Today is primary election day

August 7, 2012
Today is primary election day

Mason County voters will, for all practical purposes, be selecting their next sheriff, county treasurer, county surveyor and several commissioners today. Though the election is a primary election, meaning it is the chance to nominate the candidate for the party of your choice, the majority of the races are exclusively Republican. The only contested Democrat race in Mason County is…

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3 departments respond to fire in Amber Twp.

August 6, 2012
3 departments respond to fire in Amber Twp.

  AMBER TWP. – Three fire departments responded to a fire at Mid-Way Auto Sales, 645 W. U.S. 10-31 this afternoon. When the first truck arrived, flames were shooting out of the peak of the roof, Scottville Fire Chief Dale Larr said. The building was built as a motel, the Scottville Motel, most likely in the 1950s. It is a…

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Champs

August 6, 2012
Champs

The two Scottville teams tied this year for the Western Shore League baseball championship. The teams are the Scottville Spartans and the Scottville Legends. Click, Read More, to view both teams’ photos.     Spartans Front, from left: Austin Tyndall, Eric Erndtman, Connor Willick, Evan Cooper, Chance Isles, Brett Parish, Nolan Asiala, Mitchell Lange. Back: Coach Shawn MacDougall, Spencer Knizacky,…

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WSCC orientation scheduled for Aug. 28

August 6, 2012

VICTORY TWP. – First–time or returning students at West Shore Community College are invited to attend the 2012 Student Orientation to be held on Tues., August 28, at 6 p.m., in the Arts and Sciences Center and Center Stage Theater.             “This is a great opportunity for our new students to learn their way around the campus and to learn…

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Just So Stories at libraries

August 6, 2012

Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a musical production of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories presented by Oceana Summer Youth Theater.  The OSYT Traveling Troupe, a group composed of 15 middle and high school students, will present their production of Just So Stories at the Mason County District Libraries Friday, August 10, at 1:00 pm at the Ludington Library and 3:00 pm…

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Blues Night

August 5, 2012
Blues Night

Several hundred people chanced the weather Saturday night to listen to some great blues at Ludington Waterfront Park. The concert, part of West Shore Bank’s Rhythm & Dunes series, featured Sharrie Williams and Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys. Photos by www.alwayphotography.com.   

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Lost in the system, grandparents raising grandchildren

August 3, 2012
Lost in the system, grandparents raising grandchildren

CUSTER TWP. – Jan and Ed Wagner raised three children, two daughters and a son. They worked hard their entire lives and looked forward to spending their retirement in their house near the Pere Marquette River. That retirement would be spent exploring the country and spending time with their three children and six grandchildren. They did not anticipate, in their…

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39th old engine show begins today

August 2, 2012
39th old engine show begins today

SCOTTVILLE – I’m not sure I remember a time in my life when I haven’t heard the sputter of a John Deere 2-cylinder tractor. This is a sound that reminds me of home. Ever since I can remember, my dad has been a member of the Western Michigan Old Engine Club. The club started on the Donahue farm in Pere…

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The Clydesdales are coming; Ludington Beverage celebrates anniversary

August 1, 2012
The Clydesdales are coming; Ludington Beverage celebrates anniversary

The Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to the area in celebration of Ludington Beverage’s 75th anniversary as a Budweiser distributor. Much of the Clydesdales’ visit will coincide with next week’s Pentwater Homecoming festivities beginning Wednesday with a march through downtown and display at the Village Green from 5 to 7 p.m. During that time the public will have the opportunity to…

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Accused cop shooter’s prelim postponed

August 1, 2012
Accused cop shooter’s prelim postponed

LUDINGTON – The preliminary court examination of Lowell Fetters has been delayed. Fetters is accused of shooting Ludington Police Sgt. Dave Maltbie, and shooting at other police officers, along with several other crimes. Fetters’ prelim was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today. Fetters sat in the courtroom, his family members – who did not speak to him – sat behind him,…

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Turbines and compensation top of discussion for commissioners at forum

July 31, 2012
Turbines and compensation top of discussion for commissioners at forum

LUDINGTON – Wind turbines and commissioner compensation were the dominant topics of discussion Tuesday night for county commissioner candidates. All but one of the candidates running for county commission attended a candidates’ forum at Ludington City Park. Commissioner Rich Morong, who is running for District 6, did not attend Tuesday’s forum, nor did he attend last week’s forum sponsored by…

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Cole receives endorsements from 3 former sheriffs, road patrol and corrections staff

July 31, 2012
Cole receives endorsements from 3 former sheriffs, road patrol and corrections staff

  Three former Mason County sheriffs have endorsed Kim Cole for sheriff. A letter was recently printed on a Facebook site with two of the sheriffs’ written endorsements. Bob Englebrecht, Larry Steward and Laude Hartrum have all publicly endorsed Cole. “In 1985 Kim and I began working together as marine officers at the sheriff’s office,” Hartrum wrote. “Over the next…

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Lighting up the fair

July 30, 2012
Lighting up the fair

The Western Michigan Fair ended Saturday night. The week saw the most significant rain the area has had all summer, which was not good for the fair but good for the farmers. John Mickevich took this picture of the midway Saturday night.

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Another candidates’ forum Tuesday

July 30, 2012

There will be another candidates’ forum Tuesday evening at Ludington City Park. Last week MasonCountyPress.com and WMOM FM 102.7 presented the first area forum, which was held in Scottville. The forum focused mainly on the Aug. 7 primary. This week’s forum is sponsored by another media outlet. We believe it is important for the voters to be informed which is…

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Manitowoc in Ludington

July 30, 2012
Manitowoc in Ludington

The freighter Manitowoc visited Ludington harbor Saturday afternoon. Photo by Rob Alway    

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