Freezing cold temps cause challenges at Applebee’s fire

January 3, 2014
Freezing cold temps cause challenges at Applebee’s fire

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief.  AMBER TWP. — The fire that destroyed the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar on U.S. 10-31 started somewhere in the kitchen. Pere Marquette Township Fire Chief Larry Gaylord said that is about all he knows at this time about the origin of the early morning fire that destroyed the popular eating establishment. PM and Ludington fire…

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Fire destroys Applebee’s restaurant

January 3, 2014
Fire destroys Applebee’s restaurant

AMBER TWP. — Firefighters from Pere Marquette and Ludington fire departments were dispatched to Applebee’s restaurant on West U.S. 10-31 just after 4 a.m. for a report of heavy smoke coming from the building. Ludington Fire Chief Jerry Funk was first on scene and confirmed the fire, which appears to have started in the southeast side of the restaurant’s kitchen.…

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Drive Safe, Drive Sober campaign successful

January 2, 2014

LUDINGTON — The 2013 New Year’s Eve Drive Safe, Drive Sober campaign is being declared another succes. “This success was due to the combined efforts of Abrahamson’s Towing, Quinn’s Tires & Tows, Oceana Auto and the Ludington Mass Transportation Authority,” said Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett. Additional contributions came from Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Mason County, Students Against Destructive…

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CMH receives donation in memory of Maddens

January 2, 2014

LUDINGTON — West Michigan Community Mental Health recently received a $10,000 donation in the memory of Hal and Virginia Madden. The donation was presented on Dec. 17 at the CMH governing board meeting and was made by Kurt and Kyle Madden in memory of their parents. Hal Madden, who served many years as superintendent of Ludington Area Schools, was a…

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3 arrested over holiday by sheriff’s office

January 2, 2014

A 30-year-old Branch woman was arrested on a felony warrant New Year’s Eve following a traffic stop at 1:33 p.m. at 143 N. Jebavy Dr. in Pere Marquette Township. Deputies from Mason County Sheriff’s Office made the traffic stop for an equipment violation and ended up arresting a passenger in the vehicle for an outstanding probation violation stemmed from a…

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PM River flood advisory

January 2, 2014
PM River flood advisory

A flood advisory is in effect for the Pere Marquette River near Scottville, due to a possible ice jam, until Sunday afternoon. At 8 p.m. Wednesday the stage was 3.9 feet; bank full stage is 4 feet; flood stage is 5.5 feet. The river is expected to rise to near 4.5 feet by Friday morning. Expect high water to begin…

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Happy New Year! 2014!!!

January 1, 2014
Happy New Year! 2014!!!

LUDINGTON — Thousands of people rang in the new year in downtown Ludington Tuesday night, braving windchills near 0 degrees. The ball drop was followed by a spectacular fireworks show. “Tonight was an amazing night for our residents and visitors,” said Brandy Henderson, executive director of the Ludington Area Visitors and Convention Bureau. “We are so proud to host such…

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Kids make their New Year’s resolutions

January 1, 2014
Kids make their New Year’s resolutions

By D’Ann Rohrer, MCP Correspondent. LUDINGTON — Many children, when asked the question “What is your New Year’s resolution,” answered with, “What is a resolution?”  The definition shared was, a firm decision to do or not to do something in the year 2014. According to Psychology Today website 50% of adults in North America will make resolutions.  The top two…

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Happy New Year 2014!

January 1, 2014

Video of the Ludington New Year’s Eve ball drop

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Fireworks display is the grand finale for tonight’s celebration

December 31, 2013
Fireworks display is the grand finale for tonight’s celebration

LUDINGTON – Tonight’s the big night. Thousands of people are expected for the fifth annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in downtown Ludington. While the ball drop is the center piece of the evening, the grand finale is the fireworks display, ringing in the new year. The fireworks display is the result of the efforts of a small group of…

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Welcome to the world! Garrison, Kahlan and Sam.

December 31, 2013
Welcome to the world! Garrison, Kahlan and Sam.

Welcome to the world… Garrison Fritz Cooper, the son of Kate and Mark Cooper of Ludington, was born on December 24, 2013 at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. Kahlan Marie Duell and Sam Colt Duell, twin girl and boy children of Heaven and Luke Duell of Scottville, born December 31, 2013 at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. We are happy to share…

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Lots to do tonight

December 31, 2013
Lots to do tonight

This story was posted Monday, but was quickly moved down our site due to other breaking news stories. We wanted to re-post in case you missed it.  By Carrie Klemm. MCP Correspondent. What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Though you may be thinking of staying in to watch the ball drop in Times Square on TV, if you get…

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Two arrested Monday on warrants

December 31, 2013

PERE MARQUETTE TWP. — The Mason County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people Monday on separate incidences. A 24-year-old Scottville man was arrested at 6:56 p.m. at 143 N. Jebavy Drive. He was charged with a probation violation and was lodged in the Mason County Jail. A 23-year-old Ludington man was arrested at 7:11 p.m. following a traffic stop on Nelson…

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Cold night to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

December 31, 2013
Cold night to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

If you are heading to the Downtown Ludington New Year’s Eve Ball Drop tonight, you will want to dress warm. Here is today’s weather forecast, sponsored by Superior Electric: Today: Cloudy and mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of snow today with less than 1 inch of accumulation expected; temperature only reaching 12 degrees; wind: west-northwest at 18 mph.  Tonight,…

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Snowmobiler’s body recovered from river

December 30, 2013
Snowmobiler’s body recovered from river

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief. AMBER TWP. — Police and fire personnel have recovered the body of William Green, the 35-year-old Ludington resident who accidentally drove his snowmobile off a 150-foot embankment into the Pere Marquette River Sunday night. Crews started the search this morning and found the body in 5.5 feet of water about 75 yards downstream from the point…

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