Okemos Public Schools to announce new mascot logo

After years of deliberation, Okemos Public Schools officially has a new mascot, the Wolves, necessitating a an updated logo.

In determining its new logo, the school district is also responsible for replacing the current one across the district.

Superintendent John Hood said the district asked the community to submit new logo designs. The final design will be released at the March 14 board meeting, and it will feature aspects of multiple design concepts.

Detours implemented as construction begins on historic Okemos Road bridges

Those who take Okemos Road southbound on their commute to work or school will have to use a new route starting February 14, courtesy of a full-scale replacement and expansion of the Okemos Road bridges.

Southbound traffic will detour until November, while the northbound lane of will be unchanged throughout the new construction project, according to a notice from the Ingham County Road Department.

Stores’ stocks and profits rise and fall with the weather

Grocery stores and markets around Lansing are dealing with this week’s snowstorm and working around the clock to meet community members’ demands. 

Stores saw a surge of customers on Tuesday evening preparing for the snow. Todd Couzzien works in the meat department at Fresh Thyme Market in East Lansing and said people slammed the store early. Once the storm hit, traffic at the store slowed dramatically. Todd said that some of the most bought items at the store included meat and chicken. Other stores experienced the same type of traffic.

Royal Oak police patrol the city’s downtown.

Oakland County home to many of Michigan’s safest small cities 

SMALL CITIES SAFETY: Oakland County is home to some of Michigan’s safest small cities – Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Novi, Farmington Hills and Troy — and also one of its least-safe, Pontiac. Others in the least-safe category are Saginaw, Kalamazoo, Jackson and Battle Creek. We talk to police and other officials in Royal Oak and Pontiac, to a middle school student from Royal Oak and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. By Riz Hatton, Elaine Mallon & Sheldon Krause. FOR DETROIT and ALL POINTS.

Program helps provide schools with produce from Michigan farms

Schools in Greater Lansing are benefiting from fresh produce in their lunchrooms thanks to a Michigan program aiming to get farm-fresh food onto lunch tables.

The 10 Cents a Meal program, administered by the Michigan Department of Education, gives schools 10 cents for every meal they serve to children that includes a local fruit, vegetable or dried bean. This funding aims to make it easier for schools to afford fresh and local foods.

Planning Committee advances construction in Meridian Township

The Planning Committee of Meridian Township began its meeting with an approval request from Consumers Bank to start building another small branch near Hobby Lobby. The approval came with the contingency that the bank moves its proposed building forward and add a one-way drive-thru. 

Nicholas Lokus, a representative of this project, said the company issues fixed issues in its proposal. “We moved the building approximately 28 and a half feet closer to Grand River. How the drive-through worked out, we had to move it a little shift a little bit further to the east. We eliminated seven parking spaces along Grand River.