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5th ward City Council seat remains unfilled

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The Ludington City Council met last night. During last night's meeting, the council voted to confirm the rezoning of S. Rath Ave. to a waterfront central business district, allowing underutilized property to be re-developed into future additional businesses and rental space. However, before any votes occurred, city attorney Richard Wilson explained the unique voting situations for the night due to the absence of two council members. The zoning ordinance could be passed with a majority of three but affirming a position on the council required a majority of the council vote. This meant all four members in attendance needed to vote unanimously in order to confirm the position of 5th ward counselor. Wally Cain was nominated first by Les Johnson and seconded by Kathy Winczewski. Dick Rathsack and Brandy Henderson nominated Micheal Shaw and Steve Miller respectively, which did not receive a second. With the Council on a deadlock vote Mayor Kaye Ferguson Holeman decided to conclude the meeting and set a special meeting for later in the week with more council members in attendance. Information of when that meeting will take place should be received today.

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Forest becomes electric

Tens of thousands gathered at the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury this weekend to camp and enjoy music.

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The rain didn’t dampen spirits as festival goers played in the mud on Friday. An electrical strike resulted in a loss of cell phone service, but was restored a few hours later.

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Locals are still wondering how the second weekend will impact the festival and surrounding area. Campers are required to leave Double JJ Monday and will begin returning to the ranch on Wednesday.

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Motorcycle deer accident results in fatality

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On Saturday night 45-year-old Jason Wayne Pate of Kalava was riding his motorcycle on Coates highway just east of Milarch Road in Brown Township. A deer entered the roadway resulting in a crash with the motorcycle. Jason Wayne Pate was transported to Munson Healthcare Manistee hospital but later succumb to his injuries. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor and the operator was not wearing a helmet. The incident is still under investigation.

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