1 dead, 1 seriously injured following helicopter crash

December 2, 2012

LEAVITT TWP. (Oceana Co) — Thomas Slocum, 49, of Hart died Saturday following a helicopter crash in the Manistee National Forest. Matt Williams, 28, also from Hart, was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital. According to an Oceana County Sheriff’s Office press release, Slocum was flying his privately owned 1955 Bell Rotorcraft helicopter with Williams when it crashed in an…

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Sheriff calls transition smooth, Cole becomes undersheriff

November 30, 2012
Sheriff calls transition smooth, Cole becomes undersheriff

LUDINGTON — Sheriff Jeff Fiers sat in the office of his newly sworn-in undersheriff Friday afternoon, the two reminiscing about their childhoods and talking about politics.  Less than a month ago, the new undersheriff, Kim Cole, was Fiers’ political opponent. Cole was victorious in the general election and will become sheriff on Jan. 1. Beginning midnight Dec. 1, Cole will replace Tom…

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Rhythm of the lake

November 30, 2012
Rhythm of the lake

Hamlin Time a blog by Sally Olin One thing about the people who live in upper Hamlin, they are hearty. The neighbors are still kayaking and canoeing as we look over the “Narrows” and Barnhart’s Resort. If you live up here long enough, you know the rhythm of the lake and the people who call this area home. The “locals”…

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Summit Twp. to discuss cemetery ordinance Monday

November 30, 2012

SUMMIT — The Summit Township board will discuss cemetery fees during its meeting Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. During a special meeting on Oct. 22, the board discussed adopting a cemetery ordinance. At that meeting, Randy Wyman of Wyman Funeral and Cremation Services of Scottville offered suggestions for the township to consider regarding its cemetery ordinance. Wyman suggested allowing…

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Scottville will feel pinch if personal property tax eliminated

November 30, 2012

SCOTTVILLE — The Scottville board of commissioners will be discussing the impact of a possible loss of personal property tax during its next regular meeting Monday, Dec. 3. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has proposed changes to the Michigan Personal Property Tax (PPT) law. “For quite some time there has been a movement to do away with personal property taxes,” City…

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Badger makes headlines in New York Times

November 30, 2012
Badger makes headlines in New York Times

  The plight of the SS Badger has made the pages of the New York Times. A story in Thursday’s edition of the Times reported on the efforts of congressmen Bill Huizenga (Michigan) and Tom Petri (Wisconsin) to include language in a Coast Guard reauthorization bill to exempt the Badger from a shutdown by the Environmental Protection Agency. The story…

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Mayor’s alcohol level was .072 after crash

November 29, 2012
Mayor’s alcohol level was .072 after crash

  Blood results still pending SCOTTVILLE – Scottville Mayor Joe Baxter blew a .072 alcohol level on a portable breathalyzer test almost 2 ½ hours after he crashed his truck into a ravine on Oct. 18, according to the crash report from the Michigan State Police. Mason County Press received the crash report today after filing a Michigan Freedom of…

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Zeeland hires DeKuiper for top school job

November 29, 2012
Zeeland hires DeKuiper for top school job

Ludington Area Schools Superintendent Cal DeKuiper was selected Thursday as the next superintendent of Zeeland Public Schools. The school’s board of education voted 7-0 to select DeKuiper, who was the only finalist for the position. News about DeKuiper applying for the position first came out earlier this month. Since that time, he has attended several public interviews in the Ottawa…

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District court arraignments as of Nov. 29

November 29, 2012

79th District Court, Judge Peter Wadel Arraignments: See key below – Jacob Sidney Shaw, 21, 909 N. Emily St., Apt. B4, Ludington, arrested Nov. 27 by SSCENT for the felony of Controlled Substance Delivery. Bond: 10% deposit of $5,000 bail. Pre: Dec. 12, 11:15 a.m. – Tony Allan Lanning, 31, 257 1/2 Fifth Ave., Manistee, arrested Nov. 26 by LPD…

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12 receive district court sentences

November 29, 2012

LUDINGTON — Twelve people were sentenced to jail and/or received fines in the 79th District Court this past week. 79th District Court Judge Peter Wadel Sentences: – Jeffery Allen Mellifont, 26, 1570 Hoyt St., No. 1, Muskegon, was found guilty of Possession/Transport of Rifle with Ammo. Sentence: 90 days discretionary jail for 1 year, $255. – Peter Joseph Eberhardt IV,…

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4 sentenced in circuit court

November 29, 2012

LUDINGTON — Four people were sentenced recently in 51st Circuit Court. Charges included one for drug-related and the rest for breaking and entry or receiving stolen property. 51st Circuit Court News, as of Nov 29, 2012 51st Circuit Court, Judge Richard Cooper Sentences: See key below Leonardo Gutierrez-Darios, 32, 602 E. Danaher St., Apt. 1B, Ludington was found guilty on…

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Cuban band will sizzle at art center

November 29, 2012
Cuban band will sizzle at art center

LUDINGTON — Hot off its third Grammy nomination for “Best Tropical Album” for “Bach in Havana,” and the release of its newest album, “My Secret Radio,” the sizzling, dance-inducing Cuban music group, Tiempo Libre, will perform and throw one big Cuban party at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, courtesy of the West Shore Community College Performing Arts Series,…

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Morning accident

November 28, 2012
Morning accident

HAMLIN TWP — A 44-year old man received minor injuries following a single vehicle crash at the intersection if Decker and Sherman roads this morning. Emergency personnel on the scene said the man told them he had a diabetic emergency and became incoherent. He was traveling east in Decker when his truck slide off the road. Side roads remain slippery…

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Cole appointed undersheriff

November 28, 2012
Cole appointed undersheriff

LUDINGTON — Sgt. Kim Cole will become Mason County undersheriff, effective Friday. Cole is the sheriff-elect and for the past three weeks has been serving as a desk sergeant, learning administrative duties of the department. In a department email, Sheriff Jeff Fiers announced Cole would be replacing Undersheriff Tom Trenner, who is retiring effective Friday. Trenner has served as undersheriff…

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Civic players to hold ‘RENT’ auditions

November 28, 2012

LUDINGTON – The Lakeside Civic Players will hold open auditions for the upcoming production of “RENT” Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts on North Harrison Street. Performance dates for this show will be Feb. 7 through 9 and 14 through 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 10 and…

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