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Blue jeans make a difference

Area residents receiving treatment for cancer will have a more comfortable environment and access to enhanced treatment technology thanks in part to a donation made recently by employees at Samaritas Affordable Living of Alpena. The Samaritas staff of just six employees collected three ...

Gift of life

News Photo by Jason Ogden American Red Cross phlebotomist Brianna Riethmeter inserts a blood collection needle into the arm of Alpena resident Mimi Przybyla during a blood drive event Thursday at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena.

County seeks architect for new jail

ALPENA — Alpena County is in the process of seeking an architect to design the new jail to be built on M-32. A request for qualifications is being advertised and bids for the job will need to be submitted by Jan. 2. A timeline of key events has been released by county officials and it ...

Onaway teen dies in vehicle crash

A 17-year-old Onaway girl died Thursday morning as the result of a traffic accident in Cheboygan County. According to a press release from the Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Office, Alexia LaHaie was traveling westbound on M-68 when the 2007 Ford Fusion she was driving crossed sideways into ...

Behavior program dropped from Rogers City Area Schools

ROGERS CITY — Current and former Rogers City Area Schools teachers voiced their concerns about the the loss of MiBLISi status of the middle school and high school. The teachers discussed their concerns during a school board workshop meeting Monday. At the regular school board meeting ...

DDA considers new decorations

ALPENA — The Alpena Downtown Development Authority and City of Alpena have begun coming up with ideas and plans that may lead to new Christmas decorations for the downtown and city. The current decorations and wreaths are getting older and likely will need to be replaced before too ...

Alcona Community Schools implementing new behavior strategy

LINCOLN — Alcona Community Schools has implemented a new behavior strategy to help combat discipline issues in the high school and elementary buildings. According to Superintendent Dan O’Connor, the plan was developed by elementary Principal Timothy Lee and high school Principal Edwin ...

AHS exchange students adjusting to the ‘little things’

ALPENA — The Alpena High School exchange students have been living in Alpena for a few months and have adjusted to school and life in Alpena. The students are from Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Taiwan, Thailand, Georgia, Spain, Turkey, Africa, Italy and Vietnam. The students are enjoying school ...

Christmas activities this weekend in Presque Isle County

ROGERS CITY — Presque Isle Township Museum Society board member Vicki Wright said the society hopes to showcase its little part of the world during three Christmas activities this weekend. “We have three interesting things on Saturday here in Presque Isle. At the township hall there ...

NEMCSA hopes event will help public facing foreclosure

ALPENA — Organizers with the Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency hope an upcoming event will help the people who may be facing a potential home foreclosure. On Thursday, Step Forward Michigan, the Alpena County Treasurers Office and NEMCSA will host the event, which will run ...

Shop with a Cop

News Photo by Jordan Spence Kaylee Godin, 8, and Det. Jennifer Pintar shop for Christmas presents Wednesday in Alpena. The two shopped together to buy gifts for Godin’s family as part of the Shop with a Hero program. About 30 kids shopped with police officers, EMTs, Air National Guard ...

Too many inmates at Presque Isle jail

ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Jail has to deal with an overflow of inmates, Sheriff Bob Paschke told the board of commissioners during a meeting last week. “Today we’re at 39 and we have a capacity for 24; ten are housed in Montmorency. We have 31 males and eight females,” ...

County OKs road commission to one meeting a month

ALPEMA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners voted to allow the road commission board of trustees to reduce the number of meetings it will have next year. The compensation for the trustees, however, will remain the same. Currently the road commission meets twice a month, but often ...

Car wash

News Photo by Jason Ogden Alpena resident Bruce Oliver takes time to wash his truck on a brisk, yet sunny day Wednesday.

MSUE to celebrate 100 years in Alcona County

HARRISVILLE — Members of the Alcona County Michigan State University Extension are geared up to begin celebrating 100 years of the service being in Alcona County. MSUE educator Tracy D’Augustino said Alcona’s service is not the only one that will be celebrating 100 years. She said ...

Montmorency board sets tentative budget for public viewing

ATLANTA — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners discussed the 2018 budget with Budget Director April Williamson and set a tentative budget during a meeting Wednesday. The board approved the Michigan State University Extension budget of $55,327 for 2018. Commissioner Don Edwards ...

Christmas party with Santa at Brush Creek Mill on Saturday

HILLMAN — Children are invited to the 2017 Christmas Party with Santa on Saturday at Brush Creek Mill. The event is from 10-11:30 a.m. and is free for any school age children and younger. “Our golf outing that we held in the summer helps fund this event,” Jim Dunn, director of ...

Change of command

ALPENA — The Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center is under new command after a changing of command ceremony conducted Tuesday at the base. U.S. Air Force Col. Andrew Roberts handed command of the facility to Col. John Miner, who is the 12th commander of the facility. The event was ...

APlex to host annual Project Blue Light

ALPENA — The 18th Annual Project Blue Light Ceremony to honor fallen officers and firefighters who have died in the line duty is Tuesday at the APlex. The event starts at 7 p.m. with refreshments after. Project Blue Light will honor seven law enforcement officers and firefighters from ...

Plans moving ahead for jail project

ALPENA — Now that the millage request for a new jail in Alpena County has been approved, the second phase of the project is about to begin. During Tuesday’s Alpena County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board voted to hire a consultant to help with the logistics involving the ...