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Father speaks in parental rights hearing

ESCANABA — The father of the 3-year-old girl found lying naked outside in Rapid River this spring testified Thursday during a hearing to determine both parents’ custodial rights over their two children. Thursday’s court proceedings also included a visit to the family home in Rapid ...

School head, Escanaba board reach contract

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board approved the contract of the new Escanaba Area Public School superintendent during a special meeting. Coby Fletcher, who is the current principal of East Lansing High School, was chosen by the board to go into negotiations for hire to become the next ...

Free fishing this weekend in Michigan

ESCANABA — This weekend anglers will be able to fish for free in Michigan during Free Fishing Weekend. A license will not be required to fish Saturday and Sunday. Residents and visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish during the Michigan ...

Deal puts new teachers under 401(k)

LANSING (AP) — Newly-hired teachers in Michigan would have only a 401(k) retirement plan unless they choose a less generous pension benefit under the tentative framework of a deal reached between Gov. Rick Snyder and top Republican lawmakers Thursday. The agreement, the details of which ...

Distrust of Trump marks Comey’s testimony about his firing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey laid bare months of White House distrust, accusing the administration at an extraordinary open hearing of spreading “lies” and bluntly asserting that President Donald Trump had fired him to interfere with an investigation of Russia’s ...

Judge to decide parental rights case

ESCANABA — Testimony about two Rapid River girls who were removed from their home after one child was found lying naked in a ditch in March began Wednesday in Delta County Probate Court. A judgment will be made whether or not to terminate their parents’ rights. Attorney Jayne Mackowiak, ...

Escanaba Farmer’s Market open for season

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Farmer’s Market is open for the season. While visiting the market throughout the summer, shoppers can purchase fresh produce, baked goods, herbs and other products every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon at its location at the corner of ...

Libraries aim to hook readers this summer

ESCANABA — Summer reading programs at the Gladstone and Escanaba public libraries begin next week. At Gladstone Public Library, the summer of reading will begin Monday, June 12, and will run to Aug. 9. According to Lori Wells, director of the library, there will be no shortage of events ...

Crazy Daze, Gus Macker, Rhubarb Fest this weekend in Gladstone

GLADSTONE — This weekend, Gladstone will host a series of events including the city’s annual Crazy Daze, the Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, and the new Gladstone Rhubarb Fest. This year’s Crazy Daze will take place Saturday on Delta Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During that ...

Comey: Trump administration spread ‘lies, plain and simple’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey accused the Trump administration Thursday of spreading "lies, plain and simple" about him and the FBI in the aftermath of his abrupt firing, in dramatic testimony that threatened to undermine Donald Trump's presidency. As he opened his much ...

Escanaba Public Safety Open House

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press Braxton Bullard, 4, of Gladstone, enjoys sitting in an Escanaba police car alongside Public Safety Director Rob LaMarche during the department’s open house Tuesday. Escanaba is hosting an open house at the Department of Public Works from 2 to 4 p.m. today. The ...

Bay College courtyard to get facelift

ESCANABA — Efforts to renovate Bay College’s courtyard took an important step forward earlier this week when the college received the finalized version of plans for the project from Iron Mountain-based firm Blomquist Architects. Bay College Vice President of Operations Christine Williams ...

Prison term in Escanaba robbery case

ESCANABA — A 23-year-old Escanaba man who assisted in an armed robbery at an Escanaba hotel last summer was sentenced to two to four years in prison in Delta County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Jordan Randall Steinhausen, 23, of Escanaba, was the accomplice driver during the Aug. 15, 2016, ...

Board looks at county’s tax value

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners heard an update on the county’s taxable value from Delta County Equalization Director Juli Kolbe during the its regular meeting Tuesday. Kolbe addressed the county’s total taxable value for the 2016-17 fiscal year. “The 2017 total ...

Legislature keeps advancing budget

LANSING (AP) — Lawmakers on Tuesday advanced parts of a $55 billion spending plan, despite an impasse with Gov. Rick Snyder over teacher pensions that threatens to break majority Republicans’ six-year streak of enacting a budget in June, months before the fiscal year starts. House-Senate ...

Bills aim to get rid of concealed pistol licenses

LANSING (AP) — Michigan residents could soon carry concealed pistols without a permit under legislation making its way through the Legislature. A four-bill package looks to remove the restriction of needing a concealed pistol license to carry a concealed weapon. It would still prohibit a ...

Gladstone eyes North Shore development

GLADSTONE — Residents, community stakeholders, and city staff where at the Gladstone Yacht Club Monday to review and make suggestions on a proposal for the city’s north shore from educators and planners connected with Michigan State University’s Sustainable Built Environment Initiative ...

Jordan is Esky city manager pick

ESCANABA — The city council welcomed a new city manager to Escanaba following a public interview and an unanimous decision to hire Patrick Jordan, of downstate Muskegon, during a special meeting Monday evening. Jordan, 51, was the lone candidate interviewed Monday for the top ...

Hearing set on zoning changes

ESCANABA — The Delta County Planning Commission decided to put a public hearing on proposed changes to the county’s Timber Production (TP) zoning district on the agenda for its next meeting. The decision was made during the commission’s meeting Monday. Over the past several months, the ...

Keeping expanded Medicaid costs $800M in GOP bill

LANSING (AP) — It could cost Michigan up to $800 million a year to keep its Medicaid expansion at current enrollment levels if cuts approved by the U.S. House are enacted, top officials in Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration warned Monday while defending a program they said is working and ...