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About Eric Sagonowsky

Eric is the News Advocate’s city and crime reporter. You can reach him at (231) 398-3109 or erics@pioneergroup.com.

New, familiar faces in Manistee City Council race

New, familiar faces in Manistee City Council race

MANISTEE — In November, the Manistee City Council will see one contested race in one district and a new face in another district. Five candidates have filed petitions for four Manistee City Council seats following Tuesday’s filing deadline. In Manistee’s first district, incumbent and Manistee mayor Colleen Kenny was the only candidate to file. Kenny […]

Big waves

Big waves

MANISTEE — Beachgoers on Tuesday may have noticed high water and large waves in Manistee, as winds greater than 23 mph from the southwest were consistent throughout the afternoon. According to the U.S. Coast Guard Station Manistee, small craft boaters were under an advisory until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, advising against going out onto Lake […]

Soul, blues band returning to Manistee

MANISTEE — Freddie Cunningham and the Root Doctor Band is making a return to Manistee at 7 p.m. on Tuesday for a free concert at the Rotary Pavilion on First Street Beach. The group has played in the Manistee ShoreLine ShowCase Concert Series for several years and always performs a great concert, organizers said in […]

Prosecution rests in child abuse case

Prosecution rests in child abuse case

Defendant Joshua Witkowski expected to take stand today MANISTEE — After hearing testimony from witnesses ranging from forensic investigators to ex-girlfriends of the defendant on Wednesday in Manistee County’s 19th Circuit Court, the prosecution rested in the first degree child abuse case against Joshua Witkowski. Witkowski, 27, of Manistee, faces up to life in prison if […]

Seng request revisited, tabled

Seng request revisited, tabled

Manistee planning commission to solicit feedback on peninsula zoning MANISTEE — After revisiting a request by Manistee businessman Ed Seng to use property on Manistee’s peninsula for Great Lakes shipping, the Manistee City Council on Tuesday voted to table the issue until September. Much of Tuesday’s discussion focused on the fact that the peninsula zoning precludes […]

An evening of choral music

An evening of choral music

Benzie Community Chorus returns to Manistee MANISTEE — CABARET 2014 returned to the Ramsdell Theatre on Monday with an evening of choral music focusing on Broadway, blues and Big Band music. For more than 30 years, the Northern Michigan ensemble known as the Benzie Community Chorus has entertained audiences throughout Michigan and beyond. Several dozen people […]