Fire on U.S. 31

January 15, 2013
Fire on U.S. 31

A reader submitted this photo of a structure fire on U.S. 31 near Dewey Road earlier tonight. Scottville, Custer and Fountain departments were called. The fire was originally called in as a chimney fire. When Scottville firefighters arrived the entire north side was engulfed in flames. We have been told that the fire burned through the roof and damaged most…

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Michigan rural schools to receive nearly $4 million from USDA

January 15, 2013

More than $320 million to be distributed under reauthorized program WASHINGTON Jan. 15, 2013 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that over $323 million will be paid to 41 states and Puerto Rico in two distributions to support local schools and roads as part of the Congressional one-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. “These…

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MCC approves agreement with transportation and food employees

January 15, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — The Mason County Central board of education approved its contract with the district’s food and transportation employees Monday night. Under the new agreement, food service members of the American Federation of School, Count and Municipal Employees union will receive a pay raise of 5 cents per hour that bring the top hourly rate to $14 per hour, according…

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USDA offers loans to farmers

January 15, 2013

Microloans up to $35,000 aim to assist small farmers, veterans, and disadvantaged producers MEMPHIS, Jan. 15, 2013—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new microloan program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000. The new microloan program is aimed at bolstering the progress of…

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Beer tasting event to help COVE

January 15, 2013

PENTWATER — A beer tasting benefit will help the COVE. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16th from 2 to 5 p.m. The event will feature brews from Michigan and all over the world at the Antler Bar, The Boathouse Bar and Grille, The Village Pub, Gull Landing, and the Brown Bear, The event will raise money to help…

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PM Twp. meets tonight

January 15, 2013

PERE MARQUETTE TWP. — The PM Township board meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. Below is the agenda, available for download. PM Twp. 01/15/13

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MCC expected to approve union contract

January 14, 2013

SCOTTVILLE – The Mason County Central board of education is expected to recommend its contract with its transportation and food service personnel during its regular meeting tonight. Superintendent Jeff Mount, in his pre-meeting notes, told the board the union has voted in favor of the contract and he is recommending the board do the same. The board will meet in…

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Fire displaces couple from home

January 13, 2013
Fire displaces couple from home

SCOTTVILLE — Two people are displaced from their home as a result of a Sunday morning fire. Scottville and Custer fire departments were called to 507 E. State St. at 9:20 a.m. Scottville Fire Chief Dale Larr said flames were showing when the departments arrived. “We were able to knock it down quickly, but there was still a lot of…

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District court sentences

January 11, 2013

LUDINGTON – The following sentences were given this week in 79th District Court: Heather Marie Vinton, 37, 1173 Gary St., Ludington, was found guilty on Jan. 9 for assault and battery. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail with 93 days discretionary jail for 1 year, must complete an anger management program by March 15 or report to jail,…

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Arraignments

January 11, 2013

LUDINGTON — The following people were arraigned this week in the 79th District Court: Kimberly Michelle Jacobsen, 45, 9016 E. U.S. 10, Branch, was arrested Jan. 7 by Ludington Police Dept. for retail fraud second degree. Bond was set at $3,500 and a pretrial conference was scheduled for Jan. 28 at 2:30 p.m. Kenneth Larry Nickerson, 48, was arrested by…

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5 sentenced in circuit court

January 11, 2013

LUDINGTON — Four people were sentenced in 51st Circuit Court this week for the related offenses of unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle. They included Christopher Bradley Cox, 20, 4775 W. Angling Rd., Hamlin Twp.; Donald Gene Case, 17, 209 W. First St., Scottville; Spencer William Johnson, 19, 207 E. Filer St., Apt. 1, Ludington and Timothy Munoz Ratlif, 19,…

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Art center receives state grant

January 11, 2013

Arts Council Receives State Grant   LUDINGTON – Ludington Area Arts Council has been awarded a grant of $15,000 from the state of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.  Of this amount, $2,560 are federal funds provided to MCACA from the National Endowment for the Arts.  The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one…

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St. Patrick’s Day will again be celebrated in Ludington

January 11, 2013

LUDINGTON – The Downtown Ludington Special Events committee is now organizing the 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2013. The weekend celebration will include a 5k Jig, Kegs and Eggs Breakfast, Saving O’ The Green indoor sidewalk sales, parade, entertainment in James Street Plaza and a Pub Crawl at participating bars and restaurants. The St. Patrick’s Day…

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Magazine ranks MCE as top rural Michigan school

January 10, 2013

Bridge Magazine has ranked Mason County Eastern as the top rural school district in Michigan. The magazine recently announced its Academic State Champs and MCE was ranked sixth overall and first for rural. The district was featured in today’s Muskegon Chronicle and on the Mlive.com website. See below for links. Bridge Magazine, which partners with Mlive, and Public Sector Consultants…

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Hamlin may install street lights on Lincoln

January 10, 2013

HAMLIN TWP. — The township board of trustees is expected to take action tonight on installing street lights on North Lincoln Road near Hamlin Lake estates. If approved, lights will be installed at the intersections of Maple, Linden, Sassafras, Victory Drive and Cherry. The cost includes a $100 installation fee and a monthly charge of approximately $12.50 per light to…

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