was still in progress. Authorities were not available for comment at the time.
Cody Kimball