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Hillman schools lay off 8

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By JULIE GOLDBERG News Staff Writer HILLMAN — Eight people could be looking for jobs after they were laid off Thursday by the Hillman Community Schools Board of Education as the district looks to overcome a budget shortfall caused mostly declining enrollment. A cook, an elementary ...

$220K grant to aid new deli, post office in Ossinke

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OSSINEKE — Sanborn Township has received a $220,000 Brownfield Redevelopment Grant to clean up and redevelop a former gas station so a new building for the U.S. Post Office and a deli can be constructed. The contaminated former gas station was located just north of Mr. Ed’s IGA on ...

Airport build on schedule, on budget

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ALPENA — The construction of the new terminal at Alpena County Regional Airport is on schedule, meaning the facility should be open before the end of the year. Officials also expect the nearly $12 million project should be completed within budget. Ryan Hall, a spokesman for RS&H, the ...

Cleanup after the storm

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News Photo by Julie Riddle Workers remove debris early Thursday morning from several large trees that succumbed to Wednesday evening’s brief but strong storm. Winds blasting across Long Lake toppled trees in several locations north of Alpena, including these shown on Gutchess Road, flooding ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the period of July 1-9 Deputies made 57 traffic stops, issuing 19 warnings and 38 citations. They received 74 complaints Aggravated ...

Gas spill in the Thunder Bay River

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ALPENA — A call from a concerned resident about a possible oil leak into the Thunder Bay River on Wednesday led to a hurried search for the cause of the discharge and cleanup of the contaminant. The chemical, which was found to be gasoline, was flowing out of a storm drain near the 9th ...

8 laid off in Hillman schools

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HILLMAN — Eight people could be looking for jobs after they were laid off Thursday by the Hillman Community Schools Board of Education. A cook, an elementary playground paraprofessional, four elementary instructional paraprofessionals, and two instructional paraprofessionals were laid off. ...

Man back to court in precedent-setting case

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ALPENA — Some sexual assault victims now have more time to pursue justice because of a decision this month by the Michigan Supreme Court. An Alpena court case has set a precedent for Michigan courts to follow, as the state Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a Michigan Court of ...

Fearing RV park, RC neighbors bid on property

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ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City Downtown Development Authority Board on Wednesday tabled a decision to accept any offers for DDA-owned lots along the Lake Huron shoreline, despite pleas from residents to allow them to purchase the properties. City Manager Joe Hefele told the board that the ...

Summer at the club

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ALPENA — Kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Alpena have been busy this summer participating in different activities and spending time with their friends. Some activities the kids participate in are basketball, whiffle ball, wall ball, and soccer. They also get to go outside and play in ...

Four trees fall in 14 minutes

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The Alpena Township Fire Department responded to four calls in 14 minutes Wednesday afternoon as a brief but strong rainstorm flashed through Alpena County, firefighters said. Trees blocked U.S.-23 North at two locations and also fell across Long Rapids Road and Gutchess Road north of ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY Total: 166 Alarms: 4 Animal Control: 18 Traffic Arrests: 2 OWI Arrests: 3 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 2 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: 3 Disputes: ...

Northern Strike returns

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ALPENA TOWNSHIP — It’s not unusual to see military helicopters and jets buzzing around the sky in the Alpena area when the military trains at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, but, from July 22 to Aug. 3, there will be a significant increase in aircraft activity as Northern ...

Hillman schools slammed for staff layoffs proposal

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HILLMAN — A number of people on Monday criticized the Hillman Community Schools Board of Education as the board prepares to approve about $276,533 in cuts, including a proposed 10 layoffs, to balance its budget for the 2019-20 school year. The district is projecting a $464,528 shortfall for ...

RC scrambles after officer crashes car

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ROGERS CITY — Rogers City Police Chief Matt Quaine will begin the search for a new police car and a new full-time officer after an officer lost consciousness and crashed his patrol car last week. Mayor Scott McLennan said Tuesday the officer experienced a medical condition for the first ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of July 1-7 244 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 19 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 118 Mental: 2 Medical: 36 Warrant Arrest: 3 Property Damage ...

Sewer fixes afoot at AHS

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ALPENA — The sewer pipe issue at Alpena High School’s Wildcat Stadium is being resolved with the hope of being completed in the next couple of days, Alpena Public Schools Superintendent John VanWagoner said Monday. VanWagoner said at Monday’s district Board of Education Property ...

10 face layoffs at Hillman schools

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HILLMAN — About 10 employees could face layoffs as Hillman Community Schools prepares to approve about $276,533 in cuts to balance its budget for the 2020 school year. Most of the employees facing layoff are paraprofessionals and support staff. One industrial arts teacher is on the ...

Mark Hall named new 911 director

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ALPENA — The position of Alpena County 911 director and emergency management coordinator has been in flux since 2012. During that time, four people have held the title and each has stepped down for one reason or another after a relatively short period of time. On Monday, a fifth ...

Misstep delays Harrisville playground project

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By CRYSTAL NELSON News Staff Writer HARRISVILLE — In a busy meeting on Monday, the Harrisville City Council agreed to give Mayor Jeff Gehring the ability to add, subtract or make changes related to the playground renovation at the Harrisville Harbor, accepted the resignation of its ...