December 28, 2017 RSS feed / Local News

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Money in elections subject of forum A county organization that opposes money’s influence on elections is bringing in a speaker from a statewide advocacy group with the same mission. More...

Bobcat to become school mount

A bobcat who didn’t make it to the other side of the road will eventually provide a learning opportunity for Suttons Bay students.  County Sheriff Mike Borkovich reports that a bobcat that was struck and killed by a car in Leland Township More...

Twp. schedules special meeting

The Leelanau Township Board is scheduled this morning to hold its second special meeting in eight days.  The Township Board is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. More...

Grant allows cemetery monument training

Bingham Township will offer training in the spring of 2018 for those interested in learning how to care for historic cemetery monuments. More...

Experts to talk labor, imports at 2018 Orchard & Vineyard Show

Everything from labor shortages to cherry imports will be discussed on Jan. 16 and 17 at the 2018 Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show at Grand Traverse Resort in Acme.  More...

Christmas cactus has become Empire holiday tradition

Empire’s new postmaster Linda Gurka has a lot of responsibility.  In addition to making sure the mail is sent out and delivered, she’s now in charge of an Empire icon: the Christmas cactus that has had a place in the post office for More...

County Bd. acts at last regular meeting

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners acted on a slate of items at its regular monthly meeting last week following detailed discussion at its executive meeting the week before.  At its Dec. More...

Valuable input on future for M-72

Elmwood Township officials report they received useful input from 19 local citizens who attended open house events earlier this month on the “potential redesignation of property along the M-72 corridor.” More...

Busy times for County Board

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners will meet at least twice in the next week when meetings are not regularly scheduled. Then, near the end of next month, the board will take up an issue that has resulted in some controversy. More...

Accident victim recalled fondly

Speed is believed to have been a factor in a one-car accident Saturday morning that killed a 22-year-old Maple City woman.  Nicole Danielle Swanson was northbound on Maple City Road about 3 a.m. More...

Township votes to appeal golf course tax case to Supreme Court

Rebate check already cashed

The Leelanau Township Board voted in a hastily called special meeting last week to appeal a court order to issue Northport Creek Golf Course developer Bill Collins a rebate check for property taxes.  Collins had already cashed the check.  More...

Comparing Leelanau, Benzie housing markets; sales still hot

Statistics show a huge difference in property values between Benzie and Leelanau counties. But there’s more to the numbers, says Chris Stapleton, owner of Stapleton Realty, which is located on Oviatt Road on the Leelanau-Benzie county line. More...

Ice wines make comeback after quality vintage

Come summer wine lovers will have a special vintage available for purchase — one born out of the cold northern Michigan winter. Charlie Edson of Bel Lago Winery and Vineyard has ice wine fermenting at the winery, located north of Cedar. More...

More thoughts about Christmas cacti

Christmas cacti offer a respite during the holidays from winter’s sometimes-dreary face. Here are some facts for cacti pondering:  A Christmas cactus flowers best when slightly potbound. More...

Tots are benefactors of lots of toys

The annual holiday Toys for Tots campaign in Leelanau County exceeded its goal by collecting about 1,300 toys for needy children this year even though a five-county regional campaign fell a little short.  More...

Raises part of 2018 Elmwood budget

The Elmwood Township Board held a brief special meeting last Thursday evening to act on items left over from its regular monthly meeting on Dec. 11. Although township Supervisor Jeff Shaw and Clerk Connie Preston were absent from the Dec. More...