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Spooky school returns

ALPENA — The old Maple Ridge School is once again a haunted attraction this month. The Scarecrow Village-The Ridge, 7065 Dietz Road, will be open in the former school from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26. The last guests will be taken in at 9:15 p.m. unless there’s a line of people ...

Chamber group calls on Whitmer, lawmakers to fix budget

ALPENA — Another northern Michigan organization has spoken out against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s line-item vetos to the state budget, which have reduced or eliminated funding to many programs that will directly impact law enforcement, education, and economic development in the region and ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 6 112 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 11 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 27 Mental: 1 Medical: 28 Warrant Arrest: 2 Property ...

Man arrested after 2-county police chase

An extensive, two-county police chase resulted in the arrest of a man wanted locally for concealed weapon, intoxicant, witness intimidation, and “flee and elude” charges. On Wednesday, Alpena Police Department officers attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Jared Barnett, of ...

Out of the frying pan, not the fire

ALPENA — In 2018, five years after Alpena Public Schools employees took a 10% pay cut to help the district out of a budget deficit, the average teacher salary in Alpena was still $9,000 less than before the cut. The district was $1.6 million in the red by summer 2014. Between June 2013 ...

City one step closer to new manager

It took about eight hours of questioning and an additional hour of deliberation Saturday, but at the end of it all it appears Alpena Municipal Council May have found its replacement for its retiring city manager. After narrowing the field down to three and then a pair, council voted 5-0 to ...

Medics in training

ALPENA—Tiny medics-in-training rendered first aid to their fuzzy friends Saturday at the inaugural Teddy Bear Picnic, sponsored by the Alpena Community College Student Nurses Association. Under a windblown awning, students in the ACC nursing program led children in applying bandages, ...

Newman leads Zonta Walk

News Photo by Darby Hinkley Cassie Newman, in center, was the honorary chair for the 2019 Zonta Walks for Women Breast Cancer Awareness walk and 5K run, held Saturday morning starting from the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. Newman, who has dealt with breast cancer for the past 12 ...

Chowder and Chili Cookoff

News Photo by Julie Riddle Terry Zuchowski, of The Mountain Inn Bar and Grill in Black River, and his assistant dish up lobster and snow crab chowder for a taster at Saturday’s Chowder and Chili Cookoff in downtown Alpena. Zuchowski won last year’s cookoff, an annual event sponsored by ...

Amid health crisis, high schools becoming ‘Vapenation’

ALPENA — Vaping is becoming so popular among teens that students at Hillman Jr./Sr. High School called one set of school bathrooms “vapenation” in the 2017-18 school year, Principal Bill Lake said. The growing popularity — Northeast Michigan school leaders say the trend has become an ...

Alpena council picks city manager

ALPENA -- After a full day of interviews, the Alpena Municipal Council voted 5-0 today to hire a new city manager. Rachael Smolinski, who is the director of the Harbor Springs Downtown Development Authority, was chosen to replace current city manager Greg Sundin, who is retiring in December. ...

Multiple crews battle major house fire

News Photos by Crystal Nelson Firefighters work to extinguish a fire that engulfed a home on Bartz Road around 6:30 p.m. on Friday in Alcona County. No one was home when the fire began and no firefighters were injured while fighting the fire. Firefighters from Hubbard Lake and Sanborn, ...

House passes PFAS bills

ALPENA — A package of three bills that would keep better tabs on the amount of hazardous firefighting foam used in the state was passed in the state House this week and is now headed to the state Senate. One of the bills in the package, House Bill 4389, was sponsored by state Rep. Sue ...

Health Dept. budget appears healthy

ALPENA — District Health Department No. 4’s finances appear to be in good health, despite accusations of financial mismanagement from former employees. The Health Department’s leadership team has come under fire publicly in recent months from former employees. Lauren Krueger, the ...

A night on the town with Presque Isle County deputies

ROGERS CITY — A single beam of light swept across the back of a brick building, doors and windows startling into view and then sliding away again into the darkness. The car eased forward, around the building and back toward the quiet road. The officer at the wheel looked right and left ...

Rogers City royalty crowned

News Photo by James Andersen Kyrsten Altman and Lewis Fleming were named Rogers City’s homecoming queen and Mr. Football during homecoming festivities on Friday.

City manager applicants rub elbows

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Jeff Gray, left, talks with Karen Dempsey-Horan, one of six applicants for the city manager position in Alpena. All of the candidates attended a meet-and-greet event at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. ...

BIZ BRIEFS

Strong retail sales in August, group says The August Retail Index survey came in at 60.1 on the 100-point index, down from last August’s 73.2 but up from the 54.7 seen in July, according to the Michigan Retailers’ Association. Index values above 50 generally indicate positive activity, ...

Mushroom hunt today

Courtesy Photo The Alcona Conservation District will host a fall mushroom hunt from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at a forest on Bischoff Road in Iosco County, near Tawas City. Anderson Road is the nearby cross street. Once in the area, follow the signs. Sister Marie Kopin, a mushroom ...

Students learn how nature is ‘joyfully His’

Courtesy Photo Several students stop for a smile before dinner during Group Camp 2019 at the Ocqueoc Outdoor Center at the end of September. Themed “Joy:Fully His in Nature,” the camp brought together about 50 students between St. John Lutheran School ,Rogers City and Immanuel Lutheran in ...