Drug abuse in Michigan is an immense problem surrounding the entire state. In 2015, Michigan had the seventh-most drug overdoses in the nation, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even small areas such as Bath and DeWitt Townships have seen drug use within its borders. While these townships are small, they have managed to make statewide news with their drug issues over the last few years, including an August meth lab raid in a DeWitt motel that sent two people into custody. Clinton County, which the townships of Bath and DeWitt fall under, suffered one death from a heroin overdose and three others died from opiate-related causes in 2013, according to Stopping Addiction with Family Education (SAFE).
A millage that passed in Bath Township Tuesday will generate funding to expand the Bath Township Library Center into an official public library. The millage might have also saved the Library Center in general, Sue Garrity, president of Friends of Bath Township Library Center. “Because of a change in the leadership, there had been signals from the new township board of trustees that they were no longer going to fund a library at all,” Garrity said. “It was going to close at the end of December.”
Voters approved the millage by a vote of 835 – 590, according to unofficial results posted on Bath Township’s webpage. The Clinton County Clerk will likely certify the results within a week, according to the website.
When brothers Andrew and Billy McElfresh made the decision to live in DeWitt, proximity to work was a primary motivator. Politics were not. “It’s like a hit-or-miss, depends on the subject,” Billy McElfresh said. “Healthcare, stuff that affects me. I know, sounds very arrogant or ignorant, but I don’t pay attention to the big stuff, just stuff that directly affects me.”
Neither brother voted in the 2016 presidential election, and though they had strong opinions on healthcare, gun laws and education funding, time hasn’t convinced them to lean one way or another.
If one were to send mail to someone living at Chandler Crossings, their mailing address would suggest they live in East Lansing. However, the cluster of student neighborhoods north of MSU is actually under the jurisdiction of Bath Township. Chandler Crossings is a high-growth area that sees more development than the rest of Bath Township, tending to center around student housing, Bath Planning Commission Chair and MSU professor Dan Kramer said. “It’s a more dynamic area for sure, in terms of the pace of development and the number of units developed,” Kramer said. As Chandler Crossings lies under the jurisdiction of Bath Township, residents make use of Bath Township Police Department and other township resources and services.
Bath Township made quite a splash in June when it became the site of a landmark occurrence. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, confirmed a cougar sighting as legitimate, the first confirmed appearance of the big cat species in the Lower Peninsula in over a century. “Cougars were native to Michigan, but they were totally eliminated from Michigan just because of fear and livestock depredations long ago,” DNR wildlife biologist Kevin Swanson said. “We have no evidence of a breeding population, but we get these transients that come through mostly the Upper Peninsula from time to time.” A Michigan press release with Swanson listed as a contact states the last time a wild cougar was taken in the state was in 1906.
Andrew Kehoe was upset about tax increases, potential foreclosure on his farm and a recent defeat for township clerk. This would be May 18, 1927. The day that changed Bath Township forever. Kehoe killed his wife, blew up his farm and detonated explosives at the Bath Consolidated School before claiming his own life in a separate explosion in the school’s parking lot. That day, 44 innocent lives were lost, mostly children.
BATH – Imagine coming home and your street was disappearing, well this happened to residents that live on Ann Drive and Gary Lane. Mistaken for a sinkhole, a collapsed sewer main occurred last week in this Bath neighborhood. “I wasn’t the first person there, there was a truck blocking the hole with hazards on it and police arrived shortly after,” said Micah Botke. Botke was visiting his brother around 8 p.m. on March 27 when he noticed the big hole in the ground. Word got around fast about the collapsed sewer main to residents through social media.