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William Beacom, Logger of the Year

‘Worked Hard and Stuck to the Grind’

In the fall of 1968, Bill Beacom of Pickford readied his chainsaw, glanced over his shoulder at a lone bulldozer sitting among the trees, and began his first job as a professional logger. More...

Robotics Team Advances to World Championships

Support Pours in From DeTour Community

The Raider Robotics team from DeTour Area Schools made it to the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships. The team will be in St. More...

News

Engadine Schools May 5 Millage Request Is for Building and Technology Upgrades

Voters from Newton, Hudson, Hendricks, Garfield, and Portage townships will be asked whether they support a $1.3 million bond proposal by Engadine Consolidated Schools at the Tuesday, May 5, general election. More...

Mackinac Island Seats on Ballot

Two incumbents and one challenger will vie for two positions on the Mackinac Island City Council in the annual general election Tuesday, May 5. Polls on the first floor of Community Hall will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day.  More...

Voters Will Decide on State Sales Tax Increase May 5

Voters will consider one question Tuesday, May 5, regarding a state proposal to raise the Michigan sales tax to 7% from the current 6%. More...

Obituaries

Suzan ‘Sue’ Taylor

Suzan “Sue” D. Taylor, 72, of Engadine, died Thursday evening, April 16, 2015, at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry, with her family at her side.  She was born January 31, 1943, in Newberry. More...

Leo Koivisto

Leo Walfred Koivisto, 95, of Rudyard, served on a glider in the United States Army 101st Airborne during World War II, serving in France, Holland, and Belgium. Mr. Koivisto died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Sault Ste. More...

Marvin Tassier

Marvin Tassier, 81, of Cedarville, who owned Tassier Boat Works in Cedarville for 60 years, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 14, 2015, at Evergreen Living Center in St. More...

Red Letter Days

Red Letter Days

Major Community Events in the Coming Year

May 2015  Second Annual Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run, May 2, Mackinaw City  26th Annual Zoo-De-Mackinac, May 15 – 17, Mackinaw City  Islands Wildlife Pike Fishing Contest, May 15 – 25, Les Cheneaux  Colonial Mi More...

Public Meetings - Free Access

Public Meeting Calendar

Open Public Meetings – Your Government at Work   Following is a schedule of open public meetings. This listing is for governmental and similar entities. More...

Maples Sawmill

‘We’re Leaving Them Better’

Precision work, safety, and industry-setting standards drive operations at Maples Sawmill, a manufacturer of high quality lumber just north of Hessel. More...

Ernie Vallier Trucking

‘If I Told You Yes, I’ll Get It Done’

A reputation for reliability and hard work have earned state recognition for Ernie Vallier of St. Ignace. More...

Jobs Outnumber Workers This Year

Fair Attracts More Businesses, And They See Fewer Workers Apply

Even with more prospective job seekers attending the St. Ignace job fair, businesses said they saw fewer applications filled out, and many are concerned that they will not be able to find enough help before the tourist season begins next month. More...

Efforts Net ‘Partner Award’ For Paquins

Efforts to raise money for local families with medical costs, a back-toschool carnival, Special Olympics, and the children’s Christmas toy drive are some ways that Fred and Wanda Paquin and their staff at Gateway Lanes and Fred’s Pub like More...

Social

Jason Lisko and Katie Spencer To Marry

ENGAGEMENT

Martin and Angela Spencer of St. Ignace announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Lynn Spencer, to Jason Gregory Lisko, son of Dave and Cindi Lisko of Bolingbrook, Illinois, and Paul and Trisha Riedl of Downers Grove, Illinois.  More...

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Sports

Saints Girls, Panthers Boys Win First Track Meet of the Season in St. Ignace

The St. Ignace Saints girls and the Pickford Panthers boys won the first track meet of the season at the St. More...

BCAM Honors Players, Teams Get Academic All-State Honors

Four girls, two boys, and three teams from the local area received Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) Academic All- State honors.  More...

Comets Baseball, Softball Teams Ready for New Season

The Mackinaw City Comets baseball team includes: (front, from left) Conrad Prevo, manager Nolan LaLonde, Robert Martin, Gavin Smith, Jarred Hartman, Logan Smith; (back) Assistant Coach Frank Smith, M More...

Columns

Late Senator Griffin a Historical Figure

Michigan Politics

Michigan has had prominent members of the U.S. Senate, going back to 1845-1948 Democrat Lewis Cass, the former territorial governor who became Secretary of War, and made an unsuccessful presidential bid.  More...

Mackinac Island

Once again, the weather has been mixed. Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, it was beautiful with warm temperatures, sunny skies, and calm winds. People were enjoying many outdoor activities and work. More...

St. Ignace

Another beautiful week has come and gone. We truly are blessed to live in such a beautiful area.  The U.S. Forest Service is looking for volunteers to help with forest cleanup Saturday, May 9. More...


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