West Shore Bank acquires Ellis Capital Management

West Shore Bank currently offers wealth advisory services through its seven-branch network, which spans from Oceana County to Benzie County. The acquisition of Ellis Capital Management will extend West Shore Bank’s wealth management services farther south, encompassing areas of Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties.

“Ellis Capital Management has a longstanding reputation for client-centered service delivered with uncompromising integrity,” said Raymond A. Biggs, President and CEO of West Shore Bank. “Their approach to business complements the West Shore Bank brand. It’s an honor to combine our strengths under the same name.” West Shore Bank – Wealth Management provides a variety of investment, trust and insurance services. Following the acquisition, Founder of Ellis Capital David K. Ellis and his team will join the West Shore Bank - Wealth Management group.

“We’ve always coached clients to take the long view, looking beyond investment strategy to consider advanced planning,” Ellis said. “It is also the cornerstone of West Shore Bank’s wealth management philosophy.”  Ellis will join as Senior Vice President, primarily responsible for growing the Grand Rapids and Muskegon regions.  The two Ellis Capital Management offices in Grand Rapids and Muskegon will be rebranded with the West Shore Bank - Wealth Management name.


Crash takes life of branch couple

On Friday Evening, the Michigan State Police were called to a crash on US-10 involving 2 vehicles and 1 motorcycle.


A Ford Explorer made a left turn out of Burger King, and collided with a Chevy Cruz. As a result, a motorcycle carrying a 71 year old Branch couple, was struck. Ken Geurick was pronounced dead at the scene. Mary Geurick was airlifted to Grand Rapids, where she later succumb to her injuries. It's unknown if drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash. The crash is still under investigation by the Michigan State Police. 

College reviews graduation requirements

The West Shore Community College Board of trustees will also be meeting tonight at 4pm at the College's Administrative building. A new employee, Kris Ivester will be introduced to the board. New business includes discussion of replacement of the technical centers heating, ventilation and air conditioning, curriculum changes, graduation requirement changes and staff absence policy

LASD prepares for upcoming school year

The Ludington Area School District Board of Education is meeting tonight at 6pm at the Administration building. The Superintendent will be providing new teacher recommendations during a meeting full of items preparing for the upcoming school year. Additional items will include k-12 curriculum  and coarse offerings, contracts and service agreements, epi-pen renewals, and 17/18 lunch prices. 

Friends of Ludington State park seek donations for new accessible playground

The Friends of the Ludington state park are raising  $200,000 needed to build an accessible and family-friendly playground at the Hamlin beach picnic area of Ludington State Park and are asking for your help. A video presentation of the new playground was created by GameTime, the manufacturer of the equipment.


It can be seen on You Tube at

Those who wish to donate to the project, can now do so with the Community Foundation for Mason County at Friends of Ludington State Park seeks to raise $200,000 for the playground which will feature areas for ages 2-5 and ages 5-12. Friends of Ludington State Park has committed $30,000 towards the project and has been informed by the Michigan DNR Parks Division it intends to provide a match of about that amount. If the remaining funds are raised by late winter, construction would take place in June, of next year, using volunteers to keep costs low. Included in the $200,000 amount, is a maintenance fund to cover the cost of future repairs and maintenance.

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