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SCOTTVILLE — Plans for the Scottville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to lease the Optimist grounds hit a snag on Monday, when several city commissioners and the city attorney expressed concerns about the financial feasibility of the purchase.

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Ethan Tucker, a U.S. Coast Guardsman from Ludington facing a murder trial in the military justice system, will go through a second Article 32 hearing that his attorney called “extraordinarily unusual.”

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SCOTTVILLE — Mason County Central school board trustees on Monday made the decision to expel a student who was arrested on Sept. 12 for allegedly bringing a knife onto school grounds.

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SCOTTVILLE — The West Shore Community College (WSCC) Board of Trustees on Monday voted 5-2 to table the discussion of hiring Kendra Thompson as the architect for its planned Manistee Downtown Education Center.

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Jeffery Lynn Kubon, 73, of Crystal Valley, passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital in Fremont.

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John Gillies, age 84, of Ludington, passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.

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J. Elaine Earl, age 94, of Ludington, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.

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Clark Earl Hamilton, 84, of Goshen, Indiana, died at 8:17 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 at Valley View Healthcare Center, Elkhart.

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SCOTTVILLE — The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) entered into an agreement with the Scottville Optimist Club on Thursday to lease the Optimist building and grounds with the goal of jump-starting work on a planned community park.

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The West Shore Community College Board of Trustees will consider hiring an architect for its potential project at a building in downtown Manistee at an off-campus meeting at 5 p.m. in the Mason County Central Upper Elementary School library.

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SCOTTVILLE — The potential expulsion of a Mason County Central High School student who was arrested after allegedly bringing a weapon onto school grounds on Sept. 12 will be considered during the school board meeting Monday at the Upper Elementary School.

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SCOTTVILLE — About a dozen members of the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Innovation Council toured Gateway to Success (G2S) Academy Friday afternoon, speaking with school faculty and students.

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The Ludington Area Schools’ Board of Education will consider three action items all tied to the bond issue that was passed by voters earlier in 2019 during its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the district’s administration office at 809 E. Tinkham Ave. in Ludington.

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AMBER TOWNSHIP — A 48-year-old Comstock Park man died after the canoe he, his father and his brother were in overturned in Pere Marquette River about a half of a mile west of the Scottville Boat Launch in Amber Township Friday morning, according to a release from Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole.

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AMBER TOWNSHIP — A structure fire in a pole barn drew firefighters from Scottville, Custer and Pere Marquette Township fire departments to a West Johnson Road home Friday afternoon, and while no there were no injuries in the blaze, Scottville Fire Chief Dale Larr said the damage to the barn …

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The Ludington Area Center for the Arts announced on Thursday that two scheduled concerts have been canceled due to a lack of ticket sales, and the arts center took the opportunity to emphasize the importance of buying advanced tickets for events at venues in the community.

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A couple of infrastructure improvements might begin this spring, since Ludington was recently informed that construction permits for the projects have been approved, according to City Manager Mitch Foster.

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that he will travel to Paris next week for talks with President Emmanuel Macron after the French leader lamented the “brain death” of the world’s biggest military alliance.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Hard-liners in Iran threatened violent protesters Tuesday with executions by hanging as sporadic demonstrations still gripped pockets of the country over government-set gasoline prices rising, unrest a United Nations agency fears may have killed “a signific…