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    Boyne City killer Matthew Fruge could be paroled in 10 years

    Last week, 33rd Circuit Judge Roy C. Hayes III sentenced Matthew Mark Fruge, 34, of Boyne City to 10 to 15 years in prison on a charge of voluntary manslaughter. This sentence was the maximum sentence Hayes could have given and means that Fruge will be eligible for parole in 10 years. Fruge was found…

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    Charlevoix County businesses among new group opposed to Enbridge Line 5

    Founding members of the Great Lakes Business Network include Bar Fly in Grand Rapids, Bell’s Brewery in Comstock, Beth Price Photography in Traverse City, Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor, Grand Rapids Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, Lake Charlevoix Brewing Co. in Charlevoix, Shepler’s Ferry in Mackinaw City, Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak in Empire, and Patagonia in Ventura, Calif.

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    Boyne City school band director Brandon Ivie honored

    Boyne City Middle/High School band director, Brandon Ivie, was selected for the School Band and Orchestra Magazine‘s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” December 2016 edition. Ivie, who said he was notified at the end of October of his nomination, said he was humbled and honored to represent the state of Michigan.    

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    Boyne City Police logs Dec. 26 – Jan. 1

    A look at police activity around Boyne City Monday, December 26 0505 Alarm on Lakeshore Dr. 1114 Vehicle unlock in the Industrial Park. 1329 Car deer accident on State St near River Ridge Ln. 1617 Property damage accident reported in the 100 block of E Water St. 1852 Alarm on S Lake St. 1901 Report…

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    2017 East Jordan Sno-Blast, Jan. 20-22

    FRIDAY JAN. 20 EJ Middle/High School Cafeteria • 4:30 – 7 p.m. —Chili Supper Enjoy chili, salad, bread, dessert & beverage. $7 adults, $5 seniors and children (12 & under). • 5:30 p.m. — Crowning Of Winter Knight And Belle Of The Blizzard – At the Rotary Chili Supper, E.J. Middle/High School Cafeteria 2017 Candidates…

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    #386 Boyne City Gazette – Jan. 18

    This week’s Boyne City Gazette features stories on the sentencing of Matthew Fruge in his murder case, a group of local businesses has teamed up to fight Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, all the times and dates for East Jordan’s Sno-Blast annual winter festival, a look at Boyne City’s high school band director Brandon Ivie being…

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    Gov. Snyder signs 31 bills into law

    Advanced Practice Registered Nurses now have the ability to provide expanded medical services to their patients under legislation signed recently by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. “Ensuring quality and efficiency in our medical system is important to the health and well-being of all Michiganders,” Snyder said. “This bill allows specialized nurses to provide a broader range…

  • Boyne City killer Matthew Fruge could be paroled in 10 years

    Last week, 33rd Circuit Judge Roy C. Hayes III sentenced Matthew Mark Fruge, 34, of Boyne City to 10 to 15 years in prison on a charge of voluntary manslaughter. This sentence was the maximum sentence Hayes could have given and means that Fruge will be eligible for parole in 10 years. Fruge was found…

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  • Boyne City school band director Brandon Ivie honored

    Boyne City Middle/High School band director, Brandon Ivie, was selected for the School Band and Orchestra Magazine‘s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” December 2016 edition. Ivie, who said he was notified at the end of October of his nomination, said he was humbled and honored to represent the state of Michigan.    

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  • 2017 East Jordan Sno-Blast, Jan. 20-22

    FRIDAY JAN. 20 EJ Middle/High School Cafeteria • 4:30 – 7 p.m. —Chili Supper Enjoy chili, salad, bread, dessert & beverage. $7 adults, $5 seniors and children (12 & under). • 5:30 p.m. — Crowning Of Winter Knight And Belle Of The Blizzard – At the Rotary Chili Supper, E.J. Middle/High School Cafeteria 2017 Candidates…

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  • #386 Boyne City Gazette – Jan. 18

    This week’s Boyne City Gazette features stories on the sentencing of Matthew Fruge in his murder case, a group of local businesses has teamed up to fight Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, all the times and dates for East Jordan’s Sno-Blast annual winter festival, a look at Boyne City’s high school band director Brandon Ivie being…

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  • Senators Peters, Stabenow fight unfair trade aimed at Michigan-based Whirlpool

    Samsung and LG Undercut Michigan-based Whirlpool By Moving Production to China, Export at Unfair Pricing A recent ruling by the U.S. International Trade Committee (ITC) showed that foreign manufacturers of washing machines were engaging in unfair trade practices, deliberately undercutting the Michigan-based Whirlpool Corporation. Last year, Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow urged the…

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  • Boyne Police logs Dec. 19-25

    A rundown of brief descriptions of Boyne City Police Department officer incident reports. Monday, December 19 0606 Welfare check in the 300 block of Silver St. 1030 Civil dispute in the 100 block of E Pine St. 1235 Vehicle unlock in the 300 block of N Lake St 1633 Fraud complaint in the 100 block…

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  • Blood donations in Boyne, Charlevoix, Petoskey to help with shortage

    Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood and platelet donations during severe winter blood shortage; blood donations needed now to prevent delays in care for patients The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and…

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  • #385 Boyne City Gazette Jan. 11

    This week’s Boyne City Gazette features stories on Boyne City’s new Main Street Program, the latest in local graduates competing at the college level, details on how you can help with the emergency blood shortage facing the Red Cross, lots of local opinions, cops and courts, many community photos, info on upcoming events, great tips on weight loss, brain health and more in our health section, plus local kids inducted into the National Honor Society, info on a free seminar for folks thinking of starting a business, important public notices you should see, and all the details on the big MLK Jr. celebration at the Boyne District Library.

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  • LifeTree Café talks embryo adoption Jan. 8

    The adoption and implantation of human embryos will be discussed at Lifetree Café on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. The program—titled “Playing God: Is Science Going Too Far?”—features a filmed interview with Ron Stoddart, an adoption attorney and embryo adoption advocate. “An embryo is human life at its earliest stage of development,” Stoddart…

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  • Boyne City Commission meeting highlights

    The Boyne City Commission met for its last regular meeting of 2016 before the holidays. Here are the highlights of that Tuesday Dec. 13 meeting, which included discussion of the Marvin Loding Awards, an EMS technology grant, a Great Lakes Fishery Trust Grant, the city manager’s report, and a report on the sidewalk café alcohol…

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  • Boyne Police logs Dec. 12-18

    Monday, December 12 0828 Probation violation in the 300 block of N Lake St 1315 Vehicle parked on Terrace in roadway hampering snow removal 1650 Report a lost wallet, cell phone. 1735 Vehicle unlock on S Lake St. 1900 911 check in the 500 block of N Lake St 2154 Civil complaint at in the…

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  • Lots of trail work planned for Northern Michigan

    Top of Michigan Trails Council (TOMTC) has received favorable news from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) related to funding for several projects within the TOMTC trails network, which encompasses over 300 miles of multi-use trails in Northern Michigan. The recommendations will be passed on to the Michigan Legislature in January for final approval,…

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  • Boyne chamber of commerce awards nominees announced

    Which of these deserving nominees will win awards at the Annual Meeting on Jan. 19, 2017? The Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and awards banquet typically draws a sellout crowd of more than 300 people each year. Votes have been cast by more than 350 people from around Boyne City on the following…

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  • New Michigan law compensates wrongfully imprisoned

    Gov. Rick Snyder signs legislation compensating individuals who have been wrongfully imprisoned; also signs numerous other bills Legislation follows governor’s call for reform in criminal justice special message Individuals who have been wrongfully imprisoned for a crime will now receive compensation under legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder. “Michigan’s criminal justice system does a…

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  • Boyne Police logs Dec. 5-11

    A look at the Boyne City Police Department’s activity logs for Dec. 5 through Dec. 11. MONDAY DECEMBER 5, 2016 0051 Assist Sheriff Dept with suicidal subject on Boyne City Rd. 1001 Found keys in the 200 block of E Water St 1600 Salvage Vehicle Inspection 1651 Assist the Jail on W Lincoln 1751 Assist…

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  • Obituary: Robert McGarva, 79

    MCGARVA, Robert DVM, 79, of Boyne City, died December 7, 2016 in Boyne City, Michigan. He was born in Oshawa, Canada on August 27, 1937 to the late Robert and Josephine Adele McGarva and spent his childhood in Royal Oak, Michigan. He graduated from Dondero High School in Royal Oak, Michigan State University, and the…

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  • Michigan Gov. Snyder signs laws on affordable college, hunting colors review, sport fishing

    Community college students who do not reside within a community college district will now have expanded opportunities to pay residential tuition rates under legislation signed yesterday by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. “Michigan is well poised to be the national leader in developing talent, and community colleges are a tremendous resource to help us achieve this…

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  • Boyne Kiwanis Eddie Essay awards in photos

    The annual Boyne City Kiwanis Eddie Essay contest awards banquet breakfast was held last week in Boyne City. Here are some of the photo highlights from the event. Photos by Chris Faulknor NOTE: Click once on the photo to see the full image in the gallery slider.  

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  • Guest Commentary: Growth in Boyne City not the only option

    BY BOYNE CITY RESIDENT FRANK CARLETON An opinion on the proposed 30-Acre Rezoning and Ensuing Development Intro: A local developer (Ted Macksey) is asking for a change in zoning for a 30-acre parcel on Jefferson Street near Vogel from Rural Estate District to Multi Family Residential District, bypassing the less dense step of Single Family…

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  • How Charlevoix County’s state legislators voted

    • House Bill 4629, Repeal bond requirement to contest asset forfeiture: Passed 29 to 8 in the Senate To repeal a requirement that a property owner whose property has been seized by police and is subject to civil forfeiture must provide a cash bond in order to contest the taking, and if the challenge is…

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  • Boyne City Kiwanis 2016 winter Eddie Essay contest

    The Eleventh Annual 10th Grade Eddie Essay Awards Ceremony was hosted by the Boyne City Kiwanis Club on Dec. 15. Through sponsorship the Boyne City Kiwanis Club gave away $1600 to local charities. Since the inception of the Contest in 2006 the Club has presented $18,000 to 57 local charities. This contest is held in…

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  • #382 Boyne City Gazette Dec. 21

    Merry Christmas! This week’s Boyne City Gazette features letters to Santa, the Eddie Essay contest winning essays, a rundown of the Boyne City Public Schools Superintendent’s first evaluation, lots of community photos, cops and courts, business news, upcoming holiday events, an in-depth guest commentary on the 30-acre Ted Macksey property which could become the site of a housing project, and much more.

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  • Charlevoix County businesses among new group opposed to Enbridge Line 5

    Founding members of the Great Lakes Business Network include Bar Fly in Grand Rapids, Bell’s Brewery in Comstock, Beth Price Photography in Traverse City, Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor, Grand Rapids Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, Lake Charlevoix Brewing Co. in Charlevoix, Shepler’s Ferry in Mackinaw City, Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak in Empire, and Patagonia in Ventura, Calif.

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  • Boyne City Police logs Dec. 26 – Jan. 1

    A look at police activity around Boyne City Monday, December 26 0505 Alarm on Lakeshore Dr. 1114 Vehicle unlock in the Industrial Park. 1329 Car deer accident on State St near River Ridge Ln. 1617 Property damage accident reported in the 100 block of E Water St. 1852 Alarm on S Lake St. 1901 Report…

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  • GLE People Fund gives over $204k in grants

    Great Lakes Energy, with the help of its members, continues its commitment to local communities through the People Fund. During 2016, the People Fund awarded $204,752 in grants to charitable and community organizations.    

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  • Gov. Snyder signs 31 bills into law

    Advanced Practice Registered Nurses now have the ability to provide expanded medical services to their patients under legislation signed recently by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. “Ensuring quality and efficiency in our medical system is important to the health and well-being of all Michiganders,” Snyder said. “This bill allows specialized nurses to provide a broader range…

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  • Northern Michigan health news briefs

    Nutrition, Exercise, and Weight Loss Stephen Ward, MD, physician with OMH Medical Group Internal Medicine, will lead a discussion on nutrition, exercise, and weight loss on Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 5–6 p.m. in the Professional Medical Building Conference Room at Otsego Memorial Hospital. Dr. Ward will speak about the importance of nutrition and exercise and…

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  • Michigan Gov. Snyder signs laws to notify of high lead levels in public water

    Gov. Rick Snyder Also signs 21 additional measures Joined at Grace Emmanuel Church in Flint by state Rep. Sheldon Neeley and other state and local officials and community members, Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation to ensure Michigan residents are notified more quickly if lead levels in their public water supply exceed safety requirements. “These bills…

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  • LSSU’s 2017 list of banned words

    The wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University have taken their best “guesstimate” and released LSSU’s 42nd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. “Overused words and phrases are a ‘bête noire’ for thousands of users of the ‘manicured’ Queen’s English,” said an LSSU spokesperson, who released the…

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  • Boyne Free Clinic closed Friday Jan. 6

    Due to an unexpected illness, the Boyne Area Free Clinic will be closed this Friday Jan. 6. The free clinic will be open normal hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the following Friday, Jan. 13. If you are in need of medical attention, you may visit the Boyne Area Free Clinic any time between the…

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  • #384 Boyne City Gazette Jan. 4

    This week’s Boyne City Gazette features stories on the Boyne City Commission, new gasoline and automobile taxes and fees, a feature story on local eateries, lots and lots of New Year’s Eve photos, LSSU’s annual list of banned words, local opinions, plenty of cops and courts info, Bible study ideas for the new year, a business seminar idea to help you net more sales in 2017, great tips of car care and shopping for a used car, a great list of classes, lectures and upcoming events, and much more!

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  • Boyne library program on hoarding, compulsive spending

    Many people collect special items to display: baseball cards, dolls, antiques, and coins are examples of popular collections. Maintaining a collection is not a problem, but when an individual compulsively acquires an excessive number of items and the idea of parting with or discarding these items causes severe anxiety, it is possible that that person…

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  • Free New Year’s Eve rides in Charlevoix County

    Charlevoix County Transit to offer Service on New Year’s Eve Charlevoix County Transit announced today that they will be offering free county-wide transit service on New Year’s Eve from 6pm until 2am. The service will be provided on a first come-first serve basis and it’s suggested that reservations be made in advance, although same evening…

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  • Boyne City’s top stories of 2016

    In a few days, another year will have come and gone. For many, the New Year’s holiday is a time to reflect on the past before preparing for the future. Here are some of the stories that helped make another year in history in the Boyne area. Losing an Icon After a long life of…

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  • #383 Boyne City Gazette Dec. 28

    This week’s Boyne City Gazette features a look at some of the big and interesting stories from 2016, a list of nearly 50 New Year’s resolutions that most of us can make and keep, letters to the editor, a political cartoon year-in-review, the latest on progress to Northern Michigan trails projects, a look at how many votes your legislators missed last year, info on how to get a free and safe ride on New Year’s Eve, cops and courts, a look at the nominees for the annual Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Awards, many community photos, and much more. Happy New Year!

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  • Boyne ‘Last River Draw’ statue install photo gallery

    After years of planning and months of construction, a new sculpture celebrating Boyne City’s historic roots—entitled The Last River Draw—has been installed in and on the banks of the Boyne River in the heart of Boyne City’s Downtown District. Final preparations on the project were made beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday Dec. 7, in…

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  • Boyne 1st Presbyterian Christmas services and community dinner

    First Presbyterian Church of Boyne City is hosting Christmas Eve caroling (indoors) at 6:30 p.m. and a service at 7 p.m. Christmas Day Service is at 11 a.m.followed by the Community Christmas Dinner from noon to 2 p.m. All are invited to join us for the Christmas Dinner as we celebrate the birth of Christ and…

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  • Boyne City Police logs Nov. 28-Dec. 4

    The latest roundup of Boyne City Police weekly incident reports from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4. Monday, November 28, 2016 1125 Vehicle Unlock in the 200 block of S Lake St. 1318 Vehicle unlock in the 900 block of E Division St 1642 Gasoline drive off in the 1300 block of Boyne Av 1738 Alarm…

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  • Boyne Kiwanis Eddie Essay: ‘Army for good’ by Cora Hauger

    BY CORA HAUGER “Squeeze tight, deep breath… okay the needle is in. Now just sit still.” O- here. When giving blood these phrases can be heard echoing through the rooms as a way to calm down the nervous herd. Normally, once these strange people have fully taken all the blood they can, we just grab…

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  • Boyne area children’s letters to Santa

    In order to help make sure Santa sees the letters from local kids, the Boyne City Gazette is sharing them here in the week leading up to Christmas. Text of many of the letters is below. The rest are in downloadable PDF files at the bottom of this post. We hope you get everything you…

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