Michigan residents weigh pros/cons of self-isolation and social distancing

LaDonna Floyd, a Southfield resident and Senior Domestic Relations Specialist at the Third Judicial Circuit Court, works from home. Floyd is not alone. Three-fourths of the employees in Michigan work in industries deemed “non-essential” according to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order on March 23 to close “non-essential” businesses until mid-April. Bridge Magazine’s analysis of data from the U. Bureau of Labor showed essential businesses represent only 1 million of the state’s 4.3 million jobs. 

“I really miss my network and support system,” said Floyd in a text. “Talking on the phone and texting isn’t the same.”

This time away from work has been a hard time for Floyd and her family.

COVID-19 is causing chaos in grocery stores

It’s like the holiday rush, shoppers in a frenzy. 

COVID-19 has created chaos all over the world, including a place you might not expect: grocery stores. Shoppers have been scrambling to buy whatever is left, but there isn’t much. “I’m here ‘til like 10 and I don’t see it slowing down that much,” Meijer employee Dylan S. said. But the hot commodity isn’t a run on turkeys, it’s toilet paper. “Every store you go to, it seems like everyone’s bought toilet paper,” Jean Schlicklin said.  “They’re trying to restock them, but they can’t get them restocked quick enough.”

Toilet paper isn’t the only thing people have stocked up on.

Meridian Mall stores close, opens others, instilling optimism

Maisy Nielsen Members of the Economic Development Corporation met on Feb. 6. Several issues were discussed including how to fill the vacancies in the mall. The Economic Development Corporation at its Feb. 6 meeting learned about four new vacancies in the Meridian Mall mall from Shawn Dunham, the mall spokesperson, who turned seemingly negative news into positive as she works proactively to find new businesses 

“Gosh, Express closed, the Hallmark store closed, what happened to Old Navy?

Williamston Art Committee applies for grant to construct murals

The Williamston Art Committee has applied for a grant in the hopes of commissioning four welcome murals for the city. The city has wanted to execute an art project for a long time and may finally get their chance to do so. The city has already selected one of the four sites the murals will go. It will hear back on the awarding of the grant by March.