Refinery Back Online; Gas Prices Drop

Gas prices are dropping. This can be credited to the large BP distillation refinery in Indiana that caused summer gas prices to spike this summer. The refinery restarted last week after being shut down in early August for unscheduled repairs.

Currently the average price in Ludington is 2.38 a gallon. Gas prices have seen the largest price drop of the year, dropping by about 32 cents in the past week. The average price per gallon for the state of Mi is down by over a dollar compared to last year. Prices should continue to fall over the next week and that should help many Labor Day drivers close out the summer driving season with a little more change in their pocket.

The New York Times Visits Ludington

The City of Ludington received a nod from an article written in The NY Times Travel Section. The article 'A tour of Lake Michigan, my inland sea', has special mentions of the State Park and Old Hamlin restaurant. Those were featured for places to go and it also included mentions of Christofferson Farms and Snyder’s Shoreline Inn. Rich Cohen talks about growing up on the lake and coming back to the shores as he explores the coast of Lake Michigan.

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Update: Perjury Woman Gets Arrested 9 Hours After Being Released From Jail

Giving false testimony during a court trial is obviously against the law.  29 year old Elizabeth Marie Whitaker disregarded this in her testimony on February of 2014 in Mason County.  Whitaker was arrested at her residence Aug 27th and arraigned on the 28th by SSCENT detectives who deal primarily with Narcotics Arrests.  Perjury is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Whitaker was lodged in Mason county Jail.

The next day parole agents conducted a check on her residence and she reportedly tested positive for drugs resulting in a bond violation. She was released from the county jail at 3:00 PM Friday and arrested 8 hours and 51 minutes later.



West Shore Art Fair Receives National Nod

'Sunshine Artist's' September issue has released its top 200 art shows and has ranked 'The West Shore Art Fair' #94th in the Fine Art & Design Category. This is out of thousands of fine art fairs across the nation.

The fair has been through a recent name change formally the West Shore Art League Fine Art and Craft Fair it was last on the Sunshine Artists Best 200 list in 2006.

The art fair is now sponsored and managed by the Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) and was christened as the West Shore Art Fair in 2012 with the goal of returning to the SA Best 200 list. “We are thrilled that the WSAF has received this national ranking in just a few short years,” said LACA Executive Director, Corinn VanWyck. “ It is a very high honor for the WSAF to receive this national recognition as a high-quality art fair, and for Ludington itself to be recognized as an arts and cultural destination”.  

Next year’s West Shore Art Fair will take place on July 2-3 and will feature 100 to 120 artist exhibitors. Artists can apply online beginning November 1, 2015 at

Hospital Unveils New Prescription ATM

The Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is unveiling a new medication dispensing machine today near the emergency department.

This will be used for emergency patients and would allow immediate access to certain medication right after being treated. They will have the option to obtain their initial order for common prescriptions such as antibiotics or pain medications through a key based system provided by the company InstyMeds.  A formal announcement is being made today from the hospital.

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