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Reynolds has new objectives for AMA ESD

ALPENA — Scott Reynolds, superintendent of the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District, has a new objective he has to complete by March 2020. The ESD Board of Education approved Thursday for Reynolds to identify a plan to realign the district’s budget and its out of ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Office For the period of July 31-Aug. 7 Deputies made 55 traffic stops, issuing 45 warnings and 10 citations. They received 51 complaints Assaults: 5 Malicious destruction of property: 1 Larcenies: 1 Police runs: 37 People investigated: ...

Few voters on everybody’s tax bills

ALPENA — Only a small portion of Alpena County’s registered voters on Tuesday decided the fate of the library millage request that impacts all property owners in the county. The 0.25-mill property tax for the Alpena County Library passed by a large, 2,284-to-938 spread, but less than ...

Injured RC officer back to work

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City police officer who crashed his patrol car while experiencing a medical condition last month will return to work with the city as a “float” employee. That means he will be able to “float” between city departments while medical restrictions prevent ...

Second chance for heros

ATLANTA — Sometimes, a second chance makes all the difference. This August marks three years since Judge Benjamin Bolser introduced the first participants in Montmorency County’s Veterans Court. In the intervening years, the program has helped 23 military veterans to get clean, fight ...

$50K given to River Center project

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Meijer Alpena Store Director Warren Richter, left, presents a check for $50,000 to Wildlife Sanctuary board members Judy Kalmanek, center, and Roger Witherbee. The money will be put toward a River Center planned to be built near Duck Park in Alpena.

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MICHIGAN STATE POLICE The Michigan State Police Alpena Post handled 79 calls for service from 7/29/19 through 8/4/19. Of the 79 calls for service, troopers made the following ...

Voters narrowly accept controversial turbine ordinance

ROGERS CITY — Voters in some parts of Presque Isle County voted narrowly on Tuesday to support a controversial wind turbine ordinance, while voters in Metz said yes to a five-year renewal of a tax for road repairs. According to unofficial results Tuesday, 322 voters in 11 of the ...

Rainfall shattered record

ALPENA — Lots of rain hit Alpena Monday, ultimately breaking a record that stood for 75 years. Alpena got 1.32 inches of rain on Monday, breaking the previous record for rainfall on Aug. 5 of 0.87 inches, which was set in 1944. Dan Cornish, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in ...

DDA to push forward on parking plan

ALPENA — The wheels have been set in motion for a possible move toward paid parking in downtown Alpena. At its meeting Tuesday, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority discussed the need for more parking and how pay-to-park setups could lead to a parking structure being constructed. ...

Meet Lucey, the cat burglar of 1st Avenue

ALPENA—Blanche Jozwiak’s gardening boot was missing. After the black boot disappeared mysteriously from her back porch last week, Jozwiak figured she would never see it again — until a neighbor told her about the cat who lived around the corner. “I says, “Tom, where did you get ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Total: 127 Alarms: 5 Animal Control: 6 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 3 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 3 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

City OKs goose hunt

ALPENA — For the last several years, the City of Alpena has held a goose hunt to help reduce the population of the waterfowl, which are considered by some to be a nuisance. During its meeting Monday, the Alpena Municipal Council voted 3-1 to allow the hunt again this year after a census ...

Green Township millages pass

GREEN TOWNSHIP — Green Township voters have OK'd both millage requests on the ballot today, according to unofficial results. The township sought a 0.5-mill tax for road improvements, dust control and ditching work. That measure was approved 99 to 44. The township also sought a 1-mill tax ...

Library millage passes handily

ALPENA — Alpena County voters have handily approved a renewal of a 0.25-mill property tax for the Alpena County Library. The vote, according to unofficial results, was 2,284 for to 938 against.

Touching lives

ALPENA — The Michigan man who is biking from Mackinaw City to Port Huron to raise awareness of the importance of organ donations made a stop in Alpena on Monday. Kyle Bailey, 34, of Port Huron, is a quadruple organ transplant recipient and is biking 352 miles along the Sunrise Side of ...

Man says fireworks prompted gun threat, gets 10 months

ALPENA — A man found guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon was sentenced Monday to 10 months in the Alpena County Jail, despite his claims that he was afraid for his life the night he aimed a gun at the head of his neighbor. A jury found Brian Fortner of Alpena guilty in June of ...

PI County turbine rules survive

ROGERS CITY — By a narrow margin, controversial wind turbine rules in Presque Isle County have survived a public vote. According to unofficial results Tuesday, voters supported the rules adopted by the county Board of Commissioners 322 to 303. That's a 19-vote difference out of 625 ...

Hillman to celebrate VJ Day this weekend

HILLMAN — Hillman will celebrate its 74th annual Victory Over Japan Day — or VJ Day — this weekend. Bob Hunt, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2356, said Hillman remains one of the few places in the nation that still celebrates VJ Day, which marks the day Japan ...