January 14, 2016 RSS feed / 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...

St. Ignace City Council to Add Workshops to Discuss City Issues

Starting Monday, January 25, the St. Ignace City Council will host work sessions to discuss city issues that will be appearing on the upcoming city council meeting agendas, and other issues of concern to the city.  More...

County to Hold Special Meeting On Equalization Directorship

The Mackinac County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, at the county annex building in St. Ignace to discuss replacing county equalization director Jim Fenlon, who recently resigned.   More...

It’s January in Downtown St. Ignace: It’s Time to ‘Think Ice’

The South State Street sign next to American Legion Park greeting visitors to St. More...

Fr. Edward Baafi Is New Local Pastor

Welcomed at St. Ignatius Loyola in St. Ignace and Ste. Anne’s on Mackinac Island

Father Edward Baah Baafi of Kumasi, Ghana is the new associate pastor at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in St. Ignace and at Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church on Mackinac Island. More...

Zion Lutheran Church Will Host Soup Luncheon

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Ignace will host a soup luncheon Tuesday, January 19, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church at 999 South State Street. Everyone is welcome to enjoy an array of soups. Suggested donation is $7 per person. More...

Hessel Airport: GPS-Landing Preparations Complete, Study Suggests Upgrades

Preparations for private hangars, a new taxiway, an expanded apron, and a rehabilitated runway are among development suggestions by engineering firm QoE Consulting to improve the Albert J. Lindberg Airport in Hessel. More...

Engadine Library Offers Adult Coloring Workshop Wednesday, January 20

An adult coloring workshop will be offered at the Engadine Library Wednesday, January 20, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Cost of the workshop is $3, which covers the cost of supplies.   More...

Retired State Employees Will Gather on Feb. 1

The Upper Peninsula Chapter 16 of the State Employee Retirees Association will not meet in January. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, February 1, at 1:30 p.m. More...

Snowy Owl Sighting at St. Ignace Waterfront

Crows eye a duck carcass being consumed by a snowy owl (right) on the Lake Huron ice in St. Ignace on a cold Tuesday morning, January 12. The owl defended its food from as many as six crows. More...

Students Enjoy Snowy Day on the Playground

Warming up with popcorn at recess on a cold day at the school playground Friday, January 8, are Blake Martin (from left), Kollin Sayles, Daniel Moreno, Garrett Martin, Cole Matson, and Jayce Peters. More...

Jewels of the Straits Red Hat Society to Meet January 16

The Jewels of the Straits chapter of the Red Hat Society will meet Saturday, January 16, at noon at the St. Ignace Big Boy Restaurant. Everyone is asked to bring a small gift, worth about $5, to exchange.   New members are always welcome.   More...

Emmet County EMS Station Construction on Track in Mackinaw City

The construction of the new Emmet County EMS ambulance station at the corner of West Central Avenue and Louvigny Street in Mackinaw City is going along on schedule. The ambulance service hopes to move into the building in March. More...

Holds Off on Line 5 Resolution, Requests Meeting with Enbridge

The Moran Township Board of Trustees tabled a resolution asking Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to limit Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline to non-oil cargos and its original capacity during its Wednesday, January 6, meeting. More...

Pickford Hay Days Meeting Is Scheduled for January 13 at Library

A meeting to discuss Pickford Hay Days is planned for Wednesday, January 13, at 4 p.m. at the Pickford Community Library. The public is welcome to share ideas.   More...

Snow, Ice Mark Winter’s Arrival in Les Cheneaux

Ice forms Monday, January 11, along the shore of northern Lake Huron in Marquette Township, where this boat rests on shore. More...

Family Night at the Movies Will Be Held January 23 in Pickford

Family Night at the Movies will be Saturday, January 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pickford Arts and Learning Center next to the Pickford Community Library. 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...

Minimum Wage Increases to $8.50 for Hourly Employees

Beginning January 1, minimum wage for hourly employees increased to $8.50 per hour and $3.23 per hour for tipped employees. Next year, wages will rise again in a series of incremental increases approved in 2014.  More...

DDA Will Host Strategic Planning Session Workshops Jan. 20 and 27

The St. Ignace Downtown Development Authority and members of the St. More...

Animal Control Responds to 59 Calls; Sheriff Says Program Is Going Well

County animal control officer John Cottenham, a sheriff’s office deputy, has responded to 59 complaints in the last six months and inspected 14 kennels. More...

Remote Control Car Races Will Be Saturday

A remote controlled car race will be held at the St. Ignace Area Schools Saturday, January 16, in the elementary school gymnasium. The doors will open at 9 a.m. with races starting at 11 a.m. and continuing through about 6 p.m. More...

Community Events This Week

Wednesday, January 13  • Free Walking, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Little Bear East Arena, St. Ignace  • Celebrate Recovery meeting, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Lighthouse Assembly Church, St. More...

Record Year in Traffic Seen at Chippewa County Airport

Passenger traffic through the Chippewa County International Airport, just south of Sault Ste. Marie, set a record in 2015. During the year, 45,391 passengers used the airport, surpassing the record set two years ago by 2,597 passengers.  More...

MPSC Approves Co-op Electricity Rates Going Up

Cloverland Electric Cooperative members will see an increase in electric bills beginning in mid-January. For a residential member using 700 kilowatt-hours per month, for example, the increase in their bill will be approximately $2.45 to $3.94. More...

Sportsmen’s Club Meeting Planned For January 18

The Straits Area Sportsmen’s Club will meet Monday, January 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge at 12 North State Street in St. Ignace. New members are welcome.   More...

Chuck Brew Honored for Volunteer Service

Volunteer firefighter Chuck Brew has retired from the Mackinaw City Fire Department after 36 years of service. More...

Six EUP Companies Awarded Job Training Dollars

Six companies in the Eastern Upper Peninsula will receive more than $89,000 to help workers further improve their job skills with in-house training opportunities, including Cedarville’s O-N Minerals, the sole recipient in Mackinac County.  More...

Library Offers Workshop on Use of Social Media Tools

A workshop on the use of social media tools will be offered Thursday, January 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pickford Community Library. More...

Cabin Fever Days for Women Will Begin January 28

Cabin Fever Days for Women will be organized by women of the Les Cheneaux Islands area at various local churches in the coming months. More...

Mackinaw City Site Cleared for Casino Construction

The last building from the former Thunder Falls Family Water Park at 1028 Nicolet Street in Mackinaw City has now been demolished as the site is prepared for the construction of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians’ new Class II casin More...

Clark Township Considers Commercial Rehab District

Some businesses in Cedarville could be eligible to receive tax breaks for building rehabilitation or business expansion. More...

Clark Township Considers Reorganizing Labor Pool

The responsibilities of Clark Township Department of Public Works Manager Jim Landreville may be expanded to streamline work assignments for such things as community center maintenance and sewer operations. More...

Mario Rodriguez Appointed to Mackinaw City Village Council

Mario Rodriguez was appointed to the Mackinaw City Village Council Thursday, January 7, to fill the an opening left by the December resignation of former President Pro Tem Dick Perlick. More...

Winter Dance Will Be Jan. 16 In Rudyard

The Rudyard Area Schools winter dance for grades nine through 12 will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, January 16, in the cafeteria. Students Leading Students and the National Honor Society are sponsoring the event.   More...


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