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Guvs weigh political effects of shutting down again

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — With COVID-19 cases rising in spots around the country while businesses reopen and people resume activities, public officials might have to consider reimposing recently lifted sanctions — even if that comes with a political cost. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, ...

Alpena Community College keeps tuition flat, hikes tech fee

ALPENA — While tuition to attend Alpena Community College in the fall will remain the same, students can expect an increase in the technology fee. The ACC Board of Trustees today agreed to raise the technology fee to $6 per contact hour, up from $4 per contact hour. The fee hasn’t been ...

At least $1.1M from CARES Act to help area schools

ALPENA — Public Schools in Northeast Michigan will benefit from a combined at least $1.1 million in one-time federal funds to address the impact of the coronavirus. The U.S. Department of Education in April awarded Michigan nearly $390 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic ...

Sanctuary inspires the arts

ALPENA — From building-sized fish murals to international film festivals, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary has inspired many artists in the community and beyond. The sanctuary, protected waters in Lake Huron along the Northeast Michigan shoreline, is the main inspiration behind the ...

APS to balance budget with $2.1M from savings

ALPENA -- Alpena Public Schools officials plan to use $2.1 million from the district’s cash savings to balance the district’s 2020-21 budget. The current budget includes no layoffs, pay raises or pay cuts, or eliminated programs. Mary Lyon, the district’s associate superintendent for ...

Possible virus exposure at Herron Road party

ALPENA -- Stag party attendees may have been exposed to COVID-19, according to District Health Department No. 4. People who were at the June 20 gathering on Herron Road after 5 p.m. should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms until at least July 4 and should stay away from other people, including ...

Avery exam rescheduled

ALPENA -- A preliminary exam for Bradley Avery, accused of secretly videotaping three 4-H girls changing clothes, was postponed this afternoon when the court ran out of time to address the charges levied against Avery. Scheduled for 3 p.m. in Alpena’s 88th District Court, the preliminary ...

One more Alpena County resident infected

ALPENA -- One new case of coronavirus infection was reported in an Alpena County resident today, according to local health officials, bringing to 106 the number of county residents infected since mid-March. No new recoveries or deaths were reported in Northeast Michigan. Statewide, 62,306 ...

Woman shares story of reporting sexual assault when most don’t

ALPENA — At the end of January, Tara Roe was bartending when she noticed a customer watching her. When he grabbed her wrists as they were talking, she told him not to touch her. When he moved his body close to hers and spanked her, she warned him again. When he reached between her legs as ...

POLICE BLOTTER: DNR

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES May 17-30 ALPENA COUNTY CO Jon Sheppard assisted MSP troopers in Alpena County with a vehicle crash. Upon investigation, it was determined that the driver of the vehicle was highly intoxicated. CO Sheppard assisted with traffic control and arresting ...

ACC will reopen with in-person, remote learning

ALPENA -- Students attending Alpena Community College in the fall will have different options of how they can attend classes. The options include the traditional, in-person learning, online courses, or a hybrid class that includes in-person and online learning, the college said in a news ...

Local harbors seeing slow rebound

ALPENA — Area harbors may have gotten off to a slow start in terms of seasonal slip rentals and boat launch use sales because of coronavirus-related shutdowns, but some have picked up recently as the weather has warmed and people seek to spend more time outdoors. In Alpena, motorboats and ...

AAACU branch at AHS under construction

ALPENA — Construction on what’s to become a student branch of the Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union is underway at Alpena High School. The student branch was originally planned to open in January in the high school’s media center, but a series of delays pushed the project back, Alpena High ...

Caught in a riptide? Here’s what to do

ALPENA -- The National Weather Service in Gaylord on Wednesday advised people in Alpena and Presque Isle counties to use caution when swimming in Lake Huron as strong winds and large waves made life-threatening rip currents possible. The most serious threat is in Presque Isle County, where ...

Police ID Ella White vandals

ALPENA -- Police say they know who spray-painted “BLM” and other graffiti on city and personal property near Ella White Elementary School in Alpena last week. Three 12-year-old sixth-graders were identified through a tip to police as the source of the brown lettering that marred sidewalks, ...

GOP proposes $1.3B plan to help K-12 schools reopen

LANSING (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday proposed a $1.3 billion plan to help K-12 schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, saying districts should have flexibility to start when they want and to offer remote instruction as an alternative if ...

POLICE BLOTTER: Alcona County

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of June 15-21: 112 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 4 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 38 Medical: 30 Warrant ...

3 new troopers join Michigan State Police-Alpena Post

ALPENA — A week after they graduated from Michigan State Police academy, three brand-new troopers joined the Alpena Post on Monday. On their second day on the job, after getting a feel for directing Alpena traffic around a car crash site, the three chatted about becoming a police officer at ...

RC wants to welcome electric cars

ROGERS CITY — Rogers City is seeking funding that city officials hope will increase the use of electric vehicles and offer service for those who already own them. Currently, auto dealers in the area have few, if any, electric cars on their lots, but some say more convenient charging options ...

Northeast Michigan healthier

ALPENA — Health outcomes for Northeast Michigan residents improved this year over last, a recent study from County Health Rankings shows. Alpena County ranks 27th out of 83 counties in the state, an improvement over its ranking of 41st in 2019, according to data on things like life ...