Critical Facility Repairs at LACA to Heating System and Performance Hall Chair Lift to be Completed this Summer.

The Ludington Area Center for the Arts announced yesterday that LACA was awarded a grant from the Community Foundation for Mason County in the amount of $11,000. This grant will fund critical repairs and upgrades at the LACA facility including replacement of an outdated heating system and installation of a new stair lift providing access to the LACA Performance Hall for patrons with mobility issues.

 “These grant funds are critical to the continued operation of the arts center,” said LACA Executive Director Corinn VanWyck. “These upgrades will allow us to better serve the community and will save money on utilities costs and repairs - allowing us to focus our limited budget on serving the community through arts programming.”


Third Arrest in Meth Lab Bust

Yet another Methamphetamine Laboratory Arrest in Mason County. Kenneth James Purple a 20 year old Scottville man was arraigned in the 79th district Court of Ludington on the charges of Operating /Maintaining a Laboratory Involving methamphetamine and Delivery/Manufacture-Methamphetamine. His bond has been set at 50,000 cash. Both charges are felonies, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or fa $25,000 fine. This is the third person arrested related to the Methamphetamine investigation conducted on North Harrison in Ludington.  Purple was arrested in a residential home on the warrant on May 18th in Oceana County’s Pentwater Township by detectives from SSCENT and deputies from the Oceana County Sheriff’s Department.  

Local studio owner dies

by Patrick Lopeman

Word from Scottville.... popular area entertainer Bob Simms, passed away yesterday.  He was a 12 string guitarist that could play over 10,000 songs from memory.  Bob was very well known in area nightclubs and owned the Resounding Pebbles recording studio in Scottville.  Before moving to Michigan, Mr. Simms was a member of the blues/fusion/psychedelic band Rotary Connection in Chicago.  That band was a back up act for Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.  Mr. Simms had also performed at the Texas International Pop Festival in Dallas, the first major outdoor concert after Woodstock in 1969.  Wyman funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.

The SS Badger sailing season starts today.

The SS Badger left port just after 9 am today with about 300 passengers. The last coal fired ship operating on US waters brings thousands of visitors to Ludington each summer. Families from as far as Austria came to enjoy the 4 hr trip to Manitowoc, Wi. Last minute deadlines for the new conveyor system fell into place and the Badgers Maiden voyage kicked off with no hiccup. The new conveyor that helps store coal ash for resale at a later date was described by owner Bob Manglitz "I thought the system would be easy. There was nothing easy about it. It's very complex as well as breath taking. The pipe system goes everywhere we collect coal ash from lots of different places." The SS Badger Sailing season runs until October 26. 

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