Man Sentenced for September Mother Bear Killing

The man who shot a mother bear with her cubs back in September has been sentenced.

Derek Hassevoort pled guilty to the unlawful taking of a bear that was accompanied by her cubs.

He was sentenced to 5 days jail with $1,900 in fines. Hassevoort's hunting privileges are suspended immediately and for the next three years.

Christmas Decoration Responsible for Three FAA Reports

Projecting lights and lasers on buildings is big this holiday season. 

The green laser that was being pointed at a mail plane, and reported three times to the FAA, was a Christmas decoration.

Deputies determined the a green light from a Christmas image was projected onto a barn on Tuttle road and was being reflected into the sky, where the pilot was seeing it. 

The homeowner told deputies that she had heard the reports and wondered if it could be her decorations. She unplugged the decoration immediately, according to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

Miss Ludington Area 2016 is Shelby Soberalski

Many were on hand for the Miss Ludington Scholarship Pageant Saturday night at WSCC. Miss Mid-Michigan Emma Martin was in attendance enjoying the show from a different viewpoint, the audience.
Miss Ludington 2015 Marie-Cassandre MacDonnell had a blast performing in the show, singing "Feelin Good" before the awards were handed out. 

Contestant Sara Slade enjoyed the pageant process taking home multiple awards and scholarship money. Sara won pageant awards for Miss Congeniality, Academic Excellence,  Health and Fitness, and First Runner-up.

Leah Massie won the talent award for her dancing.

Shelby Soberalski was named 2016 Miss Ludington Area also winning the Peoples Choice audience vote. Shelby's platform "Autisim and Mental Health Acceptance" was driven home with her presentation during the talent portion of the show. Shelby read about her best friend and sister who struggles with autisim.  Shelby is currently attending Ferris State University. 


WSCC Board Position has Three Candidates

West Shore Community College is in the process of filling an empty position on the Board of Trustees. Phyliss Cowden announced she was resigning in December. The college has three candidates:

James Barker: Barker, of Manistee, serves as Chief Executive Officer of West Shore Medical Center. Barker began his education at West Shore Community College where he earned his Associate Degree in Nursing.

Fred Niles: Niles, of Manistee, retired from the Visual Arts Department at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. During his 28 years at the university he served as a professor and was also department chair for eight years.

Kaley Petersen: Petersen, of Ludington, is the Executive Director for Foundation and Volunteer Services at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. She is an occupational therapist and also serves as the Executive Director of the Miss Ludington Area Scholarship Program

The committee will announce their recommendation at their next meeting on November 16th. The new board member will hold the job for about a year until the next election in November of 2016.

Miss Ludington Area Scholarship Pageant This Weekend

The Miss Ludington Area Scholarship Pageant has announced its five contestants competing for the title of Miss Ludington Area this weekend at WSCC.

Doors open at 6:30 on Saturday Nov, 7th and the pageant will take place at the Center Stage Theater.

Miss Ludington Area 2015, Marie Cassandre MacDonnell, will be there to hand over her crown and will be performing as well. Over $3,000 in scholarship money will be awarded to local young women. Competing are:

Sara Slade

Leah Massie

Gabrielle Warmuskerken

Shelby Soberalski

Madison Miller

Miss Ludington Area Scholarship Pageant is an official Miss Michigan and Miss America Preliminary. Miss Ludington Area represents Mason, Manistee and Oceana counties. 

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