Gun issues find way into 2018 races

Guns have been a hot topic of discussions in several recent election cycles. As the 2018 election winds down, here’s a rundown of what some candidates in the hotly contested governor and 8th congressional district races have been saying about gun rights and gun control in Michigan.

East Lansing’s Great Pumpkin Walk brings out treats and smiles

The annual Great Pumpkin Walk took place Tuesday in East Lansing. Families with costumed children from babies to teens went door-to-door to collect candy from local businesses. More than 50 merchants participated in the free two-hour event. As part of the Great Pumpkin Walk, some businesses tried to go beyond the typical trick-or-treating. The Wild Goose Inn held its annual “Land of Oz” and decorated the entire outside of the building with a Wizard of Oz theme. This event leads up to the real night of trick-or-treating in the downtown residential neighborhoods, which will take place 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Kean’s brought art to Mason before LEAP initiative

Chris Garcia advertises himself online as Htownink, a private tattooer in Holland who specializes in custom pieces. His Instagram page makes it apparent that Garcia excels in art forms other than the needle: he is also a graffiti and mural artist. In fact, his art now fills the alley between Kean’s and Bad Brewing in Mason. “He came and painted for a week,” said Teresa Wren, owner of Kean’s. “He stayed in one of our apartments and painted every day.

Building a community with Matt Mulford’s ‘artists of Keller’s upstairs’

Williamston has all the markings of an American small town: historic buildings comprising its downtown section, local family owned restaurants, a bridal shop, a glass blowing studio and the local hardware store. Nestled above the affairs of the main Williamston strip on Grand River is a somewhat unknown plaza that even local Williamston residents may pass by: Keller’s Plaza, home to “Williamston’s hidden gem” as nearly all of the Plaza’s shop owners called their little hideaway. Keller’s Plaza is home to a small candle shop Mud Country Candles, a small party store, a glass engravings shop called the Glass Fox, a dance studio, and Peculiar Perspective’s. Matt Mulford runs Peculiar Perspectives, a studio and art gallery at the top of the landing on the second floor of the plaza, along with Tony Steele. Mulford and Steele’s friendship and passion for art goes back years Mulford says.

Businesses are all hands on deck for MSU homecoming

A dragon marched in Friday’s Michigan State University homecoming parade, bobbing above handlers from the Chinese Undergraduate Students Association. People lined the streets for the annual parade and, at noon Saturday, about 30,000 extra people were expected for the football game against Northwestern. East Lansing bars, restaurants, hotels and police put on extra people and brought in supplies for the busy weekend.