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'No' vote wins by one

The Houghton Lake Community Schools Board of Education will repeat its request for a bond issue for mechanical and technical upgrades in the Aug. 5 primary election. More...

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Campers will still come, but may change habits

High fuel prices may not stop camping enthusiasts from coming to the Roscommon County area this summer, but they may change the way they go about it. More...

Controller clarifies county's fund status

Roscommon County Controller Cheryl Mollard has provided clarification of the reason the county's funds have gone down by $2 million this year, as Treasurer Julie Dworzynski Peters said last week in opposing a proposal to increase the controller's s More...

Scouts aid in cleaning 'potter's fields'

While Memorial Day is a time to remember veterans, family members and friends, many cemeteries throughout the land have sections where people are buried and not remembered. More...

Sports

GOAT TYING CLINIC

Ashley Whitcher, 14, of Grayling, flips a goat under the guidance of Julia Judah during a goat tying clinic Sunday at Kings Farms, Houghton Lake. More...

Funky Turtle #1 remains #1; Booners, Monsters score 60

In the battle of the turtle teams Funky Turtle #1 lived up to its billing by defeating Funky Turtle #2 13-9 Monday night in Houghton Lake Men's Softball League action. In other games Budweiser downed L. J. More...

Bobcats return to dash Mustang's hopes

The Houghton Lake varsity baseball team traveled to Meridian May 20 to finish a May 1 game that had been called due to darkness with three innings to go and the score knotted at 5-5. More...

Outdoors

Rare albino robin rescued

An albino robin found in a Houghton Lake resident's yard Sunday is now being raised and cared for at the Association for the Rescue of Kritters (ARK) facility in Maple Valley. More...

Festival takes nature lovers close to wildlife of all sorts

EXOTIC RIDE A youngster takes a ride on a camel from the Whispering Pines Animal Kingdom during the Kirtland's Warbler Festival at Kirtland Community College May 17. More...

Campers can store vehicles at some area state parks

The Department of Natural Resources has announced a new program this camping season that will offer campers the opportunity to save on fuel costs by temporarily storing their camping trailers or recreational vehicles at specified More...

Happenings

Compass rose blooms at HTL

A rose bloomed at Roscommon County Blodgett Memorial Airport last weekend, but it wasn't planted in the airport manager's garden. More...

Singing duo not blind to talent

Even with the words scrolling right in front of you, singing karaoke is hard enough. More...

ENERGETIC DANCING

A couple dances as Pan Franek and the Polkatowners fill the Houghton Lake Historical Playhouse with music May 18. The band played to a capacity crowd of "energetic dancers," it was reported. More...

Features

Canine greeters also hobby for Fortino

Walk into the Prudenville State Farm office and you're bound to meet Tank and Cinder. No, they're not insurance agents. They're purebred keeshond (pronounced kayson) dogs. More...

Downstate folks helped county adopt pets at Detroit adoption day

The Roscommon County Animal Shelter participated in the biggest animal adoption event in the state at the Detroit Zoo May 3. Nine volunteers represented the Roscommon County facility. More...

Gahagan to kick off monitoring program

The Gahagan Nature Preserve of Roscommon has designated June 7 as River Day. "We will meet at Kirtland Community College in the biology lab at 9 a.m.," Tom Dale, the preserve's education director, said. More...

Welcome summer

Despite the frigid temperatures experienced over the last few days, summer really is on the way. This weekend will mark the start of the summer season and the Resorter can serve as your guide. More...

Houghton Lake considering privatizing custodial staff

Facing a projected 100-student loss next fall, members of the Houghton Lake Board of Education Monday voted to investigate privatizing another segment of the district staff, custodians. More...

Graduation tonight at Roscommon

Roscommon High School's 113th graduation is scheduled for 7 p.m. today (Thursday) in the RHS gymnasium. Main speakers will be Class of 2008 Valedictorian Farah Al-khersan and Salutatorian Cori Terkeurst. More...

Former KCC employee faces weapons charges

A former maintenance employee of Kirtland Community College was arrested May 20, after he allegedly brought a firearm onto the college's main campus before regular operational hours one day last week, according to a Kirtland press release issued We More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Carlton R. Mead Jr. - 2018-02-22
Dorothy C. Mark - 2018-02-22
Margaret Mae DeLaurier - 2018-02-22
Betty C. Cyr - 2018-02-22
Virginia Ruth Averill - 2018-02-22
Jane Parfitt - 2018-02-22
Charles L. Robbins - 2018-02-22

Court News

Holton sentenced to fines, costs on attempted larceny charge

Prudenville resident Neil Holton was sentenced in 34th Circuit Court, Roscommon, May 20 on a misdemeanor charge of attempted larceny by false pretenses under $200. Judge Michael Baumgartner ordered him to pay $845 in court fines and costs. More...

Pickup stolen from parking lot

Roscommon County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the theft of a pickup truck. A Wolverine man told deputies his truck was stolen from a parking area between Old 27 and US- 127 in Lyon Township May 18. More...

BB shooting leads to felony charge

A nine-year-old boy faces a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon (felonious assault) after he shot a 12-year-old boy with a BB gun in the Houghton Lake Forest Estates subdivision May 14. More...

Editorial

In Our Opinion

Slash gas tax

One of the measures being bantered about to help save Michigan's tourism is a sales tax holiday on gasoline. It's an idea that Rep. Kevin Elsenheimer promoted Monday in Mackinaw City. More...

Dismal news

The projection of 100 fewer students attending Houghton Lake schools next fall and its $700,000 negative impact on the school district's revenue is further evidence of the miserable economy in Michigan. More...

Added benefit

Last winter the CBS program Sunday Morning featured a guy who got 60 miles per gallon out of his car, which normally got 20. He was an extreme driver who mastered techniques that got him excellent gas mileage, sometimes at a question of safety. More...

Letters to the Editor

Support at grand opening of Habitat ReStore appreciated

I wanted to take a few minutes to thank the community for their overwhelming support given to us during our grand opening at our new restore location. More...

Bullying students needs to stop

We as parents need to be more aware of what goes on in the schools and on buses when we send our children off. By law we are required to send them; it should be a law to keep them safe. More...

Religion & Family

Returning Seabee appreciates green grass

For a Roscommon resident returning from a 15-month deployment in Iraq, it was a logical question. More...

FIFTH GENERATION

Pictured with two-month-old Kirsti Delain Beville (center), born March 26, 2008, in Florida, are four more generations of her family (clockwise from top, left): Greatgreat grandmother, Doris (Himebaugh) Fisher, greatgrandmother, Sherry (Himebaugh) More...

Markey church to show 'Four Chaplains' movie

The public may attend the showing of a movie May 25 at 10 a.m. at the Markey Community Baptist Church about the famous "four chaplains" of World War II. Admission is free. More...

Education

Rosco middlers excel in state competition

Nineteen Roscommon Middle School students earned awards in the Michigan Industrial and Technology Education state competition in Lansing May 8-10. More...

Sign-up underway for rec program

The Roscommon County Summer Recreation Program, beginning June 16, will be open to youths ages four to 11. The programs will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so registration will be done in advance. More...

SPRING SONGS

Collins Elementary students entertained family and friends April 30 during their annual spring concert at the Houghton Lake High School auditorium. Pictured is Principal Pam Akin welcoming parents and introducing Donna Pettyjohn, music teacher. More...

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