Partly cloudy today, high near 30

March 26, 2014
Partly cloudy today, high near 30

The outdoor report for Mason County is sponsored by Superior Electric of Ludington: 231-845-0126; www.supelectric.com.  Wednesday, March 26, 2014: Partly to mostly cloudy skies today with a high of around 30 degrees F. Winds will be south-southwest at 10 to 20 mph. Sunset: 8:06 p.m. Tonight: Cloudy with intermittent snow showers and flurries becoming a steady light snow later. Low around 25…

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Martha Ann Paulsen, aged 92 of Ludington

March 25, 2014
Martha Ann Paulsen, aged 92 of Ludington

Martha Ann Paulsen, aged 92 of Ludington, longtime resident of Scottville, went quietly home to her Savior on Sunday, March 23, 2014 following a courageous fight with cancer. Martha was born on June 22, 1921 to Jesse and Dona (Sims) White at their home on Crowley Street in Scottville, 30 minutes after her twin sister Mary.  She grew up in Scottville…

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Engagement: Whitman and Caspersen

March 25, 2014
Engagement: Whitman and Caspersen

Emily Kay Whitman and Jeffrey David Caspersen, both of Ludington, will be married in August 2014 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Ludington. The bride is the daughter of Frederick and Tracey Whitman of Ludington. She is a 2007 graduate of Ludington High School where she was a noted athlete in basketball, softball and volleyball. She went to Calvin College for two…

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Welcome to the World! Justin, Liam, Oliver, Victoria.

March 25, 2014
Welcome to the World! Justin, Liam, Oliver, Victoria.

Birth announcements are sponsored by ABC Kidz/Purple Monkey, 123 E. Ludington Ave. Check them out here on Facebook.  Welcome to the world! Justin Lee Goldner, Jr., the son of Elizabeth Bradley and Justin Goldner of Newaygo, was born on March 19, 2014 at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.  Liam Michael Lindbloom, the son of Spencer and Gabrielle Lindbloom of Ludington, was born…

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Welcome back winter

March 25, 2014
Welcome back winter

The outdoor report for Mason County is sponsored by Superior Electric of Ludington: 231-845-0126; www.supelectric.com. Ready for spring break yet? Tuesday, March 25, 2014: Intermittent snow showers, especially early. Cold with a high of 21 degrees F. Winds, northwest at 10 to 25 mph. Chance of snow, 50%, less than 1 inch expected. Sunset: 8:04 p.m. Tonight, snow flurries around this…

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Police and fire chiefs admonish Rotta

March 24, 2014
Police and fire chiefs admonish Rotta

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief. LUDINGTON — After years of being bashed by citizen Tom Rotta, Police Chief Mark Barnett and Fire Chief Jerry Funk publicly admonished the outspoken self-proclaimed community activist during tonight’s Ludington City Council meeting. Tonight’s admonishment stemmed from Rotta’s recent questioning of the legality of the police department’s volunteer reserve unit. Reservists are typically used during special…

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How many runs/walks are too many?

March 24, 2014

LUDINGTON — How many runs/walks can there be in the City of Ludington before there are too many? This was a question asked by a city councilor during tonight’s council meeting. The council approved two requests for 5K events tonight, which sparked the brief conversation. The first was a request from OneMain Financial, 4743 W. U.S. 10, Ludington, for a…

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Ludington Fire Department runs increased in 2013

March 24, 2014
Ludington Fire Department runs increased in 2013

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief. LUDINGTON — Ludington Fire Department responded to 262 calls in 2013, an increase from 253 in 2012 but a decrease to 277 in 2012. Fire Chief Jerry Funk presented the department’s annual report during the regular meeting of the city council Monday night. The majority of the department’s calls, 86, were medical calls, which accounted for…

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Scottville native recognized for rescuing lost snowmobilers in Porcupine Mountains

March 24, 2014
Scottville native recognized for rescuing lost snowmobilers in Porcupine Mountains

A Scottville native has been recognized for his efforts to rescue two lost snowmobilers in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in January. Michigan Department of Natural Resources ranger Jimmy Newkirk  was among a group of five DNR employees who were part of a rescue effort to save a father and son who had been missing for more than 24…

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Scottville woman arrested for meth possession

March 24, 2014

BRANCH TWP. — A 22-year-old Scottville woman was arrested by Mason County Sheriff’s Office deputies Friday for possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. Hope Elaine Sodders, 203 W. Third St., Scottville, was arrested following a traffic stop at 8:08 p.m. Friday at Benson and Marshall roads. Deputies located 5 grams of meth and 15 grams of marijuana in Sodders’…

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Water main repairs will close east-bound Ludington Ave. at James

March 24, 2014
Water main repairs will close east-bound Ludington Ave. at James

LUDINGTON — The water main located at the intersection of Ludington Avenue and South James Street is leaking.  Due to its busy location and the proximity to a 60-inch sanitary sewer, the city has contracted with Hallack Contracting to perform the repairs.  The work will begin on Thursday, March 27 and should be completed by Friday, March 28.  Eastbound traffic on Ludington Avenue…

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Ludington to consider Brill tax abatement

March 24, 2014

UPDATED at 6:53 p.m.: The request passed unanimously by city council. LUDINGTON — A public hearing will be held tonight to hear input on a request from Brill Company for a tax abatement. The hearing will take place during the regular city council meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Brill has purchased a new panel saw and a new edge…

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Artists, crafters invited to show at arts center

March 24, 2014

LUDINGTON – Artists and crafters are invited to participate in the third annual Lighthouse Festival Arts/Crafts Show at Ludington Area Center for the Arts. The show will be held Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m.  to 4 p.m. at the arts center, 107 S. Harrison Street. The deadline for applications is April 1. The show is part of Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association Michigan’s West…

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Benefit at PM Steamers to help 9-year-old cancer patient

March 24, 2014
Benefit at PM Steamers to help 9-year-old cancer patient

LUDINGTON — A benefit pig roast and silent auction will be held Tuesday at PM Steamers Restaurant to benefit 9-year-old Hunter Bowman. Hunter is a third grader at Foster Elementary and was diagnosed in early January with with stage three papillary thyroid carcinoma. He is being treated at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.  His treatment has made it…

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Art center offers writing workshop

March 24, 2014

LUDINGTON – A workshop for adult writers of all abilities will be offered by Westside Writers Gang through Ludington Area Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 26.  Memoir Writing Through Memorabilia will meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the arts center and culminate with participants reading their memoirs at 7 p.m. that evening at The Bookmark. The one-day event is…

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