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Woman murdered in Onaway; nephew charged

ONAWAY — After a missing woman’s body was found in Onaway, her great-nephew was charged with her murder. The body of Victoria Jean Kilbourne was found on June 30 after she was reported missing by friends and family on June 26. Kilbourne was a hairdresser downstate. When she ...

Township may be in violation of pushing fire millage

ALPENA — An apparent oversight by the committee pushing an Alpena Township fire millage could prove costly to the township. A flyer urging voters to support the millage was inadvertantly sent to township property owners with their official tax bills has resulted in an investigation by ...

State, local candidates talk about issues

ALPENA — State and local candidates running for office during the August primary election introduced themselves and talked about issues during the Alpena County League of Womens Voters candidate forum at Alpena Community College on Wednesday. There are only a pair of contested Alpena ...

County, consultant holds prebid meeting for old hangar

ALPENA — Alpena County and its airport consultant, RS&H, held a pre-bid meeting for contractors who may bid on the demolition of an old hangar and construction of a new terminal at the Alpena County Regional Airport. Once the deadline for bids to be submitted on July 19, the ...

Credit union breaks ground

News Photo by Jordan Spence Sidock Group Inc. Senior Project Architect John Schoenherr, Northland Area Federal Credit Union CEO Pete Dzuris and Wolgast Corporation representative Steve Salyers present designs of the credit union headquarters during the groundbreaking ceremony on Bagley ...

RC to survey residents’ income for Redevelopment Ready Community

ROGERS CITY — The City Council and Downtown Development Authority approved a certified study of residents’ income to be performed by Lake Superior State University. “I used a $11,000 figure budget based on what Gaylord did four years ago,” said City Manager Joe Hefele. “As far ...

Montmorency County board receives positive audit report

ATLANTA — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners received a good audit report from Mark Sandula of Straley, Lamp, and Kraenzlein on Wednesday. The audit covered the county’s finances in 2017. Sandula said the county spent $4,250,184 in 2017 and said the fund balance fell by ...

Young sailors

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz The Thunder Bay River in Alpena was full of small sailboats Tuesday, as members of the Alpena Youth Sailing Club practiced their navigational skills. The sailing classes take place each summer in Alpena.

Low rainfall may lead to drought conditions

Above-average temperatures and lower-than-normal rainfall in Northeast Michigan have pushed the area into near-drought conditions. If there isn’t significant precipitation soon, there could be cause for concern for local farmers. To date, the area is about three inches below the annual ...

Up it goes

News Photo by Jordan Spence Austin Morley and Vincent Cirilo help set up one of the tents for the Michigan Brown Trout Festival Tuesday in Alpena. The festival starts on Friday and continues until Sunday, July 22.

Rendezvous at the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse

ROGERS CITY — The shores of Lake Huron will take a step back in time during the Rendezvous at 40 Mile Point Lighthouse. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse, located seven miles north of Rogers City on US-23 North. “It’s ...

Alpena-area schools talk talent with state

ALPENA — Local educators were at the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Tuesday to give feedback to the Michigan Department of Education about the state’s new Marshall Plan for Talent. The workshop was one in a series being held around the state to inform educators ...

Alpena schools to expand Project Lead the Way

ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Curriculum and Technology Committee was updated on Tuesday about a bid submitted for the expansion of Project Lead the Way. One bid was submitted from Robot Space for $35,345.97 to implement PLTW in fifth grade, Meaghan Gauthier, APS director of K-12 ...

PI Library to show new new documentaries

ROGERS CITY — There will be a new event and a new program offered at the Presque Isle Library in the next few months. The event is the showing of the two documentaries: “The Big Five Dive” and “Stand Up for the Great Lakes, Paddleboarding 90 Miles Across Lake Huron.” The movies ...

Cherry time

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Allen Puckett, left, and his son, Logan, clean cherries they are selling on Ripley Boulevard in Alpena on Monday. The cherries were picked in Traverse City and were selling quickly. Puckett said he intends to sell them until the end of the week.

City exploring restroom options

ALPENA — People visiting the Alpena Small Boat Harbor or Bay View Park may have noticed the city-owned restroom facility on Harbor Drive has been closed and a pair of portable toilets have replaced it. Plans are developing, however, that could lead to new restrooms being built. The city ...

Ordinances adopted at RC council meeting

ROGERS CITY — Four zoning ordinances and one parking ordinance were adopted by the City of Rogers City Council on Monday. The first one adopted was ordinance 2018-10. “That one clarifies the definitions of ‘lot’ and ‘front lot line,’” City Manager Joe Hefele ...

Scouts clean Harrisville war memorial

HARRISVILLE — TJ Hanson and Boy Scout Troop 959 were in Harrisville on Saturday cleaning up the war memorial in front of the Alcona County Courthouse. The boys were cleaning up the courthouse, flagpole, and the lawn around the memorial for TJ’s Eagle Scout project. TJ, 17, said he ...

Rogers City schools talk building projects

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Area Schools Superintendent Nicholas Hein said Monday there are some building and grounds projects he would like to tackle over the next couple of years at the school. The projects were discussed at the school board meeting Monday. “It’s troublesome. ...

Hillman schools set 2018-19 school calendar

HILLMAN — The Hillman Community Schools Board of Education approved the 2018-19 school district calendar during its meeting on Monday. The 2018-19 school year is going to start on Aug. 27, with the last day of school happening June 6. “It coincides with our waiver to start earlier ...