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3 Dems seek Mack seat, guv mum

ALPENA — A new judge should soon arise from among at least three Democrats hoping to be chosen by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to preside over Alpena and Montmorency counties’ 26th Circuit Court. The judgeship, left vacant when Judge Michael Mack announced his retirement after being suspended ...

AHS kids wear coats amid boiler issues

ALPENA — Alpena High School students have been wearing coats in classrooms because of heating issues at the school. Junior Evan Carlson told The News on Wednesday heaters have been off in certain rooms in the E-House wing of the school for a few days, which he said has resulted in other ...

Winds send van teetering on the edge

Courtesy Photo This van, shoved by violent winds coming ashore off Lake Huron on Friday evening, was sent for a spin on the stretch of U.S.-23 north of Rogers City. Straddling the bike path alongside the road, the van, as shown in this photo provided by the Presque Isle County Sheriff’s ...

Alpena welcomes new city manager

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz The City of Alpena hosts a welcoming open house for new City Manager Rachel Smolinski, left, who will take over for current City Manager Greg Sundin, who is retiring. At the gathering Smolinski took time to chat with staff and city employees, which included ...

Alpena nurses earn their pins

News Photo by Crystal Nelson Rosalie Crawford is among 13 graduates on Wednesday to be pinned and receive an associate degree in registered nursing on Wednesday in Alpena Community College’s Park Arena. Twenty-one nursing nursing students in the college’s licensed practical nursing ...

County votes to keep money in the bank

ALPENA — After setting aside enough to cover 30% of annual expenses, as the Alpena County Board of Commissioners likes to do, the county has about $420,000 in its general fund cash account, Treasurer Kim Ludlow said on Wednesday. But, at Wednesday’s county board Finance Committee ...

Montmorency County nixes return of longevity pay

ATLANTA — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday voted 3-2 again reinstating longevity pay for county employees. County board Chairman Dave Wagner and Commissioners Bert LaFleche and Daryl Peterson voted against the motion, while Vice Chairman Don Edwards and ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the period of Dec. 5-10 Complaints: 35 Police runs: 217 People investigated: 158 Traffic stops: 25 Citations: 2 Warnings: ...

Christmas caroling a time-honored tradition

ALPENA — There are many ways to spread cheer during the Christmas season, but, to many, one of the best is to come together to sing Christmas songs to other members of the community and to celebrate the birth of Christ in doing so. The tradition of Christmas caroling is long, and many ...

Women say they were assaulted as young as 6

ALPENA — A man accused of sexually assaulting three girls ages 14 and younger was in court Tuesday, almost exactly a year after he appeared in the same courtroom facing nearly the same charges. Three women appeared as witnesses in the first part of a preliminary examination of Todd Allen ...

Alcona kids headed to state contest

LINCOLN — The Alcona Middle School robotics team will make history this weekend as the first team from the school to make the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics middle school state championships. The team won a qualification match on Nov. 23 in Pellston to ...

Alcona principal honored by his peers

LINCOLN — Alcona Elementary School Principal Tim Lee was honored last week as a region principal of the year by the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association. Lee was one of 14 honored at the organization’s annual conference in Williamsburg. He was honored for the ...

Alpena case denied by SCOTUS

ALPENA — An Alpena court case will not be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court and will instead return to a local courtroom for a third trial. Attorneys for Joel James asked the Supreme Court to review the decision of local and state courts in regards to how much time someone has to make ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited: MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Total: 111 Alarms: 5 Animal Control: 3 Traffic Arrests: 1 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 3 Complaint Arrest: ...

The great debate

ALPENA — What makes the perfect Christmas tree is in the eyes of the beholder. Some people believe the natural beauty and scent of a real fir tree is a must during the holiday season, while others prefer the simplicity and longevity artificial trees offer. There are many different ...

Caught on camera

ALPENA — Michigan State Police troopers just had a lesson in time travel. New, top-of-the-line, windshield-mounted video cameras are being installed in MSP-Alpena Post squad cars this week. At a training session on Monday, police officers learned that, among other features, the new ...

Residents escape vehicle fire

News photo by Crystal Nelson Firefighters with the Maple Ridge Fire Department and Alpena Township Fire Department respond to a vehicle fire that broke out at 5020 Long Rapids Road on Monday afternoon. The vehicle’s occupants were inside the vehicle when the fire started but were uninjured ...

Delivering good cheer

Courtesy Photo Volunteers with the Alcona County and Iosco County offices of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Oscoda Police Department, and their families unload presents as part of Operation Good Cheer, coordinated by the Child and Family Services of Michigan, on ...

PI schools to add mental health workers

ROGERS CITY — The 10 school districts in the Cheboygan-Otsego-Presque Isle Educational Service District will provide students more mental health services through a grant the ESD received this summer. Jamie Huber, the ESD superintendent, told the Rogers City Area Schools Board of ...

Police seek no-good Samaritan

A woman caught on camera tampering with someone else’s wallet is being sought by the Michigan State Police. The public is asked to help identify a woman recorded on security footage at the Alpena Walmart finding a wallet left in a shopping cart, taking it into a restroom for five ...