Forest becomes electric

Tens of thousands gathered at the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury this weekend to camp and enjoy music.


The rain didn’t dampen spirits as festival goers played in the mud on Friday. An electrical strike resulted in a loss of cell phone service, but was restored a few hours later.


Locals are still wondering how the second weekend will impact the festival and surrounding area. Campers are required to leave Double JJ Monday and will begin returning to the ranch on Wednesday.

Motorcycle deer accident results in fatality


On Saturday night 45-year-old Jason Wayne Pate of Kalava was riding his motorcycle on Coates highway just east of Milarch Road in Brown Township. A deer entered the roadway resulting in a crash with the motorcycle. Jason Wayne Pate was transported to Munson Healthcare Manistee hospital but later succumb to his injuries. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor and the operator was not wearing a helmet. The incident is still under investigation.

Ludington hosts Fish on for Freedom

More than 30 ship captains will volunteer their time and ships to host military veterans on a fishing competition today. Adam Lamb spoke to the Morning crew about the origins of the event, “We started this concept with, let's take out 40 veterans or 50 veterans and we’ll get some boats from the charter fleet here in Ludington because they're very supportive of veterans and a lot of them are veterans themselves. That first year it started out kind of small and then it morphed into, we need 15 boats because we got 85 veterans [and] this year we've got 30 boats and 130 veterans.”

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A welcome back procession will begin at noon. Mr. Lamb also shared Veterans responses to the event and return to the shore. “One of the things we've gotten out of this the last two years we've done it, is a lot of these veterans come up to us and thank us for the welcome home. A lot of them say we never got that [welcome] when we got back and so that's our big call to action to the community. We want you folks to come down.”

Those interested in attending should begin to gather at 11 a.m. near the Loomis Street boat launch, where flags will be distributed.

Two car accident results in fatality

Troopers from the Hart post are investigating a two car accident that occurred yesterday. The two vehicles were traveling westbound on M-20, when one vehicle rear ended the other. A 28-year-old Arizona man was transported to Gerber hospital in Fremont where he was treated and released. The driver of the second vehicle, 22-year-old Amber Prowant of Mears Michigan, was killed after she was ejected from her vehicle. She was not wearing a seatbelt. The crash remains under investigation. It's unknown of speed or alcohol were contributing factors.

Oceana County holds scrap tire collection

The Oceana Conservation District is holding a Scrap Tire Collection Saturday June 24th from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Oceana County Road Commission in Hart. They expect 3000 tires coming from more than 60 vehicles.  

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They are in need help getting the tires from the trucks and trailers into the semi-trailers and stacked in order fit them all in for transport. Those interested in helping can contact Lynda Herremans at the Oceana Conservation District by calling 231-861-5600 x3006

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