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Road to Ram Jam’ Aimed at Country Music Fans AUBURN HILLS – The Ram Truck brand is presenting “Road to the Ram Jam,” an all-star country music series featuring five of today’s best country artists leading to a 2012 Ram Jam concert event Dec. 29 in Nashville, Tenn., where all five artists will perform. Kellie Pickler is the first artist […]

Can’t keep a good kid down



My son Sam spent last weekend with me, and when I picked him up on Friday he was in his usual mode — raring to go. The minute Sam, 8, gets in the car he is sure to tell me everything he wants to do for the weekend. He doesn’t leave anything unplanned. He tells me what he wants for […]

In brief



ROWE celebrates Golden Anniversary FLINT — ROWE Professional Services Company is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. In 1962, a young Dave Rowe founded Rowe Engineering and Surveying Services. Ironically, one of Dave’s first offices was within a few blocks of ROWE’s current headquarters in downtown Flint. Dave’s original philosophy of doing what’s best for the client in the long […]

Hoping for a big fat prize

Brides ready to dive into cake for dream wedding package

GRAND BLANC — Mid Michigan brides and grooms have a chance to snag a wedding package valued at $3,000. The fifth Annual Big Fat Genesee Wedding Show is taking place at Warwick Hills Country Club, Feb. 18, 1-4 p.m. At 4 p.m. wedding cake will start flying in the air, as two brides to-be are selected to dive into cake, […]

Naturally trendy

Dale’s stocks newest products, puts customers first after 65 years


FLINT TWP. — You might call them the wizards of Oz. Don Wolfe and his son Drew are second and third generation merchants of natural and health food products whose expertise well serves the familyowned Dale’s Natural Foods, started in 1947 by Dale Wolfe, Don’s dad. Nowadays one of their biggest trends is fueled by advice from Mehmet Oz, M.D., […]

Local woman teaching extreme couponing




SWARTZ CREEK — Gone are the days of flaunting an extravagant price tag for a superfluous purchase. The hard-hit economy has competitive shoppers on a mission to get the best deal, and shows like TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” has bargain hunters across the nation competing for bragging rights. Warning: saving big bucks can become quite addictive, and in some cases lead […]

Grant to give senior center lighting upgrade




FLINT TWP. — Better lighting inside and out is coming to the Senior Citizens Center with help from a grant from Consumer’s Energy, accepted last week by the township board of trustees. The $1,178.30 grant will supplement a light replacement project costing $10,767.4 at the senior facility, 2071 S. Graham Rd. Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said the balance of funds […]

Good job Gunner

Dog plays role in airport drug bust



FLINT TWP. — Gunner the police dog recently played a big role in a drug search at Bishop International Airport, said Flint Township Police Chief George Sippert, in a positive crime report last week to the board of trustees. Gunner was asked to assist with a suspicious package and was instrumental in recovering a suitcase containing $75,000 relating to a […]

Longtime buffet restaurant closes

Sends groups scrambling to find new meeting place


FLINT TWP. — The view through the glass double doors of the Old Country Buffet restaurant, 3583 Miller Rd., is dark and vacant after many years of bustling with patrons fond of all-youcan eat dining. One of several signs taped outside the doors last week was a notice that the Feb. 9 meeting of the Flint Barbie Club had moved […]

C-A revising anti-bullying, hazing policy

Tougher stance to comply with state law


FLINT TWP. — The Carman-Ainsworth Board of Education took the first step to implement a detailed definition and consequences of bullying and hazing in schools, by conducting the first reading of a comprehensive new policy at its meeting last week. The district already had an anti-bullying stance on the books but the revised policy is to comply with stricter wording […]