School Board approves $80 million bond request

By Jake Atnip
The Mason Times

The Mason School Board unanimously approved an $80 million bond request on Dec. 14. The proposal will go to the Michigan Department of Treasury on Jan. 7 and, if approved, will go to voters in May. The proposal includes $79,845,000 in bonds over a series of disbursements from 2016-2024.

New city administrator Deborah Stuart to start Jan. 1

By Jake Atnip
The Mason Times

Mason has been led by interim City Administrator Pat Price since June. However, a conditional offer has been accepted by the newly appointed Deborah Stuart. Stuart is director of Community Incentive Programs for Michigan Economic Development Corporation in Lansing. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a master’s degree in public administration in 2005. She is also the representative on the Board of Directors for the Council of State Community Development Agencies for the Midwest region.

Council makes conditional offer on city administrator

By Jake Atnip
The Mason Times

The Mason City Council selected a candidate for city administrator position on Nov. 10. If an acceptance is negotiated on the conditional offer, Mason will have a new manager. City Councilman Jim Mulvaney wrote in an e-mail that a meeting took place between Acting City Administrator Pat Price and the candidate on Nov. 12.

Salon 130 to sponsor food drive

By Jake Atnip
The Mason TImes

With the holidays coming, employees of Salon 130 have decided to sponsor a food drive Nov. 11 to Dec. 11. The employees had a meeting in October and decided to sponsor a food drive and a raffle. With proceeds going directly to The Mason Food Bank.

Indoor sports training facility opens in Mason

By Jake Atnip
The Mason Times

Michigan Prep Stars is a new indoor training facility that opened Oct. 3. Owners Scott Berman and Don Burt saw an opportunity and bought this old baseball facility. A lack of indoor baseball facilities and teams in the area drove them to reinvigorate this old warehouse. General Manager Allen Manyen said, “We wanted to keep baseball in the area.

Shawhaven celebrates 10 years of fear

By Jake Atnip
The Mason Times

Owners Doug and Tami Shaw opened their doors for their tenth season of scares on Oct. 2. The Shawhaven Haunted Farm continues to grow and add attractions every year. For their 10th year the farm offers 12 attractions. Shawhaven is open only on the weekends.

150th anniversary Grand Ball is Saturday

By Jake Atnip
The Mason Times

This city has traditions, icons and history. One tradition, which happens only once every 25 years, will light up the lives of residents on Saturday. The Grand Ball returns for Mason’s 150th birthday celebration. Mason’s Grand Ball is the culmination of 150th celebrations and has been planned by a committee for two years. Only 150 tickets are available for the event and some have been sold in advance through the Mason Chamber of Commerce.