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Ossineke United Methodist starting ‘Messy Church’

Ossineke United Methodist Church invites families to attend its first “Messy Church” service to be held Nov. 14 from 5:30-7 p.m. Messy Church is a non-traditional service for all ages and adults. It uses hands-on activities to explore Bible stories, to reflect a God of creativity and to ...

More than a school

Alpena — Pied Piper School is a program for students who are moderately cognitively impaired, severely cognitively impaired, autistic-impaired, or have multiple disabilities. This year, there are 52 students ages 3 to 26 from Alpena, Montmorency, and Alcona counties attending the school, ...

Majestic avenue

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Tom Sherill-Mix sets up a flag for the “Avenue of Flags” for Veterans Day. The flags are lined up along the Thunder Bay River near the cemetery and along Chisholm Street near Duck Park.

Random drawing to name twp supervisor

ROGERS CITY — The next Allis Township supervisor in Presque Isle County will be chosen via a random drawing. Yes, you read that correctly. Republican Bob Anderson and Democrat Rich Nash ran for Allis Township supervisor and tied with 157 votes in Tuesday’s election. State law ...

Harrisville mayor resigns

HARRISVILLE — Harrisville Mayor John Dobis has officially resigned after Tuesday’s election, leaving Mayor Pro-tem Barbara Luenberger in charge until the swearing-in of a new mayor in January. Dobis announced at the October Harrisville City Council meeting that he would be resigning ...

Operation Holidays has begun

ALPENA — Vietnam Veterans Chapter 583 in Alpena has started its annual Operation Holidays program, which helps to provide holiday cheer to those struggling financially in Northeast Michigan. The group is counting on local donations to help the veterans meet their goal. Assistant ...

Hillman gets new school board member

ALPENA — Donna Tucker was appointed to the Hillman Community Schools Board of Education on Thursday. The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education had to appoint Tucker to fill a vacancy that was formed in September when Hillman schools Trustee Sally ...

Election produces large turnout in Alpena County

ALPENA — Voter turnout in Alpena County for Tuesday’s midterm election was impressive, but, because of the number of voters, there were a few bug-a-boos that delayed a portion of absentee ballots from being tallied until the early morning hours Wednesday. Local municipalities were ...

Back to the drawing board

HARRISVILLE — An Alcona County property tax proposal failed by just under 400 votes during Tuesday’s election, which was a much narrower margin than when a similar proposal failed during the August primaries, but still not enough to push the proposal over the finish line. During the ...

Alcona County borrows from tax fund for dam repairs

HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday voted to borrow up to $105,000 from its delinquent tax fund to help pay for repairs at Cedar Lake. For nearly two years, the repair of a failing dam at Cedar Lake has been crawling forward, and a special assessment ...

Hillman schools to focus on improvements

HILLMAN — Hillman Community Schools will see upgrades and repairs throughout the next 10 years because voters on Tuesday approved a 1-mill sinking fund millage. The property tax passed 879 to 803, according to unofficial results Tuesday, and will generate approximately $176,000 each ...

NE Michigan breaks with state, backs Bill Schuette for governor

ALPENA — For the first time in at least the last three elections, Northeast Michigan voters broke with their counterparts statewide when casting ballots for governor. Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will be Michigan’s next governor on Jan. 1, besting Republican Bill Schuette 50 percent to ...

Stamas, Allor reelected

ALPENA — A pair of Republican candidates for the Legislature appeared poised to hold on to their seats during Tuesday’s election, according to early, unofficial results. State Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and state Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine, held off their Democratic challengers and ...

Modrzynski, Fournier reelected to county board

ALPENA — Voters in Alpena County elected Nick Modrzynski to represent the county’s District 3 on the county Board of Commissioners, while Brenda Fournier was selected to represent District 5 on the county board. In District 3, Modrzynski had 813 votes to 679 for Richard Neumann, ...

For 2nd time, Alcona County voters reject tax proposal

HARRISVILLE — On Tuesday, 2,910 Alcona County voters showed up to tell the county they would not support a countywide property tax proposal, cementing recent budget cuts and forcing the county to continue cutting to reach a positive balance sheet. Meanwhile, 2,551 voters cast ballots ...

Rain soaked cookoff; profit $35

News Staff Writer ALPENA — Rain put a slight damper on the Alpena Downtown Development Authority’s annual Chowder and Chili Cookoff and, although attendance was down a bit, it was still a success in the eyes of DDA officials. The day before the Oct. 6 event, Executive Director Anne ...

LaCross, Stone win probate judgeships

ALPENA – Judge Tom LaCross and Erik Stone have won probate judge positions, according to unofficial results Tuesday. LaCross had 6,478 votes to Denise Burke’s 4,733 votes to win in Alpena County, not including absentee ballots from Alpena Township. With 15 of 17 precincts reporting by ...

Voters reject PI proposal, pass Hillman tax

ALPENA — Voters in Presque Isle County have rejected a tax hike hike that would have funded the upkeep of county property, while voters in the Hillman Community Schools district approved a tax hike to fund facilities upkeep, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s election. With ...

Fire department honored

ALPENA —The Alpena City Fire Department and the Alpena County Emergency Services managed by the city were honored Monday night during the Alpena Municipal Council meeting. In April, the local fire and emergency medical services units were presented the Congressional Fire Service ...

Alcona County millage fails

HARRISVILLE — Alcona County's 1-mill property tax request for operating revenue has failed for a second time. The proposal went down 2,910 to 2,551, with all precincts reporting, according to unofficial results. Voters rejected a similar property tax proposal in August, forcing the ...