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Report: Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola, predecessor Susan Sniegowski finalists in judge race

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Wednesday - August 6, 2014 - 10:19am

Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola and his predecessor in that job, Susan Sniegowski, will face off in November in the race for 51st Circuit Court judge, according to the Mason County Press.

Mason County CourthouseJohn S. Hausman | MLive.com 

LUDINGTON, MI – Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola and his predecessor in that job, Susan Sniegowski, will face off in November in the race for 51st Circuit Court judge, according to the Mason County Press.

Spaniola and Sniegowski topped a four-candidate field to succeed Circuit Judge Richard I. Cooper, who retires at the end of the year....

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Six drive-offs, no pay: Oceana County Sheriff’s Office seeks car, driver

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Wednesday - August 6, 2014 - 9:31am

The Oceana County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public in its investigation of a six recent gasoline drive-off incidents believed to involve the same car.

HART, MI – The Oceana County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public in its investigation of six recent gasoline drive-off incidents believed to involve the same car.

According to Lt. Craig Mast, a vehicle authorities believe is a 2003 silver-gray Ford Taurus four-door is driven in and the tank filled. The driver and passenger then drive away without paying for what is usually about $50 worth of gasoline, Mast said.

The...

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Muskegon firefighters douse fire at beauty salon

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Wednesday - August 6, 2014 - 8:25am

Muskegon firefighters quickly extinguished a fire Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 5, at the Magic Mirror Beauty Salon, 834 Evanston Ave.

 

MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon firefighters quickly extinguished a fire Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 5, at the Magic Mirror Beauty Salon, 834 Evanston Ave.

According to a Muskegon Fire Department report, a grass fire alongside the building spread inside. Flames damaged a closet and bathroom area but did not spread into the salon area, according to the report.

The fire was reported at 3:12 p.m., and the first units arrived about five minutes later. Firefighters cleared the scene at 5:10 p.m.

All Muskegon Fire...

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Norton Shores receives 11 applications for vacant city council position

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Wednesday - August 6, 2014 - 8:06am

The Norton Shores City Council will likely have some tough decisions to make later this month when it considers nearly a dozen candidates to fill the vacant seat left by former Councilman Lowell Kinney.

Former Norton Shores council members Lowell and Roxie Kinney and Mayor Gary Nelund at a council meeting on Monday, Aug. 4. City officials recognized the Kinneys for their decades of service to the municipality. Mr. Kinney resigned from his seat in July after buying a home in the neighboring Roosevelt Park. City Clerk Lynne Fuller said Norton Shores received 11 applications to fill Kinney's...
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WMU football signee Del’Shawn Phillips will grayshirt, Muskegon’s Ken Finley to join Broncos eventually

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Wednesday - August 6, 2014 - 8:00am

Coach P.J. Fleck said Phillips could join Broncos after the season and Finley has a few more academic issues to straighten out before joining team.

KALAMAZOO, MI – To secure the highest-rated recruiting class in Mid-American Conference history, Western Michigan University football coach P.J. Fleck said he had to take some chances.

In some instances, those chances are on high school players who flirt with the line of being academically eligible in the eyes of the NCAA.

WMU will be without talented signees Alon Sims and Lonnie Johnson, who both failed to meet NCAA academic qualifications, and on Tuesday Fleck clarified...

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Muskegon 2-sport athlete Joeviair Kennedy still undecided on whether to pursue football or basketball in college

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Wednesday - August 6, 2014 - 8:00am
The Big Reds senior has had two offers to play Division I basketball and one to play Division II football to date. Editor's Note: MLive reporters have spent the last month catchi......
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Fremont teacher files ‘whistleblower’ lawsuit after state probe into ACT cheating claims

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Wednesday - August 6, 2014 - 7:14am

The Fremont High School teacher who reported his suspicions that the school was cheating on the ACT exam claims he has been terminated as a result and is suing school officials as a "whistleblower."

FREMONT, MI -- The Fremont High School teacher who reported his suspicions that the school was cheating on the ACT exam claims he has been terminated as a result and is suing school officials as a "whistleblower."

Scott Herlein filed the lawsuit in U.S. Federal District Court, claiming his rights under the Constitution's First Amendment and Michigan's Whistleblowers Protection Act have been violated with the school board's...

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Muskegon morning weather and beach report: Not bad, not bad at all

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Wednesday - August 6, 2014 - 6:05am

Muskegon-area weather for Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.

MUSKEGON, MI – Today will be mostly sunny with high around 75, according to the National Weather Service.

It should be nice beach day, if a little on the cool side. The Lake Michigan swim hazard is low, with waves of one foot or less, sunny skies and a high at the lakeshore of 72, according to the weather service. The water was 59 degrees this morning, Aug. 6.

Tonight should be partly cloudy  with a low around 56.

Thursday, Aug. 7, should be mostly sunny with a high around 77. Mostly sunny skies should...

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The morning after: Muskegon-area election results summarized for those who slept last night

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Wednesday - August 6, 2014 - 5:44am

You decided to sleep rather than stay up all night reading about the results of the Tuesday, Aug. 5 primary election. Don't worry; we've got your back this morning with a handy recap of what voters decided.

MUSKEGON, MI – You decided to sleep rather than stay up all night reading about the results of the Tuesday, Aug. 5 primary election.

Don't worry; we've got your back this morning with a handy recap of what voters decided.

Overall, voter apathy seemed high on Tuesday. Out of the 128,784 registered voters in Muskegon County, only 16,665, or 12.9 percent, voted on Tuesday.

Muskegon County...

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See Michigan primary election results for state house, senate and Congress

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Wednesday - August 6, 2014 - 5:00am
Votes have been cast, ballots have been counted (mostly), and parties across Michigan have their nominees for the November general election. LANSING, MI -- Votes have been c......
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Oceana County: Andrew Sebolt, John Dean Gustafson, Robert H. Walker survive primaries for County Commissioner seat

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Tuesday - August 5, 2014 - 11:42pm

Two years ago, Andrew Sebolt fell six votes shy of Larry Van Sickle in a three person race for the Republican nomination for County Commissioner in District 4 of Oceana County. This year turned out to be a very different story.

OCEANA COUNTY, MI – Two years ago, Andrew Sebolt fell six votes shy of Larry Van Sickle in a three-person race for the Republican nomination for County Commissioner in District 4 of Oceana County.

This year turned out to be a very different story.

Sebolt, 32, an Elbridge Township resident, defeated the Board of Commissioners Chairman and incumbent Van Sickle 207-174 on...

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Republican primary: Incumbent Amanda Price survives primary challenger for Michigan’s 89th House of Representatives seat

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Tuesday - August 5, 2014 - 11:25pm

Incumbent Amanda Price won the Republican primary against challenger Matthew Wiedenhoeft Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Amanda PriceMLive.com file photo 

PARK TOWNSHIP, MI – Incumbent Amanda Price won the Republican primary against challenger Matthew Wiedenhoeft Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Price drew 6,030 votes, or 76 percent of the total 7,968 Republican votes. Wiedenhoeft received 1,938 votes.

The 89th District of the House of Representatives covers northwest Ottawa County: The cities of Ferrysburg and Grand Haven, plus the townships of Grand Haven, Olive, Park, Port Sheldon, Robinson, Blendon, Crockery and Spring Lake.

Price downplayed the level of competition this year.

"The first time I ran...

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Republican Primary: Goeff Hansen hangs onto nomination for 34th District State Senate

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Tuesday - August 5, 2014 - 11:19pm

State Sen. Goeff Hansen kept his nomination from the Republican party Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Goeff HansenMLive.com file photo 

HART, MI – State Sen. Goeff Hansen kept his nomination from the Republican party Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Nick Sundquist of Norton Shores ran a grassroots campaign marketing himself as the "true conservative" of the two. He captured a chunk of the vote but failed to upset the incumbent.

Hansen gathered 4,885 votes or 63 percent of the total 7,790 Republican votes,...

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Kenneth Mahoney survives Democratic Primary for chance to retain District 9 County Commissioner seat

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Tuesday - August 5, 2014 - 11:11pm

The Aug. 5 primaries throughout Muskegon County were announced an hour before midnight. Kenneth Mahoney and Brenda M. Moore were among a few of the winners Tuesday night.

MUSKEGON, MI — As several names of the winners for this year's primaries began to scroll on the back wall in the Royal Room of Whitlow's Forerunner, Kenneth Mahoney stood watching.

Shortly after 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Mahoney discovered he had won the Democratic nomination for District 9 County Commissioner in the Aug. 5 primary against challenger Tony Barnes, who was also in attendance.

Mahoney had been campaigning for weeks leading up to the...

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Republican Primary: Holly Hughes bests Kevin Erb, Max Riekse in 91st State House race

News Source: MLive
Post Date: Tuesday - August 5, 2014 - 10:53pm

Former State Representative Holly Hughes won the Republican Primary election Tuesday, Aug. 5.

RELATED:  See more Muskegon-area results in the vote tracker

MONTAGUE, MI – Former State Representative Holly Hughes won the Republican Primary election for the 91st State House of Representatives on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

"I am very grateful to everybody who voted for me," Hughes said. "I hope that I'll be able to fight for Muskegon County, to fight for more jobs for our hometown."

Holly Hughes, of White River Township, is the the 91st District State House Representative.  Hughes said her main focus is creating...
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