Free Transportation Offered Again at WSCC

West Shore Community College will once again be offering free rides out to their campus. Anyone traveling from Ludington, Manistee, and Scottville will have the opportunity to take advantage of getting out to the campus without having to feel the pinch of paying for gas getting to and from college.

Starting August 31st (the first day of the semester) there will be three round-trips Monday-Thursday and one on Friday.

Need to get out to the College before the semester starts? Bus service will be offered on Aug 24th to accommodate students wishing to purchase books or access other college services.

For more information on the service visit

Cartiers Donate Special Collection to Mason County Historical Society

Mason County Historical Society is adding to its Research Library. This will be the first edition of the Historical Societies Special Collections titled "Morgan and Georgette Cartier Special Archival Collection". Presented by Georgette Cartier this collection features rare books, photographs, journals, personal papers, and more. All are made available for research and posterity.

Executive director Dr. Rick Plummer is delighted and is up to the task of preserving these rare artifacts "We take very seriously our obligation to preserve and interpret our past."

The Library is housed at Historic White Pine Village and is accessible by appointment by calling the Village.  231-843-4808 or check out their website at

Mason County Ranks High for Low Credit Card Debt

Locals residents of Mason County have some good spending habits. Mason County ranked ninth overall for the state of Michigan in a new study from SmartAsset, measuring credit card debt against a persons wealth and income.

Mason Counties Credit card debt per capita stands at $2220 and is only 9.6% of an individuals income. Living within their means and controlling debt are great benchmarks for responsible spending.

Now is a great time to pay off debts owed to creditors to lower payments for the upcoming holiday season.

Where is Our Sand Going?

The sleeping giant that is Sargent Sands has woken up. Holding on to its 400 acres between the state park and Piney Ridge road, the company has owned its ancient mining permits since the 1930s. The sand selling company has been running 24 hour operations for at least the past year. Truckload upon truckload of sand dune is shipped to undisclosed businesses. The company is remaining tight lipped on who they are selling sand to. Some speculate the sand is used for hydraulic fracking while others say it's for the foundry industry.

Sargent Sands says everything they are doing is legal. They own the land outright so they are working with local agencies to work within the confines of the law. This can be surprising to some considering the value of irreplaceable lakeside dunes. Local residence are complaining about the noisy 24 hour mining operation. The appearance of the dune area are now developing into larger and larger man made lakes due to the mining and the lakes are only expected to get bigger.

Special thanks to Interlochen Public Radio for breaking this story.

Gas Jumps; Supply Problems

Have you noticed gas prices going up? You're not imagining things. Problems with a crude distillation unit in Indiana will have gas prices rising by as much as a dollar. This disruption in the supply chain will end up hitting the consumer in the pocket. 

Michigan already saw average gas prices jump 11 cents in one day.  Some experts are saying that depending on how bad this ends up, gas prices could jump by a dollar in the next two weeks. 

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