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‘As long as it’s a good movie’

ALPENA — Can a woman be a superhero? Well, $154 million says perhaps she can. Friday marked the opening day of the newest installment of the popular, Marvel Comics-based series of movies that have powered into movie theaters for more than a decade. The latest Disney offering, “Captain ...

Harrisville first to allow marijuana stores

HARRISVILLE — The City of Harrisville will be the first municipality in Northeast Michigan to allow recreational marijuana to be sold within its limits. City aldermen on Monday publicly acknowledged they would support the voters of Harrisville — who in November narrowly voted in favor of ...

Winfield granted out-of-state vacation

ALPENA — Former Alpena Public Schools teacher Heather Winfield, who was on March 1 bound over to the 26th Circuit Court on multiple charges of criminal sexual conduct against a former student, will be allowed to leave the state for 10 days following a revision to her bond conditions. The ...

Alcona plans for next school year

LINCOLN — Though the 2019-20 school year is still months away, Alcona Community Schools is already thinking about it. On Monday, the district’s Board of Education approved the Alcona Middle/High School curriculum guide and district master calendar for next school year. Superintendent ...

3 arrested on drug charges

An investigation triggered by three drug overdoses in Alpena in mid-February led the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team to arrest an Alpena woman and two associates for charges related to the delivery of heroin. HUNT detectives determined that the origin of the substance involved in the three ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited: ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of March 4-10 91 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 5 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 34 Medical: 10 Warrant Arrest: ...

Board members paid nearly $400K last year

ALPENA — Elected officials serving on eight government boards and councils in Northeast Michigan received a collective $393,882 in compensation last year, according to records provided to The News by those governments. And most of the elected officials on boards, commissions and councils ...

Area agencies made $1,400 on 400 FOIA requests

ALPENA — In 2018, more than 400 separate requests for public documents were filed with Northeast Michigan governments, according to documents provided to The News by area officials. Municipalities in Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency, and Presque Isle counties received a combined 442 requests for ...

Alpena, your ship has come in

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz The Innovation is unloaded at the Lafarge North America plant in Alpena on Sunday afternoon, marking the unofficial start of the 2019 shipping season. The ship was supposed to arrive Friday evening, but was delayed because of ice build-up in Thunder Bay and high ...

1 hurt in rollover

ALPENA TOWNSHIP —First responders from Alpena Township Fire Department-North Station responded to a single-vehicle rollover crash late Sunday morning, the department reported. The male motorist who was operating the vehicle was transported to MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena by Alpena ...

Allor, Stamas split on FOIA expansion proposal

ALPENA — The Michigan Freedom of Information Act was established to encourage transparency between government agencies and citizens. There is, however, a large discrepancy in how the law impacts local elected officials and those who serve at the state level. Under the current law, the ...

‘He helped me all the way’

HARRISVILLE — After serving in the U.S. Army for 10 years as a combat engineer, and two deployments overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Tom Raab recently made the transition from serviceman to veteran. Raab was told to reach out to his veterans service officer and about a number of ...

Official: Schools still need safety upgrades

ALPENA — It has been over a year since Ella White Elementary School went into a full lockdown because of a possible intruder on school grounds, but the fallout from that incident is still being felt today. The school locked down on March 1, 2018 when a witness in the school reported a man ...

No injuries in fire at W.G. Benjey’s

News Photo by Crystal Nelson No one was injured in a structure fire that began in an attic around 10 a.m. Friday at one of W.G. Benjey’s manufacturing shops, 2238 Werth Road. Firefighters with the Alpena Township Fire Department found a very small fire in the attic space inside one of the ...

APS aims to calm parents’ fears over ‘Momo’ hoax

ALPENA —While parents may have many valid reasons to be concerned about their children’s safety online, not every threat is real. A press release shared Friday by Alpena Public Schools addresses a viral urban legend that has parents worried about what their children may be seeing online. ...

Fundraiser for fair fun March 16

ALPENA —The Alpena County Fair Board, Alpena County Horsemen’s Club, and other community partners are working with one another to help make the annual county fair the best it can be. In order to do so, however, it is going to take public participation, planning and — most of all — ...

Crews work to clear snow from bridges to keep motorists safe

ALPENA — Drivers idling through a three-minute delay in getting where they wanted to go on Friday contributed to the safety of thousands of other Alpena-area drivers by waiting their turn. Road crews from the Alpena County Road Commission were out in the sunshine Friday morning, removing ...

NE Michigan lawmakers honored for gov’t transparency

State Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, who represents Northeast Michigan, and state Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, whose district includes Montmorency County, each were honored by the the Michigan Press Association with this year’s Peter Pettalia Memorial Sunshine Award for government ...

Biz Briefs

Welding contest today The Onawway-based Industrial Arts Institute will hold its third annual Regional High School Welding Competition from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the institute, 20902 Washington Ave., Onway, the institute said in a news release Friday. Students will compete for ...

Caregiver conference April 25

The Region 9 Area Agency on Aging will host a free Caregiver Empowerment and Wellness Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 at the APlex, 701 Woodward Ave. Topics covered will include caregiver wellness, home accessibility and safety, adaptive equipment, the importance of oral health, and ...