April 20, 2006 RSS feed / Front Page

City Eyes Restructuring of Rec Director Position

Little Bear Programs Top Priority for Now

While the St. Ignace city recreation director's position remains empty, City Manager Eric Dodson, with help from volunteers, is filling in, operating Little Bear East Conference Center and Ice Arena and planning recreation programs. More...

Property Value Gap Widens in County

The State Equalized Value SEV) of real estate in Mackinac County increased 5.6 percent last year, reaching $1,233,503,991 in 2006, or $65,533,748 over 2005, according to the equalization report adopted by the Mackinac County Board of Commissioners T More...

Easter Games Bring Bright Smiles

Children enjoyed Easter-themed activities under sunny skies at Straits Evangelical Free Church of St. Ignace Saturday, April 15. More...

Children Find Fun at Spring Festival

Allyson Mrozek and Daeshawna Nye (right) wait for customers at the hula-hoop station during the Les Cheneaux Girl Scouts Spring Festival Saturday, April 8. More...

Police Seek Tips in Pickford Burglary

Michigan State Police are investigating three burglaries in two years at the Nyberg Consignment Shop on M-129 in Pickford. More...

News

Affordable Housing Project Sparks Debate in Mackinaw City

Supporters Say New Option Would Be a Plus for Business, Schools, Young and Elderly People

Mackinaw City may become home to a new 30-unit affordable housing project designed for people with incomes below the area average. More...

Fund Balance $23,000 Higher Than Expected at St. Ignace Area Schools

School budgets are ever-changing, said Superintendent Mike Springsteen, and this month the latest revision for St. Ignace Area Schools showed a better-thanexpected bottom line, to the tune of $23,000. More...

Latva, Massey To Fill St. Ignace School Board Seats

Voters will fill two vacant seats on the St. Ignace Area Schools board Tuesday, May 2, with both incumbent Dave Latva and firsttime candidate Ann Massey running unopposed. Mr. Latva has been a board member for almost four years and Ms. More...

Obituaries

Nancy Page

Nancy Ellen (nee Couzzins) Page of Kinross was a "prayer warrior," a former board member at New Hope Community Church in Kincheloe, and a member of the board that worked on the annual Christian women's conference, Women Today. More...

Ellen Dunham

Ellen Beld Dunham, 88, of Brighton, a longtime summer resident of LaSalle Island in the Les Cheneaux Islands and most recently McKay Bay, died Tuesday, April 11, 2006. More...

Michael Gibbons

Michael E. Gibbons of DeTour Village died April 10, 2006. More...

Columns

Michigan Politics

Granholm, DeVos Dance to Different Tunes on Biz Tax

As they blitz Michigan and two polls indicate their race currently is a statistical dead heat, Governor Jennifer Granholm and Republican Dick DeVos dance the SBT Tango to vastly different tunes on how best to repeal and replace the Single Business Ta More...

An outboard motor is an expensive piece of gear to lose to a thief, yet such thefts occur every year. This season it might be your motors that disappears. More...

Gould City

Happy Easter season to all. Hope the Easter Bunny was good to all of you. More...

Commissioners To Consider Jail Staffing Shortage

Sheriff Scott Strait says that his department now is at a critical point in using up its overtime budget and Mackinac County Commissioners agreed to hold a special meeting Thursday, April 20, to look at the staffing shortage at the county jail. More...

Job Fair To Bring Workers, Employers Together Next Saturday at St. Ignace

Event Is Free of Charge To Businesses, Participants

It's often said that good help is hard to find, but the Mackinac County Job Fair Saturday, April 29, should make the process of finding workers a little easier. The fair will be at Little Bear East Arena in St. Ignace from noon to 3 p.m. More...

Anticipation...

Ben Robley of Cedarville fishes for perch with his dog, Cody, Sunday evening, April 16. The two were at the end of Hessel pier, and Mr. Robley was trying his best to keep Cody from sneaking bites of his minnow bait. More...

Mackinac Island 'Meals on Snowmobiles' Finishes Second Successful Year

Meals on Snowmobiles completes its second season on Mackinac Island with seniors appreciating the twice-weekly meals delivered to their door, hot from the oven. More...

Plans Move Ahead To Demolish Bradford Building

Twp. Plans Construction, Faces Lawsuit

Plans are moving ahead to secure money for the demolition of the old Bradford building in Moran to make way for a parking lot to serve new businesses, said Township Supervisor Ed Serwach. More...

Workshop To Focus on Deer Population Sat.

Event Set at Marquette

A public workshop which will outline how the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) estimates deer population will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Marquette Saturday, April 22. More...

Social

Anniversaries

Gladys and Clarence Bumpus

Clarence and Gladys (nee Bork) Bumpus of Epoufette celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary April 14, 2006. More...

Marguerite and Alvin Ball

Alvin and Marguerite Ball of Trout Lake will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Thursday, May 4, 2006. More...

Birth

Abigail Kabelman

Danika Harrison and Andrew Kabelman of Sault Ste. Marie announce the birth of a daughter, Abigail Louise Kabelman, March 27, 2006. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 19.5 inches in length. More...

Sports

SAC Honors Scholar Athletes at Banquet

115 Recognized at LaSalle Event

The Straits Area Conference (SAC) honored 115 senior scholar athletes during the Second Annual Scholar Athletic Recognition Banquet hosted by LaSalle High School (LHS) at Little Bear East Convention Center Tuesday, April 11. More...

LaSalle High School Football Golf Scramble Set for May 13

A two-person golf scramble is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, at the Mackinaw Club in Mackinaw City to benefit the St. Ignace football program. More...

Pickford Will Host Hay Days Basketball Tourney August 5

Pickford Hay Days three-onthree basketball tournament will be held Saturday, August 5, with girls and boys divisions from age eight through adults. The teams may consist of three or four players at $12 per player. More...

Opinion

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Thought Police' Ban Movie

To the Editor: The thought police are at work in the Les Cheneaux area. I attempted to rent the movie "Brokeback Mountain" and couldn't because of citizen complaints the store was carrying a film about gay men. More...

Show Support of Sheriff's Dept.

To the Editor: I am writing to urge the public to get involved in the staffing issue at the Mackinac County Jail. A number of independent audits and reports have indicated that the jail is presently understaffed to meet safe operational standards. More...

Community Has Impacted Band

To the Editor: This letter is in response to letters in the past few issues regarding the St. Ignace music program. More...


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