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Opening their horizons

ALPENA — Three individuals are working in Alcona, Alpena, and Montmorency county school districts to help students figure out what they want to do after high school. Thanks to a three-year, $1.9 million Marshall Plan for Talent grant from the state, Alcona Community Schools, Alpena ...

Dem leadership has ‘lost its collective mind,’ Bergman says

ALPENA — Jack Bergman said Democrats’ efforts to impeach President Donald Trump are nothing more than a political stunt done in the shadows of secrecy to bring down a president. Bergman also claims the impeachment issue has hindered action on proposed legislation he believes needs to ...

Airport clobbers passenger goal

ALPENA — After waiting nearly two months for its most recent passenger total, the Alpena County Regional Airport learned it has eclipsed the 10,000-enplanement mark, which ensures the airport will receive a $1 million subsidy from the federal government next year. An enplanement is a ...

Official: Dozens of repairs needed in Alcona Co.

HARRISVILLE — Alcona County officials have identified more than two dozen projects they say are needed to keep the county buildings operating efficiently. County commissioners earlier this year asked Building and Grounds Director Dave Hanson to compile a list of needed facility repairs ...

Mail truck struck near City Hall

News Photo by Julie Riddle A U.S. Postal Service mail truck sustained substantial damage when it was struck by a gray sedan Tuesday evening in downtown Alpena. The mail truck, headed southeast through an intersection on Park Place, was broadsided by the driver of the sedan, who failed to stop ...

Churches give $5,000 to Hope Shores, Feeding Kids

Courtesy Photo From left to right, Kathy Burton, August Matuzak, of Feeding Kids Ministry, Donna Kensa, Pastor John Shipman, Jon Benson, of JJ’s Catering, Donna Davis and Natalie Francis, from Hope Shores Alliance, Pastor Tom Orr, and Dennis Werblow pose with checks donated by two churches ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Total: 115 Alarms: 10 Animal Control: 12 Traffic Arrests: 1 OWI Arrests: 1 Drug Arrests: 1 Warrant Arrests: 2 Complaint Arrest: ...

‘Keep the significance’

ALPENA — Dozens of people shrugged off the wind, snow, and cold to honor our nation’s veterans at the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Little Flanders Field in Alpena. The poor weather also served as a reminder of some of the harsh conditions our military members surely faced while ...

Wicked weather tangles traffic

ALPENA — Police responded to a number of early-morning traffic crashes as a mid-November storm dropped several inches of snow on Northeast Michigan on Monday. “We responded to several accidents this morning that occurred within the city and the county due to bad road conditions,” ...

‘Real basic things’ on Alpena schools bond list

ALPENA — Roofs and boilers could be replaced and new heating and ventilation systems installed at Alpena County schools if the school board asks voters to approve a bond proposal. Alpena Public Schools Superintendent John VanWagoner on Monday shared a list of potential projects with the ...

Rotary gives to riverside park project

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alpena Rotary Club President Check Sherwin signs his name on a large check that was presented to the Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary to be used toward the proposed Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Waterfront Park. The group needs to raise a ...

St. Paul gives $3,000 to veterans

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Members of St. Paul’s Church donated $3,000 to the Alpena County Veterans Office to go toward a new van and other needs. The check was accepted by counselor George Stevens.

An incredible monument

ALPENA — Max Smith was your typical little boy. He loved toy trucks, playing outdoors, dinosaurs, and, especially, watching superhero movies and dressing up like the characters. Earlier this year, Max, who those near to him call Mighty Max, died at the age of 2-and-a-half, after ...

Gentry ready for United Way helm

ALPENA — When Joseph Gentry looked at the Christmas wish lists for the giving tree at his church, he didn’t see toys or the latest electronic gadget. “Here’s a 9-year-old kid that wants underwear for Christmas,” he said. “It’s so humbling.” Gentry, recently appointed the ...

Explosion rocks garage

A natural gas explosion pushed the walls of an Alpena garage off its foundation Sunday night, firefighters say. The south side Alpena Township fire station received a call just after 4 p.m. from a North Street homeowner who reported a loud bang in his garage and a small fire on the garage ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of November 4-10 121 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 11 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 30 Mental: 1 Medical: ...

It’s no summer camp

ST. IGNACE — The steel door opened with a click. At a table, a figure in an inmate-orange shirt sat playing cards. At his elbow rested a small stack of notebooks and a 24-count box of crayons. The strawberry-blonde boy with mild brown eyes, perhaps 12 or 13 years old, glanced ...

Weather service warns of visibility issues, slick roads

ALPENA — Motorists in Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties, especially those traveling along U.S.-23 from Alpena to Rogers City, should be prepared for rapidly changing visibilities and slick roads, according to a special weather statement issued by the National Weather Service in ...

A solemn service

SPRUCE — Jim Farrar, a resident of Caledonia Township, has spent a little over five months really getting to know the veterans buried at Pleasant View Cemetery in Spruce. The 68-year-old veteran of the Vietnam War began finding his way around the cemetery just before Memorial Day. ...

APS cancels afterschool activities

Alpena Public Schools issued the following message today: Due to predicted weather snow accumulation and road conditions, there will be no after school activities tonight.