January 10, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

With School Bells Ringing, Classes Resume

Thursday, January 3, students at St. Ignace Area Schools head home after completing their first school day of the new year. Pictured are (front) Spencer Davis; (back, in hat) Michaela North, (facing camera) Isabella Singleton, and Mary Rogers. More...

Plans Would Detour Funding Roadblocks

Lawmakers Seek Ways To Tap Into Millions for Mackinac Bridge

A second idea has now been proposed to transfer millions of dollars to the Mackinac Bridge Authority for maintenance of the bridge, a move that Straits area residents and lawmakers say would help pay for bridge projects and keep tolls down. More...

Pendry Boathouse Approved by Les Cheneaux Planning Commission

The Clark Township Planning Commission approved a special land use allowing Ken Pendry, Jr. to build a non-conforming boathouse December 11, and debated new rules to be adopted about sign use in a workshop December 18. More...

News

Web Site Shows How To Build Your Vocabulary - and Feed the World

Charity Donates Rice to the UN Every Time You Choose the Correct Definition of a Word

It began as a way for John Breen to help his son prepare for the SAT. Today, some 500,000 people daily visit the vocabularyquiz Web site the Indiana-based computer programmer set up. More...

Two Housing Projects Get Approval on Mackinac Island

A new home on Cadotte Avenue and an apartment on Mission Street received variances from the Mackinac Island Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Wednesday, December 5. More...

Cartoons To Be Lilac Festival Theme

"Saturday Morning Cartoons" is the theme for the 2008 Mackinac Island Lilac Festival, from June 6 through June 15. Floats and shop window displays will feature American animated television programming at this year's festival. More...

Sports

Bowling League Action Reported

Youth League Git-R-Done 61, Little Miners 53, Never to Late 38, The Demons 32, Lions 31, Super Saints 30, Angels 28, top Guns 27. More...

St. Ignace Defends Holiday Invitational Championship

Four basketball players scored in double figures for the St. More...

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Opinion

Many Year-around Les Cheneaux Residents Favored Boathouse

To the Editor, I appreciated Pennie and Mark Clymer's very informative letter last week concerning the boathouse issue in Hessel. I also wished the boathouse issue would have passed. I looked on it as a big plus for our town. Mr. Wallace and Mr. More...

Film Suggested About Fur Trader

To the Editor: Is there a more magical place in Michigan at Christmas than Mackinac Island? I don't think so. I have a Christmas wish. More...

Visas Snapped Up, Employers Must Scramble for Workers

Straits Businesses Left Out as Other Resort Areas Get Permits

Last week, the cap was reached on the number of H2B visas that will be issued to temporary workers coming to the U.S. from Mexico, Jamaica, and other countries. More...

Site Condo Eyed Near Golf Course

Moran Township

A land survey and soil borings are underway on an undeveloped, 25-acre parcel near the St. Ignace Golf Course for McNamara Heights, a proposed 13-unit site condominium between Mackinac Heights Road and Densmore Drive-in Moran Township. More...

Project Hope Buys Building, Begins Renovation Efforts

Thrift Store Remains Open as Work Goes On

Last month, St. Ignace Area Hope purchased the Ferry Lane building that houses the Hope Chest Resale Shop and St. Ignace Food Pantry. More...

Clark Twp. Board May Step Up Ordinance Enforcement

A new Clark Township ordinance may allow stricter penalties and more effective local enforcement of zoning and township ordinances. More...

Brevort Township Refuses Bond Company Settlement

The Brevort Township Board of Trustees unanimously voted to refuse an $8,000 settlement offer by Frontier Insurance Company of New York at its Wednesday, January 2, meeting. More...

Missing Fishermen Found Safe

Two fishermen who had been reported missing while ice fishing on Munuscong Lake were found by the United States Coast Guard at approximately 8 a.m. Saturday, December 29. Both men were found in good health. Stephen Bielat, 17, of St. More...

Social

Ace Hardware's Al Colegrove Retires After 46 Years

Al Colegrove will enjoy more hunting and fishing time now that he has retired as assistant manager at Ace Hardware in St. Ignace, after serving the company for close to 46 years. More...

Births

Paige Amacher Beth Robinson and Ray Amacher of Moran announce the birth of their daughter, Paige Elizabeth Amacher, born Monday, December 31, 2007, at Cheboygan Memorial Hospital in Cheboygan. More...

Snowmobile Club Welcomes Public on Baraga Trip

The Les Cheneaux Snowmobile Club members invite the public on a trip to Baraga Sunday, January 13, through Wednesday, January 16. Contact Stu Volkers at (906) 297-3060 for information on departure time and location. More...

Obituaries

In Remembrance of Those Who Left Us in 2007

This list, featured annually in The St. Ignace News, memorializes those whose obituaries have appeared in the newspaper during the past 12 months. More...

Ernest Brown Jr.

Ernest Arnell Brown Jr., known to Grand Hotel patrons as Rap for more than 35 years, passed away Friday, December 21, 2007, in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. He was 56. Mr. More...

James Price

James E. Price, 62, of Engadine worked as maintenance supervisor at the Hiawatha Sportsmans Club for 23 years until his retirement. Mr. Price died Saturday December 29, 2007, at the Mackinac Straits Hospital Long Term Care Facility in St. Ignace. More...

Columns

Michigan Politics

Mega-stores: Big Boxes or Big Bullies

In communities across the land, one of the biggest debates is what to do about big box stores? Lure them? Shun them? More...

Looking Back

Compiled by Ryan Schlehuber

115 Years Ago The St. Ignace News Saturday, January 7, 1893 A dog that cannot draw a handsleigh with a hundred-pound kid is of no value here. More...

Autos Across Mackinac: Ferry Strike Ends Causing Fares To Increase

Part 53: AFTER THE STRIKE

For 34 years before the Mackinac Bridge opened in November 1957, the ships of Michigan State Ferries were the only way for motorists to cross the Straits of Mackinac. More...


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