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Montmorency irons out budget

ATLANTA — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners has been working on its 2019 budget and, on Wednesday, the board planned 2019 spending for the county Sheriff’s Department budget. Undersheriff Brian Crane attended Monday’s board meeting to go through the sheriff’s department ...

County OKs new phone service for inmates

ATLANTA — On Wednesday, the Montmorency County Board of Commissioners approved a new contract for an inmate phone service system for the county jail. The contract with Consolidated Telecom Inc. is for five years, and the county has the option to opt out of the contract within 60 days. ...

Festivities, not fire

ALPENA — People enjoy using Christmas lights, fireplaces and candles during the holiday season, but doing so increases the chance of fires in homes. However, there are steps people can take to stay safe and protect their belongings. There are many things that can start fires during the ...

A secret Santa returns

Courtesy Photo ALPENA — Counting their collections from red kettle bell-ringers on Friday, Salvation Army Maj. Kevin Cedervall found four $100 bills wrapped together with a paperclip. Later, volunteer Alberta Martin found another bundle in another kettle, then Capt. Amy Cedervall found ...

County OKs new phone provider for inmates at jail

ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners voted 7-0 on Tuesday to enter into a five-year contract with Combined Public Communications, which will provide inmate phone services and video conference technology at the jail. According to Alpena County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Scott ...

Defying the boss at Christmastime

Over the years there have been few, if any, story assignments I felt were impossible or refused to undertake. Earlier this week, however, my editor, Justin Hinkley, asked me to do the impossible. He asked me to write about my most cherished Christmas memory. Sorry boss, no can do. Choosing ...

APS takes step toward new Ella White

ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education has taken its first step toward a tax proposal that would fund renovations to all school buildings and the construction of a new Ella White Elementary School. In a special meeting on Monday, the board approved an application to the ...

Marijuana decision pending

ALPENA — On Monday, the Alpena Township Board of Trustees began preliminary discussions on whether the township wants to prohibit recreational marijuana businesses in the township. Supervisor Nathan Skibbe provided the board with information from the Michigan Township Association on ...

RC moves to ban marijuana sales

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Council is pursuing an ordinance that would prohibit marijuana sales at retail locations in the city. Michigan voters on Nov. 6 approved the recreational use and commerical sale of marijuana statewide. The voter-approved law allows municipalities to prohibit ...

Building safer schools

ALPENA — Buzzer systems, security cameras, and liaison officers are a common thing in school districts to keep students safe — and to keep parents aware that their children are safe when they go to school. Since 2013, there have been five school shootings in the state of Michigan ...

APS takes first step toward tax proposal, new Ella White

ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education has taken its first step toward a tax proposal for voters to consider that would fund renovations to all school buildings and the construction of a new Ella White Elementary School. In a special meeting tonight, the board approved an ...

On Christmas Eve, an act of love amid grief

There are six kids in my family — four boys and two girls. I am the fifth, and the first girl born after four rambunctious boys. My sister arrived two years later, completing our mob of a half-dozen kids. As one might expect, my childhood was filled with a lot of chaos. There was never ...

Christmastime has officially begun

ALPENA — The holiday season got officially underway on Friday with the Bolenz Jewelry Holiday Parade and the Christmas tree lighting in downtown Alpena. Lots of people gathered along Chisholm Street and Second Avenue to see the parade floats, Santa Claus, the Grinch, and to watch the ...

Teen wins new car in The Shop giveaway

ALPENA —“Surprised,” was the reaction Victoria Foco had on Friday afternoon when she was given the keys to her very own car. The car, a 2001 Pontiac Sunfire, has been restored to good condition and donated by The Shop Auto and Truck Repair in Alpena. “It came in here with some ...

Thunder Bay sanctuary sends Mich. students to American Samoa

ALPENA — Alpena’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is sending 13 students from Stockbridge to its sister sanctuary in American Samoa to complete its first-ever underwater, remotely operated vehicle program at the National Marine Sanctuary in American Samoa. Stockbridge High School ...

Radio Raffle winners

Courtesy Photo This provided photo shows, from left to right, Pat Bak, KC8LFR meteorologist, Jeff Zoltowski, meteorologist, Gary Saranen, KD8GFL, from Hubbard Lake, Veryl Davis, KC8AHX, winner from Black River, Buffy Carr, K9FSR, the Alcona County emergency manager, and Andy Sullivan, ...

Downtown delicious

ALPENA —The smell of gingerbread will soon be filling the businesses in downtown Alpena, thanks to a new promotion from the Alpena Downtown Development Authority. This holiday season, the DDA is hosting a downtown gingerbread competition, during which people can display their gingerbread ...

Turkey delivery

Courtesy Photo This photo shows Northland Area Federal Credit Union CEO Pete Dzuris handed out turkeys while Human Resources Coordinator Morgan Terry distrubutes cards. Dzuris recently spent the day delivering turkeys and cards to all 15 Northland locations in Northeast Michigan. Every year, ...

AAACU works with new title agency

The Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union is one of 11 Michigan credit unions working with a new company, Michigan Trusted Title Agency, which launhced on Oct. 1. In a news release, Trusted Title said it offers closing services for private sales and those funded by the owner credit unions and local ...

Merry Christmas Michigan, from Alpena

ALPENA — Thousands of people crowded in front of the state Capitol building in Lansing on Friday to celebrate the kickoff of the holiday season and to see the lighting of the state Christmas tree, which was donated by a family from Alpena Township. The size and beauty of the tree did not ...