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‘Friendly faces on day one’

ALPENA — The 2019-20 school year starts in just a few days, and the Alpena High School Class of 2023 was introduced to the high school on Wednesday. The incoming freshmen were welcomed by upperclassmen and high school staff. They went through their class schedule and met their teachers, ...

Health Department accused of more wrongdoing

ALPENA — A former member of District Health Department No. 4’s leadership team on Wednesday accused the department of mismanaging finances and added to allegations made public Tuesday that the department’s workplace culture is forcing people out. The new allegations from a former ...

Former Bingham school could become senior living complex

ALPENA — The Alpena Planning Commission has voted to rezone the property where the former Bingham School sits vacant so a developer can renovate the building to open a senior living complex. The property is zoned for single family residences, but will be changed to a Planned Unit ...

Committee OKs help for victims

ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee voted to recommend the full board allow a transfer of money from the prosecutor’s budget to the Crime Vicitms Fund to ensure hours are not cut in hours for the court’s part-time crime victim’s advocate. If the ...

PIE&G in ‘holding pattern’ on HQ move

ONAWAY — Officials with the Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-op are waiting to determine the location of its new headquarters and service center until the results of soil tests come back. The utility company is planning to build a new, $15 million to $20 million headquarters and service ...

To Alpena, from a galaxy far, far away

News Photo by Julie Riddle “Star Wars” legend Colin Cantwell signs autographs at the B Royal Movie Theater inside Bob’s Bullpen comic store on Wednesday. Cantwell, designer of the Death Star, TIE Fighters, and other iconic spacecraft from the beloved movie franchise, shared a video ...

Alpena men named to state boards

ALPENA — An Alpena firefighter and county commissioner will represent Northeast Michigan on state boards. Capt. Andy Marceau, a 21-year veteran of the Alpena Fire Department and recently-designated community risk reduction officer, was appointed this week by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to ...

Teacher named to state program

ALPENA — Thunder Bay Junior High School teacher Bob Thomson was recently named to Michigan Department of Education’s Innovative Educator Corps. The program recognizes educators who utilize an innovative educational program, methodology, or strategy to help prepare their students for ...

City: Stink should be gone in a couple days

A decaying wood product stockpile is to blame for a stink in Alpena, the city said in a news release Wednesday, but should be gone within a couple of days. Unused and decaying materials at the Decorative Panels International plant in Alpena, a portion of which were sent to the plant’s ...

Tourism rebounds after snow-day slowdown

ALPENA — The tourism season started out slowly this year, but has since rebounded in a big way, according to Alpena tourism officials who expect the number of people visiting from out of the area to continue to be strong through fall. Each tourism season has its own challenges, but, ...

Health board chief called ‘incompetent’

CHEBOYGAN — A dissatisfied employee on Tuesday publicly accused District Health Department No. 4 leadership of being “incompetent” and mistreating employees. Lauren Krueger, who identified herself as a Health Department nurse practitioner, told the county commissioners serving on ...

Where are tax rates highest in NE Michigan?

CORRECTION: The property tax rate in the Village of Posen is 25.6711 mills. The municipality with that tax rate was incorrect in an earlier version of this story. ALPENA — The typical Alpena resident paid over $1,600 a year in property taxes last year. That’s based on Alpena ...

Police: Alcohol contributed to fatal crash

Alcohol is believed to have contributed to a crash that claimed the life of a 27-year-old woman early Monday, the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Police were called shortly after midnight Monday to the 3500 block of Lay Road for a crash involving a utility task ...

Local school board ROUNDUP

A roundup of recent activity by Northeast Michigan school boards: ∫ The Alcona Community Schools Board of Education approved the district’s 2019-20 student and family handbook and the master calendar. The board also approved purchasing a 2017 Chevy Traverse LS from Alcona Motors for ...

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 Aug. 12-18 136 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 4 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 52 Mental: 3 Medical: ...

Quick-thinking resident may have saved home from fire

News Photo by Julie Riddle A homeowner and his daughter are comforted while firefighters put out a fire in their home on Lay Road in Alpena Township on Monday. Nobody was hurt after the homeowner, arriving home to smoke and heat coming from his house, quickly closed the front door and called ...

Alpena, you have been challenged

ALEPNA — A new initiative designed to get residents of Northeast Michigan recycling correctly kicked off Monday at the Alpena Resource Recovery Facility with a community recycling challenge for the residents of Alpena County. State and local officials on Monday challenged residents to ...

Police: Alcohol contributed to fatal crash

ALPENA TOWNSHIP — Alcohol is believed to have contributed to a crash that claimed the life of a 27-year-old woman early Monday, the Alpena County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Police were called shortly after midnight Monday to the 3500 block of Lay Road for a crash involving a ...

Man says alcoholism made him assault officer

ALPENA — An Alpena man thanked the court before being sentenced Monday, acknowledging the alcohol addiction that he said led to his assault of a police officer. It took getting in trouble with the law, Daniel Leavesley said, to get help. Leavesley has struggled to get treatment for ...

New Bayview bathrooms in the works

ALPENA — The City of Alpena is in the early stages of trying to acquire grant funding which would be used to have a new restroom facility constructed at Bayview Park. The Alpena Municipal Council voted at its Monday meeting to carry over funding totaling $45,000 from projects slated for ...