Ingham County introduces text 9-1-1

‘Call if you can, text if you can’t’ is the new motto at the Ingham County 9-1-1 Central Dispatch. Ingham County became the 49th county in Michigan to enact the new service. Residents can now text 9-1-1 if they are in an emergency situation where they are unable to hear or speak. Lance Langdon, director for Ingham County 9-1-1, said communicating through the telephone and speaking in an emergency is most important, but also that text-9-1-1 should provide an addition support to those who can’t speak. “It could be something we talked about like a health-related problem, someone’s choking and they can’t speak, so their only option is to put a text message through,” said Langdon.

Williamston and Williamstown officials learn a lesson from the polar vortex

Extreme temperatures, not the snow, perplexed city officials in Williamston and Williamstown Township, causing them to think of a system of communication in case there’s another polar vortex. Wanda Bloomquist, township’s supervisor, said the storm that dumped 10 inches of snow was like no other she has seen. “We’ve seen snow totals like this before,” Bloomquist said, “but the cold temperatures were something else.”

The frigid temperatures were one of the biggest challenges that City Manager of Williamston, Corey Schmidt, and the rest of the city workers, faced the last week in January. “When the temperatures get that low the salt isn’t as effective,” Schmidt said. “It’s harder to keep the roads clear, but I think our guys did a great job clearing the roads by that Tuesday night.”

Bloomquist said that the township office was closed on Wednesday and Thursday; however, she still went in just in case a resident came in or called.

Dublin Square’s BIG Comeback

Rumors of Dublin Square’s closing and comeback have been swirling around East Lansing. Where will it come back, how will it come back? Ruta Ulcinaite has updates on everything you need to know about this East Lansing staple and the development project that is sure to shake up East Lansing.

Watch Focal Point: An update with Judge Aquilina, new MSU interim president, extreme temperatures reach Michigan and more

On this edition of Focal Point, get an overview of the polar vortex that shutdown the state of Michigan, and resulted in Michigan State University’s seventh cancellation in history. Satish Udpa takes over as MSU’s new interim president after the resignation of John Engler. In sports, ESPN’s College GameDay came to MSU for the fifth time in anticipation for MSU’s game against Indiana. Those stories and more on this week of Focal Point.

MSU closes for only the seventh time in 150 years

Its been a mild winter for most of the year, but in the past couple of weeks the state of Michigan has been pounded by storm after storm. A polar vortex recently dropped over a foot of snow and wind chills brought the temperature down to -20 degrees. But, just a glimmer of hope for everybody, major league baseball spring training starts in two weeks, granted that will be down in the warmth of Florida and Arizona. The first day or spring is March 20th.

Michigan State University appoints third president in less than a year

Michigan State University has appointed Satish Udpa as its new acting interim president on January 17, 2019. Udpa was appointed after former President John Engler was asked to step down after comments made on survivors regarding the Larry Nassar case. Udpa has held many positions here at MSU and was also the former College of Engineering Dean. Appointed by the Board of Trustees, new member of the board Kelly Tebay said in a statement, “I think we are looking forward to seeing a much-needed change in tone from the top and the beginnings of healing on campus, as well as the start to changing the culture. Acting President Udpa brings a calm and steady hand that I think we need, and a commitment to better leadership from our administration.