Williamston residents sound off on COVID-19’s impact on governor’s race

Some residents in Williamston weigh in on whether Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s response to COVID-19 will impact her re-election bid in 2022. At the start of the pandemic when most states around the country mandated lockdowns, Michigan was one of the states to have the most strict and stringent protocols as some appreciated Whitmer’s efforts in keeping the community safe, some such as Williamston business owner Gary Cube, said she may have overstepped.

Williamston City Council says goodbye to city manager

Williamston City Council, left to right, Daniel Rhines, Noah Belanger, Tammy Gilroy, Brandon Lanyon, Tommy Pratt, and Corey Schmidt. This City Council meeting on November 8 was the last one for City Manager Corey Schmidt. SuperIntendent Adam Spina was the first to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting to say goodbye and thank Schmidt. 

“I just wanted to convey … that on behalf of the staff and our district, how much we appreciate his leadership and his collaboration,” said Spina. “One of the awesome things about our community is how we all coalesce around working together to support the children that live here.”

Schmidt resigned to be able to spend more time with his wife and his children. The council approved on Sept.

Williamston Wellness Center is now home to Elemental Acupuncture

The Williamston Wellness Center located at 1235 E. Grand River Road houses Elemental Acupuncture, a new chiropractic and acupuncture office. Elemental Acupuncture is a new business n the Williamston Wellness Center on East Grand River. Credit: Isabella Gorisek

Annie Hass the owner of Elemental Acupuncture rented, just a few months ago, her side of the building from Simone Ranes, a chiropractor who owns the Wellness Center. “Annie came here, after the previous renter tore it down to nothing and made it into a doctor’s space,” said Ranes. “There’s three exam rooms with sinks in them, there’s a front desk, a waiting room, a nurses station, and a lab.” 

After working together in their previous jobs, Ranes left her institution in 2014 where she then rented her half of Williamston Wellness Center.

Zynda’s restaurant is open for business after a year of renovations

Zynda’s restaurant was established in 2020, located in Williamston, MI. New renovations have been added to the building and a new look has been put in place. Credit: Isabella Gorisek

Red Cedar Grill, a restaurant in Williamston, was renovated  during the COVID-19 pandemic and turned into a new establishment, Zynda’s Barbecue Smokehouse. Zynda’s is located on 150 E Grand River Rd., directly across from Williamston City Hall. 

The family owned restaurant worked hard during the pandemic to turn the space around allowing for a brighter environment and rustic feel. Zynda’s closed right at the start of the pandemic to do the renovations and opened up around mid-july


The inspiration of these renovations were fostered by Zynda’s owner Adam Zynda.