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Henderson returns to Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Brandy Henderson will rejoin The Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau effective Jan. 1, 2018. Henderson will fill the executive director position of the Convention & Visitors Bureau she previously held from February 2013 to August 2015.  Kathy Maclean currently holds that title in addition to serving as CEO/president of the Chamber – a role she will continue to serve. Henderson also will take the position of vice president at the Chamber. The bureau contracts with the Chamber for administrative services and staff, and upon Henderson’s departure in 2015, the organizations opted to have Kathy Maclean lead both organizations. Over the past two years, the needs have grown, prompting the decision to hire an additional executive.

“Mason County has exploded in popularity as a destination through our extensive marketing efforts over the past few years – so much so that 2017 is trending to be one of our strongest years in terms of Chamber members and visitor spending,” said Maclean. “As our organizations’ roles expand to meet the growing needs of members and visitors, we will benefit greatly from having another person in an executive role,”

Henderson holds a degree in advertising and public relations from Grand Valley State University.  She began working for the Chamber upon college graduation as communications coordinator. She was then promoted to marketing manager for the LACVB, and from there was chosen to fill the executive director position.  She left the CVB in 2015 to work as the Career and Technical Education Marketing instructor for the West Shore Educational Service District. During this time, Henderson continued working with the CVB as a marketing contractor.

“I learned so much during my time at the West Shore ESD, and I enjoyed trying something completely new like teaching,” said Henderson. “But I realized that my heart lies with promoting Mason County as a destination, and I can’t wait to return to my passion.”

Ludington City Council votes on 2018 Budget

The Ludington City Council met last night to vote on the 2018 budget and capital improvement plan. Public Comment on the budget included some concern regarding deficit spending and “balancing the budget on the backs of employees”. City Manager John Shay clarified that the city is spending within their budget and has been successful of keeping the city's fund balance at the goal of 25%. Planning for 2018 continued with the first presentation on the salary for the Treasurer and Clerk for next year.

City Hall

The City revoked  the commercial facilities exemption certificate for property located on James St in order to allow KLS Properties to complete a different application with the State of Michigan in order to secure tax abatement. As a result, there will be another public hearing on December 18th to establish a commercial rehabilitation district.  Final public comment included a 4th Ward resident requesting holiday decorations for the corner of 2nd and Madisen, to which Councilor Mike Krauch agreed, confirming he would work to see what additional holiday decorations could be put in the ward. Counselor Kathy Winczewski, also responded to public comment regarding water safety. A lead gooseneck was provided as demonstration to show how plumbing has worked to carry clean water. Counselor Winczewski explained that it is the chalky white protective coating that keeps residents safe. Concerned residents can get a free water testing kit from the Health Department.

Bulky Item pick up begins in January

Bulky Item pickup begins in January. The annual spring clean up is being replaced by a monthly bulky item pick up.

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Ludington residents are allowed to place bulky items at the Curbside on the first collection day of each month.

Republic Services will pick up:

2 bulky items or

2 non-freon appliances or

1 bulky item and 1 non-freon appliance or

1 bulky item and 3 additional 33-gallon bags of trash or

1 non-freon appliance and 3 additional 33 gallon bags of trash or

Up to 6 additional 33 gallon bags of trash- resulting in a total allowance of 9 bags of trash on the first pick up of every month.

Additional stickers can be purchased for $5 per bulky item. Owners of commercial properties can purchase up wot five stickers per week at a cost of $15 per sticker for removal of bulky items.

Serious crash on US-10

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There was the 3 car accident this morning on US-10 west of Scottville. A 45 year old man was driving his full sized 1995 Chevrolet van heading west when he crossed the centerline and collided head on with a 2011 Kia Optima driven by a 35 year old Scottville man. The 35 year old was killed instantly as a result of the crash. His 1 ½ year old son was properly secured in the vehicle, sustained minor injury and has been returned to family. After the head on collision, the van struck a westbound Dodge Caravan driven by a 23 year old Custer man that was traveling behind the Kia. The 45 year old driver of the Chevrolet Van has been flown by Aero med to Munson hospital in Traverse City. His 22 year old passenger was taken to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital by Life EMS with minor injuries as well as the 23 year old Custer man and the 1 ½ year old passenger. Names of those involved will be released once family have been notified. The case remains under investigation.

Hart Cross Country honored

Sen. Geoff Hansen paid tribute in the Senate Wednesday to the Hart High School girls cross country team, which won the 2017 Michigan Division III cross country state championship.

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“These girls and their coaches displayed tremendous tenacity and determination all year long, bringing home Hart High School’s first-ever team sports state championship,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “On top of that, the team tallied the best winning score in girls Division III history. Congratulations on an extraordinary season, ladies!”

With remarkable consistency, the team began its road to victory by capturing back-to-back regional championships, taking four of the top 10 placings and earning a bid to the state finals.

During the state final at the Michigan International Speedway, the Pirates placed runners in first, fifth, sixth, 16th, and 27th place.

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