Scottville employees to receive pay increases

November 18, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — Scottville city employees will receive their first pay increase in five years if the city commission approves tonight. City Manager Amy Williams said the city employees took a 5% pay reduction in 2008. Since that time, the city has frozen wages. She said the city’s finance committee is recommending a 2% pay increase, effective immediately. The wages will…

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Farm equipment may have gone airborne Sunday night

November 18, 2013
Farm equipment may have gone airborne Sunday night

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief. AMBER TWP. — Mason County saw very little damage from Sunday’s high winds. However, a strange thing occurred at one Amber Township residence. James and Liz East awoke this morning to find an animal feeder had appeared in their yard at 830 N. Dennis Road. The only logical place where it could have come from was…

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Scottville residents reminded of parking restrictions

November 18, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — The City of Scottville’s winter parking ordinance is in effect. Parking on any city street between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. is prohibited, to allow for snowplowing. Special parking permits are required for downtown residents to park in the city’s parking lots.

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West Shore Bank, stores team up for Spirit of Giving

November 18, 2013

LUDINGTON – West Shore Bank, along with Shop-N-Save of Ludington, Hansen Foods in Hart, and Oleson’s Foods in Manistee, are teaming up this holiday season and challenging area residents and businesses to show their “Spirit of Giving!” This is West Shore Bank’s fifth year to team up with local food store partners to offer special pricing for the purchase of…

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Big storm, little damage here

November 18, 2013

Mason County was spared much of the damage caused by Sunday’s storm. While areas south saw lots of fallen trees and are currently without electricity, damage seems to have been light here. Fountain and Free Soil/Meade fire departments were called out late Sunday morning for lines down, but no other departments were called out for storm-related issues the rest of…

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Area under severe thunderstorm warning, chance of tornados

November 17, 2013
Area under severe thunderstorm warning, chance of tornados

Mason County and surrounding areas are under a severe thunderstorm warning right now until 2:45 p.m. The area is also under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. There is also a risk of straight line winds, which are characteristic of tornadoes. “Citizens should seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest level of their house,” said Mason County Emergency…

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Area under tornado watch

November 17, 2013

The area is under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Sunday. The following us from the National Weather Service: Mason High Wind Warning in effect from 4PM EST SUN until 4AM EST MON HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 AM EST MONDAY HAZARDOUS WEATHER LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ALONG THE…

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Obit: Beatrice Mae Stibitz Dornbos, 89, Ludington

November 16, 2013
Obit: Beatrice Mae Stibitz Dornbos, 89, Ludington

Beatrice Mae Stibitz Dornbos, aged 89 of Ludington, passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at her home.  Bea was born on June 18, 1924 in Fremont, the daughter of Henry and Anna (Bowman) Hinken, and graduated from Fremont High School with the class of 1942.  On April 26, 1946, she married Gerald A. Stibitz. They made their home in Muskegon and…

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Best Choice adds executive chef

November 15, 2013
Best Choice adds executive chef

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief. LUDINGTON — Best Choice Market has recently hired a new executive chef. Char Morse has joined the staff of the downtown Ludington market. On Thursday, Morse presented a line of six homemade beer batter dough flatbreads during an unveiling party. And, this writer will confirm, they were all delicious. “I have been cooking for the absolute…

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Operation Christmas Child keeps growing

November 15, 2013
Operation Christmas Child keeps growing

SCOTTVILLE – Over 1,000 children will have a brighter Christmas this year thanks to the efforts of area churches. Led by Scottville United Methodist Church, Operation Christmas Child brings gifts to children in other countries. Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samartian’s Purse, a Christian international relief organization led by Franklin Graham, son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham. Through…

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Rotta files law suit against mayor, city councilors

November 15, 2013
Rotta files law suit against mayor, city councilors

LUDINGTON — Community activist Tom Rotta has filed a new lawsuit. This time, Rotta is individually suing each member of the city council for allegedly violating the Michigan Open Meetings Act by not posting a special meeting of the council back in May. The meeting in question is the May 20, 2013 meeting, which was moved from its regular time…

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Sheriff’s report, Nov. 14, 2013

November 15, 2013

The following is the activity of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office from Thursday, November 14, 2013: – 5:23 a.m.: Car/deer crash, no injuries, U.S. 31 expressway near Conrad Road, Amber Township. – 6:25 a.m.: Car/deer crash, no injuries, U.S. 31 north of Free Soil Road, Grant Township. – 9:30 a.m.: Car/deer crash, no injuries, Stiles and Fountain roads, Victory Township.…

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Bella’s adoption story

November 15, 2013
Bella’s adoption story

In observation of National Adoption Month, we are posting an encore of Stephanie Wagner’s adoption story, that MCP first posted in November 2012. The Kitchen Sink. A blog by Stephanie Wagner. November is National Adoption Month. It seems as if this would be a logical time to tell our story, and yet I am always a little hesitant to do…

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State Police offers deer season safety tips

November 15, 2013
State Police offers deer season safety tips

HART — As Michigan firearm deer season begins today, the Michigan State Police Hart Post offers some tips for hunters and non-hunters. “Every hunting season sees its share of hunting accidents and fatalities, most of which can be avoided,” stated F/Lt. Kevin Leavitt, Hart Post Commander.  “Most hunting accidents are due to careless handling of firearms, shooting at unidentified targets…

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Partly cloudy today

November 15, 2013
Partly cloudy today

The outdoor report for Mason County is sponsored by Superior Electric of Ludington: 231-845-0126; www.supelectric.com. Today: Partly to mostly cloudy with a high temperature of 48 degrees in Ludington, 49 in Scottville; 10% chance of rain. Humidity: 71%; wind: southwest at 12 mph. Sunset: 5:20 p.m. Moonrise: 4:55 p.m. Friday: Light rain with temperature of 54 degrees F; wind: south-southeast at…

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