April 5, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

U.S. Supreme Court Denies MHSAA Appeal

Seasons Will Change for Girls Sports

The United States Supreme Court has denied an appeal by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), which was attempting to keep its sports seasons in place. More...

Families Want Assurance of Tower Safety

Certainty is something St. Ignace officials and at least three families are looking for in the repair of the city's 150-foot water tower in Evergreen Shores, which cracked during a blizzard March 1. More...

Seeking Information, Clark Twp. Tables Road Contracts Again

Clark Township has postponed signing road contracts for a third time in a row, citing insufficient information and concern that the township does not have enough money to cover the estimates presented by the Mackinac County Road Commission. More...

Portage Township Residents To Pay School Taxes in July

Property owners in the Tahquamenon Area School District, including residents of Portage Township, will notice their tax bills rise this summer, and drop next winter, owing to a decision by the Tahquamenon Area Schools Board of Education to levy the More...

Clark Township Board May Reestablish Second Clean-Up Day

Clark Township is investigating whether it may reestablish a second day to its free community clean-up program in the summer. More...

News

Beautification Projects Are Mission of Reorganized Group at Les Cheneaux

The Les Cheneaux Advisory Committee has reorganized and will continue its mission to beautify the Les Cheneaux Islands area in Clark Township. More...

Long-awaited Repairs Planned for Steep Sidewalk at Cedarville

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) may graduate a slope at Hill's Used Cars lot in Cedarville and install a curb, gutter, and catch basins between M- 134 and a sidewalk on the south side of the road as part of a repaving project this s More...

New Island Budget Is Kept Tight

Council OKs Plans on Mackinac Island

The Mackinac Island City Council approved the city's 2007- 08 fiscal year budget of $2,224,510 Monday, March 26, which projects a general fund spending increase of $32,000. A public hearing drew no Island residents. The fiscal year began April 1. More...

Sports

LaSalle Bowling, Volleyball Teams Honored During Awards Banquet

LaSalle High School bowling and volleyball teams were honored during the annual awards banquet Tuesday, March 20. More...

St. Ignace Wrestlers Finish Strong in MYWA State Tourney at MSU

Four area wrestlers finished in the top five during the Michigan Youth Wrestling Association State Tournament at Jenison Fieldhouse on the campus of Michigan State University Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25. More...

Area Cagers Earn Post-Season Basketball Honors

Dan Olsen, Rob Guimond Share Player of the Year Honors in SAC Seniors Dan Olsen of St. Ignace and Rob Guimond of Sault Ste. Marie shared the Player of the Year honors in the Straits Area Conference. More...

Opinion

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Apologize for Questioning Trojan Talent; What About Strength of Schedule?

It was Aristophanes, the ancient Greek comic dramatist, who said around 400 B.C., "Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, the drunk can become sober, but stupidity lasts forever. More...

Columns

Michigan Politics

Northern Congressman of Opposing Parties Find Common Ground on Energy

Considering they're from opposing parties in a Congress awash in partisan strife as Democrats assert control, it figures that representatives of Michigan's northernmost districts would have different spins on last week's House blueprint for the budg More...

Autos Across Mackinac: Depression Impact Continues To Be Felt in 1931

PART 13 - COUNTS DOWN, CARS UP

To commemorate the opening of the Mackinac Bridge and the end of auto ferry service across the Straits of Mackinac 50 years ago, the St. More...

Outdoor Matters

Spring Turkey Hunting Offers Mentoring Opportunity and Challenges

Spring signals the opening of the wild turkey season in Michigan, and turkey hunters statewide are preparing for the spring hunt that begins April 23. More...

Economy To Blame for Lower Hospital Revenues

Staff Looking Forward To New Efficiencies

Mackinac Straits Hospital suffers from a poor economy just like everyone else, CEO Rod Nelson told his hospital board Monday, March 26, and a warm winter that came on the heels of a slow summer has resulted in fewer patients and lower revenues this More...

Road Commissioners Agree To Audit Request

Push Up Worker Layoffs; Eye Crew Leader Cuts

Drawing the conclusion that there is not enough work to keep seven seasonal employees and one laborer busy, two Road Commissioners meeting on March 20 pushed up planned layoffs by two weeks, handing the workers pink slips March 23. More...

Budget Crisis Will Impact Historic Sites

Director To Report on Effect of State Shutdown

Because the state of Michigan is running out of cash, the governor has asked department heads, including Phil Porter, director of Mackinac State Historic Parks, to report on programs that would be affected if the state government closes down as earl More...

New Sheriffs' Radios Boost U.P. Emergency Network

Coordinating responses to emergencies as diverse as police car chases to fighting remote wildfires will soon be easier for area agencies, owing to 12 new 800 megahertz radios received by the Mackinac County Sheriff's Department. More...

County Board Revisits Incompatibility Issue, Hears Housing Commission Concerns

A new attorney general opinion on incompatibility involving the county treasurer's office came to the attention of the county board, which turned the matter over to the prosecuting attorney Thursday, March 22. More...

Wilson Demonstrates Fiber Art of Carding

Fiber artist Moira "Pat" Wilson of Hessel (right) demonstrates carding, the act of combing out fibers to prepare them for spinning into yarn, while Sherry Pitko of DeTour watches at Woolderness Fiber Loft in Hessel. More...

Clark Township Property Assesment Concluded, Taxable Values Reported

The March Board of Review has been concluded at Clark Township, and the township reported its State Equalized Value is $314,585,546, and its taxable value is $178,323,972. More...

Social

Adoption Notice

Faith Martindale

George and Tracy Martindale of Gould City announce the adoption of a baby girl, Faith Maria, born July 12, 2006, in Guatemala. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces at birth. More...

Births

Madison and Nicole Westover

Twin daughters, Madison Sarah and Nicole Anne Westover, were born to Bruce and Julie Westover of Farmington, Minnesota, January 23, 2007. More...

Engaged

McNamara, Underwood

Arthur Dean Underwood and Paula Jane McNamara, both of St. Ignace, announce their plans to wed September 8, 2007. Mr. Underwood, now retired, was formerly employed at The St. Ignace News. Ms. More...

Obituaries

William 'Bill' Fritz

William "Bill" Henry Baker Fritz, 46, of Cheboygan, enjoyed a career as conservator for Mackinac State Historic Parks. Mr. Fritz died suddenly Wednesday, March 28, 2007. More...

Barry BeDour

Barry BeDour, 53, of Mackinac Island, was the owner and operator of his own construction business for 30 years, rebuilding some of the finest homes on the Island. Mr. More...

Douglas Harlow

Douglas Harlow of Tavares, Florida, and Cedarville, was a U.S. Army veteran who owned businesses in Michigan and Florida. Mr. Harlow died of lung cancer Thursday, March 29, 2007, at Hospice House in Tavares. More...


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