Author: Kevin Hodge

Boyne City Breaks Ground on New Trail System

Boyne City, Evangeline Township, and the Top of Michigan Mountain Bike Association broke ground on a new trail system just north of the city earlier today. $20,000 was given to the city and Evangeline Township to construct a parking lot and trailhead along Old Horton Bay Road. TOMMBA also completed a crowdfunding campaign last year, raising more than $50,000 through…

The Majority of Michigan is Facing a Drought, Affects Farmers

With the lack of rain recently, Michigan farmers are paying closer attention to their crops. According to the Michigan Farm Bureau, fruit trees and wine grapes are at one of their most vulnerable stages. “Apples, cherries, both of those are being impacted now because they’re in that fruit set and fruit sizing phase,” said Theresa Sisung, field crop specialist with…

First Motorcycle Rally in Mackinaw City to Benefit Veteran Charity

Mackinaw City is set to hold it’s first Motorcycle Rally at Conkling Heritage Park. They’re setting up a beer tent, a bike show, and fireworks over Lake Huron among other activities. “We’re going to have a poker ride,” said Stephanie MacLeod, coordinator of the event. “We’re going to have a parade across the mighty Mackinac Bridge. We already have 500…

Filmmakers Set Out on 425 Mile Paddleboard Trip Through Michigan Waters

Two men have embarked on a journey through Michigan waters to learn more about them and investigate Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline. William Wright and Chris Yahanda will travel 425 miles by paddleboard starting from Mackinac Island and ending up in Lansing. They also plan to learn more about invasive species, climate change and how it’s affecting the food industry, and…

Sault Ste. Marie Hopeful the U.S. Canada Border Will Open this Month

With the possibility of the U.S. Canada border opening within the month, Sault Ste. Marie is excited to welcome back our neighbors to the north. It goes both ways, but the Canadians that visit pump a lot of money into the local economy. “We have a lot of different shops within the community they love to go to and we…

Charlevoix Students Raise Money for Struggling Local Cinema

Throughout the pandemic, movie theaters have dealing with hard times as they were shut down for a long period of time. In Charlevoix, a team of high schoolers part of the Junior Main Street Program worked together to raise money for their local cinema. They gathered sponsors and held two drive in movie nights, charging $5 a head. Together they…

Pellston Schools Reflects on Challenges as School Year Comes to a Close

With all of the changes happening throughout the year, Pellston Schools managed to make the most of it and provide a quality education for their students.  Although, some teachers like Courtney Whittaker said it was tough not being able to connect with their students as much.  “So I think that’s a huge part with teaching is seeing those facial expressions…

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council in Petoskey Receives Grant from EGLE

The Michigan Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy has awarded $4.7 million dollars in grants for watershed management projects across the state.  The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council in Petoskey received one of the grants for $153,938. With the money they’ll be able to handle their operations for the next three years.  They’ll also be able to install…

Sault Ste. Marie Cuts Ribbon on New Affordable Housing Complex

At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Sault Ste. Marie unveiled a new affordable housing apartment complex worth $14 million.   Woda Cooper Companies Incorporated developed the property to hold 63 total units. Mayor Don Gerrie said he was very pleased with the addition to the downtown area. “This kind of affordable housing brings really an opportunity for people to live…

Better Business Bureau Says Mackinaw City Incident Should be a Learning Experience

Businesses and customers continue to speak out against the many other establishments owned by the Lieghio family in Mackinaw City.  The reputation of the popular tourist location has taken a hit after a video of an employee at the Crown Choice Inn berating one of their customers.   Director of the Better Business Bureau Education Foundation, Troy Baker, says this is an opportunity…