Holt has more high school grads than the national average

By Stevie Pipis
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Kerry Pahl said her daughter attended Holt schools for a year before moving back to the Lansing School District. “She liked the teachers, and had to work harder because of the higher academic standards. Holt schools have a pretty good reputation,” she said. The numbers bear that out. The U.S. Census website says that 94.5 percent of the population of Holt ages 25 and over are a graduate of high school.

Old Town hosts a range of ages

By Zachary Swiecicki
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter

While walking along the streets in the heart of Old Town, you could see small children or senior citizens. “I’d say anything from the middle 20-somethings all the way up to boomers and even a little older,” Chad Cottom, the owner of SPIN Bicycle Shop, said of the age range of people he sees walk into his business on a daily basis. With such a wide range of ages, it is a valid question to ask: what brings these people to Old Town? “The key for any place, whether a city, neighborhood or district, is to identify and actively promote its unique assets,” Sarah Nicholls, an expert in Michigan tourism and associate professor at Michigan State University, said. “Old Town’s assets are its boutiques, art galleries, and the independent/local owned eating places and bars,” Nicholls said.

Lansing Infrastructure: Can Proposal 1 Save It?

By Emma-Jean Bedford
and Ian Wendrow 
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING-The question on everyone’s mind lately has been: “What’s happening with these roads?” But it’s not just roads that are troublesome. Lansing has recently been dealing with issues related to low residential population, a distinct lack of diverse businesses, and overall deteriorating infrastructure. An effort to address infrastructure funding is currently on the upcoming May 5 ballot, titled Proposal 1. Proposal 1 is a ballot initiative meant to raise funds, mostly for new road work, through changes in taxes. If passed, the House Fiscal Agency, a non-partisan agency within the House of Representatives that analyzes the financial effects of Michigan legislation, estimates that the tax increase would raise about $2.1 billion this fiscal year; of which $1.23 billion would go towards roads, $463.1 million to the state’s general fund, $292.4 million to schools and $89.9 million to local governments.

West Michigan retaining young, educated residents despite statewide trend

By CAITLIN McARTHUR
Capital News Service
LANSING –While many of Michigan’s counties are experiencing an exodus of the young and educated, the Greater Grand Rapids region is bucking the trend. According to 2013 census data, Michigan lost 3.5 per cent of its population of people aged 22 to 34 with bachelor’s degrees to other states. This follows net migration losses of the young and educated of 2.2 percent in 2012 and 2 percent in 2011. In 2010 the state lost 4.4 percent of this group to outmigration. While much of the data shows the state continuing to follow this trend, a recent survey of the Greater Grand Rapids area tells a different story.

DeWitt youths face uncertain futures in Michigan

By Rachel Jackson
Bath-DeWitt Connection staff writer

Sydney Ware is used to turning heads. The 15-year old DeWitt High School sophomore usually walks around town catching people’s eyes—it is hard not to with a head full of blue hair. In DeWitt, a city of 4,500, people are bound to recognize Ware for her hair color, and people have approached her in the past because she stands out. As her hair color has changed over the years—she deviated from her natural brunette years ago—Ware has undergone stares and scrutiny, a stand-out in a small town. “People will know you your whole life and know everything about you,” Ware said.