Genesee County closes all school districts Thursday and Friday

Safety concerns after Conn. shootings prompt closures

FLINT TWP. – Growing tension in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn. last week has prompted all Genesee County schools to close two days before the start of Christmas break. All Genesee County School Districts – including Carman-Ainsworth schools — are closed Dec. 20-21, according to a message sent out by the Genesee Intermediate […]

Poinsettias with a purpose

C-A board amends budget

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth officials are dipping deeper into their dwindling fund balance than was projected in June when the 2012-13 budget was passed. Both revenues and expenditures increased in an amended budget approved Dec. 4 by the board of education. Total expenditures of $49.2 million in the amended budget are up from the $48.2 million budget originally approved. The […]

Local board, superintendent respond to Connecticut shooting

FLINT TWP. — The township board opened its Monday night meeting with a moment of silence and prayer for the 20 children and six adults shot to death last Friday by a disturbed 20-year-old gunman who blasted his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said she also came to the township hall last […]

Apartment fire displaces 16 Flint Twp. families

FLINT TWP. — A pot left unattended on a stove was the cause of a fire early Sunday morning at Clover Tree Apartments off Court Street in which there were no injuries but 16 families were displaced from their homes, according to township Fire Chief John Ringwelski in a report Monday night to the township board. The call about a […]

Police, fire candidates offered jobs

FLINT TWP. — The township board approved employment offers to one police officer and six on-call firefighters at its meeting Monday night. The request to make a conditional offer of employment to one entry level police officer came from Police Chief George Sippert, who said a candidate has been selected from the civil service hiring list. That candidate still must […]

In brief

Bank robbery among monthly crime stats FLINT TWP. — A robbery Citizens Bank at Linden and Court street was one of four armed robberies in the past month, said Police Chief George Sippert in report to the Flint Township board. He did not provide details about the bank robbery other than that it occurred about 2:50 p.m. on Monday, Dec. […]

School massacre leaves doubt about humanity

Since word of the Newtown, Conn. shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School — which left 20 children dead and six adults — came last week I have tried without success to understand human nature. Of course, I am most baffled at how anyone could point a gun at children and shoot them with apparently no remorse or hesitation. How could […]

Resale shop finding its niche

FLINT TWP. — A bust of Elvis and an animated figure of soul singer James Brown are among the eclectic mix of wares that catch the eye inside Grandma’s Closet resale shop, 3491 Hammerberg Road. Since owner Diane Gazda opened her shop in mid-October, working to catch the public eye has been one of her biggest new business challenges. The […]

New partnership

GRAND BLANC — After 30 years in the food and beverage business (Rube’s Bar, Tavern on the Green, 44/30 and PD’s Pub), Dave Donahue has decided to change career paths. He has partnered with Piper Realty Company — with nearly 100 years of experience, integrity and knowledge in the real estate business — to assist him in the ever-changing real […]