Crim opener focuses on female athletes

FLINT TWP. — Bobby Crim, founder and namesake of the annual Crim road race, took the opportunity of a kick-off press conference last week to share a special memory with Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields of Flint. An avid boxing fan, Crim said he once refereed a fight between Muhammed Ali and Jimmy Ellis. And he brought a photo […]

GISD official fired for misuse of funds

FLINT TWP. — Beverly Knox-Pipes, a top administrator for 16 years at the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD), was fired last week by the Board of Education for alleged misuse of public funds totaling about $87,521.35 and other misconduct allegedly connected with a 10- year extra-marital affair with her supervisor, former GISD Superintendent Thomas Svitkovich. The board based its action […]

Treasurer’s election not settled yet

FLINT TWP. — A ballot recount scheduled to take place this morning should settle the treasurer’s race. Donald Thompson, who was a candidate for township treasurer in the Aug. 7 primary, filed a petition for a recount last week with the Genesee County Clerk’s elections division. In official balloting, Thompson trailed Marsha Binelli by only 24 votes. He received 1285 […]

Firefighter resignations discussed

FLINT TWP. — The resignation of the third on-call firefighter this summer highlights internal problems that one Flint Township Board trustee is questioning as “systemic.” David Kuczera, an on-call firefighter for 17 years, cited grievances similar to those given by the previous two who quit. “I no longer support or understand the direction that this department is headed,’’ Kuczera said […]

Costly siren update approved

FLINT TWP. — Maintenance and upgrading of the township’s 11 emergency warning sirens, at a cost of $72,700, has been approved by the township board. In his request for funding, township fire chief John Ringwelski said that $62,000 was needed to replace rusted siren battery boxes and the remaining $10,700 to upgrade controlling equipment that would enable individual monitoring and […]

In brief

Shared services report on way FLINT TWP.— Results of a Shared Municipal Services study tentatively will be presented at the Sept.17 township board meeting, Township Supervisor Karyn Miller reported to the board last week. She said board members would receive copies of the report by the end of last week to allow time for them to read it before the […]

Bikes on the Bricks revs up for Sept. 15-16

BURTON — The 6th Annual Bikes on the Bricks presented by Vehicle City Harley-Davidson will be Sept. 15-16, in downtown Flint. According to a press release, this motorcycle event includes the only certified police competition in Michigan. The event includes vendors, police skills competition, a fashion show, a police escorted ride, a tattoo contest and a motorcycle show. Money raised […]

Veteran hair stylist sets up shop

FLINT TWP. — Before Shanon Wooley could open her new hair salon, she had to remove a roll-up entry door, cover a cement floor, install drywall and generally do a complete overhaul on the industrial-like building. With help from a contractor and her father who owns the building, Wooley rolled up her sleeves and got to work on creating her […]

GRCC announces new trade partnership

FLINT — The Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced a new partnership with the International Trade Administration (ITA) U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. Both entities have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to collaborate on increasing awareness of the economic benefits of exporting. The partnership also aims to educate businesses on how exporting can help increase the region’s trade […]

In brief

Diplomat Pharmacy recognized as among fastest-growing GENESEE COUNTY — Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy recently announced for the fourth consecutive year, they earned a position on Inc. magazine’s exclusive, annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. “We’re proud to be recognized by Inc. again this year, earning a position of 1585 in the nation, but if you dig a little […]