2018 highlights—Ballet, veterans, massage parlors, and ghosts


2018 was a big year in Lansing, and The Lansing Journal recorded hundreds of stories. In these last days of 2018 and the opening days of 2019, we share some highlights chosen by different members of The Lansing Journal writing team. Josh Bootsma is the newest member of the team, and he’s new to the … Read more

Human Relations Commission meets at library for first time

Introductions, thoughtful discussion, and public comments mark promising start by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill (December 20, 2018) – Lansing’s Human Relations Commission met at the Lansing Public Library for the first time Thursday night, where they will be meeting every third Thursday of each month. Commissioner introductions, practical discussions, an Open Meetings Act presentation, and public comments … Read more

Lansing’s Crosstown Classic—Memorial vs. Heritage

Middle school rivalry is alive and well By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (December 20, 2018) – The gym at Memorial Junior High School was rocking on Monday afternoon as the Memorial Mustangs faced off against the Heritage Middle School Nationals in their annual crosstown basketball match-up. The Background Despite being the only two middle schools in Lansing … Read more

Men of A-Chord present annual Christmas concert

Christian men’s choir spreads joy through song By Josh Bootsma SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (December 16, 2018) – Over 200 people flocked to Thorn Creek Reformed Church in South Holland Saturday night to hear the Men of A-Chord present their annual Christmas concert. Formally titled “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmastide,” the concert … Read more

Christmas tree lighting and Santa House opening—in photos

Annual holiday event warms hearts on cold evening by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (December 5, 2018) – The frigid temperatures made Wednesday evening feel more Christmas-y than the previous Saturday’s rainstorms would have, and approximately 200 people showed up on the Santa House campus to participate in the festivities that had been postponed because of … Read more

Human Relations Commission holds first meeting

As one long process ends, another begins by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (November 27, 2018) – The Lansing Human Relations Commission held its first meeting Tuesday night at the Lansing Police Department. The meeting included the reading of the commission’s mission and goals, planning the commission’s regular meeting schedule, and receiving a training session from a representative … Read more

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