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On Friday afternoon, Troopers from the Michigan State Police West Branch Post were dispatched to the Hale High School for a suspicious man. It was reported a man approached two young ladys who were in the parking lot of Mikey’s Pizza. The man made comments about their looks and began to exit his car. The girls then ran from the area, where they observed a teacher nearby and ran to the teacher. The girls were escorted back to the High School where family was contacted. The suspect was observed to continue driving on the roads near the school. The girls were not harmed and were turned over to family. The suspect was described as a white male in his 40’s wearing glasses driving a red Ford F-250 extended cab pickup, late 90’s to early 2000’s model. Surveillance video from surrounding businesses is being looked at, and the investigation is ongoing to identify the man.

The Oscoda Campus of Alpena Community College has a new Director.  Alpena Community College has a new Director at its Oscoda Campus. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Doctor Marvin Pichla has assumed the Director of Oscoda Campus position. Doctor Pichla has served as Executive Director of the Thumb Area Michigan Works Agency before accepting the Directorship. Doctor Pichla will be responsible for managing the daily operation of the campus, scheduling classes, managing the staff, providing academic and administrative services to students and representing the campus in the local communities. His goals include growing the Oscoda Campus enrollments and building educational opportunities in partnership with local businesses.

The Arenac County Economic Corporation recently received grant funding.  The $20,000 dollar grant is from the Michigan Build Ready Sites Program. According to the Arenac County Independent, the grant is part of the state's Site Readiness Improvement Program. The Arenac County Economic Corporation will use the funds for a feasibility study toward the relocation of the fairgrounds from its current location to property recently purchased by the county. EDC Director Stephanie Buffman said that the study will provide future benefits for management of the site beyond the relocation of the fairgrounds. She said it will also help determine any upgrades that might be needed for roads and other infrastructure.   

The Miss Sunrise Side and Miss Sunrise Side Outstanding Teen Competitions were held Saturday night at Alcona High School. Six young ladies competed for the Outstanding Teen title. The 2nd Runner Up was Ava Kelly, 1st Runner Up was Rylie Dewley and crowned Miss Sunrise Side Outstanding Teen was Peyton Lowder. Ten young ladies competed for the title of Miss Sunrise Side. The 3rd   Runner Up was Taylor Towers, 2nd Runner Up was Sabrina Jeffrey, 1st Runner Up was Alexis Newcomer and crowned Miss Sunrise Side was Shelby Lentz. 

Local Sports

High School Football Saturday:
Alpena 30  Gaylord 6

Boys Soccer Saturday:
Oscoda Soccer Invitational

Oscoda 3  Hazel Park 2
Ortonville Brandon 6  Oscoda 1
Roscommon 2  Oscoda 0
Roscommon 6  Sault Ste Marie 0
Royal Oak Catholic Shrine 1  Roscommon 0


 Fri. Local News Audio


The Tawas Area School District has a new Superintendent.  The Tawas Area School Board opted to hire from within. According to the Iosco County News Herald, at a special school board meeting, John Klinger was hired as the new school superintendent. Klinger has been principal at Tawas Area High School since the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Previously he was the district's director of federal programs and principal at Clara Bolen Elementary. Klinger also spent fifteen years working in the Alcona School District. Klinger was one of two candidates invited back for second interviews, the other being Suzanne Kavanaugh, who is currently the K-12 Principal with the Pontiac School District. Klinger replaces former Superintendent, Jeff Hutchison, who left the district to become special education director with Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency.  (photo by John Morris)

In a recent study, Oscoda County was recently ranked very good for small business owners.  The study was conducted by Smart Asset. According to the Oscoda County Herald, it weighed three factors, the percentage of people in the county with small business incomes, the proportion of that income to overall income, and taxes paid by small business owners. Based on those figures, Oscoda County ranked sixth best county in the state for small business owners. County Chairman, Kyle Yoder, said he was excited to see this information and said Oscoda County has many opportunities for small business owners. The study listed the top five counties in the state for small businesses as Leelanau; Charlevoix; Emmet; Grand Traverse and Oakland Counties.    

State Representative Sue Allor has introduced legislation that would expand compensation to certain first responders who have taken on the risk of contracting cancer through work related duties. Under Allor’s plan, fire crash rescue and forest fire officers would now be included on the list of state civil service classifications eligible to claim benefits from the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund. To be covered, firefighters would have to be in active service or have sixty months or more in active service time cancer manifests. Allor, of Wolverine, said fire crash rescue and forest fire officers are currently not eligible to claim benefits from the coverage fund, despite being exposed to hazardous chemicals incidental to fire suppression, rescue or emergency response services. Allor said her legislation was authored with the help of her constituent, Steve Richardson, a fire crash rescue officer who also serves as crew chief at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training center. Allor’s Bill now moves to the House Insurance Committee for further consideration.


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On Wednesday, The Need Our Water Group, and others spoke out about nine years of PFAS contamination making its way from the closed Wurtsmith Air Force Base. According to M-Live, the press conference in Oscoda covered issues such as not eating fish from a branch of the Au Sable River, not eating venison from deer harvested from nearby and not touching the foam while swimming or boating on Van Etten Lake. And many can’t drink water from their home wells. They’re calling on the Air Force for action and were joined yesterday by other community activists from across the state, who also confront the toxic PFAS chemicals making their way into drinking water and the environment. Oscoda was the first Michigan community where PFAS was discovered, and it’s the first military-operated site with identified PFAS anywhere in the world.

The Oscoda AuSable Chamber of Commerce Director has stepped down.  Oscoda AuSable Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Rose Fulton, left her position to pursue a job at Kalitta Air as an Administrative Assistant. According to the Oscoda Press, Fulton began working at the Chamber in February 2015 and during her tenure she worked to develop business opportunities from the local and county level. Fulton was replaced by Zach Scholten, from Grand Rapids, who moved to Oscoda six months ago. Scholten began his position as Interim Executive Director on September 3rd and will remain an Interim Director for ninety days.

The Harbor Beach City Council recently discussed recreational marijuana establishments within city limits.  Harbor Beach officials joined other municipalities in the Thumb by banning recreational marijuana establishments within city limits. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the council heard the first reading of an ordinance to prohibit recreational marijuana in Harbor Beach. The ordinance will have its second reading at the Council's next meeting on Monday. Once approved, the ordinance will go into effect in mid-October.     


 Wed. Local News Audio


The North Central Michigan Community Foundation awarded grant money to organizations including Ogemaw County.  The Community Impact Grants totaled nearly $28,000 dollars to local nonprofits benefiting residents in Ogemaw, Oscoda and Crawford Counties. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, the grants include $3,300 dollars to Ana's Treasures of West Branch to support foster programs. Schools receiving funding included the Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, Roscommon Intermediate School District and St. Joseph Catholic School. Also receiving grants were Ogemaw Kids Club, West Branch First United Methodist Church, District Health Department Number Two, Ogemaw Hills Free Clinic, City of West Branch, Michigan Works and D & R Acres Hobby and Rescue Farm. Funds for the grants come from the community needs endowment funds of each county. 

An Oscoda County Agency has undergone a name change.  The changes are with the Oscoda County Housing Commission. According to the Oscoda County Herald, the commission is now the Oscoda County Home Improvement Program. Chairman Kyle Yoder said the housing commission offers things such as rental units, but Oscoda County's commission just received state and federal monies for home repairs. Yoder said the program offers help to people, often in the form of low interest or deferred loans. He said it bridges the gap for people who want to stay in their home or need something done with their home and don't have the finances to do that. The name change was suggested by Lee Ann Fischer who became the Housing Commission Director in June of this year.

A bill proposed by State Representative Sue Allor declaring a portion of Highway U.S. 23 in Iosco County as the “Peter C. Lemon Highway” was approved yesterday in a vote of the House Transportation Committee. The section of U.S. 23 to be named will begin at the M-55 intersection and extend south to Tawas River Bridge. Sergeant Lemon, a Congressional Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient, served in Vietnam and bravely acted to save several members of the team he fought alongside in April 1970. Lemon, 69, moved to Tawas at age two. After completing high school in 1968, he volunteered to enlist in the U.S. Army. In 2005 he donated his Congressional Medal of Honor to Tawas Area High School to serve as an inspiration to students. Allor’s bill now moves to the House Ways and Means Committee for further consideration.


 Tue. Local News Audio


A former Iosco County Medical Examiner was recently sentenced.  Dr. Devendra Kumar Sharma was recently sentenced in 23rd Circuit Court. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Sharma was sentenced to two years probation on two separate criminal sexual conduct cases. Sharma received no jail time after striking a plea deal where he pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted fourth degree criminal sexual conduct. Two counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct were dismissed. Under the sentencing Sharma must comply with the Michigan Sex Offender Registration Act and be placed on GPS monitoring for the length of his probation.

On Friday, deputies from the Alcona County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the District Health Department Number Two building at 311 North Lake Street in Harrisville for a malicious destruction of property complaint. During the course of the investigation, deputies located several plastic bottles with an unknown substance located near the building. Based on information deputies obtained at the scene and the location of the bottles, the health department employees were evacuated from the building. The Michigan State Police Bomb Squad was called in to assist due to the bottles containing an unknown substance. A preliminary investigation determined that the bottles were filled with a mixture containing a household chemical. The Alcona County Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone that may have information about this incident to call the Sheriff’s Office at 724-6271. 


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The UAW strike is drawing reaction from Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. In a statement, he says he's proud to support the UAW workers who are standing up to the greed of General Motors. Sanders says the automaker made over $4 billion in profits last year, paid nothing in federal income taxes and provided a huge compensation package for its CEO. He adds that GM needs to sit down with the UAW and work out an agreement that treats workers with the respect and the dignity they deserve.


Congressman Andy Levin, a former union organizer, is reacting to the ongoing strike. In a statement Levin says he supports the UAW's decision to employ the union's most serious tool to achieve a better goal. Adding the next contract needs to make more jobs permanent and full-time, and ensure fair wages and good benefits for all employees. Levin says he's optimistic the two sides can come together on a contract that accomplishes the twin goals of justice for workers, and continuing success for GM.

A couple of people were rescued from the lake at Spring Valley Park in Kalamazoo Sunday afternoon. the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says they received calls that a juvenile was calling for help and said he couldn't breathe. When police arrived, a bystander had entered the water in effort to save the juvenile but was overcome with exhaustion and was unable to provide further aid. A veteran police officer, trained in water rescue, went in the water and swam out to both and was able to support both people in the water until more help arrived. They brought them to shore and rendered medical assistance. The juvenile had gone in the water to rescued his dog. He , the bystander, and the dog were all treated and released from the scene.

A 14-year-old southwest Michigan girl is missing. Portage Police say Makaileigh Jo Soltis was last seen last Thursday night. Her mother reported her missing Friday morning and believe she ran away. Makaileigh is five foot one, 230 pounds with red-orange hair and brown glasses. Police say she takes several medications and may not have them with her.

Detroit police are investigating a dog attack that left a 3-year-old girl hospitalized. It happened on Sunday morning on the city's eastside. The girl was in a neighbor's yard when the pit pull began biting and scratching the child. She's now recovering in stable condition. The dog has been taken to the humane society. Police say there was no parental supervision when the attack occurred.

A symbol of unity. That's what a new arch being built at the Shrine of St. Francix Xavier and our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Grand Rapids is being called. Ground was broken on the arch on Sunday. The Reverend Jose Quintana (Kin-tahn-uh) says "we are hearing about building walls, separation." He says they they want to have in their city, in their diocese a symbol of welcoming.

A 21-year-old Midland man has been arrested in connection to the case of a teenage girl who had gone missing in Shepherd. 14-year-old Nevaeh Snyder was reported missing last Thursday and was found safe on Saturday. Police say they learned the suspect was possible going to the family's home and he was arrested there early Sunday morning. He's facing charges of approaching a child for immoral purposes.

A repair has been made to the underwater crucifix in Little Traverse Bay, a popular attraction in northern Michigan.  Divers reportedly found and reattached a missing arm to the crucifix. The Petoskey Visitor's Bureau says the arm probably broke off during a storm last year. The divers searched a few times before finding the arm buried in sand a few days ago.



The Muskegon Police officer, who was found to have an application for the Ku Klux Klan and Confederate flags in his home, has been fired. Charles Anderson was fired after a hearing with the police department, the city attorney and human resources, according to City Manager Frank Peterson. A statement says the city of Muskegon has concluded its internal investigation and the disposition is that Charles Anderson has been terminated. When Anderson's home was up for sale, a prospective buyer took photos of the KKK application and Confederate flags and posted them on social media. Some in the community had called for Anderson's dismissal.

A U-A-W board member has been arrested and charged with embezzling union money. The U-S Attorney's Office accuses 58-year old Vance Pearson of Missouri of conspiring with other U-A-W officials to embezzle the cash for personal benefit, by concealing expenses at conferences in California and Missouri. It is alleged Pearson spent over 100-thousand dollars on golf clubs, golf clothing, shirts, hats, sunglasses, and more. The feds have been investigating union spending, and recently raided the homes of two union leaders.

Michigan is part of a multi-state settlement with Purdue Pharma, the maker of oxycontin, over the company's role in the opioid crisis. State Attorney General Dana Nessel says she believes Michigan residents are best served by an infusion of funds into our state as quickly as possible so we can begin providing relief to our hardest hit communities and to provide assistance to those who are suffering from addiction. The deal could be worth up to 12 Billion dollars.



As talks between the UAW and General Motors continue on a new contract -- some in the industry believe there's going to be a lengthy work stoppage. Auto Analyst John McElroy says there could be a long strike on the horizon: McElroy says union member don't trust UAW leadership because of ongoing corruption investigations, and they will likely reject almost any deal that's put on the table.

The Detroit Youth Choir is officially moving on to the finals on America's Got Talent! The group received the news last night after being voted on by viewers. Flint-native and host Terry Crews used his "Golden Buzzer" to advance the D-Y-C earlier this season. They will perform during next Tuesday's finale on NBC.



New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown faces rape accusations by a former trainer. According to a federal lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Florida -- Britney Taylor says Brown .. who was also a stand out at Central Michigan .. sexually assaulted her on THREE occasions. Brown denies the allegations. The Patriots say the NFL will launch an investigation.

A Michigan State University administrator has been suspended due to an allegation of sexual misconduct. Tomas Hult was suspended from directing the university's Business Center for 12 weeks beginning October 1st. That's according to the Detroit News. The suspension doesn't include Hult's duties as a professor. Sarah Singer, director of Education Abroad at the school of business, said during a recent Board of Trustees meeting that she was the victim of unwanted touching and inappropriate speech by a colleague, who she later confirmed was Hult.



The preliminary exam continues this morning for a man believed responsible for the death of a woman who has disappeared and has not been found. 32-year-old Floyd Galloway will be back in Farmington Hills District court today for a second day in the disappearance of Danielle Stislicki (Stiz-lick-Ee). Testimony started yesterday. Prosecutors say they have evidence that Galloway is responsible for her disappearance and death. He has maintained his innocence. Detectives say there's video evidence of Galloway using Stislicki's cell phone in the hours after her disappearance.

Please leave your guns at home -- that's the message from two more grocery chains here in Michigan. Meijer and Aldi have joined Walmart, Kroger, CVS, and Walgreens by asking customers to not open carry their weapons in stores. Meijer tweeted its request yesterday, citing worker and employee safety, and concerns over feeling safe. Those authorized to carry concealed weapons would still be allowed to do so.

Police in Macomb County are looking into an alleged bar altercation involving Uncle Kracker. His real name is Matthew Shafer, and he was named in a complaint over some kind of incident at Bumper's Landing in Harrison Township. It happened over Labor Day weekend, but the Sheriff's Office says they didn't get the complaint until a week after the incident. No charges have been filed against the 45-year-old, who was born in Mount Clemens. No specific details about the incident have been revealed.


Monday, September 16, 2019 

President Donald Trump holds 'Keep America Great' campaign rally in New Mexico

Sentencing of wife of GOP congressman for misuse of campaign funds (12:00PM ET) - Sentencing of Margaret Hunter, wife of Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, who pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. 

House Rules Committee hearing likely this week
Hearing likely this week on 'H.R. 1423 - Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act'

2020 Trail

Andrew Yang in Massachusetts; Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Pete Buttigieg and Bill de Blasio in South Carolina; Elizabeth Warren in New York

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 

President Trump attends fundraiser in California
President Donald Trump attends fundraising event in the San Francisco Bay Area, hosted by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. President Trump also visits Beverly Hills and San Diego.

R. Kelly court hearing on sexual abuse charges
Kelly is charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse allegedly involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. 

Fed Meeting
Federal Open Market Committee first day of two-day meeting, with interest rates decision on Wednesday.

U.N. General Assembly 74th Session opens (3:00PM ET)
The main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. The first High-level General Debate begins next Tuesday.

Roger Stone court hearing on charges including obstruction (9:30AM ET)
Pretrial conference for Roger Stone, an associate of President Donald Trump, on seven charges: one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering.

Three former Trump advisers due to testify to House Judiciary Committee or defy subpoenas (1:00PM ET)
Hearing on 'Presidential Obstruction of Justice and Abuse of Power', with testimony due from former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, former Trump for President Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski, and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rick Dearborn, following issuance of subpoenas, although a number of Trump campaign and administration officials have defied subpoenas to appear before Congressional committees in recent months.

Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on antitrust law enforcement (2:30PM ET)
Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights Subcommittee hearing on 'Oversight of the Enforcement of the Antitrust Laws', with testimony from Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons; and Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Makan Delrahim.

Israel parliamentary elections

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 

Interest rate decision (2:00PM ET)
Federal Open Market Committee decision on interest rates following two-day meeting. Followed by press briefing with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.

Facebook, Twitter, and Google officials testify to Senate Commerce Committee on mass violence and extremism (10:00AM ET)
Hearing on 'Mass Violence, Extremism, and Digital Responsibility', with testimony from Facebook Head of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert; Twitter Public Policy Director Nick Pickles; and Google Global Director of Information Policy Derek Slater.

Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Survey released
Quarterly CEO Economic Outlook Survey, providing 'a forward-looking view of the U.S. economy' by asking Business Roundtable member CEOs to report their plans for their company's sales, capex, and employment in the next six months, Q3.

Court hearing for Michael Avenatti in Santa Ana, CA (11:30AM ET)
Status conference for lawyer Michael Avenatti, charged with filing bogus tax returns to fraudulently secure $4 million in loans from a Mississippi bank and embezzling a client's settlement funds.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg testifies to House Foreign Affairs / Climate Crisis Committees joint hearing (10:00AM ET)
House Committee on Foreign Affairs and House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis joint hearing on 'Voices Leading the Next Generation on the Global Climate Crisis', with testimony from Fridays For Future founder Greta Thunberg; This Is Zero Hour co-founder and 'Piper v. State of Washington' plaintiff Jamie Margolin; Alliance for Climate Education Fellow and 'Juliana v. United States' plaintiff Vic Barrett; and American Conservation Coalition President Benji Backer.

House Appropriations subcommittee oversight hearing on mental health needs of children in HHS custody (10:00AM ET)
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee oversight hearing on 'Mental Health Needs of Children in HHS Custody', with testimony from Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Inspector General Ann Maxwell, Office of Refugee Resettlement Director Jonathan Hayes, and Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Commander Jonathan White.

Joint Economic Committee hearing on gun violence (2:15PM ET)
Hearing on 'Gun Violence in America: Understanding and Reducing the Costs of Firearm Injuries and Deaths', with testimony from Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence Chief Counsel and Policy Director Adam Skaggs; Everytown Survivor Network member Tina Meins; Crime Prevention Research Center President Dr John Lott Jr.; and former Texas State Rep. Dr Suzanna Hupp.

House Foreign Affairs / Homeland Security subcommittees joint hearing on white nationalist terrorism (2:00PM ET)
House Committee on Foreign Affairs Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism Subcommittee and House Committee on Homeland Security Intelligence & Counterterrorism Subcommittee joint hearing on 'Meeting the Challenge of White Nationalist Terrorism at Home and Abroad', with testimony from American University School of Education International Training and Education Program Director Cynthia Miller-Idriss; and Life After Hate Founding Member Christian Picciolini.

House Armed Services subcommittee hearing on military domestic violence (2:00PM ET)

Military Personnel Subcommittee hearing on 'Shattered Families, Shattered Service: Taking Military Domestic Violence Out of the Shadows', with testimony from Battered Women's Justice Program Military & Veterans Advocacy Program Coordinator Brian Clubb; PreventConnect Director of Prevention Services David Lee; and others.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 

EPA Administrator Wheeler testifies to House committee on science and tech at EPA (10:00AM ET)
Hearing on 'Science and Technology at the Environmental Protection Agency', with testimony from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler

Climate Forum 2020, with presidential candidates invited
'Climate Forum 2020' day one, hosted by Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics), Our Daily Planet, and MSNBC, with each candidate discussing their vision for addressing and limiting the effects of climate change in conversation moderated by MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Ali Velshi.

Washington Monument reopens after three-year closure

2020 Trail
Elizabeth Warren on campaign trail in Iowa
Joe Biden on campaign trail in Illinois
Jill Biden on campaign trail for husband Joe in Tennessee

Existing Home Sales for August released

Friday, September 20, 2019 

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

First Couple welcome Australian PM and wife on official visit to the White House

LGBTQ Presidential Forum in Iowa (8:00PM ET)
LGBTQ Presidential Forum hosted by GLAAD, One Iowa, The Gazette, and The Advocate, to discuss the lives of LGBTQ people and other civil rights issues impacting them in the heartland and rural America. Participating 2020 Democratic presidential candidates include former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, former Rep. Joe Sestak, South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and author Marianne Williamson.

2020 Trail
Joe Biden on campaign trail in Iowa
Jill Biden on campaign trail for husband Joe in Connecticut

Global Climate Strike
Start of a week of climate action with worldwide strikes expected to stop 'business as usual' in the face of 'the climate emergency'. The action is part of #FridaysforFuture where schoolchildren and students have been protesting to demand that govts immediately provide a safe pathway to stay within 1.5C of global warming. 


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