2020-12-09

James E. Banks

FREE Died December 9, 2020

James E. Banks, 64, of Comins, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 with his family at his side, following a long battle with cancer. James was born in Mio, Michigan on March 5, 1956 to Gerald and Mary (Ellis) Banks. He graduated from Fairview Area Schools and from Kirtland Community College with a degree in business, he then […]

Famous pair visits Fairview to light the community tree

Very few creatures were stirring when Santa and Mrs. Claus appeared in Fairview Friday, Dec. 4. The couple stopped by to light the community Christmas tree. At the inaugural tree lighting in 2019, Santa and his wife were welcomed by a crowd. This year’s stop was kept quiet to protect the community from coronavirus spread. Comins Township Supervisor Rob Murphy […]

A new painting commemorates an old building

A local artist preserves the image of the former county courthouse.

Members of the board of commissioners met with Fairview artist Emma Hoover to accept her painting of the former Oscoda County Courthouse, which burned down in 2016. The painting will be installed on the grounds of the new county government building following steps to preserve it from the weather. It will be mounted on the front of an electrical panel […]

Therapy goats earn their keep

Crystal Bailey of Mio is relatively new to the world of goats. She suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome. Her search for therapy brought Tennessee Fainting Goats into her life. Her husband Dan, a combat soldier, also suffers from PTSD. “I thought it would be a good therapy. It’s really been helping me and my husband,” Bailey said. The Tennessee Fainting […]

No party over at the post this year: keep safe and healthy

The American Legion Post 162 in Luzerne made the difficult choice to cancel a favorite event, according to Richard Landry, commander/chaplain of the post. “Because large gatherings are to be avoided, unfortunately, we will not be having our annual Christmas party,” Landry said. “We already have toys and will be donating them to Oscoda County families through His Love Family Resources […]

COVID-19 numbers are increasing

COVID‐19 case surge and ongoing community‐wide spread lead to increased hospitalizations and mortality rates. COVID-19 cases in Oscoda County are increasing at an alarming rate, with total cases rising by more than 50 in the last week for a total of 198.  Deaths from the virus more than doubled over the same period increasing from four to 10. The State of […]

The Quarantine and other stories


Vaccines are in the news a lot these days. Every time I turn the radio on, or log into a newspaper online I hear the latest update about who will receive the COVID-19 vaccine first, how soon it will be distributed and how difficult the distribution may be. I am also encountering references to vaccines and the diseases they prevent […]

Our View: Thanks to the helpers

It is always appropriate to express gratitude to those who help us. This year, perhaps a double dose is appropriate. Many of us are overwhelmed this year by the host of new and difficult adjustments forced on us by the pandemic. Be sure to be extra-grateful to those who help us. If you feel that it is more important than […]

James Hauk

FREE Died December 3, 2020

Jim Hauk, 86, passed away Thursday, December 3, 2020 at his home in Curran Michigan.  He was born in Fort Gratiot Township of Ohio on November 14, 1934 to the late Elma (Kuhn) Hauk-Miklovich and Jack Hauk. Jim joined the Army in 1951 and fought in the Koran War. He left the service as a technical sergeant in 1955 with […]

December 9, 2020