Elevated Lead Levels Found In Children Within 49431 Zip Code

WMOM News brought to light a Detroit News article published January 28, 2016 on the elevated levels of lead in the blood of children locally and statewide.  The article highlighted three years of samples that showed elevated levels of lead in the states children.  Some causes can be traced to old homes with lead paint and soils contain lead as well.

With the Flint water crisis at its peak, WMOM News had a chance to talk with Ludington City Manager John Shay about the city of Ludington and the 49431 zip code area.  He assured WMOM News that the water provided to the city of Ludington was lead free.  He offered several documents showing the results of testing.  He was unable to offer any reasons for the elevated levels in the 49431 zip code area.

This is a developing story.  Log on to our Facebook at, WMOM fm Radio to see the story from the Detroit News.

Possible Bomb Threat At Covenant Christian School

A possible bomb threat was received around noon today at Covenant Christian School.  The threat was reportedly emailed to the school.  All classes have been cancelled for the remainder of the day.  Around 90 students were transported via bus to Mason County Reformed Church on U.S. 10 and Amber Road.  Parents are being asked to please pick your student up at this location.  Sheriff Kim Cole has asked you bring a picture ID, as a school official will check before releasing your student.

Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center is being used to stage the operation.  Sheriff Cole says no person of interest has been identified.  A bomb-sniffing dog from the Michigan State Police is being brought in from Lansing to canvas the school.  Sheriff Cole anticipates that law enforcement officials will be on-site for quite some time this afternoon.

Stay tuned to 102.7 WMOM for more news as it breaks.

WSCC Board of Trustees Meeting Wrap

Monday saw a new year begin for the West Shore Community College Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting.  This being the first meeting of the year, it saw Chairman James Jensen move through a fairly routine meeting.

One highlight from the meeting was the presentation of a promotional video put together in conjunction with Lake FX Video.  The video will be released on several social media platforms.  It will also serve a variety of uses for West Shore Community College events and marketing.

President, Dr. Kenneth Urban also gave a report on student safety.  He is very proud of how safe and interactive the campus is as a whole.  He stressed that it is a high priority to be engaged and proactive on all fronts that involve the student’s education and safety.

This year will mark the first full year for new President, Dr. Kenneth Urban who previously served as the Interim President of Nicolet College.  Prior to holding the Interim President position, he served as Vice President of Teaching, Learning and Student Success at Nicolet College.

Mason County Board Meeting Wrap And A Surprise

The Mason County Board of Commissioners met for the first time of the New Year.  Basic housekeeping and procedures were addressed.  Contract extensions, appointments and even a surprise announcement comprised the session.

First on the agenda after no public comments the appointment of the Chairman and Vice Chairman.  Both were approved with no incident.  The Chairman of this years Mason County Board of Commissioners will be Curtis VanderWall.  The Vice Chairman will be Bill Carpenter.

Moving through the meeting, basic procedural issues were handled, including renewing the contract of County Administrator Fabian Knizacky.  The board extended his existing contract to three years.  This is a yearly undertaking by the commission, choosing to allow Administrator Knizacky to work on a three-year basis as opposed to year to year.  The contract is now valid through December 31st 2018.  Three years is the maximum allowed under current state law.

To close the meeting, there was a surprise.  Newly appointed Chairman, Curtis Vanderwall made an announcement that he would run for the 101st District House of Representatives seat in the November 8th election.  Tune to 102.7 WMOM for more coverage through out the day.

The next meeting will be, Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 pm, inside the Mason County Court house.

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