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/ Montmorency County First - The World erd MONTMORENCY COUNTY Volume 125, Number 20 One Section lthm's Elk is some ven- dors will be open in the park and there will be. BINGO in the Briley open at 10 &n p.m Toseea fulllistofwhat is goingon, youcanpick up a schedule of events at many businesses in Atlanta. Jason McEIrCh offered Jr./Sr. High Principal and Superintendent position at Hillmon Hillman's school board has decided on junior/senior high princpalowill also serve as superinten- dent. The interview process has been on- going for weeks, but, on Sept. 17, the board voted in favor of hiring Jason McElrath. PAGE 9 Hillman Tigers take down the Rogers City Hurons, winning 47-0 The Hillman Tigers attacked the Hurons from Rogers City when they came to town on Sept. 20. The Hurons went home scoreless after the Ti- gers tore up the field in a one-sided game. The teams both had records of 2-1 going into the game, but Hillman's Michael Klein wasted no time in scoring for the Ti- gers. PAGE 10 ............ **** ..... MIXED ADC 150 808 03-15-10 lS3P S5T SMALL TOWN PAPERS *(3005 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 lUui,l,d,t,ltlUl,qlt,hlti,ttlh,q,q,mt'ti'hlhllht'll lVq :1 H  I k'] D/_,l'dll! :l M / lt*d-'l l [IPAb-,Jel Igl COUNTY RESIDENTS who would like the option of taking the bus should begin doing so, or the service might cease to exist. Thunder By Transportation Authority has a bus dedicated to the county, but not enough people are using the service. Bus service must be used for service to continue by YvoMe Sweger More residents of Staff reporter Montmorency County will have to begin using a bus dedicated to the county, or the service will no longer be available. Kristy Bailey, mobility coordi- nator for Thunder BayTransportationAu- thority, said only three people in the county are utilizing the service, and the program is losing money. "We have a lot of interest in the service and everybody is enthusiastic about it, but they need to go a step further and call," Bailey said. The bus travels three days aweektoward the Gaylord area and two days a week toward the Alpena area, but Bailey said the bus schedules could be adjusted to accommodate requests if enough people are calling for rides. The buses usually stay within the b ound- aries ofAlcona, Alpena and Montmorency counties, but there are exceptions and Bailey has a multitude of connections with services in other counties to help get people where they would like to go. 'TI1 research to help find a way to get them there," Bailey said. All the buses are equipped with lifts, and the benefits of using the bus, she said, include less wear and tear on personal vehicles, reasonable fares for adults, cost- saving fares for seniors and the disabled, and the opportunity to network socially. Personal care attendants ride for free, and Bailey said the bus offers the oppor- tunity for seniors to get where they need to go without having to depend on family and friends. "It gives them their independence back. That's the big thing," she said. Stacy Greer, human resource manager for TBTA, said the concept of taking the bus might be frightening for some people, but they should become familiar with the service because it opens the doors for many opportunities. In some cases, Greer said people might be waiting to see how well the system is working for others, but hesitating to call for a ride could mean the end of the bus service. "If you don't support what you have lo- cally, it's not going to be there," Greer said. "Theyhave a great opportunity, now, to hang onto something that most smaller, rural communities don't have." Those who would like to ride the bus are asked to call 989-354-2487 a minimum of 24 hours in ad4ance. Medicaid expansion bill signed on September 16 byYvonneSwager On Sept. 16, Gay. Rick Staff reporter Snyder signed the Med- icaid expansion bill that will provide health care to about 470 million of the state's uninsured residents. "I want to improve their quality of life, their opportunity to have a better career, and it saves all Michiganders money, so this is a tremendous win," Snyder said at a press conference at Oakland Hospital, where he signed the bill. It has been estimated Michigan hospi- tals currently lose $888 million annually from patients who don't pay their bills, and the cost is passed on to others through higher health care premiums. The law encourages patients to seek preventative care instead of going to the emergency room. "I think we should be looking at ways of how to get access around emergency He plans to use two federal waivers under theAffordable CareActto access more than a billion dollars a year in order to expand health care coverage to individuals earn- ing up to 133 percent of the poverty level. The federal govemment is expected to cover the full cost of Medicaid expansion for three years before gradually reducing funding to 90 percent by 2021. The plan will require new Medicaid recipients to pay in- come-based premiums that can be re- duced through healthy lifestyle choices or increased if they choose to stay on Medic- aid for more than four years. People who make between 100 percent of poverty level and four times that amount will qualify for subsidized private health care insurance, but those who make less than poverty level will not. They are ex- pected to remain uninsured as a conse- ;1 ibe & Save page 13 12625 State Street, Atlanta, Michigan 49709 Positive fund balance projected for year end at Atlanta School by Yvonne Swager Atlanta'sschooldistrictisso farshowing Staff reporter a positive fund balance for the end of this year. The districtwas recentlyincluded on Michigan's finan- cially critical list. At the regular school board meeting, Sept. 16, Nancy Kai- ser, former teacher for the district, asked board members to offer insight to parents and teachers because of the "fear factor" of being included on the critical list. "Perhaps some explanation might be in order to parents and employees, so they can plan and build and hope, maybe," Kaiser said. LarryValentine, board member, said the district borrowed $300,000 last year in order to stay in operation. "We're not flush, that's for sure," Valentine said. "Our budget adjustment shows we're going to have a small bal- ance at the end of the year, but, you know, that's on paper." Donald Schaedig, business manager, said the district has two years to inform the state of how it will make up the $31,000 deficit from last year. The current budget reflects a positive balance of about $26,000. "So, we're moving in the right direction," Schaedig said. "We're already, in ayear, offsetting the deficit, so that's some good news." He said the district could take pride in moving in the right direction as a result of cuts in personnel cost, including freezes on wages and staff reductions, and changes regard- ing purchase services. Donald Haskin, superintendent, said the goalofthe district is to get to a point where no money has to be borrowed in order to operate, and he remains optimistic. "The neat thing is, we're in much, much better shape than we were a year ago. That's the bottom line," Haskin said. The district's budget could have been balanced last year, he said, without having to borrow money, but it wouldhve cost students in education. "I'm just really excited about the fact we're adding pro- gramming and balancing the budget, even if it isn't a huge balance," Haskin emphasized. As a positive toward future enrollment, Haskin pointed out eight children are enrolled in the Great Start Readiness Program, and Head Start is at full capacity with 18 children enrolled, more than the program has reported in years. Public comments at the meeting included one individual who inquired as to when a new contract for employees would be negotiated after indicating no contract had been negotiated since 2011.Another individual offered to prepare a garden spot if the district was in favor of offering a garden- ing program so students can learn to grow produce. Montmorency County Sheriff's report On September 20 at 4:02 p.m. a report of a single vehicle rollover crash sent deputies, Tri-Township EMS and Fire to County Road 487 near Kohlman Road in Briley Town- ship. Two patients were transported to Alpena Regional Medical Center. No further information is available at this time. Also on the eveningofSeptember20, deputies responded to a motorcycle crash on M-32 near Farrier Road in Rust Township. A 55-year-old Millersburg man had laid his bike down to avoid hitting a deer. He was not injured, however he was found to be operating while intoxicated and was taken into custody and lodged in the county jail. Over the past week there were more reports of neighbor disputes in Atlanta and Vienna. Deputies responded to the reports and kept the peace. The larceny of boat motors and a tool box wastaken in Lewiston, and the larceny of gasoline was reported at a station in Atlanta. On September 22 deputies responded to a report of hunter harassment on County Road 452 and Long Rapids Road in Montmorency Township. The DNR will continue the investigation. On September 23 at 12:28 a.m., multiple reports of a fight in progress at a camper on Hunter Road near Farrier Road in Rust Township brought deputies and Hillman EMS to the scene. A 22 -year-old Midland woman was transported to the hospital for treatment. A 26-year-old Hiltman man and multiple witnesses were questioned regarding the rooms," Snyder said. Continued on page 4 incident. The investigation continues. ATLANTA NEWS 6-7 I HILLMAN NEWS 8-9 I LEWlSTON NEWS 4-5 L,vv,,i,,,:,:O:,,,:]I0::.II_.II.IIUNI[[AGE 14 , ENTERTAINMENT15 I LEGALS18-17 To subscribe to the Tribune, call (989) 785-4214 or stop by our office, next to the post office in Atlanta. I OBITUARIES 13 I CLASSIFIEDS 18-19 rJ [I] , l I g] [11 -'! =h [li'l "J -'! =,.'.III  [l=