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17 year old Manistee resident arrested on Terroristic Threats

Cullen Shafer, age 17 of Wellston, was arraigned in the 85th District Court in Manistee on Tuesday on a Felony Threat of Terrorism, which is a 20 year Felony.

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Monday, the Manistee County sheriff's office received a complaint of a shooting threat at Brethren high school. 17 year old Shafer admitted to making the statements but said he was joking. An AR-15 and the subject’s cell phone were confiscated from his residence.  Bond was set at $100,000 Cash or Surety.   There is no other information that will be released as this case is actively being investigated.

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2017 Tourism breaks Records

Last year was a banner tourism season for Ludington and Mason County, with the highest-ever hotel room rental income, increased event attendance, and more visitors to attractions. The new Port of Ludington Maritime Museum attracted 10,000 visitors since opening in June 2017.

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“Ludington keeps evolving its product offerings with new and exciting attractions and events like the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum and Love Ludington weekend, while continuing to offer favorite traditions that bring people back,” said Brandy Henderson, executive director of the Ludington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Clearly our numbers show that Ludington continues to be a hot visitor destination.
In 2017, Ludington area hotels generated $14,235,564 in room rental income – the highest yet in the county’s history – 14.1 percent higher than 2016 and 25.3 percent higher than five years ago in 2013.


The Ludington Area CVB saw a strong year for attendance at events like BrrrewFest, Lakestride, Ludrock and Octoberfest. Ludington State Park led Michigan’s 100-plus state parks with the most camp nights booked and broke its own revenue record. And Sandcastles Children’s Museum saw its best year yet in attendance. Highlights include:

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Ludington Area School Board of Education meet tonight

The LASD Board of Education will be meeting today at 6:00p.m. at Lakeview Elementary school. The superintendent’s report will include Oriole Foundation Grant Awards information, Eidex Budget Planning Report for February 2018 and updates on the State Executive Budget. Superintendent Kennedy will also provide a School Safety and Security Update and an update on the Middle School Assistant Principal’s Position. Action Items for the LASD Board of Education includes a Bus and Mathematics Curriculum Purchase and voting on the 2017-2018 Final Budget Revision.

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