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Special meeting to be held for superintendent search

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LINCOLN — With the announcement that Alcona Community Schools Superintendent Shawn Thornton will retire in March, the ACS Board of Education will hold a special meeting Monday to discuss her replacement. Thornton made the announcement that she would retire during a Monday school board ...

AHS Science Olympiad team places 11th at invite

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ALPENA — The Alpena High School Science Olympiad team took 11th place at the Frankenmuth Invitational over the weekend. Forty-eight teams from 27 schools competed in the event Saturday. Awards for each event were presented to the top eight teams with AHS earning four awards in separate ...

Concurrent enrollment class attributed as driver of ACC gains

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ALPENA — Spring enrollment at Alpena Community College is up by 3.7 credit hours and 30.3 percent in headcount. The reason for this large increase is the one-credit Job Search Strategies course taught at Alpena Public Schools and Alcona Community Schools and Iosco Regional Service ...

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Karen Kron-Dickson, left, instructs third grade students from Amber Loney’s class Wednesday morning. Kron-Dickson along with Molly Zaleski from 4th Wall Theatre are visiting Besser Elementary for the week to practice for the student’s performance on Friday.

Besser students receive extra coaching for school play

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ALPENA — Students at Besser Elementary have been practicing their singing, dancing and sign language under the direction of 4th Wall Theatre Company for a performance Friday. Fourth Wall Theatre Company, which originates from Southwest Michigan, came to Besser Elementary for the week ...

Alcona explores costs of getting bond to fund MERS

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HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Board of Commissioners is further exploring bonding options to fund the county’s Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan retirement fund obligations. On Wednesday commissioners unanimously approved a motion to sign a letter of engagement with ...

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Rogers City High School broadcasting teacher Ben Witter helps students with projects in his class Feb 3. The class is waiting contract approval to begin filming city meetings and more.

RC students to film, edit and broadcast meetings

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ROGERS CITY — Rogers City High School broadcasting instructor Ben Witter said he would like to begin filming the city meetings starting next month. Superintendent David O’Bryant said at the board meeting Monday the contract between the school and the city needs to be reviewed by ...

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Trina Borenstein of the Alpena County League of Women Voters reads the questions with the provided pros and cons for each side during Tuesday’s meeting. The group was answering the questions to help create the state league’s positions.

LWV meets to discuss position on finances

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ALPENA — On Tuesday members of the Alpena County League of Women Voters met to discuss the league’s positions on Michigan finances and complete a questionnaire for the state league. Two weeks ago leadership team member Trina Borenstein presented a powerpoint at the Alpena County ...

Cameras at AHS nearly completely installed

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ALPENA — A change in security cameras at Alpena Public Schools is nearly complete, according to Paul Mancine, director of information systems for Alpena Public Schools. Mancine’s report was one of the updates on safety measures members of the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education ...

AAUW Tech Savvy registration gets under way

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The American Association of University Women Gaylord Area Branch again will offer its highly acclaimed Tech Savvy, a one-day conference designed to introduce sixth through ninth grade girls to science, technology, engineering, and math studies and careers. The event will take place on April 29 ...

Onaway awards LED lighting project

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ONAWAY — A local company has been tapped to work on the LED lighting project at Onaway Area Schools. The school board received four bids for the project, the highest at $96,303 and lowest from the Onaway company McLean Electric for $29,000. The bid was awarded to McLean ...

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Valentine’s Day cookies

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Jo Kimball frosts heart-shaped sugar cookies at As You Wish Gourmet Eatery, Monday in Alpena.

Alcona schools close due to illness

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LINCOLN — The campus of Alcona Community Schools has been closed for two days, including, Monday and today, due to the spread of influenza “A” and strep throat in the student and staff populations. Superintendent Shawn Thornton said the closure was due in part to a recommendation by ...

Township board tables discussion of budget

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ALPENA — Issues of poor bookkeeping and lack of information prevented much work from being done during a budget session for the 2017-18 fiscal budget for Alpena Township which began on Monday. The board of trustees met to begin discussing the revenue side of the budget, however without ...

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Run over

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News Photo by Tyler Winowiecki The pedestrian walk sign on the corner Chisholm and Third Ave. was accidently hit by a motor vehicle on Sunday afternoon by a local business owner. No injuries were reported and crews had marked off the fallen sign by Monday morning.

Cornhole tournament success for senior programs

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ALPENA — A total of $1,700 was raised at the Cornhole Tournament for Alpena Senior Citizens Center programs. Organizer Tracy Niedzwiecki said they had 36 teams participate. In first place was Chris Corwin and Craig Spetanski of team ‘Flip Flop.’ “The money will go towards the ...

Berms continue to be issue between businesses

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ALPENA — The Alpena Township Planning Commission has decided to redo its measurements and report on the height of berms which are in contention between neighboring businesses inside the township. The issue, which has been ongoing since 2014, involves a complaint filed by Leo Koseba ...

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3 car accident

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News Photo by Tyler Winowiecki Crews responded to a three car accident at the intersection of French Rd. and US-23 after 3 p.m. on Monday. Alpena City Fire Chief Bill Forbush was first on scene and requested backup from the Alpena Township Fire Department. The Alpena County Sheriff’s ...

RCAS board to discuss Superintendent contract

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ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City School Board voted to discuss and vote on Superintendent David O’Bryant’s contract at the March board meeting. “My contract does have a statement that it needs to be voted on by March,” he said. Board President Ivy Cook suggested board members ...

Kids’ fishing tournament honors Barton City sportsman

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BARTON CITY — The annual Don McEwen’s Kids Ice Fishing Tournament, which will be held Saturday on Jewell Lake in Barton City, was created to honor the late outdoorsman according to organizer Jim Burger. The tournament is free and open to youths age 15 and under, according to Burger. ...

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Left to right, Casey Stevens and Shelby Birch go over their design with Alpena High School science teacher Melissa Doubek. Doubek, who has taught at AHS since 1993, has been instrumental in several extracurricular groups, coaching sports teams and helping begin programs such as River Rats and FIRST Robotics team.

Doubek enjoys watching kids grow, challenged

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ALPENA — In 1993 when Melissa Doubek took a job with Alpena High School there was no girls winter sports team, no FIRST Robotics program and River Rats had not yet been thought of. Yet through her hard work and networking, that all changed. Starting in 1993, Doubek helped to start the ...