Junior linebacker Sean Harrington talks about being a walk-on athlete

Athletes on scholarship have their tuition, room and board, and more paid for. But, what happens with walk-on athletes? Michigan State University redshirt junior linebacker Shane Jones of the Spartan Newsroom, who came to the university on an athletic scholarship, talks with junior linebacker Sean Harrington, who began as a walk-on on the team and earned a scholarship.

Coming soon: a new and improved DeWitt

By Shane Jones
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — Buildings in downtown DeWitt have been standing for many years, but the businesses have changed greatly. One building for example was once an old car dealership, now it is a restaurant. What was once a church, will now be a brewery. As time goes on, the city of DeWitt is trying to change from the small city that it is known for into more of a modern city. Each year, the city and township management are constantly trying to help the city grow.

In the battle of bicyclists vs. drivers, a truce is coming in DeWitt

By Shane Jones
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT– Picture a perfect world where people who are driving and people riding bikes could coexist. Sometimes, a very difficult thing to handle. Bikers sometimes cause traffic and drivers sometimes are not paying attention to their two-wheeled, motorless counterparts. Starting in 2017, the city of DeWitt, DeWitt Township and also the Clinton County Road Commission will start a new project that will try to limit the traffic and increase the use of non- motorized traffic via a new bike trail. For some residents, it was a surprise to hear the plans behind this new project .

Bath schools getting two new sets of wheels

By Shane Jones
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

BATH — The first time your child ever rode the bus to school, did you follow that bus and make every stop with it? It is quite common for some parents to do this because they are nervous about finally sending their child away to school on their own. Over the course of a school year, a bus will endure some punishment — especially here in Michigan. Bath Community Schools has brought some improvement to the transportation of students grades K-12. For the district, there are five buses that they use on rotation, but there has been two new additions of buses.

Less snow + more rain = high river

By Shane Jones
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids announced a flood advisory March 23 affecting Clinton County and the city of DeWitt until March 28, as more rain is forecast for the coming days. That means people shouldn’t expect the Looking Glass River’s water level in DeWitt to go down any time soon. As some citizens may have known, last week the Looking Glass River flooded into some of the local parks such as the Riverside Park and the Looking Glass Riverside Park in DeWitt Township. During this time of year when the precipitation is changing from the dreaded snow to the more rainfall. “The water level is about the same in the river and the parks.

Flooding season is here; soggy parks can be expected

By Shane Jones
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — No more sliding cars or shoveling driveways! Winter is finally coming to an end and although there were times of hazardous weather, it has been a very calm winter in Michigan. Now with the change to spring and warmer weather, there has been more rain. As many citizens of DeWitt probably know, during the early months of spring, the Looking Glass River will sometimes flood and have an effect on some of the parks in DeWitt such as the Riverside Park, located at 405 S. Bridge St. and also the Looking Glass Riverside Park located on 3899 W. Herbison Road in DeWitt Township.

Small businesses may be driving low unemployment in DeWitt

By Shane Jones
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — DeWitt is not a city that is filled with major corporate business or many different fast food restaurants. There isn’t a Starbucks on every corner and the downtown area is not filled with skyscrapers. DeWitt is just a small city. Even though the population of DeWitt is small, however unlike the rest of the United States there is no issue of unemployment for its citizens. According to the DeWitt City Administrator, Dan Coss, the unemployment rate is currently at 2.1 percent.

Parents, beware: prescription drug abuse comes to DeWitt

By Shane Jones
The Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — In the quiet town of DeWitt, there is not too much to talk about. Upon your first glance the small city of DeWitt looks just like every small city. A very calming place, with trees, parks, and houses that sit way back on driveways as long as a football field. But, just like everywhere else in the world, there is crime. Flash back to last month when three Michigan residents were arrested for prescription drug abuse.

Nearing one year in town, restaurant is a family affair

By Shane Jones
The Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — Family Tree Cafe is a restaurant located in the heart of DeWitt. The inside is set up like an old-fashioned restaurant from the fifties. Greeting and starting and a conversation is owner Tim Russell. Working his way around the room carrying out conversations and running the restaurant, he evens find time to play a game of peek-a-boo with a young infant child. “Well, I used to do automotive design work until I lost my job in 2008.