April 10, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Tourism Planners See Potential To Draw International Travelers

Mackinaw City Bureau Shares Outlook on Season

"We are going to promote the heck out of this area and try to pull off another increase," said William Bertchinger, president of the Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau board of directors, who noted that his member hotels saw a 6% increase in room rental More...

Yikes! It's Pothole Season

Unlike area drivers who practice the art of dodging potholes, Brian Peterson (pictured) and Dennis Brown hunt them down. With a hotpatch machine hooked to the back of a truck, the St. More...

Island City Budget Increases $144,546; Council Works To Be 'Conservative'

A $600,000 rehabilitation project at the old medical clinic building on Market Street, which is being converted into housing for seasonal police officers, and a 13% increase in electricity rates this year are two reasons the Mackinac Island city bu More...

School To See Changes to Social Studies Curriculum

The Cedarville High School humanities class will travel to Chicago this spring, following Les Cheneaux Community Schools Board of Education approval March 17. More...

Stupak To Face 3 Challengers in Election for Congress Seat

U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak of Menominee will face three challengers in his re-election bid for a ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives this fall. More...

News

After Hearing Presentation, St. Ignace City Council Supports Hospital's May 6 Ballot Proposal

Highlights: No Services Will Be Cut; New Board Will Not Have Designated Seats

With about 200 employees and an annual $8.1 million payroll, the vital importance and impact of Mackinac Straits Hospital to the community is clear, said City Attorney Prentiss "Moie" Brown to about 20 people attending Monday night's St. More...

Children Can Still Enroll for Free Books

Mark Savoie and his daughter, Reese, 2, of Sault Ste. Marie, enjoy some father-daughter time while reading books from the Imagination Library. More than 600 children in the E.U.P. More...

Local Students Earn Honors at SVSU

Katherine Springsteen of Moran was included on the president's list for the 2007 fall semester at Saginaw Valley State University. Students maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale receive this honor. More...

Opinion

New 'Green' Technologies Won't Replace Fossil Fuels

We hear a lot about alternative energy, biomass, ethanol, and related topics. There are a host of existing technologies, quite a few emerging technologies, and many sources of feedstocks. Certainly, it can be mind-boggling. More...

Counselors Advise: Don't Ignore Debt, Seek Solutions

Local Help Is Available as People Struggle To Manage Rising Costs, Mounting Debt

The days of charging a lavish lifestyle are giving way to a time when people charge essentials like bread, milk, and doctor bills to credit cards. More...

Two St. Ignace Museum Projects Receive Support

Hotel Owners Among Those To Back Plans at Hearing

A proposed Transportation Museum and funding to renovate the Museum of Ojibwa Culture on State Street received unanimous support of the St. Ignace City Council to move forward following public hearings Monday, April 7. More...

County Gives $10,000 to Two Projects

Ports of Mackinac, Project Hope Get County Funds

Kayla Nixon, assistant prosecuting attorney, will receive a 3% increase in her salary following her first year of service. This was one of several financial decisions Mackinac County commissioners made at their Thursday, March 27, meeting. More...

Road Commission To Build Shed for $497,300

Jarmco Construction of Saginaw will build the new Mackinac County Road Commission salt and sand shed at the East District garage in Marquette Township this summer at a cost of $497,300, pending state approval. More...

Public Interest in Straits Access Draws County, Twp. Into Case

Headlands Road in Mackinaw City

Access to the beach and water at the end of Headlands Road near Mackinaw City is being contested in a law suit that could have precedent setting ramifications for public access throughout Michigan. More...

Tug 'Springs' Into Action, Breaks Up Ice in Harbor

Ryba Marine Company's tug Kathy Lynn plows through ice in the St. Ignace Public Marina Thursday, April 3, as a seagull calmly stands by. More...

EAB Public Forum April 9

A public meeting to provide information about the state's firewood quarantine in Mackinac County, designed to prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), will be Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. at Little Bear East Conference Center in St. More...

Obituaries

Joseph Soczek

Joseph Louis Soczek, 90, of Goetzville, was a decorated World War II veteran and later enjoyed a career at a Cedarville limestone quarry. Mr. Soczek died Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace. More...

Laverne Natharius

Laverne Anna Natharius, 85, of Cedarville, died Thursday, April 3, 2008, at Cedar Cove in Cedarville. She was born April 20, 1922, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Anthony F. and Rose (nee Rinmund) Kalupa. More...

Marie Lannoo

Marie Lannoo of St. Ignace worked for the Della-Moretta family for many years, housekeeping and caring for their children. Mrs. More...

Columns

Michigan Politics

No News Is Not Good News

"Thank God for newspapers." - Columnist William Powers, National Journal magazine Thanks, indeed, across the land - from New York, from Detroit, from northern Michigan. More...

Les Cheneaux

Our students and teachers are home from spring break trips. We hope they all had a great time and can settle down for the rest of the school year. We can soon look forward to a nice, long summer. More...

St. Ignace

Dick and Darlene Therrian entertained Lois and Bart Baker of Marcellus last week. Richard Peterson was a patient at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey this past week. More...


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