Candidates face off in candidate forum


Ludington Daily News and Ludington & Scottville chamber of commerce hosted a candidate forum last night at the ludington area Center for the arts. The forum opened with statements from unopposed Candidates. The debate portion started with Tom Rotta and Les Johnson competing for the 3rd ward Ludington city council seat. Les Johnson cited the cut in state funding as the largest challenge faced by the city council.  Rotta addressed concerns regarding working together with people he has, in the past, criticized on his website by stating “It’s never been a personal issue..hopefully we can both be professionals if I get on the city council and we can work for or against the same thing. I will continue to voice my opinion and what I consider is in the best interest of ludington.”Brandy Henderson and David Buskirk competed for Ludington City Councillor at-large. The stage was filled with mayor candidates as Kaye Ferguson Holman, Gary Castonia and Cheri Stibitz-Rozell discussed how each could benefit the city as Mayor. Kaye Ferguson Holman expressed a desire to continue giving back to ludington as she has for the past 12 years. Gary Castoina highlighted his availability to commit to the city as Mayor. Cheri Stibitiz-Rozell focused on education and involvement in community as her reasons for pursuing the mayor position. The debate concluded with Curt Vanderwall facing off against Dan Scripps. Education, Enbridge line 5, fisheries, Sargent Sands and political funding were some of the topics discussed. Both candidates had the opportunity to address accusations levied against them through the campaign. The entire debate is expected to become avilable online at

Spectrum Health earns recognition


Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital announced it has achieved 5-stars for its Treatment of Stroke Care from Healthgrades 2017 report to the Nation. Healthgrades is an online resource used to help consumers make informed decisions to find the right doctor,and the right hospital for the right care. Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital has also been named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Patient Safety in 2016. Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades said  “Hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 5-stars in Stroke Care have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality care for their patients”

Suspect Apprehended

Jessie O’Connor was being sought in connection with two previous Domestic Violence complaints that occurred in Ludington and as a parole absconder from the Michigan Department of Corrections. Mr. O’Connor was found hiding in a tree line, in Freesoil.  Coincidentally, earlier Yesterday afternoon Manistee City P.D. recovered the 1999 Chevrolet Suburban that was stolen in the City of Ludington in the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 19th. It is yet to be determined whether the two incidents are related. Both investigations are ongoing.


WSCC Student Senate offers Drunk Driving simulator

DrunkDriving Simulation

West Shore Community College’s Student senate offered a drunk driving simulation to students Tuesday, October 18th, to raise awareness of the danger of drinking and driving. “They wanted us to come in for the drunk driving simulation  for alcohol awareness. We bring in the simulator and do the DUI and as you drive it gets a bit harder to steer and brake. We put goggles on them so that they get what .08 [feels like.]” said Jason Black with Preferred entertainment. According to the CDC about one in three traffic deaths in the United States involve a drunk driver.

West Shore Community College Board of Trustees meeting10.17.16

West Shore CC

West Shore Community College Board of Trustees met yesterday afternoon. Mike Ennis opened the meeting by highlighting the importance of childcare provided at community college, saying “ Parent who use childcare are 3x more likely to go on to pursue a bachelor's degree or graduate within 3 years of enrollment.” President Kenneth Urban and the board approved with thanks the donation of “acrobats” a sculpture by the late abstract artist Manierre Dawson, from the Regonold Yaple estate. Senator Darwin Booher and Representative Ray Franz celebrated the role West shore has played in providing education to the community by presenting a legislative tribute. Student senate presented upon current activities. They reported an increase in events, from 3 student senate lead events in at this point last year to 13 this year. Bruce Smith reviewed the financial report, saying  that there has been an increase in enrollment numbers but a decrease in contact hours. The meeting concluded with information regarding an addition of an art gallery and art storage area that are able to fit into the facilities master plan.

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