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Esky OKs more tax breaks for mall

ESCANABA — Dial Companies, which owns the Delta Plaza Mall, will receive further tax breaks to rehabilitate the mall property following a public hearing held Thursday. Four years ago, the city designated the mall building as an Obsolete Property Rehabilitation District under the Obsolete ...

Lane closure on Escanaba River Bridge today

WELLS — A lane closure at the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River will be taking place today. According to a press release issued by the Michigan Department of Transportation Thursday afternoon, the current westbound lane of U.S. 2/U.S. 41/M-35 will be closed at the bridge between ...

Plans for cell phone tower are cleared

ESCANABA — A proposed cell phone tower at the Escanaba High School baseball field was cleared for takeoff Thursday, despite the tower raising concerns in the community it could interfere with air traffic at the Delta County Airport. On April 23, the city received a zoning application for a ...

Students explore world of work at Bay career day

ESCANABA — Hundreds of high school juniors and seniors from around the area toured Bay College’s campus and learned about the career and technical programs available there during the 31st Annual Career Day at Bay Thursday. Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Business, Technology and ...

Bay outlines funding priorities

ESCANABA — Bay College recently finalized its list of priorities for capital outlay funding from the state of Michigan. The list was approved by the Bay College Board of Trustees during the board’s regular meeting for October, which was held at Bay’s Iron Mountain campus. Bay Vice ...

Cell tower reaches new heights

Clarissa Kell | Daily Press Workers use a crane to bring equipment to the top of Harbor Tower Wednesday. T-mobile is installing a cell phone tower on top of the tallest building in Escanaba. Part of Ludington Street near the intersection of South 5th Street, in front of Harbor Tower, was ...

Homeless shelter opens for 6th season

ESCANABA — The Salvation Army is opening the Hope at the Inn (HATI) emergency homeless shelter Sunday, Nov. 4, for its sixth season. The shelter provides an evening meal and a place to sleep for the night. Thirteen local churches sponsor the shelter by housing the homeless from 6 p.m. to 8 ...

Traffic shift planned in highway work zone

GLADSTONE — A traffic shift in the U.S. 2 and 41 work zone between Gladstone and Rapid River will begin Friday morning, according to a press release issued by the Michigan Department of Transportation. That morning, westbound traffic on U.S. 2 will be shifted onto the new pavement in this ...

Homes decked out for Halloween

ESCANABA — Today is Halloween, and some local residents have been hard at work decorating their houses for the holiday. Brett LaFave, who lives on the 600 block of South 14th Street in Escanaba, has put numerous handmade figures up outside his home. The figures are made with materials such ...

Work starts on Bay addition Nov. 7

ESCANABA — Bay College’s new athletic locker room addition will become a reality this academic year with construction starting Nov. 7. The 6,000 square foot addition includes two home team locker rooms, two away team locker rooms, a coach’s/referee locker room, a sports conditioning room, ...

Man receives jail term in stabbing case

ESCANABA — The man who was accused of stabbing and injuring another man in Escanaba earlier this year was sentenced by the Delta County Circuit Court recently. Jonathan Michael Burke, 19, was sentenced to 12 months in jail and credited for 20 days already served. He will be placed on ...

Mich. absentee ballots near presidential levels

LANSING (AP) — The number of absentee ballots cast ahead of Michigan’s election is well above 2014 levels, and the number requested is almost keeping pace with how many were sent in the 2016 presidential race. The figures released by the state Friday suggest there will be ...

AG Schuette, ex-lawmaker Whitmer vie to be governor

LANSING (AP) — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan “deserves better” from the next governor — improved schools, smoother roads, healthier drinking water — and her legislative vote to expand health coverage to low-income adults is proof that she can fix long-unaddressed ...

Cold weather increases house fire risk

GLADSTONE — Winter is coming and residents need to prepare for the heating season and what comes with it — house fires. Gladstone Public Safety Officer Mike Willemsen provided some safety tips and advice to area residents on keeping safe this winter and every season. Willemsen said some ...

Can you write a novel in a month?

ESCANABA — Local writers will have an opportunity to challenge themselves this November by participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Various NaNoWriMo-related activities will be offered at the Escanaba Public Library throughout the month. According to the annual program’s ...

Police witnessed car-school bus crash

ESCANABA — A crash involving a car and Escanaba school bus Monday was witnessed by an Escanaba Public Safety officer. According to Escanaba Public Safety, an officer was placed at the intersection of 18th Avenue South and Lincoln Road after recent complaints of vehicles not stopping for ...

Project shows danger of drugs

ESCANABA — Throughout the hallways of Escanaba Senior High School, anti-drug posters created by Cathy Uhazie’s introduction to Art students dot the walls. The class, consisting of ninth through 12 grade students, designed the posters with a particular artist in mind. Uhazie taught the art ...

Halloween brings big bucks for retailers

ESCANABA — Halloween is Wednesday, and local retailers have seen strong sales of products tied to the holiday. A press release issued by the National Retail Federation earlier this fall stated that — according to the federation’s annual survey, which was conducted by Prosper Insights ...

Car collides with Escanaba school bus

ESCANABA — A woman was injured this morning after her car collided with an Escanaba Area Public Schools bus, Escanaba Public Safety officers said. The accident occurred on M-35 near 18th Avenue South about 7:43 a.m. Officers said a Chevrolet Impala rear-ended an elementary school bus that ...