Mason’s population is growing and changing

By Amanda Cowherd
Mason Times staff writer
Mason’s population increased almost 23 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the census, and growth continues. By 2020, there will be 10,000 people living in Mason, compared to the 8,252 recorded in the last census, predicted Chamber of Commerce Director Douglas Klein. Klein said that Dart Container Corporation’s acquisition of Solo Cup Company in 2012 has brought the largest influx of residents—especially to the western part of Mason. Dart built a large warehouse in the past six months and will finish building a new administration building by the end of the summer. Klein said Dart hired 300 employees for its Mason facilities.

Gay couples in Michigan disappointed in Gov. Snyder’s decision

By Daniel Hamburg
Mason Times staff writer

Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday that more than 300 marriages of same-sex couples on Saturday were performed legally by county clerks across the state of Michigan, but will not be recognized for benefits by the state until the case is resolved by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum said she performed the first of 57 same-sex marriage ceremonies a couple of minutes after 8 o’clock on Saturday morning. She also said five officiants showed up to help perform marriages, including East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett. “It was an absolutely amazing experience,” Byrum said. This entire courthouse was loud.

Focal Point Spring 2014 [Show 2]

A new bill proposed may give unpaid interns in Michigan the same protections as other paid employees. MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon gave her annual State of the University address, giving some students reason to speak out against the administration. And, a suspect has been arrested in connection to the death of MSU student Dominique Nolff. Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

Focal Point Spring 2014 [Show 1]

President Barack Obama traveled to Michigan State University to sign the Agriculture Act of 2014. A shooting just of of MSU’s campus has some worried for their safety. And, many people are getting last minute flu shots due to the recent outbreak going around Mid-Michigan. Focal Point is an Emmy awarding winning, student produced newscast from the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.

Reinvention of Michigan

Danielle Turcotte
Meridian Times staff writer

Gov. Rick Snyder presented his budget proposal to lawmakers at the Business Leaders for Michigan Leadership Summit in Lansing Thursday, Feb. 17. “Simply put – job one is jobs,” Snyder announced early on in his first State of the State address. His speech was centered on improving Michigan’s economy and the beginning of change. He reiterated the need to reinvent Michigan in his speech on Thursday.

Snyder’s budget proposal cuts local schools’ funding

By Emily Griffes
Bath-Dewitt Connection staff writer

When Gov. Snyder spoke about his proposed 2012 budget with the legislature on Feb. 17, one theme rang true: shared sacrifice. But it seems that some are expected to share that sacrifice more than others. “We have a significant challenge we’re going to face with… our schools from a financial perspective,” Snyder said. With the more than $500 million reduction in K-12 education spending, local school districts, including DeWitt, look ahead with unsure expectations.