OKEMOS — In the last several years, statistics from Michigan Traffic Crash Facts show Meridian Township in Ingham County has seen nearly double the number of car-deer accidents than the next highest number of accidents by township. Meridian Township implemented a deer management program that began in 2011, according to their website, and officials have seen a decrease in the number of accidents. Kelsey Dillon, a park naturalist for the Meridian Township Parks and Recreation Department, says they keep records of car accidents involving deer because of their deer management program. “We actually monitor car accident reports very closely and we work with our police department to … get that information, and over the last …
At Haslett’s Feb. 12 school board meeting, standardized test scores were at the forefront of everyone’s mind. For nearly half the meeting, Haslett High School Principal Bart Wegenke read from statistics that demonstrated how their students performed on standardized tests.
Its control room is very small, its set is small, but the news it produces is big. Located in Meridian Township’s Municipal building, is HOMTV, or Haslett, Okemos, and Meridian Township Television, reports on anything that has to do with Meridian Township.
The station has four channels, one for its productions (HOMTV), one for public access (CAMTV), and both Okemos and Haslett high schools have a channel. HOMTV has a daily show, “Meridian News Now”, which is a 10 to 15-minute show that reports on everything in Meridian Township. “Meridian News Now” used to be a 30-minute show that was aired once a week, but was recently changed to a 11:30 a.m. daily show that is not as long.
Haslett schools received a grant of $124,865 on Feb. 12 from the Dart Foundation, allowing the district to transform its technology use in the classroom, and grow its robotics program.
Zachary Barnes explores the roots of segregation during the early part of the 20th century in Lansing area schools, and how it compares to modern-day segregation — meaning those who have the privilege to, can transfer to another school, leaving a larger number of minority and economically disadvantaged without funding for resources. Segregation — “the separation or isolation of a race, class, or ethnic group by enforced or voluntary residence in a restricted area, by barriers to social intercourse, by separate educational facilities, or by other discriminatory means.” — Merriam Webster
Although it may not be segregation in the traditional sense, policies such as “red lining,” where minority neighborhoods were outlined in red on a city’s master plan meaning “high-risk” under rules laid out by the Federal Housing Administration. Both direct and indirect racism has lead to major inequities in the classroom. According to MSU education professors and non-profits that work to better education for minority students, these inequities have lead to resource gaps and unequal opportunity. A main reason for this, “Schools of Choice,” the process where families can choose to apply to another school district within the same region. It could be time to revisit the 1994 legislation as schools become increasingly segregated.
Local representatives have been working together on an initiative called “Shaping the Avenue” to spark economic development across four mid-Michigan cities. This is a multi-jurisdictional partnership between the City of East Lansing, City of Lansing, Lansing Township, Meridian Township and the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA).
Mid-Michigan school districts are seeing fluctuations in athletic-participation rates and injuries. A number of factors are at work.
Tabitha Mpamira was at work scrolling through social media when she suddenly thought, “here we go again”. It has happened again. Another mass shooting in the United States has captured the media’s attention and some citizens of Meridian Township are not surprised. “I’ve seriously grown cynical,” said Tabitha Mpamira, who is a citizen of Okemos. “ I figured here we go again, and nothing is going to be done and something else is going to come up and take over the news.”
On Sunday, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, grabbed his AR-556 rifle, and opened fire
in First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX.
One Kiwanis Club; One Meridian: Okemos and Haslett Kiwanis Clubs are merging together as one
The Kiwanis Club of Haslett meets up on Tuesday mornings at Blondie’s Barn to
discuss the executive board agenda over breakfast, and on Oct. 25, they met to continue their talk about their merger with the Kiwanis Club of Okemos. “The reason for the merger, we lost four of our members to passing away this past year. Then we had three more of our active members become disabled for health reasons,” said Terence Carroll, who is the former secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Okemos. “It was an awful amount of people to lose within a year and we looked at Haslett, and their membership is stable and we thought we’ll just merge.”
The Kiwanis Club is an international organization with more than 5,000 clubs in North America, according to the Kiwanis International website.
Meridian Township has a variety of attractions to offer its community, ranging from various artworks throughout the township to historical places that are unique to citizens in the area. The township even offers a self-guided walking tour that people can go on to gain historical information on the township. Here are three places that I visited, each listed under the tour guidelines, that citizens of the community or travelers can visit during their stay in Meridian Township. Disco Fish at Wonch Park – Okemos, MI
Meridian Township is a supporter of artwork by displaying artwork all over the
township and recently three “Disco Fish” were installed in Wonch Park. “We just installed them last week,” said Meridian Township Treasurer Julie Brixie.
Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum announced shortly after noon today that she had closed offices in Mason and Lansing for the rest of the day over network security concerns.