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Rewarding students for safe practices

GLADSTONE — Safety in a school woodshop is just as important as safety in an industrial facility. The Gladstone High School shop teacher created an unique way to promote safety in his shop classroom that led to a partnership with the Verso paper mill in Escanaba. “I worked many years in ...

Area preps for upcoming census

ESCANABA — The 2020 United States Census is about a year away, and local government officials and other people active in the community have been getting ready. The first official meeting of what has been dubbed the “Community Census Planning Committee” was held at the Delta County Service ...

Library gearing up for season

ESCANABA — From April 7 through April 13, libraries and librarians across the nation were celebrated. Library Director Carolyn Stacey promoted the Escanaba Public Library on Facebook by posting trivia, sentiments, special pop-up sales and a competition for patrons to share “how they ...

Choral society to perform Sunday

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Members of the Bay de Noc Choral Society and the Holy Name Children’s Choir practice the song “There is Peace” during a rehearsal at Bethany Lutheran Church in Escanaba Tuesday. The choral society’s spring concert, “Sing for Peace,” will take place at the ...

Schools get funds to boost security

GLADSTONE — Michigan State Police awarded money from the 2019 Competitive School Safety Grant Program to a multitude of school districts including some in Delta, Schoolcraft and Menominee counties. Over 130 public school districts, 66 non-public schools, 20 public charter schools and nine ...

Area spared full impact of storm

ESCANABA — A late-season winter storm hit the Upper Peninsula Thursday with a wintry mix of precipitation. The local area was not as heavily affected by the storm as other parts of the peninsula. Jordan Wendt, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service (NWS) Marquette Office, said this ...

House Democrats mark first 100 days with wins, stumbles

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly elected Rep. Sharice Davids is most proud of setting up a congressional office in part of her Kansas district she said hadn’t seen one for years. For Georgia Rep. Lucy McBath, her biggest victory was passing the gun background checks legislation she advocated for ...

Gardening event tonight at Bay

ESCANABA — People looking to celebrate the start of the gardening season are invited to participate in an event at Bay College this evening. The Spring Planting Party will be held at the Bay College Library today, starting at 5 p.m. “It’s just a kickoff to spring and to the (Bay ...

Bay Seed Library developing

ESCANABA — Since its introduction in 2017, the Bay College Seed Library has given people in the area an opportunity to save money on seeds. “The seed library is now in its third year,” Library Director Oscar DeLong said. In its first year, the seed library officially opened in June; ...

Clean highway program slated to start in May

ESCANABA — Spring brings many new things, and also shows what winter has left behind. As the snow and ice melts, debris can be found along roads and highways throughout the county. That’s where the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Adopt-A-Highway program comes into ...

Senate OKs delay in change to teacher evaluations

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday voted to delay a key change in the state’s evaluation system for teachers and school administrators, in the latest sign of unease with what critics call an overemphasis on standardized testing in K-12 education. Senators unanimously approved ...

Cryptocurrency to be added to criminal code

LANSING (AP) — Michigan lawmakers have voted to update various criminal laws to specify that acting illegally for financial gain includes cryptocurrency transactions. The House voted 108-1 Tuesday to send the legislation to the Senate, where the bills will be considered next. The bills ...

Senate backs longer child abuse sentences

LANSING (AP) — Legislation advancing in Michigan would prescribe longer sentences for certain repeat child abusers. Bills approved unanimously by the state Senate would set new maximum prison terms for people convicted of third- or fourth-degree child abuse following a prior ...

Student job-seekers get practice

GLADSTONE — Senior students from Gladstone Area Public Schools sharpened their job-seeking skills Tuesday during mock interviews with a panel of 21 local professionals. Kathy Becker, director of the Delta County College Access Network (DCCAN), asked the professional panel to raise a hand if ...

Heritage withdraws permit request

ESCANABA — After the Delta County Board of Commissioners postponed its decision on a request from Heritage Sustainable Energy to extend conditional use permits by another year during its last meeting, Heritage has withdrawn the request. This was discussed at the board’s statutory meeting ...

Winter storm to hit Thursday

ESCANABA — A late-season winter storm that will bring different types of precipitation to the area is expected to arrive locally Thursday morning. “We’re going to see a little bit of everything from this system down across the south-central (Upper Peninsula),” Jaclyn Ritzman, a ...

LaFave outlines auto insurance efforts

LANSING — State Rep. Beau LaFave said he is working on two options for lowering car insurance rates in Michigan. Recently LaFave and House colleagues sponsored legislation containing eight bills that combined will repeal Michigan’s no-fault car insurance system. LaFave’s plan allows ...

Man builds pinball machine

GLADSTONE — A Gladstone man has expressed his love of pinball by designing and building his own pinball machine over the course of two years. At the age of 5, Kelly Corcoran’s interest in pinball was sparked by a pinball machine at a bowling alley. Thanks to a mechanical glitch, he was ...

Esky wants 45 percent water rate hike

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Water and Wastewater Departments are seeking steep rates increases. The proposed rate increases and other projects were presented by the Water/Wastewater Superintendent Jeff Lampi at an Escanaba 2019-2020 fiscal year budget hearing Monday. Lampi proposed a water rate ...

Gladstone seeks funds for retirees

GLADSTONE — The possibility of raising the millage in Gladstone by half a mill or looking into another way to come up with more money to fund the retiree-unfunded legacy costs was pushed to the upcoming workshop during the Gladstone City Commission meeting Monday. Commissioner Dave ...