Sunny skies today

September 17, 2013
Sunny skies today

Superior Electric Outdoor Report. Below are the Lake Michigan surface water temperatures and the weather conditions for Mason County and surrounding areas as of 11:30 a.m. today. Lake Michigan water temperatures: Stearns Park, Ludington: 45 degrees F Ludington State Park: 45 degrees F Summit Park: 48 degrees F Charles Mears State Park, Pentwater: 49 degrees F First Street Beach, Manistee:…

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Ohse Farms donates use of irrigation wells to fire departments

September 16, 2013
Ohse Farms donates use of irrigation wells to fire departments

BRANCH TWP. – Firefighters in eastern Mason County have a couple new water sources to help them fight fires. Ohse Farms has donated access to two irrigation wells for use in emergencies. Representatives from Branch Twp., Custer Twp., Fountain Area and Scottville fire departments tested out one of the sites on Larsen Road north of Hansen Road Monday night. “This…

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Meet Ludington’s newest pediatrician

September 16, 2013
Meet Ludington’s newest pediatrician

The Ludington area’s new pediatrician, Margaret “Tammy” Middlebrook, MD, FAAP, is a former Navy doctor and the newest member of the medical staff at Memorial Medical Center. She moved to northern Michigan from North Carolina and has established her practice with fellow pediatricians Kari Leikert, DO, and Tamara Buckles, MD. Their office is at 907 E. Tinkham Ave. in Ludington.…

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Trooper Butterfield deserves justice to the fullest extent

September 16, 2013

OUR VIEW. Last week was a tough one for our community. The death of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield was a senseless act by a coward who deserves to be put in prison the rest of his life. Naturally, investigators must make sure they have a solid case against the suspects. This is now a priority. However, justice must…

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Welcome to the world, Brantley Spinner

September 16, 2013
Welcome to the world, Brantley Spinner

Welcome to the world, Brantley Charles Spinner, born September 15, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center. He is the son of Netha Marie Spinner of Fountain. Birth announcements are brought to you by ABC Kidz/Purple Monkey, 123 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington. Check out their Facebook page here.  We are happy to share your newborn pictures as well. Please email them, along with…

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Arts center announces ’13-’14 season

September 16, 2013
Arts center announces ’13-’14 season

LUDINGTON – Ludington Area Center for the Arts has announced its 2013-2014 Main Stage Series. Each event in this series will take place in the Performance Hall of the Arts Center at 107 S. Harrison Street. The series of five events includes music, theater, comedy and dance. Kicking off the Main Stage Series is a jazz/new age group called Checkers…

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West Shore Bank donates to local music programs

September 16, 2013
West Shore Bank donates to local music programs

LUDINGTON  – West Shore Bank has recently donated $2,500 to local school music programs. The money was a portion of the vendor proceeds raised during the second annual Rhythm & Dunes Summer Community Concerts. This year’s concerts attracted thousands of music lover to Waterfront Park. Funds were donated to music programs at Ludington Area Schools, Mason County Central Schools and…

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Fall temperatures today

September 16, 2013
Fall temperatures today

Superior Electric Outdoor Report. Below are the Lake Michigan surface water temperatures and the weather conditions for Mason County and surrounding areas as of 1 p.m. today. Lake Michigan water temperatures: Stearns Park, Ludington: 52 degrees F Ludington State Park: 51 degrees F Summit Park: 62 degrees F Charles Mears State Park, Pentwater: 53 degrees F First Street Beach, Manistee:…

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Fire destroys house on Lincoln, pets saved

September 15, 2013
Fire destroys house on Lincoln, pets saved

HAMLIN TWP. — Fire destroyed a house at 4372 N Lincoln Rd. Saturday night around 11:30 p.m. Nobody was home at the time of the fire. Mason-Oceana 911 was alerted of the fire through an alarm company, the result of both burglar and smoke alarms going off. Mason County Sheriff’s Office deputies were the first on scene. They said the house…

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Remembering Trooper Butterfield

September 14, 2013
Remembering Trooper Butterfield

MANISTEE — These photographs were furnished by Fox 17 News of Grand Rapids.

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Thousands prepare to honor Trooper Butterfield

September 14, 2013
Thousands prepare to honor Trooper Butterfield

MANISTEE — Thousands of people are arriving at Manistee High School to attend the funeral of Trooper Paul Butterfield. A vast majority of those arriving are law enforcement personnel from all over Michigan and beyond. Mason, Oceana and Lake counties are well represented. A procession of dozens of emergency vehicles left the Home Depot parking lot at 10:20 a.m. and…

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Murder suspect charged with homicide, denied bond

September 13, 2013
Murder suspect charged with homicide, denied bond

LUDINGTON – Eric John Knysz, 19, 1844 10 Mile Road, Luther, Lake County, faces a life sentence for the murder of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield. Knysz was arraigned this afternoon in front of Patricia Baker, magistrate of the 79th District Court. The arraignment took place over video monitors, with Knysz at the Mason County Jail and the proceedings…

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Badger consent decree finalized

September 13, 2013
Badger consent decree finalized

  LUDINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have filed a motion to enter the Consent Decree, allowing Lake Michigan Carferry to discharge coal ash until the end of the 2014 season. The agreement will result in the elimination of the Badger’s ash discharge prior to the start of the 2015 sailing season. “The…

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Expressway accident causes serious injuries, shut down

September 13, 2013

HART TWP., Oceana County — Troopers from the Michigan State Police-Hart Post are investigating a two car accident that occurred on north bound U.S. 31 near Polk Rd that resulted in serious injuries to three individuals. The accident was report at 4:24 p.m. on Friday, September 13. Initial information indicates that both vehicles were traveling north bound on U.S. 31 when…

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6 sentenced in Circuit Court this week

September 13, 2013
6 sentenced in Circuit Court this week

By Allison Scarbrough. MCP Correspondent.  LUDINGTON – The following defendants were sentenced this past week in 51st Circuit Court: –         Robert Emerson Swift, 62, of 1495 Palmer Ave., Muskegon, was found guilty June 17 of second-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) assault and habitual offender, third conviction. He was sentenced Sept. 10 to a minimum of two years, 10 months to a maximum of 10…

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