Concerns aired about west Ludington Avenue improvements

March 5, 2013

By Alan Neushwander MCP Corespondent. LUDINGTON – Three residents spoke during a public hearing Monday regarding proposed improvements to the west end of Ludington Avenue. The City of Ludington is looking to create improved pedestrian access at the Lake Michigan waterfront. The project would provide universal access to people with disabilities by constructing a concrete walkway through the sandy beach…

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Ludington amends budget, considers changing alcohol sales ordinance, hears reports

March 5, 2013

By Alan Neushwander MCP Correspondent. LUDINGTON – Ludington City Council approved the city’s 2012 budget amendments Monday night. City Manager John Shay said the city’s revenues exceeded expenditures by $336,429. Shay cited numerous reasons why revenues were higher than anticipated including higher building permit fee revenue due primarily to Memorial Medical Center’s expansion project, an increase in revenue sharing, an…

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NPR features Badger

March 4, 2013

National Public Radio’s All Things Considered afternoon show featured an 8-minute story today on the SS Badger. Reporter Noah Adams spent a few days in Ludington interviewing business owners, dignitaries and ordinary citizens about their opinion of the Badger. Click here for the story.  

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Local artist receives first place

March 4, 2013
Local artist receives first place

HOUGHTON — A local artist’s work has received top honors at the Michigan Technological University Great Lakes Showcase. Pere Marquette Township artist Dave Masten’s Wired has received first place in the three dimensional art category. Wired is a statue made of copper. It makes a statement about modern technology and our reliance on it. Diana Budde, an associate professor at…

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Thad Ray, our new correspondent

March 4, 2013
Thad Ray, our new correspondent

Editor’s note: When Mason County Press was started last winter, Thad Ray was one of the first people to approach me and ask if he could start writing a blog. Full Circle has been one of our most well-received blogs. Thad has decided he wants to move to another level and start writing some articles for us. Thad was born in…

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West Shore Bank to offer summer concerts again

March 4, 2013

LUDINGTON — West Shore Bank has announced the return of Rhythm & Dunes, its community concert series. The set of free concerts are coming back to the Waterfront Park Pavilion in Ludington for a second summer. They are being planned on Saturday, July 27, and Saturday, August 3. “The overwhelmingly positive feedback we received after last year’s concerts was beyond…

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Disaster exercise to be held Wednesday

March 4, 2013

On Wednesday, March 6, a comprehensive disaster exercise will be held in Mason, Lake, Newaygo and Oceana counties. It will be held in cooperation with Consumers Energy, the National Weather Service Office in Grand Rapids, and the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. The purpose of the exercise is to test local County Emergency Operations Centers’ capabilities…

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Outdoor dining, the right move. Now, let’s narrow the Avenue!

March 4, 2013

Our View. An editorial. Allowing outdoor dining on the sidewalks of Ludington Avenue and South James is a step in the right direction toward progress. Ludington has made a lot of positive changes in the past several years toward becoming more visitor friendly. Encouraging dining establishments to serve food and drink outdoors helps kick up the notch even more. It…

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Letter: Creating bright futures

March 4, 2013

A letter to the editor: When I think back to when I was younger, there are people who truly made school memorable and left their positive imprint on my life.  I am blessed that my son will also grow up to have those same inspiring experiences. Starting my son in kindergarten was nerve racking for me as I knew we…

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Life has been better since kidnapping

March 3, 2013

By Rob Alway Editor-in-Chief It’s been just over a year that Mark McCallum took his two children and drove them to Florida in an allegedly stolen vehicle. He took his then 2-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son to Key West, the southern-most point in the continental United States. On Friday, after a week-long trial, McCallum was found guilty on two counts…

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Mother is relieved by guilty verdict

March 3, 2013
Mother is relieved by guilty verdict

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. Sharon Kludy, the ex-wife of recently convicted kidnapper Mark McCallum, is extremely happy with a jury’s decision to find him guilty on both counts of kidnapping their children. “I am extremely relieved,” Sharon said. “I was so nervous and anxious throughout the trial. It was extremely hard to wait in the hall while the majority of…

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Chess tourney largest in years

March 3, 2013

LUDINGTON – The 58th Annual Ludington Optimist Youth Chess Tournament was held at Ludington High School on Saturday, March 2. It is the longest-running scholastic tournament in the State. Ninety-nine students from throughout Michigan played five chess games to determine the winners in four divisions. This was the largest turnout in the history of the tournament, breaking the record of…

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Ludington considering allowing outdoor downtown dining

March 2, 2013

LUDINGTON — The Ludington City Council is considering changing the city code and zoning ordinance to allow downtown eating establishments to provide outdoor dining. Currently, under the code and ordinance, establishments must obtain special permission for outdoor dining. With the proposed changes no special permission would be needed to provide outdoor dining as long as the business complies with all…

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Home sweet home

March 2, 2013
Home sweet home

The Kitchen Sink. A blog by Stephanie Wagner. I think it is time to out myself… I haven’t been writing for a multitude of reasons – work has picked up, my family has been crazy busy with sports events, social events, and professional commitments, and this time of year makes me want to spend every spare minute napping or reading…

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Scottville may add chair lift to park pool

March 2, 2013

SCOTTVILLE – The city of Scottville will need to purchase a lift chair for the swimming pool at Riverside Park. The purchase is required by a new law that requires all public schools to provide a lift chair for those with disabilities. The chair must be in place before the pool opens this spring, City Manager Amy Williams reports. The…

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