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HLCS board approves Cryderman’s contract as superintendent

The Houghton Lake Community Schools Board of Education at a work session Monday approved a threeyear superintendent contract for Brent Cryderman, who has been serving in the dual role of Houghton Lake High School principal and superintendent.  More...

Lake voters to decide recall

Lake Township voters will be the first in Roscommon County to experience the revised Michigan recall election procedures when they go to the polls May 5. More...

Roscommon Rotary to host ‘Sock Hop’ auction Saturday

The Rotary Club of Roscommon will hold its 28th annual spring auction on May 2.  The event will take place at the Roscommon Knights of Columbus Hall under the theme “Happy Days Sock Hop Party,” beginning at 6 p.m.  More...

Special Sections

News

County’s real estate market ‘rebounding’

The most significant finding Roscommon County Equalization Director Jamie Houserman noted from the 2015 equalization report is that the county’s real estate market “is rebounding.” This year the county’s state equalized value More...

Golf outing planned June 19 for VSU, NMCAC

Roscommon County Sheriff’s Victim Services Unit and the Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center will hold a 4-person scramble golf outing on June 19 at Pineview Highlands, Houghton Lake.  Price for the scramble is $55 per pers More...

State Police secures residents as Denton puts out car fire

State Police from the Houghton Lake Post were dispatched to a car fire in the driveway of a home at 102 Windsor Dr. in Denton Township on the evening of April 26. More...

Business

MOBILE KITCHEN PARKS IN PRUDENVILLE

Keith Boyne, holding his son Greyson Hilliker, 20 months, is the owner of KB Mobile Kitchen, a food trailer specializing in Mexican food. More...

CERTIFIED TECHNICIAN

Spicer’s Boat City master technician Kelly Winslow recently obtained certification from Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo and Can-Am/Off-Road through hands-on factory training and online training. Winslow has been employed with Spicer’s since 2008. More...

Understanding tourism topic workshop May 5

“Understanding Tourism for Michigan Communities” is the title of a workshop planned May 5 in Grayling.  More...

Letters to the Editor

Education to eliminating swimmer’s itch

The letter to the editor by Valerie Smith last week was accurate and informative in many respects (“Writer: Solution is to get rid of snails, April 23). More...

Time, money wasted with lawsuits, cases

The enemy within (unintentional) – we need to stop and take a breath, time is of the essence!  More...

Outdoors

SECRET LOCATION

Dick Brooks of Houghton Lake (left) shot this turkey “down off 27, north of the Clare County line” April 23, but would not elaborate further. More...

A REAL RIVER MONSTER

Braden Morley, 8, of Roscommon poses for a photo with fishing guide Dawson Hefner and a 67-inch alligator gar he and his grandfather Joe Goggins of Dallas, TX caught in Texas’ Trinity River on March 27.  More...

RECURVE REWARD

With a 20-pound recurve bow, 10- year-old Elliot Carroll of Prudenville, recently caught four white suckers. The fish were caught at Knappen Creek with his father, Shawn Carroll. (Courtesy photo)   More...

Education

RES kindergarten round up May 7

Roscommon Elementary School’s kindergarten round up will be held May 7 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the RES gym. Future kindergartners are asked to come dressed in their favorite comfy pajamas and join in on an evening of fun.  More...

‘IMPRESSIVE’ SIXTH GRADE CHOIR

Under the direction of Roscommon Area Public Schools choir instructor Emerick Dee, the sixth grade choir performed three songs at the April 27 spring concert.  More...

Dougherty earns Davenport degree

Terri Dougherty of Roscommon recentlty graduated from Davenport University.  Dougherty completed her degree at the end of the fall 2014 semester. A commencement ceremony was held April 26, in downtown Grand Rapids.   More...

Breaking News - 5/6/2015 5:06 AM

Lake officials out, Veterans proposal passes - Free Access

Highlights from Tuesday night's election

Lake Township voters made their decision clear Tuesday to oust four township officials up for recall.  More...

Breaking News - 5/3/2015 8:11 AM

Red Flag Warning in Effect Sunday - Free Access

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Roscommon County today (Sunday) from noon to 9 p.m. More...

Breaking News - 5/1/2015 6:40 PM

Schools lock down after mental health patient flees - Free Access

The Houghton Lake Community Schools main campus was locked down shortly after school May 1 as police searched for a 53-year-old male patient at the adjacent Community Mental Health facility fled the building. More...

Sales tax increase to be voted on Tuesday

When Michigan’s voters take to the polls on May 5, they will be asked to vote on Proposal 1 or the Michigan Sales Tax Increase for Transportation Amendment, which if approved would result in an amendment to the state constitution and lead to th More...

Veteran Affairs millage on ballot

On May 5, the Roscommon County Veteran Affairs Office will seek to increase its millage from 1/8 of a mill (0.125) to 1/6 of a mill (16.7 cents per $1,000 of taxable value). More...

Jacobson’s conservation efforts honored by DNR

Conservationist Bob Jacobson, 80, was honored for over two decades of work for the environment by the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division at the wildlife viewing platform (gazebo) on the Houghton Lake Flats April 22. 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

Three of four charges dismissed against Garrett

All but one charge against Houghton Lake resident Thomas R. Garrett, 49, has been dismissed in 34th Circuit Court, Roscommon, in connection with an alleged incident on Nov. 21, 2014, on Huron Street, Houghton Lake.  More...

82nd District Court

Judge Daniel L. Sutton recently arraigned the following in 82nd District Court:  More...

34th Circuit Court

Judge Michael J. Baumgartner presided in 34th Circuit Court, Roscommon:  Rickey J. Drouin, 63, Roscommon, pleaded guilty to a probation violation and was sentenced to 23 days in jail (credit for 24 days). More...

Sports

Bucks even in NMSL after dropping two

The Roscommon varsity soccer team’s Northern Michigan Soccer League record evened out at 2-2 with road losses at Cheboygan on April 28 and McBain NMC on April 23. The Bucks are 7-2 overall, including a win over Oscoda Monday.  More...

SOCCER SATURDAY

A group of Houghton Lake Youth Soccer players fight for control of the ball as (left to right) Aleah Oster, Collin Hamp, Joshua Ancel and Michael Dummer watch the ball move upfield Saturday morning during a U6 soccer game at the Denton Township Rotar More...

Bobcat soccer team snaps losing streak against visiting Burt Lake

The Houghton Lake Bobcats snapped a five-game losing streak with a 6-0 shutout against Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian at Bobcat Stadium on Tuesday. The Bobcat scoring effort was led by senior midfielder Gill Carroll.   More...

Editorial

A new world of ‘real video’ holds all of us accountable

Inside the First Amendment

“Seeing is believing,” or so the saying goes.  We certainly can “see” more than ever in this era of 24/7 news, omnipresent street surveillance, police “body cams” and cell phone video — and that fits nic More...

Vote ‘yes’ for veterans

When most Roscommon County voters go to the polls May 5, Proposal 1 will not be the only item they will have to consider.  Voters on May 5 will have an opportunity to support the Roscommon County Department of Veteran Affairs.  More...

Proposal 1 not the answer

“Just Say No!”  Yes, it was a slogan for the anti-drug campaign 20 years ago, but today it is just as fitting for Michigan’s Proposal 1. Voters will determine Proposal 1’s fate May 5. More...

Religion & Family

Pastor Ken Marsh plans to ‘grow’ Higgins Lake Baptist Church

While thinking about his congregation, the new leader of Higgins Lake Baptist Church, Pastor Ken Marsh, sees a group of people who embrace the church’s motto of “loving God, loving people.”  “It’s a very friendly ch More...

Son born to Baker, Reynolds

Jennifer Baker and Justin Reynolds of Houghton Lake announce the birth of their son, Connor Lee.  The baby was born April 25, 2015, at Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 19 inches long at birth.   More...

Son born to Turner, Caron

Kelsey Turner and Cody Caron of Houghton Lake announce the birth of their son, Landon Allen Scott.  The baby was born April 20, 2015, at Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds and was 20 1/4 inches long at birth.   More...

Happenings

‘Colorful’ 5k run/walk May 16 to benefit HLMS track program

Runners and walkers can get “doused in color” May 16 during the Houghton Lake Middle School’s My School Color Run.  The 5k run/walk event, which will serve as a fundraiser for the HLMS track team, will feature a 3.1-mile route. More...

Fish fry planned at American Legion

The American Legion Post 416 will host a fish fry Friday from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.  All you can eat cod/pollock is on the menu for $9. The legion is located at 10062 Ford Dr., St. Helen. Call (989)709-1940 for information.   More...

YARD SALE FOR THE PLAY YARD

(Above) The Salyers family (left to right) Adrianna, Sherrilee, Jack and John, helps Heather Lucus load a bed set at the Collins Elementary School Yard Sale April 23. A variety of items were sold, from books to clothes to household items. More...

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