FREE SOIL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man has been arrested after two people were shot in a home in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula.
LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Navy is naming a guided-missile destroyer after a Michigan man who served as a hospital corpsman and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the...
2 people died in western Michigan in extreme cold
DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say two people have died in separate incidents after being exposed to extreme cold in western Michigan.
The Mason County Sheriff's Office a 77-year-old Ludington woman was found in the snow about 9 a.m. Monday after she apparently fell while walking to her car. Investigators believe the woman fell around 7 p.m. Sunday. She died after being taken to a hospital.
Michigan company in small town giving millions to workers
LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A company in northern Michigan is rewarding 200 employees with nearly $4 million in bonuses.
FloraCraft in Ludington makes foam products for the craft and floral industries. Owner Lee Schoenherr says the money will be based on years of service, but the average will be about $20,000 per worker in cash and 401(k) contributions. Some longtime workers will get more than $60,000.
Worker killed, another injured in construction zone crash
MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan construction worker was killed and another injured when they were struck by a car in a construction zone on U.S. 31 in Manistee County.
The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon in the Village of Bear Lake.
Manistee County sheriff's deputies say a 20-year-old worker of Pentwater was standing off road with a 23-year-old worker from Ludington when the car struck them. The 20-year-old was killed.
4 Michigan community mental health centers get funding boost
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Four Michigan community mental health centers have been selected as Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics and are getting a boost in funding.
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan on Thursday announced the designation for Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; Easter Seals Michigan in Auburn Hills; West Michigan Community Mental Health System in Ludington and HealthWest in Muskegon.
Warnings issued for strong waves, currents on Lake Michigan
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials are warning Lake Michigan beachgoers and boaters about dangerous waves and strong currents and have issued warnings for most of the lake's shoreline in the coming days.
The National Weather Service issued beach hazards and small boat advisories for Monday from the Milwaukee area south through Chicago, saying people should stay out of the water with waves possibly reaching 6 feet high.
LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A man who authorities say grounded a 76-foot (23-meter) boat near the beach of a state park along Lake Michigan has pleaded guilty to littering to resolve the case.
Prosecutors in Mason County had charged 51-year-old Randall West of Grayling with reckless operation of a vessel. They say West grounded the Tica off Ludington State Park in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula after it started taking in water on April 15, 2017.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has approved nearly $50 million in spending to boost public recreation statewide.
The $49.9 million for the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund enacted Monday will go to 34 land acquisition projects and 97 development projects . It includes $12.5 million to buy up to 372 acres surrounded by Ludington State Park.
LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in western Michigan are seeking help from the public in identifying the source of heroin that's linked to at least three recent overdose deaths.
The police department in Ludington says a 31-year-old man from Scottville died Tuesday of an overdose. And it says that the May 11 death of a 24-year-old Ludington man and the May 12 death of a 34-year-old Ludington man also were due to overdoses.
Veteran rockers to perform Friday, Saturday at Michael’s
Band to perform at 9 p.m. Friday, and again from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday at Michael’s Bar and Grille.
The members of the Limelight Band are no strangers to the Ludington music scene.
The band — comprised of veteran musicians, specializing in classic and modern rock — has been coming to town since its inception in 2011.
$55 million estimate to renovate to code, Ludington schools committee hears facilities report
The Ludington Transformation Think Tank Committee met Wednesday evening with Jeff Hoag of GMB Architecture and Engineering and Dan LaMore of Christman, the two companies that are working in conjunction with Ludington Area Schools to update facilities.
Hoag and LaMore shared their estimated costs of what it would take to renovate the facilities throughout the district to bring them up to the most current code.
Police: Man arrested after printing $1,800 of fake money, second man arrested for pulling gun
A 17-year-old Ludington man was arrested Saturday after he attempted to exchange $200 worth of fake $20 bills for $200 worth of real money.
Jarod Smith, 17, of Ludington, was arraigned on charges of uttering and publishing counterfeit, using a computer to commit a crime and possession of marijuana. Bond was set at $25,000, 10 percent, and Smith has been bonded out of jail.
Two file for Ludington Mayor, several other races contested this year
There will be a race for Ludington Mayor for the 2018 election year.
As of the 4 p.m. deadline today for petitions, Steve Miller and William Dustman were the two candidates.
That race will be part of the August primary as well as the Ludington Fourth Ward seat, and the Mason County Fourth and 7th districts.
In honor of Earth Day 2018, local environmental advocacy groups, businesses, nonprofit organizations and experts in several fields came together Saturday to pay Mother Nature her due.
Earth Day was Sunday, but A Few Friends for the Environment of the World (AFFEW) celebrated a day early with a day-long event Saturday at United Methodist Church of Ludington.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the campus of the church hosted workshops, presentations from guest speakers, kids activities and more.
LANSING — The staff of the Ludington Daily News earned third place in general excellence for its division of newspapers from Michigan’s Associated Press Media Editors Sunday during an awards ceremony at The Crowne Plaza Lansing West in Lansing.
Benzie County Drain Commissioner Edward Hoogterp officially announced today his candidacy for the 101st District house seat.
The Ludington Planning Commission will consider a special land use permit to allow for a 300-person event center at 602 S. Rath Ave., according to an agenda as a part of the city council meeting packet.
LANSING — The Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association was one of five recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation the Michigan State Housing Development Authority announced in a release Wednesday.
Mason County Sheriff’s Office report: Resist and Oppose after short chase, suspected heroin found
Sheriff Kim C. Cole
MCSO ACTIVITY REPORT FOR 04/17/2018 and 04/18/2018:
04/17 @ 7:03 AM 1-vehicle crash, minor injury, US31 north of Townline (Free Soil Township), 17 year-old Scottville woman received minor injuries after the vehicle she was operating lost control on snowy roadway, left the road and struck a fence
Ludington Area Jaycees are taking nominations for the 2018 Freedom Festival Parade Grand Marshal
The Ludington Area Jaycees announced Monday they are taking nominations from community members for their Freedom Festival Parade Grand Marshal. The theme of the 2018 4th of July Freedom Festival is “There’s No Place Like Home,” and nominees should be those who have had an impact on the community or have made this wonderful place we live in feel like home. The grand marshal is honored by leading the Ludington
Ludington superintendent, school board express concerns about ESD budget
The Ludington Area Schools Board of Education passed a resolution Monday approving a proposed general fund budget from the West Shore Educational Service District (ESD), but not without reservations.
Ludington Area Schools will send six students to the Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas for five days beginning Wednesday, May 9.
BPA is a career and technical organization for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related fields. Participants engage in volunteer and professional development activities to learn real world skills outside of the classroom.
The Michigan Department of Transportation announced Tuesday afternoon its work on U.S. 10 in Ludington was delayed until Monday, April 23, because of the weather.
Leo Evans, of MDOT's Muskegon Transportation Service Center, said the likelihood of the work may not be completed on U.S. 10, or Ludington Avenue, before the Memorial Day weekend. Lane closures and the project's completion may take place after the weekend.
The Ludington Fire Department responded to a call of a fire at FloraCraft shortly before 11 a.m. Monday in Ludington.
The department stated that the fire was extinguished at 10:58 a.m. The department cleared the scene at 11:20 a.m.
Ludington Fire Chief Jerry Funk said the fire was caused by a short in an electrical circuit.
Roads are snow- and ice-covered in the Ludington area.
Ludington city marina fares well in 2017, ready for major upgrades by 2020 if grant funding comes
By PATTI KLEVORN
Daily News Managing editor
At age 37, the Ludington Municipal Marina had its biggest year yet in seasonal revenue, $215,858.
Overall, the net profit was $36,000, significantly higher than the budget projected, with 85 of the marina’s 86 seasonal slips rented in 2017.
Fuel sales, while down from 2016, still hit the second best season ever for diesel — $45,351.
School closings for Monday, April 16, 2018:
The Port of Ludington Maritime Museum will be closed Saturday, April 14
due to a Winter Storm Watch forecasting a significant ice storm.
⚠️ FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE A WINTER STORM WATCH HAS BEEN POSTED FOR MASON COUNTY AND SURROUNDING AREAS⚠️
324 AM EDT Thu Apr 12 2018
WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...
A seiche brought water into Stearns Park Beach and then some Friday afternoon in Ludington.
Video, photos and reports from around town say the water from Lake Michigan reached the intersection of Ludington Avenue and Stearns Drive.
If you would like to share your videos and photos of the seiche, send them to the Ludington Daily News' Facebook page.
The Skyline Trail boardwalk at Ludington State Park could be upgraded during the next few years if a grant can be secured through the state Department of Natural Resources.
Seats up for election in the City of Ludington this year are:
Mayor, clerk, Second, Fourth and Sixth ward council seats — all open for the full four-year terms.
First and Fifth ward council seats are open for two of the years left on terms of council seats left vacant from a resignation and a death.
Community members who agreed to be “crazy bartenders” are raising money for the Ludington Area Jaycees for the Freedom Festival Fireworks fund. From left are Patti Klevorn, Nick Lascari, Barry Neal, Ed Santarelli, Random Messeder and Kate Watkins, who are collecting money for the cause. They will be serving drinks from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at Timbers, 320 S. James St. They will receive cash tips as votes for the 2018 “craziest bartender” award, earning the prized trophy shown here in the center of the photo. Timbers will also donate a portion of beverage sales from that night to the Jaycees. A 50/50 raffle will take place with music by Jimmy Dodson and special guest Jim Acton.
LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has affirmed the conviction of a man who was charged with murder in the disappearance of his 4-month-old daughter in Mason County.
The body of Katherine Phillips still hasn't been found. But the appeals court says there was plenty of circumstantial evidence pointing to the death of "Baby Kate." The girl disappeared in 2011 in the Ludington area, about 80 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.
The Mason County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday elected nine of the 11 members of the Mason County Promise Zone Authority Board.
Members of the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce are invited to the LEADS Group from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the large conference room at the Mason County Airport, 5300 U.S. 10 in Ludington.
Bring lunch and a friend.
The LEADS networking group meets to network and build support and referral relationships, and help promote strategic partnerships within the business community.
Steve Miller said he has a history of serving the community where he lives.
He wants to continue that service by becoming mayor of Ludington.
“I want to continue that here for a couple reasons,” Miller said. “I want to continue my pursuit to be a role model to my sons and also be a contributing citizen to my community.”
John Al Utz
Nov. 10, 1944-April 7, 2018
John Al Utz, 73, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan surrounded by loved ones. John was born Nov. 10, 1944 in Ludington, Michigan to Aloysius and Elida (Olson) Utz.
Field conditions continue to be poor for area school sports teams, forcing the postponement or cancellations of events. Here are cancellations and postponements for Tuesday, April 10:
• Oakridge at Mason County Central junior varsity baseball, cancelled.
Ludington Mayor Kaye Ferguson Holman will not run for another term as mayor.
“There are several reasons, but mostly I think the time is right and I am also having some health problems,” she said. “But the main reason — it’s just time for somebody else to find out how much fun it is. It’s a great job. I love Ludington. I would stay for another 10 years if I thought my body could handle it.”
Mason County Sheriff’s Office report: Warrant arrests, drunken driving, defrauding taxi
MCSO ACTIVITY REPORT FOR THE WEEKEND OF 04/06/2018 thru 04/08/2018:
04/06 @ 6:39 AM 2-vehicle crash, no injury, US10 & Brye (Amber Township)
04/06 @ 2:49 PM 1-vehicle crash, no injury, Kinney east of Masten (Logan Township)
04/06 @ 8:17 PM Assist FD with traffic (structure fire), 3500 block of W. Hawley (Riverton Township)
04/07 @ 1:18 AM 1-vehicle rollover crash, no injury, Free Soil west of Reek (Free Soil Township)
The lingering effects of an early April snowstorm continue to change up the local sports schedule. All of the events scheduled for Monday, April 9, were cancelled or postponed.
• Manistee Catholic at Mason County Eastern baseball, postponed. Make-up to be determined.
• Brethren at Pentwater baseball and softball, postponed to April 30.
Seeks support for Veterans Deserve Better bill
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow met with community leaders Thursday morning to talk about issues relevant to western Michigan.
Ludington City Council looks to approve bond issue for fire station
The Ludington City Council will consider approving a $1.2 million bond issue Monday to pay for construction of a new fire station on Tinkham Avenue.
The current fire station is on the former bowling alley block in downtown Ludington, and a developer, who is listed in the purchase agreement as Morris Street LLC, wants to construct two four-story buildings on that block that would house commercial space on the ground floor and up to 60 apartments in the top three stories.
Challenge on for area CEOs in Lake Jump: Pennies from Heaven to match all donations
As community members psych themselves up to jump into Lake Michigan Saturday, April 21 in the 19th annual Ludington Lake Jump, they’re also raising money for the Lakeshore Food Club.
The grocery store-style food pantry is near and dear to John Wilson’s heart as he and his wife Anita’s Pennies from Heaven Foundation financed the Lakeshore Resource Network and food club building as a way to draw agencies together to serve people in need.
Girls Rock returns Saturday at LACA
Ludrock’s annual Girls Rock benefit concert is returning to Ludington Saturday, April 7, at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, and Ludrock President Ed Santarelli said this year’s festival has something for everyone, with top-notch talent from the community and beyond.
“There will be many different styles,” Santarelli said, adding that attendees from kids to first-timers to Girls Rock veterans would find something to like at the event.
A survivor of human trafficking who has gone on to work toward passing laws to assist victims will bring her message to Ludington Friday to alert people here about the dangers and warning signs.
Theresa Flores survived child sex trafficking as a teen and will talk about her experiences at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts.
Roads are snow- and ice-covered and slippery and blowing and drifting snow are causing reduced driver visibility.
Students, staff return to Ludington Area Schools to find security upgrades in place
Ludington’s school security was partially beefed up during the week of spring break and now all school doors to the outside world are locked throughout the school day.
People wanting to enter a school during school hours are now being asked to go to the main entrance of the building and call the school office to state their business and then wait for someone to open the door for them.
Telephone numbers for the school offices are posted on notices at the doors.
After 25 years at the newspaper, Klevorn accepts position at Epworth
Interim managing editor to begin soon
On Friday, April 13, Patti Klevorn will step down from her role as managing editor of the Ludington Daily News, putting an end to a 25-year career that helped define an era for a newspaper and informed a community.
Klevorn will continue to apply her expertise in the field of communications to another long-standing area institution, the community of Epworth.