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Promise Zone Approved

Mason County will soon begin the process of providing scholarships to all eligible Mason County Students. On Tuesday, the Michigan Department of Treasury approved the Mason County Promise zone, giving the green light to form a board and begin fundraising the initial investment of $250,000 for the Mason County Promise. The Promise allows the community to capture a portion of current taxes to provide funding for college for every graduate of a Mason County public high school.

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A fund is being established through the Community Foundation for Mason County.The Promise is for students who reside in Mason County and graduate with a 2.0 or better from Ludington Area Schools, Mason County Central, Mason County Eastern or Gateway to Success Academy. It will provide funding for up to two years of tuition and fees or certification through West Shore Community College. College options could be expanded in the future.

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Shay Stays

Ludington City Manager John Shay is staying after vying for Holland Township manager.  Steve Bulthuis, Executive Director of the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council was chosen. John Shay has served as city manager for Ludington since 2003. John Shay’s one-year city manager contract was re-approved in December of 2017.

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17 year old Manistee resident arrested on Terroristic Threats

Cullen Shafer, age 17 of Wellston, was arraigned in the 85th District Court in Manistee on Tuesday on a Felony Threat of Terrorism, which is a 20 year Felony.

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Monday, the Manistee County sheriff's office received a complaint of a shooting threat at Brethren high school. 17 year old Shafer admitted to making the statements but said he was joking. An AR-15 and the subject’s cell phone were confiscated from his residence.  Bond was set at $100,000 Cash or Surety.   There is no other information that will be released as this case is actively being investigated.

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