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Jordan Beck | Daily Press
From left, Bay College students Mercy Freed, Allison Verbrigghe, and Kristen Morrison run through “Omigod You Guys,” the opening number of the musical “Legally Blonde.” Performances of the musical — Bay’s first since 2014 — will be held during the fall 2017 semester.

Bay preps for fall theater season

ESCANABA — Bay College will put on its first musical since 2014 this year. Rehearsals for “Legally Blonde” began in early September, and performances of the show will be held during the fall 2017 semester. Bay’s production of “Legally Blonde” will be directed by Linda Johnson-Gay. ...

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Police warn of obscene telephone call scam

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Public Safety Department has received concerns of a phone solicitation that results in an obscene phone call. A person will receive a phone call from either a number they may know or at least a local number from a computer generated voice. The call entails the lowering ...

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Gladstone man gets prison for drunk driving

ESCANABA — A Gladstone man was sentenced to prison on a third conviction for drunk driving handed down in Delta County Circuit Court earlier this week. Edward John Parrett, 49, of 6018 27.15 Lane, Gladstone, was sentenced to a minimum of two years and four months to up to a maximum of five ...

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Harvest of Harmony chorus show returns Saturday

ESCANABA — The annual Harvest of Harmony, featuring top-notch barbershop groups, will once again take the stage at the William Oliver Auditorium at the former Escanaba junior high on Ludington Street beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. Special guests at this year’s show include Signature, a ...

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Officials unsure if prison uprising was a ‘riot’

LANSING (AP) — Michigan officials are unsure whether to label a prison uprising last year in the Upper Peninsula as a "riot." Officials said inmates destroyed about $900,000 worth of state property at Kinross Correctional Facility in September 2016. Prisoners said the uprising was in ...

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Lawmakers vote to ­ban soda, food taxes

LANSING (AP) — Michigan lawmakers voted Wednesday to prohibit local taxes on food, drinks and gum in a pre-emptive strike against any municipality that might consider levying a tax on soda and other sugary and artificially sweetened items. No local government in Michigan is now considering ...

Boy hit by vehicle while waiting for school bus

ESCANABA — The Delta County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate an accident involving a 13-year-old boy who was injured Thursday morning after he was hit by vehicle while waiting for a school bus. At approximately 7:25 a.m., deputies responded to an accident on 18th Road near K ...

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press 
At far right, Meaningful Memoirs Class member Donna Aird discusses a childhood memory while other members listen Tuesday at the Gladstone Senior Center. The classes, which consist of brainstorming sessions to get senior citizens and others to write about their memories, will take place every Tuesday at the center in Gladstone for the next eight weeks. Other members shown, from left, are Donna Marchak, instructor Lois Corcoran, and Naida Standing.

Preserving memories

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone Senior Center has introduced a new writing class, “Meaningful Memoirs,” in hopes of getting senior citizens and others to write down their memoable life experiences. According to class instructor, Lois Corcoran, the sessions will take place every Tuesday over ...

ALDI store opening in Esky Oct. 12

ESCANABA — ALDI will open its first Escanaba grocery store on Thursday, Oct. 12. Located at 2520 3rd Ave. N., the Escanaba store is part of a $3.4 billion investment plan ALDI recently announced to expand to 2,500 stores nationwide by the end of 2022. ALDI currently has more than 1,600 stores ...

Church arson case heads to circuit court

ESCANABA — A Gladstone man accused of vandalizing and setting a church on fire in Escanaba this summer was recently bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court. Thomas Andrew Harris, 20, was arrested on Aug. 14 after he had used an extinguisher to put out a fire he is ...

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Esky streets closed for waterline repairs

ESCANABA — Street closures will take place in locations in Escanaba today and Wednesday due to repairs being done on defective water service lines, announced Water/Wastewater Superintendent Jeff Lampi this morning. The 1100 block of Washington Avenue will be closed to all traffic today. The ...

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Flags lowered across Michigan for Las Vegas

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is calling for U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. The governor on Monday encouraged residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations to display the flags at ...

Free diabetes workshop to be offered

ESCANABA — A free diabetes self-management workshop will be offered at the MTEC Center. The Diabetes–PATH (Personal Action Towards Health) workshop is a six-week workshop designed to provide the skills and tools needed by people living with Type 2 diabetes to improve their health and manage ...

Man gets year in jail for assault, domestic violence

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man was sentenced to 12 months in jail Monday on three charges related to a domestic violence incident in Escanaba this summer. The sentencing was handed down in Delta County Circuit Court. Noah James Olson, 25, admitted in court in August to arguing with a female ...

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press 
Doris Fox, of Foxy’s Fabulous Pies and Cheesecakes, shows off some mini pies at the Gladstone Farmers’ Market in Gladstone Monday. The market, which features fresh vegetables, baked goods and crafts, will be closing for the season at the end of the month.

Outdoor farmers’ markets near end of season

GLADSTONE — Farmers’ markets around the area are nearing the end of their outdoor seasons. The local markets, which offer fresh vegetables, baked goods, crafts and much more, allow residents and visitors alike to purchase home-crafted items. According to Kathy Paul, Gladstone’s ...

Jordan Beck | Daily PressFrom left, Paul Cady and Mark Ostrander of Rockford Brewing Company pour Matt Hall a glass of their Trenary Toast-themed beer at a past UPtoberfest.

UPtoberfest returns to Escanaba

ESCANABA — Preparations are underway for the 12th Annual UPtoberfest, which will take place Saturday, Oct. 14, at Escanaba’s Municipal Dock from 2 to 7 p.m. The event, hosted by local homebrewing group Bay de Noc Brewers (BDNB), gives people in the area a chance to enjoy a variety of ...

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Man pleads to gun, alcohol charges after ORV chase

ESCANABA — A Bark River man — arrested on several charges after allegedly trying to enter an Escanaba home without permission while armed with a pistol last month — entered pleas in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday. Joshua David Tryan, 30, attempted to enter a residence on the 1400 ...

Rapid River assault case bound over to circuit court

ESCANABA — A Gladstone man — charged with two felonies related to an assault on a man who required medical care this summer — was recently bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court. Marshall Henry Bumstead, 19, of 5988 Horseshoe 22.3 Dr., Gladstone, was charged in ...

Special mental health court opens in U.P.

MANISTIQUE (AP) — A specialty court that will focus on offenders with mental health problems has been added in the eastern Upper Peninsula. The court will serve five counties: Alger, Chippewa, Luce, Mackinac and Schoolcraft. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Kurtis Wilder was in Manistique ...

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Man to be sentenced in strangulation case

ESCANABA — A 21-year-old Escanaba man will be sentenced next month for attempting to strangle a female in Escanaba this past summer, according to police and court records. Last week, Joseph Edward Parkkila entered a plea in Delta County Circuit Court in connection with a July 13, 2017 ...