Author: Kevin Hodge

Paddle Antrim Festival Kicks Off After Missing Out Last Year

At 9:30 a.m. on Friday, paddlers set out for the sixth Paddle Antrim where they looked to travel along the Chain of Lakes Water Trails. Paddle Antrim Director, Deana Jerdee said a large number of participants weren’t from the area. “We have about 80 percent of paddlers are coming from not the five county region,” she said. “So they are…

Cheboygan City Council Votes to Allow First Goose Hunt

For the first time, Cheboygan will be taking deadly action against the Canadian geese crowding around the area. At the Cheboygan Fairgrounds, they’ve been seeing a lot more geese this year and throughout the property you’ll find droppings and feathers littered upon the ground. Manager of the fairgrounds, Dan O’Henley, said the problem has become worse over the years. “The…

Emmet Co. Likely to Let Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee Dissolve

Emmet County Administrator Mike Reaves said the sunset of the Economic Development Ad Hoc Committee will be a good thing for trying to solve the area’s housing crisis. Instead of having more than one group trying to tackle it, they’ll be able to have a better focus. “Rather than have multiples, we’ll try to consolidate and collaborate with the different…

Emmet County Considers Forming Transportation Authority

While Emmet County’s main focus is on housing, transportation is also on their minds. With not enough housing in areas like Petoskey, the fact that workers don’t have reliable public transportation is also contributing to short staffing. Commissioners are currently trying to figure out if creating a transit authority would be the right way to go. However, it’s been a…

Human Resource Departments Navigate President Biden’s Vaccination Mandate

With President Biden’s announcement that employers with over 100 employees must have them all vaccinated, many are wondering what to do. The Traverse Area Human Resource Association is fielding many questions about handling the situation. Marketing Chair Tonya Jacobs said the problem is they aren’t sure what to do themselves, and says right now it’s a waiting game, a situation…

Pellston 2nd Grader Raises Money to Help School with Supplies

Shoshanna Williamson is a 2nd grader starting her school year at Pellston Schools. Before school was back in session, she managed to raise $600 by returning cans collected throughout the community. “Well I thought that there wasn’t enough money for the school so I wanted to do it, because we’re not rich,” said Shoshanna. Three hundred dollars will also go…

Former Pentagon Official Reflects on the Events of 9/11

Two months after Steven Bucci, Ph.D., began working at the Pentagon, he was in the building when the greatest attack on American soil was happening. He said they weren’t as prepared as they should have been. “Suddenly we were in a different situation,” he said. “Our NORAD, our defense system to protect North America, faces outward. Now suddenly we had…

ATF Involved in Investigating Suspect Who Had 51 Firearms Seized

On Monday, the Michigan State Police assisted the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office in a hit and run investigation. After tracking down the suspect, they found what would result in a large number of possible charges. Upon interviewing the 50-year-old Johannesburg man at his home, they discovered a cache of 51 firearms with one of them being fully automatic. They also…