Williamston roads withstand polar vortex

A polar vortex recently swept across the midwest, hitting last week the town of Williamston. With record-breaking wind chills and multiple days of school cancellations, some residents did not need to worry about road conditions.

Road maintenance is manageable in a town this size that consists of only 14 miles of roads and that has sufficient resources, said Scott DeVries, Williamston’s engineer and director of public works.

Williamston Community Schools elevates its brand by focusing on college readiness

In new efforts to strengthen reputability, Williamston Community Schools have made unprecedented attempts to increase the overall quality of education across the district.

Among these, schools at each level have set high standards, encouraging improvements on both academic and school image levels.

According to Williamston High School’s improvement plan, the desire to improve students’ college and career readiness remains the top priority.

What does the passage of Prop 1 mean for small communities?

It’s been five weeks since Michigan votes decided to legalize recreational marijuana, but Williamston City Manager Corey Schmidt said he does not expect a huge change for community residents. “To the extent that is, if it’s occurring in public, there could be some ramifications there,” said Schmidt. “But as of right now, when I talked to our police chiefs and whatnot, we just don’t expect a huge change.”

With the passing of Proposal 1, all communities who are against it still have the opportunity to opt-out of dispensaries within their city limits. Communities had this ability to opt-out when medical marijuana was legalized in Michigan. The Williamston City Council has been debating this issue for months.

Williamston’s small-town feel draws visitors from near, far

 

To Elizabeth “Liz” Williams, dance is much more than a passion. It’s a lifestyle. When she was in junior high, Williams knew she wanted to share that lifestyle with others. So in 1992, she opened the doors to the Elizabeth Williams School-Dance in downtown Williamston. Williams fell in love with the old buildings in Williamston, a community that she was familiar with prior to opening her studio.

Want to try goat yoga? Visit Williamston

Goat yoga in Williamston with MSU student discounts? You’ve goat to be kidding me! The social media phenomenon of goat yoga started with Michigan native Lainey Morse who now resides in Oregon. This phenomenon has expanded and created goat yoga satellite locations such as Hilltop Views Farm in Williamston. Shawn Cannarile is the owner of Hilltop Views and began her goat yoga satellite location in April 2018.

Williamston recalls one, rest of school board stays

After much campaigning, mainly via Facebook, Karen Potter beat incumbent Greg Talberg in the Williamston School Board recall election. Potter was the only candidate running against the school board to beat an incumbent in the race. Potter received 2,711 votes, Talberg received 2,653, out of the total 8,388 registered voters. Votes cast for the recall election came to total 6,078, a 72.46 percent voter turnout according to the Ingham County Clerk website, proving the city’s anticipation of a large voter turnout for a non-presidential election in Williamston correct. “I’m super excited to take this position with all the other board members and help the school district become stronger and start healing as a community,” Potter said.

The city of Williamston prepares for Tuesday’s election

The election on Tuesday will end the contentious race to recall four members of the school board spurred by a transgender policy passed by the board. The race- which seeks to recall Sarah Belanger, Christopher Lewis, Nancy Deal and Greg Talberg, has galvanized the community but could result in higher voter turnout to the polls as a result.

Michelle Eichler, who has worked to get the current school board re-elected, said she was somewhat cynical about the sustainability of voter engagement after the midterm election. “They need to get out and vote, if they don’t vote things will change, and I don’t see them changing for the better,” Eichler said. Eichler said that some people might not be engaged on either side of the school board debate enough to get out to the polls and vote for members of the school board. “Most of the community, this is a whatever button,” Eichler said.