Breakwaters re-opened

July 24, 2013
Breakwaters re-opened

Superior Electric Beach/Outdoors Report. Here are the current conditions for the Lake Michigan shoreline and Mason County (including Pentwater) as of 11 a.m. today. The City of Ludington has re-opened the breakwaters. The city closed the breakwaters Tuesday due to weather conditions.   Lake Michigan water temperatures: (These temperatures are from Tuesday. Wednesday temperatures were not available as of posting). Ludington…

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City closes breakwaters

July 23, 2013
City closes breakwaters

LUDINGTON — The City of Ludington has closed the breakwaters today due to hazardous weather conditions. Earlier today the National Weather Service issued a beach hazards advisory for the beaches from Whitehall to Manistee. The advisory is in effect until Wednesday night. There is a potential for high wave action and dangerous swimming conditions due to strong structural currents and rip…

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More details on missing woman

July 23, 2013
More details on missing woman

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office has released more information about Cathie Swanger Funke, who has been missing since Monday morning. The 49-year-old Summit Township resident hasn’t been seen since about 8 a.m. Monday. She left her home leaving her purse, which contained all her credit cards, cash and identification, along with her cell phone. She also left a suicide note,…

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Beach advisory until Wednesday

July 23, 2013
Beach advisory until Wednesday

Superior Electric Beach/Outdoors Report. Here are the current conditions for the Lake Michigan shoreline and Mason County (including Pentwater) as of 9:30 a.m. today. The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards advisory for the beaches from Whitehall to Manistee. The advisory is in effect until Wednesday night. There is a potential for high wave action and dangerous swimming…

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Chicago folk singer to perform at state park

July 23, 2013
Chicago folk singer to perform at state park

Ludington – Chicago-based folk singer and songwriter Mark Dvorak will perform 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ludington State Park amphitheater.  Dvorak, who was named “Chicago’s Troubadour” by WFMT 98.7 FM fine arts radio last year, has sustained a career of performing, recording and teaching that has spanned more than 25 years. He has performed in 36 states and several countries…

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Ludington woman missing

July 22, 2013
Ludington woman missing

Family members of a 49-year-old Ludington woman are concerned because the woman did not show up for an appointment this morning and hasn’t been seen since she left her house. Cathie Swanger Funke left for house at 10 a.m. and hasn’t been seen since, her daughter Brittney Ann Marie Lozon told MCP. Funke was driving a rusty red 1999 Dodge…

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City, McAdam agree to arbitration in excessive force case

July 22, 2013

LUDINGTON – The City of Ludington has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit against it through binding arbitration. The plaintiff in the case is Ludington bar and restaurant owner Joe McAdam has accused Ludington Police Department and Mason County Sheriff’s Office of using excessive force under a federal statute and also assault and battery under state law, based on the…

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‘Brave’ is first of free Scottville Friday films

July 22, 2013
‘Brave’ is first of free Scottville Friday films

SCOTTVILLE — The first of three free films being presented at the Scottville Clown Band Shell will be this Friday, July 26. The Disney animated hit “Brave” will be shown on the grounds of the shell beginning at sunset, shortly after 9:30 p.m. But the evening will begin at 8 p.m. with live musical entertainment by The Road Less Travelled.…

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Fair opens Tuesday

July 22, 2013
Fair opens Tuesday

LUDINGTON — The 2013 Western Michigan Fair opens Tuesday afternoon and continues until Saturday. We would love to share your photographs of the fair. Please post them on our Facebook page or email them to editor@masoncountypress.com. At the end of the week we will select the best picture and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from Chuck Wagon…

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Rhythm & Dunes vendor proceeds to help area music programs

July 22, 2013

LUDINGTON — West Shore Bank has announced that a portion of the proceeds from vendor sales at the second annual Rhythm & Dunes Summer Community Concerts will once again be donated to area high school music programs. Following a successful event last year, the bank is extending the impact of the event to three local schools – Ludington, Mason County…

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East Lansing man drowns in Lake Michigan

July 22, 2013

GRANT TWP. — A 67-year-old East Lansing man drowned in Lake Michigan Saturday afternoon. Emergency crews were called to the Lake Michigan shoreline in the Nordhouse Dunes around 4 p.m. Bruce Henderson was swimming with friends when he went underwater. After approximately 20 minutes in the water he was pulled out by one of his friends. Witnesses on the beach…

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Ludington construction projects proceeding

July 22, 2013

LUDINGTON — Two current street projects are on schedule. City Manager John Shay reports the Washington Avenue bridge project is proceeding. He stated in a memo to City Council that the demolition of the existing bridge has begun and the contractor has already been driving new piles into the ground as part of the support structure for the new bridge.…

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Ludington likely to run Pentwater sewer treatment plant

July 22, 2013

LUDINGTON — The City of Ludington and the Village of Pentwater are joining forces to operate the village’s new waste water treatment facility. During its regular meeting tonight the city council is expected to approve an agreement with the village to provide staff up to 20 hours per week to operate and manage the new plant. Pentwater will be responsible…

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Lake Michigan temperatures vary

July 22, 2013
Lake Michigan temperatures vary

Superior Electric Beach/Outdoors Report. Here are the current conditions for the Lake Michigan shoreline and Mason County (including Pentwater) as of 10:30 a.m. today. Lake Michigan water temperatures: Ludington Stearns Park: 61 F Ludington State Park (Big Sable Point): 67 F Summit Park: 50 F Pentwater: 50 F Afternoon air temperatures: Ludington: Partly cloudy with temperatures reaching 80 degrees F. Isolated…

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Vietnam Wall to visit Ludington in 2014

July 22, 2013

LUDINGTON — The travelling Vietnam Memorial Wall will be in Ludington next year. The Mason County Allied Veterans Council has asked Ludington City Council to approve the Americans Veterans Traveling Tribute to be displayed at City Park Aug. 27 through 31, 2014. The primary memorial is a replica of the Vietnam wall that is in Washington, DC. It contains names…

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Oktoberfest revitalized

July 22, 2013

DOWNTOWN LUDINGTON TO PARTNER WITH BELL’S BREWERY ON THE 2013 OKTOBERFEST CRAFT BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL LUDINGTON — Oktoberfest is returning to Ludington this October. The revitalized Oktoberfest Michigan Craft Beer & Music Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12 in downtown Ludington. It is being sponsored by The Downtown Ludington Board and Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo. The event will…

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Stearns open for swimming

July 20, 2013

LUDINGTON — Stearns Park beach, which was closed for swimming Friday afternoon, due to a weather advisory, is open today.

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6 sentenced in circuit court this week

July 19, 2013
6 sentenced in circuit court this week

By Allison Scarbrough. MCP Correspondent. LUDINGTON — The following defendants were sentenced this week in 51st Circuit Court: – Travis William Malone, 19, of Cooper Street Facility, Jackson, was found guilty June 4 of two counts of arson of real property; unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle; and habitual offender, second conviction. He was sentenced July 16 to two…

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