Interest in country living keeps mortgage lender busy

FLINT TWP. — Despite the current economy, owning a home out in the country isn’t as far-off a dream as some might think, thanks to a rural development loan program. Rural development loans are popular and are keeping the loan officers at Mortgage 1 quite busy, said Penny Jones, district manager of the office at 2353 S. Linden Rd. Open […]

Hankerd Sportswear opens in Swartz Creek

SWARTZ CREEK — What started as a garage business when he found himself suddenly unemployed, John Hankerd has recently expanded his screen printing company to another location — this time in his hometown. Hankerd Sportswear moved from out of their garage to a store in downtown Owosso 12 years ago. Their primary business comes from online orders, said Hankerd. The […]

Apartment buildings being condemned, tenants forced to move

FLINT TWP. — “No water. No heat,” is how Vonroyce Johnson summed up living conditions last week in his apartment at Brookstone Valley Apartments, 5107 Drummond Square, off Flushing Road. It was almost sundown on the day before Thanksgiving and Johnson was loading a car to move out of his home of 12 years. He was among about 25 families […]

C-A bond refinancing to save nearly $1 mill

FLINT TWP. — On Nov. 29, Carman- Ainsworth Community Schools successfully closed on a transaction refinancing more than $9.7 million of the bonds voters approved in 2002 to renovate and improve all district school buildings. Through this transaction that was authorized by the Carman-Ainsworth Board of Education, property owners in the district will save $910,765 in interest over the next […]

Early riser networking event planned for Dec. 9

FLINT TWP. —“Whatchamacallit,” a holiday networking event, will be hosted by the Swartz Creek Chamber of Commerce from 6-9 a.m. on Dec. 9 at Financial Plus Federal Credit Union, 3381 Van Slyke Rd. Money and non-perishable food items will be collected to benefit the Eastern Michigan Food Bank. Monetary donations will also be collected for the Old Newsboys of Flint […]

Book fair planned

FLINT TWP. — Barnes and Noble Bookfair will take place Dec. 10, 9a.m.-11p.m. at the Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 4370 Miller Rd., Genesee Valley Mall. This is in support of the Swartz Creek Band Boosters. Most in-store purchases will qualify for a portion of the sales to be donated to the band program at no extra cost to the customer. […]

Aerotropolis gaining ground with municipal support

FLINT TWP. —Plans to form a economic development corridor connected to Bishop International Airport gained momentum Monday night after a decision by the township board of trustees to sign on. Before approving a resolution to join the Interlocal Agreement for the I-69 International Trade Corridor, the board heard a presentation from Janice Karcher, vice president of economic development for the […]

Ground rules set for better behavior at board meetings

FLINT TWP. — Rude behavior by trustees at a recent township board meeting has led to stricter rules for conduct in the future. Supervisor Karyn Miller said she was embarrassed by the board’s conduct during a heated discussion at the Nov. 7 meeting over the suspension of code enforcement officer Mike Myatt. “We expect our employees and citizens to treat […]

Black Friday started Monday at some township stores

FLINT TWP. — Several tents pitched outside the Best Buy store most of last week were occupied by Black Friday shoppers who wanted to be first in line for the deals. Alana Czechowski and daughter Alicia, 20, of Grand Blanc Township pitched the first one on Monday — a full four days ahead of the midnight Friday sale. By 5 […]

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Local woman starts new one-stop beauty shop

GRAND BLANC — Combining her passion for all things fashion and beauty with her drive to succeed, Manira Galanter has opened up a new salon shop in the Grand Mall. After studying at Maroc University in Morocco and immigrating to the United States, Galanter said she was looking for a way to make a living. As she began looking around, […]