Shelters expect more animals in winter

By Lindsey Ressler
The Meridian Times

With winter approaching, many Meridian Township area animal shelters are preparing to provide a home for more animals.

“Every year we tend to see a jump in the amount of abandoned pets brought in and rescued.” Said Capital Area Humane Society adoption employee Amanda Martin. “It breaks my heart seeing these sweet innocent dogs brought in after suffering outside in the cold.”

One of the bigger cold weather cases that particularly stands out to Martin occurred in January of 2014. Three dogs and a cat were found almost freezing to death inside of an abandoned house in Meridian Township. The Capital Area Humane Society rescued many of these animals.

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Managed deer harvest making progress

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By Cayden Royce The Meridian Times When Joan Pravis commutes from her subdivision to the Okemos Community Church, she says it’s not uncommon for white-tailed deer to frequent her driveway, backyard and roadways. “Sometimes we have them in the church … Continue reading

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Meridian Township awaits Whole Foods opening

By Michelle Ghafari
The Meridian Times

There has been a noticeable health-food trend taking over social media and local communities. Though the definition of healthy varies, the spread of health-food markets is definite.

Residents living in and near Meridian Township are well aware of the Whole Foods Market opening on Grand River. Many individuals are excited for a combination of reasons including: expanded grocery options, possible job opportunities and simply because of the recognized brand name.
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As road conditions get worse, drivers must seek caution

By Toy Garcia
Of the Meridian Times

In 2013, there was an incident reported every 1 minute and 49 seconds in the state of Michigan.

Every 7 minutes and 24 seconds somebody was hurt, and every 9 hours and 13 minutes, somebody died due to this problem.

The worst part, is that this isn’t a drug or addiction problem that is hurting people, (which is capable of being treated,) but it is a part of everyday life.

These numbers are the statistics gathered by the Michigan State Police Department, and are the average times between incidents, injuries, and deaths caused by automobiles in Michigan in 2013.

Those who have been affected by a crash know just how life changing they can be.

Ryan Peterson, 24 from South Lyon was with his sister and as they went through an intersection they were struck by a car that was running a red light.

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New dog daycare center coming to Meridian Township

By Lindsey Ressler
The Meridian Times

The second location of Doggy Daycare and Spa will be opening up in Meridian Township on the corner of Grand River Avenue and Cornell Road. The center will offer daycare without cages, overnight boarding, grooming services at the spa and training classes.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Meridian Township location took place on Oct. 21 with plans to move forward on construction in the beginning of November. The center plans to officially open up this spring, offering all of the same services given at the Lansing location.
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Meridian Township makes continuous efforts to keep a culturally diverse community

By Kelsey Banas
The Meridian Times

Meridian Township is riding a wave of international diversity by encouraging and taking advantage of this big magnet for international talent called Michigan State University.

Meridian Township benefits from connections with Michigan State University where international students are renting apartments and purchasing homes.

According to the Office for International Students and Scholars, there were 7,161 international students in fall 2013. That was an increase of 8.5 percent from the year before.

“We like to think that by providing a welcoming atmosphere and providing a high quality of life in Meridian we will keep our international population here,” said Julie Brixie, Meridian Township treasurer.

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OHS student-athletes are making the transition into college athletics

By Julie Angell
The Meridian Times

The transition from high school to college athletics can be tough, so student-athletes at Okemos High School are getting support from school officials.

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