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VERNON — Area residents can have their taxes prepared and filed for free at the Vernon Public Library through the Scan and Go Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).

OWOSSO — The Owosso Public Schools Board of Education will vote Feb. 24 on a $500,000 purchase agreement with Community Housing Network (CHN) for the sale of the Owosso Middle School.

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SHIAWASSEE COUNTY — There’s no reason to panic in Shiawassee County about the “coronavirus” — which has caused at least 81 confirmed deaths and led to massive quarantines in China — but area residents should take precautions, the county’s health director said Monday.

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BENNINGTON TWP. — Democrats hoped to raise money for political campaigns Saturday during an unusual fundraising event, “Stand up Shiawassee,” Fortitude Outdoor Fitness and Events.

ELSIE — American Legion Post 502 members have taken part in a number of events over the past several weeks, both locally and in Saginaw and Flint.

LANSING — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), local public health departments and the state’s health care community are actively monitoring the Novel Coronavirus 2019 outbreak originating in Wuhan, China.

BYRON — Thursday morning inside Byron Middle School’s main office, things were relatively calm: The only sounds were the occasional keystrokes of middle school Secretary Debra Murray.

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OWOSSO — In November, the Owosso Public Schools Board of Education unanimously authorized Superintendent Andrea Tuttle to enter into negotiations with Community Housing Network (CHN) on a purchase agreement for the middle school property, 219 N. Water St.

ST. JOHNS — The Friends of the Maple River (FOMR) will conduct their bi-monthly meeting in the Board of Commissioners’ room at the Clinton County Courthouse at 7 p.m. Wednesday.