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County OKs road commission to one meeting a month

ALPEMA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners voted to allow the road commission board of trustees to reduce the number of meetings it will have next year. The compensation for the trustees, however, will remain the same. Currently the road commission meets twice a month, but often ...

Car wash

News Photo by Jason Ogden Alpena resident Bruce Oliver takes time to wash his truck on a brisk, yet sunny day Wednesday.

MSUE to celebrate 100 years in Alcona County

HARRISVILLE — Members of the Alcona County Michigan State University Extension are geared up to begin celebrating 100 years of the service being in Alcona County. MSUE educator Tracy D’Augustino said Alcona’s service is not the only one that will be celebrating 100 years. She said ...

Montmorency board sets tentative budget for public viewing

ATLANTA — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners discussed the 2018 budget with Budget Director April Williamson and set a tentative budget during a meeting Wednesday. The board approved the Michigan State University Extension budget of $55,327 for 2018. Commissioner Don Edwards ...

Christmas party with Santa at Brush Creek Mill on Saturday

HILLMAN — Children are invited to the 2017 Christmas Party with Santa on Saturday at Brush Creek Mill. The event is from 10-11:30 a.m. and is free for any school age children and younger. “Our golf outing that we held in the summer helps fund this event,” Jim Dunn, director of ...

Change of command

ALPENA — The Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center is under new command after a changing of command ceremony conducted Tuesday at the base. U.S. Air Force Col. Andrew Roberts handed command of the facility to Col. John Miner, who is the 12th commander of the facility. The event was ...

APlex to host annual Project Blue Light

ALPENA — The 18th Annual Project Blue Light Ceremony to honor fallen officers and firefighters who have died in the line duty is Tuesday at the APlex. The event starts at 7 p.m. with refreshments after. Project Blue Light will honor seven law enforcement officers and firefighters from ...

Plans moving ahead for jail project

ALPENA — Now that the millage request for a new jail in Alpena County has been approved, the second phase of the project is about to begin. During Tuesday’s Alpena County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board voted to hire a consultant to help with the logistics involving the ...

Twp continues exploring charter option

ALPENA — During Monday’s Alpena Township Board of Trustees meeting, the board discussed a resolution for possibly becoming a charter township. The charter exploration committee met on Nov. 6 and decided to recommend to the board to look at a drafted resolution for review and then vote ...

Annual Lincoln Festival of Lights takes place Friday

LINCOLN — The annual Lincoln Festival of Lights will take place Friday in the Village of Lincoln, according to organizers. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Village Hall and Fire Department, organizer Rich Gilles said. He said the event has been taking place for more ...

RCAS gives support to library as it tries to purchase Grambau Center

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Area Schools Board of Education has written a letter of support for the Rogers City Library to purchase the Grambau Center. The letter of support was approved during the school board workshop Monday. Presque Isle Library Director Amber Clement asked the ...

RC discusses low M-STEP proficiency scores

ROGERS CITY — Rogers City middle school and high school Principal Nick Hein doesn’t know how students can score 90 percent proficient on the ACT, then have a 35 percent proficient on the M-STEP. During a Rogers City Area Schools Board of Education workshop Monday, school test scores ...

Toys for Kids in need of donations, gift cards

ALPENA — Beginning Monday volunteers will begin wrapping gifts donated to the Vietnam Veterans for their Toys for Kids operation. The problem is there are few gifts to wrap and donations are badly needed to make sure the more than 1,200 children in Alpena, Montmorency, Alcona and ...

Alpena water system clear of PFCs

ALPENA — The water system in Alpena has been tested for the perfluorinated chemicals that were detected at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training in October and the tests show the drinking water has been unaffected. Suez, the utility company that contracts with the City of Alpena to ...

Giving Tuesday: Global day of giving

Area residents are reminded to support Northeast Michigan nonprofits by making a donation today on Giving Tuesday through the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan website, www.cfnem.org. Donations can be made online at any point during the 24-hour period that began at 12 a.m. More than ...

Preparing

News Photo by Jordan Spence Alpena Community College students Ely Irving and Jake Lanier practice a scene from “The Actor’s Nightmare,” Monday. The play will show this week at Granum Theatre in Alpena.

Liedel to be RC interim super

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Area Schools Board of Education has chosen an interim superintendent to replace Dave O’Bryant, who left the district to take a position with Farwell Area Schools. Jeffrey Liedel was interviewed during a school board executive committee’s meeting Monday ...

First-ever Whoville Celebration to take place Sat.

HUBBARD LAKE — The Loyal Ladies will help the community of Hubbard Lake kick off the holiday season with the first ever Whoville Celebration to be held Saturday. Organizer Cyndi Apsey said the celebration event also is a fundraiser for the Loyal Ladies, which began this summer working ...

ACC  Players ready for 1st performance in 7 years

ALPENA — For the first time in seven years the Alpena Community College Players Theatre Group will be back on stage. The ACC Players will present “The Actor’s Nightmare,” by Christopher Durang this week. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. There also will be a special ...

Twp chooses insurance provider

ALPENA — The Alpena Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously to contract with Alpena Agency as its provider for employee health insurance for 2018. The board had to choose between Alpena Agency, Franklin Benefit, and Lappan Agency. David Zeller of Alpena Agency and Michael Spleet of ...