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Escanaba Homecoming

Ilsa Matthes | Daily Press The Escanaba High School senior class of 2020 showed off their school spirit Friday with a little help from Spider-Man. The seniors’ float, which featured the Marvel Comics character, was the last float in the superhero-themed homecoming parade. Escanaba took on ...

Township continues solar debate

ESCANABA TOWNSHIP — After rejecting the Escanaba Township Planning Commission’s recommendation that it approve a proposed amendment to the township’s zoning ordinance dealing with solar power, the Escanaba Township Board once again sent the proposed amendment back to the planning ...

Senior Expo returns for 10th year

GLADSTONE — A long-running local event will return for a milestone anniversary next week. The 10th annual Daily Press Senior Expo will be held at the Terrace Bay Hotel in Gladstone from 9:40 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, with doors opening at 9 a.m. Daily Press Advertising ...

Buckman returns to manage Gladstone

GLADSTONE — Gaining the title and responsibilities of interim city manager isn’t something that’s new to Eric Buckman. In a span of three years, Buckman has been named interim city manager twice for the city of Gladstone — when former city manager Darla Falcon was fired in 2016 and in ...

Lost hikers found in Schoolcraft County

MANISTIQUE — Wednesday night's heavy thunderstorms intensified pressure for first responders searching the Hiawatha National Forest for two missing hikers. After a thorough search effort led by conservation officers from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the hikers were found just ...

Foundation praised at Legacy dinner

HARRIS — Community members and local dignitaries flocked to the Island Resort and Casino Thursday for The Legacy, the annual dinner supporting the Community Foundation for Delta County. Thursday marked the 26th year of the event, which was formerly known as the “MASH/Good Deed” dinner, ...

Council OKs hotel property sale

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council unanimously approved the ratification of the purchase, sale and development agreement with Proxima Management Group for its plans to develop a hotel at the site of the former Delta County Correctional Facility and waterfront properties jointly owned by ...

Esky building dedicated to Dr. Mary L. Cretens

ESCANABA — The Community Foundation for Delta County (CFFDC) dedicated its building in a ceremony Thursday by naming it the Dr. Mary L. Cretens Community Legacy Building. The Dr. Mary L. Cretens Community Legacy Building is located at 2420 1st Ave. S., Escanaba. In addition, the foundation ...

Legislature approves school budget

LANSING (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature gave final approval Thursday to a K-12 budget that would boost base per-student aid for most schools by $240, or 3%, which supporters lauded as record funding and some Democrats said would not keep pace with costs in an underfunded ...

Honor Flight mission accomplished

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eighty-five veterans from across the Upper Peninsula traveled from Delta County Airport in Escanaba to Washington, D.C. and back while participating in Mission XVII of the U.P. Honor Flight Wednesday. “The veterans had an amazing day,” U.P. Honor Flight President ...

Honor Flight volunteers play major role

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Though the focus of Mission XVII of the U.P. Honor Flight was on its 85 participating veterans, these were far from the only people present on the mission. “We could not operate without our volunteers,” U.P. Honor Flight President Scott Knauf said. Knauf said many ...

Jail sentence, probation for sexual assault

ESCANABA — A Gladstone teen was sentenced to one year in jail and five years probation in Delta County Circuit Court Wednesday, after pleading no contest for his role in a sexual assault case that involved a codefendant. Dylan Michael-Patrick McDonough, 19, of Gladstone, was found guilty ...

Delta County Century Ride returns Sunday

GLADSTONE — Local cycling fans will be able to once again take part in a local tradition this weekend. The Delta County Century Ride will be held on Sunday. Delta County Chamber of Commerce Assistant Director Sheila Krueger said participants in the Century Ride will get off to an early ...

Escanaba Homecoming Week

Members of the Escanaba senior class gather Tuesday during Tourist Day. This is Homecoming Week at Escanaba High School. During Tourist Day, seniors dressed as tourists in Hawaii, juniors dressed as tourists in Alaska, sophomores dressed as tourists headed to Texas, and freshmen were dressed to ...

School closure an option for Esky

ESCANABA — Escanaba Area Public Schools’ Superintendent Coby Fletcher and the Escanaba School Board are following a timeline to consider whether or not to close one of the district’s schools, and if so, which one. After two failed attempts to pass a sinking fund, they realized the ...

County board OKs budget

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners approved the county’s budget for its 2019-20 fiscal year during a meeting Tuesday. Before the board voted on the budget, interim Delta County Administrator Tom Sabor gave a brief presentation. He reviewed some minor changes made to the ...

Gov. Whitmer wants budget bills now

LANSING (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday urged Republican legislative leaders to quickly send her budget bills before their weekend “getaway” for a GOP political gathering, saying she needs as much time as possible to review and sign them by a Sept. 30 ...

Michigan warns about mosquito-borne virus

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — Public health officials are urging people to guard against mosquito bites after more cases of a rare mosquito-borne virus, including two additional deaths in southwestern Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an update Tuesday on eastern ...

Solar farm issue draws over 150

ESCANABA TOWNSHIP — The Escanaba Township Board once again sent a proposed amendment to the township’s zoning ordinance dealing with solar power, which would allow for a large-scale solar generation facility to be built in the township, back to the Escanaba Township Planning Commission. ...

Escanaba to add third grade section

ESCANABA — Escanaba’s Lemmer Elementary School will be creating another third grade section due to the number of students. School Superintendent Coby Fletcher announced the move at Monday’s school board meeting. “We’ve got higher than anticipated numbers in a couple of areas,” ...