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Marketplace tops Esky DDA efforts in 2017

ESCANABA — The completion of Escanaba’s new marketplace and five store front remodels were among the Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) accomplishments in 2017, according to an end-of-the-year report presented at the board’s monthly meeting at city hall Thursday. The report ...

Hypnotist mesmerizes Escanaba

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press At far right, Comedian/hypnotist Frederick Winters hypnotizes a group of audience participants during his show at the Besse Theater at Bay College in Escanaba Wednesday evening. The show was sponsored by the Bay’s Campus Activities Board.

Boards discuss early college’s end

GLADSTONE — Members of Gladstone and Rapid River’s school boards met to discuss the discontinuation of the districts’ early college programs during a special combined meeting Wednesday. Earlier this month, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced the districts would be ...

Timeline shows why early college program was discontinued

ESCANABA — After the recent announcement the Gladstone and Rapid River school districts would not be able to continue early college programs, representatives of the districts, Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD), and Bay College offered a timeline showing how the end of the ...

Sexual assault case heads to circuit court

ESCANABA — A Bark River man was recently arrested on a sexual assault charge possibly dating as far back as 2012 allegedly involving a girl under the age of 13 years, according to police and court records. Dale William Beauchamp Jr., 31, of 5817 F Road, Bark River, turned himself in to law ...

How Congress used the shutdown deal to cut more taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deal that ended the government shutdown also further cut taxes, adding billions more to the national deficit. The tax cuts were a little noticed element of the much discussed deal, which provided funding to keep government agencies operating for about three weeks and ...

Art on display at Bay

Cecilia Beaver, at left, a Nah Tah Wash Public School Academy dual-enrolled senior ,discusses artwork created by April South-Olson with her twin sister, Dayson Beaver, in the Hartwig Gallery at Bay College in Escanaba Tuesday. South-Olson, an U.P. abstract artist, will host an art reception for ...

Commission OKs wind turbine permits

ESCANABA — After much discussion, the Delta County Planning Commission approved conditional use permits for 22 proposed wind turbine site plans during a special meeting Tuesday. In October 2017, the Delta County Building and Zoning Department received an application from Heritage ...

Relic Riders snowmobile show this weekend

RAPID RIVER — A local tradition will return this weekend when the Rapid River Relic Riders holds its annual ride, snowmobile show, and swap meet. The weekend’s events will kick off with a snowmobile ride Friday. Participants will meet up at Quality Plumbing, which is owned by Relic Riders ...

Snyder praises Escanaba’s Angel drug program

ESCANABA — During his State of the State speech Tuesday, Gov. Snyder specifically praised Escanaba Public Safety Director Rob LaMarche and Delta County Prosecutor Philip Strom for their roles in developing a local Angel Program, which encourages drug addicts to voluntarily enroll in a ...

Snyder: Michigan is in better shape today

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday touted Michigan’s economic and fiscal gains under his watch, saying his tenure has had “huge ups and downs” but that the state is in better shape than before he took office. In his eighth and final State of the State address, the Republican ...

Great Lakes water level to continue 5-year rise

DETROIT (AP) — Experts predict that Great Lakes water levels will rise for a fifth consecutive year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says all five lakes should reach above-average levels in 2018, continuing a steady recovery from record lows in 2013. The corps recently released a ...

Nassar gets 40 to 175 years in prison

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan sports doctor has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting gymnasts and other young women and girls, capping a remarkable seven-day hearing that brought more than 150 victims or their families to court, including Olympians. They made ...

Wenick-Kutz retires from ISD board after 27 years

ESCANABA — A Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD) school board member recently retired after serving 27 years on the board. Bonnie Wenick-Kutz, of Perronville, was recognized for the achievement at a special ceremony during the DSISD’s regular meeting last Thursday. ...

Escanaba schools to seek millage

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board unanimously approved seeking a 2.2 mill ($2.20 tax per $1,000 of taxable value) sinking fund millage at a special meeting Monday evening. The fate of the millage request will be decided by Escanaba voters in May. Since late November, Superintendent Coby ...

Schools close for second day

Weather conditions have caused some local schools to close today (Tuesday, Jan. 22). Closures include: Bark River-Harris, Big Bay, Delta-Schoolcraft ISD, Escanaba, Gladstone, Holy Name, Hannahville, Mid Peninsula, North Central, Rapid River. Manistique schools and St. Francis de Sales school ...

Guilty plea in construction site assault case

FORD RIVER TOWNSHIP — A dry-waller charged with seriously assaulting a mason worker at a home construction site in Ford River Township last year recently pleaded guilty to felonious assault in Delta County Circuit Court. Jacob Nathanial Anderson Jr., 18, of Escanaba, intentionally struck a ...

Gladstone ready to hammer out city budget

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone city commission laid out a timeline Monday to address the city’s budget and the upcoming retirement of City Assessor Vicki Esch. City staff have already been busy hammering out the details of the city’s budget, but, the commission, which ultimately approves ...

Recall petition hearing postponed to Thursday

ESCANABA — A Delta County Election Commission clarity hearing on a recall petition scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. today has been postponed due to inclement weather, the county officials announced. This hearing has been rescheduled for Thursda at 2 p.m. Then, the election commission ...

Wisconsin tribe sues to block U.P. gold mine

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin tribe is suing the federal government in hopes of blocking a proposed gold mine in the Upper Peninsula. Aquila Resources Inc. wants to dig the Back Forty Mine on the Menominee River but needs a state permit to fill wetlands. The river is a key part of ...