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Judge enters ‘not guilty’ plea for O’Bryant

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ROGERS CITY — Former Rogers City Area Schools Superintendent Dave O’Bryant didn’t enter a plea during court Monday. Judge Scott Pavlich entered a not guilty plea for him, since his case was bound over to circuit court last month. O’Bryant received two felony charges for his ...

Bergman leads field hearing on comorants

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ALPENA — Congressmen Jack Bergman and Bruce Westerman from the House Committee on Natural Resources were in Alpena for a field hearing at Alpena Community College, Monday. The intent of the hearing was to gather information and receive input on the growing cormorant problem in the Great ...

Hillman to partner with APS

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HILLMAN — Hillman Community Schools is starting a partnership next school year with Alpena Public Schools and its career and technical education program so students can have more opportunities to take a variety of classes. Superintendent Carl Seiter told the board of education during ...

Brightening the lights

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz An Omega Electric employee does some maintenance on the State Theater marquee Monday. AMC theaters nearly removed the logo, but after public outcry decided to leave it and have it updated to be more energy efficient.

RC city manager to meet with state Treasury Dept

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ROGERS CITY — City Manager Joe Hefele said he will bring back any information he receives at his meeting with the Treasury Department today. Hefele discussed the meeting at the City of Rogers City Council workshop Monday. “We discussed the pension corrective action plan and the ...

Seiter finishing first year as dual school superintendent

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Carl Seiter has had to balance the roles of being the superintendent for both Hillman Community Schools and Atlanta Community Schools this school year. He said this first year as the superintendent for both districts has been a year of learning. “It’s been an incredible learning ...

Hillman students graduate

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HILLMAN — Hillman High School valedictorian Andrea Taratuta told her fellow graduates they were in school for 1,256 days waiting for graduation to finally come and on Sunday, after those 1,256 school days, Taratuta and 33 other students graduated from Hillman High School. Class President ...

AHS art students win 2nd place in contest

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ALPENA — Alpena High School art students recently took second place in the Congressional Art Competition and their art will be featured for 11 months at an exhibit that runs the length of the Cannon tunnel that connects the Cannon House Office Building to the U.S. Capitol ...

NLA is offering its summer skate schedule

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Northern Lights Arena is offering its summer skate schedules from June 14 to Aug. 24. Admission is $5 with free skate rental or bring your own skates. Summer ice skate ∫ Sundays 6-9 pm. Glow skate ∫ Mondays 7-9 pm. ∫ Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-6 p.m. (except for June 21 when the ...

Circus coming to NLA on June 21

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Circus is coming to town on Thursday, June 21 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Northern Lights Arena. Pony rides, amazing aerial superstars and white lions among the attractions. Elephant rides are $7 a person with photo opportunities for just $5 each. Show prices are $16 each with two free children ...

City achieves designation

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ALPENA —After nearly three years of working to meet the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s lofty standards to become an MEDC Redevelopment Ready Community, the designation was awarded to City of Alpena officials Friday. Representatives from the MEDC, the city, Target Alpena, ...

21 seniors go from students to Posen alumni

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POSEN — The seniors at Posen High school went from being students to being alumni after the class of 2018 graduated Friday. Most of the graduates have been classmates since preschool and have created bonds that can’t be broken and experiences that won’t be forgotten. This year there ...

Taking aim

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Tina Moncado bowls during Friday’s Pied Piper School’s Fun and Field Day.

End of the high school journey

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ATLANTA – Eighteen students graduated from Atlanta High School on Friday in front of friends and family. The 18 students received their diplomas and Principal Tawny Hisscock spoke of each student’s high school accomplishments and what they are all planning to do next. Superintendent ...

Suicide warning signs and risk factors everyone should know

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MIDLAND — The warning signs before suicide aren’t always clear, nor are they universal or from a single cause. Still, across the board, mental health experts say certain behaviors shouldn’t be ignored. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is now the ...

Mackinac Financial acquires Lincoln Community Bank

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The directors of Mackinac Financial Corporation, the holding company for mBank, and the directors of Lincoln Community Bank of Merrill, Wis., announced the execution of a definitive agreement for Mackinac to acquire Lincoln for $8.50 million in cash. Post-transaction assets of MFNC are ...

Try a new beer at Austin Brothers Beer Co.

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ALPENA — Summertime has arrived in Northeast Michigan and Austin Brothers Beer Company is bringing its customers new beers to try this summer. Co-owner Blake Austin said along with all the new beers that will be coming out, the brewery has seven core beers that are year round and cater to ...

Cardwell leaving positive impact at Besser, APS

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ALPENA — There are just a few days left in the school year, so Eric Cardwell only has a few more days left as Besser Elementary School principal before he begins his tenure as president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Cardwell said the one word that best ...

Little progress made in Ella White investigation

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ALPENA — The search for the suspect who allegedly tried to enter Ella White Elementary School with a gun on March 1 is still ongoing, but months later there are few clues as to who the man was and what his motivation was. According to police, the trail has gone cold and few tips about the ...

Truck convoy

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz A convoy of semi trucks parade through Alpena to celebrate the life of fellow truck driver Jerry Guy who passed away suddenly Friday while driving his semi in Iosco County. Well-wishers lined Chisholm Street paying tribute to Guy and to take a few pictures and ...