Most power should be restored tonight

August 7, 2013

Earlier this afternoon Great Lakes Energy reported on its Facebook page that the number of members without power in Mason, Manistee and Lake counties was around 3,200. It stated electricity to most would be restored by this evening but some places would be Thursday. A short but fierce storm hit the area early this morning, knocking down trees, branches and…

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Area’s oldest FM station may move north

August 7, 2013

The area’s oldest FM radio station may be moved to another community, nearly 70 miles away. Synergy Media Inc., owner of WKLA-FM, has requested the station’s license be transferred from Ludington to Thompsonville, according to a Federal Communications Commission document. In May 2012, Synergy took over operations of WKLA-AM and FM, along with WKZC-FM and WMLQ-FM (Coast FM). It also…

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Mostly cloudy with chance of more thunderstorms

August 7, 2013
Mostly cloudy with chance of more thunderstorms

Superior Electric Beach/Outdoors Report. Here are the current conditions for the Lake Michigan shoreline and Mason County (including Pentwater) as of 11 a.m. today. After an early morning thunderstorm took out power for many area Great Lakes Energy customers, we have partly sunny skies today. Conditions are right for another possible storm, however. Lake Michigan water temperatures: Ludington Stearns Park:…

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Area under thunderstorm watch

August 7, 2013
Area under thunderstorm watch

As the area is under a severe thunderstorm warning, trees and power poles are across roads in parts of the county, especially the northeast. Fountain and Free Soil/Meade fire departments have both been dispatched. Ludington Fire Dept. has also been called out. See out Facebook or Twitter pages for updates. The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has issued the…

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WSCC millage renewed, Oceana voters vote no

August 6, 2013

Updated, with all Manistee County precincts reporting. With most precincts throughout the district reporting in, including all 22 precincts in Mason County, West Shore Community College’s millage renewal request has been approved. The millage passed overwhelmingly in Mason County with 75% voting yes. Manistee County was not quite as generous, passing the request at 56%. Oceana County voters defeated the…

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Taranko and Cox win Ludington mayoral primary

August 6, 2013

LUDINGTON — Wally Taranko and Ryan Cox will be on the November ballot as candidates for mayor. Taranko received 450 votes while Cox received 375. Pete Engblade received 192 and Dave Kosla, 97. The general election will take place Nov. 5.

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Mason County voters approve WSCC millage renewal

August 6, 2013

LUDINGTON — Mason County voters overwhelmingly approved the renewal of West Shore Community College’s operating budget. The proposal, allowing the college to levy .7062 mill, received 1,712 yes votes vs. 560 no votes in 22 precincts. The millage is for eight years; it is expected to raise almost $2 million for the college in 2014.  

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MCE voters approve millage renewal

August 6, 2013

CUSTER — Mason County Eastern Public School voters approved a 19.2595 mill renewal for the next 20 years. The district is allowed to tax properties except principal residences and other property exempted by law. It is expected to raise approximately $1 million in revenue for the district in 2013.

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Ox roast and carnival will take place during festival

August 6, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — The Scottville Main Street program has announced today that it will be bringing a carnival into Scottville during the Harvest Festival. It will also hold an ox roast, a tradition that dates back to 1910. The announcement stated: “Scottville area businesses, Scottville Main Street and the City of Scottville are happy to announce that Schmidt Amusements will be…

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Ludington man arrested for marina thefts

August 6, 2013
Ludington man arrested for marina thefts

LUDINGTON — A 17-year-old Ludington man has been arrested by Mason County Sheriff’s Office in connection to a series of thefts that have taken place recently at Harbor View Marina in Ludington. Collin Trim was arraigned Monday on charges of receiving and concealing stolen property. He posted a $7,500 10 percent bond and has been released. He is scheduled for…

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Muskegon man charged with criminal sexual conduct

August 6, 2013
Muskegon man charged with criminal sexual conduct

LUDINGTON — An 18-year-old Muskegon resident has been arrested by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office for criminal sexual conduct. Joseph Cantu was arraigned Monday on the charges of CSC fourth degree. The alleged incident, which involved a juvenile female, took place on Sunday, Aug. 4, around 5:45 a.m. Cantu has posted a $7,500 cash bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary…

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Business owners discuss Festival concerns with commission

August 6, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — Four Scottville business owners attended the city commission meeting Monday afternoon to discuss their concerns about the plans for this year’s Harvest Festival (see related story here). Richard Cox, owner of Cox’s Sales and Service; Kelly Abrahamson, owner of Pizza Barn Plus; Roy and Linda Holden, owners of Holden’s Home Emporium, each discussed their concerns. Each also acknowledged…

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Moving on to stay

August 6, 2013
Moving on to stay

The Kitchen Sink. A blog by Stephanie Wagner.  Six months ago, we started the process of buying a new house. We made the mistake of falling in love with a lumbering timber frame with a view of “the big lake.” It took eight weeks to negotiate a price, and we thought we had lost it three separate times. Four months…

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WSCC summer dean’s list

August 6, 2013
WSCC summer dean’s list

VICTORY TWP. – West Shore Community College has released its Dean’s List for the 2013 Summer Semester.  Full-time students achieving a semester grade point average of 3.75 or above receive high honors and full-time students with a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.749 receive honors. Part-time students are eligible for the Dean’s List when their accumulating grade point averages…

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Suds on the Shore will raise money for United Way

August 6, 2013

LUDINGTON — Suds on the Shore Craft Beer and Wine Festival will be held on Saturday, August 17 from 1 to 7:00 p.m. at Ludington City Park. The event is a fundraiser for United Way of Mason County. The cost of tickets is $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Attendees will receive entrance into the festival, eight tokens…

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