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DNR: Local deer hunt similar to last year

ESCANABA — Michigan’s 2019 firearm deer season is approaching its halfway point. Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Escanaba Customer Service Center Wildlife Biologist Karen Sexton said the season has been going well locally. “Preliminary deer check statistics for Escanaba ...

Helping the Earth — one wrapper at a time

ESCANABA — Students in the Escanaba area are recycling candy wrappers after Halloween this year instead of throwing the wrappers in the trash, thanks to Escanaba High School’s Environmental Club. The new club decided the first activity it would take on would be the “Trick or Trash” ...

Son charged in beating death of father

MENOMINEE — A 35-year-old Bark River man was arraigned on an open murder charge in Menominee County District Court Wednesday, after allegedly killing his adopted father in Harris Township Tuesday. Gary Paul Phillips-Donovan, 35, of 3071 D Road, Apt. 208, Bark River, was officially charged ...

YAP helps community’s youth

ESCANABA — For more than three decades, the Youth Assistance Program (YAP) of Delta County has been working to meet the needs of local youth. People interested in supporting the program can do so by submitting donations in envelopes included in today’s issue of the Daily Press. YAP ...

Surveys paint picture of Bay students

ESCANABA — Bay College Director of Institutional Research and Reporting Penny Pavlat shared information from various surveys and metrics with members of the Bay College Board of Trustees Wednesday. Pavlat discussed the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). The CCSSE looks ...

Fire danger heats up in cold weather

ESCANABA — With the colder weather comes an increase in people using different methods to heat their homes. Although fires occur year round, people are more at risk for heating-related fires during the winter months. According to Escanaba Public Safety Lt. Marc Zawacki, heating-related ...

Police probe homicide in Harris Twp.

HARRIS TOWNSHIP — A 74-year-old Menominee County man has been identified as the victim in the homicide that occurred in Harris Township Tuesday. A homicide investigation is underway after Michael Donovan, 74, of Menominee County, was found dead in a residence in Harris Township Tuesday ...

No big change in Esky council vote recount

ESCANABA — A recount of votes cast in this month’s Escanaba City Council race found no significant changes to vote totals. The recount took place at Escanaba City Hall Tuesday. As a result of the recount, Ronald Beauchamp and Tyler DuBord each picked up a single vote. Delta County Clerk ...

What I learned in school

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Webster Kindergarten Center music teacher Lorne Watson, left, leads his students as they demonstrate what they have learned in Watson’s class during a meeting of the Escanaba Area Public School District Board of Education Monday.

Residents urged to use Smart911 service

ESCANABA — Delta County Central Dispatch is urging Delta County residents to build a profile for themselves using Smart911. Smart911 allows people to provide the additional details that dispatchers may need in order to assist them during an emergency. The information appears on a screen for ...

Trapshooting club aims for accuracy

ESCANABA — Escanaba High School students have a choice of many clubs to join — Robomos Robotics Club, Environmental Club, Key Club, Film Club — and now trapshooting. What is trapshooting? Trapshooting is one of three specific forms of competitive clay pigeon shooting. Clay discs, or ...

Evaluation starts for Esky school head

ESCANABA — Escanaba Area Public Schools District Superintendent Coby Fletcher’s annual evaluation has begun. The first part of the process took place during the Escanaba Area Public School District Board of Education’s regular meeting Monday. The Michigan Association of School Boards’ ...

Gladstone schools get clean audit

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone School District received a clean audit report for the 2018-2019 school year. Brandy Olson, CPA, with Anderson, Tackman, and Company presented the audit report to the Gladstone Area Schools Board of Education during a regular school board meeting Monday. “This ...

DNR: Deer hunt opener numbers down across U.P.

MARQUETTE — Wildlife biologists with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are reporting an initial drop in the number of deer checked at stations across the Upper Peninsula since Friday’s opening day, compared to the same time period in 2018. “All of these figures, which are ...

Seniors tell life stories of seniors

ESCANABA — North Woods Place Senior Living residents were treated to a unique visit recently. Escanaba High School seniors read biographies they wrote about the residents after visiting with them on three separate occasions. The biographies were the culmination of the visits between 101 ...

Prosecutor office up to full force

ESCANABA — The Delta County Prosecutor’s Office is now fully staffed with three attorneys — Prosecutor Brett Gardner, Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Lauren Wickman and the new Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Hayse. Although Hayse started working for the office in August, he ...

Breezy Point a long-standing part of community

FORD RIVER — Breezy Point, a bar and grill that has been operating for the better part of a century, has made some major changes recently. Owner Jerry Fontaine said he has owned Breezy Point for more than a decade. “We’ve had it for 13 years,” he said. However, Breezy Point had ...

The Hunt Is On

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Wildlife Assistants Cierra DePottey, left, and Leah Kainulainen check a deer shot by Dale Shandonay, a Menominee County hunter, at the Department of Natural Resources Escanaba Customer Service Center Friday. Yesterday marked the first day of Michigan’s 2019 regular ...

Smell continues to baffle officials

ESCANABA — A mysterious smell that popped up in multiple locations across Escanaba and made some feel ill has left officials searching for answers and hoping winter weather will at least provide a reprieve from the stench. While officials aren’t sure the exact cause of the odor, Don Pyle, ...

New warning system on bridge activated

WELLS — Now that colder temperatures are arriving in the area, a new feature on the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River — a bridge deck warning system — has begun providing information to drivers. At the heart of the new system are sensors that measure air temperature, bridge ...