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Onaway’s Fullerton a team player

ONAWAY — Rod Fullerton has been with Onaway Area Community Schools for 20 years, the last 10 as superintendent and business manager. Fullerton, 50, was the business manager for 10 years before taking on both roles. He said he wanted to be superintendent to continue moving the district in ...

Rogers City seeks grants for marina overhaul

ROGERS CITY — Rogers City officials said they would consider the construction of a new “comfort station” at the city’s marina if they are able to receive enough grant funding. City Manager Joe Hefele told City Council members at a recent strategic planning meeting that the project ...

In wake of shootings, schools spend thousands on security

ALPENA — Alcona Community Schools has spent $329,000 on school security since July 2017, the most of any school district in Northeast Michigan. That is an average of $480 per student — the highest among Northeast Michigan school districts — on a new phone system that is linked to Alcona ...

Lawmakers: Roads will get bump without tax hike

ALPENA — The Legislature will pass a budget that includes more money for roads but will not include the 45-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase proposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Northeast Michigan lawmakers said Friday. Whitmer, a Democrat, on Friday did not back down from her threat to veto ...

FBI agent describes predator behavior

ALPENA — Sexual predators who target children intentionally set the scene for their crime, winning the trust of both the victim and the community, an FBI agent said in court Friday. Testifying via telephone in a hearing related to the trial of former Alpena Public Schools teacher Heather ...

Alpena freshmen have a ball

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Alpena High School freshmen play knockerball at the high school’s Freshman Bash event on Friday. Freshmen played knockerball and cornhole and enjoyed pizza, chips, and drinks during the event.

United Way kicks off 2019 campaign

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Brad Somers, speaking on Friday at the United Way of Northeast Michigan’s 2019 fundraising campaign kickoff, shares how contributions from the United Way help the club work with children. Money from the fundraiser ...

Alpena firm builds mobile drive-thrus

ALPENA — What started as an idea for a small, modular drive-thru is turning into big business for longtime Alpena developer Jeff Konczak. Konczak is the owner of BCubed, a business that has quickly made a home in Alpena manufacturing miniature drive-thru facilities at the former ATI ...

BIZ BRIEFS

NAFCU’s Duthler named Credit Union Rock Star Credit Union Magazine has named Matt Duthler, marketing director at Northland Area Federal Credit Union, as a 2019 Credit Union Rock Star. “It’s creative, innovative and passionate professionals like Duthler who keep the movement relevant ...

Alpena waits to see effect of vaping ban

ALPENA — Nobody knows how Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s ban on flavored electronic cigarette products will affect businesses, since no notice was given before the ban was announced Wednesday, said Wyatt Libby, assistant manager of Wild Wild West Tobacco in Alpena. Meanwhile, Alpena High ...

Attorneys: Winfield trial will be delayed

ALPENA — The sexual assault trial of former Alpena Public Schools teacher Heather Winfield will be postponed, lawyers say. After conferring with both sides during a morning conference on Thursday, Judge Michael Mack indicated he will allow a delay of Winfield’s trial on sexual assault ...

Alcona County gets grant for development

HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Board of Commissioners has received a $131,000 grant to aid in the redevelopment of the former Harrisville Auto and Sports Center property at 216 S. U.S.-23. It isn’t immediately clear what might go on the site. County board Chairman Craig Johnston on ...

Alpena County airport on track for $1M goal

ALPENA — It seems almost certain the Alpena County Regional Airport will surpass the number of passengers needed to receive $1 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to make improvements at the airport. That money is allocated to the airport each year it reaches 10,000 ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the period of Aug. 29-Sept. 4 Deputies made 16 traffic stops, issuing 15 warnings and 1 citation. They received 26 complaints Police ...

ACC sees enrollment boost

ALPENA — Alpena Community College had the largest enrollment increase among northern Michigan community colleges this school year. The college’s student headcount increased by 5% this fall over last, while the number of credit hours students signed up for increased by 4.7%. There are ...

Attorneys: Winfield trial to be delayed

ALPENA — The trial of former Alpena Public Schools teacher Heather Winfield will be postponed, lawyers say. After conferring with both sides during a morning conference today, Judge Michael Mack indicated he will allow a delay of Winfield’s trial on sexual assault charges to be delayed ...

Van for vets breaks down

ALPENA — Many veterans in Northeast Michigan depend on a Disabled American Veterans van stationed in Alpena to get to and from doctors appointments downstate, but, for the last three months, those vets have been unable to utilize the service because of a mechanical failure with the transport ...

Alcona County wants flexibility on worker health care

HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Board of Commissioners is trying to iron out language in the county’s Teamsters Union contract that would allow negotiations on the employees’ health care plan next month and again next year. A motion failed 3-to-2 on Wednesday that would have added a ...

Hope Shores renovates with grant funding

ALPENA—A spruced-up back yard makes a house feel like a home. That was the motivating force behind recent upgrades to the Hope Shores Alliance safehouse, a shelter in Alpena that offers temporary housing to survivors of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence ...

Brewpub, assisted living, inn underway in RC

ROGERS CITY — A brewpub coming to the heart of Rogers City’s downtown could be open as soon as next spring. Mayor Scott McLennan has purchased the former Brooks Hotel on North Third Street. The first floor of the building will be the restaurant, with a nano-brewery in the back. The ...