Manistee woman arraigned for stalking, arson

November 4, 2013
Manistee woman arraigned for stalking, arson

UPDATED. This story was first posted Saturday, Nov. 2. FREE SOIL TWP. – A 43-year-old Manistee County woman was arrested Saturday for aggravated stalking and for arson of personal property. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Hart Post were contacted by the victim on November 1, who stated some of his property had been burned. Troopers investigated the crime and…

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Douglas was a valued crew member, loved his family

November 4, 2013

LUDINGTON — Michael Douglas, the man who died in an industrial accident on board the PM 41 barge Sunday, had worked for Pere Marquette Shipping since 2006, a company spokeswoman said today. “We are deeply saddened to report that an accident took place aboard the Pere Marquette 41, Sunday, November 3 resulting in the death of respected crew member, Michael…

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All Access provides a different approach to health care

November 4, 2013
All Access provides a different approach to health care

In partnership with the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce, Mason County Press presents The Business Plan, a series that discusses business in Mason County. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the chamber will host a Networking Breakfast at All Access Care, 329 N. Jebavy Dr. The networking opportunity costs $5 for chamber members and $10 for non members. It begins…

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Ludington voters decide the next mayor Tuesday

November 4, 2013
Ludington voters decide the next mayor Tuesday

LUDINGTON — On Tuesday voters in the City of Ludington will decide who their next mayor is going to be. After 12 years, Mayor John Henderson has reached the limit of terms he can be in office. This opened up an August primary race between four candidates. During that election, voters narrowed their choices for the November general election to…

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Barge accident victim identified

November 4, 2013
Barge accident victim identified

LUDINGTON – A 37-year-old Pentwater man died on the PM 41 barge today while on Lake Michigan. Michigan State Police Hart Post is investigating the accidental death of Michael Alan Douglas.  The accident occurred while the barge – being pushed by the tug Undaunted, based out of Ludington – was en-route between Muskegon and Charlevoix. The barge was hauling ash.…

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Sheriff’s report, Nov. 1-3, 2013

November 4, 2013

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls between Nov. 1 and Nov. 3, 2013: Nov. 1, 2013: 12:53 a.m.: Alarm activation, 9400 block of North U.S. 31, Free Soil Township. 7:08 a.m.: Car/deer crash, no injuries, Jebavy and Jagger roads, Hamlin Township. 7:30 a.m.: Car/deer crash, no injuries, Free Soil and Reed roads, Free Soil Township. 8:34…

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Windy today, mostly cloudy

November 4, 2013
Windy today, mostly cloudy

The outdoor report is sponsored by Superior Electric of Ludington. The forecast for Mason County: Mostly cloudy with high temperatures reaching 54 degrees F today with lows overnight near 48, windy. Humidity: 68%; wind: south-southeast at 22 mph.

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Live your life well

November 4, 2013
Live your life well

Renew.  Rebuild. Recover. A blog brought to you by West Michigan Community Mental Health.  Caring for your mental health is something you should do throughout your life, whether you have mental health problems or not.  In fact, good habits for mental health go hand in hand with good habits for physical health.  Studies show that good mental health may not…

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Man dies on PM 41

November 3, 2013
Man dies on PM 41

LUDINGTON – A 37-year-old Pentwater man died on the PM 41 barge today while on Lake Michigan. Michigan State Police Hart Post is investigating the man’s death. It apparently occurred while the barge – being pushed by the tug Undaunted, based out of Ludington – was en-route between Muskegon and Charlevoix. The barge was hauling ash. According to a release…

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Scottville Optimists to hold chili cookoff, veterans lunch, Thanksgiving

November 3, 2013

SCOTTVILLE – The Scottville Optimist Club will hold the following events during the month of November: Chili Cookoff. Saturday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Scottville Optimist Hall, behind West Shore Bank. Prizes will be awarded to the top three picks. To participate in the cookoff call Diane Watts 231-462-3623. Entry fee is $5, which will be accumulated and added to…

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Manistee woman arrested for stalking, arson

November 2, 2013
Manistee woman arrested for stalking, arson

FREE SOIL TWP. – A 43-year-old Manistee County woman was arrested today for aggravated stalking and for arson of personal property. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Hart Post were contacted by the victim on November 1, who stated some of his property had been burned. Troopers investigated the crime and learned that the ex-girlfriend of the victim, currently on…

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Morning again

November 2, 2013
Morning again

Moonlighting. A blog by Judy Cools. NOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I don’t want to wake up! It’s still dark, it can’t be time… I can hear the wind… and I just know it’s raining or snowing or doing something nasty out there. The bed is so comfortable and warm. It’s dark. It’s cozy. Husband’s still asleep. The dogs are still asleep. It’s just…

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Home owner loses everything in trailer fire

November 1, 2013
Home owner loses everything in trailer fire

GRANT TWP. — A 51-year-old Grant Township man lost his home late this morning when the trailer he was living in caught fire at 1525 W. Countyline Road. Sherman Spivey had lived in the trailer in Forest Pines mobile home park for the past two years. Shortly after 11 a.m. he stepped outside to have a cup of coffee and…

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Welcome to the world Declan

November 1, 2013
Welcome to the world Declan

Welcome to the world: Declan Ricky Van Haitsma was born October 24, 2013 to parents Jared and Lori Van Haitsma of Norwich, Conn. Paternal grandparents are Laurel (and the late Pastor Rick) Van Haitsma of Amber Township; maternal grandparents are Steve and Pat Schilling of Walhalla. He was 8 pounds, 10 ounces and 21-inches long. His grandfather, Rick, gave him…

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Incorrect information sends fire department to wrong location

November 1, 2013
Incorrect information sends fire department to wrong location

GRANT TWP. — It took firefighters several extra minutes to arrive on the scene of a trailer fire late this morning, due to 911 receiving incorrect information from the initial caller. When they finally did get on scene, the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames. The fire happened in Forest Pines mobile home park at 1525 W. Countyline Road…

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