The two day free health care event was held on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9, said Dr. William Brooks, a dentist in Grand Ledge. Brooks has been organizing the event for 24 years.
Dr. William Brooks, a dentist in Grand Ledge who has been organizing the free health care event for 24 years, said there were dentists, optometrists, chiropractors and a physician to support the two days of free health care service. Appointments were held in their own offices. Some only offer the service for children. Most of services need to call to make an appointment.
Many people cannot afford the cost of health care without the health insurance. Even two days of free health care is not able to solve all problems, but it still means a lot for many people who do not have the health insurance.
With the possibility of new funding coming in from the state government, cities like Grand Ledge may see an improvement in road conditions by this summer.
Some Grand Ledge residents already think the roads are exceptional.
“Grand Ledge is doing an excellent job with the streets,” resident Brenda Anderson said. “I’m very impressed overall.”
But City Administrator Jon Bayless thinks otherwise.
“We just don’t have enough money to pave the roads and maintain them properly,” Bayless said. “And that’s true all over the state. Probably 15 percent of our streets need to be repaved right now.”
By Joe Bedford
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer
GRAND LEDGE- Marching band at Grand Ledge High School will become an after school program instead of a class next school year.
Marching band will become a co-curricular activity meeting outside of class instead of during school time. Freshman are required to be in the marching band if they wish to be in the concert bands. Sophomores, juniors and seniors can now be in concert band without being in marching band according to a statement released by the band director Christopher Blackmer.
By Jake Bross
GRAND LEDGE–As spring approaches frigid Michigan, the price of gas is taking its toll, hiking up to almost $4 per gallon this week.
“It’s terrible,” Grand Ledge resident Marilyn Sample said while standing next to her light blue Chrysler van. “I usually get gas at least once a week. With these prices it’s going to be tough.”
On Monday, Feb. 18, Grand Ledge gas prices averaged $3.92 per gallon, which is far above the national average price of $3.73, according to a report done by MLive.com.
By Lingling Xu
Grand Ledge-Michigan Income Tax Act will affect the first returns, which is due April 2013. The exemptions for children and seniors are no longer exist anymore.
“ No one wants to pay more,” said Carolyn Hough, a mother of two kids who works in About the Home, a furnisher and design store in Grand Ledge. “ It does not impact my life that much, but I am just not happy to pay more tax”
Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation amending the Michigan Income Tax Act 21 months ago, according to the Department of Treasury. The new Tax Act sets the income tax for 2013 and thereafter at 4.25 percent, and contributes money for offsest the $1.6 billion business tax cut.
“Yes, we have to pay, it is a big one to pay,” said Kim Tischler, a mother lives in Grand Ledge who has to pay for three children’s tuition and living fee, think the cancellation of exemptions for children is big part of money for her to pay.
After the new Michigan Tax Act, a married couple with two children who earned $55,000 annually will pay $1,702, which is $739 more than last year. If you earned $250,000 annually, you will pay $ 10,625, which is $989 more than last year.
Meanwhile, many refundable credits are reduced this year, according to Department of Treasury. The Earned Income Tax Credit is reduced from 20 percent to 6 percent, it means you will receive less credit from paying taxes than last year; even you may pay more taxes in this year. Only households with resources less than $50,000, and a taxable value less than $135,000 will receive the Earned Income Tax Credit, according to the Tax Change Summaries from Michigan Taxes, Department of Treasury.
Kathleen Corner, a sales person at Meijer in Grand Ledge, said the tax increase only affects her life minimally, because she does not have to raise her children anymore because they already have their own jobs.
Some people do not understand and are not willing to pay more for the income taxes. Higher taxes means less money for daily expenses.
Sara Wurfel, who works in the Treasury Department, said the tax changes are better for the whole state budget. According to the Grand Ledge council meeting, the Grand Ledge city is going to amend the Annual Budget for the Fiscal Year ending June 30. So the new taxes return may help the Grand Ledge to increase their budget.
by Jake Bross
GRAND LEDGE–Grand Ledge’s Abrams Municipal Airport is not a large commercial airport. It only covers 160 acres.
Because of this, high security tactics are not as necessary as other larger airports across the United States.
“Our security needs are pretty minute,” said Pete Kamarainen, president of the airport. “Everybody knows everybody. If a plane flies in that we don’t know, we learn who they are and where they’re going.”
Because of the size and private ownership of the airport, security necessities are minimal.
By Emily Lynch
GRAND LEDGE- Providing weekend food for needy kids in Grand Ledge is in full swing for 2013.
Tina Erskine, the chief fundraiser for “Blessings in a Backpack” introduced the program to Grand Ledge last May after realizing about 1,700 area children are on the reduced or free lunch program.
Blessings in a Backpack provides weekend food for elementary school children who would otherwise not be able to eat. The organization ensures each child with a bag, rather than a backpack, full of food that will feed them while they are not in school.
By Lingling Xu
Grand Ledge-The Abrams Municipal Airport in Grand Ledge expects to build a new 10 units t-hangar on August.
Fred Moore,an Abrams Municipal Airport instructor said the t-hangar is a special enclosed storage designed for private aircraft to have a rest.
“ The hangar will cost about half million dollars,” said Jon W. Bayless, the city’s administrator and the airport manager. “ It is all made by steel.”
In Grand Ledge City Council meeting recently, the council did approve a plan to build a new 10 units t hangar in Abrams Municipal Airport. Grand Ledge Mayor Kalmin D. Smith, signed the designing contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation on Jan 29. The t-hangar will be stated in August, and finished by October, Bayless said.
By Joe Bedford
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer
Grand Ledge public schools ranked 500 out of 560 school systems in value added to students’ education, according to a report by Bridge magazine, the mouthpiece for The Center for Michigan.
The report ranked schools by student test scores, but adjusted the rankings by whether students are living up to income levels. The formula attempts to find out how much value schools add to their students’ education by accounting for higher incomes that are shown to correlate to education. A score of 100 means a school system meets expectations. Scores higher than 100 mean they were exceeding expectations. Bridge reported that 272 schools state wide scored less than 100.
Grand Ledge scored a 92.03.
by Jake Bross
GRAND LEDGE, MI–Rich Marzke is no stranger to the frequent increases to the United States Postal Service’s rates.
Having gone to the 233-year-old institution for years, the Grand Ledge resident is surprised by the recent postal price hikes.
“It seems like it happens all the time,” said Marzke, staring blankly at Grand Ledge’s post office on East Jefferson Street. “It won’t change anytime soon.”
The rise in rates hit Sunday, Jan. 27. This includes postcard postage rising one cent to $0.33, one-ounce letters to international destinations to $1.10 and one-ounce letters sent with a first-class stamp up to $0.46.