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The Onaway City Commission had its regular Monday, with most action items being tabled.

Onaway to wait on changes to city code

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ONAWAY — Changes to city code were put on hold during the Onaway City Commission meeting Monday. “There’s a second ordinance. In essence we’re amending every section of the code,” City Manager Joe Hefele said. “It would open the door to hire a code officer to work at things like ...

Alcona school board elects new officers

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LINCOLN — The Alcona Community Schools Board of Education began the first meeting of 2017 with an organizational meeting that resulted in a new board president and other positions during a meeting held Monday. The meeting started with the swearing in of two new members, board members ...

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Conner McDonald explains his team’s concept to the rest of the robotics students during Sunday’s brainstorming session. McDonald and the other students worked with area engineers to brainstorm ideas for the upcoming FIRST Robotics Competition.

Area students strategize for ROV event

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ALPENA — Students from area schools were busy brainstorming ideas Sunday for the FIRST Robotics Competition which kicked off this weekend. This year’s competition theme is FIRST Steamworks which will make the students perform several tasks where sucessfully completing them will earn ...


Stuck to the wall

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News Photo by James Andersen Alpena High School principal Matt Poli was duct taped to a wall in the Arthur Gillespie Gymnasium on Friday night at halftime of the Alpena-Cadillac boys basketball game. Poli was taped as part of a fundraiser for the AHS Robotics team. Attendees paid a small ...

First Federal Community Foundation helps Sunrise Mission

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ALPENA — The First Federal Community Foundation presented a $500 grant to the Sunrise Mission of Alpena this week as one of its fourth quarter grant recipients. The $500 will go toward purchasing new carpeting for the facility. The Sunrise Mission, a 33 bed homeless shelter, serving Alpena, ...

Detroit auto show: Google, Camry and the shadow of Trump

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DETROIT (AP) — Fresh off a record year for U.S. auto sales, carmakers meet in Detroit next week to show buyers what’s coming next — and ponder their own future under a Trump administration. More than 40 new vehicles will debut at the North American International Auto Show, which is one ...

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Alpena Community College media instruction development technician Gary Hollingsworth tinkers with some of the technology in the college’s new mobile cockpit. The van will be used for training and testing of unmanned aircraft systems. It was acquired thanks to a grant from the State of Michigan.

ACC receives van for drones

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ALPENA — Not all work needs to be done in a classroom. This is the concept behind the new Unmanned Aerial System Mobile Command Unit at Alpena Community College. The large van was delivered to the college Friday and is equipped with computers, iPads, and other technological systems to ...

Woman involved in Pettalia death pleads no contest

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ATLANTA — Nancy Lunn pleaded no contest on Friday to criminal charges involving the automobile accident taht resulted in the death of State Rep. Peter Pettalia. The case stems from a Sept. 12, 2016, motor vehicle accident in which Lunn, driving a Ford Ranger, turned right onto M-33 ...

Plaza Pool ends year with negative balance

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ALPENA — Despite significant energy saving from the Ameresco project and significant fundraising by Friends of the Plaza Pool, the pool ended 2016 in the red by $14,000. The money will be taken from fund balance to begin the new year with a balanced budget. Synchronizations Management Owner ...


It’s no problem

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Matthew Arlt, who is visiting from Florida, braves the cold temperature to shoot hoops Friday at Bay View Park in Alpena.

No plea deal for downstate deputy

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ATLANTA —An attempt to reach a plea deal for a downstate sheriff’s deputy facing drunk driving charge from an incident in November was unsuccessful on Friday. Brian Filipiak appeared in 88th District Court for a pretrial hearing after being arrested for a super drunk driving charge in ...


Clearing the view

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News Photo by Tyler Winowiecki Lexee Cronk cleans windows at the Huron Humane Society with the help of Tippy. Cronk said four of the nine dogs at the shelter are up for adoption to a good home along with around 150 cats.

AAACU employees obtain resident producer license

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Eight employees of Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union have obtained their resident producer license through the State of Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services. The resident producer license allows credit union employees to better assist members with insurance needs such ...

AHS girls basketball team learns skills in the kitchen

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Instead of passing, dribbling and shooting on the basketball court, the Alpena High School girls varsity basketball team was in the kitchen chopping, whisking and sautéing. As part of the MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena’s Wildcat Training Table program, the girls learned basic cooking ...

Township fire, EMS call outs increase

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ALPENA — The number of callouts from the Alpena Township Fire and EMS followed years past increasing in large part due to non-emergency transports. In total the department went on a total of 1,926 runs within the township as well as an additional 40 runs to Presque Isle Township and ...


Teacher instruction

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Second grade teacher Anna Markowski helps students Trinity Donovan and Logan Whaley, Thursday at Ella White Elementary School in Alpena. The class was working on estimating and using centimeters.

PI board votes to stop printing notices

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ROGERS CITY — After some back and forth, the Presque Isle Board of Commissioners voted it not to be required to print board minutes in the Presque Isle Advance newspaper. Instead, the board will post the minutes and all notices and bids on the county website. Commissioner Stephen Lang ...

Internet, social media play large role in stalking

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ALPENA — In the age of the internet and social media it is easier than ever before for stalkers to track their victims, according to experts. January is Stalking Awareness Month as recognized by the Stalking Resource Center and the National Center for Victims of Crime. Hope Shores ...

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Kevin Boyat, a former member of the Alcona County Board of Commissioners, said he will miss working with county staff and citizens after his nearly 27 years on the board.

Boyat will miss good people of Alcona County

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HARRISVILLE – For the first time in nearly 27 years Millen Township resident Kevin Boyat, a former chairman of the Alcona County Board of Commissioners, sat in the audience at a county meeting, not taking part as a councilman during a Wednesday meeting. Boyat was defeated by Gary Wnuk ...