Student walking past moped outside University Village, located in South Neighborhood. This is where the majority of moped thefts are reported.

Thieves target MSU students’ mopeds

For the past few years, mopeds have consistently been taken from Michigan State’s campus.
Capt. Dan Munford of the Community Engagement Unit with the MSU Police and Public Safety Department says moped have always been stolen on campus, but in the past few years, thefts have increased along with the number of mopeds on campus.

Man, woman and child in outdoors portrait.

Marlon Brown says goodbye to Mason City Council

After this election season, Monday nights are going to look different for the Brown family. Marlon Brown, Mason’s first Black councilmember, isn’t running again. His seat won’t be empty for long, but his impact on the city will stay after his departure.

In 2012, at just 28, Brown was one of five running for a seat. With only four spots open, he spent months campaigning around the city, only to end up in a tie for his first position with councilwoman Barbara Tornholm. “The number has forever been embedded in my memory. It was 1,183 votes that I received.”

Arlo North shows off his ballot.

Wonder Woman, blue, snake can all win when kids vote

Mason residents cast their ballots alongside their children on Election Day at Mason City Hall. Polling booths and tiny chairs sit by the customer service desk.

“We do this to encourage kids to become adult voters,” said City Manager Deborah Stuart.

The one-page sheet includes superheroes, colors and animals this year. All choices were made by Girl Scout Troop 30590 as part of their Democracy and Voting badges.

Shark Pumpkin

Go big or gourd home: Ingham unleashes the jack-o’-lanterns

Greeting guests as they enter, a giant jack o’ lantern smiles. Running Thursday-Friday every weekend in October, many have come to see exhibits like this circus one. Families gather around the various displays each night. Jack O’ Lantern Journey artists created exhibits for the Ingham County Fair. Taylor Swift’s number one fan shows her title with her idol posed for guests.

Picture of puppy

Pets helped us through COVID, now they need help from people

MASON – One in five households nationally adopted pets during the COVID epidemic. With the lockdown, life changed not only for the humans, but also for the animals around them.

For Debbie and Jesse Hodges, foster parents to various animals over the years, that looked like raising a litter of bull mastiff puppies born right at the start of the pandemic. Debbie Hodges said, it “gives you something to do, a little bit of self-worth.”

A loss in the family early in lockdown compounded the Hodges’ challenge of a half dozen puppies and a major world event. Of the 10 puppies born, five survived.

“I kinda latched onto the puppies,” Debbie Hodges said. “You have to get up, you have to move, you have to take them on a walk.”

Animal shelters face struggles, as well.