"Don't Miss" Color tour list released

Managing directors from 11 Michigan road commissions have selected some of the prettiest color tour drives in their county, which the County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan has released as a “don’t miss” list for the fall. Drivers are invited to #LoveFallRoads or on Twitter at @MICountyRoads to let everyone know their favorite road site for Michigan’s fall colors. Be sure to indicate an intersection, the county, and the closest city/village. Plug intersections into your vehicle’s navigation system and stop for a picnic or lunch outside; it’s sure to make a successful fall outing.


Mason County

  • Lakeshore Drive from Oceana Drive to Iris Road
  • Hawley from Pere Marquette Highway to Walhalla Road
  • South Masten Road to Washington Road and the Ruby Creek area
  • North Lakeshore Drive along Hamlin Lake
  • Custer Road from Hogue Road to US-10
  • Additional Routes can be found here


Judge denies motion to remove himself from case

Judge Peter Wadel says that he did not do anything improper in the Baby Kate case. The prosecution made  a motion this morning asking that the judge recuse himself. At the center of the argument was an interaction between Wadel and retired Oceana County Judge Terry Thomas last week. William A. Rollstin, First assistant attorney general, said the conversation with Judge Terry Thomas was improper and created the appearance of impropriety. Mason County Sheriff's Office Det. Mike Kenney, in an affadavit, reported hearing Thomas say to a member of the Phillips defense team, "I just had a minute with Pete, he sees it the same way I do." Thomas had ruled on another case with no body found a few years ago. Wadel said that the comments are troubling to him, stating, "These comments trouble me in the sense that they are attributed to me and for that Mr. Rollstin is right in the integrity of the court, but it's important that we understand that whatever he said that I did not engage in any comment," Wadel denied the motion to remove himself from the case.


Snowblowers Stolen in Oceana County

The Oceana County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the theft of 2 new snowblowers from Burrell's Service Center. Missing are 1 Simplicity Model 7522R valued at $450 which is orange in color and 1 Simplicity Model M1024E which is valued at $1050 and is also orange in color. If anyone has information about the location of the missing property or additional information please contact the Oceana Co. Sheriff's Office at (231)873-2121.


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