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Ordinances adopted at RC council meeting

ROGERS CITY — Four zoning ordinances and one parking ordinance were adopted by the City of Rogers City Council on Monday. The first one adopted was ordinance 2018-10. “That one clarifies the definitions of ‘lot’ and ‘front lot line,’” City Manager Joe Hefele ...

Scouts clean Harrisville war memorial

HARRISVILLE — TJ Hanson and Boy Scout Troop 959 were in Harrisville on Saturday cleaning up the war memorial in front of the Alcona County Courthouse. The boys were cleaning up the courthouse, flagpole, and the lawn around the memorial for TJ’s Eagle Scout project. TJ, 17, said he ...

Rogers City schools talk building projects

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Area Schools Superintendent Nicholas Hein said Monday there are some building and grounds projects he would like to tackle over the next couple of years at the school. The projects were discussed at the school board meeting Monday. “It’s troublesome. ...

Hillman schools set 2018-19 school calendar

HILLMAN — The Hillman Community Schools Board of Education approved the 2018-19 school district calendar during its meeting on Monday. The 2018-19 school year is going to start on Aug. 27, with the last day of school happening June 6. “It coincides with our waiver to start earlier ...

Sunny afternoon activity

News Photo by Jordan Spence Jeff Degen fishes on the Thunder Bay River, Sunday in Alpena.

Record-breaking temps

ALPENA — Relief from the dry heat is not to be expected until late into next week. “We have a really small chance on Monday (for rain), about 20 percent, and then we go into next week dry,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Andy Sullivan. “By Thursday night there’s a ...

Concert for kids

News Photo by Jordan Spence Music from The Depot Town Players play at the Grand Lake Library Friday in Presque Isle.

Something for everyone

HILLMAN — Brush Creek Mill has been a historical landmark in Hillman since 2006. Since opening, the mill has hosted different events and activities for people of all ages. Brush Creek Mill is located at the connection of Brush Creek and the Thunder Bay River. The exterior of the mill ...

First Presbyterian installs Rayment as new pastor

The First Presbyterian Church of Alpena recently installed Rev. William J. Rayment as its new pastor. Officials of the Presbytery of Mackinac along with several elders conducted the installation ceremony on June 24 with members and friends of the congregation in attendance. Rayment recently ...

Groups partner to clean up local beaches

ALPENA — All of the fun on the July Fourth holiday can produce a lot of trash. To combat anything left over from the day’s festivities, groups have partnered across the state and in Alpena to pick up trash. “We are here at Alpena’s local beaches to do a trash cleanup after the ...

Treasurer updates board on 2018 budget

HARRISVILLE — Alcona County Treasurer Cheryl Franks updated the Alcona County Board of Commissioners on the 2018 budget during Thursday’s meeting. Franks said the county has spent 47.12 percent of its budget so far this year. “We’ve put out almost half our budget and we’ve ...

Playing in the water

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Joe Atmore and daughter Avalyn play in Lake Huron on Thursday.

An All-American Celebration

Led by the Color Guard, and parade Grand Marshal Dorothy LaFleche, a World War II Rosie the Riveter honoree, Alpena’s Performance Locker Fourth of July Parade sponsored by Lafarge-Alpena Plant, kicked off the community-wide July 4 celebration. “We couldn’t be more proud of Alpena. ...

Stoppa receives United Way’s Legacy Award

Germaine Stoppa, executive director of United Way of Northeast Michigan, received the Michigan Association of United Way’s Legacy Award at its annual meeting June 28 at Crystal Mountain. Stoppa is the first person to receive the prestigious award, which demonstrates excellence in the area of ...

Crowds entertained by annual regatta

ALPENA – The Eighth Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta was on Wednesday to celebrate the Fourth of July and people lined the banks of the Thunder Bay River and walking bridge to watch the teams race for victory. There were competitors from around the country competing. Thunder Bay Theatre had 17 ...

Sandcastle Contest

News Photo by Steve Murch Competitors hit Starlite Beach early Wednesday morning for the annual Alpena News Sandcastle Contest. to get their sculptures built. See a list of winners and their photos in Friday’s edition of The News.

Battling paddles

News Photo by Jordan Spence Competitors in various watercraft take part in Battle of the Paddles Tuesday on the Thunder Bay River. The race is part of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Maritime Festival, which continues today.

Road commission OKs assessment process

ALPENA — The Alpena County Road Commission approved resolutions for Pohl Road and Elden Drive so the road commission can move forward with the special assessment process for the roads during Tuesday’s meeting. Managing Director Larry Orcutt said the resolutions that were passed validate ...

A day at the beach

News Photo by Jordan Spence Sawyer Hansen,3, Isabelle Hostetler, 3, Chiara Hostetler, 7, and Reid Hansen, 8, play in the sand at Starlite Beach Tuesday in Alpena.

Hillman continues bandshell installation

HILLMAN — The Hillman Village Council is moving forward with the installation of a bandshell at Emerick Park, Village President Myron McIntire said during Tuesday meeting. “We’re moving along with the bandshell,” McIntire said. “The concrete should be poured soon and once the ...