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Residents defeat roundabout

FLINT TWP. — Residents opposed to placing a traffic roundabout at Dye Road and Court Street packed a public hearing Monday night at the township hall. The public hearing concerned a proposal from the Genesee County Road Commission to install a roundabout to improve safety at the crash-prone intersection. Road commission representatives presented a summary of plans aimed at summer […]

Police officers cited for great work

FLINT TWP. — Two township police officers have been singled out for special recogntion. Lt. Robert Batinkoff recently received the Service Above Self Award from the Genesee Valley Rotary Club. Announcing the award at the township board meeting Monday night, Chief George Sippert said Batinkoff was honored for his investigative work in solving the carjacking and homicide of Leslie Mills, […]

Health Plan millage renewal explained

GENESEE COUNTY — What about Obamacare? That is the No. 1 question voters keep asking about the November ballot proposal to renew the Genesee Health Plan for seven years, said Pam Nelson, GHP community outreach specialist about the service for uninsured low-income residents of Genesee County. The question arose again during a political educational forum last week sponsored by the […]

4-H, MSU Extension facing the axe

Failure to pass “smallest tax” in county history could end youth program

GENESEE COUNTY — Buried on the backside of the last page of the ballot containing the proposals for the Nov. 6 general election, there’s a 0.02 mill tax to fund the Michigan State University Extension Services. The five-year tax will provide the MSUES with $176,104 annually, assessing what is being called the “smallest tax” ever placed on a Genesee County […]

In brief

Halloween costume rentals FLINT TWP. — The Flint Community Players annual Halloween Costume Shop will be open this Friday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and again during the same hours from Oct. 26-30. Hundreds of theater quality garments are available. Stop and shop at FCP located at 2462 S. Ballenger Hwy.— south of Miller Road next to the K-Mart parking lot.. […]

Building International bridges up to voters

GENESEE COUNTY — Building a new international bridge from Detroit to Windsor, Canada is at stake for voters to decide in a Nov. 6 statewide ballot proposal. If voters approve, state proposal 6 would amend the State Constitution regarding any new construction of international bridges and tunnels. It would require approval of a majority of voters, in a statewide election, […]

Swartz Creek artist to exhibit work at Fenton art show

SWARTZ CREEK — Swartz Creek pencil and watercolor artist Peggy Mattson will be exhibiting her artwork at the Harvest Time Art Show and Sale on Oct. 26 from 6-9 p.m. at the Fenton Winery and Brewery in Fenton. At the art show, she will display five original watercolor paintings and five original pencil drawings, with all ten pieces of her […]

Proposal would enable public employees to collective bargain

GENESEE COUNTY — On Nov. 6, Proposal 2012-02 asks voters if they want to amend the Michigan Constitution and make it a fundamental law of the state to allow public and private sector employees to organize for the purpose of collective bargaining. An affirmative vote on the proposal would add Section 28 to Article I and amend Section 5, Article […]

SNAP Fitness reopens in Flint Twp.

FLINT TWP. — A Snap Fitness Center at 1381 W. Bristol Road has reopened under new ownership. When the previous operator moved out in August, George Zerka, who owns the strip mall where it is located, said he began making plans to reopen the gym. “It was a very busy gym,’’ said Zerka, who now owns the 3,750 square-foot gym […]