Hub plans to add a pair of 14-story buildings

Plans by the owners of the Hub, a new 12-story apartment building, to tear down five fraternity houses for two additional 14-story buildings, are running into some questions.

An off-duty Grand Ledge police officer in uniform delivers lunch to those who couldn’t make it out to Bye Financial Group. Food deliveries were made to donors throughout the entire event. Photo used with permission. Photo Credit: Grand Ledge Police Department

GLPD and Bye Financial Group host canine fundraiser

The Grand Ledge Police Department is working to raise $15,000 to bring a canine back to the force. On Oct.24, the Grand Ledge Police Department, in partnership with Bye Financial Group, hosted the K9 Fundraiser at Bye Financial Group. The goal of the fundraiser was to raise $15,000 to fund a new canine dog for the police department. “That’s the approximate startup cost it is going to be for us to purchase a trained canine,” said Police Chief Thomas C. Osterholzer, “but also includes the canine training and the handler’s training.”

The last time a canine was present in the city of Grand Ledge was before Osterholzer took over as police chief last October. “Grand Ledge has an incredible tradition of good canine programs here under former Chief (Martin) Underhill and we’ve been looking to restore that,” Osterholzer said.

Kat Cooper, the director of communications for RHS at MSU

Apartment boom may challenge university housing

The increase in off-campus apartments could affect on-campus housing at Michigan State. Kat Cooper, chief communications officer of Residential and Hospitality Services, sees the influx as a complicated situation. Michigan State University offers fewer than 16,000 beds, so while others might see off-campus housing as competition, Cooper sees it as necessary. (Photo by Sylvia Jarrus.)

Michigan State University offers fewer than 16,000 beds, so while others might see off-campus housing as competition, Cooper sees it as necessary. “It’s a relationship that really needs each other in order to be successful,” Cooper said.

VP Pence hosts rally in Holland

Downtown Holland, Michigan got a big visit from Vice President Mike Pence and former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on their Keep America Great bus tour. “Lots of people, all very excited today,” said Vice Chair of Michigan Federation of College Republicans Evan Oudekerk. “We’re looking forward to whatever he has to say.” Holland resident Anne Vanderziel had seen President Trump before and was excited to see the Vice President and former Press Secretary in person. “I came because I believe what Trump and Pence stands for,” said Vanderziel.

Lots of snow, lots of preparation

In Michigan, it’s expected there will be a lot of snow come winter time. For Michigan State Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, it’s important to always be ready. MSU Facilities uses 63 trucks, plows and blades to clear campus roads and walkways on campus. The campus contains 57 miles of roadways, 115 miles of sidewalks and 28,000 parking spaces. During the winter, MSU Facilities will get news of an impending storm and they’ll load vehicles with brine road treatment, a mixture of salt and water.

A new holiday sale in East Lansing

Black Friday was a week ago, but Green Friday is this weekend. It’s East Lansing’s version of the holiday sale. “Got to get some Christmas shopping done,” said Michigan State sophomore and East Lansing resident, Abigail Ording. And that means shopping just in time for the holidays. “I was going to go down to Clever Clover because they just expanded the store, opened it up so I’m going to go check it out,” Ording said.

Transgender Day of Remembrance rally in Lansing

Wednesday was Transgender Day of Remembrance and a few organizations teamed up to hold a rally downtown. Free Mom Hugs and Stand with Trans hosted the event to honor transgender lives that are no longer with us. A few speakers talked before a crowd about their own experiences and offered solutions to problems as well as a few words of encouragement.