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Russo, Harvey to seek information on variance for Houghton Lake level

Roscommon County Commissioner David Russo (District 1) and Houghton Lake resident Clarence Harvey were given the go ahead to find out the necessary steps to approach the circuit court regarding a variance to the 1982 court order for the lake level at More...

Markey sewer facility upgrade to cost $6.8 million

The Houghton Lake Sewer Authority Board accepted a bid on a project to upgrade its Markey Township Waste Water Treatment Facility during a meeting on July 23. More...

LAUGHS ON THE TILT-A-WHIRL

(Center) Alexis Huffman, 18, of Cleveland, OH, laughs with her cousin, James Gray and aunt, Mickie Nickerson, during the St. Helen Bluegill Festival’s Special Needs Day on the morning of July 24. The trio was riding the Tilt-A-Whirl. More...

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News

National Night Out in St. Helen Aug. 4

The Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the 2015 Na­tional Night Out on Aug. 4 in St. Helen. The event will take place at 6 p.m. at the Richfield Township Park, located on East Airport Rd., St. Helen. More...

Denton Township to apply for public use deed at Rotary Park

Denton Township may be able to keep a disputed portion of the Houghton Lake Rotary-Denton Township Park for its own use, despite a previous demand by the Department of Natural Resources to remove some playground equipment from the park. More...

Sobriety Walk, dinner Aug. 15 at Alano Club

The Houghton Lake Area Alano Club will host a Sobriety Wak and anniversary HLAAC dinner Aug. 15 at the club, 2410 North Markey Rd., Houghton Lake. Organizers hope to make it the walk an annual event. The walk starts at 10 a.m. More...

Sports

Limberlost defeats G’s in division leader battle

In a battle between division leaders, Division 1 leader Limberlost soundly de­feated their Division 2 counterpart, G’s Pizzeria, 28-4, during Houghton Lake Women’s Slo-pitch Softball action July 23. More...

Limberlost rolls over Dealz on Wheelz

The Limberlost took their record to 11-1 on the season in the Houghton Lake Men’s Slo-pitch Softball League with a 27-7 win over Dealz on Wheelz, while Old Town Tavern held onto second place with a 19-2 win over Team Señor July 27. More...

Registration underway by MHSAA for 2015-16 officials

The Michigan High School Athletic Association is accepting registrations by mail and online for game officials for the 2015-16 school year. More...

Editorial

New transparency for food follows legislation

Years ago, my father grew up on a typical, Midwestern family farm and attended college, earning his Ph.D. in chemistry. Following in his footsteps, I learned the value of sound science and continue to appreciate families who farm and grow our food. More...

Food banks ‘finished being bullied by hunger’

Consider the words attributed to St. Francis, “Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible and soon you will be doing the impossible.” I am convinced that we have given hunger too much credit for being unstoppable. More...

Outdoors

Agencies remind residents to ‘fight the bite’ this summer

With West Nile virus activity reported

With the first West Nile virus activity for Michigan in 2015 identified in crows collected in Ingham County in mid-June, Michiganders should take the precau­tionary steps of applying repellents dur­ing peak mosquito biting periods such as dusk and da More...

NORTH BAY BASS

Jack Leslie, 11 of Chesterfield, caught a 19-inch bass from the north bay of Houghton Lake on July 23. He caught the bass while fishing with his grandfather Greg Zepke of Houghton Lake. Leslie used a soft plastic lure to catch the bass. More...

DNR unveils Trout Trails

The Michigan Department of Natu­ral Resources recently launched a new tool on its website that showcases qual­ity trout streams and lakes accessible to anglers. More...

Happenings

Sutter says ‘thank you’ St. Helen for 10 years as Bluegill president

Now that the 66th annual St. Hel­en Bluegill Festival has come to a close, Festival Committee President John Sutter, who announced his retire­ment from the festival earlier this year, said he enjoyed his last festival as presi­dent. More...

Five-day lumber grading course available in Roscommon

The lack of certified lumber graders in Michigan has been a major concern for wood product manufacturers, as they cannot find the necessary skilled labor in the current labor pool. More...

GARDEN GROWERS

(Above) The Houghton Lake Pub­lic Library’s garden was one of six featured gardens in the 21st annual Kirtland Garden Walk Tour. More...

Features

Going on the attack during Northern Strike

If it seems like you’ve been seeing a lot of military aircraft flying in the Roscommon County area and hearing more noise than usual from the direction of Camp Grayling, it is probably due to operation “Northern Strike,” which is be More...

Breaking News - 12:07 PM

Power outage affects thousands - Free Access

More than 5,800 Consumers Energy customers are still without power in Roscommon County, according to a company spokesperson. More...

‘Finance’ structure to remain at HLCS

An effort to elevate Houghton Lake Community Schools Director of Finance Camie Hansen to associate superintendent of finance was taken off the table at the school board’s work session Monday. More...

New events on 2015 Village Days line-up

New events are planned for the 43rd annual Houghton Lake Historical Village Days this weekend. Located at the Houghton Lake Historical Village, 1701 West Houghton Lake Dr. More...

Alden resignation approved as part of downsizing

The Roscommon Area Public Schools Board of Education approved a resignation incentive plan for Roscommon High School Principal Ron Alden during their regular monthly meeting at Roscommon Middle School July 28. More...

Law enforcement taking usual precautions for Bud Bash

Although the number of law infraction complaints related to the annual Bud Bash party on Houghton Lake has been down the last couple of years, area law enforcement efforts will be beefed up to “keep problems to a minimum” according to Sta More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Court News

34th Circuit Court

Judge Michael J. More...

NO INJURIES, NO ARRESTS

Denton Township Police Officer Kelly Pratt (at left) administers a preliminary breath test to Christina M. Kominek, 49, Prudenville, July 22 after she was hit be a car driven by Carol L. Wilson, 72, Prudenville. More...

Phone scam reported to RCSO

The Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from a citizen that alerted the department to a phone scam. The citizen advised that they received a call from a male subject who identified himself as “James.” More...

Business

Northland among ‘Top 200 Healthiest’ credit unions

Northland Area Federal Credit Union was recently named one of the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions by independent comparison website de­positaccounts.com. Northland achieved an A+ Health Rating and ranked No. More...

M55 POUR HOUSE

(Left to right) Dave and Shiela Karlson and Darryl and Kathy (not pic­tured) Sokoll are the owners of M55 Pour House (formerly the Long Branch Saloon) at 5309 West Houghton Lake Dr. (M-55). More...

CHEMICAL BANK CONTRIBUTION

Roscommon County United Way Executive Director Kathleen Nutt (left) accepts a $750 Chemical Bank Foundation contribution from Chemical Bank officials (left to right) Randy Seymour, community bank presi­dent/ senior commercial lender, Chris Aldrich, a More...

Letters to the Editor

Denton Township, community responsible for Trestle Park

It has come to my attention, following the July Friends of Trestle Park Third Thursday Concert (on July 16), that there may be some misconceptions about who is responsible for the beautiful gem on the waterfront, Trestle Park. More...

And now the rest of the story

Too many boats on Lake St. Helen. This past weekend (July 18, 2015) there were 42 bass fishermen on the lake, all vying for trophies and points. Did anybody notice the lake being higher in water depth? I didn’t. More...

Snyder keeping Michigan talent

During the Mackinac Policy Conference this past May, there was a lot of focus on bringing and keeping talent in Michigan. More...

Religion & Family

Higgins Lake Baptist Church to host ‘Gold Rush’ VBS

Next week, Aug. 3 through 7, Hig­gins Lake Baptist Church will conduct its annual Bible Action Time Vacation Bible School. More...

Pulled pork on Good Shepherd community dinner menu

Good Shepherd United Method­ist Church of the North will host a free community dinner July 30 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The menu includes pulled pork sand­wiches, potato chips, baked beans, cole­slaw, a beverage and dessert. More...

RCCF AWARDS LIBRARY GRANT

The Roscommon Area District Library (RADL) recently purchased new shelving units for the library. This purchase was made with assistance from a $1,377.52 grant by the Roscommon County Community Founda­tion. More...

Education

CHA upper school students move into new addition

The newly constructed classrooms and cafeteria at Charlton Heston Acad­emy have impacted more than just the five teachers who have new classrooms, as it has created a chain of change that has been of benefit to several staff mem­bers as well as stude More...

Four from county among health care scholarship winners

MidMichigan Health has awarded $194,500 to 152 area students, including four from Roscommon County, for the 2015-2016 school year from The Ber­nard F. and Melissa Anne Bailey Fam­ily Fund. More...

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