As the weather warmed up and the school year wound down, the urge to be outdoors was irresistible. Members of the Carman-Ainsworth High School marching band drum line enjoyed a perfect blend by holding their practice outside recently. A spokesperson said they were honing their skills in preparation for band camp in August.

City diner gets liquor license

FLINT TWP. — A tavern liquor license for the Vehicle City Classic Diner, 3142 Miller Road, won 6-1 approval from the township board of trustees Monday night. Trustee Belenda Parker voted against it because it includes an extended Sunday sales permit. She stressed that she has no objection to the business. A tavern license allows a business to sell only […]

Township seeking police, fire millage increase on Nov. ballot

FLINT TWP. — Township voters will be asked to approve a 3.85 mills increase for public safety on the November 4 ballot. Ballot language unanimously approved by the board of trustees Monday night seeks a ten-year levy from 2014-2024. The first year would generate about $3 million in revenue, according to the approved ballot resolution. That breaks down to about […]

Longtime firefighter hangs up his helmet

FLINT TWP. — After 38 years of service, Lt. Robert Lloyd of the township fire department, is retiring. He received special recognition during a cake reception at the township board meeting Monday night. Fire Chief John Ringwelski praised Lloyd for his firefighting and organizational skills. He was the kind of guy who, in the aftermath of a fire, would wipe […]

Township board amends soliciting ordinance

FLINT TWP. — An ordinance amendment placing new restrictions on operations of solicitors passed second reading and adoption at the township board meeting Monday night The changes respond to ongoing complaints about door-to-door sales. Under new provisions the township clerk will keep a file listing the addresses of those persons that do not want solicitors to enter or call upon […]

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Mid-East Festival permit granted FLINT TWP. — The township board of trustees approved a Special Event permit for the Our Lady of Lebanon Mid-East Festival, July 11-13. The annual cultural celebration is held on the grounds of the church, at 4133 Calkins Road. Festival hours 11:30 a.m. to midnight on Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday and noon to 6 […]

PAWS Dog Walk event draws a crowd

FLINT TWP. — About 74 dogs were registered and an estimated 200 people showed up for the “Woof Walk and Fun Fest” last Saturday at the Flint Township Park and Trails on Norko Drive. It was a benefit for the building fund of Pets are Worth Saving (PAWS) of Swartz, sponsored by the GLEANER Life Insurance Society Flint Area Arbor, […]

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Old Newsboys celebrate 90 years helping others FLINT— Since 1924, the Old Newsboys have put gifts under the tree for more than 787,000 needy children across Genesee County. Thousands of children have received coats and shoes through their Warm Hearts Healthy Starts Program, and hundreds more have been served through the Emergency Box Program. “It is personal,” said Old Newsboys […]

Health Dept. warns of norovirus danger

GENESEE COUNTY —As the weather warms and schools begin to close, the Genesee County Health Department reminds everyone the area is still experiencing an increase in gastroenteritis illnesses. The viruses that cause gastroenteritis, such as norovirus, can be easily spread by food, person-to-person contact, or contaminated surfaces or objects. The Genesee County Health Department would like to make sure everyone […]

The latest vanity plates from Michigan roads

Summer travel means seeing a lot more vanity license plates on cars and trucks, statewide. I’ve already encountered a few new ones, as have some of the readers who have generously shared them for this column. Here’s a look at some of the recent vanity plates I’ve either collected from the road, or helpful readers who had something to contribute: […]