Area under flood warning

January 29, 2013

A few nights ago it was a winter weather advisory. Now the area is under a flood warning. The National Weather Service has issued the following: Mason County Flood Warning in effect until 9:30PM EST WED THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR RAIN AND MELTING SNOW IN ALLEGAN COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN LAKE…

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Obit: Marshall A. Stoevsand, 84, Walhalla

January 29, 2013
Obit: Marshall A. Stoevsand, 84, Walhalla

Marshall A. Stoevsand, aged 84 of Walhalla, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Willowbrook Care Home in Scottville.  Marshall was born on April 30, 1928 in Eden Township to Armen and Emily (Kase) Stoevsand, and married Illah Lamrock on October 1, 1950.  They celebrated 47 years together before Illah preceded him in death in 1997.  Marshall was also preceded in…

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Scottville man rescued from Pentwater Lake

January 29, 2013

PENTWATER — Officers from the Pentwater Police were dispatched to “calls for help” at approximately 12:52 p.m. today near the intersection of Old State Road and Lake Street. Upon investigation officers discovered that a 39-year-old Scottville man, later identified as Brian Gramza, had fallen through the ice on Pentwater Lake. The incident occurred approximately 300 yard from shore east of…

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New pre-trial conference set for mayor

January 29, 2013

LUDINGTON — Scottville Mayor Joe Baxter will receive another pretrial conference in the drunk driving case against him. A conference was held Monday between the prosecutor’s office and Baxter and his attorney. “We agreed to have another pretrial,” Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola said. “This was done so we could evaluate some information provided by the defense attorney about the…

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Bacon resigns from fire authority

January 29, 2013

CUSTER — Robert Bacon has resigned as the bookkeeper for the Mason County Rural Fire Authority. Bacon has held the part-time position since the authority was formed in the mid-1990s. Two weeks ago Bacon was arraigned on the charge of embezzlement from Mason County Eastern Schools. He served as that district’s business manager from 2003 to Dec. 31, 2011. Bruce…

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Mason County Central Leslie Tournament results:

January 29, 2013

The following report was submitted by Tom Richert, coach of the Mason County Central High School forensics team. SCOTTVILLE — Mason County Central recently competed at Leslie High school Forensics Tournament. This is a warm up for MCCHS and they had 6 events missing from their lineup.  We faired very well with 15 of 23 entries making it to finals. Top finisher…

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On the verge

January 29, 2013

Finding My Weigh, a blog by Lexi Alvesteffer. On the verge… Here I am, day 13 of the pre-op liquid diet and officially 1 day, 21 hours and 51 minutes (give or take) away from the surgery that will change my life forever. I’m feeling a myriad of emotions these last few days, some I didn’t really expect, like this…

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Suspect identified in gun threat

January 28, 2013
Suspect identified in gun threat

LUDINGTON — Steven Scott Thorne was arraigned Sunday morning in front of Mason County Magistrate Patricia Baker. Thorne, 2191 W. Dewey Rd., Victory Twp., was arrested Saturday by Michigan State Police troopers for threatening his neighbor with a gun. The incident took place Saturday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. According to Fox 17 of Grand Rapids, Thorne, 51, was standing in…

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Fire started near woodstove

January 28, 2013

HAMLIN TWP. — Hamlin Township Fire Chief Steve Vandervest said he doesn’t know exactly what started the fire this morning on North Lincoln Road, but the origin was near the wood stove and chimney. The house was owned by the Stulz family. According to Mona Mclain, it was her grandparent’s house until her grandfather passed away in 2005. Since then,…

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3 sentenced in circuit court

January 28, 2013

LUDINGTON — Three people received sentences in 51st Circuit Court last week. They include drug charges, a probation charge and a larceny to a building. – Jon Howard McKinley III, 23, 1388 W. Sugar Grove Rd., Victory Twp., was sentenced to prison on Jan. 22 for a probation violation. The probation violation stems from being found guilty on Nov. 9,…

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Arraignments

January 28, 2013

Editor’s note: We apologize for running the court news late the last couple of weeks. Due to a vacation, the schedule got a little behind. Beginning this week, court news will again be posted on Fridays. LUDINGTON — The following were recently arraigned in 79th District Court. – Robert Emerson Swift, 57, 1495 Palmer Ave., Muskegon, was arrested Jan. 26…

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Arraignments

January 28, 2013

Editor’s note: We apologize for running the court news late the last couple of weeks. Due to a vacation, the schedule got a little behind. Beginning this week, court news will again be posted on Fridays. LUDINGTON — The following were recently arraigned in 79th District Court. – Robert Emerson Swift, 57, 1495 Palmer Ave., Muskegon, was arrested Jan. 26…

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District court news

January 28, 2013

Editor’s note: We apologize for running the court news late the last couple of weeks. Due to a vacation, the schedule got a little behind. Beginning this week, court news will again be posted on Fridays. LUDINGTON — The following are the most recent sentences from 79th District Court. – Eduardo Velez, 24, 3241 N. 72nd Ave., Apt. 47, Hart,…

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Outdoors Without Limits fishing event

January 28, 2013

The West Michigan Chapter of Outdoors Without Limits and The Wounded Warrior Project will hold an ice fishing event Saturday, Feb. 9 at Wilson Hill Park on Hamlin Lake. Fishing time begins at 9 a.m. Those wishing to register may contact West Michigan Outdoors Without Limits office at 231-233-0771. Registration includes dinner the night of fishing. Download registration form for…

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Hamlin fire update

January 28, 2013

HAMLIN TWP. — Seven fire departments were called to fight a fire at 6169 N. Lincoln Rd. Upon arrival, just shortly after 3:15 a.m., firefighters reported the two-story farmhouse was fully engulfed in flames. Hamlin Twp. Chief Steve Vandervest requested road commission assistance as well, most likely because of icey road conditions. Hamlin and Pere Marquette fire departments were initially…

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