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Local Women Will Compete in "Miss Michigan" Pageant

Two local women are representing the area in The Miss Michigan Pageant starting next week in Muskegon. Miss Ludington Area will be represented by Cassandre Marie Macdonnell of Ludington, and Miss Western Michigan will be sending Jodi Beckman of Shelby. The women have begun packing and readying themselves for a busy week ahead of them. But for these girls, it isn't just about winning. Cassandre spoke with MOM radio saying, "Everyone asks if I'm heading to Miss Michigan to win, and while that would be such an amazing honor, I intend to win new friendships and experiences, and discover a new level of confidence in myself that I never knew I had. And to me, that's winning."

Ludington Mass Transportation Authority Cuts Amber Township

State funding cuts are forcing Ludington public transit to cut corners. In July, the LMTA will stop transporting riders to and from Amber Township. Amber is the only township serviced by the LMTA that pays no taxes for the transportation. Over 20,000 annual riders use the service to get to Amber to shop, eat, and work. Employees formerly dependant on the public transit busses will have to find new ways to get to their jobs every day. LMTA executives worry about these negative repercussions and aim to solve the problem with cooperation from Amber businesses. 

Two Convicted for 20 Year-Ago Murder

The Ludington Daily News reports that two Northern Michigan men have been convicted for the first-degree murder of a man that died 20 years ago. A jury in Manistee County convicted Pete Peterson and Robert Knauss for the crime. Both now face mandatory life sentences without parole. 41 year old Vincent Adamczak hadn't been seen since 1995 but police found his alleged remains more recently in 2011 at one of the perpetrators homes in Norman Township. 

Fire Ravages Hopkins Lake Cabin

photo courtesy of Ludington Daily News.

One of the last remaining original wood cabins on Hopkins Lake is now heavily damaged due to a fire that broke out last night. The occupants were outside by the Lake when they noticed smoke coming from inside their cabin. Pere Marquette and Riverton firefighters responded to the call and say there was heavy smoke and flames, but thankfully no one was inside the cabin and no one was harmed. 

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