Medina Osmanagic: How immigrant status can affect voter identity

Medina Osmanagic is a child of Bosnian immigrants — an identity that has drastically influenced her participation in American politics. “My family is not very Americanized and barely speaks English,” said the junior studying neuroscience and Spanish at Michigan State University. “They feel like they are less than everyone else.”

While her parents have lived in the United States for 19 years – after seeking refuge from the Bosnian War – they continue to hold a strong connection to their home country. This relationship with Bosnia has specifically affected Osmanagic’s willingness to participate in U.S. elections. “My parents have never voted a day in our (family’s) lives, so they never pushed it on us,” said Osmanagic.

Rural recycling program will continue in Clinton County

By Katie Winkler
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Main Street Pizza, along the downtown strip in the Village of Fowler, separates their garbage from boxboard to recycle down the street at the drop-off centers. If it weren’t for the Rural Recycling Program that maintains these sites, assistant manger Tyler Conner said they would most likely toss the boxes from shipment. “It’s just handy to be able to dispose of that in an ecologically-beneficial way,” he said. Conner can continue doing that. The Rural Recycling Program that covers Clinton County residents within Dallas Township, Lebanon Township, the Village of Fowler and the Village of Maple Rapids, was approved by the County Board during their Sept.

Clinton County bucks up to keep mental health services at the County Jail

By Katie Winkler
Clinton County Chatter staff reporter

Due to a change in general fund dollars from the State of Michigan, the Clinton County Jail has asked the county for $63,326 to continue mental health services. Since the County bucked up, services will continue. “We have less funding, which means the county has to take on that burden of supplying a mental health worker because our jail can not operate without one,” Clinton County Jail Capt. Monica Hoskins said. Within the last year, Community Mental Health Authority for Clinton, Eaton and Ingham County (CMH), along with other providers across Michigan, were notified that there would be a sufficient decrease in the amount of general funds that would be available to help their communities, including inmates at the Clinton County Jail. The push for Healthy Michigan and Medicaid was presented as a way of dealing with the loss of these funds.

Clinton County is joining the rail-to-trail movement

By Meghan Callan
Clinton County Chatter staff reporter

ST. JOHNS — Trails strengthen the social, recreational, and economic fabric of a community and Clinton County is joining the movement. In Spring 2015, the Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee (CIS) Rail Trail was completed and developed by Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR). According to the DNR, a coalition of federal, state and local funding, accumulating to a $300,000 budget, was used to finance the trail. Located in mid-Michigan, the trail extends 41.3 miles through urban and rural areas amongst the three counties of Clinton, Ionia and Shiawassee.

DeWitt local runs for Treasurer

By Tiara Marocco
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Writer
DEWITT, MI – The weather is not the only change slowly approaching in Michigan. With the local elections coming up, candidates are trying to prove why they should be considered.  In Clinton County, “the treasurer is responsible for all receipts, disbursements, and investments of County funds.”

Republican Tina Ward is the Clinton County treasurer and is running for this position again.  The responsibilities of the Treasurer include “processing property tax settlements with the 27 local units, collect delinquent property taxes from individuals, performs tax adjustments as instructed by the Michigan Tax Tribunal, the State Tax Commission and local Boards of Review, performs tax searches and histories and issues all dog licenses.”

Democrat Annette Wright is running against the current treasurer.  Wright attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1990, where she got her Masters of Business Administration.  She is also a Certified Public Accountant.