Riverton’s invincible artist Steve Harley

January 19, 2013
Riverton’s invincible artist Steve Harley

By Jeffrey Miller.  Much publicity has been given to Manierre Dawson, the world-renowned abstract artist who made his home in Riverton Township. But, Riverton is actually home to another well-known artist, Steve Harley. Scottville native and historian Jeffrey Miller tells Harley’s tale.  Taking the self-guided tour at Historic White Pine Village gives you an understanding of the pioneers who pushed…

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Former MCE employee accused of embezzlement

January 18, 2013

LUDINGTON — Robert Crane Bacon, 67, 2917 E. U.S. 10, Custer Twp., was arraigned by the county magistrate today on one count of embezzlement, $50,000 to $100,000. It is alleged that Bacon embezzled money while he was treasurer of Mason County Eastern School District from 2003 until Dec. 31, 2011. According to an investigation performed by the Michigan State Police…

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Obit: Betty Smith, 90, Scottville

January 18, 2013
Obit: Betty Smith, 90, Scottville

Mrs. Betty Smith, 90, of Scottville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Memorial Medical Center of Ludington. Betty was born November 18, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois to Sylvester & Molly (Tunkis) Kamarauskas, who had emigrated from Lithuania. Betty had older siblings who had been born in Lithuania, but all had tragically fallen victim to the flu pandemic…

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Finding my weigh, in the beginning

January 18, 2013

A blog by Lexi Alvesteffer. So, this is the beginning. Of my blog, that is. In the five months since I started the process of having bariatric sleeve surgery, there have been times that I’ve questioned why I was doing it. I’m not truly an unhealthy person. I’ve had my bouts with high cholesterol and high blood pressure but both…

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Art center receives another grant

January 18, 2013

LUDINGTON, MI – On the heels of a large grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Ludington Area Arts Council announces that it has additionally been awarded a grant for professional and organizational development support from MCACA, administered by the Holland Area Arts Council, in the amount of $1,500. The minigrant is specifically intended to partially fund…

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Solomon’s quest

January 18, 2013
Solomon’s quest

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. Solomon is a very active and adventurous 2-year-old. He likes trains and enjoys music. His smile could brighten any dreary Michigan winter day. He can tell you exactly what he wants and what he doesn’t want. Nothing seems to limit this child, even the fact that he is unable to speak. Solomon is the son of…

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Beige

January 17, 2013
Beige

A blog by Judy Cools. Beige is more of an attitude than it is a color. I know because I used to be beige. Raised by a Scottish mother who’d lived during the Great Depression, we were nothing if we weren’t practical. A beige sweater will go with black, with white, with tan, with brown. Why in the world would…

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Hospital expansion update

January 17, 2013
Hospital expansion update

LUDINGTON — Much has changed since Memorial Medical Center broke ground June 18, 2012 on the most ambitious expansion since the hospital began operations at its present location in 1967. The south and north faces of the hospital, as well as the surrounding campus, have been radically transformed in the last six months, yet in a way designed to blend…

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My cold dead hands

January 17, 2013
My cold dead hands

A blog by Thad Ray. I do not own a gun. Although I don’t own one, I do not have a problem with guns. If some magic fairy waved her wand and every gun in the world disappeared, well, I wouldn’t have a problem with that either. I don’t believe the world would be a better or worse place without…

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VFW essay winners

January 17, 2013

CUSTER – The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW 5096 in Custer recently held an essay contest for middle school students. All entrants have the opportunity to compete in local and national levels, with a $5,000 award on the national level. Judging was done in October by James Newkirk, Martin Schilling and Ron Wood. The following received awards: First place Kaya Klotz…

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Speaking of the arts… A new year….a new perspective

January 16, 2013
Speaking of the arts… A new year….a new perspective

A blog by Ann Genson Happy New Year! I’d like to be able to say that I have been on sabbatical for 8 months, but that would be a lie. It would sound impressive, though, wouldn’t it? The Arts. What does that mean to you? When most people think of the arts, they think of works like the Mona Lisa,…

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Fire departments busy Tuesday night

January 16, 2013
Fire departments busy Tuesday night

Fire departments were busy Tuesday night across the county. Scottville Fire Dept. was called to a chimney fire on U.S. 31 near Dewey Road. When the department arrived, the entire north side of the house was engulfed in flames. Custer and Fountain departments were called to assist. We have been told that the fire burned through the roof and damaged…

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Fire on U.S. 31

January 15, 2013
Fire on U.S. 31

A reader submitted this photo of a structure fire on U.S. 31 near Dewey Road earlier tonight. Scottville, Custer and Fountain departments were called. The fire was originally called in as a chimney fire. When Scottville firefighters arrived the entire north side was engulfed in flames. We have been told that the fire burned through the roof and damaged most…

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Michigan rural schools to receive nearly $4 million from USDA

January 15, 2013

More than $320 million to be distributed under reauthorized program WASHINGTON Jan. 15, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that over $323 million will be paid to 41 states and Puerto Rico in two distributions to support local schools and roads as part of the Congressional one-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. “These…

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MCC approves agreement with transportation and food employees

January 15, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — The Mason County Central board of education approved its contract with the district’s food and transportation employees Monday night. Under the new agreement, food service members of the American Federation of School, Count and Municipal Employees union will receive a pay raise of 5 cents per hour that bring the top hourly rate to $14 per hour, according…

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