Proposed alcohol ordinance takes heat from councilor

March 19, 2013

LUDINGTON – The first reading of a new city ordinance that would allow the sale of mixed drinks in city parks took some heat from a councilor Monday during City Council’s regular meeting. Wally Taranko said he did not agree with the allowance of non pre-packaged mixed drinks being served in city parks. The former police chief said he wasn’t…

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Martial arts at Ludington library

March 19, 2013
Martial arts at Ludington library

LUDINGTON — Children of all ages are invited to Mason County District Library in Ludington Tuesday, March 26 at 1 p.m. for a martial arts demonstration presented by Freedom Martial Arts.  Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.  All Mason County District Library programs are free.

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Former Ludington, MCE superintendent dies this afternoon

March 18, 2013
Former Ludington, MCE superintendent dies this afternoon

UPDATED. LUDINGTON — Mike Oakes, former superintendent of Ludington Area Schools and Mason County Eastern schools died this afternoon while attending a meeting at Memorial Medical Center. Oakes was at a Mason County Community Foundation meeting, held in the basement of the hospital, when he suffered a heart attack, MCP has been told. The Eden Township resident was the executive…

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Payment says she hasn’t ruled out running for Ludington mayor

March 18, 2013

LUDINGTON — Megan Payment said she has not ruled out running for mayor of Ludington but she has not made any decisions yet. A group of Payment’s friends entered Saturday’s St. Patrick’s parade endorsing the downtown business owner to run for Ludington’s top office. “Saturday’s parade entry was an initiative started by a few of my friends after November’s elections,”…

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Teens arrested for safe breaking, home invasion

March 18, 2013
Teens arrested for safe breaking, home invasion

LUDINGTON — Two Ludington teens were arraigned recently for safe breaking and home invasion. Kaine Alexander Linstrom, 17, 418 N. Ferry St., and a 16-year-old Ludington male were arrested following two incidences, Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett told MCP. The first incident occurred Feb. 28 in the 400 block of East Ludington Avenue. The other incident happened either March 2…

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Maki to be sworn in as Scottville mayor

March 18, 2013
Maki to be sworn in as Scottville mayor

SCOTTVILLE — Richard Maki is expected to be sworn in as Scottville’s new mayor during the city commission’s regular meeting tonight. Maki has been serving as mayor pro-tem. He replaces Joe Baxter who resigned last week after being jailed for violating the terms of his drunk driving sentence (see related stories). City Manager Amy Williams said she has only received…

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Council may approve grant submission for Ludington Ave improvements

March 18, 2013

LUDINGTON — Ludington City Council will take a step forward in improving the west end of Ludington Avenue tonight during its regular meeting. It is expected to adopt a resolution to submit a $300,000 grant with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The grant will help offset costs of the $479,000 project. The city  is looking to create improved pedestrian…

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West Shore considers tuition hike

March 18, 2013

VICTORY TWP. — West Shore Community College’s Board of Trustees will take a look at increasing tuition rates beginning the fall semester. “Increasing tuition is always a difficult decision,” President Charles Dillon wrote in a memo to the board. “But with your leadership, we have consistently honored our foundational commitment to affordability. Our tuition increases have always focused on putting…

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Amber to appoint new trustee, approve new budget

March 18, 2013

AMBER TWP. — The Amber Township Board of Trustees is expected to appoint a new trustee during its regular meeting this afternoon. The appointment fills a vacancy left by Jim Gallie Sr. when he was appointed as supervisor last month. Gallie replaced Larry Donovan, who resigned due to illness. Donovan passed away earlier this month. The board is also expected…

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Ludington school board may approve electrical bids tonight

March 18, 2013

  LUDINGTON — The Ludington Area Schools Board of Education is expected to approve a bid to C&I Electrical of Ludington for electrical work. C&I was the low bidder at $92,000. The board had budgeted $200,000 for electrical work, which also includes $16,000 for an electrical engineer. Electrical upgrades are expected to begin during spring break next week. The board…

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MCC board to see iPad demos

March 18, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — The Mason County Central Board of Education will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at the Scottville Elementary gymnasium. Board members will watch a demonstration from kindergarten Sue Anderson and some of her students on how they are using iPads in the classroom. The board is expected to hire Ann Genson and Denyse Briggs as the co-directors of this…

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Ludington considering repairing Stearns Park restrooms

March 17, 2013

LUDINGTON — The Ludington City Council is expected to approve a bid to renovate the Stearns Park north concession stand restrooms during its regular meeting Monday. A low bid of $84,890 was received from Winberg Construction of Montague; Winberg submitted an additional bid of $15,900 to tile the walls in the restroom rather than painting the concrete block walls. “Though…

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Scottville commission expected to approve contamination clean-up

March 17, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is expected to clean up ground contamination at 142 S. Main Street. City Manager Amy Williams said she has been working with the DEQ for a few years on the right-of-way at that address. Williams said the DEQ discovered the contamination when the downtown block of South Main Street was reconstructed in…

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Circuit court

March 17, 2013

LUDINGTON – The following were sentenced last week in 51st Circuit Court: –         Scott Allen Woodcock, 40, 143 N. Jebavy Dr., No. 4, Pere Marquette Twp., was sentenced on March 12 for the Jan. 27, 2013 guilty verdict of accosting children and child abuse. He was sentenced to 365 days in jail for each count, serving 9 months up front,…

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District court

March 17, 2013

LUDINGTON – The following proceedings took place last week in 79th District Court. –         Joshua Glen Heckman, 28, 2070 E. Sugar Grove Rd., Sherman Twp., was found guilty on March 12 for operating a vehicle while impaired by liquor. He was sentenced to one day in jail; 93 days discretionary jail for one year; must attend alcohol highway safety education;…

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