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Bridge Traffic Up 7.4%

Mackinac Bridge traffic was up in 7.4% in 2015, compared to 2014. A total of 3,914,361 vehicles crossed in 2015. There were 3,644,612 crossings in 2014. Overall, 269,749 more vehicles crossed last year compared to 2014.  More...

Orion Is ‘Star Attraction’ in Winter

Dark Sky Park Offers Comet Catalina Sighting, Trail System for Skiing and Hiking

In the winter, many of Mackinaw City’s attractions are shuttered for the season, awaiting the return of tourists in the spring. The Headlands International Dark Sky Park is a notable exception. More...

News

Jim Hill Reelected Chairman of the Mackinac County Board of Commissioners

Jim Hill was reelected chairman of the Mackinac County Board of Commissioners Thursday, January 7, at the county board’s annual organizational meeting for 2016. Commissioner Diane Patrick was reelected vice-chair. More...

Darrell Lovegrove Case Bound Over to 11th Circuit Court

The case against St. Ignace resident Darrell Lovegrove was bound over from 92nd District Court to 11th Circuit Court Tuesday, January 5, during a preliminary hearing. Mr.  More...

St. Ignace City Council Paid $1,170 for the Month of December

St. Ignace City Council members were paid $1,170 for the month of December. The mayor receives $70 to attend council meetings and $60 to attend committee meetings or represent the city at events. More...

Sports

Basketball

Black Bears Sweep Lakers In NLL Twinbill   The Maplewood Baptist Academy (MWBA) Black Bears swept the Mackinac Island Lakers during girls and boys matchups Wednesday, January 6, at Kinross.  More...

Trojans Girls Basketball Bests Lady Phoenix 49-23

The Cedarville girls basketball team scored a decisive 49-23 victory against the International Academy of Flint Friday, January 8. The Trojans (6-1) took the lead early in the first quarter and never relinquished it. More...

Cedarville Boys Edged in Thriller Against Flint Academy

The Cedarville boys basketball team’s annual visit from its regular downstate opponent International Academy of Flint Friday, January 8, went right down to the wire as the Phoenix (1-3) edged the Trojans (2-4) by the narrowest of margins, 65-64 More...

Public Meetings - Free Access

Public Meeting Calendar

Following is a schedule of open public meetings. This listing is for governmental and similar entities. Meetings of social and civic groups that are open to the public are listed in the Community Calendar, published at www.stignacenews.com. More...

Meeting Minutes - Free Access

St. Ignace City Council Minutes

City of St. Ignace  Summary of Council Proceedings  January 4, 2016  The Regular Council Meeting convened at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 4, 2016, in the Council Chambers at City Hall with Mayor Litzner presiding.   More...

Park Redevelopment Gets Boost of $20K

Redevelopment efforts at the Father Marquette National Memorial site will benefit from $20,000 donated to the Michigan Historical Center by Enbridge Energy. More...

Mackinaw City Hosts Winterfest This Week

Mackinaw City will host its 23rd annual Winterfest celebration from Thursday, January 14 through Sunday, January 17, with most events taking place Saturday, January 16, featuring everything from a chili cook-off and outdoor games to the popular annua More...

H2B Visa Program Sees ‘Manageable’ Changes

Employers who hire international workers on the H2B Visa program this year will see some changes to the process. More...

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Dean’s List Announcements

• Micaela O’Rourke has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2015 semester at Michigan State University. She earned a 4.0 grade point average for her first semester at MSU, where she is studying premedicine. More...

Meet the December Students of the Month at Pickford

Students of the Month for December at Pickford Elementary School are (back row, from left) Cole Headley (second grade), Kaylee Wiltfong and Kaleb Radle (fifth grade), Richard Wheaton (fourth grade), Lillian Anderson (third grade), Laura Bush (fourth More...

Obituaries

Tim ‘Doc’ Dockry

Tim Dockry, 56, of St. Ignace, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2016, with his wife, Melissa, by his side. Athletic, active, and inquisitive, Mr. More...

Amelia Ames

Amelia Hall Ames, 82, of Cedarville, formerly of Newberry, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, January 6, 2016, with her family by her side at her home. She was born July 29, 1933, to Hobert and Irma (nee Burns) in Gaylord. More...

Shirley Smith

Shirley Mattson Smith, 82, of Long Beach, California, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2016.  She was born August 15, 1933, to Isaac and Signia Mattson in Rudyard.  More...

Columns

Stupak Endorses Johnson for Congress

Michigan Politics

In his quest to replace retiring 1st District U.S. More...

Engadine Consolidated Schools

It’s hard to believe that we are already near the end of the first semester. Students in grades six through 12 will take exams next week, Wednesday through Friday. More...

St. Ignace

The Mackinac County Community Action Agency offers meals for senior citizens every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at noon, at the Fenlon Center at 368 Reagon Street in St. Ignace. Meals on Wheels are also available for those who are homebound. More...


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