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County man dies of H1N1

As the World Health Organization raised the worldwide H1N1 flu pandemic alert level to Phase 6 June 11, the Michigan Department of Community Health confirmed a Roscommon County resident became the second person in Michigan to die of the disease. More...

Declining enrollment could equal pink slips

Fewer students will mean fewer teachers. In an effort to maintain the financial progress it has made over the last few years, the Houghton Lake Community Schools district is considering reducing staff for the approaching school year. More...

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News

Butterfly importation clips wings of Higgins Lake dentist

Higgins Lake dentist Kevin Rucinski, 49, was sentenced by US. District Judge Thomas Ludington in Bay City June 11 after pleading guilty to a violation of the Endangered Species Act, U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg announced. More...

Merritt hosts fire training

The Merritt Area Fire Department, in conjunction with the Michigan State Police Fire Investigation Division, held a joint training using a donated house scheduled for demolition in Butterfield Township. More...

Campbell recall hearing scheduled for June 26

The Roscommon County Election Commission will conduct a hearing at 11:30 a.m. June 26 on proposed recall petition language for Richfield Township Supervisor Jerry Campbell. Filed by township resident Melvin J. More...

Business

Byrd to lead state council of philanthropic organization

Lois W. Byrd, Roscommon, became president of the Michigan State Council of ESA International May 31 during installation ceremonies at the organization's annual state conference in Livonia. More...

NEW OWNERS

The Navajo Trading Post at 8848 West Houghton Lake Drive (M-55) at Houghton Lake is now owned by Barb and John Bakun. The gift shop is open every day at 10 a.m. More...

RENT TO OWN' HOME CENTER

Houghton Lake is the site of a new Continental "Rent-to-Own" Home Center at 3491 West Houghton Lake Drive (M-55) next to Dunham's Sports. More...

Letters to the Editor

Control of schools by Lansing assured in funding proposal

At the risk of furthering the back and forth on the homestead tax issue, I would like to add my voice to support the local writers and provide a little more in-depth perspective to our part-time residents from Livonia. First, a little history. More...

'No education is in order'

I would like to respond to Jennifer Anderson of Roscommon and her criticism of Lynn Yackley who was dissatisfied with the recent millage passage. I think people are aware of Proposal A. More...

Non-homestead tax affects businesses, too

My husband and I, who are Houghton Lake business owners, would like to respond to the letters written protesting the tax increase on non-homesteaders. We are actually in total agreement with you up to a point. More...

Happenings

Cabaret singer, one-man show slated at gazebos

Gazebo concerts are planned at two Roscommon County locations in the coming week. MARKEY TOWNSHIP On June 21, Francesca Amari will perform in the gazebo at the Markey Township Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. More...

KEEPING THE QUILT

Juanita Wallington, member of Curves of Houghton Lake, stands next to the quilt she made for the 2009 Relay for Life Roscommon County, but the other members like it so well, Curves is keeping it. More...

YEAR-END FUN

Girls Scouts from Daisy Troop 923 wrapped up their exciting year of fun activities and learning with a trip to Roscommon Township's Knapp Road park for pizza and cake recently. More...

Graham/McDonald Sports Complex selected by Kellogg's

Organizers of the Graham/McDonald Sports Complex received notice Monday from Kellogg More...

Nokomis on budget chopping block

Nokomis Challenge Center, Houghton Lake, is on the chopping block of the Michigan Senate. Again. More...

Former AYSO director subject of warrant for embezzlement

An 83rd District Court warrant has been issued for a 43-year-old former Houghton Lake resident accused of embezzling from the American Youth Soccer Organization. More...

Injasoulian takes memories of HLCS into 'second' retirement

The captain of the ship who led Houghton Lake Community Schools through some rough waters over the last three years will soon sail away into retirement. Again. More...

Roscommon residents celebrate century of life

William Howard Taft was president. The Eiffel Tower was the world's tallest building. The average American worker earned $200 to $400 a year. Just 6% of Americans were high school graduates. Only one physician in 10 had a college education. 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

34th Circuit Court

Judge Michael Baumgartner heard these cases in 34th Circuit Court, Roscommon, June 2: Mark A. More...

Sports

Santilli earns grand master rank

After 41 years of study, practice, competition and teaching in the Okinawan form of karate known as Isshin Ryu, Sam Santilli of Houghton Lake has earned his ninth degree belt (solid red) and the title of Grand Master, making him the highest ranking More...

Marcoullier battles back to win Merritt's 'Who 55'

Houghton Lake's Dona Marcoullier became part of the Merritt Speedway history book June 10 as he battled from a 14th starting position to win the Third Annual "Who 55." With weather being a positive in the evening's equation, a field which included More...

June 26 is parade sign-up deadline

June 26 is the deadline to register floats in Roscommon's Fourth of July parade. Registration is free. Entry forms may be faxed to the Higgins Lake-Roscommon Chamber of Commerce at 275-2029 or mailed to P.O. Box 486, Roscommon, MI 48653. More...

Editorial

Schuller's daughter to lead Crystal Cathedral

A woman inexperienced in pastoral ministry will lead the famous Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA. The Rev. Robert H. More...

Time to reminisce

Happy Landings Playground will observe its 15th anniversary Saturday with festivities for kids, adults and those who helped make the dream playscape a reality. More...

Closing prisons makes no sense

The administration recently announced plans to close Standish Maximum Correctional Facility and Camp Lehman at Grayling. In the interest of public safety, I believe these planned closures are a mistake. More...

Religion & Family

Higgins Lake doctor volunteers for 'Big Ticket'

Higgins Lake Chiropractor Dr. Mike Ritchie and his wife Laurie won't be in the office this week. They will be at The Big Ticket Festival in Gaylord. The Christian based music festival is being held June 18-20 at the Otsego county fairgrounds. More...

Alzheimer's quilt exhibit to open at Roscommon's Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church of the North will host "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece," a 52-quilt exhibit that is crossing the country until the end of 2010. More...

St. Helen church plans Boomerang Express' VBS

Lake St. More...

Education

RMS students' robots explore Reedsburg waters

explore Teachers often have trouble keeping their students' interest through a full day of classes, but Roscommon Middle School teacher Chuck Schepke has found a way to keep students excited about learning not only during school, but after hours a More...

Northern Michigan Christian to offer Arrowsmith program

Northern Michigan Christian School, McBain, will be offering the Arrowsmith Program, a new system of understanding and treating learning disorders, next fall. More...

Western honors students for academics

Several area students have been honored by Western Michigan University for their academic work during the spring semester. More...

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