Parking Violations Spike During Gus Macker Weekend

This year's Gus Macker 3-on-3 Tournament went off without a hitch; unless you were looking for a place to park. Police are proud to report that alcohol, marijuana, and disorderly arrests were at a minimum compared to past years. The only major problem was parking citations. Last year's tournament saw just 59 parking violations, while this year brought a whopping 138. Efforts from the Mason County Sheriff's Office alongside the Ludington Police Department helped ensure another successful and safe weekend. 

USS Liberty Plaque Unveiling in Manistee

USS Liberty Veterans will be dedicating the USS Liberty plaque at Veterans Memorial Park this Saturday at 10:00 am.

The 459 foot long USS Liberty was peppered by 820 cannon rounds 4-5 inches in diameter, and over 3000 rounds of 50 caliber armor piercing machine gun rounds. It would not sink.

The attack occurred on June 8, 1967.  She never sailed again in the service of her Country after the attack.  Come listen to the surviving crew members tell their story at Veterans Memorial Park in Manistee, MI.  Help honor the most decorated crew in American history for a single engagement.

Little River Casino Expands for Better Accomodations

Mlive reports The Little River Casino Resort is now working on an expansion that will include a pool and spa.

The expansion in Manistee will include restaurant offerings, a new pool area and full service spa, and some remodeling of other public areas, according to the tribe. Also, the casino floor will be reconfigured for better access and include a new bar on the main floor.

"The main focus of our expansion and remodeling project is to increase customer satisfaction. Many of our changes are based on comments that our guests have made about features they'd like to see," General Manager Ron Pete said in a news release.

The estimated cost and square footage of the expansion were not made public. Construction is set to be completed by the spring of 2016. 

Parade Entry Deadline Pushed Back

The entry deadline for the 2015 Freedom Festival Grand Parade is now until Wednesday, June 24th. The parade will be held on Saturday, the Fourth of July at 2 p.m. in downtown Ludington. Visit the Ludington Area Jaycees website at for Grand Parade Entry Forms.

The Ludington Area Jaycees are also seeking additional sponsors for the 2015 Freedom Festival Fireworks Display.
Fireworks display sponsorship forms may be obtained by contacting Jamie Spore at (231) 233-0230, emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visiting the Jaycees’ website.

The Freedom Festival fireworks display will be held on the Fourth of July at dusk at Stearns Park Beach in Ludington. In the event of inclement weather on Independence Day, the fireworks display will be held on the Fifth of July.

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at White Pine Village

The Mason County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will also happen this weekend. It takes place Saturday at noon at the Historic White Pine Village. This is a two part ceremony with the annual unveiling of the Mason County Sports Hall of Fame and induction ceremony. Six athletes and two high school athletes will be honored with speakers and a banquet dinner. For tickets to the banquet dinner call the chamber of commerce at 845-0324.

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