April 17, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

M-55 ‘road diet’ in MDOT evaluation stage

Although the Michigan Department of Transportation has not made a formal decision on the “road diet” or the decrease of lanes from four to three on M-55 from US-127 to Old 27, a study is in the works to help determine if the project will More...

SITTING PRETTY

Bob Reycraft of Grayling took some time to rest his feet before the beginning of the “5280 Rock Walk” on April 12 at Houghton Lake High School. More...

Special Sections

News

Richfield employees receive raises

Richfield Township employees will see a 50 cent increase to their paychecks as the Richfield Township board opted to grant its five employees a raise. More...

Markey board approves assessing help, computers

The Markey Township Board unanimously approved spending $9,360 for extra help in completing assessment work this spring during their regular meeting April 14. More...

GETTING READY TO HARASS

Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Mark Boersen (right), at a Swimmer’s Itch Task Force meeting at Gerrish Township Tuesday, met with Gerrish Township Supervisor Frank Homola (left), Rep. More...

Editorial

Missing plane a reminder of garbage problem

I Was Thinking…

When the preliminary searches for Malaysian Airlines flight 370 began – when every floating object was a potential lead – what we saw recovered on TV was, literally, garbage. More...

Leaving his mark

Markey Church’s leader for the last 33 1/3 years, the Rev. Dr. James N. Kent, will give his final sermon as pastor of Markey Church this Sunday, Easter Sunday. Pastor Jim, as he is known, is retiring after joining Markey Church in 1980. More...

Support, encouragement from others helped runner reach weight loss goal

I would like to say “thank you” to the people who didn’t even know they were helping me reach my goal. More...

Religion & Family

Community Good Friday service planned tomorrow at Church of God

A community Good Friday service is planned tomorrow (Friday, April 18) at the Houghton Lake Community Church of God. Several Houghton Lake area churches are joining together for the service, which will be held at 1 p.m. More...

GSUMC holding free dinner April 24

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church will hold a free community dinner on April 24 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The menu will include glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, pineapple cabbage salad, green beans, dinner rolls, cake and ice cream and beverages. More...

Messiah Lutheran dinner April 23

The public may attend a community dinner at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1470 West Maplehurst, Roscommon, April 23, at 5 p.m. The menu includes beef stroganoff, noodles, vegetable, bread, dessert, coffee, iced tea and lemonade. Carry-outs are available. More...

Education

Bobcat Pride

Highlighting Student Achievement at Houghton Lake Community Schools

Houghton Lake Community Schools aspire to be an exemplary school district by preparing all learners for a successful tomorrow. Fuel Up To Play 60 Rocks!!! More...

RES kindergarten, preschool round up set for April 30

Roscommon Elementary School kindergarten and preschool registration will take place April 30 at the school. The annual round up will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. for children entering kindergarten or preschool next fall. More...

Skeels Christian enrolling for ’14-15

Skeels Christian School is currently enrolling students for the 2014-15 school year. The school educates children from kindergarten through 12th grade. More...

Breaking News - 4:55 PM

Old 27 reopens Monday - Free Access

Update: Old 27 has been reopened from the Clare County line north to Canoe Camp Road. More updates will follow. Most of the roads closed due to flooding earlier this week remained closed on Friday morning. More...

Raging Water

Wraco Dam failure washes out roads, closes Old 27

The Wraco Lake Dam, which was installed by the Department of Natural Resources last August, failed sometime between sunset on April 14 and sunrise on April 15, causing roads to wash out as a flash flood surged over the banks of Wolf Creek in southwes More...

Easter egg hunts abound

Roscommon County families will have several opportunities to participate in Easter happenings this Saturday as events will be taking place at both Houghton Lake and St. Helen. Houghton Lake Eggs from the air More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Donna Jean Abel - 2014-04-17
Florence Mae Pearce - 2014-04-17
Clarence E. Guilfoil - 2014-04-17
Joseph Anthony Pardo - 2014-04-17

Court News

Plea entered in B&E

A Houghton Lake man has entered a plea in connection with a breaking and entering that occurred March 25 in the neighborhood of Roberts Road near M-55 at Houghton Lake. More...

34th Circuit Court

Judge Michael J. Baumgartner presided in 34th Circuit Court, Roscommon, March 18: Richard B. Gillis, 36, St. More...

82nd District Court

Judge Daniel L. Sutton recently arraigned the following in 82nd District Court: More...

Sports

Bucks second, ’Cats fourth at Houghton Lake tourney

Both the Houghton Lake and Roscommon varsity soccer teams notched two wins during the Houghton Lake Soccer Tournament at the Denton Township Rotary Soccer Fields April 12. More...

Veteran Bobcats looking to competitive season, Districts

Spring Sports Preview

“We should really push some teams this year,” said Houghton Lake girls varsity soccer Coach Darren Barnes. More...

Big Bobcat track teams have horses to win in JPC

Spring Sports Preview

With 16 boys and 16 girls, Houghton Lake’s track teams “are the largest teams that Houghton Lake has had in many years,” according to Coach Chris Worley. And along with numbers, there is also some talent. More...

Letters to the Editor

Revolted by ‘cross’ in politics

I find it very revolting when Christians carry the cross right into politics, especially with Right to Life and the use of contraceptives. Evidently many do not pay attention to politics, the news or facts of it. More...

Happenings

Houghton Lake Rotary auction set for April 26

The Rotary Club of Houghton Lake is planning for its 15th annual auction fundraiser, to be held April 26 at the Knights of Columbus in Prudenville. A live and silent auction will be held. The event begins at 7 p.m. More...

Roscommon scouts to hold cake auction

Roscommon Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will hold a cake auction fundraiser on April 22 at the Roscommon Knights of Columbus hall. The auctions, featuring cakes created by the scouts themselves, will begin at 6:45 p.m. More...

THREE PROM QUEENS

Megan Triebold (center) was named the “Prom Queen” at the third annual Relay For Life Mom Prom at the Grayling Country Club on April 12. More...

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