Williamston children will have full access to their local library

Parents of Williamston Township are in discord over the Capital Area District Library’s decision to join the Student Success Initiative. In 2018, Ingham County provided students at public schools with library cards so they didn’t need to go to the library to apply for a card. This way, students have been a username or student ID number that gives them access to three books including audiobooks, the library’s digital collection, and its public computers. 

To the administration’s surprise, some parents responded negatively, stating that their children were being exposed to inappropriate or sexual material. Scott Duimstra (the library’s executive director) reassured their worries, explaining that the material is divided into children, teens and adult sections. 

When parents had expressed concerns about the library access online or at school board meetings, Duimstra contacted those parents. Instead of keeping children from hypothetical conflicts and opting them out, he encourages those who are concerned to visit the library with their kids.

Sun Theatre reopens post-pandemic

After a hard hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, Sun Theatre resumed business on Oct. 22 for its showing of “James Bond: No Time to Die.” When the theatre closed on March 8, 2020, due to COVID, it was the first time the theatre had been closed since its opening in 1947 (besides the annual day off on Christmas Eve). During a tour of the facility, Dan Robitaille, the owner of the Sun Theatre, said the theatre’s outreach extends beyond the small town of Williamston. People from all over the country who have visited the one-screen theatre have extended a helping hand.

Elevator Street continues to improve

Williamston’s Tax Increment Finance Authority met on Oct. 18 to discuss the Elevator Street City Improvements. What may sound like a minuscule renovation has been an approximate 10-year project for the group. Williamston’s Tax Increment Finance Authority votes on the

Corey Schmidt, Williamston’s city manager, introduced the call to order that included the contamination and removal of soil from the city’s berm, reducing the length of the city’s water and sewer main, and finally relocating the water main, all of which took place on Elevator Street. Due to the capacity of the renovations and the necessity for future improvements, the council had to approve funding to move forward with the project.