Hospital holiday brunch

October 28, 2012
Hospital holiday brunch

LUDINGTON – Unique holiday trees and wreaths will be auctioned Sunday, November 4, at the Memorial Medical Center Foundation’s annual holiday brunch. The fundraising event will take place at AM Galleries, 115 W. Ludington Ave., starting at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.00, which includes the brunch and a chance to win more than 15 door prizes. “We’ve received many enthusiastic…

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Citizen journalists and bloggers wanted

October 26, 2012

MasonCountyPress.com is looking for citizen reporters and bloggers. Since this site was started 11 months ago it has grown tremendously in popularity. It is new and immediate and completely local, not only in its news coverage but in its ownership. It’s time to kick it up a few notches. This is a community news site and we need more contributors from…

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1 arrested following threats at GOP office

October 26, 2012

LUDINGTON — Ludington Police Officers arrested a man in his ’50s this afternoon after he had upset a Republican Party office volunteer at the GOP office at the Stearns Hotel on East Ludington Avenue. “I think he went into the office to speak his mind,” LPD Sgt. Dave Maltbie said, “and the worker there felt threatened.” Maltbie said the man…

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Court news Oct. 26, 2012

October 26, 2012

Mason County court news as of October 26, 2012 Key: MCSO: Mason County Sheriff’s Office; LPD: Ludington Police Dept.; SPD: Scottville Police Dept.; MSP: Michigan State Police; Pre: Preliminary Examination or Pre-Trial. B&E: Breaking and Entering; OUIL: Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Liquor. DWLS: Driving While License Suspended. 79th District Court, Judge Peter Wadel Arraignments Shane…

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See ya! Tribute to Johnny and Maisie Urban

October 25, 2012
See ya! Tribute to Johnny and Maisie Urban

CUSTER – Today, we said goodbye to Johnny and Maisie Urban. Hundreds of people showed up for the funeral at St. Simon Church in Ludington followed by the burial at Custer Riverside Cemetery and then the wake in the Big Room at Johnny’s of Custer. It is amazing the impact these two people had on multiple generations of people in…

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Memorial assures patients no meningitis outbreak here

October 25, 2012

LUDINGTON — Memorial Medical Center issued a press release stating that there is no meningitis concern related to the hospital or the pain clinic at the hospital, operated as part of the practice of Michael Greenslait, DO. Neither the hospital nor the pain clinic use the steroid medication implicated in the outbreak (Methylprednisolone Acetate), or any other products from NECC,…

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Strbich is Memorial’s new chief of staff

October 25, 2012
Strbich is Memorial’s new chief of staff

LUDINGTON – Memorial Medical Center’s board of directors has officially approved the officers elected by the medical staff for 2012-13. Steven Strbich, DO, is the hospital’s new chief of staff.  Other officers are Bret Autrey, DO, vice chief of staff, John Persson, DO, secretary, and members-at-large David Gadzinski, MD, and Marc Keen, MD. Dr. Strbich is medical director for the…

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Squires receives community champion award

October 25, 2012
Squires receives community champion award

SCOTTVILLE – Dr. Lewis Squires, a doctor of chiropractic and chairman of the Mason County Board of Commissioners, was recently awarded the Michigan Association of Chiropractors’ Kirk A. Lee, DC, Community Champion Award. Dr. Squires is the inaugural recipient of the award, which will be given yearly to a Michigan chiropractor “in recognition and appreciation of their unselfish commitment to…

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Police searching for suspect in situation with kids

October 25, 2012

SCOTTVILLE — Law enforcement continues to investigate a “suspicious situation” that occurred Wednesday afternoon near the Dollar General Store. Two children were approached by a man in a vehicle who asked them if they “wanted a pop,” according to a Mason County Sheriff’s Office report. “When they declined, he drove away,” the report stated. The two children then went to…

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Jaycees hosting haunted mini golf

October 25, 2012

LUDINGTON — The Ludington Area Jaycees will be hosting Haunted Mini Golf on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday October 28. The Jaycees mini-golf course will be transformed into a haunted, spooky setting with Halloween decorations throughout the 18-hole miniature golf course.  This is a family-friendly event and the patrons are s welcome to dress is Halloween attire. The hours of…

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Ludington fires and Wishing Well robbery may be connected

October 24, 2012
Ludington fires and Wishing Well robbery may be connected

LUDINGTON – Two people have been arrested in connection with last week’s suspected arson fires in Ludington and Sunday’s breaking and entering of the Wishing Well gas station in Pentwater Township. SEE VIDEO OF WISHING WELL ROBBERY BELOW On Monday, Travis Malone, 17, Ludington, was arraigned in Oceana County District Court for breaking and entering of the Business U.S. 31…

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Judge candidates’ views differ greatly

October 24, 2012
Judge candidates’ views differ greatly

VICTORY TWP. – Who will be Mason County’s next probate court judge? Will it be Nick Krieger who grew up on North Rath Avenue in Ludington, graduated from Ludington High School and has worked as a law clerk for the Michigan Court of Appeals for the past eight years? Or will it be Hamlin Township resident Jeff Nellis who has…

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The Laramie Project continues at Art Center

October 24, 2012

LUDINGTON – The Lakeside Civic Players opened “The Laramie Project” on October 19. The production has been an experience not just for the audience but for the show’s cast as well. On an opening screen prefacing the show, director Josh Thomas offered the following note to show patrons the reactions his cast has had by being a part of this…

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Fatal crash in Amber Twp.

October 23, 2012
Fatal crash in Amber Twp.

UPDATED: AMBER TWP. — One person is dead following a single car accident on North Brye Road north of Johnson Road this morning. Gary Gramza Jr., 41, of Grant Township, was found dead in the vehicle this morning. It appears Gramza’s vehicle, a 2008 Dodge Nitro, ran into a tree in front of the home of Tom and Brenda Knudsen at 816…

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Candidates’ forum tonight at WSCC

October 23, 2012

VICTORY TWP. — There will be a candidates’ forum tonight at West Shore Community College’s Center Stage Auditorium in the Arts & Sciences Building. The forum is from 7 to 9 p.m. and will include local contested races that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot, including probate judge and 101st State House Representative. It will also include official sheriff…

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The Scoop: Episode 4: Momentum

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