3 receive sentences in district court

December 7, 2012

LUDINGTON — Three people were sentenced in 79th District Court this week. They included a guilty plea of driving a vehicle while impaired by liquor, assault and battery and a hunting violation. – Melanie Lee Thomas, 44, 701 N. New William St., Ludington, was found guilty on Dec. 4 for Operating a Vehicle While Impaired by Liquor. She was sentenced…

Read more »

2 sentenced in circuit court

December 7, 2012

LUDINGTON — Mason County’s 51st Circuit Court reported two sentences for the past week. – Stephen Allan Lange, 40, 503 Fifth St., Ludington, was found guilty on Nov. 11 for Aggravated Stalking and Controlled Substance Possession of Narcotics. He was sentenced to concurrent sentences of 330 days and 180 days in jail, serving 6 months up front and balance at…

Read more »

Ludington schools seeks board applicant to replace Nellis

December 7, 2012

LUDINGTON — The Ludington Board of Education received the resignation of Jeffrey Nellis, effective Dec. 31. Nellis is resigning because he was recently elected as Mason County Probate Judge. Serving on the school board could be seen as a conflict of interest, Nellis has told MCP. The board will be filling the vacancy by appointment and is seeking applications to…

Read more »

Hospital expansion project progresses

December 6, 2012
Hospital expansion project progresses

LUDINGTON – There has been significant progress again this week on both the south and north construction zones of Memorial Medical Center. Reasonably good weather has helped keep the project moving forward at a rapid pace. The project became a two-crane project this week. Workers from Builder’s Iron, the structural steel firm brought in by construction manager The Christman Company,…

Read more »

FloraCraft to host Santa’s workshop for United Way

December 6, 2012

LUDINGTON — FloraCraft, Inc. will be hosting Santa’s Workshop, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at One Longfellow Place, Ludington (enter on Harrison Street).  There will be lots of fun activities such as pictures with Santa, Christmas crafting, story time with Mrs. Clause, fun games, and more. There is no charge for this event.  A donation…

Read more »

Bill fails to help Badger

December 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC — Language that would have allowed the SS Badger to continue to dump coal ash into Lake Michigan was removed from a House of Representatives Coast Guard reauthorization bill. The bill, which already passed the Senate, moves on to the president. Representative Bill Huizenga of Holland was one of the congressmen who added the language that would have…

Read more »

Scottville mayor to be arraigned on OWI

December 5, 2012

SCOTTVILLE — Mayor Joe Baxter is scheduled to be arraigned next week for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Last week, MasonCountyPress.com reported Baxter had blown a .072 blood alcohol level during a portable breathalyzer test over two hours after an accident on Oct. 17 (see related story here). According to Michigan State Police records, Baxter’s blood alcohol level was recorded…

Read more »

Franz votes in favor of Right to Work

December 5, 2012

LANSING – The Michigan House on Tuesday voted to revise the eligibility requirements and payment schedule for the state’s Freedom to Work Medicaid program so people can maintain their health benefit coverage, state Rep. Ray Franz said. Senate Bill 564 increases initial and ongoing eligibility income levels from 100 percent of the federal poverty level to 250 percent; removes the…

Read more »

Obit: Daniel E. Ames, 79, Ludington

December 5, 2012
Obit: Daniel E. Ames, 79, Ludington

Daniel E. Ames age 79 of Ludington, passed away on December 1, 2012. He was born August 15, 1933 son of Scott and Queenie (Dibble) Ames. He attended Ludington High and married Sharon R. (Burgess) Ames on October 6, 1962 at the Ludington Community Church. Dan worked as a printer for the Greenville Printing Company for 18 years retiring in…

Read more »

Scottville Optimists install new officers

December 5, 2012
Scottville Optimists install new officers

SCOTTVILLE – Nearly 90 members, volunteers, friends, sponsors were part of the group that witnessed the installation of the new leadership for the Scottville Optimists. The celebration included a meal, silent auction and bucket auction while recognizing valued members and volunteers that have helped with the various activities throughout the year. The installation was done by state leadership – Linda…

Read more »

Auction to benefit Coats and Boots for Kids

December 5, 2012

PERE MARQUETTE TWP. — A charity auction to benefit Coats and Boots for Kids of Mason County will be held  Thursday, Dec. 6 at the United Methodist Church of Ludington on Bryant Road.  Admission is free but there are a limited number of tickets for entry. Attendees are encouraged to bring rolls of quarters. The event is for ages 13 and over.…

Read more »

Cross county rivalry: LHS girls win, MCC boys win

December 4, 2012
Cross county rivalry: LHS girls win, MCC boys win

LUDINGTON — The Ludington Orioles girls varsity basketball team stomped the Mason County Central Spartans 66-32 Tuesday night at Hawley Gymnasium. The MCC boys varsity team defeated Ludington 67-56. Photographs by Miranda Beebe

Read more »

Millspaugh receives community service for fatal accident

December 4, 2012

“I am truly sorry for what I have taken from you.” LUDINGTON – It was an emotional morning in 79th District Court today as Matthew Millspaugh of Ludington received his sentence from Judge Peter Wadel. Millspaugh was sentenced for the accidental motor vehicle deaths of Carol and Gary Berenbrock of Conklin. Both sides, however, handled the sentencing with dignity, respect…

Read more »

Former Northwest Bank employee pleads guilty of stealing nearly $1 million

December 4, 2012

Stacy Ahlgren of Ludington has agreed to plea guilty in federal court to charges that she allegedly stole nearly $1 million from Northwestern Bank, WOOD TV Grand Rapids is reporting. Ahlgren was the senior customer service representative for the two Ludington branches of the bank. In a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, she admitted she stole $873,589.76 from the bank…

Read more »

Obit: Leo James McClure, Jr. age 56, Free Soil

December 4, 2012
Obit: Leo James McClure, Jr. age 56, Free Soil

Leo James McClure, Jr. age 56, of Free Soil  passed away December 3, 2012. He was born June 13, 1956 in Flint, Michigan to the late Leo James McClure, Sr. and Cecilia (Lucius) McClure.  He attended Mason County Central High School. Leo was a truck driver for much of his life until retirement.  After many years on the road, Mr. McClure worked as a greeter at…

Read more »

Help Fund Local News

Please consider helping us keep local news active by sending a PayPal payment.

Betten Baker Ford

The Scoop

Legally Speaking: Consent to search

Subscribe to MCP via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this site and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 20,422 other subscribers