Badger’s competitor owns coal mine; Sen. Durbin received financing from coal

December 26, 2012
Badger’s competitor owns coal mine; Sen. Durbin received financing from coal

Two very outspoken opponents to the S.S. Badger carferry’s use of coal seem to actually benefit financially from coal. The owner of the Milwaukee to Muskegon car ferry, owns stock in a coal plant while Illinois’ senior senator received nearly $53,000 in campaign contributions from coal-related industries. Sheldon B. Lubar, who owns Lake Express of Milwaukee with his sons, has…

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Scottville Main Street gets a new boost

December 26, 2012
Scottville Main Street gets a new boost

SCOTTVILLE — Scottville’s Main Street program got a new boost in recent weeks with the announcement that the program is being recognized as a Master program with the state. This is good news for the program, which was in jeopardy of losing its recognition with the state because it was not accredited last year. “We weren’t accredited in 2010/2011,” Main…

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Ahlgren pleas guilty to embezzlement from bank

December 25, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS – Stacy Lynn Ahlgren, a former employee of Northwestern Bank in Ludington, has pleaded guilty to embezzlement, according to Mlive.com. The longtime employee took nearly $900,000 from the bank over five years. Ahlgren made her first appearance in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan Thursday. She pleaded guilty as charged to embezzlement from an insured…

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Merry Christmas

December 24, 2012
Merry Christmas

  A story with a twist. By Pastor Henrik Lidman. I sometimes enjoy watching a movie more the second time then the first time, especially if it is a really suspense filled movie with a twist on the end. As I watch it the second time the bad parts seems more bearable because I know that the ending is going…

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Snowman season

December 22, 2012
Snowman season

CUSTER TWP. — It’s taken awhile for the snow to fall and stick, but we finally got some this week. Photographer Bonnie Chaltron found this snowman along U.S. 10 Saturday.

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OxyChem receives top safety rating

December 22, 2012

December 20, 2012 – The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) recently granted renewal of its MVPP Star Award, the state’s highest workplace safety and health award, to Occidental Chemical Corporation’s (OxyChem) calcium chloride manufacturing facility in Ludington. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). “OxyChem’s Ludington Operations’ long-time commitment to…

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Hospitalization doesn’t stop couple from their wedding

December 22, 2012
Hospitalization doesn’t stop couple from their wedding

By Bill Kerans, Memorial Medical Center. LUDINGTON — Julia and Ravi Sharma of Ludington planned to meet at the altar on Friday—their wedding day. They just didn’t think the altar would be in the hospital. The newlyweds were to be married at the Mason County Courthouse. The wedding happened, as planned, but the ceremony took place in the Birthing Center…

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United Way reaches 75% of goal

December 22, 2012

United Way of Mason County has reached 75% of its $359,125.00 goal, with pledges now totaling $268,852.70. According to Ryan and Tracy Cox, Campaign Co-Chairs, there are still approximately 14 entities that are in the process of wrapping up their campaign, which could account for an additional $72,000.00. “Our goal is to make up the remaining amount from businesses and…

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Obit: Kenneth Ross, 73

December 22, 2012
Obit: Kenneth Ross, 73

Kenneth L. Ross, 73, of Scottville, died December 20, 2012 at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids. He was born August 1, 1939 in Fountain to Ernest and Sybella (Brackett) Ross. Ken graduated from Custer High School in 1957 and received his Bachelor’s Degree in surveying from Ferris State University. Following graduation from Ferris, he enlisted in the United States Army…

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Obit: Marilyn Schramm, 83

December 22, 2012
Obit: Marilyn Schramm, 83

Mrs. Marilyn M. Schramm, 83, of Scottville, passed away on December 21, 2012. Marilyn was born January 14, 1929 to Crayton & Bird (Whalley) Isley in Shelby. She graduated from Shelby High School in 1947. On January 25 of that year, she married Richard Schramm. Throughout her life, Marilyn worked often as a waitress, serving at several locations in Scottville.…

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4 receive sentences in circuit court

December 21, 2012
4 receive sentences in circuit court

LUDINGTON — Four people received sentences this week in 51st Circuit Court. Two of the cases were for second degree murder, another was for a sex offender who has failed to register for the fourth time. – Lashawn Marie Whipple, 19, 2192 Beardsly Rd., Sheridan, Mich., was found guilty of Second Degree Murder (count 6), Unlawfully Driving Away a Motor…

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MCC athlete doesn’t let injuries keep him off the team

December 21, 2012
MCC athlete doesn’t let injuries keep him off the team

SCOTTVILLE — Sean Kelley has dreams of becoming a college basketball player. The problem is, the Mason County Central junior has hardly had chance to play the game lately. This isn’t because of his lack of ability but rather because of some physical set backs. While playing during his freshman year, Sean’s knee was dislocated causing him to miss most…

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Credit union members show Christmas generosity

December 21, 2012
Credit union members show Christmas generosity

Above, credit union employees, from left: Amber Hererra, Michelle Soneral and Erica Figgins. PERE MARQUETTE TWP. — For the second year Grand Valley Co-op Credit Union has sponsored its Giving Tree program benefitting the Mason County Grandparents Raising Grandchildren/Kinship Care Support Goup. “We started the program Christmas 2011 as a small way to help ease the financial burden the support…

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District court proceedings

December 21, 2012

LUDINGTON — The following are this week’s activity in 79th District Court. Sentences: – Jay Michael Rasmussen, 43, 4813 W. Iris Rd., Pere Marquette Twp., was found guilty on Dec. 17, of Improper Registration/Registration. He received a fine of $175. Dismissals: – Dustin James Horn, 17, 412 N. Rath Ave., Ludington, Retail Fraud Third Degree. – Jamaine Flournoy Holbrook, 40,…

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Nellis sworn in as probate judge

December 20, 2012
Nellis sworn in as probate judge

LUDINGTON — Jeff Nellis was sworn in as the new Mason County Probate Court Judge this afternoon at the Mason County Courthouse. All three Mason County judges were present for the ceremony along with a majority of the community’s attorneys. District Court Judge Peter Wadel and Circuit Court Judge Richard Cooper both spoke encouraging words about Nellis prior to the…

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