Jury watches police interview with defendant

February 27, 2013

LUDINGTON — The trial of Mark McCallum is in its third day. McCallum is charged with kidnapping his children while he was separated from his now ex-wife. He took his children out of state, ending in Key West. McCallum, who is defending himself, has been trying to prove that he took his children in order to protect them from alleged…

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Scottville auction this weekend

February 27, 2013

By Allison Scarbrough MCP Correspondent. SCOTTVILLE — A sure sign that spring is right around the corner – The Scottville CommUnity Auction is set for Saturday, March 2 at the Scottville Optimist Hall. A joint fundraising effort co-sponsored by the Ludington and Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Mason County Central Educational Foundation, the 18th annual event begins at…

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Downtown Ludington merchants encouraged to attend meeting

February 27, 2013

LUDINGTON — All Downtown Ludington businesses/merchants are invited to attend the next Downtown Club Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 5 at 8:30 am at the Book Mark. The hour long meeting will continue discussion on this year’s St. Patty’s Day Celebration, the new 50’s Event, an I Love Downtown Promotional Piece, and updates on Task Force Discussions. The Downtown Marketing Committee strongly encourages…

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Witnesses testify against McCallum.

February 27, 2013
Witnesses testify against McCallum.

By Lisa Enos, MCP Correspondent. Ludington — Five witnesses testified Tuesday in the case of the People vs. Mark McCallum, the man charged with kidnapping his two kids during a custody dispute last February. Mason County Sherriff Deputy Mike Hanson, Anna Appledorn of Child Protective Services, Deputy Derrick Wilson of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, Mike Morrow who works at…

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Free Soil annexation approved

February 26, 2013

FREE SOIL — The Free Soil Community School District will no longer exist as of June 30 of this year. Voters today decided 133 to 8 to annex the district into Mason County Eastern Public Schools. “I credit the Free Soil board of education for doing a good job of explaining the tax issues regarding the annexation vote,” Superintendent Ron…

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Randy Knudsen: Making it look easy on stage

February 26, 2013
Randy Knudsen: Making it look easy on stage

An interview by Cathy Dalton Randy has been playing for over 40 years. You may know him as your electrician from Ludington Electric. His guitar skills are unbelievable to watch. He has passed on his musical talent to his sons. Cathy Dalton: At what age did you start playing guitar? Randy Knudsen: I started playing when I was about 9-years-old.…

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MCC voters approve property tax increase

February 26, 2013

SCOTTVILLE – Mason County Central voters approved a request to levy property taxes against non-principal residences today, 242 to 218. The approval allows the district to increase its tax levy by 1.4271 mills ($1.4271 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for the year 2013. The purpose is to provide funds for operating purposes and will create an estimated $137,607 in…

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Free Soil Township voters approve road improvements

February 26, 2013

FREE SOIL TWP. – Free Soil Township voters approved a road improvement millage. The 1 mill request barely passed 66 to 50. It is estimated to raise $30,287 in 2013 and will expire in 2018.

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The guy who said ‘he who heats with wood is warmed twice’ never had a wood stove

February 26, 2013
The guy who said ‘he who heats with wood is warmed twice’ never had a wood stove

Randomness. A blog by Patrick McClellan.  First off, you have to find your chainsaw and then sharpen it; which can lead to some pretty heated frustration. You then walk out into the woods with said chainsaw. If you are out of shape, this is a “breather” for sure. Felling creates a special sweat all its own. Which way will it…

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Accused kidnapper defends himself in trial; ex-wife testifies

February 26, 2013
Accused kidnapper defends himself in trial; ex-wife testifies

By Lisa Enos MCP Correspondent LUDINGTON — What originally appeared to be an open and shut case of parental kidnapping took a different turn Monday while defendant Mark McCallum of Hamlin Township, who is on trial in circuit court for violating a child custody agreement, made it clear that his defense is going to hinge on trying to prove that…

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West Shore high school art competition

February 26, 2013

VICTORY TWP.  – The West Shore Community College Art Department will host the 15th annual Regional High School Art Competition and Exhibit beginning March 11, in the college’s Manierre Dawson Gallery. An artist reception will be held on Sun., March 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.  Student artwork will be displayed through March 23. Sponsored by the West Shore Community…

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Winter reflections

February 26, 2013
Winter reflections

Moonlighting, a blog by Judy Cools Birdsong broke the silence of our snow-muffled woods this morning. After months of quiet, the sound of birds in the frozen woods rang crisp and clear – so uplifting. I never realize how much I love the birds until they’ve been quiet for a while. Not to be outdone by these feathery things, the…

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MCP around the world. Send us your vacation picture, with the MCP!

February 25, 2013
MCP around the world. Send us your vacation picture, with the MCP!

MasonCountyPress.com can be taken with you all over the world. You can keep up with the news from home, free, anytime and anywhere. Send us a picture of yourself carrying your laptop, phone or tablet with the most current edition of MCP and we will post it here. Once a month we will randomly draw a name for a special…

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Badger sailing ‘Without a doubt”

February 25, 2013
Badger sailing ‘Without a doubt”

LUDINGTON – Lake Michigan Carferry, owner of the S.S. Badger, announced today that the carferry will be sailing this year. The company also announced the sailing season will start two weeks earlier than previously announced. Instead of May 17, the Badger will begin sailing on May 6. The schedule change is due to a request to transport over-dimensional loads of…

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Doubt: A Parable opens at West Shore opens Thursday

February 25, 2013
Doubt: A Parable opens at West Shore opens Thursday

VICTORY TWP. – “Doubt: a Parable,” the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama by John Patrick Shanley, opens this weekend in West Shore Community College’s Center Stage Theater featuring guest artist, New York City professional actress, Ginger Grace. Grace is returning to the college to portray the character of Sister Aloysius, a conservative, strong and flinty nun in this production…

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