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City: No injuries in McKinley Ave. fire

ALPENA — No one was home and no firefighters were injured while battling a fire that started in the basement of a home at the corner of McKinley Avenue and 8th Avenue Thursday night. The Alpena Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 9:11 p.m. Thursday after reports of smoke coming ...

Firefighters battle blaze in Alpena

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley No one was home when a fire broke out shortly after 9 p.m. at this home on the corner of McKinley Avenue and South 8th Avenue. The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately clear, but firefighters appeared to be working mainly in the basement and on the first ...

Buried in July 4 fun

News Photo Marcus Amlotte, one of the winners of The News’ annual sandcastle contest, is seen buried in sand at Starlite Beach on Thursday. Winners of the contest included: First place, one to five team members: Five Happy Campers Second place, one to five members: Edmund ...

Winners of parade float contest announced

ALPENA —Led by the Color Guard and Parade Grand Marshal Thomas Kaminski, 91-year-old Korean War veteran, Alpena’s Performance Locker Independence Day Parade kicked off the communitywide Independence Day celebrations on Thursday. “We couldn’t be more proud of Alpena,”Casey Stutzman, ...

Firefighters battle blaze in Alpena

No one was home when a fire broke out shortly after 9 p.m. at a home on the corner of McKinley Avenue and South 8th Avenue. The cause of the fire wasn't immediately clear, but firefighters appeared to be working mainly in the basement and on the first floor. Smoke billowed from the white, ...

Happy birthday, America

ALPENA — Those planning to celebrate the Fourth of July in Alpena have a number of festivities to choose from. Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Jackie Krawczak said the chamber is really grateful that so many organizations host events the Fourth of July ...

A finally righteous honor

ALPENA—“They asked the 16th Michigan to lead the charge,” Don Londo said, his eyes distant, narrating the scene as though he were there. “And George Guild was right up front, and that’s where he took his bullet.” In a small back office, dubbed “the war room,” Londo sat in an ...

Thomas stepping down from United Way

ALPENA — The United Way of Northeast Michigan is looking for a new executive director. Sonya Thomas is stepping down after just over a year as the executive director. She said Tuesday a family member’s unexpected illness is causing financial hardship, so she is leaving for a better-paying ...

Alcona schools offer free breakfast, lunch

By JULIE GOLDBERG News Staff Writer LINCOLN — Every Alcona Community Schools student will be able to eat breakfast and lunch for free for the next three years. The school district recently announced it can provide free breakfast and lunch for every student through the Community ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Total: 118 Alarms: 2 Animal Control: 6 Traffic Arrests: 1 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 3 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

Continuing the trend

ALPENA — An above-average amount of precipitation was recorded in Alpena during the month of June, although it was not enough to break any records. The city saw a total of 3.25 inches of rainfall during the month, compared to the normal monthly rainfall of 2.62 inches, according to ...

City OKs $20K for Huron Humane Society

ALPENA— A service agreement between the City of Alpena and the Huron Humane Society is in place for the next year. The Alpena Municipal Council on Monday approved $20,000 in funding for the animal shelter for the 2019-20 fiscal year. The service agreement states that, in return for ...

‘You want to learn to be a better person’

ALPENA—A standing ovation and a couple of “woo woos” marked a special occasion at this week’s drug court session at the 88th District Court in Alpena. Marla Johnston, a drug court participant for the past two years, graduated from the program to the applause, hugs, and well-wishes of ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of June 24-30 117 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 9 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 28 Medical: 28 Warrant ...

Underwater challenge

ALPENA — A smart white boat motored out of the Alpena harbor Saturday morning carrying a cheerful handful of adults. Rampant sunshine glinted off the spear guns standing at attention and danced with the water that blanketed the gloomy shipwrecks and elusive fish below. Saturday marked the ...

Trying it out

News Photo by Crystal Nelson Alcona Township Supervisor Marlena Mac Neill tests out the new kayak and canoe launch at the grand opening of the launch Sunday in Alcona Township Park in Black River. Alcona Township received a recreational passport grant from the Michigan Department of Natural ...

‘For that one person’

ATLANTA—Circles of bobbing light moved between the trees as hip-high ferns swooshed around the human searchers. Ahead of them, the ferns rustled and swayed, parting and falling together again in a sinuous path that snaked forward, quickly, surely. The caravan jerked to a stop. Ahead, in ...

King releases letter, denies allegations

ALPENA — Former Alpena County undersheriff Terry King on Friday denied the allegations that led to his resignation this week, providing more detail on his claims that he was targeted for reporting wrongdoing by others. King addressed the issues in a letter to county residents released Friday ...

‘Everybody’s hurting for those teachers’

ALPENA — Northeast Michigan school districts have been struggling to hire special education teachers, and it looks like it won’t get easier for at least a couple of districts this summer. Alpena Public Schools has an open special education teacher position this summer officials hope to ...

Minor injuries in Maple Ridge crash

News Photo by Julie Riddle Paramedics wait for a wrecker Friday after the driver of a car lost control while headed east on Long Rapids Road in Maple Ridge Township. The car skidded off the road and through a nearby resident’s front yard, catching on their wellhead and coming to rest in ...