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Straits Quickly Icing Up; Ferry Service Closes Jan. 3

Passengers peer over the rail of the Huron as the thick ice cracks and gives way beneath the 64- ton steel boat during the last trip of the day to Mackinac Island Monday, December 29. More...

In Memory of Those Who Left Us

2008 Obituaries

This list, featured annually in The St. Ignace News, memorializes those whose obituaries have appeared in the newspaper during the past 12 months. The list includes 309 persons, whose ages range from infant to 102 years old. More...

'A Little of Everything' Will Be the Job for North, as New Manager of Ferry Fleet

Pfeiffelmann Named CEO at Star Line

Shortly before 5 p.m. December 17, the transition of leadership roles at Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry became official. Sitting in his wood paneled office in the Star Line building on State Street in St. More...

Snowmobile Club Will Host Trail Stop Sat.

The Straits Area Snowmobile Club in St. Ignace is hosting a trail stop Saturday, January 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a cookout on the trail. Club members will greet snowmobilers on Trail Two, known as the Burma Grade. More...

Two Rental Businesses Receive 100 Bicycle Licenses in Transfer

Mackinac Island

Island Bicycle Rental was given permission by Mackinac Island City Council to transfer 200 rental bicycle licenses at a special meeting Wednesday morning, December 31. More...

News

Elevator To Be Added to Catholic Church

St. Ignatius Loyola Church has received a variance to install an elevator on the corner of Church and Spring Streets, making the church barrier free. More...

Fiber Optic Cable, Tools Are Stolen

Fiber optic cable was stolen from Drummond Island sometime between October 18 and November 15. More than $50,000 worth of cable was reported stolen from a building near the Drummond Island Resort on Maxton Road. More...

$5.8 Million County Budget Adopted

In a special meeting Monday, December 29, Mackinac County Commissioners adopted the 2009 budget, reviewed bids for the county's audit, and approved extending employment of the tax clerk. More...

Sports

Saints Fall To Gaylord in Title Game of B.C. Pizza Hoops Holiday Tourney

By David Latva

The St. Ignace Saints fell to former conference rival Gaylord Blue Devils 57-50 in the third annual B.C. Pizza Holiday Hoops Classic title game Tuesday, December 30, in St. Ignace. More...

Saints Wrestlers Place Second at Rogers City Invitational

Mike McNeely Named Outstanding Wrestler

Senior Mike McNeely of St. More...

Saints' Spencer, Therrian Honored by Coaches Association

Marty Spencer and Les Therrian, head coach and assistant coach, respectively, for the St. Ignace Saints varsity football team, have been honored by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association, following the 2008 season. More...

Columns

Michigan Politics

Clout Has Expiration Date

All four of northern Michigan's state senators hold party leadership positions this year, giving the north considerable legislative clout. But all are term-limited and can't run again next year. More...

Brevort

Denny and Jackie Rippett hosted their annual New Year's Eve get-together at their condominium, where 16 neighbors and friends welcomed the new year at midnight, and promptly departed the premises, at 12:06 a.m. More...

St. Ignace

When old man winter rears his head, he doesn't fool around. My family and I were driving back from Marquette Monday, Dec - ember 29, through blowing snow and severe whiteouts. It took about six hours to get to St. Ignace. More...

11 County Deputies Take Oath

Eleven deputies from the Mackinac County Sheriff's Office raise their hands and swear they will uphold the laws of Michigan and the U.S. Constitution Tuesday, December 30. More...

Public Opinion Sought for DDA Plan in Clark Twp.

Move Would Not Raise or Create Taxes

The Clark Township Board of Trustees is in the final stages of creating a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to include the two business districts of Cedarville and Hessel and is asking for public opinions on the matter Thursday evening. More...

Sheriffs Team Up To Patrol Snowmobile Trails

Goal: Keep Enforcement Strong To Attract Riders

State funding for snowmobile enforcement in Mackinac County was cut $2,440 this season and Sheriff Scott Strait is adjusting to the cuts by changing patrol schedules, collaborating with police in neighboring counties, and operating with the equipme More...

Bridge Case In Hands of Federal Court

By Ryan Schlehuber A $1 million lawsuit was filed in November by Mackinac Bridge Authority and Michigan Department of Transportation charging that a painting company failed to complete warranty work for a job completed in 2003. More...

Lighthouse Beam Will Shine Again May 30

Historic McGulpin Point Will Become Tourist Site

McGulpin Point lighthouse, a beacon on the Straits of Mackinac for nearly 40 years until its decommissioning more than a century ago, will shine again May 30, 2009, and become the newest tourist attraction for Mackinaw City. More...

Artist Sells Work To Benefit Hospital Auxiliary

A local artist and staff member at Mackinac Straits Hospital, Suzie Benko offers her paintings for sale Wednesday, December 17, at the St. Ignace hospital. Mrs. More...

Mackinaw City Sets Winterfest Dates Jan. 15-17

Mackinaw City will host its 16th annual Winterfest Thursday, January 15, through Saturday, January 17, 2009. More...

Social

Births

Jeff and Amy Metz of Moran Township announce the birth of their daughter, Lexie Jane Metz, born November 21, 2008, at Northern Michigan Regional Hos pital in Petoskey. She weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces at birth and measured 18.5 inches in length. More...

Brown, St. Louis Make Dean's List

Ashley St. Louis and Allison Brown, both of St. Ignace, were among students named to the dean's list at Grand Valley State University for the 2008 fall semester. Miss St. Louis is the daughter of Joe and Colleen St. Louis. More...

Beauregard Completes Basic Training

Air Force Airman Stephanie Beau - regard completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, November 21. She is attending technical school for security forces at Lackland Air Force Base. More...

Obituaries

EULOGY

Helga Doud

There are those whose lives remind us of the sunset's warming glow. They leave a touch of glory lingering after when they go. Helga Doud touched the heart of everyone she met during her long, beautiful life of 102 years. More...

Joseph Leach

Joseph Ivan Leach, 44, of Pickford, died Sunday, January 4, 2009, at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. He was born March 20, 1964, in St. Ignace to John Robert and Ruth I. (nee Fenlon) Leach. Mr. More...

Wayne Miller

Wayne Robert Miller, 70, of DeTour Village, was a decorated U.S. Army veteran who served during the Vietnam era, and went on to a career as a commercial aviation pilot. Mr. More...


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