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Lighting Up The Season

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press With the touch of Santa Claus, the Escanaba Christmas tree was lit Tuesday evening at Center Court. Cocoa and cookies were available to guests of the lighting and Christmas music was played. The lighting coincided with the 8th Annual Black Friday on Tuesday, ...

Officials react to passing of Proposal 3

ESCANABA — Three statewide proposals were approved by voters during the Nov. 6 general election. While there has been much discussion about Proposal 1, which legalized recreational marijuana, Proposal 3, which changes election rules across the state, will also have a significant impact on ...

Old Fashioned Christmas returns to Gladstone

GLADSTONE — Christmas comes early for the city of Gladstone with the annual Old Fashioned Christmas celebration happening Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Shelly Claycomb, the Gladstone Downtown Development Authority coordinator for the Old Fashioned Christmas, said the event will kick off at ...

Employees stop fire at UP Papers in Manistique

MANISTIQUE — Manistique Public Safety and volunteer firefighters responded to a fire at UP Papers in Manistique on Saturday morning, but fast-acting mill employees had already extinguished the fire. Officers arrived at 402 W. Elk St. at 11:50 a.m. where the fire was determined to have ...

Box on stove leads to fire, smoke damage

MANISTIQUE — A home in Manistique filled with smoke Saturday due to a small fire. Manistique Public Safety and volunteer firefighters arrived at the house located at 104 Arbutus Ave. at 7:23 p.m. where officers said the fire was caused by the electric stove igniting a box full of items. ...

Lighthouse fight ends

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has ordered a Michigan man to surrender two antique lighthouse lenses worth at least $600,000, months after the collector lost a court battle with the federal government. Steve Gronow was supposed to turn them over last summer. U.S. Coast Guard officials and a lens ...

Seniors document lives of seniors

ESCANABA — North Woods Place became a place of reminiscing Tuesday as senior students from Escanaba High School read to resident senior citizens. The reading material, however, was far from ordinary. Escanaba HIgh School seniors recently interviewed senior citizens at North Woods Place. ...

Esky council narrows city clerk list

ESCANABA — The list of 41 applicants seeking the open Escanaba city clerk and I.T. administrator position was weeded down to only five Monday during a special meeting of the city council. Following special instructions given at a meeting held last week, each of the council members submitted ...

Black Friday savings in Wednesday’s Daily Press

ESCANABA — Readers of the Daily Press will be able to get an early look at local Black Friday deals in the paper’s annual Thanksgiving edition Wednesday. Daily Press Advertising Manager Terri Belongie said the paper’s Thanksgiving edition is always a special one. “It is our largest ...

Gladstone School District gets clean audit report

GLADSTONE — Gladstone Area Schools received a clean audit report for the 2017-2018 school year. Brandy Olson, CPA, with Anderson, Tackman, and Company was present at the Gladstone Area Schools Board of Education’s regular meeting Monday to discuss the audit. “The good news is — like ...

Merit pay program approved for Esky teachers

ESCANABA — A merit pay program for teachers was approved at Monday night’s Escanaba School Board meeting. The merit pay program will pay $50 to effective teachers and $100 to highly effective teachers for the 2018-2019 school year. “The straight forward policy I’m proposing can be ...

Rockets are state champions

MARQUETTE — The first state championship in school history was a pretty special one for Rapid River. The Rockets’ eight-player football team took down Onekama 30-18 here Saturday to capture the school’s first state title in any sport. “We’re very blessed,” Rockets coach Steve ...

Christmas tree lighting, holiday event is Tuesday

ESCANABA — Escanaba’s Ludington Street will be bustling during the Eighth Annual Black Friday on Tuesday and City Christmas Tree lighting Tuesday. The tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m. in the center court courtyard at the Downtown Development Authority office. Cocoa and cookies ...

Missing man found dead in Bark River area

ESCANABA — A hunter who went missing last week was found dead Friday, according to the Delta County Sheriff’s Department. Before his disappearance, George Grzyb, 79, of Ford River, was last seen at about 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14. At this time, he was driving his vehicle to Escanaba ...

Oven King Pizza marks over a decade in Esky

Editor’s note: The Daily Press features a profile of an area business each week. This week’s featured business is Oven King Pizza of Escanaba. — — — By Jordan Beck jbeck@dailypress.net ESCANABA — Oven King Pizza has been in business in Escanaba for over a decade. While its ...

Deer season boosts local economy

ESCANABA — Area businesses received their annual financial boost from hunters getting ready for Michigan’s firearm deer season. The season officially started Thursday. At Elmer’s County Market, sales were strong for the days leading up to Nov. 15. “So far, so good — we’re ...

Employers struggle with holiday hires

ESCANABA — Black Friday is less than a week away, and several seasonal job opportunities have become available locally. However, it has seemingly been harder than usual for employers to fill these positions this year. Michigan Works Partnership Coordinator Holly Peoples said the number of ...

Search on for missing man

DELTA COUNTY — The Delta County Sheriff’s Office is looking for George Grzyb, 79, of Ford River who has been missing since Wednesday. Grzyb was last seen around 3:30 p.m. driving his vehicle on his way to Escanaba from his camp located south of Bark River on Nov. 14. Grzyb’s vehicle ...

Hunter killed on opening day

ALDEN, Mich. — Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are investigating the shooting death of a hunter on the opening day of the firearm deer hunting season in Antrim County. Justin Beutel, 38, of Sanford was pronounced dead at the scene. At about 1 p.m. Thursday, ...

House bill drops legal protections for gray wolves

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence ...