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Missing woman found dead

HARRISVILLE — The Harrisville Fire Department on Saturday located the body of a 71-year-old woman from Haynes Township who went missing from her home. Kathleen Ann Holderman, who had dementia, left her residence at 1:39 a.m. and was found deceased by the fire department in a wooded area ...

Spruce resident dies in a two vehicle crash

A 21-year-old Spruce resident died in a two vehicle crash early Tuesday morning on F-41 north of Kings Corner Road. Cheynne Smith, who drove one of the vehicles in the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a press release from the Alcona County Sheriff’s Office. The driver ...

Woman not injured in roll-over crash

A 17-year-old female from Rogers City rolled her vehicle into a ditch, but was not injured, while traveling southbound on US-23 on New Years Day. The Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the scene at 2:49 p.m. Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Rogers City Police ...

No one injured in shed fire at Ossineke Eagles Club

No one was injured on Wednesday when a shed outside of the Ossineke Eagles Club caught on fire. Sanborn Township Fire Department was dispatched to the scene around 6 p.m. Fire Chief Dale Hart said the smoking shed outside the club caught on fire but was extinguished before the fire department ...

POLICE BLOTTER

A roundup of recent actions by local law enforcement agencies. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of December 23-29 82 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 11 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 17 Medical: 16 Warrant ...

Happy New Year from The News: Looking back, looking ahead

ALPENA — Now that the first bells of 2020 have bene rung and a new decade has begun, take a moment to pause and peruse through The News' biggest stories of the decade and of 2019 and our look ahead at what you can expect in 2020: LOOKING BACK: * "The biggest stories of the last 10 ...

Man dies in Sunday fire

ALPENA — A man was killed Sunday morning when his Alpena Township residence was destroyed by fire. The man, whose name has not yet been released, was found by firefighters inside his Lakeview Drive trailer after a fire that fully engulfed his home was extinguished enough for firefighters ...

Progress 2019: A look at region’s economic past, present, and future

ALPENA — Northeast Michigan's economy — built on lumbering, manufacturing, and shipping, and booming now on more advanced manufacturing and tourism — is on the upswing. To mark the occasion, The News dug deep into the past, present, and future of Northeast Michigan business in a ...

Area waitress receives 8,700% tip

ALPENA — “Things like this don’t happen to people like me,” the waitress said, shaking her head. Sunday started out as a tough day for Danielle Franzoni. Her neighbor’s house on Mud Lake burned down. It was her last day in her old home, the cusp of a scary move into her first ...

Missing woman found dead

HARRISVILLE — The Harrisville Fire Department on Saturday located the body of a 71-year-old woman from Haynes Township who went missing from her home. Kathleen Ann Holderman, who had dementia, left her residence at 1:39 a.m. and was found deceased by the fire department in a wooded area at ...

Pied Piper offers real-world experience

ALPENA — Pied Piper School students have an opportunity to go into the real world and learn what it’s like to work at a business. The school and local businesses work together to let students work at local shops, such as Taco Bell, Nowicki’s Sausage Shoppe, and others. Pied Piper ...

RC Area Fire Authority seeks longer tax to build new fire hall

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Area Fire Department Authority will ask voters in March to renew its 1-mill operational millage for 16 years. The tax would cost the owner of a $100,000 house about $50 a year. Moltke Township Supervisor Neil Sorgenfrei said the only change from the ...

Officials finalizing city’s capital improvement plan

ALPENA — Alpena is putting the finishing touches on its annual capital improvement plan and city departments will present projects at a joint meeting of the Alpena Municipal Council and Alpena Planning Commission. The plan prioritizes the city’s needs over the next six years and must ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Total: 88 Alarms: 5 Animal Control: 5 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 1 Warrant Arrests: 1 Complaint Arrest: ...

PROGRESS 2019: The wonder of water

ALPENA — Rimmed by the ever-changing blues of Lake Huron, Northeast Michigan’s history is intimately connected with the waters that bestow it with beauty, offer up riches from their depths, and provide economic stability that defies the passage of time. Positioned as a major hub of ...

Police seek owner of gun

A handgun found in a lunch bag in the woods has led to an inquiry by the Michigan State Police-Alpena Post, according to a news release from Crime Stoppers. The public’s help is needed in identifying the owner of the weapon, a .40-caliber, stainless steel model with wooden grips and loaded ...

PROGRESS 2019: All in the family

ALPENA —Family, hard work, and the ability to adapt to changing market trends have been the recipe for success for R.A. Townsend in Alpena, which is quickly closing in on its 100th anniversary in business. It has been a long road for the Townsend family, which grew its business from a meager ...

PROGRESS 2019: A tradition of giving

ALPENA — The Besser tradition was started by Jesse and Anna Besser and the drive of Phil Park, Jim Park says. Jim Park and the Park family have for decades donated to the Northeast Michigan community to help improve the area’s health, education, and recreational opportunities, and that ...

PROGRESS 2019: Creating a draw

HILLMAN — One can’t drive through Hillman without seeing a project that hasn’t, in one way or another, been influenced by longtime resident and businessman Jack Matthias. MediLodge of Hillman, the Industrial Park, and Hillman Community Center all were projects he had a hand in bringing ...

PROGRESS 2019: A brief historical overview of local industries

Although not all of today’s successful businesses are dependent on Northeast Michigan’s natural resources of lakes, lumber and limestone, historically, those resources have and continue to play a vital role in our community’s economy. Alpena is unique in that many local companies grew ...