Kids fly free in Mason County on Saturday

The Mason County Pilots association EAA Chapter 772 is offering free airplane rides to kids this weekend. Local experience pilots from Mason and Oceana County will take children ages 8-17 for a free airplane ride from the Mason County Airport.


Bob Taylor, President for the Mason County Pilots association shared what it’s like to take the kids up in the air, “I'll ask them when we are walking out to the plane who wants to fly the plane, and the parents laugh but I'm right there. We have dual controls in my airplane. If the child wants to take the plane I'll let them fly it. Of course, I'll sit there and make sure they're flying straight and level. Some of the kids do really well on their own. I don't have to do anything, I just sit back and relax. And then there's other ones that just kind of touch the controls and they say ‘OK I'm done I don't want to do it anymore’ and then there's the kids that want to fly the entire route.” The goal is to introduce young people to flight and foster a love of aviation.  Flights will begin at 9am and continue until 2pm, reservations for flights will end at 1pm.

Collaborative Sewer authority still up in the air

Four local units of government will consider a resolution to form a Two Lakes Collaborative Sewer Authority.  The initial purpose is to submit one financing application to the USDA– Rural Development for approval of a shared sewer system that would transport waste to the wastewater treatment plant owned and operation by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.   A motion to participate in the collaborative sewer project previously died due to lack of support in Arcadia Township.The local units that will consider the resolution include Bear Lake Township, Pleasanton Township, Onekama Township and the Village of Bear Lake.   The only change to the articles is the removal of Arcadia Township. “We originally chose to participate to answer the question about whether or not a sewer system is something that is financially realistic,” said Judy Girven, Pleasanton Township Treasurer.   “It’s a long, complicated process but it should be deliberative because of the amount of money involved and the impact of the decision.    Despite speculation about what this will cost, the fact is that no one will know the real cost until we receive a response from USDA.”  

Oceana County man arrested for sexual conduct with 14 year old

Detectives with the MCSO arrested a 34 year-old Richard Edward Uhl of Oceana County on Thursday on a 3 count felony warrant. He is being charged with 2 counts of CSC and one count of Extortion.

Uhl Richard Edward

The investigation began in June in the Village of Custer.  The warrant alleges the suspect, engaged in sexual relations with a child under the age of 14 over a 2 year period.  The suspect is lodged in the Mason County Jail on a $100,000 cash/surety bond

UTV crash results in injuries

Wednesday afternoon, the Mason County Sheriff office was called to a head-on crash which involved a 2017 Polaris RZR and a 2016 Can Am Commander.

ORV accident

The crash occurred on the seasonal portion of Budzynski Road when a southbound UTV, carrying Carl Simpson (driver), Amanda Sheldon, Jessie Andelean, David Paige, crested the hill. The UTV went airborne and collided with a northbound UTV which was climbing the hill on the opposite side, carrying Christine Holmes (driver) and Rozanne North.The crash resulted in 6 people injured and Christine Holmes being flown to Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids with serious injuries. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. The incident remains under investigation.

Man arrested on outstanding stalking warrant

On Monday afternoon the Manistee County Sheriff's office received a complaint at the Welston Dollar General store. Deputies recognized Michael Danders, who had an outstanding warrant for stalking. Deputies waited outside for Mr. Danders after he checked out, however he didn’t exit the store. Deputies went in to the store confront him. Danders attempted to push his way through the deputy and was able to make his way out the exit. A short chase on foot ended with the deputy taking down Danders in the parking lot. Danders continued to resist arrest by kicking and biting deputies. He was taken into custody and transported to Munson Manistee Hospital for medical evaluation and was lodged in the Manistee County Jail. Danders was arraigned on Wednesday on one count of resisting and obstructing, one count causing bodily harm and on the warrant for stalking.

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