Outdoors Without Limits chapter formed

December 11, 2012

A group of local outdoor enthusiasts have formed a chapter of Outdoors Without Limits, which will assist people with disabilities in spending time in nature. Greg Robison is the chairman of West Michigan Outdoors Without Limits, which was formed on Nov. 27 after it was approved by national CEO and founder Kirk Thomas. Several volunteers have already committed to being…

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West Shore Bank Spirit of Giving raises over $5,000

December 10, 2012
West Shore Bank Spirit of Giving raises over $5,000

  LUDINGTON — West Shore Bank, in partnership with Shop-N-Save of Ludington, Hansen Foods of Hart and Oleson’s Foods in Manistee is helping to distribute 451 meals in Mason, Oceana and Manistee counties this holiday season as part of the bank’s Spirit of Giving campaign. For three weeks the bank collected funds from employees, residents and businesses at its local…

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Found dog

December 9, 2012
Found dog

Nicole Norton reported this pitbull dog showed up at her Sherman Township house Friday night. If this is your dog, please text or call her at 231-690-1611.

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Commission expected to honor, appoint several Tuesday

December 8, 2012

LUDINGTON — The Mason County Board of Commissioners will be honoring several people during its regular meeting Tuesday evening. Commissioners are also expected to make appointments to several boards. Below are some of the action expected. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the commission chambers on the second floor of the county courthouse. – Resolution honoring outgoing commissioners. The…

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Lake Michigan Beach House restoration underway

December 7, 2012
Lake Michigan Beach House restoration underway

Pines Campground gets new electrical service HAMLIN TWP. — There is a lot of commotion on the west side of the Ludington State Park this fall. Several park facilities are getting updating and restored. The biggest project is the renovation of the Lake Michigan Beach House. The building was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and completed in 1935. On…

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Some changes for cross country skiing at Ludington State Park

December 7, 2012

HAMLIN TWP. — Snow enthusiasts will see some changes this winter at the Ludington State Park. At least two miles of cross-country ski trails will be illuminated on certain occasions this winter at the Ludington State Park. Park Manager Jim Gallie said the park has purchased solar powered lights that will be set up along the park’s bicycle path, allowing…

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Youth for Christ wish list

December 7, 2012

LUDINGTON — West Shore Youth for Christ/Campus Life has a Christmas wish list. If you are able to help, please contact the center at: (843) 843-1323 or [email protected] Please find our wish list detailed below: • Vacuum cleaner for the center (one that will go from hard floors to low rise carpet easily) • 2 ½ gallon cooler for drinks…

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Arraignments for week ending Dec. 7

December 7, 2012

LUDINGTON — The following were arraigned in 79th District Court this week. See key below for abbreviations. – Ronald Murray Broadwell, 61, 5959 E. Hansen Rd., Custer, was arrested Dec. 2 by MCSO for Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated. Bail: $2,500. Pre: Jan. 7, 2013, 10 a.m. – Sarah Kaye Stepka, 23, 2092 E. U.S. 10, Custer, arrested Dec. 2…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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