The SS Badger sailing season starts today.

The SS Badger left port just after 9 am today with about 300 passengers. The last coal fired ship operating on US waters brings thousands of visitors to Ludington each summer. Families from as far as Austria came to enjoy the 4 hr trip to Manitowoc, Wi. Last minute deadlines for the new conveyor system fell into place and the Badgers Maiden voyage kicked off with no hiccup. The new conveyor that helps store coal ash for resale at a later date was described by owner Bob Manglitz "I thought the system would be easy. There was nothing easy about it. It's very complex as well as breath taking. The pipe system goes everywhere we collect coal ash from lots of different places." The SS Badger Sailing season runs until October 26. 

Pure Michigan on the Chopping Block

The Pure Michigan campaign may end soon!

Executive Director/CEO of the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Brandy Henderson, had this statement concerning the future of the Pure Michigan campaign.

We are very disappointed to learn about the road funding plan announced this week by the Michigan House of Representatives, which proposed to raise revenue by slashing approximately $185 million from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. This would affect all economic development programs and eliminate the Pure Michigan campaign. As a Pure Michigan partner that has seen the positive impact and results of the Pure Michigan campaign, this is very concerning. 
Michigan’s tourism industry is one of the strongest pillars in our state’s economic foundation. According to Tourism Economics, 113.4 million visitors spent $22.8 billion in Michigan last year and directly supported 214,000 Michigan jobs. On a local level, Mason County’s overnight room rental income is the highest it has been in the past 20 years and has seen between a 5-6% increase in assessments collected by area hotels and motels each year, for the past 4 years. 
While quality roads and transportation infrastructure are important to a thriving economic climate, now is not the time to cut proven economic development initiatives like Pure Michigan. This proposed plan threatens the ability to showcase the Ludington area and the state as a whole to a national and global audience, fuel new growth, or create new jobs.
Moving forward, we will be in contact with our legislative representatives in both the House and Senate to help them understand the value of Pure Michigan and the negative impact this proposed plan would have on our local tourism community and overall economy.

Manhunt called off; suspects still at large.

There are still no suspects in custody after Mason County officials went on a man hunt yesterday for two men who allegedly broke into a home off the 500 block of Hansen Road and shot the owners dog. Local residence where asked to stay indoors and keep their homes locked. Police provided home searches to local residence who felt uncomfortable returning home to the area.

The 8-year-old American Staffordshire terrier named Blu did not have to undergo surgery as it appears the bullet missed vital organs. The man hunt involving multiple police departments K-9 units and use of the MSP helicopter have not yet found the suspects but the all clear has been to local residence in the area. MCSO thanks local residence in their cooperation throughout this investigation.

Badger kicks off season tomorrow.

It's an event that Western Michigan has been anticipating for the last seven months.  Tomorrow is the first day of the new Lake Michigan Carferry's sailing season.  This year has something new. In response to the EPA and US Department of Justice an ash retention has been installed.  That means the SS Badger will no longer dump raw ash into Lake Michigan.  WMOM news will be on the scene tomorrow with live coverage from the dock.

Join WMOM tomorrow live @7am for complete coverage for its first sail of the season!


New Medical Facility in PM township

Mercy Health plans to build a new medical facility on the corner of Jebavy Road and US 10.  Terry Wahr the Pere Marquette township zoning administrator says that the initial site plan has been approved.  The property is currently owned by Chemical bank.  The next steps in the process are approval from the Mason County Road Commission and the Michigan Department of Transportation.  It is possible for other businesses to be developed on the site with multi-use development.  The medical office would initially bring six new doctors to Ludington


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