Holt baseball lets go of four coaches mid-season — but why? Answers are elusive

A recent spring break trip has resulted in the exit of four varsity and junior variety baseball coaches at Holt High School. “Effective immediately, the Varsity and JV coaches and our assistant volunteer coaches have been placed on administrative leave,” superintendent David Hornak said in the announcement of investigation sent to parents April 12. The investigation lasted until April 18, when Hornak sent out another letter to parents. “As a result of our investigation, for various reasons, three of the four coaches are leaving the program, effective immediately,” Hornak said. “Assistant volunteer coach Mark Roche was invited to return but declined.”

Head varsity coach Nathan Potts, junior varsity coach Joe Murphy and volunteer pitching coach Bob McHenry were the coaches asked to leave the program, Hornak said.

In Holt, John Hayhoe is a community superstar

John Hayhoe is everywhere when it comes to Holt.

From morning coffee shops to new business’ ribbon-cuttings, Hayhoe’s got a reputation for being a community man — and he’s not just in it for the title. He’s a member of the Holt Business Alliance, The Holt Kiwanis Club, and the Holt Lions Club. “John Hayhoe will always have my vote,” owner of local business The Coffee Barrel Shawn Brenner said. “He stops in once and awhile and he’s always friendly. I will always appreciate what he does for this community because he really invests in the businesses here in the township.”

Hayhoe’s a father and grandparent, and for a long time, he served on the Holt Board of Trustees.

How Trump took votes in Delhi Township and won Michigan

Dave Carpenter has cut hair for approximately 49 years between the city of Mason and Delhi Township. He runs the small Rams Barber Shop now, located on the front lawn of 1940 Aurelius Road. It’s brown and trimmed in yellow, the colors of the local Holt High School. There’s a singular chair for patrons and a singular mirror. He reclines in it watching the news, fitting the stereotype of what old men do in their free time.

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After Nassar: A community responds to a local face shrouded in national scandal

Ex-Michigan State University doctor and former Holt resident Larry Nassar is facing over 80 sexual abuse allegations, and that number seems to grow every week. Holt, a small and tight-knit community of just under 24,000 people watched as the headlines of court cases and accusations piled up. Nassar was a long-time resident and, at one point, an active member of the community. The reports began last summer, when allegations began to surface through the news media. One victim, Rachael Denhollander, alleged that Nassar — ungloved and without proper explanation — digitally penetrated her vagina during what was then explained to her as a “medical treatment.”

Denhollander learned later, as many of Nassar’s other patients, this was not a legitimate medical procedure—at the very least, not a commonly used and unexplained one.

Scofflaws dumping trash in Delhi Manor

Sarah Pete has lived in the Delhi Manor community with her family for over two years and says that about every day people will come by and throw their trash on the curbs and keep going without thinking about what they have done. “Most of the trash cans stay full because there are lots of people in one household so sometimes their trash may pile over on the ground because it cannot fit into the trash cans.I think that when outsiders come to the neighborhood they think that the trash looks that way it does because we do not care so they just add to it,” said Pete. Jeff McKinney, Delhi Manor leasing office manager, says that this has been an ongoing issue and that he and his staff have taken action to prevent people from throwing their trash on their ground but people just do not care now days. “About a month back, my staff and I posted flyers in the neighborhood about making sure that trash goes into the trash cans and we did not have an issue for some time then all of a sudden it started again,” said McKinney. Roger Jackson, a Delhi Manor staffer, says that the trash does not come from those in the community.

Free for all, the annual Holt Easter Egg Hunt has built community for 50 years

Easter Sunday is always a busy day for the Easter Bunny. But for the past 50 years, he’s made an appearance in Holt every Saturday before his biggest day of the year. The special occasion? The annual Holt Easter Egg Hunt, held at Valhalla Park. Attracting hundreds of kids up to 10 years old from the Lansing area, the hunt is a happy chaos of children celebrating one of America’s most beloved holidays.

As state regulates medical marijuana, Delhi Township weighs the options

Patricia Parter had long been against the use of medical marijuana, mainly because she never did drugs in her life. It wasn’t until an accident caused her not only pain but consumed 13 years of her life with opioid and alcohol addiction. Now recently clean, she wants to dull the lingering pain with medical marijuana. “Medical marijuana is a better alternative,” the Delhi Township/Holt resident said. “I’m trying to get that right now myself.