Managing Editor Changes Career

Ludington Daily News Managing Editor Patti Klevorn has announced her departure. Ms. Klevorn has accepted a position with the community of Epworth as their director of communications and marketing. “It's bittersweet,” Said Klevorn, “thinking of leaving the workplace that has been my newspaper career for 25 years while at the same time being thrilled to start a new career at Epworth. I know the team at the Ludington Daily News will continue their great work, and I'll enjoy it as a reader. I will always be grateful for my time here and for the way the work has helped immerse me into the community.” On Friday, April 13, Patti Klevorn will step down from her role as managing editor. The Ludington Daily News’ parent company, Community Media Group, is currently conducting a national search for a qualified managing editor.

Manistee Man Missing

The Co-Owner of Big Al's Pizza in Manistee has been reported missing. Jim Anderson was last seen Thursday morning at Big Al’s Pizza in Manistee.  He may be driving a 2007 burgundy Ford Explorer, Eddie Bauer edition. Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the Manistee City Police Department at (231) 723-2533.

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Local Streets Reconstructed

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Road Construction is expected to begin and continue through fall of 2018. The work is to replace underground utilities and reconstruct roads in the City of Ludington. Construction on Fifth Street between South Washington Avenue and South Madison Avenue began March 26.

Construction on North James Street between Court Street and Pere Marquette Street begins today April 2as well as Diana Street between North Washington Avenue and North Staffon Street.

Construction on East Pere Marquette, North Lavinia and Resseguie is expected to begin sometime this spring, with construction on North Washington Ave to take place once school is out of session.

Companion lead Troopers to Missing Man

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On Wednesday, March 28th troopers from the Michigan State police Hart post responded to a report of a missing person in Crystal Township. A 63-year-old man with Alzheimer’s had gone for a walk with his dog and did not return after several hours. During the search troopers noticed a dog  on the side of the road matching the description of the missing man's dog. The dog led troopers to the missing man who had fallen in the woods and could not get up on his own. He was located just after midnight on Thursday and was treated by Oceana EMS.

Students help Teachers

The Community Foundation for Oceana County’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) awarded funds to 100% of the teacher mini-grants submitted this spring. Additional resources beyond the youth fund were provided by the Mary Ann Peterson “Grandma Pete” Fund, the Ralph’s Kids Fund (in memory of Ralph Horton) and an anonymous donor. “We invite our donor advisors to help co-fund these mini-grants so we can fulfill as many needs as possible. The anonymous donor who provided an extra $500, based on a Facebook post encouraging teachers to apply, was just the cherry on top!” said Executive Director Tammy Carey.

“We connect teachers with a bit of extra financial resources they need,” says YAC President Cali Kinstner. “Our members enjoy reviewing these proposals and bring so much to the deliberation table given their own learning experiences in the local schools.”

The Youth Advisory Council has a 43-member board. The Foundation overseas this ongoing, community youth engagement program that involves a cross section of Oceana high school students chosen by their peers. Each year, the YAC reviews and recommends over $20,000 worth of grant awards that are awarded from the Oceana Foundation’s Youth Fund. In 2018, the allocation towards the Teacher Mini Grant program increased to $5,000.

Oceana public and private school teachers are invited to apply twice a year for mini-grants of up to $250.   Grants are not awarded for basic, everyday supplies.

For the spring 2018 round, mini grants were awarded to teachers in the following Oceana schools for these projects:

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