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Vaccine clinic today

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COVID-19 vaccine first doses are available to anyone 16 and older at a vaccine clinic today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alpena Mall. Parents must accompany anyone 16 or 17 years old. No appointment is needed, and 350 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine are available.

City of Alpena searching for funding for Blair Street pier repairs

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ALPENA — Strong winds, ice, and high water levels in the Alpena area over the last several years have taken a toll on several areas along the shoreline of Lake Huron, including the Blair Street pier. A plan is underway to repair the damaged structure now with water levels receding, but ...

Keep track of Northeast Michigan’s COVID-19 data

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ALPENA -- Since public health officials reported the first Northeast Michigan infection on April 6, 2020, The News has kept tabs on the virus’ spread in the region. Hover over the interactive graphics below to see the data. If you’re viewing on a mobile device, turn your device ...

Kathryn Kunze named Zonta Woman of the Year

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ALPENA — To be selected as Zonta Club of Alpena’s Woman of the Year, you must not be a member of Zonta Club, you must go above and beyond in volunteering in your community, and you must be dedicated to selflessly working for others. Those qualifications and much more describe this ...

Divers, community invited to Earth Day cleanup on Saturday

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ALPENA — Today is Earth Day, but Saturday is the day the community is invited to join divers in cleaning up the Alpena area. Dive Into Earth Day: Community Cleanup is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, starting from Starlite Beach. The event will be held, rain or shine. Event organizer ...

Alpena High School plans senior event after prom canceled

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ALPENA — Alpena High School has canceled its prom but is planning a separate event for graduating seniors. High School Principal Tom Berriman on Monday shared on Twitter that prom was cancelled because of the state health department’s current guidelines. Later that day, a permit to allow ...

POLICE BLOTTER: Police make 13 traffic stops in Alcona County

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Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY For the week of April 12-1 57 complaints were handled, resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 3 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 13 Warrant Arrest: 1 Personal Injury Accident: ...

Wildcats honored by Big North Conference

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ALPENA — Several Alpena High School athletes were recently honored for by the Big North Conference for their achievements during the 2021 winter season. In girls basketball, Allie DeRocher earned first team all-conference honors. DeRocher averaged 10.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this ...

Peterson to serve on state council

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ALPENA -- Alpena County Commissioner Bill Peterson was appointed this week by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to a newly formed Michigan Jail Reform Advisory Council. Peterson will serve alongside law enforcement officials, legislators, attorneys, medical officers, and other officials on the council, ...

Local vaccine clinics may be scaled back as fewer show up for shots

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ALPENA — District Health Department No. 4 officials expect to scale back their mass vaccination clinics in the next couple of weeks. Health Department officials on Tuesday told the Health Board that fewer people have shown up to recent clinics and people the department has reached out to ...

Witness says he lied about assault

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ALPENA — An Alpena man wants to take back his guilty plea in an assault case after his victim claimed the assault never happened. Damien Michael Smith, now 26, was sentenced in 2015 to two years in prison after he admitted to threatening a man with a gun in an Alpena apartment building. The ...

Keep track of Northeast Michigan’s COVID-19 data

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ALPENA — Since public health officials reported the first Northeast Michigan infection on April 6, 2020, The News has kept tabs on the virus’ spread in the region. Hover over the interactive graphics below to see the data. If you’re viewing on a mobile device, turn your device ...

Hillman’s Garry Boldrey publishes novel 17 years in the making

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HILLMAN — This former firefighter has been planning to publish his mystery novel for 17 years, and, as of March 31, that dream is now a reality. Garry Boldrey Jr., of Hillman, published “Scream Canyon: A Dalton James Investigation,” through Outskirts Press. He wrote the ...

Judge: Prosecution fell short in child porn case

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ALPENA — Witness testimony for the prosecution failed to connect a Hubbard Lake man to child pornography found on a computer where he lived, an Alpena judge said on Monday, sending Scott Henning back to a lower court to have his case reexamined. Henning was charged with possession of child ...

Police seek armed fugitive

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Police are seeking a fugitive considered to be armed and dangerous with connections in Alcona County, according to a news release from Northeast Michigan Crime Stoppers. Nathaniel Jermaine Ballard, 45, has ties to the Curran area. Police are seeking the public’s help locating Ballard, who is ...

Adult autism: Relief upon diagnosis, which can be hard to come by

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Debra Brisch knew her whole life that she was different, but she always felt like there was something wrong with her. Until now. After lifelong confusion, isolation, and social struggles, Brisch, now 69, was finally diagnosed with autism a few years ago. Since then, she has set out on a ...

Alpena hospital seeing influx of COVID admissions

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ALPENA — MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena officials are seeing a “significant increase” in the number of patients being admitted for COVID-19. Hospital President Chuck Sherwin said on Monday of the 70 patients admitted in the hospital, 26 were admitted because of COVID-19. Sherwin ...

Keep track of Northeast Michigan’s COVID-19 data

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ALPENA — Since public health officials reported the first Northeast Michigan infection on April 6, 2020, The News has kept tabs on the virus’ spread in the region. Hover over the interactive graphics below to see the data. VACCINES NOTE: The “target” listed above is based on ...