A Meridian goat owner fought the law, and the goat owner won

By Riley James
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

When Mike McCurdy received the notice from the Meridian Township staff that he had to get rid of his five pygmy goats or pay $820 to send a request to rezone his property, he had no idea what to do. “It started with us getting a 30-day notice saying that we had to get rid of our goats in 30 days or we would be fined and face ongoing fines,” said McCurdy. McCurdy fought the law and McCurdy won, gaining a zoning change allowing him to keep his goats. But that end result came after a fight that cost time and money, and that McCurdy believes was swayed by public sentiment in his favor. “I think it was pretty clear to people that the animals weren’t a problem.

The Meridian Historical Village and the importance of knowing local history

By Riley James
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

OKEMOS — Finding a historical village in Michigan is pretty uncommon, but not for Meridian Township. The Meridian Historical Village in Okemos “was established as a private non-profit organization in 1974,” according to their website. Because this village has been around for so many years, it has had a positive impact on the community from education to attraction of tourists through their events. “[The Meridian Historical Village] protects and preserves the local history. We have an archive, and we have all sorts of resources here that can help not just students but community members also,” said Jane Rose, the executive director of the historical village.

Meridian Meijer makes for a beneficial asset

By Riley James
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

OKEMOS—Imagine not having a Meijer in Meridian Township. Imagine having to drive longer than 10 minutes just to shop at Meijer. Imagine how much different would the community be. About an average of 50,000 shop at this Meijer per week, according to Chris Wilson, the store director of the Okemos Meijer. He said the Okemos Meijer is one of the busier Meijers in the area.

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.