Board decides to payoff police station debt early

FLINT TWP. — After a few financing ideas being tossed around since March, it looks like the police station debt is headed towards an early pay-off. At its Aug. 12 meeting, the township board approved hiring bond and finance attorneys to oversee the process of obtaining a bank loan to pay off the police bond. At its July 15 meeting, […]

Al Kaline goes to bat for Ollies

Help sought for maintenance on township fire hydrants

FLINT TWP — Contracting out routine maintenance of fire hydrants could help the township fire department both physically and fiscally. The work requires strenuous physical labor that sometimes causes back and shoulder injuries that can increase worker’s compensation claims and overtime costs, said Fire Chief John Ringwelski in his pitch to the township board on Aug. 12. Ringwelski’s request to […]

Congressman promotes gun safety

FLINT TWP. — U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee distributed gun locks free of charge last week to residents of the Fifth Congressional District in a collaborative effort with local, state and federal law enforcement officials to make Flint and other mid-Michigan communities safer. At the giveaway held at the Michigan State Police Post on Corunna Road, Kildee was joined by city […]

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Salon to give free haircuts for school supplies drive FLINT TWP. — Cyril Salon and Spa, 4290 Miller Rd., is hosting a school supply drive through Aug. 23 to benefit the YouthQuest afterschool program. The Salon will give children a free haircut in exchange for a school supply donation or the purchase of an adult haircut. The donation drive will […]

County clerk vows to fight for lower fee rates

GENESEE COUNTY — Clerk John Gleason said he will fight to lower, not raise, fees for vital records charged by his office. Gleason called a press conference Aug. 19 in which he said he is opposed to raising the rates for vital records — like birth, death and marriage certificates — as a way to generate more revenue for Genesee […]

Column ideas aren’t always easy to come by

The VIEW from here

When people find out I work for the newspaper, the first thing many of them say is “Hey, you’re the vanity plate guy” — which is true, I do write sometimes about vanity license plates. Then many people often ask me where I come up with ideas for my weekly column. I will be the first to admit it isn’t […]

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet celebrates grand opening with Tigers great Al Kaline

FLINT TWP. — After standing vacant for about six years since the Furniture Express store closed, one of the township’s larger big-box store at 5038 Miller Road, is back in business with the opening of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet on August 14 in the Mill Creek Shopping Center Founded in 1982, Pennsylvania-based Ollie’s Bargain Outlets is one of the nation’s largest […]

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HealthPlus to spice up health and fitness expo FLINT — As title sponsor of the 2013 HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races, HealthPlus will have a prominent presence at the Commit to Fit! Health & Fitness Expo during the days leading up to Crim race events. The HealthPlus booth will feature the following exciting and interactive health and wellness activities: • […]

Lapeer Tuneup golf invite kicks off season

LAPEER — One of the first high school competitions of the fall season will take place this Friday at the Lapeer Country Club. The seventh annual Lapeer Tuneup golf invitational will tee it up at 9 a.m., just two days after the official start of fall sports competition in Michigan. Only golf and tennis were allowed to begin playing Wednesday, […]