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    BCPS Board of Ed business

    Jennifer Clasman-Ammerman, a concerned parent of two Boyne City Public Schools Students, read a letter detailing her concerns over how much time students at Boyne City Middle School have to eat their lunch. Clasman-Ammerman contended that a number of students and their parents share the concern that they don’t have enough time to eat.

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    Charlevoix County in top 10

    Charlevoix County has been found to be among the most financially healthy places in Michigan, according to a new study by SmartAsset.    

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    Boyne City Commission news

    Marijuana ordinance, building height, sculpture purchase, and DPW upgrades top the most recent city business. Boyne City Commissioners met on Tuesday Feb. 12 for their regular meeting. Following are the highlights:    

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    Boyne City Police activity

    The latest look at the Boyne City Police Department’s day-to-day work in the community. Here are the weekly incident reports spanning Monday Jan. 28 through Sunday Feb. 10.    

  • NCMC free game nights

    North Central Michigan College’s Student and Community Resource Center is offering an event for individuals and families to enjoy board games and fun. Game Night will be held every other Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Iron Horse Café (cafeteria in the Student Center) on the Petoskey campus – January 10 and 24, February 7…

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  • Report on child care in Northern MI

    In Northwest Lower Michigan the cost of child care often exceeds families’ budgets. The average cost of home based care in the region for an infant and a preschooler is nearly $14,000 a year, which is more than the average mortgage payment and similar to tuition costs at an average public university. Subscribers can log…

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  • Gov. Whitmer directives on ethical government

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today signed a package of executive directives focused on assuring good government and ethical practices in her administration and across state government. “State government must be open, transparent and accountable to Michigan taxpayers,” Whitmer said. “To continue to earn public confidence, we must set good examples and act ethically at all times….

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  • Petoskey Audubon program Jan. 8

    The January 8 Petoskey Audubon program will feature Doug Klein and “The Birds of Barry County.” Doug Klein will discuss how he started the Barry County Bird Club, developed a cumulative bird checklist for the county, and cover birds of note on the list, like some first state records and some other unusual species.

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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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  • Gov. Whitmer signs equal pay directive

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Directive 2019-10 aimed at securing equal pay for equal work for State of Michigan Employees. “It’s pretty simple, women deserve equal pay for equal work,” said Whitmer. “Women in Michigan earn 78 cents for every dollar men make for doing the same job, and it’s time for that to…

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  • Schmidt January coffee hours include Boyne City

    State Sen. Wayne Schmidt will hold coffee hours with constituents throughout the 37th Senate District during the month of January. The senator will be available to answer questions and provide information and assistance, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district. No appointment is necessary. For more information or to contact…

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  • Gov. Whitmer seeks AG review of Line 5 legislation

    Governor Gretchen Whitmer has requested a legal opinion from Attorney General Dana Nessel regarding the constitutionality of the recent Enbridge Line 5 pipeline legislation and the new Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority created by outgoing governor, Rick Snyder. Log in to see Whitmer’s letter to the Attorney General. “Resolving any legal uncertainty regarding PA 359, the…

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  • 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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