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Schools See Need For Tech Programs

Superintendents Agree, Career Track Classes Lacking; ISD May Seek Millage

School administrators voted in favor of a plan to seek taxpayer support for new career and technical education (CTE) programs for high school students, at a meeting of the Tri-County Superintendents Thursday, November 19. More...

News

Mackinac Island Weekend Christmas Bazaar Begins With Tree Lighting Friday

By Stephanie Fortino  Holiday spirit will fill the air on Mackinac Island this weekend during the annual Christmas Bazaar. The event begins with the lighting of the Christmas tree and carols downtown on Main Street at about 5 p.m. More...

‘Christmas in Mackinaw’ Activities Planned Saturday

Mackinaw City’s free community Christmas in Mackinaw celebration will be an all-day affair involving both the Mackinaw Area Historical Society’s Heritage Village and the McGulpin Point Lighthouse Saturday, December 5. More...

Holiday Open House Is Friday in Downtown St. Ignace

The St. Ignace Holiday Open House will be Friday, December 4, in downtown St. More...

Obituaries

James ‘Jim’ Dyer

James Lee Dyer, 87, passed away Friday, November 27, 2015, at home in Epoufette. He was diagnosed with dementia (Alzheimer’s) in 2010., and since then his son, Norm, lived with and cared for him. He was bedridden last year after a stumble. More...

Gary McLean

Gary McLean, 49, was employed as general manager at Arrowhead Carriages for 30 years, caring for all the horses and carriages. He was a master at caring and training horses. More...

Paul Michalke

Paul J. Michalke, 69, of Sterling, taught high school in Cheboygan, Onaway, Mackinac Island, and West Branch. Mr. Michalke passed away Sunday, November 29, 2015, at St. More...

Columns

Lively Race Looms For Benishek Seat

Michigan Politics

From the far north to well down to the southeast, Michigan has interesting 2016 stirrings afoot in legislative and congressional races. More...

Mackinac Island

Thanksgiving Day was overcast and damp Thursday, November 26, when more than 25 people competed in the Turkey Trot, jogging, walking, or riding bikes. James Kevin Bynoe led the Turkey Trot on his bicycle. More...

Les Cheneaux

The weather has been quite chilly; however, we are fortunate to not have any snow on the ground. The weather wasn’t great for the deer hunters.  Many students were home to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with their families.  More...

Plan Aims to Aid ‘Prosperity’ Picture

A local community development grant program, funding for the Upper Peninsula Pure Michigan advertising campaign, and a study to identify broadband needs are among the projects the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission i More...

Island Names Top Concerns, Strengths

Improving communication within City Hall, helping to address the declining year-around population, and increasing affordable housing options are some of the top concerns for the Mackinac Island City Council. More...

For Santa, a Busy December Begins

Brandy Plank of Hessel, the first to present a wish list to Santa Claus, requests a Barbie doll and a Play-Doh set for Christmas. More...

Social

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Easton Lester

BIRTH

Christina Bigger and Anthony Lester of St. Ignace announce the birth of a son, Easton Drake Lester, born Friday, November 20, 2015, at McLaren Northern Michigan hospital in Petoskey. More...

Sports

Three Area Players, One Coach Named to All-State

Gage Kreski of St. Ignace was named to the Division 8 All-State Football Team, and Mike Haske of Cedarville and Derrick Edington of Pickford received 8-Man All- State Football honorable mention. Joe Austin of Engadine was selected coach of the year. More...

Bowling League Results

Bluewater League  News Crew 56, Mackinaw Trolley 38, Apollo Home Mortgage 37, The Wooden Door 37, George’s Auto Parts 33, Fred’s Pub 30.  HTG: Apollo Home Mortgage 475, HTS: News Crew 1321; HIG/s: Wendy Colegrove 199/475.  More...

State Will Honor Cedarville Trojans Basketball Program

Banners honoring good sportsmanship in the local basketball program will be put up in the John Duncan Gymnasium at Cedarville, reports Superintendent Randy Schaedig. More...

Opinion

Restrict Line 5 to Non-oil Cargo

To the Editor:   The Cheboygan City Council voted unanimously to adopt the resolution telling Governor Snyder to restrict Line 5 to non-oil cargo by January 1, 2016. More...

We Can’t Take More Time

To the Editor:   Efforts are afoot to push for stronger protections against an environmental disaster at the Straits of Mackinac, where Enbridge Line 5 pipes transport 540,000 barrels of oil and/or liquid gases a day.  More...

Funding Urged for Icebreaker

Heavy ice cover over the Great Lakes in recent winters that hurt commercial shipping has raised calls in Congress for a new icebreaker to be built.  More...


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