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Water Rates Raised 3.5%

Mackinac Island

Starting Tuesday, April 1, Mackinac Island residents and property owners will get a 3.5% increase in their water and sewer rates. More...

Freighters Collide in Straits

Two bulk freighters collided in the Straits of Mackinac about 15 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge Friday, March 28. No injuries were reported, although both vessels suffered structural damage to their hulls. More...

Record Number Yachts To Sail 100th Chicago-to-Mackinac Island Race

In July, 460 sailboats and more than 4,500 sailors will flood the Straits area during the 100th sailing of Chicago Yacht Club's Race to Mackinac, filling the Mackinac Island marina and spilling over into St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. More...

Roadside Feature: Deer

Spring Brings 'Grazing Groups'

Two deer on the north side of M-134, near St. Martins Point, are among the dozens now grazing regularly along the highway, in grassy patches where snow has melted by longer periods of daylight and warmer weather. More...

News

Break-in Reported at St. Ignace Store

Merchandise was stolen during a break-in of the Cellular Connection telephone store on South State Street in St. Ignace Friday, March 28, at 3:10 a.m. Entry was gained through a window, according to St. Ignace City Police. More...

St. Ignace City Planners Satisfied With New Mackinac Straits Hospital Site Plan

St. Ignace planning commissioners reviewed the new hospital site plan on 16.2 acres near the Mackinac County Airport during their Wednesday, March 27 meeting. More...

Mackinac Bridge Work To Begin Soon

The east side of the Mackinac Bridge will be closed for more than two months when the concrete and bituminous portion of the deck is resurfaced. Two-way traffic will be maintained on the two west-side lanes, but passing will be prohibited. More...

Obituaries

Luceil 'Lu' Harrington

Luceil "Lu" Harrington, 92, of St. Ignace, worked at several St. Ignace businesses over the years, and spent winters at Port Orange, Florida. Mrs. Harrington passed away Friday, March 21, 2008. She was born July 10, 1915, in Detroit. More...

Glen Shaw

Glen Frederick Shaw, 90, was a sailor at heart, who worked on the water for most of his life. More...

Nancy Greig

Nancy Lee Greig of Kelden grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. She moved to Michigan in 1961 and to Kelden in 1986. She was 71 when she died Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at Hearthside in Sault Ste. Marie. More...

Columns

Michigan Politics

Blanchard Warns Dem Party Is Flirting With Disaster Over Primary Mess

Ex-Governor Jim Blanchard, who remains a player in the process long after leaving office, nailed it last week it in declaring that "the presidential election process is broken and we have a mess" - most certainly, this cycle in Michigan. More...

DEAL ME IN

Insert Your Card ForYour Fair Share of Freebies

Dear Mark: As a fairly new slots player, I have made certain observations, as well as heard things from other players. More...

Rudyard

It was a beautiful day for a wedding, as Nick Rye and Leeann Vansloten exchanged vows at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rudyard Saturday, March 29. The church was filled with happy family and friends seeing the two join together in marriage. More...

Residents Respond To Higher Heating Costs This Winter

U.P. Agencies Can Help Needy Families With Utilities, Food

"I want people to be as efficient as possible, to build tight homes, put in good insulation, whatever they can do to weather the storm," said propane and fuel oil supplier Steve Autore of Cedarville, noting that prices for fuels derived from crude More...

Hospital Must Pay Current Bond Debt Through 2014

2002 Agreement Resolves Question

The question of whether Mackinac Straits Hospital will continue to pay on the hospital's current debt when a new facility is built was resolved Thursday, when county commissioners and hospital CEO Rod Nelson learned of a 2002 lease amendment commit More...

Village Planners Favor 10% Setback Option

Maintaining Waterfront View Is Goal at Mackinaw City

To ensure that developers get a reasonable return on their investments, while increasing the amount of space required between buildings along the B2 waterfront district in Mackinaw City, the planning commission voted Thursday, March 27, to require More...

Jimmie Miller Named Citizen of the Year at Brevort Township

"Helping our youngsters, guiding them, and giving them our heritage," is what drives Jimmie Miller to protect the resources of Brevort Lake, he said in response to being named citizen of the year for Brevort Township Saturday, March 29, at the town More...

St. Helena May Be Summer Movie Setting

St. Helena Island in the Straits of Mackinac is being considered as the setting of a movie titled "Lighthouse" to be produced by the Los Angeles-based film company Duly Noted. More...

Physical Therapy Offered in Cedarville Soon

Mackinac Straits Hospital, Medicare To Install New Pay-for-performance Insurance Reimbursement Program

Cedarville will be the site of a new rehabilitation center, expected to open as early as May. The center will be housed in three rooms of Dr. More...

Soo Locks Opened March 25

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Poe Lock at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie Tuesday, March 25, at 12:01 a.m., signaling the start of the commercial shipping season for Great Lakes freighters. More...

Social

Wedding

Adams, Clayton

Peter Clayton of Prescott and Tiffany Adams of Naubinway were united in marriage December 15, 2007, at Glen Memorial Baptist Church in St. Ignace with Pastor Doug Kennedy of Prescott officiating. More...

Engaged

Warren, Runt

Greg and Janet Warren of St. Ignace announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Jo, to Kevin Runt of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Miss Warren is a 1999 LaSalle High School graduate. More...

Sports

St. Ignace Bantam, Peewee Hockey Teams End Year With Tourney Titles

Both the St. Ignace bantam and peewee hockey teams ended their season on a high note, each capturing the St. Patrick's Day Tournament in Mount Pleasant Saturday, March 15, and Sunday, March 16. More...

Four Hoopsters Earn All-State

Three players from Cedarville and one from Mackinaw City were named to the Detroit Free Press All-State basketball team Sunday, March 30. Cedarville's C.J. More...

Saints Youth Wrestlers Earn Hardware at Newberry, Petoskey

Several children from the St. Ignace Youth Wrestling Club competed in Michigan Youth Wrestling Association meets in Newberry and in Petoskey Saturday, March 22, with many of them earning trophies. More...

Opinion

Don't Let Landowners Take Away Access to Straits

To the Editor: The proposed takeover of a long-time road-end public access in Wawatam Township by an adjacent landowner [ The St. Ignace News March 27] is a familiar old story. More...

Listen Carefully To Answers From Hospital Authority

To the Editor: I was seated beside a Mr. Brian Schoenborn at the Straits Area Hospital board meeting last Monday, and I see he sent a letter of support for a new hospital to The St. Ignace News editor March 27. Mr. More...

Clark Township Is Giving Carte Blanche to Property Owner

To the Editor: It is time that our community focuses on property rights versus vilifying opponents. Bob Dunn recently wrote a letter to the editor about Greg Malcho, Chuck Malcho, and Dave Wallace that could not be further from the truth. If Mr. More...


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