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May 3 Election Seats Margaret Doud for 36th Year as Island Mayor

Margaret Doud begins her 36th year as mayor of Mackinac Island, earning 98 votes more than challenger Gabe Cowell in the election Tuesday, May 3. Mr. Cowell was the first candidate to challenge the mayor’s seat since 1992. More...

May Park Commission Meeting Moved

The Mackinac Island State Park Commission meeting will be on Mackinac Island at Fort Mackinac in the Post Hospital building at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 27. The meeting had been scheduled for Mackinaw City.  More...

British Landing Road Ownership Still in Question - City or State Park?

Uncertainty over the ownership of British Landing Road on the northwest side of Mackinac Island continues, with the city claiming jurisdiction and the state park saying the street is part of its property. More...

Mackinac Island Gets Fiber Optic Cable

This summer Mackinac Island residents will be able to tap into new cable services. City council approved the installation of fiber optic cable by the Island’s new cable provider, Lighthouse.net of Sault Ste. Marie, Wednesday, April 20. More...

Mackinac Island Public School Faces 8% Loss in State Funding

The Mackinac Island Public School is facing an 8% decrease in revenue for the coming school year and an increase in some expenses if legislators approve Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed school funding changes for kindergarten through 12th grade More...

Congressman Benishek To Visit Island May 20

U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek will meet with constituents Monday, May 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at St. Ignace City Hall and Friday,   May 20, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Mary’s Bistro on Mackinac Island.   More...

Scholarship Dinner Raises $2,500

A total of $2,500 was raised during the Mackinac Island Frank Horn Scholarship fundraising dinner Wednesday, April 20. The annual dinner is sponsored by the Mackinac Island Community Foundation to honor the memory of Mr. More...

All Mackinac Island Ferry Companies Receive Franchises

Northern Ferry Company, a combined operation of Arnold Transit and Star Line, was granted a two-year franchise by the City of Mackinac Island Wednesday evening, April 6, and Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry was given its franchise Monday afterno More...

Headlands Designated Dark Sky Park

Headlands Park in Mackinaw City has been named an International Dark Sky Park, the sixth park named in the country. The park received the designation from the International Dark-Sky Association Monday, May 9.  More...

Yob Replaces Stupak on Park Commission

Chuck Yob has been appointed to a six-year term on the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, and Richard Manoogian has been reappointed to another sixyear term by Governor Rick Snyder. Mr. More...

BPW, City To Meet; Staff Raises on Hold

The Mackinac Island Board of Public Works (BPW) says more time is needed before meeting jointly with the city council and a 1.6% pay increase for employees, included in the department’s 2011/2012 budget, is on hold until the meeting takes place More...

Retreat Registration Accepted

Registration will be taken through Friday, May 13, for the Win- Some Women’s Christian retreat at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Registration is online at www.win-somewomen.org. More...

Record Numbers Take Free Trip to Island, Star Line Reports

More than 6,000 people from four counties boarded Star Line ferries and headed to Mackinac Island Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8. Each year the company offers the service during the Mother’s Day weekend from St. More...

Plans Call for New Seawall

A 63-foot long railroad tie seawall near the Mackinac Island Bike Shop on Main Street will be replaced with a sheet piling structure and stone rip rap. More...

Design Guideline Workshop Set for Monday

Historically significant properties, changes to other buildings, and future construction plans on Mackinac Island will be the topic of a design guideline workshop at Community Hall at 2 p.m. Monday, May 16.  More...

St. Ignace, Mackinac Island Students Formulate Equations on Ferry Travel

From dock to dock, 6.5 miles of water separates algebra students on Mackinac Island and in St. Ignace, but now for the first time students are using the geographic divide to create a ferryboat mathematics project. More...

Sheriff’s Dept. To Offer Free Testing

Free home drug testing kits are available to parents of teenagers through a new program offered by the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office. Kits may be picked up at the high school offices in St. More...

Master Plan Update Reflects Preservation, Horse Culture, Planners Say

The long-awaited update to Mackinac Island’s master plan was adopted by the Planning Commission Tuesday, March 8, and planners say it addresses preservation of history and horses.  More...

Mackinac County Sees Drop in Population

After four decades of steady population increase, Mackinac County saw a 6.9% decrease since 2000, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. More...

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