Top Five Named in Momentum $50,000 Competition.

The top five finalists were named in the Momentum Business Plan Competition. Lots of excitement is building as the proposed early stage businesses are all vying for $50,000 to start or move to Mason County. The businesses range from breweries to organic foods. They include:

All Occasions by WCT (Wendy Morrow & Cheryl Freeman) 
Lefevre Corporation (Mark Lefevre)
Makers’ Market (Erica Karmeisool)
Stuart Family Organics (Jim Stuart)
Starving Artist Brewing (Andrew Thomas)


They will now pitch their idea before a panel and a live audience Aug 20th at West Shore Community College. 

Headlining Grandstand Events at the Western Michigan Fair

The Western Michigan Fair starts tonight. Along with farm animals, rides, games, and tasty bites; some may be wondering what events are lined up for the week in the grandstand?Here is a simple list of the major grandstand events happening this week.


Tuesday, August 11th Mud Bogg and Slick Track Drag

Wednesday, August 12th Super Cross

 Thurday, August 13th Garden Tractor Pull

 Friday, August 14th Super Kicker Rodeo

 Saturday, August 15th Demolition Derby


Fair entrance on most days will be $3 and $12 for grandstand entrance. 

City Council Meets Tonight; Landlord Fees to be Discussed Thursday

The city council is meeting tonight. On the agenda is the closure Stearns beach on the south side of the for the Jaycees "Back to School Bash" which will be Aug 25th.  They will also be looking into paving south Deila street, and setting aside two parking spaces onSouth Ferry Street for Harbor One boat crew members.

The hot button issue that is the "Rental Inspection Program" will have its own special meeting this week on Thursday @ 5:30pm. This is the program that would charge landlords a $75- $105 fee every three years per unit for inspection making sure it meets the standards set by the city. This has been met with opposition by local landlords and the city has received lots of feedback from the community. We will follow this story and have an update Friday to see what the city decides to do on this issue. 

Dina Hackert Resigns Again; LHS to Find New Head Coach Immediately

The LHS boys basketball team is now scrambling to find a new head coach. Dina Hackert has resigned from her position as the boys varsity basketball coach before the season even had a chance to start.

There was a stipulation on the transferring of her son from Kentucky back to LHS. Allegedly the rules state that her son now a junior would have to sit out a semester. This issue may have gone unnoticed or unchecked all season without any problems but Dina and LHS wanted to handle this situation with integrity. Not wanting her son to sit out for a semester Dina choose to resign. The family will now head back to Kentucky for the school year.

The basketball team and the school had big hopes this season by bringing one of its most successful coaches ever back to Ludington, but that shot clock has expired. The search is now active for the next Ludington High School Head Basketball Coach.

Invasive Species Management Now Covers Five Local Counties

The Forrest service and the DNR are teaming up against invasive species that threaten Northern Michigan. Its called the North Country Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area.

The fight locally was focused on public land like national forests or state parks. They now want to include private land owners to handle the disconnect of only spraying land that is public or state owned.

The Invasive species management will now cover five counties and include public and private land owners.

Mason, Lake, Wexford, Missaukee and Osceola Counties will now be protecting itself against invasive species. The state has pointed out eight specific species making their way across Michigan: Eurasian phragmites, black and pale swallow-wort, Japanese and giant knotweed, baby's breath, flowering rush, and European frogbit.

Some have seed banks that have to be sprayed for 100 years so it is very important to keep them from spreading.

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