Business Briefs

Owner of Genesee Ceramic Tile honored BURTON — James “JC” Cokley, President of Genesee Ceramic Tile, was honored for his outstanding leadership and lifelong contributions to the construction industry, the masonry trades and the greater community. The Detroit Ceramic Tile Contractors Association awarded Cokley with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” Feb. 11. He has been in the ceramic tile and terrazzo […]

GRCC and the eTeam announce award recipients

FLINT — The Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce ( in partnership with the eTeam has announced the recipients of two new awards — “Genesee 10 to Watch” and “Spark” — at the 4th Annual Jumpstart Business Conference. “Over the past three years, businesses located in Genesee County and across Michigan have been challenged by a tough economy. However, despite the […]

HAP ranked highest in member satisfaction among Michigan Health Plans

DETROIT — Health Alliance Plan members rated HAP “Highest in Member Satisfaction among Commercial Health Plans in Michigan for the fourth consecutive year,” according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Member Health Insurance Plan StudySM. HAP’s 2011 performance increased, surpassing its 2010 score. HAP achieved a score of 769 on a 1,000-point scale—two points higher than last year—which […]

McLaren Regional certified as stroke facility

FLINT — After undergoing a rigorous on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, McLaren Regional Medical Center was recently awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as a Primary Stroke Center. “In stroke care, time is brain,” says Jean E. Range, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “By achieving certification […]

Teachers who made a difference are the ones I still remember

The VIEW from here

This is a column I wrote back in 2008. With the current state of education cuts in Michigan and what seems like growing movement by some state politicians against teachers, I thought I’d offer a little moral support. There are many good teachers out there who deserve praise… I’ve reconnected with a few friends, former sources and even some long-lost […]

Call of the Wildlife

Richard Smith will take on most unwelcome critters creeping around your house

SWARTZ CREEK — Not many service people can climb into your attic to trap a bat and come out with a professional assessment of your faulty wiring too. Nowadays Richard C. Smith makes his living as a pest removal expert but he was a home inspector and appraiser before the real estate market tanked in 2005. So its second nature […]

In Brief

Bubba O’Malley’s hosts “Talent Quest” fundraiser BURTON — “Talent Quest” will be tuning up at Bubba O’Malley’s Restaurant April 17. Sing with a real band and get discovered. If you love to sing, please go to, check out the song list, and sing with Rodeo Drive. You could have a chance to win $1,000 if you place. There is […]

‘Rainmaker’ grants available

FLINT — HealthPlus of Michigan is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations within its service area for its 2011 Rainmaker grant awards. As part of its social mission and vision to build healthier communities, HealthPlus launched the Rainmaker program (named after Native American ‘Rainmakers’ who were revered as leaders who made good things happen) in 1994 to fund efforts by […]

Walk for Williams Syndrome to raise money, awareness for birth defect

DAVISON — Bailey Stack, 13, waited patiently by the window watching for her friend, Egan Fowler, 14. The two hadn’t seen one another in almost a year. “There’s Egan!” Bailey exclaimed, finally, as the boy exited a car. Unable to contain her happiness Bailey ran and threw her arms around Egan, giving him a big hug. For the two friends […]

Kid Rock

Invitation only show part of Jim Beam music series

FLINT — Kid Rock will take to the stage of The Machine Shop, 3539 S. Dort Hwy., on April 16 for a private show. Rock, who’s real named is Bob Ritchie, will perform as part of The Jim Beam Live Music Series — 10 live concerts by 10 different artists in different cities across the nation. The announcement last week […]