Town evacuates after gas leak
MANCELONA -- Sue Blackmore's plans changed quickly.
She usually opens The Pizza Shoppe in Mancelona around 11 a.m., but firefighters had a different idea Thursday. She'd have to evacuate immediately due to a major natural gas leak.
A construction contractor boring into the ground near 205 W. Main St. separated a 2-inch gas main from a 6-inch main at about 10:45 a.m., DTE Energy spokesman John Austerberry said.
The 6-inch main leaked gas into the surrounding area for much of the day.
Mancelona Middle School and most downtown businesses were completely evacuated.
Village President Bob Wilcox said Cadillac-based Meyer Construction was working on a downtown sewer project, though he wasn't sure the company was responsible for the mishap.
Residents react to teen suicides
ELK RAPIDS -- Gayle Bohl is ready to take action after two student suicides in less than a month.
The Elk Rapids district is reeling from the loss of two students who apparently took their own lives. One, a junior, died Wednesday, and followed a high school senior's death on Oct. 17. Additionally, a recent traffic crash claimed the lives of senior Nichole Ridgeway, 17, and 2005 graduate Andrew Bussa, 20, compounding the district's grief.
Two millages approved, one defeated
In a 3,192 to 927 vote, Benzie County voters approved .66 mills for five years for operating the Commission on Aging. The millage previously was approved by voters in 2002. County voters also approved a five-year renewal of 1 mill for operating the county medical facility, The Maples, by a margin of 3,285 to 856, a millage also approved by voters in 2002. In a 2,094 to 2,023 tally, voters rejected a six-year, .75 mill levy to improve, repair and maintain existing local roads within townships in the county.
Vondra, Cummings win commission seats
With 373 votes, incumbent Charles Vondra was re-elected to a four-year seat on the Boyne City Commission, where he will be joined by challenger Michael Cummings, who had 297 votes. They beat out incumbent Jerry Douglas, who finished with 94 votes.