OSCODA – The Oscoda Area Schools (OAS) Board of Education met and were introduced to Richardson Elementary School (RES) Therapy Dog Chester on Monday, Oct. 14.

OSCODA – Oscoda Township is among four communities in the state vying to bring in a spaceport operation. A site visit is just one step in the process, and this was conducted in Oscoda on Oct. 3-4, by representatives of Michigan Launch Initiative (MLI).

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NATIONAL CITY – The Grant Township Fire Department (GTFD) was called out for a structure fire at 2172 Maurice Ln. in National City, at 3:53 a.m. on Oct. 4.

TAWAS Twp. – Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers were dispatched on the morning of Sept. 29, to a residence on Lorenz Road in Tawas Township, for the complaint of a stolen all-terrain vehicle (ATV).

OSCODA – The Oscoda cross country team competed in the North Star League championship meet on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The Owls took third place in the meet with 74 points. Hale was the conference champion with 28 points while Fairview placed third with 36. 

OSCODA – We are getting to crunch time in the high school football season. The final two weeks are upon us as teams look to end the regular season on a strong note; either to springboard into …

OSCODA – The Oscoda swimming and diving team hosted another Independent Swim Conference dual on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The Lady Owls hosted Garber on this night, though they came up short by a score…

OSCODA – Let’s call that the exclamation point. With the North Star League Big Dipper title already in hand, the Oscoda volleyball team made quick work of visiting Alcona on Tuesday, Oct. 8. T…

Commonly known as ALS, the condition is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and it is always fatal. The affected motor neurons deteriorate and the brain and spinal cord lose their ability to send signals to muscles, which begin to atrophy. As muscles lose nourishment, those affected lose their ability to speak, move, eat and breathe. The average life expectancy of those afflicted with ALS is two to five years, and there is no cure.

Project Fit America is a charity that works alongside educators to create opportunities for kids to stay active and healthy. It offers fitness grants and programs to help fund resources such as equipment, teacher training and curriculum. The goal is not only to get students involved physically, but also nurture an environment in which children enjoy living a healthy lifestyle. For the past five years at Homer-Center Elementary, in Homer City, Pennsylvania, that opportunity to stay active has been the Lub Dub Run Club.

Vaping has come of age in the most perfect of social conditions. Smoking cigarettes is falling out of favor socially and even among nicotine users, and is wholly rejected by many young people today. To get their fix they're turning to what is marketed as a cleaner and safer method of ingestion. Enticing flavors, edgy technology and social media are empowering the tobacco industry to ensnare a new generation with nicotine addiction
by way of vaping. And it’s working. In 2016, 43.8% of high schoolers in New York state tried vaping, more than double the total two years prior. This trend has Ontario County officials deeply concerned.

We’ve all experienced sticker shock. It’s one thing to gasp over the cost of a new dishwasher, but sticker shock for those who need to purchase medications for a chronic disease such as diabetes is a serious issue.

TAWAS CITY – Tawas Community Concert Band (TCCB) will be performing its fall concert on Monday, Oct. 21.  

OSCODA – The Northeast Sunrise Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) will hold their 50 Shades of Pink Fashion Show on Thursday, Oct. 24 at Wiltse’s Brew Pub & Family Restaurant beginning at 5 to 9 p.m.

This week enforcement of Michigan’s emergency ban on flavored ecigarettes, commonly called “vapes” will begin. The ban, however, is not permanent but could be extended indefinitely. And I personally hope it is extended, because smoking cigarettes is a terrible addiction, and I think vaping i…

It’s no secret our region has been in desperate need of closer, more accessible mental health care. There are only five state psychiatric facilities in our state and not one is located in northern Michigan or the Upper Peninsula. Michigan provides mental health care to our region from state …