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Sudden spring brings fire danger

Michigan's spring wildfire season has returned as fires popped up over the weekend due to the warmer weather, which caused Michigan citizens to get outdoors to begin spring cleanup of their property. More...

Sheriff, police chiefs sign mutual aid agreement

The heads of four Roscommon County-based police agencies Wednesday signed an agreement designed to ensure closer cooperation between their agencies. More...

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News

One sentenced, two enter pleas in robbery case

One of three defendants charged in connection with the Sept. 22, 2008, assault on a Houghton Lake business owner was sentenced in 34th Circuit Court, Roscommon, March 3. Two others have entered guilty pleas in the case. Sarah E.N. More...

Defendants enter pleas in McDonald's break-in

Two women arrested in connection with the Oct., 24, 2008, break-in at the Houghton Lake McDonald's waived preliminary examination in 83rd District Court, Roscommon, and entered pleas Monday. Alysia J. Torchia, 20, St. More...

MSU Extension provides soil testing service

In view of a new Roscommon County ordinance which bans most uses of fertilizers containing phosphorus, home owners may want to have their soil tested. The ordinance, which took effect Jan. More...

Business

GREEN ENGINEER

William Short hopes to help area businesses and residents with renewable energy projects through WAS Technical Center, which he recently opened in Roscommon. More...

ROCKAHOLIC KICK-OFF

The Hairloft Salon and Day Spa will be teaming up with Booner's Food Plot and Watering Hole and local bands to introduce Rockaholic. Rockaholic is a new hair product line from Tigi (Bedhead/Catwalk). On March 26 at 7 p.m. More...

Letters to the Editor

Health budget cuts force painful decisions

I have been privileged to serve as the health officer for the Central Michigan District Health Department for the past 16 years. More...

Local politicians living in past

This news article of March 12, 2009, is just another example that our local politicians are living in the past. More...

Does town hall need a telephone?

The article stated that the Lake Township Board was disconnecting the phone at the Lake Township Hall. My Question is, "How will election workers be able to call 911 in an emergency? More...

Health

Tests can reduce risk of colorectal cancer

Tests can As the nation marks National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March, the American Cancer Society is encouraging Americans to get lifesaving screening tests that have been proven to reduce the risk of the third leading cause of cance More...

March 24 is diabetes 'Alert Day'

Sound the alert: Are you or a loved one at risk for diabetes? That's the message the American Diabetes Association is broadcasting on national Alert Day, a one-day wake-up call slated for March 24. More...

Helping Hands Hospice honors nurses

Hospice of Helping Hands is celebrating Certified Nurses Day, March 19, by honoring its board certified nurses. More...

Education

HL students make gains across MEAP grid

Houghton Lake Community Schools saw a marked improvement on standardized tests students took last fall. Recent Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) results showed improvements in several areas across the grades tested. More...

HLCS official student count down by 23

Student enrollment in Houghton Lake Community Schools is down by about 23 students since last fall's count. More...

Follies to present 'The Music Man'

Houghton Lake High School will present Spring Follies 2009 April 17- 19. This year, Spring Follies will be presenting Meredith Willson's "The Music Man." All tickets are $8. More...

Stop nets two pounds of dope

Roscommon County Sheriff's deputies seized two pounds of marijuana with the arrest of four people in a traffic stop on I-75 near the Roscommon-Crawford County line March 15. Deputies observing traffic at 8:52 p.m. More...

Former Lake supervisor dies of ALS

Funeral services were held for Barry Poindexter, former Lake Township supervisor, Tuesday. More...

College classes on the horizon?

Houghton Lake considering pact

College classes may be coming to the campus of Houghton Lake Community Schools. Representatives from Baker College, Cadillac, presented information on dual enrollment for students at the board of education meeting Monday. 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
Virginia Ruth Averill - 2018-02-15
Betty C. Cyr - 2018-02-15
Carlton R. Mead Jr. - 2018-02-15

Court News

Court proceedings

34th Circuit Court Judge Michael Baumgartner heard these cases in 34th Circuit Court, Roscommon, March 3: Robert J. Hubbard, 39, St. Helen, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and is set to be sentenced April 7. More...

Sports

Buck grapplers find tough going at Individual State

The five Roscommon High School wrestlers who competed in the Individual State Wrestling Tournament at the Palace of Auburn Hills last week did not win medals in their respective weight classes, but brought home competition experience against some o More...

Bobcats' first half lead evaporates in District loss

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After leading nearly the entire first half, Houghton Lake could not keep their advantage in the second half as Ogemaw Heights beat them 46-40 in District semifinal action in Beaverton March 11. More...

Chiefs end season for Bucks, 61-58

Roscommon's bid for its first District boys basketball title since 1990 ended at the hands of the Cheboygan Chiefs March 13 in Cheboygan, 61-58. More...

Editorial

Some campaign promises should not be kept

When President Obama signed the omnibus spending bill last week, he was criticized for breaking his pledge to veto legislation containing "earmarks," pork barrel spending attached by congressmen and senators to unrelated bills. More...

Tournaments impact

Houghton Lake High School's gymnasium has been a busy place the past few weeks and will be busy for several more days and nights hosting Michigan High School Athletic Association tournaments. More...

Shared losses

The deaths this past week of two long-time Houghton Lake leaders is a loss shared by the community with their families. More...

Outdoors

Outdoor writer to speak in Rosco

Outdoor writer Tracy Breen will speak in Roscommon March 29. More...

Signs of Spring

PRE-SPRING TRAINING RUN Above) Mountain bikers Joelle Sherman, 41, of Gaylord (foreground) and Jeff Fox, 42, of Grayling pedal up a hill next to the South Higgins Lake State Park around midday Monday as they took their first bike ride of 2009. More...

Happenings

Hartwick Pines to host Maple Sugar Day March 28

Hartwick Pines State Park near Grayling will host its annual Maple Sugar Day March 28. Visitors will learn about North America's oldest agricultural product with activities slated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

MDOT to air Grayling plans

The Michigan Department of Transportation will host an open house about the I-75 business loop improvement project in Grayling March 25 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Grayling City Hall, 1020 City Blvd. (West North Down River Rd.), Grayling. More...

'JUNIOR MISTER' HOPEFULS

Eleven Houghton Lake High School seniors will compete for the title Junior Mister" March 28 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. fun-filled program is a fund-raiser for the senior class trip to Chicago. More...

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