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County approves contract for new electrical inspector

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HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Board of Commissioners approved a contract for a new county electrical inspector and discussed possibly raising building inspection rates for next year during a Wednesday meeting. Commissioner Carolynn Brummund outlined the issue with the building ...

Man loses 2nd son to gun violence in just over 3 years

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For the second time in a little over three years, Dwayne Hitchens Sr. must bury a son who was shot multiple times. His younger son was killed in 2014; his older son, on Monday. Hitchens said that when he woke up Tuesday, he thought he might just have been dreaming that ...

First grads of Early College

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News Staff Writer ALPENA — Three and a half years of work among many of Alpena’s educational leaders culminated with 26 students making their way across the stage to receive their certifications after completing Alpena Public Schools Early College program. APS Curriculum Director ...

City assessing asbestos in water plants

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ALPENA — Asbestos was utilized in many ways when buildings were constructed decades ago. Now it is a costly nuisance that is often expensive to remove. Last month the Alpena County Board of Commissioners voted to have an asbestos assessment done on the jail and Monday Alpena Municipal ...

RC to join Target Alpena efforts

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ROGERS CITY — The City of Rogers City has set aside $10,000 in the 2017-18 budget for professional services with Target Alpena. This was considered as part of the 2017-18 budget adopted at Tuesday’s council meeting. The city council also approved an additional $5,000 to be used, if ...

Fun at the park

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News Photo by Jason Ogden Sisters Ambria McKay, 8, left, and Amaya McKay, 5, both of Alpena sit on a giant tire in the playground at Bay View Park Tuesday during an afternoon outing with their father David McKay.

Pilot English program proves successful

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ALPENA — A new English language arts curriculum that began two years ago was approved to become the new curriculum for the entire district following the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education approval Monday night. The new textbooks came before the curriculum and technology committee ...

Annual golf outing honors veteran, helps area students

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GLENNIE — An annual golf outing that has been taking place for 13 years has worked to raise thousands of dollars for area students, according to organizers. Sunday is the annual SFC Mark Jackson Memorial Scholarship Outing at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Glennie, according to organizer ...

Alcona Conservation District to host spring mushroom hunt

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HARRISVILLE — The Alcona County Conservation District will be hosting a spring mushroom hunt with a mushroom specialist from the Michigan Mushroom Hunter’s Club Saturday. District Manager Janet Reins said Saturday Sister Marie Kopin will be at the event, which will be hosted on land in ...

Colorful choices

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Sarah Gohl tends to some flowers Tuesday at Bushes and Blooms on Washington Avenue.

Sprucing up

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Linda DeWyre, left, and Suelyn Bartz and other members of the Alpena Garden Club spent Monday afternoon cleaning up the flower gardens at the Alpena Public Safety building.

Walker pleads guilty in murder case

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ROGERS CITY — Grisly details of the death of murder victim Heather Young, 42, were revealed Monday by Brenton Lee Walker, who pleaded guilty in the case to two felony counts, including second degree murder, during a hearing. Walker became a murder suspect after Young, a Marshall resident, ...

Second alleged victim won’t testify via phone

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ALPENA — The second alleged victim in the case against Sylvestre Obwaka, who is accused of accused of raping another priest, will not be allowed to testify over the phone. The second victim’s possible testimony was discussed during a hearing Monday in 53rd Circuit Court. “For the ...

Judge give city, township deadline for witness lists, exhibits

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ALPENA — After more than three years of litigation and a failed mediation attempt, Alpena Township and the City of Alpena will be going to trial over their dispute over water and sewer rates. During a status hearing Monday in 26th Circuit Court, Judge Michael Mack gave both parties 21 days ...

Official: Speed increases will be posted by June

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ALPENA — With the adoption of a new state law that increases speed limits on certain areas of expressways and state highways, residents can expect to see speed increases in the coming months in areas on M-65, M-32, M-72, M-68 and US-23. Michigan Department of Transportation Communications ...

Council OKs 2 traffic control orders

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ALPENA —Alpena Municipal Council voted to approve a pair of traffic control orders during its meeting Monday. The new orders will allow for new signage and street markings to be installed for the conversion of two-way traffic on Carter Street and the end of Third Avenue, as well as for ...

Community action agencies recognized in May

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ALPENA — Community action agencies would not be around if not for President Lyndon B. Johnson, according to Frances Whitney, Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency’s outreach and communication representative. During May the agency, and the more than 1,000 like it in the United ...

Gun shop owner starting shooting competition

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HILLMAN — A local gunshop owner in Hillman is looking to start a shooting competition with World War II-era weapons but needs people to register for the event. Onsight Outdoors owner Tim Milko said he needs at least 25 people to sign up before the event is officially a go. “If it ...

Residents speak out about board conduct

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ROGERS CITY — Two area residents voiced their concerns with Rogers CityArea Schools Board of Education issues Monday during the board’s meeting. The concerns stem from a couple of recent meetings where there was some discord among the board,regarding mileage for a conference. The ...