Grant Township firefighter dies in line of duty.

November 19, 2020

Grant Township firefighter dies in line of duty. OTTO TOWNSHIP — A 40-year-old Grant Township firefighter died while responding to a camper fire on South Forest Glen Drive Wednesday evening, Nov. 18, according to a press release from the Grant Township Fire Department. “It is with great sadness that Grant Township Fire Department reports the loss of Firefighter Michael Buitendorp.…

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Spectrum Health community update, Nov. 18, 2020.

November 18, 2020

Spectrum Health community update, Nov. 18, 2020. LUDINGTON — Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital provides a bi-weekly community update regarding activities and current information. Some content will be related to the COVID-19 pandemic as new information becomes available or changes occur. Other content will be general information related to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. For the latest COVID-19 information, visit spectrumhealth.org/covid-19. The…

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Pocket park to enhance downtown Shelby.

November 18, 2020

Pocket park to enhance downtown Shelby. SHELBY — Emily Stuhldreher, the Village of Shelby economic development fellow, initiated a plan to purchase property to create a pocket park downtown. “The proposed park will provide a pleasing connector between Shelby’s Main Street and the Hart-Montague Rail-Trail,” states a press release from the village. “(Stuhldreher) worked with the property owner to begin the…

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MSU program to teach about understanding property taxes.

November 18, 2020

MSU program to teach about understanding property taxes. Michigan State University Extension Service will hold an online property tax program on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will learn the meaning of Tax Day and how property is valued by the local assessor. Participants will also learn the five different values for each property and the purposes…

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Family of six battles COVID-19.

November 17, 2020

Family of six battles COVID-19. By Allison Scarbrough, Editor. NEW ERA — A young and normally healthy family of six, including a newborn baby, has been hit with COVID-19. The 35-year-old mother, Chelsea Hayes, shared her story with OCP during a phone interview Tuesday, Nov. 17. Her husband, Nate, is an occupational therapist who works in home health care settings…

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Hesperia cancels K-12 in-person instruction until Jan. 11.

November 16, 2020

Hesperia cancels K-12 in-person instruction until Jan. 11. Five staff members test positive for COVID-19. HESPERIA — Hesperia Community Schools Superintendent Vaughn White announced Monday evening, Nov. 16, that K-12 in-person instruction is canceled until Jan. 11 after five staff members tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday. White said the school board met Monday evening “and discussed the very serious concerns…

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Lighted Christmas Parade canceled due to COVID-19.

November 16, 2020

Lighted Christmas Parade canceled due to COVID-19. Several other holiday activities scheduled. By Allison Scarbrough, Editor. HART — A long-time local Christmas tradition, the Lighted Christmas Parade held every year in downtown Hart on the Friday evening after Thanksgiving, is canceled this year due to COVID-19. Although the parade is not happening, there are several holiday events and activities planned…

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New Era woman faces jail term for strangling husband.

November 16, 2020

New Era woman faces jail term for strangling husband. By Allison Scarbrough, Editor. HART — A 34-year-old New Era woman tearfully admitted in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Nov. 16, that she strangled her husband last August at their home. “I got into an argument, and during the argument I put my hands around his neck,” said Rebecca Lee Salazar, of…

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Man admits to stealing TV, refrigerator, microwave, other items from hotel room.

November 16, 2020

Man admits to stealing TV, refrigerator, microwave, other items from hotel room. By Allison Scarbrough, Editor. HART — A 37-year-old Muskegon man admitted in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Nov. 16, to stealing several items from a hotel room at the Dunes Express Inn & Suites on Comfort Drive in Hart last January. Elessie Gabriel Walker, of 3232 McArthur St., pleaded…

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MSU Extension program to offer guidance to understanding property values

November 16, 2020

MSU Extension program to offer guidance to understanding property values Michigan State University Extension will offer a program meant to explain property values on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. David Rowley will explain terms such as property classification, transfer or ownership, principal residence exemption, inflation rate multiplier, equalization factor, and March board of review appeal Information. Participants…

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Recent births, posted Nov. 16, 2020

November 16, 2020

Recent births, posted Nov. 16, 2020 The birth announcements are a presentation of Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.  The following births have been reported: (Unless indicated otherwise, births took place at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital). Peyton Maria Crystal, the daughter of Logan Brower and Christopher Crystal of Ludington, was born Friday, Nov. 6, 2020. Jaxon Steven Darling, the son of Kelsey and Levi…

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Whitmer closing high schools, colleges, in-person dining, entertainment venues.

November 15, 2020

Whitmer closing high schools, colleges, in-person dining, entertainment venues. LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced tonight new restrictions for in an response to recent surges in COVID-19 cases. Whitmer is using a law that allows the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to issue certain epidemic-related emergency orders, Whitmer Under three week order, which takes effect Wednesday, Nov.…

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