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County, CRTC reach 1 year contract extension

ALPENA — The Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center and Alpena County have reached a one-year contract extension agreement which will keep security detail responsibilities in the hands with the sheriff’s office. The county and base were working toward a five-year contract, but State ...

Alcona officials work to shave $600K from budget

HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Board of Commissioners will conduct a number of special work sessions beginning Monday in an effort to shave down $600,000 in overages for the upcoming 2018 budget. The special workshops were discussed and set by the board during a Wednesday meeting. ...

Hillman elementary students to participate in Science Olympiad program

HILLMAN— A Science Olympiad team has been formed at Hillman Elementary School to get students more involved with science and STEM related activities. Hillman Elementary was asked by the Alpena elementary schools if they wanted to join Science Olympiad. Teachers Gina Robertson and ...

Hillman students collect coins for hurricane relief

HILLMAN —Through the month of December, Hillman Elementary School will be hosting a coin drive to raise money for schools that were affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. “We usually do a gift exchange or give back every year,” teacher Gina Robertson said. “We’ve been talking ...

Kitty needs a home

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz News Alpena Clerk/treasurer Anna Soik spends a moment with one of the cats from the Huron Humane Society, which was at the office Thursday. Each week the clerk’s office has a different animal at city hall to help find it a new home.

Besser students educate, display artwork for Season of Light show

ALPENA — Besser Elementary students didn’t have to look far for inspiration for their Christmas tree ornaments now on display during Besser Museum’s annual Season of Light Christmas. In fact the fifth-graders were inspired by the school’s pollinator garden in the front ...

City council conducts 1st reading of ordinance

HARRISVILLE — Although grass cutting season is months away, the Harrisville City Council took steps Monday to assure that all Harrisville property owners will keep their lawns at a reasonable length this coming year. The council voted to conduct the first reading of a noxious vegetation ...

Stringin’ ’em up

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Matt Benedict, Jason Harsch and Chris Harsch get ready to hang the first buck of the day on the buck-pole in Alpena Wednesday. A steady rain all day made hunting difficult, but a few big bucks were bagged.

Ed Black readies for possible overseas deployment

ALPENA — Alpena County Prosecuting Attorney Ed Black is making preparations in his office for the possibility that he could be called to active duty in the coming weeks. During the finance committee meeting Wednesday Black asked the commissioners to allow him to enter into contracts with ...

Architecture firm on campus to meet with ACC staff

ALPENA — The architecture firm in charge of renovations to Alpena Community College’s Van Lare Hall have been on campus for two weeks to meet with college staff. College President Don MacMaster said the firm has been on campus to meet with those affected by the future renovations to ...

Budget 2018 to go on display soon

ALPENA — Alpena County is going to begin 2018 with a budget deficit of about $566,336, but over the course of the year, it is expected to reduce the deficit, just as it has the last several years. At Wednesday’s finance committee meeting treasurer Kim Ludlow said the expected revenue ...

RC Community Theater to present the Brothers Grimm Speculathon

ROGERS CITY — The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon is the one play where people can see all the fairy tales at once. The play will show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 to Saturday, Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. “It is a conglomeration of the 209 stories of the Brothers Grimm. ...

Baumgardner retiring as Alcona Health Center CEO

ALPENA — After 33 years as the CEO of Alcona Health Center Chris Baumgartner is retiring. The Hubbard Lake resident will be replaced by COO Nancy Spencer, BSN, MAOM to fill the role of CEO effective Jan. 1, according to a press release. AHC officials said Baumgardner directed the ...

Commissioners tell resident to keep trying on road name change

HARRISVILLE — Members of the Alcona County Board of Commissioners told a Caledonia Township resident to keep trying in her efforts to get a road name changed. The discussion occurred during a meeting held Wednesday. The resident, Karen Karbowski made a formal request for the road ...

Stenz receives special use permit for family to run wrestling club

ALPENA — In August, the Alpena Township Planning Commission voted against Jake and Cari Stenz to hold a wrestling club at their house, but on Monday, they went back to the commission for a special use permit and it was approved. The special use permit allows the Stenz family to run ...

Seniors learn about CPR, AED

ALPENA —The Alpena Fire Department held a CPR class at the Alpena Senior Citizens Center on Wednesday to teach the seniors how to save another person’s life if something happens for National Rural Health Day today. Critical Care Fire Paramedics Tyler Suszek and Lt. Andy Marceau taught ...

Damage done to trailer home

ALPENA — Extensive damage to a trailer home was done Tuesday after it caught on fire. “We got called to smoke from a trailer. Upon arrival smoke was showing from the windows,” said Alpena Township Capt. Ken Piper. He said the residents of the home left before the fire started, ...

WBKB to telecast holiday parade

ALPENA — The annual Bolenz Jewelry Holiday Parade and Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Alpena kicks off the holiday season in the area, but there are many who are unable to attend each year. In order to provide those people an opportunity to view the parade and tree lighting, WBKB, ...

Behavior challenges occurring with Alcona students

LINCOLN — Alcona Community Schools administrators are looking into recent behavioral challenges occurring with students and trying to find a way to adequately address the issues. The issue was discussed Monday during a school board meeting where Superintendent Dan O’Connor said there ...

Demonstration

News Photo by Jason Ogden Members of the Alcona Community Schools administration work together to use rubber bands and plastic cups to build a tower, while the ACS Board of Education does the same in the background. The activity, which took place Monday during a meeting, mirrored activities ...