Hall of Justice celebrates anniversary with food and friends

A celebration for the Michigan Hall of Justice’s 15th anniversary had a surprising turnout for the organizers, vendors, and guests that attended the event on Oct.06. The hall was celebrated with food trucks parked out in front of the building, serving employees and other guests from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Laura Stoken, the Manager of Constituents for the Office of the Governor, said the event was a testament of the love and support for the people that work in the building. “We’re here to support the Hall of Justice and congratulate them on [the] 15th anniversary of occupying this gorgeous building,” Stoken said. The Michigan Hall of Justice is the headquarters for the state’s judicial branch of government, having courtrooms for the Michigan Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. Lynn Seaks, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Michigan Supreme Court, said there were more people than they had anticipated.

Las Vegas shooting continues debate of safety and security

Amidst the recent tragedies that have cost the lives of several Americans in 2017, safety is at the forefront of all schools, child care centers and businesses. Most recently, Stephen Paddock, 64, gunned down innocent concertgoers on the Las Vegas strip, killing 68 and injuring hundreds more. This disaster further surfaces issues of safety, gun control and mental health. “We always have to have safety as the number one concern,” DeWitt Public Schools superintendent John Deiter said. “We’ve tried to do our best to secure our buildings, and we’re in the process of a bond project to add further security to our buildings.

Cat in the Tub: How a cougar invaded Bath Township

Bath Township made quite a splash in June when it became the site of a landmark occurrence. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, confirmed a cougar sighting as legitimate, the first confirmed appearance of the big cat species in the Lower Peninsula in over a century. “Cougars were native to Michigan, but they were totally eliminated from Michigan just because of fear and livestock depredations long ago,” DNR wildlife biologist Kevin Swanson said. “We have no evidence of a breeding population, but we get these transients that come through mostly the Upper Peninsula from time to time.” A Michigan press release with Swanson listed as a contact states the last time a wild cougar was taken in the state was in 1906.

DeWitt cafe becomes home away from home

What makes a small town restaurant so appealing? Is it the closeness of the town, the “home-like” feel to it, or simply the fact that the entire staff know and care for their customers? At Family Tree Cafe in downtown DeWitt, it’s a little bit of all three. “It is a great, family-owned local restaurant,” said Lisa Bartlett, a citizen of DeWitt and Family Tree Cafe customer. “We’ve been customers there for about a year and a half.

Brewery wants to make impact in downtown DeWitt

Looking Glass Brewing Company is looking to be the next big thing in downtown DeWitt. Co-owners Joel Dillingham and Lee Streeter, who are big fans of the craft beer industry, expects the brewery to open in December of this year. Looking Glass Brewing is taking over the historic Mount Hope Church that has been vacant for several years. Along with being the co-owner, Streeter is also the head brewer for the company. 

Dillingham and Streeter came up with the name of their brewery by looking at his surroundings in DeWitt. “At first, my employees and I liked the name of the river going through DeWitt Looking Glass River but after we walked through the vacant church with the incredible stained glass it confirmed the name of our brewery,” said Dillingham.