SS Badger Designated as US 10 Continuance Route

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has announced that the SS Badger will be designated as the new continuance route of US Highway 10. Since 1926, Highway 10 has been divided between Ludington, MI and Manitowoc, WI by Lake Michigan.

Now, the historic carferry’s path will officially continue the highway’s route from state to state. The Badger’s trip from Ludington to Manitowoc is one of only two highway ferry services in the country.

The Badger has transported millions of passengers and their vehicles between the ports. The carferry was recently put into consideration for National Historic Landmark Designation by the United States Department of the Interior.

West Shore Art Fair Pulls Huge Crowds to City Park

Photo Courtesy of Ludington Arts Council:

The Ludington City Park was buzzing all weekend as people flooded in for the annual West Shore Art Fair. Over 100 returning and new-coming artists set up shop to sell and showcase beautiful hand-made crafts and works of art. 

Artists ranged from local legends Todd and Brad Reed to visitors such as South Floridian photographer Christopher Gug, considered America’s most prominent underwater photographer. Gug travels the world to take amazing pictures in exotic places like the Caribbean and Papua New Guinea, but still says he loves coming to Ludington where he believes people need art like his to help “get them through the frigid winters!” 

Artists were thankful and excited to be welcomed by the Ludington community. 

Motorcycle Crash Leaves One Dead, One in Critical Condition

Photo Courtesy of Mason County Press:

The Mason County Sherriff's office is reporting that there is one person dead and one critically injured after a motorcycle accident Sunday night. Scott Butler (53) of Ludington died last night when a Ford Fusion pulled out in front of him and his wife on their 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Scottville Road in Eden Township.

The fusion, driven by 19 year old Leigh Kozminski of Houston Texas, was attempting a right hand turn into the path of the northbound motorcycle at Hawley Road. Scott Butler and his wife were ejected from the cycle; neither were wearing helmets.

Mr. Butler was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger of the motorcycle, Melanie, was flown by Aero Med to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids and put into a medically induced coma. Melanie remains in critical condition. 

Man Drowns During Late Night Kayaking in Newaygo County

photo courtesy of WZZM13

The Michigan State Police are reporting of a kayaker drowning this morning in Newaygo County. At 3:20 am troopers were dispatched to Martin Lake on a report on a drowning of  a 26 yr old male.

It's being reported that two friends were kayaking when they both flipped, filling their kayaks with water. One of the men couldn't swim and drown while the other was unable to save him or pull him to shore. Newaygo Sheriff's Office dive team were able to recover the body.

This incident is still under investigation but alcohol appears to play a factor.  

4th of July Firework Safety

With Fourth of July festivities in full swing its important to remember firework safety. Last night two people were injured in Iona Township due to fireworks. One of them was injured badly enought that he had to be airlifted to a hospital.10,000 Americans will be injured by fireworks during Fourth of July celebrations. 11 people died in fireworks-related incidents last year. Its important to know that most firework injuries are burns to the fingers but in the past three years firework related eye injuries have doubled. If your eye is injured do not touch or rub it. Do not attempt to remove anything from your eye and make sure that your not using water instead use eye solution. Seek medical attention immediately.

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