DeWitt voters reflect on changing election climate

In this election, the participation of young voters is more important than ever. According to 2020 Census data, voters aged 18-24 had the lowest voter turnout of all ages with only 48% reporting they voted in the 2020 election. On the other hand, voters aged 65 and up had the highest voter turnout with 72% voting in the 2020 election. This Election Day, DeWitt voters are showing up in droves to have their voices heard. At DeWitt Middle School, voters were asked their thoughts on voting in modern times compared to their past experiences as well as the importance of voter participation.

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DeWitt schools seek state learning loss grant

The DeWitt school board called a special meeting Oct. 19 to meet a deadline for a grant to help mitigate learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A board subcommittee dedicated to curriculum presented a slideshow and discussed the importance of recovering students’ math and reading scores. On Sept. 15, the Michigan legislature allocated $52 million for local education agencies to help students whose learning was hurt by the pandemic.

Artwork, cookware, apparel fill downtown DeWitt market

The Bridge + Main Market hosted a lively Fall Outdoor Market on Oct. 8, attracting dozens of artists, designers, bakers and jewelers. The market is known to artisans across the state for a few reasons — the uniqueness of each booth, the support for small businesses and the kindness of the community.

Many businesses at the market were relatively new, starting in the early days of the pandemic. For example, Lady Wood Goods owner Nicole Rodgers said the lockdown gave her the time and opportunity to learn a new hobby: woodcutting. She sells handmade decor, kitchenware and more. This is her second year at the fall market, having been invited by a friend and fellow artisan. “Yeah, she told me all about it and how amazing it is here. It’s little, but every vendor is so different. And the community itself is so awesome,” said Rodgers.

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DeWitt Police Department rolls out hybrid-electric patrol car

Norene BassinChief Bruce Ferguson shows off the trunk of the Chevy Tahoe and the supplies the department brings on patrol. Ever since acquiring a 2022 Ford Explorer Platinum in March, the DeWitt Police Department has seen a multitude of benefits. From a quieter engine to better mileage, Chief Bruce Ferguson says he plans on fully transitioning to an all-hybrid fleet by 2025. 

Ferguson said  the department’s budget was being sunk into constant maintenance. “The maintenance cost on our other patrol car was out of control,” he said. “We were replacing engines left and right … with engines costing $8,000 a pop, it was adding up fast.” The small, 3.3L hybrid engine of the Explorer Platinum hasn’t required nearly as much maintenance as previous cars.