Missing mother, son found safe

May 13, 2013
Missing mother, son found safe

Gail Merideth Gerbers, 70 and her son, Gregory John Gerbers, 38, have been found and are reported safe and well. The Mason County Sheriff’s Office had reported Sunday that it was investigating a report of the two being missing. They left the Ludington area Thursday en-route to Hammond, Ind. However, they never arrived at their destination. Over the weeekend there…

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Victim identified from fatal moped accident

May 13, 2013

AMBER TWP. — Grant Robert Bay, 65 of Branch died following a single vehicle crash Friday afternoon. The Mason County Sheriff’s Department reported that Bay was traveling east on U.S. 10-31 near Stiles Road when he apparently lost control of the bike and fell of it. He suffered head injuries and later died at Memorial Medical Center in Ludington. His…

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Mother, son reported missing

May 12, 2013
Mother, son reported missing

  The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a mother and son. Gail Merideth Gerbers, 70 and her son, Gregory John Gerbers, 38, left the Ludington area Thursday en-route to Hammond, Ind. However, they never arrived at their destination. Since they left, there has been no contact with family or friends nor has there been any activity…

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Dr. Anderson selected for Community Service Award

May 11, 2013
Dr. Anderson selected for Community Service Award

UPDATED: HAMLIN TWP. — Dr. Bill Anderson received the 2012 Ludington and Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Service Award tonight during the chamber’s annual dinner at Lincoln Hills Golf Club. Anderson is former president of West Shore Community College and served as the Michigan Director of Libraries and History under Govs. John Engler and Jennifer Granholm. He is the…

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West Shore Bank is Business of Year

May 11, 2013
West Shore Bank is Business of Year

UDPATED: HAMLIN TWP. — West Shore Bank was selected as the 2012 Ludington and Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year tonight at the chamber dinner at Lincoln Hills Golf Club. The bank was one of three nominees for the award. Other nominees were Synergy Broadcast Group and Nautical Yarn and Book Mark. West Shore Bank was nominated…

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Moped driver dies following Friday accident

May 11, 2013

AMBER TWP. — A 65-year-old Branch man died following a single vehicle crash Friday afternoon. The Mason County Sheriff’s Department reported that the man was traveling east on U.S. 10-31 near Stiles Road when he apparently lost control of the bike and fell of it. The man suffered head injuries and later died at Memorial Medical Center in Ludington. His…

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Taranko will run for Ludington mayor

May 11, 2013

LUDINGTON — Former Ludington Police Chief and current Ludington City Councilor Wally Taranko has announced that he intends to run for mayor. “My vision for Ludington is to continue on the path we are on and to improve in areas that need improving,” Taranko said. Taranko served on the Ludington Police Department for 32 years, was Mason County Emergency Management…

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Memorial announces intent to merge with Spectrum

May 10, 2013
Memorial announces intent to merge with Spectrum

UPDATED. By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. LUDINGTON — Memorial Medical Center has announced it intends to merge with Spectrum Health of Grand Rapids. The hospital signed a non-binding letter of intent to join Spectrum Health this morning during a press conference. The agreement will preserve the hospital’s board of directors, ensuring a local voice in governing the hospital. According to a…

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Our view: Potential merger is a good move

May 10, 2013

Today’s announcement by Memorial Medical Center of its intention to merge with Spectrum Health is exciting news for our area. While, in this day and age, large corporate take-overs of smaller companies seem to be taking away our identities and can often compromise customer service, we believe health care may be an exception. Modern advances in health care have extended…

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Births

May 10, 2013
Births

LUDINGTON — Mason County Press is proud to announce birth announcements. We will post the announcements as they are sent to us. Information is sent to us by Memorial Medical Center at the consent of the parents. However, we will also accept direct announcements and photographs from new parents. You may send them to editor@masoncountypress.com. – Traci Petersen and Jessie…

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Cox is running for mayor

May 10, 2013
Cox is running for mayor

LUDINGTON — Ludington Middle School teacher Ryan Cox has announced he is running for mayor. Cox is the fifth person to take out a petition for the position. “After much deliberation and encouragement from others, I have decided to run for mayor because I want to play a leadership role in ensuring that the City of Ludington remains a wonderful…

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Circuit court

May 10, 2013

Compiled by Allison Scarbrough. MCP Correspondent. LUDINGTON — The following were sentenced this week in 51st Circuit Court: – Andrew Eugene Wicklund, 50, of 5938 W. Fourth St., Ludington, was found guilty May 15 of possession of weapons-firearms. He was sentenced to 270 days in jail with credit for 12 days served; must serve two months up front with balance…

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Arraignments

May 10, 2013
Arraignments

LUDINGTON — The following were arraigned this week in 79th District Court at the Mason County Courthouse: KEY: MCSO: Mason County Sheriff’s Office; LPD: Ludington Police Dept.; SPD: Scottville Police Dept; MSP: Michigan State Police; SSCENT: State, Sheriff’s, Chief’s Enforcement Narcotics Team. Felonies – Patrick Michael Mohr, 47, of 506 George St., Ludington, was arrested May 4 by the Ludington…

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Obit: Douglas Hill

May 10, 2013

Douglas L. Hill, aged 63 of Custer, passed away December 30, 2012. Doug was born on December 30, 1949 in Hart to Howard N. and Lillian M. (LaPorte) Hill, and graduated from Pentwater High School. Following graduation, Doug enlisted in the United States Air Force, and served his country during the Vietnam Conflict. Doug was well known in the area…

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District court

May 10, 2013

LUDINGTON — The following were sentenced this week in 79th District Court: – Barbara Lynne Williams, 49, of 738 Liberty St., Kalamazoo, was found guilty May 1 of driving while license suspended/revoked/denied. She was sentenced to two days in jail with credit for two days served; 93 days discretionary jail for one year; and $285 in fines and costs. Conviction…

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