When he was younger, Justin McVay turned to games to bring him out of his shell. Video games did not require social interaction at the time but he found board and card games pushed him in a way to interact with people in a way he did not normally. But that did not bother him. In fact, it made him more social and happy. It was only natural for him to want to spread that joy to others, so he got the idea to open a gaming store.
In Williamston, it’s no secret that the roads could be in much better shape. “The roads are terrible,” Williamston resident John Endahl said. “We’ve lived on [Middle] street for 30 years, and it is basically paved potholes. It’s been that way for about five years.”
As a bike rider, the potholes on Middle street have caused Endahl to drop his phone on the pavement multiple times. The dire shape of some of Williamston’s roads has no quick fix, according to City Manager Alan Dolley.
Election Day is rapidly approaching and Williamston has several local elections on its ballot—among them is the Williamstown Township supervisor race. Incumbent Wanda Bloomquist (D) is seeking reelection and is challenged by retired Williamston police chief Howard Dahlstrom (R). The supervisor acts as the executive in the township government. According to the Williamstown Township website, some of the duties include: moderating board and annual meetings, acting as the township’s legal agent, appointing some commission members and developing the township budget. Township clerk Mark Steinberg said the race has high interest because of the two well-known candidates.
Williamston police officers responded to a call after someone threw a rock through a front window of a house on Williams Street early Sept. 22 at 2:30 a.m.
This is the 11th case of property damage this year in Williamston. No subjects have been arrested on suspicion of committing the crime. The case is pending further investigative leads. According to Williamston police chief Bob Young, the victim, Regina Ann Wilson, 49, reported hearing a crash sound at 1:30, but the call was made about half an hour later when the victim’s husband entered the living room to discover a large rock in the seat of a chair near the window.
New housing options will be available to Williamston residents as early as March. 304 River Edge, located at 304 W. Grand River Ave., will be mixed-use building with retail space on the first floor and three floors of apartments above. The building is going to be the first four story and one of the tallest edifices in Williamston. The project broke ground in September and is intended to open to tenants earlier than expected, regional property manager at KMG Prestige, the management company for the building, Andy Kneffel said. “We’re hoping it’s been expedited from our original plan,” Kneffel said.
After being reinstated by the City Council two months ago, the Williamston Farmers Market is gearing up for the 2016 season. The Farmers’ Market and its manager Marlene Epley were cut from DDA funding without warning in February. The reason for the defunding seemed to be because the market was operating at a loss. At the following City Council meeting, it was standing room only as many citizens came to both defend the market and demand the market’s and Epley’s reinstatement. The City Council voted unanimously to reinstate both and create a committee to monitor and plan the market.
The Sun Theatre has been bringing the people of Williamston together since 1947, and continues to do so as they persevere on year 69 providing residents with the entire nostalgic movie experience- complete with buttery 50 cent popcorn. Most historical theaters of this age are not in working order any longer, but due to the support of the community in 2012, The Sun Theatre was able to raise $80,000 to switch from old reels to digital projectors so that the residents could keep enjoying their beloved movie nights. “Going to see a movie is ‘an event’ in Williamston because you bump into a lot of people you know,” said Sean Bertolino, Williamston City Council member. Bertolino said visiting The Sun is a regular occurrence for him. “I’ve been attending The Sun for about five years and I usually go with my wife,” said Bertolino, a resident of the city.
Jason Hill first noticed his high water bill in November 2015. He figured it was a mistake, or a case of his kids having more fun than usual in the water. Hill grew concerned once he noticed a pattern for the next two to three months, as bills continued charging way above his family’s average. “Once I received the bill for the next three months, it was just about the exact same as the first one that caught my attention,” said Hill. “After that I told my wife, Rebecca, that we may need to call this in to see what’s going on.”
Hill said they have had leaks before in their plumbing and made sure they were fixed, but they may be back.
The first time Greg Dagner tried heroin, he said, it “was phenomenally pleasurable and a tremendous rush.” It was like nothing he had ever felt before. “It took away the bad things and added pleasure instead,” said Dagner, who lives in Williamston. “It helped me deal with reality.”
But when the high was over, Dagner said, he felt the urge to use the drug again so he didn’t have to come to terms with his reality. It was a never-ending cycle. The days were the same; he would wake up, get high, go through withdrawal and use again.