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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. 

Pure Michigan on the Chopping Block

The Pure Michigan campaign may end soon!

Executive Director/CEO of the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Brandy Henderson, had this statement concerning the future of the Pure Michigan campaign.

We are very disappointed to learn about the road funding plan announced this week by the Michigan House of Representatives, which proposed to raise revenue by slashing approximately $185 million from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. This would affect all economic development programs and eliminate the Pure Michigan campaign. As a Pure Michigan partner that has seen the positive impact and results of the Pure Michigan campaign, this is very concerning. 
Michigan’s tourism industry is one of the strongest pillars in our state’s economic foundation. According to Tourism Economics, 113.4 million visitors spent $22.8 billion in Michigan last year and directly supported 214,000 Michigan jobs. On a local level, Mason County’s overnight room rental income is the highest it has been in the past 20 years and has seen between a 5-6% increase in assessments collected by area hotels and motels each year, for the past 4 years. 
While quality roads and transportation infrastructure are important to a thriving economic climate, now is not the time to cut proven economic development initiatives like Pure Michigan. This proposed plan threatens the ability to showcase the Ludington area and the state as a whole to a national and global audience, fuel new growth, or create new jobs.
Moving forward, we will be in contact with our legislative representatives in both the House and Senate to help them understand the value of Pure Michigan and the negative impact this proposed plan would have on our local tourism community and overall economy.

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