Bids Ok’d for fire and police departments

FLINT TWP. — In an attempt at quality control, Fire Chief John Ringwelski recommended awarding bids to separate companies for concrete work needed at two township fire stations, during a bid review at a recent township Board of Trustees meeting. Bids for the work were received from Freeman Brothers Construction of Linden, Zeller Excavating of Swartz Creek and Oak Construction […]


Homeless student count still rising

FLINT TWP. — There are 74 homeless students attending Carman-Ainsworth Schools this year and the number has been steadily climbing for five years, according to Russ Parks, assistant superintendent of operations, in a recent report to the school board. Parks said that the 74 students identified as of official Fall student count day are up from 37 at the same […]

Expressway drivers no longer subject to search

GENESEE COUNTY — The “Sheriff ’s Posse” is no longer using a sign warning of a drug search ahead on local highways after the initiative garnered attention from the ALCU and media. Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said the whole initiative was a “ruse” and that there were never any drug checkpoints. He explained he stopped using the sign, towed […]

Borrowing from retirement fund OK’d

FLINT TWP. — Non-union employees and elected officials can continue taking loans from their retirement funds, following passage of a resolution by the Township Board of Trustees. Board action responded to a memo from controller Beth Takacs, which said the approval was needed since the Municipal Employees Retirement System (MERS) set new provisions after taking over administration of the Defined […]

Shorter work week limits time to conduct township business

FLINT TWP. — The new four-day work week for the township hall is creating problems for one township resident. Speaking during public comment at a recent township board meeting, Ed Linn complained about the shorter time frame to pay his water bill and a subsequent late penalty. Linn said he received his most recent water bill on Oct. 1 that […]

In brief

Tailoring business has moved FLINT TWP. — Tailoring by Blackwell which celebrated its 20th year in business on Oct. 13, has moved to a new location. Formerly on Beecher Road, the business is now located at 3308 Miller Road, in the Yorkshire Plaza on the upper level, said owner Karen Blackwell-Vickers. She is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 to […]

Patsy Lou Chevy dealership celebrates grand reopening

FLINT TWP. — Patsy Lou Williamson Chevrolet rolled out the red carpet last week for a public unveiling of the totally renovated Corunna Road dealership. Work began in early June to convert the building to a uniform image design General Motors is requiring for all of its dealerships. The Patsy Lou Chevrolet dealership has shed its long-standing black granite facade […]

In brief

Davison business nominated for award DAVISON — Green Energy Management Solutions has been nominated for the Award for Outstanding Green Business as a part of the 2011 Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce biennial Business Awards banquet. All of the exceptional companies who have been nominated will be recognized, and the recipients of these awards will be announced at the Riverfront […]

The VIEW from here

Sometimes the fight for ‘animal rights’ can be absurd

Some stories have been in the media recently which just make me wonder if some animal rights activists are living on a different planet than the rest of us. I’m all for protecting wildlife and pets and there are many good people and organizations who make a difference every day in the lives of animals. I applaud those people and […]