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Court decides to combine four sexual assault trials

ESCANABA — Four separate trials will become two as a motion to combine upcoming criminal sexual conduct trials was granted during a hearing in Delta County Circuit Court Thursday. Dickinson County Circuit Court Judge Mary Barglind, who is presiding over the two cases involving Hunter Grizz ...

Congress mulls next steps after release of Mueller report

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s now up to Congress to decide what to do with special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings about President Donald Trump. While the special counsel declined to prosecute Trump on obstruction of justice, he did not exonerate him, all but leaving the question to ...

Kids in the courtroom

Clarissa Kell | Daily Press Delta County Circuit Court Judge John Economopoulos explains court proceedings to Escanaba Upper Elementary School fourth graders Wednesday morning. The Delta County Circuit Courtroom was filled with excited fourth graders from the school when they visited for a ...

Bay looks at filling board position

ESCANABA — Former Bay College Board of Trustees Chair William Lake’s resignation from the board officially went into effect earlier this week. Board members made decisions related to this during the board’s meeting Wednesday. Lake’s last official day as a member of the Bay College ...

Kulbertis gets positive evaluation

RAPID RIVER — The Rapid River Board of Education has completed its evaluation of Superintendent Jay Kulbertis for 2018-2019. The evaluation scored Kulbertis higher than last year. The board used the Michigan Association of School Boards’ Superintendent Evaluation Tool. This is the ...

House OKs bill to forgive school snow days

LANSING (AP) — Schools exceeding the maximum number of snow days would not have to make up those that occur during a state-declared emergency under legislation the Michigan House approved Wednesday. The bill, approved 101-7, is aimed at aiding K-12 districts after frigid temperatures and ...

Whitmer forms task force to review jail, pretrial detention

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday ordered a bipartisan review of Michigan’s jail and pretrial detention system, saying the inmate population has nearly tripled over 35 years while the crime rate is the lowest in a half-century. The Democrat signed an executive order ...

Michigan DEQ agency plans to change name

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s environmental agency is days away from having a new name. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will be reorganized and renamed the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), effective Monday. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in February ...

Chamber building effort progressing

ESCANABA — Work towards building the Community Welcome Center & Museum at the U.P. State Fairgrounds and raising money for the project through a crowdfunding campaign is continuing. In a recent meeting, the Delta County Board of Commissioners voted to make a $10,000 donation to the ...

Guilty plea in baseball bat assault

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man pleaded guilty to an assault with a dangerous weapon charge recently in Delta County Circuit Court. Collin Wade Nelson, 20, of 525 N. 19th St., Escanaba, pleaded guilty as charged to assault with a dangerous weapon (felonious assault), a four-year felony with a ...

CBC fund drive has sucessful year

MANISTIQUE — The CBC wrapped up its 52nd annual fund drive with a radiothon at the Manistique Middle and High School auditorium Sunday. According to First Chair for the 2019 CBC Bob Crumb, this was an extremely successful year for the CBC. “I think it went very, very well — we had ...

Delta County gets clean audit report from firm

ESCANABA — Delta County’s audit report for the 2017-18 fiscal year was clean, Kathleen Ciantar, CPA, Principal of Anderson, Tackman & Company said. However, the audit was affected by a timing issue. Ciantar delivered a presentation on the audit report during a meeting of the Delta ...

Michigan AG: No abortion prosecutions if Roe is reversed

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general said Tuesday that she will not enforce a state abortion ban if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. Democrat Dana Nessel, speaking at a Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan conference, told the crowd of abortion ...

Roses from Rotary

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Escanaba Rotary Club President Rena Richtig, left, and club member Sarah Slagstad prepare roses at the Delta-Schoolcraft ISD Monday. The roses were given to residents of area nursing homes as part of an annual club program.

‘Dark store’ hearing ahead for Esky

ESCANABA — Representatives of the city of Escanaba will be heading to Lansing for a Michigan Tax Tribunal hearing on a dispute between the city and Menards next month. Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan gave community leaders an update on the dispute during a Delta County Joint Governmental ...

Esky schools award bid for security cameras

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board awarded DS Tech a bid to supply security cameras and switches for summer installation Monday night. Escanaba Area Public Schools (EAPS) is one of four school districts locally who were awarded grant money from the Michigan State Police 2019 Competitive ...

Adoption agency sues after state settlement

LANSING (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies sued the state of Michigan on Monday, challenging a settlement that prevents them from refusing to put children in LGBT homes for religious reasons. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed the lawsuit in western Michigan’s U.S. District ...

Robot helps homebound students

ESCANABA — Students in the Escanaba Area Public Schools will start to see an additional “student” roaming the hallways soon. MoBot is making its way up and down the hall at the Escanaba Upper Elementary and into classrooms this spring. The ultimate exclusion a child can face while sick ...

GOP states embrace tax hike for roads

LANSING (AP) — After passing waves of tax cuts in recent years, some lawmakers in several Republican-dominated states have decided it’s time to make a big exception and are pushing for tax increases to fix roads that are crumbling from years of neglect. In the past month alone, the ...

Sav-Mor IGA dates back to 1940s

Editor’s note: The Daily Press features a profile of an area business each week. This week’s featured business is Sav-Mor IGA in Escanaba. — — — By Jordan Beck jbeck@dailypress.net ESCANABA — Sav-Mor IGA — a grocery store that has been active in the community for decades ...