Flood watch

Township board says yes to Renaissance Zone

FLINT TWP. — By unanimous vote, the township board has approved a resolution for a proposed Renaissance Zone designation for about 63 acres of land near Bishop Airport. It is one of six sites in Genesee County being considered by the I-69 Trade Corridor Next Michigan Development Corporation (NMDC), a four-county economic development partnership formed last year to attract businesses […]

Township contracts out IT support work in budget-cutting

FLINT TWP. — Citing the need to cut costs, the township board voted to eliminate its in-house Information Technology Support staffperson and to contract with an outside company. But it was a close call. In the first of two actions, the board voted 4-3 in favor of eliminating the I.T. position that according to Trustee Frank Kasle has been filled […]

Board spars over appointments

FLINT TWP. — Appointments to the township’s planning commission and zoning board of appeals brought out some sharp differences at the township board meeting Monday night. Only three of four names recommended by Supervisor Karyn Miller won approval. At the outset, Trustee Frank Kasle asked each candidates be voted on individually. John Gazall was unanimously reappointed without kerfuffle to a […]

In brief

Absentee ballots are ready FLINT TWP. — Clerk Kim Courts has announced that absentee ballots are now available for the March 12 special primary election. Ballot applications are available on the township website or can be picked up at the township hall during normal business hours. The election is being held to fill the Michigan State Senate 27th District seat […]

Morrish Rd. bridge project to cause detour this summer

SWARTZ CREEK — This summer the City of Swartz Creek is scheduled to replace the bridge deck on Morrish Road, just south of Miller Road, that runs over the Swartz Creek, which will cause the bridge to be completely shut down, forcing a detour of traffic to be set up for that area for the duration of the project. The […]

Bubba O’Malley’s to hold annual pond hockey event

BURTON — The Bubba O’Malley’s Pond Hockey tournament — a fundraiser for the Davison Optimist Club — will take place Feb. 8-10. The tournament features four-on-four pond hockey, no goalie, no checking. Details: On Facebook see “Bubba O’Malley’s Pond Hockey” or register at www.bubbaspondhockey.eventbrite.com. — G.G.

The VIEW from here

I want my flying car!

This is a reprint from an earlier column H aving grown up in the later years of the 20th century, I remember people and some television programs talking about how it is likely we would have flying cars by the 21st century. I know back when I was a kid having a flying car sounded like a great thing and […]

Hobby Lobby among religious groups

FLINT TWP. — Hobby Lobby, which operates a craft store at 3192 Linden Road, is embroiled in a legal battle pitting religious groups against the government health-care reform. Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby has filed a lawsuit seeking exemption from a mandate under the Affordable Care Act that would force the company to provide insurance coverage for its employees that would pay […]

I-69 International Trade Corridor to honor region’s exporters

FLINT — The First Annual Exporter of the Year Awards will take place Feb. 7. The event is presented by the I-69 International Trade Corridor economic development partners to honor exporters in the region. The event takes place at the Lapeer Country Club from 5:30-7 p.m. An Exporter of the Year award will be presented to one company in Shiawassee, […]