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Bolser retiring after eight years on the bench in Alpena, Montmorency counties

ALPENA — Decisions are easy when you know you’re doing the right thing, said Benjamin Bolser, retiring next week after eight years on the bench in Alpena and Montmorency counties. On Friday, Bolser will hang up his robe — three robes, actually, one for Alpena County, one for Montmorency ...

Keep track of Northeast Michigan’s COVID-19 data

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 ...

Districts plan to offer summer learning

ALPENA — Several Northeast Michigan school districts are planning to offer summer school for students to help them reinforce or catch up on subjects learned in school this year. Alpena Public Schools, Alcona Community Schools and Onaway Area Community School District are among those who ...

‘Savannah Sipping Society’ opens tonight in Rogers City

ROGERS CITY — This unlikely foursome sure knows how to have fun, with the help of a potent drink or two. Find out what female friendship is all about starting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Rogers City Theater, when the modern comedy, “The Savannah Sipping Society” opens, presented by ...

Girls soccer team aims for steady improvement

ALPENA — A return to the soccer field for the Alpena High girls soccer team brings a lot of change with it. While it’s a relief to be back on the field, the Wildcats are in a bit of a rebuild with just three returners and five graduated players who all moved on to play college ...

Bullis eager to see what girls track team can do in 2021

ALPENA — Despite 20 years of coaching experience, this season may be a little different for Joy Bullis. As she guides the Alpena High girls track team, Bullis knows she’s got talent on her roster, but she has yet to see its full potential. Having different team members in quarantine for ...

Patience is the name of the game for Schultz, baseball team

ALPENA—Alpena High baseball coach Phil Schultz is preaching patience this season. With a completely new team and players returning to the diamond for the first time in a year, Schultz knows his team is going to have to take small steps forward. “I’m getting to learn them and they’re ...

Girls tennis team enjoying return to courts

ALPENA — The Alpena High girls tennis team is having fun this season. Returning to the court for the first time in more than a year, the Wildcats are soaking up the camaraderie, smiling and laughing more, even during drills in chilly April weather. “It’s incredible to be able to be ...

Riffert counting on upperclassmen to lead boys track team

ALPENA — The Alpena High boys track team has some growing up to do this season. With a roster that includes one senior and six juniors, the Wildcats have a younger team than in years past, but it’s one that’s ready to work hard nonetheless. That sits just fine with Alpena coach Collin ...

Expectations still high as softball team returns to the field

ALPENA — No matter the year or players on the roster, the expectations are always the same for the Alpena High softball team. The Wildcats want to compete, improve, put themselves in position to win games and be in the mix for the conference championship and for postseason ...

Boys golf team taking advantage of warmer start to the season

ALPENA — After missing out on the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Alpena High boys golf team is happy to be outside and playing again this season. “It’s amazing. I never thought I’d be so lucky to say that we have a spring season, but there’s something that feels ...

North Partridge Point Park seeing uptick in littering, vandalism

ALPENA — The South Bay group and its partners have invested time and money to make the North Partridge Point Park a place for people to enjoy. But in the last year, it has been plagued by litter, vandalism and misuse. Some of the vandals left their initials in spray paint and efforts are ...

Vaccine clinic today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...