June 28, 2018 RSS feed / Local News

Help preserve memory of Poor Farm

Two dates have been set next month to collect historic information about the Leelanau County Poor Farm.  The Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society and Empire Area Heritage Group in conjunction with the Leelanau Historical Museum will hos More...

Home sales on record pace

If it seems that county real estate agents have been scurrying to keep up with business, well, they have.  Statistics kept by the Traverse Association of Realtors (TAAR) for home sales in Leelanau County for the first five months in 2018 indicat More...

Auditor gives county high marks as fund balance grows

Leelanau County deserves an A-minus for how well officials are accounting for the county’s finances, according to Steve Peacock, a principal of the Traverse City-based auditing firm Rehmann Robson. More...

County opposes property tax break for utilities

A bill in the State Senate to exempt utilities such as electrical power companies from paying personal property taxes has met with opposition from the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners.  More...

Private marina gets OK from planners

Following a public hearing last week, the Elmwood Township Planning Commission approved a special use permit that will allow developer Ron Walters to move ahead on building the West Shore Marina in Greilickville. More...

New clerk description OK’d; updated rules have to wait

A new job description for the clerk was adopted this week by the Empire Village Council.  However, adoption of a new set of “rules of procedure” will have to wait.  The council voted 6-0 Tuesday night, with trustee Sue Carpenter More...

S-B mourns loss of VanThomme

“We’re all going to miss him.”  Mary Stanton, director of Leelanau Christian Neighbors (LCN), summed up Leelanau County’s reaction to the unexpected death of beloved community member Don VanThomme.  Stanton was alway More...

Cherry board to face bumper crop pressure

The results are in. And despite the recent shakeup of the Cherry Industry Administrative Board, the former chairman is back. More...

County Dates

Big, historical weekend in park   More...

Correction:

Coverage of the Northport School 2018-19 budget stated that the public school district’s healthy fund balance - some $2.7 million earlier this month - resulted from “Federal Impact Aid.” Actually, in Leelanau County allocations of F More...

Montessori purchases new home

Eric Royston wouldn’t miss Friday’s closing on the purchase of the future home of the Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy. More...

Elmwood looks at distillery zoning change

The Elmwood Township Planning Commission made progress last week in its ongoing effort to pave the way for the Traverse City Whiskey Company to set up shop at the former Cherry Growers facility on County Road 633 (Center Highway).  More...

Empire Village looks at state programs

A presentation on two programs offered through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) was made to the Empire Village Council this week. More...

Owner says sewer needed for old school

If there is one person who’s outwardly supportive of Empire Village building a municipal sewer system, he’s the man who about 12 years ago dropped his daughter off at a nearby high school cross country camp and strolled into town.  J More...

Sleeping Bear Dunes visitation off to second-busiest start in park history

Steve Nowicki wasn’t sure what to expect last summer when he opened his cafe in Empire.  It didn’t take long to find out.  More...