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Revised bus routes among G-H changes

Lots of changes await Gerrish Higgins Schools students when they return to their classrooms in Roscommon and St. Helen Sept. 4. For starters, school buses may pick up students at different locations and times than in the past. More...

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News

Deputies to be on watch for seat belt use, impaired driving

As families and friends come together from all over Michigan to enjoy the Labor Day weekend, Roscommon County Sheriff Francis "Fran" Staley urges them, "Buckle up and do not drive impaired." Staley said his deputies will be working extra hard this More...

$1,477 recovered in stolen vehicle

A Mt. Pleasant man was charged in 83rd District Court, Roscommon, Wednesday morning in connection with a theft the evening of Aug. 27 at a home in Roscommon Township. Jacob R. More...

Council, livery owners to discuss canoe launching at Wallace Park

Representatives of canoe liveries and the Roscommon Village Council Aug. 27 agreed to meet to discuss a proposal to legalize commercial canoe launching at Wallace Park. More...

Business

Correction

In a new business story about Beloved Dreamz Dance Studio on page D5 of this week's edition, the last date for registration should have read Sept. 10. More...

Burnside RV becoming 'premiere' facility up north

Burnside RV of Houghton Lake will get a facelift, a new building and a new name under plans announced last week. More...

New Michigan Business Tax topic of new state web site

The Michigan Department of Treasury has activated a web site dedicated to the new Michigan Business Tax (MBT). More...

Letters to the Editor

Makes plea to keep Camp Nokomis open

I agree with Tom Borton's letter to the editor regarding Nokomis Challenge Center. These young men work hard in our county, and their employees are nothing but professional. Here is the letter that I have sent to state Sen. More...

Baseball All-Star coaches' work, time, effort appreciated

We just want everyone to know how grateful we and our sons are for the extended baseball season they were allowed to play this year. More...

Road board action makes lake more accessible

The Roscommon County Road Commission should be commended for its recent efforts in enhancing public access around Higgins Lake. More...

Health

Net loss forces Mercy Hospital Grayling to eliminate positions

Financial necessity is forcing hard decisions at Mercy Hospital Grayling. During fiscal year 2007, the hospital experienced a $1.4 million shortfall in earnings, resulting in a net loss of $375,000. More...

'Medigap' rate hike to go into effect Oct. 1

Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Services Commissioner Linda A. Watters and Attorney General Mike Cox announced recently that a 19% rate hike has been approved for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Medigap Plans. More...

Donors urged to give

SUMMER BLOOD SHORTAGE PERSISTS HEALTH

The American Red Cross Blood Services in Michigan continues its call to donors to help rebuild a blood supply ravaged by a summer shortage. The shortage is not confined to Michigan, report Red Cross officials. More...

Religion & Family

Blackney, Ayotte wed at oceanside

Sabrina Ayotte and Chad Blackney were united in marriage Dec. 31, 2006, in Wayfarers Chapel, Rancho Palos Verdes, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The reception was at the Four-Points Sheraton, LAX. More...

Marshall, Thayer to wed in October

Jennifer Marshall and Anthony Thayer of Roscommon announce their engagement to be married. The couple plans to exchange vows in October of this year. More...

Lears to celebrate 50 years

Glenn and Velma Lear will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary by hosting a family dinner at the Willow Tree, West Branch. The Lears will renew their wedding vows; the Rev. Bryan Thompson of Houghton Lake Wesleyan Church will officiate. More...

Warrant sweep nets 26 arrests

A warrant sweep orchestrated by the Michigan State Police at Post 75, Houghton Lake, resulted in the arrest of 26 people Tuesday night, and State Police Sgt. Robert Green said he expects more arrests to come from it. More...

New hours, traffic pattern welcome HLCS students

Many things will be new this year as students walk through the doors of Houghton Lake Community Schools. A new fall sports season, a new teacher contract and a new head football coach are among the changes students may notice for 2007-08. More...

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Court News

34TH CIRCUIT COURT

Judge Michael Baumgartner

Judge Douglas Dosson heard these cases in 34th Circuit Family Court, Roscommon, Aug. 24: No. 5324, Brian C. Szyska vs. Kimberly A. Szyska, plaintiff is behind in child support and was sentenced to 14 days in jail beginning Oct. 2. More...

83RD DISTRICT COURT

Judge Daniel Sutton

Judge Daniel L. More...

Sports

Trojans knock out Bobcats in opener

The Houghton Lake Bobcats did not get started on the right foot Friday night in their gridiron opener, falling to host Lake City, 34-14. More...

Vikings run over Buck gridders, 47-7

The Grayling Vikings rolled over the Roscommon Bucks Friday night as they handed the varsity gridders a 47-7 opening game loss. The host Vikings chalked up 491 yards of offense to Roscommon's 101 yards. More...

'Cats pick up win in fall, coach's volleyball debut

The Houghton Lake Bobcats' varsity volleyball team made their 2007 debut Friday at the Roscommon Invitational Volleyball Tournament. More...

Editorial

In Our Opinion

Of mutual benefit

While Michigan's legislature is urgently dealing with the state's budget calamity under the shadow of increasing unemployment, there doesn't seem to be a feeling of urgency in casual day-to-day conversation at Houghton Lake. More...

MAKE IT PLAIN

Pareidolia: The perception of patterns where none are intended. As both a gardener and a chocolate lover, a couple of recent examples of this phenomenon piqued my interest. More...

I WAS THINKING…

I finally had a chance to get away this summer. For so long it seemed like there was too much to do, and then, suddenly, the date of my vacation arrived. More...

Outdoors

Michigan Wildlife Conservancy to celebrate 25th anniversary

The Michigan Wildlife Conservancy , Michigan's first and foremost nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration of all habitat vital to sustain fish and wildlife will celebrate its 25th anniversary of "helping people help wildlife," in Septe More...

Snow riders need help to groom trails

The Houghton Lake Snowmobile Association and the Houghton Lake Trail Blazers are seeking volunteers to help with brushing area trails this fall. Brushing will be done every Saturday from Sept. 8 through Nov. 10. More...

Exhibit explores hunting's historic ties to state's culture

Since prehistoric times, deer hunting has helped define the essence of life in Michigan. More...

Happenings

Denton Township officials cut ribbon on new EMS quarters

Denton Township officials celebrated the completion of the township's new 15,000- square foot emergency medical services facility Aug. 24 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a presentation of a $1.1 million check from U.S. More...

Afternoon event to focus on preparing for disaster

Residents can learn how to be ready for a disaster during Roscommon County Preparedness Day Sept. 12. The event is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 149 West Robinson Lake Road, Roscommon. More...

Habitat for Humanity plans seventh annual golf scramble

Roscommon County Habitat for Humanity has scheduled its seventh annual golf scramble for Sept. 13 at the Burning Oak Country Club between Houghton and Higgins Lakes. Check-in will begin at noon, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. More...

Education

Traffic pattern changes Tuesday

Beginning the day after Labor Day (Sept. 4th) Houghton Lake Community Schools will initiate a one-way traffic system in cooperation with the Houghton Lake Public Library which we are fortunate to have in our school campus area. More...

GETTING READY

Custodians Scott Harding and Bob Barney prepare a hallway for foot traffic at Houghton Lake High School Friday. Other custodians, Pat Dietrich and Cathy Nellist were in the library wiping down computers and replacing lighting. School starts Sept. More...

BACK-TO-SCHOOL

HOUGHTON LAKE SCHOOLS

Collins Elementary - Kindergarten - 3rd Middle School - 4th- 7th High School - 8th - 12th School day: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1st day of school: Sept. 5 www.hlcs.k12.mi.us Phone Numbers Superintendent Pete Injasoulian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . More...

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