Bars in Meridian Twp. use social media to bring in football fans


ESPN recorded that the NFL’s viewership has declined by 8 percent. However, sports bars in Meridian Township were still packed Super Bowl Sunday. According to Statista, an average of 111.3 million people tuned in to watch the Patriots defeat the Falcons in a stunning overtime victory on Super Bowl Sunday. Even though the NFL’s viewership has been on the decline, sports bars were still packed on Super Bowl Sunday. Most sports bars like to use promotions to draw a crowd for Super Bowl Sunday.

CWD found in deer in Meridian Township

By Julie Campbell
Meridian Times Staff Reporter

A 9-month-old male deer was found in Meridian Township with a disease known as CWD. CWD stands for Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal disease that affect white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. Deer in Meridian Township have been on close watch by the citizens, as it’s important that the township keeps track of the prevalence rates and spread. “The township parks department, police, and administration are cooperating with the DNR to monitor the spread and attempt to control the disease,” said Capt. Greg Frenger of the Meridian Township Police Department. “It is unclear how the disease came to Michigan.

CATA uses lure of free rides to douse drunk driving habits on St. Patrick's Day

By Lauren Captain
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

Your preference of transportation mode matters on a normal day, but this past St. Patrick’s Day CATA buses overpowered the inclinations of some to use their own motor vehicle. CATA’s Entertainment Express, that runs every week Thursday to Sunday to offer a primary mode of sober transportation, was helping the cause to promote against drinking and driving. The Entertainment Express is used in hopes of consumers helping themselves and other pedestrians from drunk driving accidents, not only this day, but every time the trolley rolls around. “Keep in mind that with or without the free-sober ride offer, CATA was already scheduled to operate Entertainment Express between the Capitol and East Lansing, and that the majority of those riders own a Student Semester pass, giving them unlimited rides aboard all fixed-route services, meaning they wouldn’t have had to pay any more to ride on St.

Winter birds are something to see in Meridian Township

By Lauren Captain
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

One drive through Meridian Township and it is not hard to notice the barrier of woods and the character of the trees that surround the area. During the winter, this wooded township hosts many events to the families of Okemos and Haslett. Each winter weekend through the months of January and February, they host “Family Winter Fun Weekends.” This is a time when lots of families come out to attend each event and stay connected in their township and roots of Michigan. With families of all ages to experience this day with the outdoors of winter birds around, even people from outside the community of Meridian came to listen in on the bird calling. Maci Laurel Robinson, 21, of East Lansing took the children she nannies for; Gwen, Sophia and Carson to this event as well.

Meridian Township looking for help cover flood insurance costs

By Lauren Captain
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

OKEMOS — With winter coming to a close, some Meridian Township residents are hoping that snow melting over frozen ground won’t lead to severe flooding. Okemos deals with this type of problem every year. “The most severe spots for flooding in our area are at the corners of Okemos Road and Grand River Avenue, and this is something we have to expect each year around this time as winter comes to a close,” said Younes Ishraidi, the Meridian Township Public Works and Engineering Office’s chief engineer. In hopes of helping people living in flood-prone areas, Meridian Township officials are working on a plan to help residents pay their flood insurance premiums. Township officials recently proposed a grant option idea on Feb. 2 at the township board meeting.

Still in high school, but earning college credits at Haslett High

By Julie Campbell
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

HASLETT — When it comes to Haslett High School, it’s more than just high school classes. With the amount of college credits they offer, it’s almost as if the students are part time attending a two-year college. According to the Haslett High School website, the school is fifth-best in the state and 62nd-best in the country when it comes to college readiness. “Currently, all of our advanced placement classes offer college credit upon receiving a 3 or higher on their AP exam,” said principal Bart Wegenke. “Most of our Haslett High School students take at least two AP classes so they are at least half way through their freshman year before they begin college.”

There are students at Haslett that take enough AP classes in which they earn credit that would normally take them two years to earn at college.

Meridian becomes more welcoming as nearby MSU sees international population grow

By Riley James
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

According to the Office for International Students and Scholars at Michigan State University, the percentage of MSU students from outside the United States has quintupled since 1950, when international students only made up 3 percent of the population. In 2015, international students made up 15 percent of the university’s population with 7,568 attending school at MSU. This increase in population has led to surrounding communities like Meridian Township to host events so the international students feel more at home in mid-Michigan. One of those events was Meridian Mall’s fourth annual Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 7.

Low-income students remain undetected in Okemos High School

By Samantha VanHoef
The Meridian Times

If you ask Okemos High School guidance Counselor Beth Josephson how many students lost their house last year, she’ll have a guess. If you ask her how many students resort to stealing to feel like they’re keeping up with their peers, she’ll give you another guess. But if you ask Josephson who these students are, she couldn’t tell you — because she doesn’t know. 2014 data by U.S. News & World Report reports that 15 percent of Okemos High Students are considered economically disadvantaged. This means that of the 1,325 students currently enrolled at Okemos High School, almost 200 students fit in this category.

Meridian debates fire station situation

By RJ Wolcott and Kimberly Naghtin
Meridian Times staff writers

OKEMOS- Recently, the structure of the Meridian Township Fire Department has been up for debate. Residents have concerns with reducing the number of stations, while inspectors and board members point to economic problems with the current setup. The issue is with the central fire station at 2150 Clinton St. in Okemos. The station is the oldest of the three in the township and inspectors say it might be beyond renovation.