Oktoberfest welcomes a fall crowd

Oktoberfest beer and music festival occurred and crowds were undaunted by the brisk fall weekend. Friday’s pub crawl games received positive community response. Saturday's chili walk was successful, with attendees noting crowds mulling around downtown finishing their last bite. The weekend concluded with the Chardon Polka Band kicking off the live music with songs with polka spirit. Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers drew a crowd to the stage throughout their performance concluding the night with high energy. Bells

Mason County Sheriff office seeking assistance

The Mason County Sheriff office is looking for Shanin Nicholas Waite. Shanin waite is a parole absconder and he has an arrest warrant for a parole violation.  He is the suspect and is wanted for questioning in two breaking and enterings in Mason county. The Mason County Sherriff office is asking the public for information on the location if Shanin. Shanin is a White male 7’2 weighs 150lbs with brown hair and blue eyes. If you know of Shanin’s Location, please call 911. waite

Great Start Collaborative Playgroups Starting

The Great Start collaborative playgroups are welcoming children birth to age 8 and their families to attend. During Playgroups, Parents will have time to meet and talk to other parents as well as learn about local resources and other family supports.Great Start Playgroups Fall 2016

"Don't Miss" Color tour list released

Managing directors from 11 Michigan road commissions have selected some of the prettiest color tour drives in their county, which the County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan has released as a “don’t miss” list for the fall. Drivers are invited to #LoveFallRoads or on Twitter at @MICountyRoads to let everyone know their favorite road site for Michigan’s fall colors. Be sure to indicate an intersection, the county, and the closest city/village. Plug intersections into your vehicle’s navigation system and stop for a picnic or lunch outside; it’s sure to make a successful fall outing.


Mason County

  • Lakeshore Drive from Oceana Drive to Iris Road
  • Hawley from Pere Marquette Highway to Walhalla Road
  • South Masten Road to Washington Road and the Ruby Creek area
  • North Lakeshore Drive along Hamlin Lake
  • Custer Road from Hogue Road to US-10
  • Additional Routes can be found here

Judge denies motion to remove himself from case

Judge Peter Wadel says that he did not do anything improper in the Baby Kate case. The prosecution made  a motion this morning asking that the judge recuse himself. At the center of the argument was an interaction between Wadel and retired Oceana County Judge Terry Thomas last week. William A. Rollstin, First assistant attorney general, said the conversation with Judge Terry Thomas was improper and created the appearance of impropriety. Mason County Sheriff's Office Det. Mike Kenney, in an affadavit, reported hearing Thomas say to a member of the Phillips defense team, "I just had a minute with Pete, he sees it the same way I do." Thomas had ruled on another case with no body found a few years ago. Wadel said that the comments are troubling to him, stating, "These comments trouble me in the sense that they are attributed to me and for that Mr. Rollstin is right in the integrity of the court, but it's important that we understand that whatever he said that I did not engage in any comment," Wadel denied the motion to remove himself from the case.

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