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Community Thanksgiving Dinner returns

ESCANABA — Hundreds of residents will fill the Escanaba High School cafeteria on Thanksgiving to enjoy a home-style feast during the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Dinner will be served at noon Thursday at the high school. For over three decades, hundreds of volunteers have been ...

More than 1.6M from Mich. plan holiday travel

DEARBORN (AP) — AAA projects that more than 1.6 million people from Michigan will travel this month for the Thanksgiving holiday. The auto club released its annual forecast on Thursday for people traveling 50 miles (80 kilometers) or more, saying that’s up 3.5 percent from last year. AAA ...

Deer season means big bucks for businesses

ESCANABA — Michigan’s firearm deer season starts today. That means big bucks for hunters — and local businesses. According to representatives of local businesses, deer season has a positive impact on sales year after year. This firearm deer season is proving to be no exception. Lake ...

County examines bids for jail work

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners heard an update on bids for work on the new Delta County Correctional Facility from Delta County Administrator Ryan Bergman Tuesday. The bids are for contracts included in “Bid Package No. 2,” which contains about $7 million worth ofwork ...

Campground meth cases come to end

ESCANABA — The last of four women arrested in connection with a meth cook at the Gladstone campground last summer was sentenced in Delta County Circuit Court in Escanaba on Monday. Heather Marie Mlostek, 26, of Gladstone, was sentenced to 117 days in jail and given credit for 117 days ...

Hunting season rich in tradition

ESCANABA — While preparing for the start of the firearm deer season, local hunters spoke about the traditions they have come to associate with this time. The state’s firearm deer season officially begins today. Dick Casey, who hunts in Northland, said he has been hunting every year since ...

Man sentenced in four-wheeler chase case

ESCANABA — A Bark River man arrested this fall on several charges after trying to enter an Escanaba home without permission while armed with a pistol was sentenced in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday. Joshua David Tryan, 30, attempted to enter a residence on the 1400 block of 5th Avenue ...

City backs drug rehab center site

ESCANABA — A request to transform a former rectory in Escanaba into a recovery center for drug addicts and alcoholics was unanimously approved by the planning commission Monday after several people spoke in favor of the project and its location. Catholic Social Services (CSS) of the U.P. ...

Retail building plans approved

ESCANABA — A site plan to construct a new retail building on the Delta Plaza mall property was unanimously approved by the Escanaba Planning Commission following a public hearing on the project Monday. Dial Escanaba Mall, owners of the Delta Plaza at 301 N. Lincoln Road in Escanaba, is ...

Gladstone commission gets down to business

GLADSTONE — All of the newly-elected Gladstone City Commissioners have experience serving on the commission prior to Monday night’s reorganizational meeting, and that experience showed when the board got down to business. Prior to the reorganizational meeting and their official ...

Escanaba School District looks at financing renovations

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board was updated on the progress of the possible implementation of a sinking fund in the district during its committee of the whole meeting Monday. During a September meeting, board members allowed Superintendent Coby Fletcher to move forward with conducting ...

Esky musical ‘Li’l Abner’ starts Friday

ESCANABA — Escanaba High School is gearing up for its annual school musical with performances starting Friday. According to Musical Director Mark Ammel, the school will be showcasing “Li’l Abner,” a musical is based off a 1930s comic strip which was brought to the Broadway stage in ...

Safety urged during firearm deer season

ESCANABA — Michigan’s 2017 firearm deer season starts on Wednesday. Hunting accidents have steadily decreased over the past few decades — partially due to the introduction of hunting safety classes. In preparation for this season, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)-certified ...

Homeless shelter opens for season

ESCANABA — Faith-based rotating emergency homeless shelter Hope at the Inn (HATI) returned for its fifth season at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Escanaba Salvation Army Housing Case Manager Maggie Moore, who also serves as the case manager for this program, said things have been going well ...

Chairman: House won’t agree to nix property tax deduction

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House’s tax-writing committee is expressing confidence that chamber won’t go along with the Senate’s proposal to eliminate the deduction for property taxes, setting up a major flashpoint as Republicans aim to put a tax cut bill on President Donald ...

Veterans honored with meal at Learning Center

ESCANABA — Students at the Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD) Learning Center enjoyed breakfast with area veterans Friday in conjunction with Veterans Day celebrations. Learning Center staff served up pancakes, sausage, eggs, bacon, toast and beverages to the students ...

Local retailers begin holiday hiring

ESCANABA — With Black Friday arriving later this month, some local employers are planning to temporarily hire additional workers for the holiday season. According to Holly Peoples, a business services team member for Michigan Works, many of the area’s seasonal positions are at local ...

Committee takes over part-time ­legislature push

LANSING (AP) — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley handed over the leadership of his part-time Legislature ballot drive to conservative grassroots activists Friday, as he prepared for an expected 2018 campaign for governor. Calley told The Associated Press that the Clean Michigan committee is halfway ...

Local vet marks 50th year of retirement from Army

ESCANABA — Earlier this year, Escanaba resident and World War II veteran John D’Antonio celebrated a unique milestone — his 50th year of retirement from the military. “Not too many people can do that,” he said. In honor of both this milestone and Veterans Day, D’Antonio spoke ...

Planning commission hearings Monday

ESCANABA — Two public hearings are scheduled for Monday’s meeting of the Escanaba Planning Commission that will consider a special land use permit for a proposed recovery center for addicts on South Lincoln Road and a site plan for a proposed retail business on the Delta Plaza Mall ...