Local News

Parental rights ruling expected in July

ESCANABA — Testimony continued Friday and will resume next month in a case that will decide the parental rights of a Delta County couple. They are the parents of two girls whose Rapid River residence was found to be unsafe and unsanitary the day one of the girls, a 3-year-old, wandered away ...

Waterways Commission talks issues

ESCANABA — The Michigan State Waterways Commission (MSWC) met at Escanaba city hall Friday morning to discuss various projects, strategic plans, updates to public boat access sites and other topics. The seven member commission is an advisory board appointed by Gov. Rick Synder that is ...

One dead after crash near Bay College

ESCANABA — Police are not releasing the name of an individual who died during a single-vehicle car crash near Bay College Friday. Escanaba Public Safety officers were dispatched to the scene on Danforth Road shortly after 2:30 p.m. Upon arriving, officers discovered that a single vehicle ...

Michigan Dems fined $500,000 over bingo games

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan Democratic Party was fined $500,000 after an internal investigation found problems with the organization's former practice of fundraising through bingo games. The civil fine is one of the largest levied by the Federal Election Commission, the Detroit Free Press ...

Daily Planner

Today A.A., open, Garden Congregational Church, 9:30 a.m., M-183, Garden. A.A., open, Delta Drop In, 10 a.m., 1500 North 19th St., Escanaba. A.A., open, Friends and Family Group, Delta Drop-In Center, 7:30 p.m., Escanaba 786-9639. N.A., Hannahville Community Center, 10 ...

Lighthouse lovers visit Escanaba

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Over 80 Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association (GLLKA) members stopped in Escanaba on a Shepler’s ferry boat Thursday afternoon on the last leg of their Lake Michigan lighthouse tour. Over the past four days, GLLKA members visited 32 lighthouses around ...

Father speaks in parental rights hearing

ESCANABA — The father of the 3-year-old girl found lying naked outside in Rapid River this spring testified Thursday during a hearing to determine both parents’ custodial rights over their two children. Thursday’s court proceedings also included a visit to the family home in Rapid ...

School head, Escanaba board reach contract

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board approved the contract of the new Escanaba Area Public School superintendent during a special meeting. Coby Fletcher, who is the current principal of East Lansing High School, was chosen by the board to go into negotiations for hire to become the next ...

Free fishing this weekend in Michigan

ESCANABA — This weekend anglers will be able to fish for free in Michigan during Free Fishing Weekend. A license will not be required to fish Saturday and Sunday. Residents and visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish during the Michigan ...

Deal puts new teachers under 401(k)

LANSING (AP) — Newly-hired teachers in Michigan would have only a 401(k) retirement plan unless they choose a less generous pension benefit under the tentative framework of a deal reached between Gov. Rick Snyder and top Republican lawmakers Thursday. The agreement, the details of which ...

Distrust of Trump marks Comey’s testimony about his firing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey laid bare months of White House distrust, accusing the administration at an extraordinary open hearing of spreading “lies” and bluntly asserting that President Donald Trump had fired him to interfere with an investigation of Russia’s ...

Judge to decide parental rights case

ESCANABA — Testimony about two Rapid River girls who were removed from their home after one child was found lying naked in a ditch in March began Wednesday in Delta County Probate Court. A judgment will be made whether or not to terminate their parents’ rights. Attorney Jayne Mackowiak, ...

Escanaba Farmer’s Market open for season

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Farmer’s Market is open for the season. While visiting the market throughout the summer, shoppers can purchase fresh produce, baked goods, herbs and other products every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon at its location at the corner of ...

Libraries aim to hook readers this summer

ESCANABA — Summer reading programs at the Gladstone and Escanaba public libraries begin next week. At Gladstone Public Library, the summer of reading will begin Monday, June 12, and will run to Aug. 9. According to Lori Wells, director of the library, there will be no shortage of events ...

Crazy Daze, Gus Macker, Rhubarb Fest this weekend in Gladstone

GLADSTONE — This weekend, Gladstone will host a series of events including the city’s annual Crazy Daze, the Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, and the new Gladstone Rhubarb Fest. This year’s Crazy Daze will take place Saturday on Delta Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During that ...

Comey: Trump administration spread ‘lies, plain and simple’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey accused the Trump administration Thursday of spreading "lies, plain and simple" about him and the FBI in the aftermath of his abrupt firing, in dramatic testimony that threatened to undermine Donald Trump's presidency. As he opened his much ...

Escanaba Public Safety Open House

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press Braxton Bullard, 4, of Gladstone, enjoys sitting in an Escanaba police car alongside Public Safety Director Rob LaMarche during the department’s open house Tuesday. Escanaba is hosting an open house at the Department of Public Works from 2 to 4 p.m. today. The ...

Bay College courtyard to get facelift

ESCANABA — Efforts to renovate Bay College’s courtyard took an important step forward earlier this week when the college received the finalized version of plans for the project from Iron Mountain-based firm Blomquist Architects. Bay College Vice President of Operations Christine Williams ...

Prison term in Escanaba robbery case

ESCANABA — A 23-year-old Escanaba man who assisted in an armed robbery at an Escanaba hotel last summer was sentenced to two to four years in prison in Delta County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Jordan Randall Steinhausen, 23, of Escanaba, was the accomplice driver during the Aug. 15, 2016, ...

Board looks at county’s tax value

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners heard an update on the county’s taxable value from Delta County Equalization Director Juli Kolbe during the its regular meeting Tuesday. Kolbe addressed the county’s total taxable value for the 2016-17 fiscal year. “The 2017 total ...