Defense moves for dismissal of charges in vehicular homicide case 

April 10, 2024

By Allison Scarbrough, News Editor LUDINGTON — The defense attorney representing a 59-year-old Grand Rapids man accused of running over his wife with a car and killing her made a motion in Mason County’s 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, April 9, to dismiss the charges. “I ask the court to grant the motion and dismiss the charges,” said defense attorney Horia…

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Ludington named USA Today’s Best Historical Small Town

April 10, 2024

LUDINGTON — Ludington has been named USA Today’s Best Historical Small Town during the national newspaper’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Ludington was the only Michigan city among the 20 nominees. To be eligible, the town has to have a population of fewer than 25,000 people. “We are overjoyed to receive this incredible news about Ludington being the best historic small…

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Learning the realities of finances

April 10, 2024

WSCC News is presented by West Shore Community College in partnership with Mason County Press. This edition presented jointly with Filer Credit Union.  By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief VICTORY TOWNSHIP — Students from four area high schools learned lessons in financing Wednesday morning during the Financial Reality Fair at West Shore Community College. The event was sponsored by WSCC, Filer Credit…

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Firefighters quickly extinguish pole building fire

April 10, 2024

SUMMIT TOWNSHIP — Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish a pole building fire Tuesday afternoon. Riverton Fire Department, Pere Marquette Fire Department and Ludington Fire Department were dispatched to the 5,000 block of Hawley Road, west of Pere Marquette Highway, about 4 p.m. for a report of a pole building on fire. Riverton Township Fire Chief Joe Cooper was with…

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2 receive minor injuries following crash

April 10, 2024

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief SUMMIT TOWNSHIP — Two people received minor injuries following a two-vehicle crash today, April 10, at the intersection of Pere Marquette Highway and Meisenheimer Road. The crash involved a Ford Explorer, which was eastbound on Meisenheimer Road, and a Honda Pilot that was northbound on Pere Marquette Highway. The crash occurred when the driver of the…

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Gravel reported stolen

April 10, 2024

The police news is a presentation of Smith & Eddy Insurance, serving west Michigan since 1902, smith-eddy.com. MEADE TOWNSHIP — The Mason County Road Commission reported the alleged theft of gravel from a cul-de-sac in the 9000 block of North Budzynski Road Monday, April 8, shortly after 11 a.m., said Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole. The following is other recent…

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Two new members appointed to Promise Zone board

April 10, 2024

LUDINGTON — Two new directors were appointed to the Mason County Promise Zone Authority Board of Directors during its April 8, 2024 meeting: Michael Haveman and Michael Masters. Haveman is captain of Ludington Police Department and has lived in Mason County over 20 years. He has also taught law enforcement classes at West Shore Community College. Masters is dean of…

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Obituary: Mark T. Willis, 75, of Ludington

April 10, 2024

Mark T. Willis, 75, of Ludington and Anna Maria Island, Florida, (formerly of Naperville, Illinois) passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2024. He was born on September 11, 1948, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Jack B. and Helen (Hull) Willis. Mark was a distinguished individual who excelled in various aspects of his life. He graduated from Roosevelt High…

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Obituary: Dawn M. Morin, 76, of Muskegon

April 10, 2024

Dawn M. Morin, 76, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at home.  She was born on February 8, 1948, to Luther and Arlene (Cutler) Ryder in Muskegon, which has always been home. She graduated from Muskegon High School, class of 1966. Dawn was a dedicated employee of Meijer for 40-plus years, working as a hi-lo operator before retiring in…

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Stage Left Theatre Co. accepting scholarship applications

April 10, 2024

LUDINGTON — The Stage Left Theatre Company is now accepting applications for its second annual scholarship program. The non-profit organization is offering two $500 scholarships. Those eligible would meet the following criteria: Acceptance to educational program with theater implications (i.e. acting, set design, lighting, costuming, choreography, etc). Proof required. Eligible programs may include, but are not limited to: educational camps,…

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Recent death: Betty M. Billings, 96, of Ludington

April 10, 2024

Betty M. Billings, 96, of Ludington died on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. Funeral arrangements are pending at at Wyman Funeral & Cremation Services in Scottville. Listing of 2023 deaths. Listing of 2022 deaths. Listing of 2021 deaths. Listing of 2020 deaths. Listing of 2019 deaths __________ Support local news for $10 a month We hope you enjoy reading Mason County…

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Recent death: Donna L. Larson, 83, of Ludington

April 10, 2024

Donna L. Larson, 83, of Ludington died on Monday, April 8, 2024. Funeral arrangements are pending at at Wyman Funeral & Cremation Services in Scottville. Listing of 2023 deaths. Listing of 2022 deaths. Listing of 2021 deaths. Listing of 2020 deaths. Listing of 2019 deaths __________ Support local news for $10 a month We hope you enjoy reading Mason County…

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Body of missing Scottville soldier to be buried Friday in Miami

April 9, 2024

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief On Friday, April 12, 2024, an event that is almost 82 years overdo, will take place. U.S. Army Cpl. Frank Vincent Benak will be laid to rest. Benak, who had been a resident of Custer Township, was declared missing in action in 1942. Last month MCP reported that Benak’s remains had been identified but, at the…

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Delivery/manufacture of ‘extremely large amount of methamphetamine’ yields prison term

April 9, 2024

LUDINGTON — A 32-year-old man was sentenced to three and a half to 40 years in prison for a conviction of delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine/ecstasy in Mason County’s 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, April 9. Dalton Joseph Verboam pleaded guilty to the charge Feb. 13. “This was an extremely large amount of methamphetamine,” said Mason County Assistant Prosecutor Beth Hand. Defense attorney…

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Case against man accused of assault with intent to murder deputy heads to trial

April 9, 2024

By Allison Scarbrough, News Editor LUDINGTON — The 46-year-old Scottville man accused of nearly pushing a Mason County sheriff’s deputy into a passing logging semi truck and trying to disarm him last January appeared in Mason County’s 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, April 9, for a pretrial. Joshuea Michael Boger faces nine criminal charges, along with a third-offense habitual offender notice.…

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LPD handles warrant arrests

April 9, 2024

The police news is a presentation of Smith & Eddy Insurance, serving west Michigan since 1902, smith-eddy.com. The following is activity of the Ludington Police Department Monday, April 8, 2024: 7:34 p.m., a 56-year-old Ludington man was arrested on a failure to appear warrant issued by the 79th District Court, 400 block First Street, City of Ludington. He was lodged…

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Letter to the editor: A Tale of Two Cities

April 9, 2024

Letters to the editor are opinion editorials submitted by readers. Letters to the editor are a long tradition in American journalism. The views and opinions of the writer do not necessarily reflect those of Mason County Press, its staff or its parent company. For more information, please refer to MCP’s Op/Ed policy. Dear Editor, Two weeks ago, I read a…

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FYI: Submitting a letter to the editor

April 9, 2024

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief It is a long tradition in American journalism for readers to submit letters to the editor. These letters are opinions of the writer, a person who is not affiliated with the news organization. In fact, the opinions of those letter writers do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the news organization or its employees.…

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