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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 ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE For the week of July 29-August 4 122 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 1 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 44 Medical: 26 Warrant ...

Northeast Michigan works to battle invasive species

ROGERS CITY — Rogers City officials want to prevent the spread of the invasive phragmites before the plant has a chance to take root in the city. City officials, along with members of the city’s business community, recently met with representatives of Huron Pines at a Team Rogers City ...

Farmers must test cattle

ALPENA — Cattle farmers in some parts of Presque Isle and Emmet counties will be required to participate in special surveillance testing, after cattle at farms in both counties tested positive for bovine tuberculosis. Herd owners in these counties who are required to participate in the ...

Nautical Fest wraps up with grand parade

From its queens pageant through its annual fireworks show, the grand parade is perhaps the most attended and beloved event during the Nautical Festival in Rogers City. The 2019 festival wrapped up Sunday, but not before those from near and far lined the streets to see the floats and ...

Mamma Mia! performs at the Band Shell

News Photo by Darby Hinkley Thunder Bay Theatre’s core company performs a song from “Mammia Mia!” Saturday evening at the Alpena Band Shell at Bayview Park, as part of True North Radio Network’s Summer Concerts in the Park.

Calcite opens quarry for annual Nautical visitors

ROGERS CITY — The smile on four-year-old Seth Price’s face was priceless as he got to explore the giant equipment used at Carmeuse Lime and Stone’s Calcite Operation on Friday. Seth, his dad Jim, and other family members were vacationing in the area and decided to check out the giant ...

Ticks creeping north

ALPENA — Residents in Northeast Michigan face an increasing risk for lyme disease as tick populations across the state continue to creep northward in the Lower Peninsula. Rachel Potter, an epidemiologist with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said the most common ...

A solid foundation

ALPENA — L&S Transit Mix Concrete Co. has been in business in Alpena since 1950, and one man has been there through it all. Jerry Lancaster was just 20 years old when he and his dad, Willis, started the concrete business. Now 90, the son is still working there. Lancaster is still ...

Area Business Briefs

Hillman biz gets state grant Montmorency County’s Next Phase Enterprises will get a $94,800 in grant money from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to establish commercial dry bean and hemp flour production line, state Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, who represents ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Total: 145 Alarms: 3 Animal Control: 14 Traffic Arrests: 1 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 1 Warrant Arrests: 3 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

Building bots and battling the Plagiarizer

ALPENA — For a week, 47 students learned about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in new, fun ways at Thunder Bay Junior High School. Camp Invention is a STEM camp for students entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Camp Director Brittany Giordano said local parochial and ...

‘Summer isn’t going anywhere’

ALPENA — It may have taken summer weather longer to arrive in Northeast Michigan then in past years, but, once it arrived, it brought above-average temperatures and lower-than-normal rainfall for the month of July. The average temperature last month was more than 2 degrees warmer than ...

Township moves polling place after mold found

ALPENA TOWNSHIP — Voters in Precincts No. 4 and No. 5 in the Charter Township of Alpena will need to vote during the special election on Tuesday at a new polling location after the original site was deemed unusable because of a breakout of black mold. The township was forced to take ...