Okemos greets Halloween with masks for fun, not COVID

Okemos families had some pre-Halloween fun at the Okemos Community Church trunk or treat on Oct. 30. This was the first time the event has been held since 2019. 

Allie Williams, event organizer, said it has evolved over the years since it began in about 2016, starting as an evening activity before being pushed to the afternoon as more young families with little kids attended. 

Warm Fall Weather Could be Cause for Concern

OKEMOS, Mich.- There has been a change in our local weather patterns over the last few years. Temperatures are rising and continuing to stay warmer for longer. According to the National Weather Service, they predict that there is a 40% chance that temperatures will be warmer than normal this fall. While these warmer temperatures may be enjoyable for most, they actually are having an effect on our local ecosystems.

In regards to wildlife, Jeffrey Andresen, the state climatologist for Michigan thinks that we will see wildlife migrating to a more suitable climate over time. However some plants and animals will not have that luxury.

Young activists speak out on guns

When Madeline Johnson lost her best friend in the shooting that took place at Oxford High School on Nov. 30, 2021, she knew that she wanted to do something to create real change. 

“I was near her when it happened,” she said. “It’s obviously been pretty hard for me. I decided that I wanted to take action and change something for her and the other three that we lost, hopefully to stop things like this from happening in the future.”

Johnson, along with other Oxford students, banned together to create No Future Without Today, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. The members’ goal is to educate students and raise awareness about gun violence in schools. 

The rise of gun violence across the country has left students feeling afraid for their well-being.

Buddy’s Pizza eager to open Okemos location

They call it a pizza that started a style. And Detroit-style pizza has landed in Okemos. The location at 2010 W. Grand River Ave. marks the 20th location in Michigan. Known for its rectangular cut with a thick crispy crust, it’s no secret that the Detroit-style pizza is a big hit.