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ELECTION 2020: 5 running for 4 open slots on Alpena school board

ur trustees from five candidates for the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education. Board President Gordon Snow, Vice President Stacey Walker Parr, and Trustees Steven Donajkowski and Keri Johns are seeking reelection, while Eric Lawson hopes to earn a seat on the board. Donajkowski has ...

ELECTION 2020: Alcona, PI county board seats competitive

ALPENA -- Voters in Alcona and Presque Isle counties will choose county commissioners in the Nov. 3 election. In Alcona County, three are seeking the District 5 seat on the county board and two candidates are vying for the District 2 seat. In Presque Isle County, two candidates are seeking ...

4 vie for 3 open Alcona school board seats

LINCOLN — Voters on Nov. 3 will choose three winners from four candidates hoping to be trustees on the Alcona Community Schools Board of Education. Incumbents Warren MacNeill and Brandon Schroeder are seeking reelection and are being challenged by Erika Rice and Melissa Upper. MacNeill ...

Seven-day infection total highest since spring

ALPENA -- The weekly number of new coronavirus infections among Northeast Michiganders is higher than at any point since April as a second wave of COVID-19 infections continues to surge. In the past seven days, the region’s positive test count increased by 40, according to a News analysis of ...

Judge nixes polling place gun ban, Alpena-area police on alert

ALPENA — Guns are not illegal at polling places, police leaders in Northeast Michigan said. On Tuesday, that sentiment was bolstered by a Michigan judge who ruled that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson failed to follow state law with her sudden order banning guns at polling places. Attorney ...

Officials: School virus plans working

ALPENA — Northeast Michigan school routines have been repeatedly disrupted since classes began this fall, but district officials and local public health experts insist the school year is going well, overall. Schools have reported 11 instances of students or staff either being infected ...

Youth and Rec tax hike discussed

ALPENA — Alpena County commissioners on Tuesday discussed raising the property tax that supports youth and recreation programs, including the financially struggling county-owned facilities Northern Lights Arena and the Plaza Pool. The current, 0.5-mill tax was first approved by voters in ...

Police nab three after car, foot chase in Alpena

ALPENA —Three Detroit men led police in a car chase down a busy Alpena road Monday evening, endangering pedestrians and other drivers after an attempt to fill a fake prescription at a local pharmacy. According to police, at about 6:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of someone trying ...

Drinking and firing gun leads to arrest

A man was arrested early Monday morning after he fired a gun near a residence while he was drunk, according to police. The 43-year-old Alpena man, whose name has not been released, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm while intoxicated after he allegedly fired two rounds from a ...

Absentee ballots available

Absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election are available at the Clerk’s Office at Alpena City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. To acquire a ballot in person, voters must show picture identification or sign an affidavit.

1st Northeast Michigander since August dies after virus infection

ALPENA -- One more Alcona County resident has died after being infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, local public health officials said today, the first virus-related death of a Northeast Michigander since Aug. 20. Two more more Alpena County residents and two more ...

Voters spoil early ballots as Alpena-area clerks ready for absentee boom

ALPENA — In the last several weeks, dozens of Alpena-area voters who’ve already sent in absentee ballots have chosen to change their votes, clerks said. So far, Alpena Township has received nearly 3,000 absentee ballots, 40 of which have been spoiled so voters could fill out a new ballot, ...

Alpena-area groups help voters overcome barriers

ALPENA — With aggressive voting campaigns nationwide encouraging wide participation in the upcoming presidential election — now only seven days away — many are urging voters to climb over whatever barriers to voting may be in their way to make sure their voice is heard on Election ...

Body found floating in Hubbard Lake

HARRISVILLE — A body was found floating in Hubbard Lake on Monday, the Alcona County Sheriff’s Department reported today. Deputies responded to a 911 call reporting the discovery about 9 a.m. With assistance from Alcona Emergency Management Services and the South Shore Fire Department, ...

No injuries as downed utility lines close U.S.-23

ALPENA -- Downed cable lines closed U.S.-23 south of Walmsley Road this afternoon when a pickup truck towing a trailer of gravel jackknifed and veered off the road, smashing into a utility pole. Nearby resident Ted Dziesinski, who witnessed the crash from his driveway, said he heard ...

Red Brick, Bolton Bar possible virus exposure sites, Health Departments say

ALPENA -- Local public health officials announced two new public exposure sites today, encouraging the public to monitor for symptoms if they visited the Red Brick Tap and Barrel in downtown Alpena from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday or Bolton Bar in Posen from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Health ...

Bryan contract OK’d, salary unclear

ALPENA — District Health Department No. 2 on Monday renewed its contract with Health Officer Denise Bryan for another three years, but it remained unclear how much Bryan is being paid. That department serves Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, and Oscoda counties. District Health Department No. 4 — ...

Man arrested for drunk driving after crash

A man who was put into police custody after he caused a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Ripley Boulevard and U.S.-23 on Friday was arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated, police confirmed. The News previously reported that he was handcuffed at the scene, while the ...

Police: Car thief goes for two

An Alpena man stole two cars on the same day, police say. Ryan Johnston, 41, was arrested on Oct. 15 after he was identified by an Alpena Police Department investigation as the suspect in a pair of July vehicle thefts. According to police, Johnston stole one car in Alpena, drove to Lake ...