Update: Double homicide in Victory Township

January 30, 2012
Update: Double homicide in Victory Township

NAMES OF SUSPECTS RELEASED   By ROB ALWAY mcp.com editor   VICTORY TWP. — Law enforcement officials have released the identities of the two suspects arrested in connection with the murder on North Amber Road Friday night. According to a press release from the Ohio County, Ky. Sheriff’s Office, Patrick M. Bentley, 21, and Lashawn M. Whipple, 18, were arrested…

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UPDATE: Two held on homicide charges in Kentucky

January 29, 2012
UPDATE: Two held on homicide charges in Kentucky

UPDATE   By ROB ALWAY mcp.com editor   VICTORY TWP. — Two Mason County residents are being held in a Kentucky jail on open murder charges, for an incident that occurred here Friday night.     Deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department responded to a well-being check at a single-wide mobile home at 3046 N. Amber Rd. approximately 9:30 p.m.…

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Morton Hill sledding, a Riverton tradition

January 29, 2012
Morton Hill sledding, a Riverton tradition

Life in Riverton   By CARMELITTA TIFFANY  mcp.com contributing columnist   Although it’s been a pretty pitiful winter here, when there’s a layer of any depth of snow, sledders can be found on Morton Hill, on Morton Road south of Hawley Road. Last Saturday was no exception. Despite the chill and damp, biting wind, a steady stream of excitement-seekers climbed…

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Connecting the Dots with Erin Outcalt

January 29, 2012
Connecting the Dots with Erin Outcalt

Editor’s Note: Erin Outcalt is the latest addition to our contributing columnists. She will be writing about family and faith. Originally from Hesperia, Erin moved to Ludington several years ago. As she will tell you in her column, her life has changed dramatically since then.    Connecting the Dots   By ERIN OUTCALT   As I write this, I celebrate…

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A blizzard blast in Scottville

January 28, 2012
A blizzard blast in Scottville

The first Blizzard Blast was held Saturday in downtown Scottville. The event included a pancake breakfast, chili cook off, bingo, carriage rides, a demolition derby among many other activities.   Top photo: Mark Bigsby of Scottville attempts frozen chicken bowling. Bottom photo: Tony McIntosh and Stephanie Fitch use power tools to sculpt ice.   mcp.com photos/ROB ALWAY

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Law enforcement discovers two dead on well-being check

January 28, 2012

VICTORY TWP. — Deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Department responded to a well-being check at a residence located at 3046 N. Amber Rd in Victory Township approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday.   Deputies discovered two deceased persons at that residence. These persons have been identified by the sheriff’s department as Fernando Dario Ramirez, age 28 and Lacey Kay Bentley, age 18, both residents…

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A day of basketball; Special Olympics hosts annual tournament

January 28, 2012
A day of basketball; Special Olympics hosts annual tournament

Area 24 Special Olympics hosted its annual basketball tournament Saturday at Mason County Eastern gym.   Top photo: teams from Muskegon and Cadillac play against each other. Middle photo: Mason County Eastern basketball player Jenni Herrema volunteered at the tournament.   At right is athlete Jimmy Treml of Custer.   Bottom photo: MCE basketball players Elena Luce and Jessica Appledorn volunteer…

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Joan Young begins a new adventure, writes first mystery novel

January 28, 2012
Joan Young begins a new adventure, writes first mystery novel

By ROB ALWAY mcp.com editor   SCOTTVILLE — Joan Young is well known in this area as an avid outdoorswoman. She writes several blogs, many about “getting off the couch” and being outside, exploring nature. She holds the record as being the first woman to hike the entire 4,600 mile North Country Trail, which spans seven states, including Michigan (and…

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Cop Corner: Protecting your stuff

January 27, 2012
Cop Corner: Protecting your stuff

By Sgt. KIM COLE   At home, on the road, any­where, any­time, you need to pro­tect your per­sonal prop­erty from theft threats. Here are a few help­ful tips:   Keep it out of sight: use your car trunk or glove box for stor­age of valu­ables; close the drapes and cur­tains at home. Never set up your GPS in the car with your real home address;…

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Scottville Blizzard Blast

January 26, 2012
Scottville Blizzard Blast

By ROB ALWAY, mcp.com editor   SCOTTVILLE — The merchants of Scottville are hoping winter will stick around for at least a few more weeks. Scottville Main Street will hold its first Blizzard Blast on Saturday, Jan. 28 downtown.   The event will begin with a pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the senior center, followed by a…

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Living Outdoors: Winter is a great time for expos

January 26, 2012
Living Outdoors: Winter is a great time for expos

Living Outdoors By STEVE MARTINEZ   Winter is the time of year when things slow down — way down. Stores are stocking shelves, getting ready for spring and summer. Seasonal workers are wrenching on their equipment, getting ready for that first big job of the spring.   For outdoor marketers and outfitters, this is their busy season, doing show after show getting…

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Home Tips with Mike Roberson

January 24, 2012
Home Tips with Mike Roberson

Editor’s Note: Mike Roberson has many years experience in the building trades industry. He is owner of Pioneering Consulting, which specializes in home inspections. Mike and his wife, Becky, live in Amber Township along with their five children. In this column, Home Tips, Mike will talk about what you can do to prepare your house for selling, what to look…

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Permanent location is next step for homeless shelter

January 24, 2012
Permanent location is next step for homeless shelter

By ROB ALWAY mcp.com editor   LUDINGTON — Hospitality in the Name of Christ (INC) is going through a transition. The rotating homeless shelter started three years ago with the concept that it would provide emergency winter shelter at various local churches, utilizing volunteers.   The organization has now reached a crossroads and is starting the search for a permanent…

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C Notes: Recalling the Blizzard of ’78

January 23, 2012
C Notes: Recalling the Blizzard of ’78

Editor’s Note: George C. Wilson grew up in “lower Scottville Heights” in the 1960s and 1970s. George C. is the son of “Big George” Wilson. He has taken the helm of leading the Scottville Clown Band on the street and announcing during concerts as Big George has semi-retired from his 60-plus year duties. I would describe George C. as a…

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Living Outdoors with Steve Martinez

January 22, 2012
Living Outdoors with Steve Martinez

Editor’s Note: Mason County and the Pere Marquette River go hand in hand. This national scenic river travels through the center of our county and feeds into Lake Michigan. Historically, the river represents our heritage. It was transportation for native Americans and it was the life cycle of the lumbering industry, creating place names such as Custer, Scottville and Amber.…

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