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Hillman school board approves parking lot sealing

HILLMAN — The Hillman Community Schools Board of Education on Monday approved sealing that was completed on the Jr./Sr. High School parking lot. The sealing was completed over the weekend and cost $12,000. Superintendent Carl Seiter said the district saved $2,756 by having the whole parking ...

A century apart, loving the fair together

ALPENA — This year, the Alpena County Fair saw its most veteran exhibitor and one of its youngest exhibitors participate. Edna Manning was present at the fairgrounds this year to enter her vegetables in the fair. At 104 years old, Edna is the most-veteran exhibitor, having shown vegetables ...

Running the relay

News Photo by Bill Speer The band Old, Not Dead performs at this year's Relay For Life held at the Great Lakes Maritime Trail. Hundreds of people participated in the 24-hour event.

PI County seeks tax for building and site fund

By JORDAN SPENCE News Staff Writer ROGERS CITY - Ballot language for a new property tax proposal has been approved by the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners. The millage — a 0.5-mill, 20-year tax — would help create a building and site fund for the county. County Treasurer ...

Cruisin’ the car show

News Photo by Pam Brunn People look at vintage and antique cars during the Thunder Bay Car Show on Saturday at Starlight Beach.

Just plowin’ around

News Photos by Darby Hinkley The the 35th Annual Alpena Antique Tractor & Steam Engine Show happened Saturday on French Road. Blacksmith Keith McLennan heats metal in an oven. At right, one of the many antique tractors on display.

Fishing Derby 2018 results

On Saturday, Aug. 4, fishermen and women came out to Dodge Marine & Storage for the 28th Annual Long Lake Family Fishing Derby. Youth ages 15 and younger received a prize and adults could cash in on prizes over $1,000. All proceeds benefit the future of Long Lake Improvement Association ...

Northern Strike offers behind-the-scenes peek

ALPENA – People have seen an increased military presence in the area because the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center has hosted the Northern Strike exercises. Local media members got the chance to tour the exercise area on Friday and see what the military members have been doing during ...

Skatin’ away a Sunday

News Photo by Jordan Spence Bryan Abram, 19, and Truman Vaughn, 18, skateboard at the Alpena City Marina on Sunday.

TBTA sued over sex assault case

ALPENA – A group of children and their families have filed a class-action lawsuit against Thunder Bay Transportation Authority, Prell’s Services, and Andrew Bartz, a former bus assistant convicted in 2016 of sexually assaulted multiple children over a two-year span. The suit stems from ...

A queen is crowned

POSEN —Miss Posen 2018 is Faith Romel, crowned Friday night at the 52nd Annual Miss Posen Pageant. She focused on strength and positivity in the question and speech portions of the competition. Romel is the daughter of Mandy and Eric Hackney. She plays basketball, softball, and volleyball, ...

‘It is not easy to put yourself out there and lose’

ALPENA —Having multiple candidates to choose from when voting is critical to allowing voters to shape government in the form the majority wants. But it seems there are often fewer candidates filing to run for local elective office, leaving municipal boards to appoint members ...

Alcona Health Center offering free produce on Wednesday

ALPENA — From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 15, the Alcona County Health Center will be host a free produce event. In order to promote improved nutrition and better health within the community, the Health Center is partnering with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to provide produce to the ...

Sponsoring the first-responders

Courtesy photo Seen in this provided photo, from left to right, are Thrivent Financial representative Jeremy Jackson, firemen Mike Torok, Jeremiah Misiak, Rob Hamilton, Andy Williams, Rob Edmonds and Samantha Lucas, and Thrivent representative Mark Jackson. Thrivent will sponsor ...

Northland Area FCU donates $500

Courtesy Photo Seen in this provided photo are, in the front row from left to right, Gary Stephan, Annie Wilk, Matt (Dino) Duthler, Connie Stephan, Lisa Abend, and, in the back row, from left to right, Kristine Brenner, Pete Dzuris, Jamaican Bygden, and Barbara Sealy, part of Northland Area ...

Volunteers needed for Christmas packing party

Thrivent Financial is seeking volunteers to help pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, a program run through the nonprofit Samaritans Purse that sends shoeboxes filled with school supplies, toys and hygiene items to children ages 2 to 14 around the world. The packing happens from 10 ...

AHC celebrates 40th anniversary

The Alcona Health Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary and National Health Center Week with a series of events next week. Events include: On Monday, the center will offer information about beating “Monday blues” with stress management and yoga exercises, along with behavioral ...

‘This will not happen again’

ALPENA — The small number of rides at the Alpena County Fair was caused by a carnival company double-booking two fairs, an official said Thursday. “This year, our carnival double-booked two fairs in the same week,” Fair Board Treasurer Lynn Borke told The News. “They came to us and ...

Alcona kindergartners take part in four-day camp

LINCOLN — Alcona Elementary School held a Kindergarten Camp this week to get new kindergartners ready for the beginning of the school year. The four-day camp took place Monday through Thursday for three hours each day. Not all students took advantage of the camp, but those who did had a ...

Alpena Twp seeks another fire millage

ALPENA — Alpena Township voters will vote on another township fire department millage in the November general election after the Board of Trustees on Thursday voted unanimously to add a 0.65-mill, five-year tax proposal to the ballot. If passed, the millage will run from December to 2022 ...