3,000 hemlock trees at Lake Michigan park to be treated for deadly HWA bug
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – More than 3,000 hemlock trees in Lake Harbor Park on Lake Michigan will be treated for a deadly bug as part of an effort to treat 600 acres of public property in Muskegon and Ottawa counties. The hemlock woolly adelgid, or HWA, is devastating forests...
Hart girls track makes it back-to-back state titles, boys place third
KENT CITY – For the second year in a row, Hart’s girls track team climbed the podium – necks heavy with individual medals – and hoisted the Division 3 championship trophy into the sky. The Pirates were dominant all day, never slipping out of contention for...
30 food vendors coming to Hackley Park this June
MUSKEGON, Mich. — If you're looking to try some of the best flavors Muskegon County has to offer, head over to Hackley Park this June. That's where the 17th Annual Taste of Muskegon will take place, bringing in everything from pizza to Thai cuisine. This year, there will be...
Muskegon Pride Festival begins with first-ever Muskegon Pride Parade
MUSKEGON, MI – Pride flags and rainbow clothing stretched across Western Avenue to ring in the Muskegon Pride Festival on Saturday, June 3, with the first-ever Muskegon Pride Parade, filled with local associations and businesses showing alliance with the LGBTQ+ members of their community. This is only the second...
A giant DuPont leftover in Michigan has defied cleanup for decades
MONTAGUE, MI — From above, it almost looks like a glacier. In reality, the big white hill north of White Lake is a made of lime. It’s a leftover from DuPont, which made neoprene rubber, acetylene and Freon at a site near Montague that’s kitty corner to the infamous Hooker Chemical “Temple of Doom.”
Students, parents have ‘hole’ lot of fun on Donut Day
SHELBY — Parents joined Shelby Middle School students for donuts before the school day Friday, June 2, for National Donut Day. “We had about 45 parents/family members RSVP plus their students,” said Shelby Middle School Principal Jessica Danielson. “It was a family outreach event that was a team effort from our food service and middle school staff.”
Tin man arrives in Hart
HART — There is no place like home, and a gigantic tin man has found his home in Hart. The tin man is part of the Hart Project aimed at getting more art installations downtown. The endeavor, “25 by 2025,” is an effort to get 25 art installations to the downtown area.
79th District Court sentencings, June 1, 2023
HART — The following were sentenced recently in Oceana County’s 79th District Court:. Arturo Ysabel-G Lopez, of 3763 S. Oceana Dr., New Era, was found guilty May 30 of larceny $200-$1,000 and was sentenced to seven days in jail with credit for seven days served and $615 in fines, costs and restitution.
North Muskegon’s Jerry Wiegers captures title at Division 3 state finals meet
North Muskegon’s Jerry Wiegers captured a state title in the 400-meter dash on Saturday at the Division 3 track state meet. The meet was run at Kent City High School. In the boys’ division, North Muskegon came in sixth place with 22 points. Other local team scores included Mason County Central and Manistee with four points and Kent City with three points.
Whitmer wants to make Michigan a clean energy haven. But rural communities are pushing back
Toward the tip of Michigan’s Thumb, dozens of wind turbines dot the rural landscape — their blades catching the eye of passers-by as they slowly spin. The region has some of the highest power generation potential based on megawatt hours in the state, and over the last several years, the sight has grown more common above M-46 as a host of energy companies sweep in with large commercial developments.
Whitehall boys take fourth at Division 2 state track meet; Aylor wins state title
The Whitehall boys track team capped off a successful track season with a fourth-place finish at the MHSAA Division 2 track meet. Saturday’s meet was at Forest Hills Eastern High School in Ada. Whitehall finished with 33 points. Other area team scores included Spring Lake which came in 13th...
Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Montague’s Edible Delights is the quintessential Hallmark movie bakery
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI– Hallmark movies often portray small-town life with a beloved bakery as the community hub. Edible Delights is that bakery in the small community of Montague, serving up homemade treats that fit anyone’s sweet tooth. The bakery, located at 8851 Water St., opened in February 2021...
Muskegon Man killed in crash on Maple Island Road Thursday
MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Post of the Michigan State Police (MSP) are investigating a fatal crash that happened in Muskegon County Thursday. A 64-year-old man from Muskegon was killed in the crash after his SUV went off the road, hit a mailbox and a tree, police say.
Local Sports Journal adds Shelby native Brendan Samuels to its staff of writers
Local Sports Journal is excited to announce the addition of local sportswriter Brendan Samuels to its staff as a contributing writer. Samuels has been writing for publications in some capacity for the past 7 years. Starting out his career in the college ranks, Samuels was a sportswriter and editor for...
Recent births, posted June 2, 2023
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Meet Homestar, looking for his fur-ever home after he was stranded during a hurricane
MUSKEGON, Mich. — Are you looking for your next best friend?. Meet Homestar! He is a mixed breed dog available for adoption from the Noah Project in Muskegon. Homestar is 6 years old and came all the way here from Florida. He was found tied up to a tree...
‘Michigan’s Smallest Bar’ has a few seats, drinks to-go
“Michigan’s Smallest Bar” will soon be serving drinks in Muskegon, starting with nonalcoholic beverages this weekend. (June 2, 2023) ‘Michigan’s Smallest Bar’ has a few seats, drinks …. “Michigan’s Smallest Bar” will soon be serving drinks in Muskegon, starting with nonalcoholic beverages this weekend. (June 2,...
Muskegon woman visits Meijer Gardens for wheelchair practice
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Earlier this week, Samantha Pastucha, an rehabilitation patient at Mary Free Bed, took a trip around Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park before going home to Muskegon. Mary Free Bed says she was practicing using a wheelchair by getting real-world experience in one, giving Samantha...
Holton wins softball district title with a pair of routs
The feature photo is courtesy of Holton Photographer Dan Packard. The Holton Red Devils quickly took care of their business on Friday in winning a Division 4 district softball crown. In the opener, Holton defeated host Hesperia, 15-0. In the district final, Holton defeated Mason County Eastern, 22-0. Both games...
Drought jeopardizes Oceana County asparagus season
HART — Extreme heat and drought conditions are putting Oceana County’s 2023 asparagus season in serious peril. “Growers started mowing off the harvest this afternoon due to quality issues caused by drought and heat,” said John Bakker, a consultant with the Michigan Asparagus Industry Research Farm, where he served as manager. “I have been involved in the industry closely 45 years, and I cannot recall anytime it is as dry as it is right now on May 31.”
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