Local News

ACC enrollment down, but finances OK

ALPENA —Similar to almost every community college in Michigan this school year, Alpena Community College is experiencing lower enrollment. ACC President Don MacMaster reported at the Sept. 27 ACC Board of Trustees meeting that fall enrollment is down 8.72 percent to 1,445 students. He said ...

‘We can do it all’: USDA talks shop at ACC

ALPENA – Jason Allen, state director for rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was in Alpena on Friday, talking to local businesses and municipalities about different programs USDA offers. USDA Rural Development offers help to businesses, families, and municipalities, ...

Alcona County Library art contest winners announced today

HARRISVILLE — Today, the Alcona County Library is hosting an awards ceremony and reception for an art exhibit showcasing a theme of Michigan waterways. There were two entry levels for the art show, including adults from Alcona and neighboring counties, along with students from the Alcona ...

Bot buy-in

Courtesy Photo This photo provided by the school shows, from left to right, Wilson Elementary School robotics coach Alicia Eades, student Eion Eades, student Eli Werth, Employment Services Inc. representative Brian VanWormer, student Marleigh Hann, student Jonah Foster, and Principal Lisa ...

Rain forces cook-off inside

With rain in the forecast today, the Chowder & Chili Cook-off planned for Second Avenue is instead moving inside. Chili and chowder cooks will set up at the Black Sheep Pub, Thunder Bay Winery, and As You Wish. Eaters can purchase tickets at Downtown Scoops, located on the corner of ...

Bulldog open for business

News Photos by Julie Goldberg “The Bulldog,” seen here on Friday, is one of many hot dogs people can order at the Bulldog Hot Dog and Coffee Joint, which celebrated its grand opening Friday at 123 N. 2nd Ave. downtown. The restaurant is adjacent to the Bob’s Bullpen Comic Superstore; ...

Northland CU sponsors children’s money event

OSCODA —Kids at the Paul Bunyan Days Festival in Oscoda were treated to some coins as well as money lessons as Northland Area Federal Credit Union sponsored the Sawdust Dig treasure hunt portion of the festival. Kids who sifted through the sawdust left with financial education information, ...

Safety forum at Alpena Community College

The Alpena Community College Consultation, Education and Training (CET) program will host a Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration Safety Forum from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 23. The free event offers an opportunity for businesses to talk with construction and general industry ...

$6,500 raised at sporting clay shoot

ALPENA — More than $6,500 was raised by 11 teams participating in this year’s Clays for a Cause sporting clay shoot event hosted by the Annual Support Committee of the MidMichigan Health Foundation’s Development Council serving Alpena, the group said in a news release. The funds will ...

Recycling growing pains

ALPENA — Area residents wishing to recycle their paper, plastic and cardboard goods can still drop them off at any of the nine county service sites provided by the Alpena Resource Recovery Facility, but, as of Oct. 1, Greenway recycling services no longer accepts recyclable goods at its ...

Groups partner to reduce trash at cook-off

ALPENA — The Alpena Downtown Development Authority is teaming up with Plastics FLOAT to reduce waste during Saturday’s Chowder and Chili Cook-off event. Plastics FLOAT is a 4-H student group that helps reduce plastic waste in the community. FLOAT means For the Love of Alpena Today, ...

Enrollment steady, area schools report

ALPENA — Wednesday was fall count day for schools around the state and some local school districts counted enrollment near where they stood last year. The Michigan Department of Education reports that students counted in the fall represent 90 percent of schools’ per-pupil state ...

City to residents: Tell us what you want

ALPENA — In order to update their comprehensive plans with the ideas and concerns of residents in mind, the City of Alpena, Alpena County, as well as Green, Ossineke and Wilson townships, have shared resources to have a survey created in which the results will be used to craft the next ...

Documentary explores Native American history

ALPENA — The award-winning documentary “Mindjimendamowin (Blood Memory)” will be presented during a free showing at The Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center at 7 p.m. Oct. 12. Directed, written, and produced by Harrisville resident Mary Ellen Jones, “Mindjimendamowin” has won a ...

No serious injuries in three-car crash

News Photo by Kaitlin Ryan A three-car crash occurred on Thursday evening on southbound U.S.-23 just north of Long Rapids Road. No serious injuries were reported.

‘Innovative,’ ‘positive’

TRAVERSE CITY— State and federal lawmakers representing Northeast Michigan expressed optimism on Wednesday as Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration and Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge announced an agreement to replace a section of Line 5, twin, 65-year-old crude oil pipes that critics have ...

Airport nears goal

ALPENA — The Alpena County Regional Airport is closing in on its goal of 10,000 airplane boardings, which would entitle the airport to a $1 million subsidy from the Federal Aviation Administration. So far this year, the airport has recorded nearly 1,000 more enplanements than at this ...

Wet September, but not the wettest

ALPENA — The month of September was a wet one, with almost four inches of rain falling, surpassing the normal September precipitation by almost an inch but still not breaking records. In September, 3.88 inches of rain fell in Alpena, according to the National Weather Service. The normal ...

Coffee with a cop

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Left to right, Michigan State Police Trooper Ashley Simpson, Gary Villeneuve, Alpena County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michelle Reid, and Barbara Villeneuve sit Wednesday at McDonald’s during a Coffee with a Cop event. There were troopers from the State Police ...

Error causes months of delay on Cedar Lake dam project

HARRISVILLE — An engineering error is causing further delay in the Cedar Lake dam project. The Alcona County Road Commission is acting as the drain commission to facilitate the repair of a failing dam at the north end of the lake. It has been an ongoing battle for about two years, ...