Ludington Wins Boys Basketball Season Opener

Ludington Orioles get the win in their season opener on the road against the Cadillac Vikings with a final score of 66-55. It was a back and forth game with many lead changes and a tie game at 26-26 going into half. The Orioles played very well in the second half and outscored the Vikings by 9 points in the 4th quarter. Ludington Guard Brayden Porter was feeling it from 3 point range, hitting five 3 pointers to finish with 15 points. Senior Forward Joshua Laman had himself a game finishing with 18 points. Nine Oriole players contributed in the scoring column and it was an all around team solid team performance for Ludington.

Scoring by Quarter:

QTR 1 -- LHS - 15, CHS - 10
QTR 2 -- LHS - 11, CHS - 16
QTR 3 -- LHS - 16, CHS - 14
QTR 4 -- LHS - 24, CHS - 15

HALFTIME -- LHS - 26, CHS - 26
AFTER 3 QTRS -- LHS - 42, CHS - 40
FINAL -- LHS - 66, CHS - 55

LUDINGTON Orioles scoring: Riley Calhoun - 5, Brayden Porter - 15, Joshua Laman - 18, Sam Bandstra - 2, Jayden Hathaway - 6, Garrett Meeker - 3, Nathan Lange - 9, Jake Plamondon - 1, Peyton LaCombe - 7.

Cadillac Vikings scoring: Cale Mickelson - 13, Logan Wilde - 2, Tipp Baker - 13, Aidan Raffaele - 16, Evan Barr - 3, Levi Klotz - 8.


Ludington Area School District Approves 101 Million Dollar Bond Proposal at Special Meeting

The Ludington Area School District's board of education held a special meeting last night. The board approved a resolution involving the district building a new pre-K through fifth grade building near the intersection of Jebavy Drive and Bryant Road. New additions and renovations would be done at the middle school and high school with the retention of the performing arts center and pool but with renovations and upgrades. The district would also improve the transportation center and existing athletic facilities. The threshold for this plan is 101 Million Dollars. And the construction would happen in 2019 and 2022

The bond is projected to be before voters in May 2019.

Ludington City Council Meeting 11/26 Presentation of Next Year's Budget

Ludington city council met last night where a presentation of the upcoming budget took a large part the meeting. The city’s proposed 2019 budget says the city is in good financial condition. The proposed budget reflects a 5.5% increase in General fund revenues from 2018 to 2019.

Also on the agenda was angled parking on south Loomis Street, the city adopted two traffic control orders as the trial run of angled parking was a success between Rath Avenue and South James Street. There was a vote to approve a franchise agreement between Lakeshore Water Sports LLC and the city of Ludington but it failed as there was only one yes vote and that was made by Councilor Wally Cain.

The council also changed the date of the next city council meeting from December 3rd to December 10th.

Ludington Committee Discusses Marijuana Dispensaries in City Limits

It still could be some time before the city of Ludington decides how it will handle recreational marijuana. At the Public Safety and Public utilities meeting yesterday afternoon, the committee discussed what proposal 1 means and doesn’t mean as far as how the city can react. The proposal allows municipalities the option of enacting ordinances to prohibit or limit establishments and also determine hours of operation and signage guidelines within their jurisdictions. It is not an all or nothing decision.

There were cases made both ways for allowing and not allowing any establishments in the city limits but for the most part, the committee is just collecting facts to keep discussions moving forward. Chief of Police Mark Barnett urged decision makers to not make a decision based on the income it could provide because there would be other costs involved in policing it as well as social costs. Mayor Elect Steve Miller cited the strong voting numbers in favor of proposal 1 and recommended to councilors in attendance to talk to their constituents and see what they want.

The committee spent a little over 30 minutes on the topic before they moved on to other items on the agenda.

What Happens Next In The 5th Ward Election Re-count

Last Friday, MOM news was the first to tell you that Wally Cain had filed for a recount in the 5th ward of Ludington. He’s challenging Angela Serna’s 4 vote win for the seat on the Ludington city council.  Mason County Clerk Cheryl Kelly says the recount cannot take place before November 26th.  That’s because the state canvassing board must first meet and certify the results from the November 6th election for the entire State. Clerk Kelly estimates the local cost, she hopes, to not be more than $1000.  This cost would include the wages for the four-members of the County canvassing board; in addition to the costs of the election inspectors—one from each political party—who will be there to perform the duties of the recount. The final results of the 5th ward Election will not likely be decided until well into December after the recount has been performed.

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