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Journey School Employees Laid Off

The Mason County Central School Board has voted to lay off all workers employed at Journey School for Alternative Education. Journey is officially closing, and the “Gateway to Success” charter school will not be open to replace it until the Fall of 2016. Until the new school opens, students previously enrolled at Journey will have to return to their district schools for the entirety of the 2015 school year. 

Agricultural Trail Grand Opening

This week marks the official opening of the Mason and Oceana County Agricultural Trail at Amber Elk Ranch. The trail provides an opportunity for people of all ages to experience and learn about the agricultural diversity of our area. Stops on the trail include farms, dairies, markets, and other landmarks in Ludington, Pentwater, and surrounding cities. Trail visitors will get to interact with nature and take part in activities ranging from hand-feeding live elk to eating ice cream at Ludington’s House of Flavors. 

One Dead After Weekend Motorcycle Crash

A devastating motorcycle accident early Sunday morning has left one man dead and one woman in critical condition. 68 year-old James William Jansen and his 63 year-old wife were launched off of their motorcycle after colliding with a deer early Sunday morning. Police say both victims were wearing helmets at the time of the crash but still suffered critical injuries. The two riders were life-lined by helicopter from Spectrum Health Ludington to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for further treatment. James passed away Monday from his injuries.

Parking Violations Spike During Gus Macker Weekend

This year's Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament went off without a hitch; unless you were looking for a place to park. Police are proud to report that alcohol, marijuana, and disorderly arrests were at a minimum compared to past years. The only major problem was parking citations. Last year's tournament saw just 59 parking violations, while this year brought a whopping 138. Efforts from the Mason County Sheriff's Office alongside the Ludington Police Department helped ensure another successful and safe weekend. 

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