Crystal Valley Care Fund Grows

Crystal Valley care fund grows. On Monday, the board of directors for the Crystal Valley Care Fund received two donations. Friends Helping Friends of Oceana County raised $1480 at their softball and silent auction event to donate. Karl & Mort Wiegand also presented a check for $1111 which was raised at the Memorial Antique Tractor event. The Crystal Valley care fund is a Non-Profit Organization created to help Oceana County families in need due to a house fire or catastrophic illness. Their next fundraising event will be the Sparkler 5K this Sunday July 2nd.

5th ward City Council seat remains unfilled

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The Ludington City Council met last night. During last night's meeting, the council voted to confirm the rezoning of S. Rath Ave. to a waterfront central business district, allowing underutilized property to be re-developed into future additional businesses and rental space. However, before any votes occurred, city attorney Richard Wilson explained the unique voting situations for the night due to the absence of two council members. The zoning ordinance could be passed with a majority of three but affirming a position on the council required a majority of the council vote. This meant all four members in attendance needed to vote unanimously in order to confirm the position of 5th ward counselor. Wally Cain was nominated first by Les Johnson and seconded by Kathy Winczewski. Dick Rathsack and Brandy Henderson nominated Micheal Shaw and Steve Miller respectively, which did not receive a second. With the Council on a deadlock vote Mayor Kaye Ferguson Holeman decided to conclude the meeting and set a special meeting for later in the week with more council members in attendance.

The Meeting to appoint the 5th ward Coucillor has been scheduled for Thursday June 28th at 2pm at City Hall. 

Forest becomes electric

Tens of thousands gathered at the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury this weekend to camp and enjoy music.


The rain didn’t dampen spirits as festival goers played in the mud on Friday. An electrical strike resulted in a loss of cell phone service, but was restored a few hours later.


Locals are still wondering how the second weekend will impact the festival and surrounding area. Campers are required to leave Double JJ Monday and will begin returning to the ranch on Wednesday.

Motorcycle deer accident results in fatality


On Saturday night 45-year-old Jason Wayne Pate of Kalava was riding his motorcycle on Coates highway just east of Milarch Road in Brown Township. A deer entered the roadway resulting in a crash with the motorcycle. Jason Wayne Pate was transported to Munson Healthcare Manistee hospital but later succumb to his injuries. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor and the operator was not wearing a helmet. The incident is still under investigation.

Ludington hosts Fish on for Freedom

More than 30 ship captains will volunteer their time and ships to host military veterans on a fishing competition today. Adam Lamb spoke to the Morning crew about the origins of the event, “We started this concept with, let's take out 40 veterans or 50 veterans and we’ll get some boats from the charter fleet here in Ludington because they're very supportive of veterans and a lot of them are veterans themselves. That first year it started out kind of small and then it morphed into, we need 15 boats because we got 85 veterans [and] this year we've got 30 boats and 130 veterans.”

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A welcome back procession will begin at noon. Mr. Lamb also shared Veterans responses to the event and return to the shore. “One of the things we've gotten out of this the last two years we've done it, is a lot of these veterans come up to us and thank us for the welcome home. A lot of them say we never got that [welcome] when we got back and so that's our big call to action to the community. We want you folks to come down.”

Those interested in attending should begin to gather at 11 a.m. near the Loomis Street boat launch, where flags will be distributed.

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