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West Iron senior awarded prestigious MSU scholarship
Written by Jerry DeRoche   
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:08 AM

Marissa Jacks was recently awarded a STARR Charitable Foundation Scholarship by Michigan State University.
IRON RIVER—To many who know her, Marissa Jacks has a maturity beyond her 18 years.
She’s poised, she’s responsible, and she’s driven.
Plus, she’s got the worrying thing down pat.
For the last several months, Jacks had been doing a lot of that as her high school days dwindle to a precious few. Last summer, the West Iron County senior decided that Michigan State University was her desired destination for the next four years. But before long, reality started to creep into the fantasy.

Local declaration starts emergency aid process
Written by Jerry DeRoche   
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:07 AM

CRYSTAL FALLS— By their natures, catastrophic disasters make for vivid pictures. The suffering of those unfortunate to be caught in dire situations like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy or the Washington mudslides is obvious.

Waiting for spring PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:15 AM

A chickadee hunkers down among the snow-covered branches of a lilac bush while waiting for the bird feeder to make its morning appearance in an Iron River back yard. Several recent snowstorms have tried the patience of winter-weary Iron County residents, but last weekend they finally saw temperatures in the 50s, quickly shrinking the snowpiles that still dominate the area.

Candidates need to file papers soon
Written by Staff Reports   
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:15 AM

CRYSTAL FALLS—If you are thinking about filing for a County Board seat in this year’s election, here’s some friendly advice: Don’t wait too long!

Meeting quietly ends pink hair controversy
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:14 AM

IRON RIVER—As quickly as a controversy over a West Iron student’s pink hair blew up the week before, the firestorm vanished just days later.

FP may rent school space
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:13 AM

CRYSTAL FALLS—It’s been over five since years since classes were last held in the old Forest Park High School building, the eastern end of the school complex.

New memory care unit opens at ICMCF
Written by Jerry DeRoche   
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 10:56 AM

A hardwood walking path leads residents around open social areas in the Willow Living Center memory care unit. (submitted photo)
CRYSTAL FALLS—As the population of Iron County, the state of Michigan and the country as a whole ages, the demand for medical care for the elderly population expands.
One of the most vital aspects of medical attention for elderly patients centers around dementia care. And to help meet that need locally, the Iron County Medical Care Facility recently opened its new memory care unit, the Willow Living Center.

State tax decision impacts local area
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 10:55 AM

CRYSTAL FALLS—Township and school officials will have to make some budget decisions this year after the Michigan Tax Commission granted a tax break to the company that owns the natural gas pipeline running through Iron County.

Pink hair ignites controversy
Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 10:55 AM

IRON RIVER—High school junior Michael Barker suddenly has a lot of friends that he didn’t know he had, and out of nowhere the West Iron County School District suddenly has a major brouhaha on its hands.
The issue: Barker’s pink Mohawk hairstyle and the school administration’s insistence that it violates school policy.

DeRoche joins Reporter
Written by Staff Reports   
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 10:54 AM

IRON RIVER—Jerry DeRoche recently joined the Iron County Reporter staff as a news, features and sports reporter and writer. DeRoche was born in Chicago but spent most of his formative years in the Iron River area. He graduated from West Iron County High School in 1981 and was a member of the Wykon basketball program from 1978-1981.