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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.

Adopt-a-park program goes live

Adopt-a-park program goes live

MANISTEE — Volunteers, get ready to get your hands dirty. Manistee’s adopt-a-park program is officially up and running after a vote earlier this week by the Manistee City Council. The program seeks to use volunteer help to remove litter and debris from designated areas, control weeds, care for plants, mulch, rake leaves, identify hazards, report […]

Knysz removed from life support

Knysz removed from life support

JACKSON — Convicted murderer Eric Knysz was removed from life support at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, according to a Michigan Department of Corrections press release. Knysz, 20, of Irons, was sentenced on April 8 in Mason County’s 51st Circuit Court to serve life in prison without parole for shooting Michigan State Police trooper Paul Butterfield in […]

Utility study suggests rate changes

Utility study suggests rate changes

Council to decide on possible implementation at a future meeting MANISTEE — Results from a City of Manistee water and sewer rate study could impact utility negotiations with surrounding townships. The study is also designed to make the city’s system financially sustainable while balancing social, economic and environmental factors. The rate study, recently completed by Burton & […]

Citizens ask for road repairs at public hearing

Citizens ask for road repairs at public hearing

Work session discussions center on police department MANISTEE — The two citizens who spoke during a public hearing on Tuesday for the City of Manistee’s 2014-2015 fiscal year budget told members of the Manistee City Council to focus on fixing the city’s street network. After the public hearing and other agenda items were handled, the council […]

Welcome sign planned for visitors coming by water

Welcome sign planned for visitors coming by water

MANISTEE — Boaters entering Manistee harbor will notice something different this year. On Tuesday, the Manistee Harbor Commission elected to spend the majority of it’s remaining marketing and promotions 2013/2014 budget for a welcoming sign on a bank of the Manistee River above the riverwalk. “We all kind of agreed when someone called (the harbor) the […]

Girl Scouts make string eggs for seniors

Girl Scouts make string eggs for seniors

Connie Ott (left), coordinator for Meals on Wheels of Northwest Community Action Agency, was presented with string Easter Eggs made by the Onekama Girl Scout Troop No. 462. The girl scout troop members pictured are, from left to right, Courtney Madsen, Sara Madsen, Katelynn Feil, DeAnn Gardner and Kayla Feil. Also pictured is Meals on […]

Drenched in April Showers

Drenched in April Showers

Heavy rainfall combines with snowmelt to flood the county MANISTEE COUNTY — Several inches of rainfall  over a two-day period, combined with snowmelt, caused flooding throughout Manistee County on Monday. “Low lying areas are flooded,” said Ken Falk, emergency management coordinator for the county. “Ponds are flooded. There are one or two roads that have water […]