National Guard Orders Troop out of Manistee, Effective Immediately

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Local residents and families are upset at the National Guards new orders. The National Guards Bravo Troop has just been given notice that they will be transferred from the Manistee Armory to the Grand Valley Armory in Kent County.

This came as a surprise to Bravo Troops 68 soldiers who have called Manistee their home for decades. Budget shortfalls are to blame as the troop is also down in numbers by about 22 solders. This is devastating news to the families who have been living and working in Manistee their whole career. Bravo Troop also plays a part in Tight lines for troops, blood drives, 5k runs, and they even open their gym for sports practices.

For now the future of the Armory is uncertain. It may go unused or they may bring in another unit. What is certain is that the order is effective immediately. The troop is training at Camp Grayling for the next few weeks, so they believe the move will begin once they return.

Wildfire Warnings Through The Weekend

Current weather conditions have the Michigan DNR releasing wildfire warnings.

Michigan sees an average of about 600 wildfires annually. Currently, strong winds, low humidity, dryness, and high heat have set the danger level at “high to very high” chances for fires statewide. This year has already seen an abnormally high number of wildfires according to the DNR; nearly 300 wildfires have already been recorded this year, while last year only about 150 had been recorded by this time.

The DNR is not allowing burn permits at this time, but campfires are still legal. If you are going to have a fire or grill-out, be sure all embers are COMPLETELY extinguished before left unattended. The DNR want to remind people that 9 out of 10 wildfires are humanly preventable. 

Big Things Planned for the Final Weekend of July

With the month coming to an end, the final July weekend in Ludington will have something for everyone.

The weekly farmers market will begin downtown around 3:00 pm Friday, followed by The final Friday Night Live, including the annual “We Love Ludington” group photo. To be a part of the picture, find yourself around the Luddington Avenue and Robert Street intersection at 5:30 pm. This Friday will also be your last chance to compete in WMOM's Lip Sync competition.

Then, as we roll into August on Saturday, be sure not to miss the next installment of the Rhythm & Dunes Summer Concert Series. This week features Britain’s Finest, The Complete Beatles Experience tribute band. And don’t forget to make it out to the Old Engine Club and Tractor Show running all weekend in Scottville.

For more events and details, check out and

Road Construction the Cause of Frontier Outage

About 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, a fiber optic cable was cut. This wiped out much of the Frontier communications network. Affected were credit card machines.  Many people had to delay a fill up as you could not charge for gas at the pump either.  We were in contact with Sheriff Cole and he said 911 calls were diverted to Muskegon.

Frontier says a large fiber cable was cut due to some road construction. Someone was boring under a road when they cut through their fiber optic cable. The lines are now repaired but as of this morning customers were still without voicemail. The programming for the voicemail is being worked on this morning and should be up by this afternoon.

The City Wants Public Input on Dog Beaches

Thinking about taking your dog to the beach? You wont be going to Stearns Beach.  Last night the City sent back  the request to allow dogs & owners to access the beach on the south side of the north breakwater. Thats basiclly the beach located where Ludington Ave dead-ends.While Buttersville, Pentwater, and Cartier Park have beaches designating a spot for Rufus to frolic and cool off, City manager Jon Shay says the negatives out way the positives for Stearns Beach. Mason County Mutts has stepped up in offering doggy stations for bags, disposal bins, and two signs designating the area.

Regardless of concessions put forward, this issue has been sent back to committee.

Feel strongly one way or another? Now is a great time to have your voice be heard on this issue. Council member Kaye Ferguson Holman said she wants community input via email, phone calls, or attending city council meetings. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you can contact her at 231-590-2259.

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