Joe Grimm has been visiting editor in residence in the Michigan State University School of Journalism since 2008. He teaches courses in reporting, editing, career branding and is editor of a series of books called Bias Busters.
Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg was leading Democrat Gretchen Driskell with 58 percent of the vote to 37 percent in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District with about half the votes counted. Libertarian Ken Proctor rounded out the vote with about 5 percent. Walberg has held his position since 2010. He was first elected in 2006 but lost his seat for one term in 2008. Walberg, a native of Chicago who worked as a steel worker before attaining bachelor’s and master’s degrees, campaigned on “encouraging job creation and economic growth, fiscal responsibility, affordable health care” and small government.
Ingham County voters leaned heavily toward renewing a property tax to support Potter Park Zoo. With 81 percent of precincts reporting, 77 percent of voters elected to renew a 0.41 mill tax to support the Lansing zoo. For the owner of a $200,000 home, this tax costs $41 a year. Because it is a renewal, residents’ taxes did not go up. Potter Park and the Potter Park Zoo have been a staple of the Lansing community for more than 100 years, since 1915. The park and zoo were under control of the city of Lansing until 2006, when the cost of maintaining the zoo became too big a burden for the city.
The City Council will interview four candidates Tuesday, Nov. 10, for city administrator. The interviews will be public. Mason contracted with the Michigan Municipal League to find candidates. Kathie Grinzinger, lead search facilitator of the league, said “The City of Mason did a lot of work ahead of time to create an ideal profile for the candidate they were looking for.
Dr. Ronald E. Hall, professor of social science at Michigan State University, admitted he was racist to a community of Faith Lutheran Church members on Thursday evening in Okemos. “If you are born and raised in America, it is impossible that you are not a racist,” Hall said. Hall was one of four panelists answering questions during the community forum on racism and ethnicity at Faith Lutheran Church. Hall is a national lecturer on race and skin color, and is author and co-author of several books, including “The Color Complex.”
He described America as an inevitably racist culture. “If you’re an alcoholic, that is the first thing you have to admit before you can cure yourself,” Hall said.
Williamston City Council voted 6-1 Monday to support a wetland transfer that would clear the way for the Community Center sale. City Manager Alan Dolley said the city’s next step would be for the city’s Tax Increment Finance Authority to work for a plan amendment. Monday’s vote included an agreement to pay for the amendment and attorney fees. Various taxing jurisdictions, such as the library and schools, will all be informed that there will be a public hearing on the plan amendment. Concerns from the hearing will go before the City Council.
City Manager Alan Dolley cautiously said “I think it works,” after Williamston’s Tax Increment Finance Authority Board voted Sept. 21 to support a property swap. The proposed conversion could smooth out the latest sticking point in Williamston’s long struggle to shed ownership of its Community Center. Dolley hopes that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will accept 17.3 acres on the city’s eastern border for the Community Center property, held in a DNR recreational land trust. Trust status is preventing the city’s sale of the center to local businessman Timothy Baise.
Holt’s Annual Easter egg hunt is approaching and grandchildren and grandparents alike are getting ready to take part. The hunt is sponsored by the Holt Kiwanis Club and Delhi Parks and Recreation. John Hayhoe, overseer of event said, “The Holt Kiwanis have been holding an Easter egg hunt for at least 50 years now.” “All of the communities years ago had Easter egg hunts and the Kiwanis, a civic organization here in Holt, felt it was one of the projects they could take on amongst other projects,” said Hayhoe. “They enjoy doing it and people have come to expect it now.”
Holt High School’s typical student population was replaced with younger children, inflatable bounce houses, face painting and clowns at Kidabaloo on Sunday, Feb. 15. Kidabaloo, an event sponsored by Townsquare Media, is hosted across the country and was created to break up the winter with entertaining indoor activities. “With two step-daughters myself, it spurred from the fact that my family is constantly looking for fun things to do that won’t break the bank,” said Jennifer Taylor, Townsquare Media’s live events manager. “In the middle of the winter, it’s nice to have something for kids and parents to do on a cold day.”
But before children and parents ever arrived, Townsquare Media had been prepping for longer than half a year.