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Bay marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day

ESCANABA — Bay College once again held a forum in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Cafe Bay Monday. “This is the second year in a row that we’ve done the speakers’ forum,” Bay College Dean of Arts & Sciences Dr. Amy Reddinger — who emceed the event — said. The ...

Administration changes at high school

ESCANABA — Before the Escanaba School Board accepted the tendered resignations of Jude VanDamme, Escanaba Junior High principal, and Spring Irving, Escanaba Student Success Center director, Escanaba Superintendent Coby Fletcher advised the board of a planned reconfiguration of the high school ...

Gladstone School Board to meet earlier

GLADSTONE — Gladstone School Board meetings will start earlier on the third Monday of the month. The decision to change the meeting time to 6 p.m. from 7 p.m. was unanimously accepted by the board Monday. Gladstone School Board Vice President Bob Lafave brought up the idea. “The only ...

Michigan state park fees will increase $1

LANSING (AP) — An annual fee that allows unlimited access to Michigan’s state parks is rising by $1. Starting March 1, it will cost $12 for the Recreation Passport when it’s bought with one’s license plate registration renewal. It’s the first fee increase in seven years. The ...

Kindergarten center gets ‘official’ signage

ESCANABA — In mid-December, the installation of a new sign made the establishment of the Webster Kindergarten Center ‘official’. “We are grateful and very proud to have the new sign branding our Webster Kindergarten Center - ‘Home of the Little ‘Mos’,” said Webster ...

Emergency fund helps Bay students in need

ESCANABA — A fund supported by Bay College employees and area residents has helped Bay students deal with emergency needs. According to Director of Financial Aid Ruth Carlson, the college’s student emergency fund has been in place for decades. “I would say it has to be ... more than 20 ...

Carne family takes Esky business in new direction

ESCANABA — A longstanding Escanaba business has just completed a major remodeling project. Three members of the Carne family, all of who work as managers at ECO Fuels, spoke about their business’ history and its newly-opened convenience store. Will Carne opened the gas station now known ...

Mill celebrates a century of papermaking

ESCANABA — The Verso Corporation Escanaba Mill is celebrating a milestone in 2020. As of Friday, Jan. 17, the mill has been making paper for 100 years. According to a press release issued by Verso Wednesday, the mill was in use well before paper production began there. “The Escanaba ...

Escanaba DDA sets goals for year

ESCANABA — Now that the dust has settled from New Year’s festivities and 2020 is in full swing, the Escanaba Downtown Development Authority is busy setting goals and preparing for projects. Historically, one of the goals of the DDA has been to plan and host meaningful events that draw ...

Experts warn of 2020 scam

ESCANABA — Since Jan. 1, there have been countless posts on social media warning people to write out the full “2020” on checks and other important documents instead of abbreviating the year as done in the past. A local financial institution provided insight on why people should avoid the ...

Attorney General charges two priests from U.P. with child sexual abuse

LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Friday criminal sexual conduct charges have been filed against two more priests by her department's Clergy Abuse Investigation Team. Multiple charges have been filed in three Upper Peninsula counties against Gary Allen Jacobs and Roy ...

After school program thriving at ski hill

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone Ski Hill’s After School Program is in full swing, providing kids a safe and fun after school atmosphere. The program, which officially started on Jan. 6, encourages students from Holy Name, Gladstone and Escanaba to be active and have fun during the winter ...

Developer wants ban on new hotels

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council tabled a resolution Thursday that would have prohibited new hotels from being built within the city. “I don’t have enough information to even begin discussing this at a public meeting,” Mayor Marc Tall told the council. The proposed moratorium, ...

Protection available for victims of stalking

ESCANABA — Stalking can happen to anyone from anyone — a former partner, an acquaintance or a complete stranger. January is Stalking Awareness Month and those involved in the process to help those in a stalking situation provided an insight in how prevalent stalking and harassment are in ...

Police give data on stalking, harassment

ESCANABA — Local law enforcement agencies have provided data showing just how often officers are called to stalking and harassment complaints. According to Delta County Sheriff Ed Oswald, his department receives harassment complaints on a regular basis. “However, any type of harassment ...

Prepare for weather to prevent frostbite

ESCANABA — Many people in the Upper Peninsula enjoy winter outdoor activities, but along with the fun, there is the danger of frostbite. For example, if outside temperatures are at zero degrees Fahrenheit and the wind speed is 15 miles per hour, the wind chill temperature of -19 degrees ...

Soo Locks closed for repairs and maintenance

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, said the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., are closed to navigation until March 25. The Corps will use this time to perform maintenance on the lock structures. “The Soo Locks are vital as a single point of ...

Island Resort & Casino to expand

HANNAHVILLE — The Hannahville Indian Community Tribal Council has approved a $30 million expansion of the Island Resort and Casino to include over 100 hotel rooms. The addition will be connected to the south end of the current 11 story Palm Tower complete with three guest elevators and a ...

Robot is school link for homebound student

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School District acquired a robot last spring that allows homebound students to attend classes in real-time. The robot came just in time for one student. Junior Carson Norton suffers from a condition called Scheuermann’s disease, a developmental disorder of the ...

2nd Amendment issue draws crowd

ESCANABA — Officials and residents shared their thoughts on a proposed resolution related to Second Amendment rights during a Delta County Board committee of the whole meeting Tuesday. Over 100 people attended the meeting, which focused on a proposal to make Delta County a “sanctuary ...