Driver dies following US 31 bypass crash

January 25, 2023

Driver dies following US 31 bypass crash AMBER TOWNSHIP — The driver of a pickup truck that was involved in a two-vehicle crash on the US 31 bypass near Scottville Tuesday morning, Jan. 24, has died, according to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole. “The driver of the northbound 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT pickup that lost control and crossed into…

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Police news, posted Jan. 25, 2023

January 25, 2023

Police news, posted Jan. 25, 2023 The following is recent police activity in Mason County: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023: 5:17 a.m., (Mason County Sheriff’s Office), one-vehicle crash, no injury, Custer Road south of Treml Road, Free Soil Township. 9:56 a.m., (Ludingon Police Department), a 35-year-old Big Rapids man was arrested for retail fraud, 300 block of West Ludington Avenue, City…

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Recent births, posted Jan. 25, 2023

January 25, 2023

Recent births, posted Jan. 25, 2023 Please consider helping to fund local news. Mason County Press and Oceana County Press are available for free thanks to the generous support of our advertisers and individuals. Three ways to help us: Venmo: @MasonCountyPress; Paypal: MasonCountyPress@gmail.com; Mail a check to PO BOX 21, Scottville, MI 49454. The following births have been reported: Mason…

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Election board approves one recall petition against PM treasurer

January 24, 2023

Election board approves one recall petition against PM treasurer By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief LUDINGTON — The Mason County Election Commission denied the language of three recall petitions and approved one for an attempt to recall two Pere Marquette Township officials. The commission met on Friday, Jan. 20 to consider whether the assertions in the petitions were stated clearly and factually.…

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Driver seriously injured following crash on US 31 bypass

January 24, 2023

Driver seriously injured following crash on US 31 bypass AMBER TOWNSHIP — The driver of a pickup truck sustained serious injuries following a two vehicle crash on the US 31 bypass near Scottville this morning.  According to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole, emergency crews were called to the scene, north of US 10, at 7:22 a.m. The crash resulted after…

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West Michigan Symphony flutist mentors MCC elementary students

January 24, 2023

West Michigan Symphony flutist mentors MCC elementary students Spartan News is a presentation of Mason County Central Schools in partnership with Mason County Press.   SCOTTVILLE — Mason County Central Upper Elementary music teacher, April Keith, is utilizing new technologies to connect her students with local flutist, Jill Brown, principal flute player for the West Michigan Symphony, through a virtual…

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Man who got in gunfight with deputy after armed robbery sentenced to 18-40 years

January 24, 2023

Man who got in gunfight with deputy after armed robbery sentenced to 18-40 years By Allison Scarbrough, Editor. HART — A 52-year-old Mears man convicted of armed robbery was sentenced to 18-40 years in prison in Oceana County’s 51st Circuit Court Monday, Jan. 23.  Harold Raymond Labeau, of 5845 W. 6th St., robbed and assaulted an elderly couple in Oceana…

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Domestic violence cases top police activity

January 24, 2023

Domestic violence cases top police activity The following is recent police activity in Mason County: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023: 3:05 p.m., (Michigan State Police), a 58-year-old Fountain man was cited for driving with an expired license, Victory Road west of Decker Road, Amber Township. Monday, Jan. 23, 2023: ​8:48 a.m., (Ludington Police Department), a 14-year-old girl was referred to juvenile…

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Emergency home repair loans available 

January 24, 2023

Emergency home repair loans available  SCOTTVILLE — Home repair loans are available through the Mason County Emergency Repair Program, a deferred payment loan to eligible homeowners to make needed repairs to their homes. The program goal is to improve houses of low to medium income through a zero (0) percent interest deferred loan.  It is a service provided by the…

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Amber Township woman found not guilty on domestic assault charges

January 24, 2023

Amber Township woman found not guilty on domestic assault charges LUDINGTON — A 43-year-old Amber Township woman was found not guilty by a jury Monday during a trial in 79th District Court. Jaytria Lynn Traeger was charged on Aug. 2, 2022 for domestic assault following her arrest by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. The incident occurred at Liv Wildwood Apartments…

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Public Notice: Commissioner Vacancy, City of Scottville

January 24, 2023

Public Notice: Commissioner Vacancy, City of Scottville The City of Scottville is currently accepting letters of interest for the purpose of filling a “Commissioner At-Large” vacancy. This seat is a partial term, set to expire November 2024. The successful applicant must be a resident of the City of Scottville for at least one year immediately preceding their appointment to office.…

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Obituary: Loretta Tipton, 93, of Ludington

January 24, 2023

Obituary: Loretta Tipton, 93, of Ludington Loretta Mae Tipton, 93, of Ludington, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2023 at Ludington Woods Assisted Living Center.  She was born January 11, 1930 in Ludington, the daughter of Walter and Mary (Smith) Lange. Loretta started her career working as a secretary at a law firm in Ludington. She then held several other office…

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Recent deaths, service announcements, posted Jan. 24, 2023

January 24, 2023

Recent deaths, service announcements, posted Jan. 24, 2023 Please consider helping to fund local news. Mason County Press and Oceana County Press are available for free thanks to the generous support of our advertisers and individuals. Three ways to help us: Venmo: @MasonCountyPress; Paypal: MasonCountyPress@gmail.com; Mail a check to PO BOX 21, Scottville, MI 49454. The following recent death information…

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Momentum Business Plan Competition returns

January 24, 2023

Momentum Business Plan Competition returns LUDINGTON — After a hiatus during the pandemic, the Momentum Business Pitch Competition is back, which will award $15,000 cash to a small business, plus a $10,000 suite of support services. The application period is currently open and closes March 24, 2023. Any Mason County for-profit or non-profit venture with a viable business idea, plan…

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Sheriff issues warning about financial accounts

January 23, 2023

Sheriff issues warning about financial accounts LUDINGTON — Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole is warning the public to keep an eye on their financial accounts. “With the recent uptick in fraud and ID theft type cases, it is important to remember to keep a close eye on your bank and credit card statements,” Cole said in a statement Monday morning. …

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