Flint Township board remains nearly the same

FLINT TWP. — In a show of confidence during challenging economic times, township voters retained all Board of Trustees incumbents in Tuesday’s primary election. All are Democrats and will move on to November’s general election unchallenged. With all 15 precincts reporting, current Supervisor Karyn Miller got 2,243 votes (65 pct) to fend off challenger Shelly King nearly two to one. […]

MTA proposal passes

GENESEE COUNTY — At the Aug. 7 primary, the Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) renewal proposal was approved by Genesee County voters with 67.37 percent of the votes and 30,036 total yes votes. There were 14,545 total no votes cast, representing 32.63 percent of the votes. The millage renewal will levy .4 of one mill on the taxable valuation of property […]

Graves wins Republican nod for 51st House seat

GENESEE COUNTY — At the Aug. 7 primary for the 51st District House of Representatives seat, incumbent Joseph Graves won the Republican nomination with 80.86 percent of the votes and 3,858 total votes. John Lauve of Holly received 18.70 percent of the votes with 892 total votes. “I am grateful for the support of everyone who went out and voted […]

Slezak to go against Kildee

GENESEE COUNTY — Republican Jim Slezak of Davison won the Aug. 7 primary election against Tom Wassa of Fairgrove, clearing the way for a match-up with Dan Kildee (DFlint) in November. Both hope to take over retiring U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee’s congressional seat in the fall. Dale Kildee is Dan Kildee’s uncle and has served this area in Congress for […]

Pickell wins primary in a landslide

GENESEE COUNTY — Sheriff Robert J. Pickell overcame two Democratic challengers Aug. 7 to win the primary election. Pickell, 70, who took office in 1999 as Genesee County Sheriff, soundly defeated challengers Dan Allen and Tim Johnson. Pickell received 64 percent of the vote with 22,496 ballots cast for him. Johnson was the second highest vote-getter with 7,630 votes and […]

In brief

WIFI installation nearing completion FLINT TWP. — Installation of wireless connectivity (WIFI) at Carman-Ainsworth high school and middle school is expected to be completed by August 17, according to assistant superintendent Russ Parks, in a report to the school board last week. He said it is the district’s largest summer project. Weinstein Electric was contracted to install 41 access points […]

Students must wear ID badges

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth High School students will be required to wear visible Identification badges at all times while on school property as part of an effort to tighten security. Displaying ID badges was one of several changes added to the 2012-13 Student Code of Conduct recently approved by the school board. The new rule stipulates that all students, in […]

Animal adoption event to be held

GRAND BLANC TWP. — The 7th annual Petfest companion animal adoption event will be held again this year Aug. 11, at Genesys Health Park from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. All pets will be spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccines. Multiple area rescue groups are participating, including Adopt-A-Pet, Forever Friends, C.A.R.E. and PAWS. Details: Call 810-629-0723. — G.G.

Cell phones to be allowed in schools

FLINT TWP. — Before school even starts, Carman-Ainsworth High School students have passed a major test. A pilot program begun at the high school last term tested student responsibility to obey a policy that allowed restricted use of cell phones and other electronic devices during the school day. Prior to that, cellphone use was banned at school. When implementing the […]