Lead found in Williamston schools resolved

The Case

Williamston school district superintendent Narda Murphy said there is no longer any need to be concerned over the quality of water in Williamston schools. This spring, elevated levels of lead were found in a teacher’s lounge faucet in Williamston High School, a restroom drinking fountain in Explorer Elementary, a kitchen sink and seventh grade hall drinking fountain in Williamston Middle School and a maintenance garage bathroom sink. Water tested by Testing Engineers & Consultants on Feb. 13 contained lead levels above the threshold of 0.015 mg/L which is the Environmental Protection Agency’s level for action. The lead was from the faucets themselves, including the soldering and the welds the the infrastructure within the faucet.

Justin McVay, owner of Manafold Games, plays Magic the Gathering with a local teen. “I like that this place is going to be a community center for teens,” he said.

Close-knit community creates local business haven in downtown Williamston

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.


Cracked: Williamston’s struggle for better roads

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.


Williamston Township supervisor candidates disagree on budget, government services

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 investigate malicious destruction of property

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.