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After collision, semi drags minivan 16 miles

Four Roscommon residents suffered only minor injuries when the minivan they were riding in collided with a semi-truck on northbound I-75 and was pulled for 16 miles during the early morning hours of Jan. 7.  More...

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News

Avoid the ‘second shovel’ this winter

With the official start of winter taking place about two weeks ago, many parts of the state are feeling the full effects of winter weather. More...

Schneider stays commission chair, Melvin takes on role of vice-chair

Although Bob Schneider (District 3) retained his position as Roscommon County Board of Commissioners chairman for another two years, the role of vice-chairman has changed as Ken Melvin (District 2) took over that position.  During a Jan. More...

Recall petitions to be filed this week against four Lake board members

Recall petitions against four Lake Township board members will be filed this week after gaining enough signatures to trigger a recall election according to Roger Kohn, a member of Citizens for Better Government, the group circulating the petitions.&n More...

Editorial

Here’s some of the ‘good stuff’ from 2014

As we face a new year with hope, and maybe a little trepidation, I’ve taken a look back at some of the positive things that have taken place in Roscommon County in 2014.  While there will always be “bad news” that needs to be r More...

A ‘lifesaving habit’

January is National Blood Donor Month and a perfect time to “start a lifesaving habit by becoming a regular blood donor.”  The American Red Cross is encouraging new and returning donors to give blood in January and all year long.&nbs More...

Change of representation

When the One Hundred Fourteenth United States Congress was sworn in Jan. 3, it was the first time since January, 1991, that Dave Camp has not represented Roscommon County in the House of Representatives.  More...

Religion & Family

Fitzgerald, Kidder wed in ceremony last fall

Michelle Rose Fitzgerald, daughter of Charlotte and Bruce Fitzgerald of Houghton Lake, and Kevin Joseph Kidder, son of Patricia and Timothy Kidder of Sparta, were united in marriage Oct. More...

Hospice of Helping Hands awarded CHAP accreditation

Hospice of Helping Hands, West Branch, was awarded re-accreditation under the Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc., (CHAP) Hospice Standards of Excellence.  More...

HOLIDAY GIVING

Messiah Lutheran Church again welcomed the opportunity to sponsor several families in need during the holiday season. At Thanksgiving, 35 complete turkey dinner baskets were delivered.  More...

Education

Pacella presents plans for Guatemala trip to Rotarians

Riley Pacella, a freshman at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, presented her plans Monday to Houghton Lake Rotarians for a trip to Guatemala she will take in late February with fellow members of the college’s Rotaract Club.  More...

RMRA/MSUE offering Winter Workshop Series at CRAF Center

The Roscommon Metropolitan Recreation Authority in collaboration with the Michigan State University Extension is offering a second Winter Workshop Series.  More...

Winter in St. Helen fishing contest underway

Since Dec. 27 the St. Helen Chamber of Commerce Winter in St. Helen annual fishing contest, sponsored by Malcolm’s Tackle Box has been underway.  The contest will be held until Feb. More...

Village under water let run advisory - Free Access

As of today (Tuesday, Jan. 13), Village of Roscommon residents and businesses are advised to leave their water faucets open to keep village water lines from freezing. More...

Cox 2015 TUT queen, ‘Happy Party’ candidates win mayor, marshal posts

Dressed in a royal purple gown with glittering accents, newlywed Jennifer (Hall) Cox of Prudenville was named Tip-up Town, U.S.A., 2015 Queen at the TUT Kick-off Jan. 3 at Houghton Lake High School.  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 J. Baumgartner presided in 34th Circuit Court, Roscommon, Nov. 18, 2014:  William J. More...

82nd District Court

Judge Daniel L. Sutton recently arraigned the following in 82nd District Court:  Kyle W. Cluck, 19, Houghton Lake, demanded preliminary examination within 14 days on a charge of absconding or forfeiting bond. More...

Roscommon man sentenced in connection to vandalism

A Roscommon man was sentenced in 34th Circuit Court on charges related to a spree of vandalism that occurred last spring in the Village of Roscommon.  More...

Sports

Pool standings

Houghton Lake Senior Pool League Jan. 5 Old Town 41/7 Long Branch 40/8 Zone 18 37/10 Kilkare 1 36/11 Eddie’s 35/6 Shenanigans 31/5 Spikehorns 2 30/4 Spikehorns 1 29/9 Kilkare 2 21/x  More...

Bobcats take two losses in Ogemaw tournament

Houghton Lake was unable to secure any post-Christmas wins at the Ogemaw Heights Falcon Classic girls basketball tournament Dec. 29 and 30.  The Bobcats lost to eventual tournament winner Tawas Area on Dec. More...

HL’s Brandel second at Mid Winter Singles tourney

Senior Houghton Lake Bowler Morgan Brandel led her team with a second place finish in the girls division at the Mid Winter Singles Tournament at Meadow Lanes in Gladwin Jan. 3. More...

Letters to the Editor

‘Can’t afford to roll the dice’ on swimmer’s itch control

Higgins Lake is a big, wonderful lake with a big swimmer’s itch problem.  More...

Comprehensive swimmer’s itch program needed

I enjoyed reading John Miller’s letter to the editor last week regarding his thoughts on killing mergansers on Higgins (“Hunting needed to reduce swimmer’s itch”), the carriers of the parasite that produces swimmer’s itc More...

‘Stop blaming police’

By what authority does a judge have the power to deny release of a grand jury decision with studied proof of innocence?  The Fifth Amendment reads “no person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime unless on a pr More...

Happenings

Team Curves to host fourth “Crop Out Cancer” for Relay Jan. 17

Team Curves will host its fourth “Crop Out Cancer” fundraiser for Relay For Life of Roscommon County.  More...

SUPPORTING VISITING NATURALIST

Roscommon County Community Foundation Executive Director Suzanne Luck presents Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve Educator Tom Dale with a $1,500 grant to assist with the Visiting Naturalist Program. More...

SUPPORTING GEORGE WASHINGTON MASONIC MEMORIAL

Charter members of the George Washington Memorial Society (left to right) Master Masons James A. Schad, Frederick E. Kaiser Jr., Marc J. Milburn and Leo F. More...

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