Store front, Voting place

Voting rights at stake in petition drive, legislative maneuvering

 The “Secure MI Vote” petition is making its way around Michigan communities. The petition is designed to change election laws in Michigan, including a requirement for in-person voters to present a partial Social Security number and photo ID. It would also require absentee voters to provide either of these on absentee ballot applications. Any individual who is unable to provide a photo ID would be required to present one in person within six days if their vote is to be counted.

Signs, protest, awareness

MSU’s DKE fraternity faces demands for accountability on its doorstep

The safety of Michigan State University’s Delta Kappa Epsilon was questioned Nov. 3 as protesters gathered outside the fraternity’s house demanding accountability from its members. Students chanted outside starting at 10 p.m. until roughly midnight as the night and cold grew, bringing awareness to recent misconduct allegations against DKE initiates.

Cable fault creates Halloween power outage throughout Ingham

Julia WallaceMetroNet trucks working on Nov 1st to repair customers issues. As Ingham County residents were ending their night of Halloween festivities, they returned home to the dead of night engulfing their homes and streets. 

On Sunday, about 3,175 Lansing BWL customers  in the area bounded by Grand River and Michigan Avenue from Frandor to Delta Street experienced a power outage caused by a cable fault. The outage lasted from Sunday, around 11:55 p.m. until about 3:45 a.m. Monday. Lansing BWL Interim Manager Amy Adamy said as soon as BWL is made aware of any outage, crews are called in to determine the cause and to make any necessary repairs to equipment. “If customers are to ever experience an outage, they can report it to BWL by calling 877-295-5001, texting OUT to 898295, or using the BWL Outage Map, either online or on the mobile app.”

Julia WallaceJulia Van Reesema’s candles remain on her front porch from the Halloween power outage. Louis Street resident Hailee Gordy was sitting in her living area working on homework when the outage happened. 

“I feared people that may take advantage of the outage and scare others in celebration of the holiday that night.

Lansing Area Littles

The Lansing Area Littles create community halloween fun

Lansing Area Littles and other enjoying Launch Trampoline Park. On Oct. 20, the Lansing Area Littles Facebook Page hosted a Not-So-Spooky Halloween Party as its monthly trampoline event at Launch Entertainment Park in Meridian Mall. Tickets were sold on Facebook and included crafts, snacks, two hours of jumping and trampoline socks. Lansing Area Families were able to meet each other, while their kids got in the spirit and  bounced around in their Halloween costumes.

County meeting, initiation, county Commissioner

Ingham commissioners fill District 9 seat

Julia WallaceIrene Cahill (left) being sworn in by County Clerk Barb Byrum

On Oct. 12, Irene Cahill was sworn in to represent Ingham County’s Ninth District. Cahill filled Erin Graham’s seat, which was left vacant on Sept 27, left vacant when Graham resigned for personal reasons. Cahill has been a forestry supervisor for the City of Lansing for 28 years. She said she wants to join the workforce board.

County plans to make schools, community safer

Since Oct. 5, Ingham County has required employees be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test every week. As the vaccine faced challenges, Ingham County’s health communication specialist, Madison Van Epps said the  department is releasing information to news channels, using social media and keeping websites current to connect with residents on health updates.