Dr. Urban steps down

The West Shore Community College Board of Trustees and Dr. Kenneth Urban announced during yesterdays trustee meeting that due to differences in leadership vision for the College, they have mutually agreed for Dr. Urban to leave the institution.


Dr. Urban’s resignation is effective immediately. According to Thom Hawley, The Board has not determined when or how they will move forward in the search for a new president.  Chairman Bruce Smith concluded yesterdays meeting by thanking the board for their work and calling for unity, “We have an opportunity to move forward and I would encourage all of us to put our heads together and work hard to get us to that place.” Vice President Scott Ward will take over as the interim president of West Shore Community College. Ward previously served as interim president during the 2014-15 academic year.

The meeting continued with budget negotiations. The educational support staff agreed to eliminate the Separation Recognition Program. This will result in a benefit of $77,000 immediately for the college. This agreement happened at this time due to the lack of raises that were expected for staff and administration of West Shore for the next 3 years.  As an alternative to the previous agreement with the Separation Recognition Program, Staff agreed to accept a 3 years of 1% raises and an increase in vision and dental benefits. A budget amendment was also presented to the board of trustees yesterday, transferring money back into the reserve from which they had previously withdrawn. Ward was commended on the work done to the budget, but he warned that though it looks good financially, it's not sustainable long term. The meeting concluded with the appointment of Mr. Ennis and Mr. Smith as representatives to the MCCA board of directors.

Wittlieff arraigned on Meth lab charge

On June 14, 2017 Peter Jedadiah Wittlieff, of Manistee was arraigned in Manistee on one count of Maintaining a Meth Lab and one count of Possession of Methamphetamine.  In September of 2016, members of the Manistee City Police Department responded to a medical emergency in the 100 block of 12th Street. On scene officers observed items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. SSCENT detectives executed a search warrant at the home and several items used in the production of methamphetamine were located. Wittlieff was originally arrested on May 28, 2017. He posted a cash bond of $2,500.00 at that time. The most serious charge is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000.00 fine.

Gus Busters needed

The Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking Gus Busters for the 2017 Gus Macker 3-on-3 Charity Basketball Tournament.

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The tournament is scheduled for THIS WEEKEND, Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18. Gus Busters are required to attend a training scheduled for Friday, June 16th at the City Building (6pm).   Anyone interested in being a Gus Buster is asked to call Kathy Fisher at #231-845-7018

Mason Lake Conservation district hosts native plant sale

The Mason Lake conservation district will be hosting a native plant sale this weekend. Native wildflowers, ferns, grasses and flats and planting plans for butterfly gardens will be available for purchase.

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Native plants require minimal maintenance and are recommended to help protect bees and bats, two important species in the West Michigan ecosystem.  Pre-orders are be available through their office or stop by the Mason Lake conservation district office on Saturday June 17th from 10-Noon.

Geeting arraigned on meth charges

On June 2, 2017 Ashleigh Rebekkah Geeting, 19, of Manistee was arraigned on one count of Maintaining a Meth Lab and one count of Possession of Methamphetamine.


In February of this year, the Manistee City Police Department responded to a tip about a wanted fugitive at the Harborview Apartments. Officers located Geeting there and observed evidence she was making meth.  The most serious charge is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000.00 fine. Geeting is currently incarcerated with the Michigan Department of Corrections on an unrelated larceny charge.

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