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Commission Discusses Hiring Policies in Light of Shelter Administrator Vacancy

The selection of Tina Newsome as the new Mackinac County Animal Shelter administrator was postponed during December while the Board of Commissioners debated whether to open up the position to county residents, or hire Mrs. More...

Webinar To Discuss Tourism, Short-term Rentals

MSU Extension is offering a free webinar on tourism and short-term rentals Thursday, January 25, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. More...

Jim Hill To Step Down as Chair Of the Mackinac County Board

After five years, Jim Hill will step down as chair of the Mackinac County Board of Commissioners at the board’s first meeting of 2018. More...

Therrian, Vonderwerth, Evashevski Say, ‘Farewell’ to City Work

St. Ignace City Manager Les Therrian, City Clerk Reneé Vonderwerth, and Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Director Deb Evashevski all began the holidays by celebrating their retirements after a combined 95 years of service to the city. More...

Elementary Students Will See Increased Focus on Reading Skills, Testing

Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, Michigan education officials will have the authority to retain third-grade students who are reading-deficient, or one grade level or more behind in reading. More...

Stomp the Park, Trail Hike, Bonfire Planned for January 6

National Winter Trails Day

People may take part in three local events to celebrate National Winter Trails Day Saturday, January 6.  The day begins at 11:30 a.m. with a brown bag lunch around a bonfire, followed by “Hike the Hiawatha” ski or snowshoe hikes. More...

Home for the Holidays: Laura Blosser

Laura Blosser of St. Ignace returned home for the holidays. A staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, Mrs. Blosser is currently stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She serves as an intelligence analyst including a recent tour in Afghanistan. More...

Mackinaw City Reconstruction Project Now in Planning Stages

A future project for reconstructing a 0.6-mile stretch of Mackinaw City’s North Huron Avenue is now in its early planning stages. More...

Grays Reef Passage Closed to Traffic

The Grays Reef Passage will be closed to traffic Saturday, December 30, at noon, the Coast Guard announced Wednesday, December 27.  Grays Reef Passage is south of the Straits of Mackinac near White Shoal Light on Lake Michigan.  The Coast G More...

Battling Great Lakes Ice: Biscayne Bay Frees Freighters in St. Marys River

Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay helped to free three 1,000-foot freighters that found themselves stuck in the ice on the St. Marys River, which joins Lake Huron and Lake Superior, between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  More...

Fish Fry Will Aid Parade Fund January 17

A fish fry to benefit the Mackinaw Memorial Parade in May will be Wednesday, January 17, in the banquet room at Audie’s Restaurant in Mackinaw City from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. More...

Twilight Turtle Trek Planned on Mackinac Island Ski Trails

People can explore Mackinac Island’s groomed ski trails the evening of Saturday, January 6, for a Twilight Turtle Trek. Participants can hike, snowshoe, or crosscountry ski around two miles of lantern-lit trails. More...

Beauty of Winter Showcased as 2017 Concludes

A sign warning about taking caution while swimming at this roadside park at the Lakeshore RV Park Campground on Pte. More...

New Corrections Officer Starting at St. Ignace Jail in January

The Mackinac County Sheriff’s Department has hired a new corrections officer to serve inside the Mackinac County Jail starting Monday, January 8. More...

Native American Heritage Presentation Is Jan. 8

The Mackinaw Area Historical Society will kick off its 2018 speaker series with a program Monday evening, January 8, focusing on the preservation of Native American heritage in the Straits of Mackinac area. The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. More...

Mussers of Mackinac Island Eye Historic Ann Arbor Estate as Winter Home

Dan III and Marlee Musser are in the process of buying Inglis House, a historic Ann Arbor mansion owned by the University of Michigan since the 1950s, to use as a wintertime home for their family.  More...

Warmth for Warriors Meeting Is Jan. 8

The annual meeting for Warmth for Warriors will be Monday, January 8, at 5 p.m. at the Rudyard Presbyterian   Church. A review of 2017 activities will take place. The public is invited to attend.   More...

Working Hard To Keep the Island Clean: Lacal Roberts Is Dray Driver for 30 Years

Lacal Roberts has been a dishwasher, street sweeper, luggage hauler, holiday sleigh driver, and a fixture on Mackinac Island since landing his first job here fresh from Saginaw High School in 1980.  More...

Pontz Named Michigan Natural Resources Commission Chair

Vicki Pontz of Delta Township was appointed chair of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission Tuesday, December 26, by Governor Rick Snyder. She is married to former St. More...

Northern Michigan’s Day Care Crisis Impacts Economy; Identified as Critical Workforce Issue

There’s a joke among expectant parents that before you call your mother and family announcing your pregnancy, you first call and reserve a spot. More...

St. Ignace City Council Members Paid $1,650 for Month of December

St. Ignace City Council members were paid $1,650 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...

Planning Commission Eyes Overlay District Options

As the need for housing and yeararound businesses continue to be the main focuses of the St. More...

Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office Weekly Activity Report

For the week of December 18 through December 24, the following activity was reported by the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office:  • Deputies responded to 18 property damage crashes, 13 involving car and deer. More...

St. Ignace School Board To Evaluate Extracurricular Academic Eligibility Policy

The St. Ignace Area Schools Board of Education is reviewing its extracurricular academic eligibility requirements and may consider revising the policy in time for next school year. More...

Mackinac Island Homeowners Voice Opposition to Construction of Apartment Building

Seven letters were sent to the Mackinac Island Planning Commission in opposition to plans for the construction of a six-unit apartment building at the corner of Stonecliffe Road and Forest Drive. More...

Island Indicators Study Will Illuminate Trends Throughout Great Lakes

Demographic research is essential to understanding whether communities are sustainable, and a new initiative spearheaded by Northland College of Ashland, Wisconsin will focus on island communities in the Great Lakes. More...

Fab Friday Ice Skating Delights 165; Another Planned for January 5

Taking a break from skating around the rink at Little Bear East Arena Friday, December 29, at Fab Friday were St. More...

Increasing Variety of 4-H Programs Tops List for New Coordinator in Mackinac County

With nearly 10 years of experience with 4-H, Mackinac County’s new 4- H Program Coordinator Susan Kirkman is looking forward to expanding educational opportunities outside of the classroom. More...

Crew Lifts Snowmobile Bound for Island

After countless unsuccessful attempts to start this snowmobile, Star Line employees decided to lift it onto a cart with a forklift to transport it to Mackinac Island Friday, December 29. More...

Cedarville Jazz Band Performing In Sault Ste. Marie January 9

The Soo Theatre in Sault Ste. Marie will be hosting a “Jazz in January” concert Tuesday, January 9, at 7 p.m. featuring the Cedarville Jazz Band as its opening act. More...

South Channel To Close Jan. 5 Between Bois Blanc, Mainland

The South Channel between Bois Blanc Island and the mainland, near Cheboygan, will be closed to boat traffic Friday, January 5, at noon. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port Sault Ste. More...

Nelsons Claim Top Prize at Rudyard Christmas Contest

In the annual Rudyard Lions Club Christmas decoration contest, the following winners have been announced: For the best decorated homes in the village of Rudyard, first place went to Mark and Wendy Nelson on West H-40, second place went to Andy and Co More...

David Eby Successfully Bags Cow Elk

David Eby of Canton Township, formerly of St. Ignace, was successful in this year’s Michigan elk hunt, shooting a cow elk in the Gaylord/Johannesburg area Saturday, December 16, with the help of hunting guides. More...

Bear Hunting Season Discussed at Forum

Representatives from various interest groups as well as DNR staff involved with bear hunting in Michigan gathered to review the 2017 bear hunting season and discuss proposals that may be made for upcoming seasons at the annual Michigan Bear Forum hos More...

Local Newlywed Couple Takes Converted School Bus on Road Trip

With their provisions packed neatly inside their light blue school bus, newlyweds Eugenia Murray-McGinnis and Kevin McGinnis pulled out of St. Ignace Tuesday, December 12, on a new adventure. More...


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