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Arrest in Shooting death of Billy Gort Jr.

Roger Erick Hoeker of Jenison has been arrested for Involuntary Manslaughter in the death of 13 year old William “Billy” Gort Jr.
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In February, “Billy” Gort Jr. was squirrel hunting in Oceana County with another teenage friend and Roger Hoeker, a mentor with a youth outreach program called Christianity Outdoors. Roger Hoeker was also a Michigan hunter safety instructor. The teen hunters had shotguns and Roger Hoeker was hunting with a small caliber rifle. During the trip Roger Hoeker discharged his rifle, resulting in “Billy” Gort Jr. being struck in the head. He died of his injuries. Orange hunter safety attire was reported to have been worn at the time of the shooting.
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Accident victim identified

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office and Mason County Medical Examiner’s Office have confirmed the identification of Saturday’s fatal traffic crash on US10 in Amber Township. 30 year old Jacob Edward Gross, from Grayling MI lost his life saturday when his Impala collided head-on with a trailered sail boat, bringing the sailboat through the windshield of the Impala, killing him instantly. The incident remains under investigation by the Mason County Sheriff Office.

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Grants available for Mason Co. Teachers

The Community Foundation for Mason County and  Youth Advisory Council (YAC) welcomes teachers to apply for mini-grants to help out in the classroom. Teachers or counselors in Mason County are eligible to apply.

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Grants can be up to $250 for specific projects or programs including: program enhancement that meets curriculum guidelines, expanding an already existing unit, student awards, special events, professional development, artists in residence and parent involvement programs. Grant awards are distributed about six weeks after the application deadline. Grants are limited to one per classroom and one per teacher per school year. Applications are found online at the Foundation’s website, www.mason-foundation.org and are due by midnight, October 13, 2017.

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