Williamston schools stand firm against firearms in educational environment

In the wake of previous mass shootings that have occurred around the U.S, a Michigan senate committee have approved bills that would allow concealed weapons in gun-free zones, such as a public school or church. The legislation would allow schools to prohibit students from carrying concealed weapons, along with employees, which may or may not help a life-threatening situation. The Williamston community is one of many who have not faced the challenge of a mass shooting, but they still stand strong against the proposed statewide bill. Superintendent of Williamston Schools Adam Spina completely disagrees with the proposed legislation and he said the Ingham County stands firmly in opposition. “If you are asking the people who do this for a living every day and are here in schools, there is no one of my knowledge who is an advocate,” Spina said.

Williamston takes interest in updating their beekeeping ordinance

Williamston’s City Council held its regular bi-monthly meeting last week, but this time there was a 20-minute presentation about beekeeping to persuade the council for a change in their area on Oct. 23. City council meeting attendee Meghan Milbrath stepped up to present her view on Williamston’s local code ordinance section 10-2 No. 42, which has prohibited beekeeping within the city since 1929. Milbrath is a beekeeper, research associate in the Department of Entomology at MSU and the coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative, a program that is loyal to the safekeeping of honeybees in Michigan.

Dual Enrollment: Should Williamston High School students utilize it more?

Seventeen years ago, the state of Michigan passed public act 258 for career and technical preparation, which is also known as dual enrollment. Dual enrollment allows students to earn college credits while still attending high school and in a sense get ahead of the game. However, not too many students at Williamston High School are taking advantage of this resource. Jeffrey Thoenes, the principal of Williamston High School, said the school only reported about four or five students who were enrolled at either MSU or Lansing Community College last year. “It’s not very many, but it is a few,” Thoenes said.

Sand wasps at McCormick Park Playground can’t be chemically treated

The weather outside has been quite a delight for Michiganders for the beginning of fall this year with slightly warmer than average temperatures according to The Weather Channel, but with great weather brings insects. The stinging kind. According to the city of Williamston’s website sand wasps at McCormick Park playground have been spotted and the area has been treated with non toxic, natural repellent, but this is nothing new for the city. Director of Public Works Scott Devries said the wasps are near the playground every year but this time it seems like more of a problem. “They’re a species of wasps that do not make a nest that have lots of wasps in them, it’s a single solitary little tunnel they make,” Devries said.