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Voters support proposals

Voters approved non-homestead property tax proposals for Houghton Lake and Gerrish Higgins Schools. In a race between write-in candidates for a seat on the Kirtland Community College Board of Trustees, David C. More...

EAGER CROWD

(Above) Spectators crowd the CRAF Center gymnasium during the first Roscommon Business Expo April 30. Roscommon Village Manager Tom Gromek estimated 600 people came to see the 80 exhibits from area businesses and organizations. More...

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News

Additional evidence denied in deer baiting ban lawsuit

Owners of a Prudenville business were denied a motion in Circuit Court that would allow for additional evidence to be submitted in a case involving the statewide ban on deer feeding and baiting. More...

ENFORCEMENT TOOL

Gerrish Township Supervisor Frank Homola (left), Pioneer Hills Marine sales representative Dennis Davidson and township Police Chief Brian Hill are pictured with a 2009 Kawasaki personal watercraft the police department will use under a grant from Pi More...

Denton police investigating break-ins

The Denton Township Police Department is investigating a series of breakins in the Prudenville area and is awaiting warrants on six suspects. More...

Business

Engels-Welsh completes training

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'COLORFUL' CONFERENCE

Representatives of The Hairloft Salon & Day Spa recently attended "Kemon Days" at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit. The Hairloft carries the Kemon line, a high quality color line from Italy. More...

Medallions to support Special Olympics Michigan

Special Olympics athletes throughout Michigan are training and preparing for the upcoming State Summer Games on May 28-30. More...

Letters to the Editor

Auto industry losses affect all residents

I thought the poll that you recently took on California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's offer to do commercials promoting the automotive industry was quite interesting- 56% yes, 44% no. That 44% got me fired up! More...

Volunteers made business expo great success

What a wonderful day it was! Thursday, April 30, the Village of Roscommon and the Higgins Lake-Roscommon Chamber of Commerce threw a "party" and it seemed like everyone came! More...

Health

VISITING DENTIST

Registered dental hygienist Marie Terokowskie of The School Dentist, Beverly Hills, polishes Houghton Lake Middle School fifth grader Jason Graham's teeth Tuesday. Dr. Melanie Vergeldt said she and her four-person staff travel all year. More...

Society seeks volunteers for cancer prevention study

How far would you go to find a cure for cancer? The American Cancer Society is looking to northern Michigan residents to play a direct role in improving the lives of future generations by participating in a historic study. More...

Agency observing Mental Health Month

Northern Lakes Community Mental Health will sponsor several activities to observe May as Mental Health Month. More...

Religion & Family

Veteran counselor, intern establish Monarch Center

People in Roscommon County and surrounding areas looking for professional counseling services have a new resource to consider. Sharon Ashworth and Kathleen "Murphy" Murphy have opened a private counseling practice under the name Monarch Center. More...

Buccilli, Kazanski to wed in East Lansing

Sara Renee Buccilli, daughter of Louis and Rebecca Buccilli of Houghton Lake, and Daniel James Kazanski, son of James and Kathleen Kazanski of Frisco, TX, announce their engagement to be married. A May 29, 2009, wedding is planned at St. More...

Binge drinking puts teens at greater risk

Peer pressure, wanting to fit in and wanting to do what the "older kids do" are reasons many parents hear when it comes to buying the latest fashion trends, newest video game or going to a party. More...

Features

HLHS Prom

Dance 'By theLight ofthe Moon'

RANDOM ROYALTY Houghton Lake High School 2009 Prom King Mike MacGregor (fourth from left) and Queen Kelsey Swiatkowski (second from right) discover they are this year's prom royalty. More...

Five Houghton Lake men injured in one-vehicle accident

Five Houghton Lake men were injured in a one-vehicle accident Saturday evening. According to the Crawford County Sheriff's Department, the accident was the first of three separate accidents the department handled that night. More...

Funding cuts mean loss of two troopers

Funding cuts for state government that were part of an executive order by Governor Jennifer Granholm Tuesday will force 100 state troopers to be laid off, including two assigned to the Houghton Lake Post. More...

Vote, Vote, Vote

Sports complex seeks support

The Graham/McDonald Sports Complex has been named a semifinalist in Kellogg's "Plant A Seed" promotion, the company announced May 1. Supporters can now vote for the complex. To vote, visit www.frostedflakes. More...

Declining values could take a bite out of county revenue

Property values in Roscommon County in 2008 dropped significantly for the first time in more than three decades, according to a report presented to county commissioners by Equalization Director John Clark April 22. More...

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Court News

34th Circuit Court

Judge Michael Baumgartner heard these cases in 34th Circuit Court, Roscommon, April 21: William E. Perry, 48, Houghton Lake, pleaded guilty to one count of failure to register as a sex offender and will be sentenced later. More...

83rd District Court

Judge Daniel L. Sutton recently heard these cases in 83rd District Court, Roscommon: Billy J. More...

Sports

Tiebreaker ends in win for 'Cats over Bucks

Houghton Lake handed Roscommon its first Jack Pine Conference golf loss of the season Tuesday at Clare. Both squads finished with a combined 172 by their top four golfers, putting the fifth golfer's score into play. More...

Detmer named golf's senior player of year in Georgia

To say Wyatt Detmer had a good year on the golf course last year would be a gross injustice to the former Prudenville resident and Houghton Lake High School athlete. He was just named Senior Player of the Year for 2008 in his home state of Georgia. More...

Bobcats notch first win

The Houghton Lake varsity girls soccer team picked up its first win of the 2009 season Tuesday night with a 1-0 victory over Grayling. More...

Editorial

Open 'em up

Making Roscommon County more marketable as a tourism destination and opening new tourism markets could be one avenue to creating more employment opportunities for our residents and help stem the out bound migration of residents. More...

Budget ax falls

Tuesday State Budget Director Bob Emerson outlined Executive Order 2009-22's budget cuts to House and Senate Appropriations Committees that will slash $350 million from the current budget, with more than half of the fiscal year over. More...

Not everything contagious is to be feared

My grandfather had just been inducted into the U.S. Army when the worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918 broke out. The disease quickly took its toll at Grandpa More...

Outdoors

Water Warriors looking for help

The Water Warriors will launch their personal watercrafts on July 19 for the 19th annual Endurance Ride to raise funds for Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI). More...

Sportsmen, conservationists, officials discuss cormorant control

Amid continuing concern about a growing population of double-crested cormorants in the Great Lakes region, a group of sportsmen, conservationists and state and federal officials met at Denton Township Hall April 30 to discuss methods of cooperation More...

Registration open for annual Lyon's Leap

The annual Lyon's Leap Fun Run/ Walk for Charity is scheduled for June 20th and race organizers are looking for participants. The 5k trail run/walk is held at the Lyon Township Park (10635 N. Harrison Rd. More...

Happenings

Country singer to perform at Kirtland

Natalie Stovall, an up-and-coming country music singer, and her new band will take center stage at 7 p.m. May 9 at the Kirtland Center for the Performing Arts . Although rooted in country, music lovers will hear Stovall's diverse taste in music. More...

Retired School Personnel plan conference

The Roscommon Association of Retired School Personnel (RARSP) will hold their spring conference May 19 via a MARSP DVD at the Houghton Lake Public Library. Registration will be at 10:15 a.m. with a business meeting before the presentation. More...

LAYING IT DOWN

Roscommon County Road Commission members of Team 1, consisting of (not in order) Tom McGinnis, Scott Eckstorm, George Doebler, Rick Thompson, Justin Akin, Chuck Plass and Jacki Bertsch, install a culvert in a timed event, during the commission's spri More...

Education

Community rallies to keep award-winning forensics team

Last year, budget cuts in the Gerrish Higgins School District resulted in the elimination of the Roscommon High School's forensics team. But Roscommon residents rallied to keep it alive, and as a result Annette R. More...

SHOULDER TO SHOULDER

(Above) Students, instructors, family and friends pack the art building for the Winter Semester Student Art Show at Kirtland Community College April 30. More...

G-H alumni group adds scholarship

The Gerrish-Higgins/Roscommon Alumni Association has established its second new scholarship. It will award $1,000 to a Kirtland Community College student who is enrolled in a vocational/occupational program of study. More...

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