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Poverty lives in Meridian, but hope is next door

By Madeline Carino
Meridian Times staff writer

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Nelinda Cole married a good guy. They had a strong relationship, a beautiful son and appeared to be a typical family. He had a steady job and could provide for her and their child. They were happy.

But it didn’t last. Continue reading

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Haslett Homecoming Celebration Kicks Off with Parade Followed by a Memorable Football Game

By Lindsey Ressler
The Meridian Times

The Haslett High School homecoming festivities kicked off on the eve of October 3rd with a parade.Students, staff, family and friends lined the streets of a nearby neighborhood with blue and gold to cheer on the Haslett Vikings prior to the annual football game.

Haslett Marching Band

The parade featured the Viking marching band that played a variety of contemporary songs. The program that was selected to be performed by the band might have sound familiar because it was also performed at the Michigan State University homecoming parade.

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Okemos community budget meeting shows policy discrepancy

By Tony Garcia

A discrepancy about how much families on free or reduced lunch should pay for students to play sports became the focal point of a heated debate in a community conversation called by the Okemos School Board.

According to the district’s website, “This special meeting is being established for the purpose of engaging in two-way communication with the public on the topic of budget priorities.” However the meeting quickly found a point of contention between the parents, the athletic boosters and the School Board.

The problem is a discrepancy between student-parent handbook, and what is written on the website to register for athletics. Continue reading

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Meridian Township hosts last Arts and Crafts Marketplace of the season

By Kelsey Banas
The Meridian Times

The Meridian Arts and Crafts Marketplace held its last market on Sept. 28, where seasonal items and decorations were sold.

The Parks and Recreation Department offers the opportunity for local artists and crafters to show and sell their creations at the marketplace.

Vendors sell handcrafted jewelry, clothing, paintings, glassware, seasonal decorations and more.

“The marketplace started in 2008,” said Robin Faust, market manager, in a phone interview. “Showcasing local talent while also promoting the local economy, it is a unique avenue for artists to sell their homemade items.”

Faust said the marketplace is unique with the vendors crafting all kinds of rare items from woodwork to seasonal plates and glassware.

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Absentee Ballots

By Lindsey Ressler
The Meridian Times

Decisions on the wording of two statewide proposals about wolf hunting has delayed the release of absentee ballots for Michigan’s Nov. 4 election.

“This delay will not affect residents who are awaiting their absentee ballots. It is only affecting the clerks’ offices who have the responsibility to send them out” said the records technician for Meridian Township Angela Ryan. “Usually we have plenty of time to send out the ballots, but I have a feeling that this year we might be pressed for time,” Ryan said.

Meridian Township Municipal Building

This year, residents should still expect their ballots to be mailed out this Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Absentee ballot applications typically get mailed to residents that fit the qualifications as early as June 1st. Some of the qualifications include: an absence from the community on Election Day, being physically unable to go to the polls without assistance, religion, 60 years of age or older and jail time or awaiting trial.

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Okemos schools looking at health benefits with start times

By Julie Angell
Meridian Times

Okemos schools might be seeing a change in the school schedule a couple years from now to enhance learning and safety.

Catherine Nash, superintendent of Okemos Public Schools, presented research at the Okemos Board of Education meeting on Oct. 13. Information came from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Hanover Research, and it showed the impact of school start times and sleep deprivation on students.

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