2021-07-29

2021-07-29 E-Edition

Honoring Native American Culture

The annual Native American Festival, held at the St. Ignace Museum of Ojibwa Culture Saturday, July 24, included drumming, dancing, and teachings about Native American arts and traditions. Here are head male dancer Matt Wyers (left) and head junior male dancer Joey Wyers on the museum grounds. The longhouse is visible behind them. See story and more photographs, page 10.

Voters Will Head to Polls This Tuesday

Tuesday, August 3, is Election Day. Voters across Mackinac County will head to the polls to cast their ballot on the 9-1-1 Local Surcharge Fee that funds the operation of the service. Voters in St. Ignace will also vote in a primary for the November 2 city council election. Local measures are on the ballot for residents of Clark, Hudson, […]

Pickford Hay Days Offered This Week


The Pickford Hay Days celebration will take place this week from Tuesday, July 27, to Sunday, August 1. The 42nd incarnation of the festival will feature new activities, such as a craft show, and center around Pickford Township Park and its pavilion. Hay Days is back this year after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic in 2020. “We’re really […]

St. Ignace District Fills Teaching Jobs


As school districts in Michigan and across the country are scrambling to find teachers to fill open positions, St. Ignace Area Schools has defied the odds, hiring enough well qualified educators to meet the needs at both the elementary and middle school and the high school. “I think it really says a lot about our community,” said Ben Schley, the […]

Colt Fettig, 11, Wins National Field Championship With Beagle


Black Point Hunter, a 3.5-yearold beagle born in Mike Johnson’s Black Point Gun Dogs kennel in Moran and raised by his grandson Colt Fettig, is the National 13” male field champion in hunting after winning the National American Kennel Club Field Trial at the Adirondack Beagle Hare Club in Bleecker, New York, June 20. At 11 years old, Colt is […]

Public Health: What You Need To Know

Masks Are Still the Best Way To Protect Unvaccinated People From Delta Variant

As we approach the last week of July, we look toward the end of our wonderful Michigan summer and the start of a beautiful fall season. Our state currently reports very encouraging Covid statistics, including a seven-day positivity rate of less than three percent and low hospitalizations. Nevertheless, looming overhead is the Delta variant that has already caused surging infections […]

Hospital Board Member Mary Maurer Recognized by Health System

The late Mary Maurer was recognized by Mackinac Straits Health System at its annual Grand Hotel fundraising luncheon Thursday, July 8. Mrs. Maurer served on the health system’s board of trustees from 2013 until her passing in December 2020. She was the associate publisher and business manager of The Mackinac Island Town Crier and The St. Ignace News. Here, her […]

Covid-19 Update in Local Area

Slight Rise Reported in Cases

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging anyone who attended the Faster Horses Festival July 16 through July 19 and is not fully vaccinated to get tested. At least 17 cases of Covid-19 have been identified in attendees, including individuals who were at the festival while they were infectious. As of Friday, July 23, Mackinac County has […]

Man Loses Life in Gould City Shooting, and Brother Charged With Murder

An Engadine man, Johnathon Palmer, 30, lost his life in a shooting Monday, July 19, at a home in Gould City, and his brother, Brian Webb, 42, has been charged with his murder. Michigan State Police troopers went to the scene at 11 a.m. and found signs of foul play, then conducted a search and found the body of Mr. […]