Small television station makes a big impact in Meridian Township

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.

“Schools of Choice” and modern segregation

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.

Citizens in Meridian Township are not surprised to learn of the church shooting in Texas

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 Club are merging together as one

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.

Three cool places to visit in Meridian Township

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.