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Atlanta, Hillman school boards mull consolidation

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ATLANTA — Talks about whether Atlanta Community Schools and Hillman Community Schools should consolidate are underway. Trustees with the Atlanta and Hillman boards of education on Monday spent nearly 90 minutes discussing the potential for consolidation, before agreeing each board should ...

Voters to decide on continued 911 surcharge

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ALPENA — Voters in Alpena County will decide if they want to continue paying up to $3 on their telephone lines to help finance 911 operations. The Alpena County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday passed a resolution calling for a special election in May to request voters’ approval of the ...

Police blotter: Six property damage cases in Alcona County

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Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY For the week of Feb. 15-21 59 complaints were handled, resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 4 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 18 Property Damage Accident: 6 Assist: ...

Six new virus positives as NE Michiganders continue to test

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ALPENA — Six more Northeast Michiganders have tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials said on Tuesday, after an average of 29 coronavirus tests per day were administered to Northeast Michiganders in the past week, according to state data. An average of 50 Alpena County ...

AMA ESD to distribute rapid tests to student athletes

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ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education will make COVID-19 rapid testing available to its employees and serve as a hub to receive and distribute rapid tests to student athletes. The board recently authorized Superintendent Scott Reynolds to ...

Grant clears way for ACC welding expansion

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Because of a mixup at The News, an incorrect version of this story appeared on Page 1A Tuesday and briefly at TheAlpenaNews.com Tuesday morning. The correct version appears below. ALPENA -- Alpena Community College has received a $2.4 million grant that will allow the college ...

Two-car crash tangles traffic on 11th

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Responders assist a driver after her vehicle was hit during a two-car crash on 11th Avenue one block from the intersection at Chisholm Street in Alpena this afternoon. Traffic near the crash was diverted after a white car crashed into a black sport utility vehicle. The white car’s driver, who ...

Tech issues move fire department discussions to later date

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A pair of key issues regarding the fire department were tabled until a future meeting, after technical difficulties threw a monkey wrench into the Alpena Township Board of Trustees meeting Monday. Discussions on the township’s fire department, and information about a public input session ...

Police blotter: Public warned to watch out for scams

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Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Update on Feb. 22, 2021 Total: 86 Alarms: 9 Animal Control: 2 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 4 Complaint ...

Health officials report 12 new infections

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ALPENA -- Public health officials on Monday reported 12 newly infected or probably infected Northeast Michiganders, including eight Alpena County residents and four Presque Isle County residents.  There were no new confirmed cases in Alcona and Montmorency counties. As of Feb. 18, local ...

Agencies working to help area homeless

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ALPENA — When businesses were disrupted and people lost jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic, many Northeast Michiganders found themselves suddenly without income. For some, that meant also being suddenly without a home, according to Traci Schuelke, of the Northeast Michigan Community ...

After rough 2020, service clubs hopeful for better 2021

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ALPENA — After fighting through a challenging year of canceled fundraising events and community projects in 2020, area service groups hope to rebound this year. Only time — and COVID-19 — will determine if that will happen. Already, several 2021 events are scrapped, and others changed ...

Alpena school board to review in-person learning plans

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ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education plans to schedule a special board meeting to discuss how Thunder Bay Junior High School and Alpena High School students can have more in-person learning. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. March 2 on the online conferencing software ...

Power companies plan ahead for extreme conditions

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ALPENA— Michiganders often endure winter weather that mirrors or exceeds what the state of Texas experienced earlier this week. Because of the commonality of heavy snow, high winds, and below zero temperatures, the area’s power infrastructure is designed to withstand the brutal weather, ...

A ride-along with the Montmorency County Sheriff’s Office

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ATLANTA — A boring night means people are getting along, said Sgt. Mike Brooks, of the Montmorency County Sheriff’s Office. Then again, when 10-hour shifts stretch along county roads and roll in slow loops through quiet towns, all that getting along can make a police officer ...

MI NRC approves 2021 deer hunting regulations

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Deer hunting regulations for the 2021 season were approved on Feb. 11 by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission at its regular meeting, hosted virtually. The changes, aimed at further simplifying deer regulations and removing barriers to hunting participation, go into effect with the start ...