FLINT TWP. — Business is literally booming along the busy Miller Road commercial corridor where Motor City Fireworks has opened a year-round store at 3490 Miller Road in the Ross Plaza, just a few doors down from Phantom Fireworks, 3392 Miller Road, an existing permanent store operating for the past few years. Meantime, Jake’s Fireworks, a temporary fireworks dealer, has […]

C-A adopts “disappointing” 2014-15 general fund budget

FLINT TWP. — “Disappointing’’ is the best word Carman Ainsworth Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff said he could use publicly to describe the 2014-15 budget picture. After winning major financial concessions across the board from staff last year to curb expenses, administrators expected finances for the coming fiscal year to show improvement he said. “All that was done to right the ship […]

Second recall petition filed against twp. supervisor Miller

FLINT TWP. — For the second time in recent weeks, Township Supervisor Karyn Miller was scheduled to meet court on Wednesday for a recall attempt by a township resident. Lavonna Joyce Harris filed a petition on June 20 alleging that Miller “voted for a operations deficit budget in 2014,’’ according to documents provided by the Genesee County Elections Division. Harris […]

Use caution when enjoying fireworks, campfires this weekend

LANSING — The Department of Natural Resources reminds residents and travelers that special care and vigilance are necessary while enjoying campfires and fireworks over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in a typical year more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day, and fireworks account for two out of […]

Charles W. Nash statue unveiled at Bishop Airport

FLINT TWP. — With a 1929 and 1948 collector Nash car displayed outside and several descendants of automotive pioneer Charles W. Nash family attending, the Back to the Bricks Committee unveiled its fifth life-sized bronzed statue at Bishop International Airport on Tuesday. Standing atop baggage carousel No. 2 in the airport lobby, Nash joins a similar bronzed statue of Walter […]

Reactions to Supreme Court ‘landmark’ ruling

Hobby Lobby won’t have to pay for contraception

FLINT TWP. — Former First Lady Hilary Clinton was among a raft of public figures and organizations voicing reactions to Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the religious right of Hobby Lobby stores not to pay for contraception or abortions for its employees, as a provision of the new Affordable Care Act. Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby operates about 572 craft stores […]

In brief

Check out the “New Income Palooza” Job Fair GENESEE COUNTY — “New Income Palooza” a non-traditional Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 8 at the Genesys Banquet Center in Grand Blanc Township. The event addresses the limited opportunities for displaced, underemployed, overqualified and age discriminated workers. Hourly wages remain low due to high unemployment […]

Voter registration available until July 7

LANSING— Michigan residents have until July 7, to register in order to vote in the Aug. 5 primary, said Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. “Registering takes just a few moments of your time, and the benefits are boundless,” said Johnson, Michigan’s chief election officer. “Once you register, you are able to vote in Michigan elections and make your voice heard. […]

Walmart giving in last fiscal year exceeds $25 million

FLINT — Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that over the last fiscal year they gave more than $25 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Michigan. Globally, the company and its Foundation donated more than $1.3 billion to non-profit groups, surpassing the previous year’s total by more than $244 million. “Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are […]

Economy drives mortals to make ‘heavenly’ salsa

GRAND BLANC — Dales Natural Foods, 4290 Miller Road, is one of 9 locations in Genesee County now selling Olympus Fare hand-crafted gourmet salsa. The all-natural, no-preservatives, low-sodium salsa hit the market just four months ago, created by Stacy and Dan Pillera of Grand Blanc. Having worked in the food service industry all his life, Dan turned to entrepreneurship after […]