Murals in Lansing bring community together

By Ella Kovacs
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Any amount of time spent in downtown Lansing is enough to notice the many large, colorful murals adorning the wall of local businesses. These public works of art are a prominent part of the community, and bring a special sort of life to Lansing and its residents. “Public art creates community as its created by a community,” said Keith Buchele, owner of Soup Spoon Cafe in Lansing. This restaurant has a huge, interactive painting on the side that reads “Thank You, Michigan” and is covered with the prompt “I’m grateful for ___”. The spaces are intended to be filled with chalk writing, resulting in a giant community blessings board.

Is anyone here? Low citizen turnout at City Council meetings common

By Peter Nuttall
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

On Nov. 9, the city of Grand Ledge held their first city council meeting, since the recent Election Day, at the Grand Ledge City Hall. The newly-elected city council members were sworn in and then they got right to work. Business ran as usual as the mayor, ward representatives, department heads, city clerk, and city administrator all sat down. Other than them, no one else from the city of Grand Ledge attended the meeting.

No ride created equal: views on Lansing mass transit

By Haywood Liggett
Listen Up, Lansing staff reporter

Local citizens relying solely on public transportation are giving mixed reviews on public transportation in the city. Numerous people have taken the bus at least once. However, a vast amount of the populous have access to a vehicle of their own, or that of a family member, close friend, significant other etc. But there are a large number of Lansing citizens that rely exclusively on public transportation. CATA, Lansing’s only bus system, is one of typical ways those without vehicles get around.

Grand Ledge Area District Library loses funds as city adopts Michigan motor vehicle code on super drunk driving

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By Hannah Watts

Grand Ledge Gazette Reporter

Grand Ledge Area District Library loses funds as city adopts Michigan motor vehicle code on super drunk driving

 

An individual caught driving with a blood alcohol content of .17% or higher is subject to severe penalty according to Michigan’s Super Drunk Driving law. The recently updated law increases penalties for individuals caught driving ‘super drunk’. “There are a dozen or fewer ‘super drunk’ driving arrests per year in Grand Ledge,” said Kalmin Smith, mayor of Grand Ledge. Cases are handled at either the state level or at the city level. Come April, Grand Ledge is adopting the Michigan motor vehicle code, allowing incidents that occur within the city to be handled locally.

Crisp Point natural beauty now protected, open to public

By ERIC FREEDMAN
Capital News Service
LANSING — Two miles of pristine Lake Superior shoreline, sand dunes and an 83-acre inland lake are now open to the public as part of a 3,816-acre expansion of state-owned forestland in the central Upper Peninsula. The $6 million parcel is a “public asset,” said Tom Bailey, executive director of the Little Traverse Conservancy, which worked with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and U.S. Forest Service to bring the Crisp Point Project to fruition. Crisp Point includes steep bluffs, sand dunes and streams, as well as 2.5 miles of snowmobile trails, according to DNR. Public recreational uses include hunting, kayaking, fishing and wildlife viewing. Existing two-tracks will remain open, and DNR has no plans to build any structures or campgrounds there.