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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

Republican for Sheriff wants 'change'

Dwayne Taylor Photo by Christine Laughren

Dwayne Taylor
Ypsilanti Farmers Market

By Christine Laughren
Nov. 1, 2008    ·    6:23 p.m.

It’s an overused word these days according to Dwayne Taylor, 32, but he says “change” is exactly what Washtenaw County needs in the Sheriff’s office.

Taylor, an Ypsilanti resident, is running on the Republican ticket for County Sheriff. While sitting in a booth at the Big Sky Diner in Ypsilanti Township, he said he knows he does not have as much experience as his opponent Democrat Jerry Clayton. But Taylor said Clayton brings too much baggage with him.

“I think there has been a big deal made about my lack of experience but I think that is a bonus,” Taylor said. “If (the community) wants someone who is going to serve a special interest…I think Clayton will do that.”

Taylor says he has lived in Michigan all his life. He grew up in the area and attended Ann Arbor’s Huron High School. After a 5-year stint as a reserve police officer for the Decatur Police Department and two years as an auxiliary police officer with the Inkster Police Department, Taylor now works in private for Great Lakes Protection.

“To me the Sheriff has a duty to all of the city’s in the county whether they have a police department or not,” Taylor said. “Living out here as long as I have, I’ve seen so many things that have been neglected."

Taylor said the neglect comes from a lack of diligence in budgetary and social matters in the County. He said he would like to see more cooperation in the police department as well as more discipline. He also said he wanted to see a Sheriff that would get out and walk and be a part of the community.

“I would definitely look at policies and procedures to see what could be changed,” he said.

As far as funding Taylor made mention of voluntary pay cuts and the possibility of outsourcing training.

Citizen Profile
Information gathered from dwaynetaylorforsheriff.com.

Dwayne Taylor was born in the city of Kalamazoo. He am 32-years-old and a life long resident of Michigan. Currently he resides in the City of Ypsilanti. His father and mother live in the City as well. He has two brothers and two sisters who also reside in Michigan and one sister who lives in Maryland.

Professional Highlights
Worked in the field of private security and have worked various assignments as well as held supervisor/management positions for more than 13 years.

5 years - Reserve Police Officer - Decatur Police Department

2 years - Auxiliary Police Officer - Inkster Police Department

Explorer - Ann Arbor Police Department

Explorer - Ypsilanti Police Department

Cadet - Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department

Ypsilanti Historical Society
The Rocket

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