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    100 years since Boyne City’s Mill No.1 burned

    SUBMITTED BY BOB MORGRIDGE It was just past 9 p.m. on a Friday June 28, 1918, when the whistles at mill No. 1, located about where the marina is today, began pushing fierce vibrating sounds through the evening air, signaling a call to arms.    

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    #460 Boyne City Gazette June 20

    This week’s Boyne City Gazette has details on the survey Boyne City hopes you’ll participate in, as well as stories on the Boyne Chamber’s Gazebo concerts, a look at the 100th anniversary of the burning of Mill No. 1, the full schedule for East Jordan Freedom Festival June 27 – July 1, Veteran of the…

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    Appeals court rules public bodies must offer more info on certain closed sessions

    Public bodies—city commissions, county boards, township and village councils—must stop being vague in their explanations to the public and press regarding certain information in connection with closed sessions for pending litigation. According to Southern Michigan law firm Butzel Long, which works with the Michigan Press Association and its member newspapers like the Boyne City Gazette,…

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    Principal, two board members resign from Boyne Falls School

    BY BENJAMIN J. GOHS, EDITOR & CHRIS FAULKNOR, PUBLISHER Several resignations have been tendered in the weeks following the May 21 Boyne Falls Public School Board of Education meeting wherein a student’s disciplinary action for alleged alcohol consumption at an event unrelated to school was overturned. At a special meeting convened Wednesday May 30, two…

Boyne City man charged in brother’s death; Christopher Mellon Grice facing involuntary manslaughter charge

The Boyne City man accused of killing his brother shortly before Christmas was arraigned on Friday March 14 in Charlevoix’s 90th District Court after having been arrested on Thursday March 13. The 29-year-old Christopher Mellon Grice is charged with involuntary manslaughter related to the death of his brother William Benjamin Grice. “We wanted to wait…

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  • Grants, street & sewer work, Old City Park improvements top Boyne City Commission meeting agenda

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor The Boyne City Commission convened for its bimonthly meeting on Tuesday March 11, during which numerous items of interest were discussed. Among the various items of interest were an ISD millage renewal, Old City Park improvements, Mountain Mayhem expansion request, infrastructure grant moneys and new street and sewer projects. The meeting…

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  • Health care, EMS, broadband and trails top topics of Charlevoix County elected leader/officials summit

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor The annual Charlevoix County Officials and Elected Leaders Summit was recently held in Boyne City. Officials discussed a variety of topics including health insurance, water quality, communication, county administration, trails, broadband and ambulance services. “Health care—it is a constantly moving target,” said summit co-host Robin Berry, the Chapter Chair of the…

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  • Boyne City area plane crash felony photography charges dropped against Damien Leist

    The Charlevoix County Prosecutor’s Office issued a joint statement, early last week, announcing the dismissal of charges related to a recent plane crash. Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof, in the Tuesday March 4 release, stated that the charges were dismissed against Damien Leist, an employee of the Charlevoix County News. Prosecutors had alleged that…

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  • 2014 Boyne City Irish Heritage Festival March 9-17

    Megan Wilson Contributing Writer It’s time to get your green on once again as Boyne City celebrates its 7th annual Irish Heritage Week. “There’s a variety of events, and we kind of expanded it to a week-long umbrella of events that relate to Boyne’s history,” said Hugh Conklin, Director of Boyne City’s Main Street Program…

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  • Walloon Lake Water System customers closer to a deal

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor Nearly 30 Walloon Lake Water System customers recently voted to go forward with a plan to purchase the system for $1.3 million. The Melrose Township Board of Trustees convened Tuesday Feb. 25 to give customers—of the water system currently owned by Dennis Lee Hass—a rundown of potential costs to buy the…

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  • Boyne City Public Schools Superintendent rated “Effective”

    Boyne City Public Schools Superintendent Peter Moss was rated as “effective” according to his latest performance evaluation. The Boyne City Public Schools Board of Education recently released the results of Moss’ evaluation in a Tuesday Feb. 18 memo. “In the coming months, continued focus will be paid to student growth and achievement, student/parent feedback and…

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  • Boyne City awards two bids on phase I of marina renovation

    Benjamin Gohs News Editor A contractor has been chosen to undertake phase one of Boyne City’s marina renovation project. Several firms bid on the plan to upgrade F. Grant Moore Municipal Marina by replacing shopper docks and renovating the piers built in the 1950s, known as “fixed fingers,” to accommodate boaters in light of decreasing…

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  • Don’t miss this act from ‘America’s Got Talent’

    What does cutting edge technology and 1000-year-old children’s tales have in common? One is interpreting the other on February 21st when Crooked Tree Arts Center presents Lightwire Theater at the Boyne City Performing Arts Center. With a special performance at 6 p.m. of “The Ugly Duckling and the Tortoise and the Hare,” this show is…

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  • Charlevoix County Commissioner Larry Sullivan owes no legal fees

    By Benjamin Gohs News Editor Larry Sullivan will not have to pay the legal fees incurred surrounding his decision to run for, win, then decline the Charlevoix City Clerk’s office while holding his position as the District 6 Charlevoix County Commissioner. The matter was settled by the county’s legal counsel Bryan Graham during the Charlevoix…

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  • Boyne City Dog Park planning process continues

    By Benjamin Gohs News Editor Boyne City Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to allow the Boyne City Dog Park Committee to further investigate issues related to a plan to create a city-owned dog park at the city’s North Boyne property. The vote followed a report by the dog committee, and public comment on the matter,…

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  • Boyne City Planning Commission highlights

    CORRECTION: The correct location for Thursday’s Joint Board and Commission meeting is listed below, in red. REMINDER: The annual Joint Board and Commission meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 13 in the Boyne City Hall auditorium at 319 North Lake St. in Boyne City. The meeting is open to the public. By…

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  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with Chocolate-Covered Boyne

    By Megan Wilson Contributing Writer For the seventh year, Chocolate-Covered Boyne will be satisfying sweet teeth across Boyne City. “We have about forty merchants that are participating this year,” said event organizer Linn Williams. “The first year that Chocolate-Covered Boyne started we had only 14.” Restaurants and Businesses all across Boyne City will be taking…

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  • No pay raise without a balanced budget

    Courtesy of Inside Michigan Politics Democrat Pam Byrnes tells Inside Michigan Politics that Congress shouldn’t get a pay raise until after members pass a balanced budget as a way to “cut wasteful Washington spending.” The former state House Speaker pro-tem, who is challenging Tea Party favorite U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Tipton) in the 7th Congressional…

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  • MDEQ OK’s Kirtland Products emissions plan

    By Benjamin Gohs News Editor Following months of testing, taking comments and holding a public hearing on the matter, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has approved the Kirtland Products plan to modify its emissions of particulate matter. According to the MDEQ’s Air Quality Division, it received 23 written comments regarding the issue during…

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  • Discovery, promotion and demotion of Pluto

    Sixteen inches and what do you know, another week older and deeper in snow! I suppose the skies will eventually clear, but I’m at the point where I may have forgotten how to use my telescope. We can only hope we get a chance to do some night sky observing before spring arrives! On February…

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  • Karly Shorr going to Sochi, Russia for 2014 Winter Olympics

    CORRECTION: This story originally stated the slopestyle event was for skiing. It is actually for snowboarding. By Megan Wilson Contributing Writer A Michigan woman is taking her slopestyle snowboarding career to new heights this winter as she will be making an appearance at the 2014 Winter Games. Karly Shorr is a Milford native who vacations…

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  • Should Charlevoix County Commissioner Larry Sullivan pay legal fees?

    By Benjamin Gohs News Editor In a scathing letter concerning the recent Michigan Attorney General Office’s opinion that Charlevoix County Commissioner Larry Sullivan (R-District 6) cannot legally hold both his commissioner position and his newly-elected Charlevoix City Clerk position, Charlevoix County Commissioner Rich Gillespie (R-District 5) expressed his concerns over how the matter was handled. In…

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  • Michigan Attorney General’s Office: Larry Sullivan cannot hold both offices

    AG says city clerk, county commission offices incompatible per both Charlevoix City Charter and IPOA By Benjamin Gohs News Editor According to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, Charlevoix County Commissioner Larry Sullivan (R-District 6) cannot hold office as Charlevoix City Clerk and remain a commissioner. Contacted for comment on Monday Jan. 20, Sullivan said he had…

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  • Exploring my intolerance on this MLK Day 2014

    Don’t Get Me Wrong By Benjamin Gohs News Editor I write this on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Generally this national observance is celebrated with remembrances of the man and pondering of his legacy. My reason for writing this piece on this day stems from a conversation with a good clerical acquaintance last week—a talk…

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  • Steven Lawrence Cronk could face 10 years for second-degree child abuse

    The 27-year-old Boyne City man accused of second-degree child abuse pleaded “no contest” on Friday Jan. 17 in Charlevoix County 33rd Circuit Court. Steven Lawrence Cronk—who missed his original court date and was arrested Thursday Jan. 9 after a bench warrant was issued—will be sentenced on one charge of second-degree child abuse on Friday Jan….

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  • Boyne City Winterfest 2014: food, fun, music … and snow!

    By Megan Wilson Contributing Writer With an overabundance of snow this year, Boyne City’s annual Winterfest is sure to be a crowd pleaser, complete with downtown shopping, a book-signing, snow sculptures, kids games, a chili cook-off, and a musical finish in the evening. “Boyne’s annual Winterfest has been going on since the 1980s, it’s an…

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