Honoring an officer

Retiring police lieutenant lauded for 31 years of exemplary service

FLINT TWP. — A man who literally and figuratively stands head and shoulders above the rest, Lieutenant Tim Jones is retiring after 31 years with the township police department, effective May 2. As Field Operations Commander, the 6-foot-8 Jones is frequently a visible presence at crime and accident scenes. “Personally, I will miss him more than anyone else,” said Police […]

Twp. board OKs contract with on-call firefighters

FLINT TWP. — A signing bonus and life insurance are included in a new two-year contract with the township’s on-call firefighters, approved by the township board Monday. The Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Michigan Association of Firefighters (MAFF) is effective from January 2014 through December 31, 2015 but allows wage negotiations to be reopened beginning January 2015 at the written […]

Police chief grooming future leadership

FLINT TWP. — Promotions are coming soon for two township police officers as a result of the May 2 retirement of Lt. Tim Jones. The township board approved a request Monday from Police Chief George Sippert to obtain two candidate names from the Civil Service Commission. One sergeant will be promoted to lieutenant to replace Jones and one patrol officer […]

Two Carman-Ainsworth Robotics Teams Headed to World Festival Competition

FLINT TWP. — Two robotics teams will represent Carman-Ainsworth Schools at the World Championship competition in St. Louis MO, April 23-26. Big Mo Team 314 was the Michigan First Robotics State Championship Regional Winner, according to a press release. Mo Peeps, Team 654, based at Rankin Elementary, won the Champions Award at the Michigan North and West First Lego League […]

In brief

Youth Summer Jobs Fair this weekend FLINT TWP. —More than 1,100 teens, ages 14 to 18, are expected to attend the Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) Jobs Fair from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday at Baker College of Flint. More than 17 organizations will be looking for summer help. For-profit employers are eligible for a 50 percent SYI match of […]

Mott Foundation looks for ‘right fit’ in grant funding

FLINT TWP. — Fielding about 3,000 requests for funding each year, the grant making team for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation puts careful thought into choosing which ones are the right fit, said Jennifer M. Acree, an Associate Program Officer, and member of the grant making team. She was the guest speaker last week at the monthly meeting of the […]

Coldwater Creek stores closing

FLINT TWP. — Coldwater Creek, a women’s apparel store at Genesee Valley Center shopping mall, will close permanently in coming months as a result of its parent company filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief on April 11. The Idaho-based national retailer operates about 400 stores in 47 states and has been in business for 30 years. Coldwater Creek announced that […]

In brief

Redwood Brewing Co. wins award at World Beer Cup FLINT — Redwood Brewing Co. claimed a Bronze award in the 2014 World Beer Cup, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers. Gold, silver and bronze awards in the competition’s 94 beer style categories were presented April 11 […]

FSPA presents Glen Holcomb

FLINT — Flint School of Performing Arts faculty member Glen Holcomb will perform at 7 p.m., May 2 in the Anderson Room at the Flint Institute of Music, 1025 E. Kearsley St. in Flint. Guest artists include Dr. Augustus Hill and Dave Kimber. Music selections include such songs as “O Sole Mio” and “Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess?”. Glen L. […]

Maxwell Therapy honors local woman as March Pay It Forward winner

FLINT TWP. — A local resident’s selfless hard work and dedication is being recognized as the March 2014 winner of the “Pay It Forward” program at Maxwell Therapy LLC. Louise Downs may look like your average grandmother, but she is much more than that. Downs wears many hats, including senior caregiver, “Violet the Klutzy Klown” for hospice patients, active church […]