Smiley announces bid for re-election

BURTON– State Representive Charles Smiley (D-Burton), has announced his candidacy for the 50th House District. The 50th district includes Burton, Grand Blanc, Grand Blanc Township and Mundy Township. Smiley served as Burton City Councilman from 1987 to 1991. He served as mayor for 19 years thereafter. Smiley has focused on “middle class workers, K-12 education, seniors, veterans, local government and […]

Township board considers budget amendments

FLINT TWP. — Two 2012 budget amendments came before the Township Board at its April 16 meeting. One was approved and the other postponed. The board unanimously approved budget increases for the senior citizens center/library on Graham Road but put off yet again a decision on the fire department budget. Senior center funding is $3,000 over budget and the library […]

Incumbent trustees team up for re-election bid

FLINT TWP. — Board Trustees Frank Kasle and George Menoutes announced last week that they are seeking re-election to fouryear terms. Both are Democrats and have filed nominating petitions for the August 7 primary election. The filing deadline for all candidates is May 15. All seven seats are open on the Township Board including supervisor, treasurer, clerk and four trustees. […]

Board nixes outdoor cage fighting event

FLINT TWP. —Tent sale applicants have faced a tough crowd lately. The Board of Trustees voted 4-3 on April 16 against an application from Hooters restaurant to host an outdoor Mixed Martial Arts event over the course of the summer that included food and alcoholic beverage service. Two weeks ago, the board nixed a proposal from Suski Pre-Owned Cars to […]

Many road improvements planned this summer

FLINT TWP. — A smoother ride is coming on bumpy Beveridge Road — one of many repaving projects this summer approved by the township board. More than a half-million dollars is being spent this construction season on township roads, said Township Supervisor Karyn Miller. Costs are being met by a combination of millage funds and Community Development Block Grant Funds […]

In brief

Park clean-up is Saturday FLINT TWP. — “Join Hands Day,’’ a cleanup and beautification of the Flint Township ark on Norko Drive is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 5. Sponsored by the Gleaner, Greater Flit Area Arbor, the annual event will include cleaning flower beds, replanting annuals, mulching, woodchipping the nature trail, removal of invasive plants, […]

Local reactions to helmet law repeal

GENESEE COUNTY — Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill on April 12 repealing Michigan’s 45-year-old mandatory helmet law for motorcycle riders. It allows those age 21 or older to ride without a helmet provided they carry at least $20,000 in additional medical insurance and have either passed a motorcycle safety course or had a motorcycle endorsement for two years. It […]

Neighborhood grocery store reopens at Maple and Van Slyke

FLINT TWP. — Shelly Cunningham welcomes the reopening of a neighborhood supermarket at Maple and Van Slyke roads and not only because she works there as a cashier. Cunningham lives nearby and said having the store there means that area residents no longer need to drive further away to Walmart or Meijer to buy a loaf of bread or a […]

In brief

McLaren Health Plan expands sales team FLINT — McLaren Health Plan welcomes Ron Russman, Patricia Schulte and Jim McCloy to the growing sales team. With 19 years of insurance experience, Russman of Oxford is certified with the State of Michigan in life and health insurance and with the Health Insurance Association of America. He most recently served as an employee […]

The VIEW from here

Excuse me — I must have ‘dialed’ the wrong number

I ’ve discovered my cellphone sometimes has a mind of its own. Well, maybe not the phone itself, but rather my backside sitting on it. I’m apparently a habitual buttdialer. I have inadvertently called a number of random people in my contacts list on the phone at all hours of the day and night because of my insistence on keeping […]