2009-01-01

Sluggish Economy Slows Construction in County

Dips by Almost 1/3 in 2008, Many Areas Report

Building inspectors across Mackinac County say an almost one-third decline of building permits issued in 2008 can be attributed to the sluggish economy. “It’s been holding pretty much steady, about 60 to 65 per year,” said City of St. Ignace and St. Ignace Township building inspector Paul Sved. “This year is the exception.” The number of permits issued in the […]

Students Take Walking Challenge



The challenge is underway as St. Ignace elementary and middle school classes compete to increase after-school activity. Their steps are recorded by pedometers as part of the Safe Routes to School program that combines safety and fitness for kindergarten through eighth grade students. Just before the school Christmas vacation, Pat Chargo’s fourth grade class was declared the winner of the […]

‘State of the City’ Will Top Monday’s Meeting

Council To Present Budget Priorities for 2009

Priorities for 2009 will top St. Ignace City Council’s agenda when it meets for the first time in the new year Monday, January 5, in a meeting that City Manager Eric Dodson said will define “The State of the City.” New projects are planned for the city, including park improvements and ordinance changes. According to the 2009 budget adopted by […]

Local Teens Surveyed on Beliefs, Traits

69% Show Optimism

Honesty, integrity, responsibility, family support, and a positive view of the future are what Eastern Upper Peninsula teens believe are the building blocks of a healthy life, according to a report released by the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development in Marquette. The report, based on a survey taken by 1,135, eighth, 10th, and 12th grade students in Chippewa and […]

Tribal Officer’s Arrest Raises Questions of Police Conflict



Ray Severance, a police officer for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, was arraigned in 92nd District Court in St. Ignace Tuesday, December 23, and pled not guilty on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and reckless driving. A pre-trial hearing is set for January 28. Mr. Severance is a 12-year veteran of the tribal police department. […]

Master Plan Revisions Move to Forefront

Mackinac Island Group Sets Feb. 15 Deadline

Two specific, and challenging, items remain in revising Mackinac Island’s city master plan: updating an existing land use map and creating a future land use map, which spells out the potential for further development. A committee of city council members, city staff, and one Island resident met Wednesday, December 17, to discuss an almost-finished land use map and to begin […]

LaSalle High School Inducts First Ten Members Into Hall of Fame



Six athletes and four distinguished service recipients were inducted into the inaugural class of the LaSalle High School Athletic Hall of Fame during banquet ceremonies at the Driftwood Restaurant Sunday, December 28. Eighty family members, guests, and friends of the inductees were on hand and heard accounts about the outstanding athletes and distinguished members of the hall of fame, Leroy […]

Request To Grade Part of McNally Lot Approved



A request for temporary use of motor vehicles to grade a vacant lot for bicycle rental was approved by Mackinac Island City Council at a brief meeting Wednesday, December 3. Ira Green, owner of Iroquois Bike Rental near Shepler’s ferry dock, will grade the waterfront property next door to extend an existing concrete platform for bike rental, He said he […]

Island Airport Funding Decision Expected in March



With proposed improvements to the Mackinac Island Airport approved by federal and state regulators last week, the Mackinac Island State Park Commission will now seek up to $5 million in federal funding. It will also seek renewal of a waiver that allows the Commission to avoid cutting trees near the airport. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Michigan Department of […]

Cedarville Students To Go to Presidential Inauguration



Sixteen Cedarville High School students and six adult chaperones will witness history Tuesday, January 20 when they stand among a crowd likely to exceed one million in Washington, D.C., to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America. The group will stand in the public viewing area on the National Mall as […]