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‘WOW’ Arts Festival, Riverfest highlight Roscommon ‘WOW Weekend’

Roscommon’s “WOW Weekend,” July 7-9, will keep the family busy from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon as an array of events for people of all ages are planned.  More...

Victory Garden with a ‘SPIN’

The Victory Garden was the product of World War II ideals that asked American families to grow gardens at home to help avoid a food shortage. More...

Special Sections

News

Gerrish Township sued for FOIA request redactions

A lawsuit for wrongful denial of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request has been filed against Gerrish Township in 34th Circuit Court, Roscommon.  Eric Ostergren of Roscommon, filed a complaint/petition for entry of order directing a FOIA d More...

BLOWN OUT BLOWOUT

A few boats and around 100 to 150 people showed up to the “party” put on by DJ Fade at the South Higgins Lake State Park July 1. More...

Suspects caught with fireworks in their arms

Two larceny suspects were found ear­ly Sunday morning with stolen fireworks in their arms.  According to a Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office report, two men, 20 and 21, were caught by deputies at around 1 a.m. More...

Business

U.S. Army veteran joins Roscommon Dental Center

Dr. Brian Lixey, DDS, recently joined the My Community Dental Cen­ters network and the Roscommon Dental Center.  More...

CHECKMATE APPLIANCE REPAIR

Checkmate Appliance Repair owners Lorretta and Don Casemore of Gladwin pose for a photo at Houghton Lake last week. Don Casemore, a retired U.S. More...

Credit cards now accepted in toll lanes at Mackinac Bridge

Cash or credit? It’s a choice custom­ers of the Mackinac Bridge can make now, opting to use a credit card to pay their toll right at the booth.  More...

Letters to the Editor

Ostergren ‘saddened’ by having to file lawsuit

On June 26, I filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against Gerrish Township in Circuit Court. I did not want to take this action. I had to pay a sizable retainer to start the lawsuit and I gave Gerrish several chances to avoid litigation.  More...

No debate

I watched on TV the other day that the Pentagon was debating whether or not to accept transgender into the armed forces. What’s there to debate? I say, let them join, put them right out on the front lines. More...

Religion & Family

Messiah Lutheran to serve cheeseburger meatloaf

Messiah Lutheran Church, 1470 West Maplehurst, Roscommon, will host a community dinner July 12 at 5 p.m.  The menu includes cheeseburger meatloaf, twice baked potatoes, gra­vy, carrots, homemade desserts, cof­fee, iced tea and lemonade. More...

Free dinner July 11 at St. Michael

A free community dinner is planned at St. More...

Arises name daughter Ayla

Katie and Anthony Aris of Big Rapids announce the birth of their daughter, Ayla Grace Aris.  The baby was born at Spectrum Health June 25, 2017. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 19 1/2 inches long at birth.   More...

Education

Underclassmen recognized at annual awards ceremony

Houghton Lake High School under­classmen were honored at an Under­classmen Honors Awards Ceremony May 26 in the high school auditorium. More...

Roscommon Middle School Honor Roll

The following students were named to the honor roll at Roscommon Middle School for the fourth marking period (*donates all “A”s):   6th Grade  More...

Houghton Lake Middle School Honor Roll

Houghton Lake Middle School re­cently announced its honor roll for the fourth marking period of the 2016-17 school year. The following students were honored for their academic work:  4th Grade All A Honor Roll  More...

Thousands without power in Roscommon County - Free Access

Thursday evening's thunderstorm has left thousands of residents in Roscommon County without power today. More...

FLYING DAD’S FLAG

Mary Jo Oppy and her sister Sha­ron Bruckman of Higgins Lake fly their father William’s World War II flag as they “floated” on Captain Bill Bruckman’s (of Owosso) new pontoon in the 8th annual Higgins Lake Boat Parade July 3. More...

HLCS, HLEA reach 1-year agreement

The Houghton Lake Commu­nity Schools Board of Education and the Houghton Lake Education Associa­tion have reached a one-year agreement.  The school board, at a special meet­ing June 29, approved the contract, 5-0 (members Char Baker and Mark Sou 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

82nd District Court

Recently arraigned in 82nd District Court was Jennifer M. Bourcier, 37, Harrison. She demanded preliminary examination within 21 days on a charge of embezzlement between $1,000 and $20,000. Michigan State Police, Hough­ton Lake, made the arrest. More...

34th Circuit Court

Judge Robert W. Bennett presided in 34th Circuit Court, Roscommon, June 9:  No. 17-72-3486, Holly Gagne vs. James Gagne, divorce judgment granted, submitted and signed; No. 17-72-3485, Jon Walker vs. More...

Sports

Golf outing to benefit RHS football program

The inaugural Roscommon High School Football Golf Outing Fundraiser is planned for July 23 at Redwood Golf Course.  Check-in is at 11 a.m. with a noon start. All proceeds will benefit the RHS football program.  More...

KART Speedway

Houghton Lake KART Speedway June 30  More...

Standings unchanged in men’s softball league week nine action

Limberlost kept its lead in the Houghton Lake Men’s Slo-pitch Softball League standings with a 24-5 win over Anchor Inn Monday night.  Spikehorn stayed in second place at 7-1 with a 22-5 victory over Dealz on Wheelz. More...

Editorial

Consider the ‘B’s’ of summer safety

Just like the headline implies, summer has officially arrived! Also as the heading suggests, there are quite a few things associated with the letter “b” that help remind us of summer time topics. More...

Why protect speech we don’t want to hear? We need to hear it

Inside the First Amendment

We periodically test and retest the limits of free speech — in effect, revisiting the legal and societal implications of that old childhood refrain, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  Recentl More...

Outdoors

DNR confirms cougar presence in Lower Peninsula’s Clinton County

The Michigan Department of Natu­ral Resources has confirmed the pres­ence of a cougar – also referred to as a mountain lion – in Bath Township, Clinton County. More...

‘Michigan Mammals Week’ theme of State Park Explorer

State Park Explorer Guide Mi­chelle Schepke has plenty of activities planned to mark Michigan Mammals Week.  Free events are planned at both the North Higgins Lake State Park and South Hig­gins Lake State Park. More...

MASTER ANGLERS

A Master Angler sized rock bass and bluegill were among the fish caught by a young crew of fishermen on Houghton Lake June 21. More...

Happenings

Inaugural RASH Run attracts ‘great’ field of participants

The inaugural run of the Run Amer­ica’s Shortest Highway – or RASH – 5K Saturday in Prudenville, organized by Dr. Dan McGregor, at­tracted more than 50 participants.  More...

Lyon Township Parade

CARRYING THE COLORS Leading the Lyon Township Parade are Dustin Kelley of the 745th Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Com­pany (left) and Sgt. More...

Houghton Lake Fireworks

SKYLINE LIGHTS Spectators dot a ridge on The Quest Golf Club greens Monday as they watch the Houghton Lake fireworks against an orange horizon. More...

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