• Boyne City public meeting on street project Jan. 3

    A public informational meeting on the proposed Cedar & Terrace Street Road Reconstruction project will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 3 in the Boyne City Hall Commission Chambers. Boyne City is in the process of developing plans to rebuild the entire length of Terrance Street and also West Cedar Street between Douglas and South…

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  • Top stories of 2018

    By Benjamin J. Gohs, Editor It was another big year for the big little city of Boyne City and surrounding communities as a number of major projects were planned, some longtime goals realized, a number of notable deaths occurred, and there was plenty of both laughter and tears.    

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  • New law enhances penalties for crimes against animals

    Also signs four bills, vetoes four bills Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation increasing prison time for aggravated animal cruelty crimes. “This legislation demonstrates how seriously we take animal cruelty in this state and that Michiganders won’t tolerate it,” Snyder said. House Bill 4332, sponsored by state Rep. Tommy Brann, authorizes up to seven years…

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  • Healthy MI Plan to continue five more years

    The Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Dec. 21 announced approval of Michigan’s amended Healthy Michigan Waiver, providing continued health insurance coverage for hundreds of thousands of Michiganders for five more years. “The Healthy Michigan Plan has been a success story that can be amodel for the entire country on how to assist people in leading healthier lives,” Gov. Rick…

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  • Bill includes significant funds for Michigan roads

    The County Road Association of Michigan appreciates a gift to the people of Michigan in the form of additional road funds in the supplemental appropriation bill initiated by Gov. Rick Snyder and approved by the Legislature on Friday. The $1.25 billion appropriations bill includes $114 million for roads, of which county road agencies will share…

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: The East Jordan pot proposition

    By Mitch MacKay of East Jordan EAST JORDAN, MICHIGAN, population 2343, 2018, where river, lake and friendly people meet. Of these 2343 friendly people, 7 commissioners meeting, 1 Mayor presiding, 1 City Manager overseeing, 8-10 concerned and dedicated members of the City Planning, un-unanimously declined to take a stand on allowing in-town East Jordan voters…

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  • Study: discourse mostly constructive in local govs

    Michigan’s local governments report mostly positive civil discourse among their jurisdiction’s elected officials but less so among residents, according to a University of Michigan survey. Among local elected leaders, 71 percent report mostly constructive discourse among elected officials, while 20 percent report mixed discourse, and eight percent report the discourse to be very or somewhat…

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  • 17 new Michigan laws passed

    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder yesterday signed 17 new laws into existence. The new legislation includes rules on substitute teachers, amusement rides, the EPA, prohibition on co-op advertising, and changes to health insurance.    

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  • Stabenow bill fixes, ensures Michigan vets housing benefits

    U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced unanimous Senate passage of legislation she cosponsored, the Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act, to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimburses veterans in Michigan for missed or underpaid housing benefits. In 2017, Congress passed the Forever GI Bill which was designed to reimburse student veterans based on the…

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  • Charlevoix among counties detailed in U-M poverty map

    The University of Michigan’s poverty and well-being map shows modest improvements across most of Michigan. Statewide, the median income rose $2,832, the poverty rate dropped 1.1 percent and child poverty fell 1.6 percent. The new statewide average rate per county is 14 percent, and the average child poverty rate per county is 20.5 percent. While…

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  • OBITUARY – Anthony “Tony” Skiera, 72

    Anthony “Tony” Skiera, 72, of Traverse City passed away December 8, 2018. The memorial service will be held on Saturday May 18, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. with visitation beginning one hour prior at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your condolences and memories with the family.

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  • Boyne City Commission discussions, votes

    Boyne City Commissioners met most recently to discuss a number of city business items including prohibiting marijuana facilities despite overwhelming support in favor of allowing such businesses by voters in November; the commission also heard the city manager’s report, approved the North Lake Street resurfacing project, and set its 2019 meeting calendar.  

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  • Michigan Senate’s last-minute bid to kill wetland protections

    On Tuesday Dec. 18, the Michigan legislature passed Senate Bill 1211, which if allowed to become law, would rollback protection for many of the state’s wetlands. These natural areas are critical for clean water and protect communities from floods and drought. Many of the affected areas are located in Important Bird Areas (IBAs) – an…

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  • LETTERS – Marijuana legal but problematic

    Oppose the scourge of pot Editor: Early November (2018) the citizens of Michigan opened Pandora’s Box at the voting booth when the recreational marijuana bill was passed. Pandora will never be able to close the box’s lid. Its evils will be an added poison to assist tobacco and alcohol to further destroy our people and…

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  • Charlevoix County’s state legislators at work

    A look at how Charlevoix County’s state legislators voted on a number of bills including grading schools, legal challenges, taking money from schools to use for roads and environmental cleanup, changes to gambling, and addressing cyber-bullying.    

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  • NOTICE – Boyne schools taking bond improvements bids

    Boyne City Public Schools ADVERTISEMENT TO BID Boyne City Public Schools requests Bid Proposals for Bid Package 18-100 Boyne City Public Schools 2016 Bond Improvements. Bid Proposals will be received through Building Connected by 2:00 p.m. local time on January 21, 2019.

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  • NLEA to form Broadband Consortium

    By Andy Hayes, NLEA President There currently exists high speed internet fiber in our area that is only accessible to schools, governments and hospitals. In many instances, companies are left with internet service that is less than adequate or unavailable. Through the NLEA Broadband Consortium, companies located within participating counties will have an additional option for…

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  • OBITUARY – Brian Lister Bates

    Brian Lister Bates, of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Boyne City, Michigan died at his Fort Wayne home, surrounded by his loving family, December 23, 2018 after courageously battling ALS. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Brian started his career at Stanford University in a Cardiovascular Research Lab. From there, he joined Cook, Inc. His career…

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  • Governor’s sentence commutation, pardon list

    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has completed his review and recommendations for commutations and pardons for those convicted of a crime in Michigan and has decided to grant 61 requests for clemency. The governor’s executive clemency authority is derived from Section 14 of Article V of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, which provides that the governor…

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  • Gov. signs school safety, 14 other laws

    Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed legislation creating new safety initiatives to better protect Michigan schoolchildren. “These bills will ensure school districts and local law enforcement are working together to create stable learning environments for Michigan’s students while also having the necessary procedures in place to protect them,” Snyder said. Senate Bills 982, 983, and 990,…

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  • Bill to streamline fed property review

    The U.S. House has passed bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) and James Lankford (R-OK) to save taxpayer money by streamlining the federal inventory review process. Currently, many federal agencies only declare property as excess during periods of transition, such as office moves or space…

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Support St. Michael Academy

    St. Michael Academy (“SMA”), Northern Michigan’s only Classical Catholic high school, is pleased to announce a generous boost to its 2018 fundraising campaign, the ‘sNO BALL, with a commitment from anonymous donors to match pledges up to $150,000, if SMA can raise the same amount by year-end.

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  • Christmas dinner, church services

    Beginning Dec. 24 Catholic Services & Events The Boyne Valley Catholic Community is offering many opportunities to enrich your prayer life and spirituality beginning on December 23rd the Fourth Week of Advent. Activities during the week that begins December 23rd include: The Christmas Mass Schedule is: • Christmas Eve: 6 pm St. Matthew’s 9 pm…

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  • Boyne Christmas photo album

    This photo album of over 30 pictures includes shots from the local Knights of Columbus annual Christmas party for the area’s mentally challenged, the Boyne City Public Schools annual Christmas Craft Show, and Christmas Concerts from both Boyne Falls Public School and Boyne City Public Schools.

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  • Handel’s Messiah concert Dec. 20

    Share your favorite holiday tradition with family and friends! The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Chorus returns to beautiful St. Francis Xavier Church in Petoskey on December 20th at 7PM for a thrilling performance of Handel’s Messiah. (Performance at Great Lakes Center for the Arts on December 21st is sold out!). Music Director, Libor Ondras,…

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  • 8 new laws signed by Gov. Snyder

    Crime victims have more options for reading their victim impact statement in court, under legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder. “Ensuring victims have the opportunity to address the court is a vital piece to our criminal justice system,” Snyder said. “This bill will ensure that opportunity, even when a victim is unable or has…

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