Local News

Dam dispute continues

LINCOLN — County officials in Alcona have been met with resistance after discussing the possibility of a partnership between the Alcona County Drain Commission and the Cedar Lake Improvement Board for repair and maintenance at Cedar Lake. The slow process of fixing the failing dam at the ...

Presque Isle County makes budget adjustments

ROGERS CITY — Because of unexpected budget costs, Presque Isle County’s “rolling forward funds” are lower than other years. The funds, which are carryovers from the previous budget year, were discussed at the regular Board of Commissioners meeting on Friday. “This is for the end ...

Open for business

News Photo by Kaitlin Ryan Steve Shaver and his 4-year-old daughter, Kenzie, enjoyed the new dog park in Alpena on Friday with their dog, Lucy-Pie. Friday was the first day the park was opened to the public.

Crafting Harmony … Fest

News Photo by Kaitlin Ryan On Friday in Harrisville, Chad Anerson set up his booth for the 45th annual Harmony Festvial, which kicks off this weekend, featuring artists and craftmakers. Anderson is a second-generation brazer, and he has been making works of art since the age of 15.

Bliss painting trains nine, hires two

Alpena’s Bliss Painting, with help from Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium, recently received $3,735 in Skilled Trades Training Fund dollars to train nine current employees in Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards and procedures, the consortium said in a news ...

United Way kickoff Friday at APlex

A “whimsical, Dr. Seuss-themed breakfast” at 7 a.m. Friday at the APlex, 701 Woodward Ave., will kick off the United Way of Northeast Michigan’s annual fundraising campaign. Proceeds from the breakfast, part of the Alpena Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Alpena series of events, ...

AAACU adopts a highway

Courtesy Photo Team members from Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union’s Lincoln Branch, including, shown here, Mindy Mendyka, Stacey McLaughlin, Lorna Dellar, Stacey Hall, Melayne Odell, and Victoria Coleman, helped keep Alcona County cleanafter adopting a three-mile stretch along U.S.-23 for ...

Back-to-back crashes

ALPENA — Two back-to-back crashes took place Thursday afternoon in Alpena near the intersection of M-32 and Bagley Street. A three-vehicle crash happened at around 12:15 p.m. Thursday on M-32 near the Auto Zone parking lot. The three cars involved were a Dodge, Chevy, and Chrysler. The ...

Alcona tries Facebook push for tax info

HARRISVILLE — The recent onslaught of budget cuts in Alcona County has stirred the community, bringing a wave of questions in its wake, and the Committee to Promote Alcona County is working to get answers out to the public in any way possible, including a new Facebook page. In a world ...

Man gets up to 20 years for meth-making

HARRISVILLE — On Tuesday, Kim LaFave of Black River was sentenced to six to 20 years in prison after he pled guilty to charges of maintaining and involvement in methamphetamine manufacturing stemming from an arrest during a traffic stop on March 8. According to a police report, the ...

Alcona Community Schools seeks college adviser for school year

LINCOLN — An AdviseMI AmeriCorps position is still open for a recent college graduate who would serve as a full-time adviser for Alcona and Oscoda high school students transitioning to postsecondary education. In an effort to encourage more Michigan students to attend postsecondary ...

Adviser helps Alpena kids plan future

ALPENA — New to assisting Alpena students as an AdviseMI college adviser is Ashley Timmreck. Her job is to prepare kids for postsecondary education at Alpena High School and Alternative Choices for Educational Success (ACES) Academy Timmreck is a 2014 AHS graduate, went to college at ...

Pooch park: New playground for hounds opens at noon today in Alpena

ALPENA — After more than two years of fundraising, planning and construction, the new dog park at North Riverside Park in Alpena will be opening today at noon. The project was made possible when a pair of individuals approached the City of Alpena with the idea and, by working together, ...

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ police crackdown planned this weekend

ALPENA — Law enforcement officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police will be on the lookout for impaired drivers during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The federally funded extra patrols are part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement ...

Hospital kicks off pin sale

ALPENA —MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena recently kicked off its annual sale of angel pins by putting the first pin on hospital President Chuck Sherwin. The 43-year-old tradition helps raise funds for new technology and patient services at the hospital, according to a news release. ...

Front-end damage

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Local police and fire personnel respond to a two-car crash on U.S.-23 South on Wednesday afternoon. One person was transferred to MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena.

Moving forward

ALPENA — More steps have been taken to move Alpena Community College’s Van Lare Hall renovation project forward. The ACC Foundation had a kickoff event for the project Thursday at the college. During the event, college officials discussed the funding they have and still need and what ...

Mixed results for APS on state tests

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools students outperformed students statewide in several grades and subjects, though sixth- and seventh-graders lagged behind, according to standardized test results released Wednesday. M-STEP test results were released this week and school districts across ...

No tornado, no major flooding

ALPENA — For as violent as Tuesday night’s thunderstorms were forecasted to be, they mostly died out before they could do much damage in Northeast Michigan. Despite a warning issued Tuesday night for Alpena County, and though weak tornadoes did touch down in Antrim and Ogemaw ...

Chowder, chili cookoff extends Alpena tourism season

ALPENA — The Alpena Downtown Development Authority’s annual Chowder and Chili Cookoff has become a fall event, which helps extend the tourism season in the area just a bit longer. This year, it will be held on Oct. 6 and the DDA is already accepting entries. The event will be held on a ...