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Harrisville secures playground funds

HARRISVILLE — The City of Harrisville has received a state grant that will upgrade the playground located at the city’s harbor. Mayor Jeffrey Gehring announced Monday that the playground has been successfully funded. Gehring said receiving the grant is “huge for the community” ...

Working on a great partnership

ALPENA — Every car needs maintenance. Even if that car carries a siren. The Downtown Union 76 station, with its iconic orange ball standing high at the corner of Chisholm St. and 1st Ave., has spent many years as the go-to service station of choice for the Alpena Post of the Michigan ...

Former APS teacher formally charged

ALPENA — A 38-year-old Alpena woman was arraigned in 88th District Court today and is facing up to life in prison if she is found guilty on a series of criminal sexual misconduct charges stemming from incidents with at least one juvenile, according to a news release from Alpena County ...

Montmorency deputies working without contract

ATLANTA — Montmorency County Undersheriff Brian Crane indicated to the county Board of Commissioners last week that his office may be headed to mediation over contract negotiations. The contract for the Sheriff’s Department’s unionized staff — the deputies — expired on Dec. ...

Local school board ROUNDUP

A roundup of recent activity by local school boards: ∫ LINCOLN — The Alcona Community Schools Board of Education accepted a bid from Grand Traverse Mobile Communications to purchase and install radios in all school buses and transportation facilities. The board approved hiring Alcona ...

Woman who fell through ice on Long Lake remembered as caring, adventurous

ALPENA – A Bay County woman with Alpena ties will be remembered by her family as much more than a news story. Lynne Bever, whose name made headlines last weekend when she died after the snowmobile she was driving broke through the ice of Long Lake, spent her 60 years of life loving her ...

Former APS teacher arrested for sex assault

ALPENA — A former Alpena Public Schools teacher was arrested Wednesday and faces multiple counts of sexual assault. Court records indicate Heather Winfield, 38, faces charges of one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct against a person younger than 13; two counts of first-degree ...

Rogers City schools to expand fitness room

ROGERS CITY — Rogers City Middle School and High School students soon will have the chance to stay active while at school. Rogers City Area Schools Superintendent Nicholas Hein said Thursday that the district is moving forward with a personal fitness room for students. “We are expanding ...

Attorneys seeking more property owners in foreclosure lawsuit

CHARLEVOIX —Attorneys suing several Michigan counties over tax foreclosures will have more time to identify property owners who could join the lawsuit. But, first, 33rd Circuit Court Judge Roy Hayes III will hear a motion as to whether certain county officials should be removed the suit. ...

Former commissioner protests daytime PI board meetings

ROGERS CITY — Two Presque Isle County residents expressed their displeasure about the county Board of Commissioners’ decision to hold both of its monthly council meetings during the day. The board, during its Jan. 2 organizational meeting, changed one of its meetings to 4 p.m. the second ...

NAFCU honors law enforcement

Courtesy Photo Northland Area Federal Credit Union Lending Center Assistant Branch Manager Carrie Burr delivers treats to the Alpena County Sheriff’s Department (top), the Alpena Police Deptartment (left), and the Michigan State Police-Alpena Post (right) in honor of National Law ...

Calcite Credit Union pays first bonus dividend interest rebate

ROGERS CITY — Calcite Credit Union on Dec. 31 paid a collectie $113,000 to its members through the credit union’s first-ever “Bonus Dividend/Interest Rebate,” the credit union said in a news release. Each member who qualified was paid a bonus dividend and/or an interest rebate of 5 ...

Alpena H&R Block among top 100

Courtesy Photo Denise Borchard, left, and Tina Cady, of the Alpena H&R Block, were named among H&R Block’s top-100 franchisees, the tax preparation agency said in a news release. The award recognizes individual franchisees who have shown leadership traits, service to their ...

City begins capital planning

ALPENA — Each year, the City of Alpena updates its capital improvement plan, which helps officials schedule projects and large purchases. The plan lists the projects by priority and looks out six years. Projects can be shuffled and amended, depending on the amount of money available to ...

Former APS teacher arrested on sex assault charges

ALPENA - A former Alpena Public Schools teacher was arrested Wednesday and faces multiple counts of sexual assault. Court records indicate Heather Winfield, 38, faces charges for assaulting a person younger than 13 and another charge for assaulting a person 13 to 15. The offense date was ...

Counties lawyer up to fight foreclosure suit

ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners have hired an attorney to represent the county in an upcoming lawsuit that alleges governments across the state are profiting from foreclosures. The Hemlock-based law firm Outside Legal Counsel is representing several clients ...

Fair Board embezzling case postponed

ALPENA — Bradley Alan Avery, the former Alpena County Fair board member accused in September of embezzlement, made a court appearance Monday. Avery is accused of stealing funds from the Alpena Agricultural Society and Future Farmers of America during his tenure as Fair Board ...

AMA ESD bids farewell to longest-tenured employee

ALPENA — The longest-tenured employee at the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District will retire at the end of this school year. On Thursday, the AMA ESD Board of Education accepted a letter from Assistant Superintendent of Non-Instructional Services Tony Suszek saying he ...

Law enforcement honored

ALPENA — In recognition of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Hope Shores Alliance in Alpena presented representatives of Alpena-area law enforcement agencies with certificates of appreciation and a bagel. Alpena Police Chief Joel Jett, Alpena County Sheriff Steven ...

Police: Texting leads to crash

ALPENA — Distracted driving led to a two-car crash Wednesday, police said, resulting in one person being hospitalized. A pickup truck was stopped at the intersection of South Ripley Boulevard and South First Avenue in Alpena when it was struck from behind by a red Ford Explorer. Lt. ...