67 Year Old Hart Senior Busted for Pot Farm

photo courtesy of: upnorthlive

SSCENT detectives have arrested a 67 year old Hart man in Weare Township.

Joseph Raymond Kokx was allegedly manufacturing marijuana and had 190 plants on his property along with 9 lbs of processed marijuana. Two fire arms were also seized by police.

Kokx was lodged in the Oceana County Jail Aug 7th.  Lt. Ambrose says additional arrests are pending.

Top Five Named in Momentum $50,000 Competition.

The top five finalists were named in the Momentum Business Plan Competition. Lots of excitement is building as the proposed early stage businesses are all vying for $50,000 to start or move to Mason County. The businesses range from breweries to organic foods. They include:

All Occasions by WCT (Wendy Morrow & Cheryl Freeman) 
Lefevre Corporation (Mark Lefevre)
Makers’ Market (Erica Karmeisool)
Stuart Family Organics (Jim Stuart)
Starving Artist Brewing (Andrew Thomas)


They will now pitch their idea before a panel and a live audience Aug 20th at West Shore Community College. 

Headlining Grandstand Events at the Western Michigan Fair

The Western Michigan Fair starts tonight. Along with farm animals, rides, games, and tasty bites; some may be wondering what events are lined up for the week in the grandstand?Here is a simple list of the major grandstand events happening this week.


Tuesday, August 11th Mud Bogg and Slick Track Drag

Wednesday, August 12th Super Cross

 Thurday, August 13th Garden Tractor Pull

 Friday, August 14th Super Kicker Rodeo

 Saturday, August 15th Demolition Derby


Fair entrance on most days will be $3 and $12 for grandstand entrance. 

City Council Meets Tonight; Landlord Fees to be Discussed Thursday

The city council is meeting tonight. On the agenda is the closure Stearns beach on the south side of the for the Jaycees "Back to School Bash" which will be Aug 25th.  They will also be looking into paving south Deila street, and setting aside two parking spaces onSouth Ferry Street for Harbor One boat crew members.

The hot button issue that is the "Rental Inspection Program" will have its own special meeting this week on Thursday @ 5:30pm. This is the program that would charge landlords a $75- $105 fee every three years per unit for inspection making sure it meets the standards set by the city. This has been met with opposition by local landlords and the city has received lots of feedback from the community. We will follow this story and have an update Friday to see what the city decides to do on this issue. 

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