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ACC nursing students treat ‘tornado victims’

News Photo by Julie Goldberg The Alpena Community College Nursing Program held its “mass casualty” event on Friday. Students had to rely on what they learned in the nursing program during the event, responding to a mock scenario in which a tornado had hit the area. The nursing students ...

Man gets 30 years in sex assault case

A Rogers City man, originally charged with 12 counts of sexual abuse, was sentenced to prison Monday after pleading guilty to two counts of criminal sexual conduct against a person younger than 13 and one count of possession of child sexually abusive material. Judge Aaron Gauthier of the ...

‘Brave, strong, smart’

ALPENA — Girls are strong. They are valuable. They can can make great choices and be in charge of their futures. That’s the message that the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team wants to share through a billboard campaign during the month of May in Northeast Michigan counties. Billboards ...

‘A ho-hum month’

ALPENA — It may have seemed like the month of April was cooler and drier than in years past, but recently released data from the National Weather Service shows the weather for last month was pretty much on-par with historical averages. The only variation is that snowfall last month was ...

NEMCSA expands Head Start

ALPENA — One local preschool program is expanding its hours for children and families, thanks to a large grant. The Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency was awarded a $3.9 million grant to extend the Head Start preschool program from half days to full days. The grant will be used ...

A new home for Alcona VA

News Photo by Crystal Nelson Tony Atkinson, veterans service officer for the Alcona County Veterans Affairs Office, settles in to his new office at the Alcona County Courthouse, 106 N 5th St., Harrisville. The Veterans Affairs Office relocated to the courthouse last month to take advantage of ...

Alcona County rejects raises for non-union workers

ALCONA — Alcona County commissioners could not reach an agreement on Wednesday about whether they wanted to give the county’s non-union employees a raise. Commissioners voted down two separate motions that would have given its non-union workers either raises or bonuses, depending on ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. PRESQUE ISLE CO. SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the period of April 24-30 Deputies made 40 traffic stops, issuing 38 warnings and 2 citations. They received 45 complaints and made 26 police ...

Homeschoolers medal at Science Olympiad contest

Courtesy Photo This photo, provided by the Cooperative Alpena-Area Christian Homeschoolers (COACH), shows the group’s Science Olympiad team at the State Science Olympiad Championships Saturday in East Lansing. The team finished in 30th place, overall, out of 60 teams. Team members Mark ...

What’s that smell?

ALPENA — Spring brings many things: flowers, butterflies, and, in Alpena, the smell of rotten eggs outside the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library. The library’s many loyal patrons have, over the years, grown accustomed to the sulphuric smell produced by the library’s ...

Senate cuts 1 snow day from bill

ALPENA — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that would forgive school days canceled during a snow emergency early this year, but with a change that could affect school districts. House Bill 4206, which would forgive snow days called by schools at the end of January ...

Taxable values jump in Alpena County

ALPENA — A significant bounce in the equalized and taxable values of Alpena County properties should lead to a more than $100,000 bump in tax revenue for the county in 2019. The increase will be welcome to the county commissioners, who have dealt with a large budget deficit for the last ...

APS employee sponsors Boys State Program participant

Courtesy Photo This photo, provided by Alpena High School counselor Lori Vought, shows Alpena High student Nickoli D’Agrella and Alpena Public Schools employee Kathy Goeke. Goeke is sponsoring D’Agrella in the Boys State Program in memory of Goeke’s parents, Emma Jean and Ray ...

Turbine rules headed to ballot without board say

ROGERS CITY — Voters in some portions of Presque Isle County will get to decide on Aug. 6 whether the county should keep its controversial ordinance that deals with wind turbines and solar energy. The ordinance adopted by the county Board of Commissioners in October established setbacks ...

Area schools highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report

ALPENA — U.S. News & World Report released its state high school rankings on Tuesday, with a few Northeast Michigan schools ranking in the top half of Michigan schools. The report — which is based off of college readiness, math and reading performance, underserved student ...

Gas drive-off leads police to stolen items

A drive-off from a gas station led to the discovery of stolen property in Alcona County Saturday, police said. Deputies from the Alcona County Sheriff’s Office were called to Barton City General Store, where a driver of a sports utility vehicle pulling a trailer and backhoe had fled ...

Police recover stolen truck

A pickup truck was recovered by the Alpena Police Department after it was stolen from a driveway on Sunday while the owner was nearby, according to a news release from the Alpena police. The owner, who initially thought the truck was being driven by a family member, realized the theft ...

‘Let’s take action while we can’

ALPENA — A palpable sense of urgency filled the room as the Board of Directors of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team held its quarterly meeting Monday in Alpena. The board, made up of sheriffs, police chiefs, Michigan State Police representatives, and prosecutors from Alpena, Alcona, ...

Farmers to get info on farm bill benefits

ALPENA — Those who stand to benefit from the new federal farm bill will meet with staff from the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry to learn more about how competitive funding from the bill could bolster the region’s local food movement. Molly Stepanski, ...

Dry Dock restoration underway

News Photo by Julie Riddle Workers fom Meridian Contracting Services in Alpena begin work to restore the facade of the old Dry Dock Bar in downtown Alpena on Tuesday. The building will be renovated, making use of a $622,000 Community Revitalization Improvement Program Grant from the Michigan ...