Robbery at Skate Park

On Saturday evening, the Ludington Police Department responded to a reported armed robbery at the Ludington Skate Park in stearns park.   A 24 year old Blanchard, MI resident was  approached by two people, the second of which showed what the victim believed was the handle of a gun. The suspects then demanded money, to which the victim complied.  Suspect #1 is  a white male, described as 5 foot 9 inches tall, slender build, blondish/light brown “buzz cut” style hair,  thought to be wearing a black polo shirt with orange and white stripes that were very thin.  Suspect #2  is described as a black male, 6 foot 3 inches tall, wearing tan shorts, a white T-shirt and a cap.  The Ludington Police Dept. is requesting that anyone having information on this incident call Detcective. Aaron Sailor at the Ludington Police Department at (231) 843-3425.

An executive board meeting this morning at West Shore Community College

WMOM sources say that a recommendation is being drafted on the future of Dr. Kenneth Urban. The executive board is comprised of Bruce Smith, Mike Ennis, and Jim Jensen. WMOM has reached out to Dr. Kenneth Urban to respond to the call for his dismissal. The appeal was made to the board by Professor Matthew Sanderson at the last trustee meeting. WSCC says that executive meetings are not regulated under the open meetings act and therefore not required to be publicized. The recommendation from today's meeting is expected to be on the agenda for the June 19th trustee meeting.

ESD hosts free summer camps.


West Shore ESD’s CTE programs are working with local schools to host summer camps being held in late-June for students. Each camp is designed to give students a project-based learning environment and expose them to potential career fields.  

Agriscience Everywhere: June 19 - 22

Manistee considers land bank

Manistee County is exploring the idea of establishing a Land Bank.  Land Banks acquire title to problem properties, eliminate the liabilities, and sell the properties to new, responsible owners in a transparent and efficient manner.  Russell Pomeroy, County Treasurer, will host three experts on June 12, 2017 at 1pm-3pm at the Manistee County Court House in the Board of Commissioners Room. They will speak about what a Land Bank is and how it is benefiting their community.  The public is invited to attend the free presentation.

Agriculture loan program extention passes house


Representative VanderWalls House Bill 4562 passed the house on Tuesday. According to Vanderwall, the bill extends the state’s 2012 low-interest ag disaster loan program, which had been due to expire. “Basically what it does is, the folks in our farming community, in case of drought or freeze like we had again this year, it extended the sunset [so] that they can get a low interest loan to make sure they can continue to pay their bills and don't lose their farm”

The bill also keeps the structure of the program in law so, should the governor declare another crop disaster, the Legislature would need to allocate funds before farmers could receive loans. The bill, part of a four-bill package clarifying farmers’ eligibility to receive tax exemptions when buying grain bins and equipment, now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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