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APS releases virtual senior award video

News Photo by Meakalia Previch-Liu Toby Krueger, one of two military bound Alpena High School seniors, is pictured kicking off the virtual senior award video by saying the Pledge of Allegiance in a pre-recorded video. Class of 2020 graduates were honored in a virtual senior awards video ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES April 19 - May 2 Conservation Officer Sidney Collins assisted deputies in Montmorency County with a welfare check on a local citizen. The citizen did ...

Volunteers look to revitalize RC downtown

ROGERS CITY — Efforts to bring the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Michigan Main Street program to Rogers City are underway. A group of citizen volunteers are building momentum for the program, which the MEDC requires to be a grassroots effort led by community members. A Facebook ...

New program provides food for Alcona residents

HARRISVILLE — A new food distribution program will be available to Alcona County residents in June. Lenny Avery, the executive director for the Alcona County Commission on Aging, on Wednesday told the Alcona County Board of Commissioners they will distribute 1,350 boxes of food per week ...

Tenants grapple with evictions during pandemic

ALPENA — A head-high stack of boxes, furniture, holiday decorations and toys filled the front porch of the sunny Alpena home. On the table, a creased paper gave the mother and her 8-year-old son 30 days to get out. “Why would you do that to somebody at a time like this?” Marlena Gibson ...

HUNT warns of increased drug abuse during pandemic

ALPENA – As many Michiganders close up shop, work from home, and take safety precautions to combat the spread of the coronavirus, one profession hasn’t changed. “The people that are in distribution of drugs, they’ve not changed their methods,” said Lt. Stuart Sharp, commander of the ...

One more infected; four more recovered from COVID-19

ALPENA - Health Department officials today reported that one more Alcona County resident has been infected with coronavirus and four more Alpena County residents have recovered. That brings the total number of Northeast Michigan residents infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the ...

VanWagoner selected as next TC super

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools Superintendent John VanWagoner has been selected as the next superintendent for Traverse City Area Public Schools. The Traverse City Record Eagle reported Wednesday that VanWagoner was selected after a 7-0 vote by the TCAPS Board of Education. VanWagoner ...

Absentee ballots mailed to 7.7M Michigan voters

LANSING — The state has spent $4.5 million to mail absentee ballot applications to all 7.7 million registered voters ahead of the August primary and November general election in Michigan, a crucial presidential battleground. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, announced the move ...

County to review dam plans after Midland dam breach

ALPENA -- After seeing the failure of several dams in and near Midland County Tuesday, which caused severe flooding downstream from them, Alpena County Emergency Services Coordinator Mark Hall addressed the issue with the county finance committee on Wednesday. Hall said the scenario that ...

Winfield trial to be delayed again

ALPENA -- The impending trial for former Alpena Public Schools teacher Heather Winfeld faces another delay as courts continue to hold off on conducting jury trials, hoping to ensure the safety of court participants as well as the administration of justice. A scheduled hearing in Winfield’s ...

Council agrees to ‘more palatable’ 5% water rate hike

ALPENA — Water rates for customers in Alpena are going to go up, but not by as much as water officials originally proposed. After listening to a recommendation from city staff to raise water and sewer rates by 10% to cover increasing costs and facility needs, the Alpena Municipal Council on ...

10,000 people evacuated as dam fails, Midland floods

EDENVILLE (AP) — A breached dam caused by several days of rainfall and rising water has forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in mid-Michigan. For the second time in less than 24 hours, families living along two lakes and a river were ordered Tuesday to leave home. The National ...

More COVID patients recovered

ALPENA -- Recovery numbers continue to climb as testing continues for COVID-19, the sickness caused by the coronavirus. Forty residents of Alpena County are now considered recovered, up from 27 yesterday. Recovery is reported after an infected person has lived 30 days after the onset of ...

Memorial Day goes online

In most places across America, there may not be mass gatherings with hats off or hands saluted this Memorial Day. There also may not be a sea of red, white and blue marking the grave stones that stretch for miles across hillsides. But despite the restrictions that the COVID-19 pandemic has ...

Barbers to offer free haircuts to protest Michigan lockdown

LANSING (AP) — Barbers plan to offer free haircuts on the Michigan Capitol lawn to protest the state’s stay-at-home orders, a defiant demonstration that reflects how salons have become a symbol for small businesses that are eager to reopen two months after the pandemic ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Update on May 18, 2020 Total: 86 Alarms: 1 Animal Control: 2 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 2 Complaint ...

RC to open parks with restrictions

ROGERS CITY — Rogers City Officials have relaxed the rules for residents wishing to use city parks. Residents are now able to use playground equipment, have baseball practice and utilize the basketball and tennis facilities, although some restrictions still apply. City Manager Joe ...

18 more recover in Northeast Michigan

ALPENA -- Two more Alcona County residents were reported as infected with the coronavirus and 18 more people were reported as recovered in Northeast Michigan today, according to local public health officials. That brings the total number of Northeast Michigan residents infected with COVID-19, ...

Alpena schools ready for big cuts after COVID

ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools is preparing for a possible 20% to 25% cut in the per-pupil payments it receives from the state. State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, the chair of the state Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee, informed school officials of the potential cuts in ...