In brief

Consumers offering $100K to support Home Run for Habitat fundraising event JACKSON — Consumers Energy is contributing $100,000 to support this year’s Home Run for Habitat fundraising campaign in Michigan, providing assistance and encouraging others to help build Michigan’s communities. “Habitat for Humanity looks to build homes, communities and hope, and we want to support them as part of our […]

Why I write what I want in this space

I received a letter from a reader this week who said my weekly columns should “inform/educate, uplift, inspire and engage the readers.” Specifically, when I write “frivolous” columns about personalized license plates, I am missing an opportunity to reach the paper’s readership about more serious topics. The letter was merely a critique and it was done so professionally and without […]

Back to the Bricks week

Flint Assembly Open House attracts thousands to kick off

FLINT — Long lines snaked around the north parking lot at Flint Assembly, 3100 Van Slyke Road, as thousands lined up to board shuttle buses for an Open House and tour of the plant during a GM-sponsored kick-off of the annual Back to the Bricks classic car show. Besides getting a chance to see how vehicles are made from start […]

In brief

Michigan Health, Hurley to hold open house Aug. 20 GRAND BLANC — On Aug. 20, Michigan Health Specialists and Hurley Health Services Grand Blanc Urgent Care are hosting a joint ribbon cutting celebration and open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the community is invited to come out and enjoy free refreshments, bounce house, tours of the state of […]

MCC vice president assumes NCIA presidency

FLINT — Dr. Amy Fugate, vice president of Academic Affairs at Mott Community College, has assumed the presidency of NCIA (National Council of Instructional Administrators) which is an affiliate council for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Fugate was elected to an at-large position on the NCIA Board in 2009 and has previously served as secretary and vice president […]

Carbon monoxide, smoke detectors available with grant

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Fire Department has received a grant to distribute a limited supply of smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors. One of each is available to residents living in the designated Community Development Block Grant area. A map showing these areas qualifying areas is posted on the township’s website at A picture ID is required […]


Extra school supplies support initiative to deliver shoebox gifts

GENESEE COUNTY — As a new school year approaches, traditional back-to-school activities ramp up and families fill the aisles shopping for school materials, clothes and all the right digital gear to help students return to the classroom ready to learn. For many area families, however, the season for student discounts and bargain bins also presents a great opportunity to help […]

Hot Tickets

Concerts coming up at The Machine Shop FLINT — On Aug. 15, The Machine Shop, 3539 S. Dort Hwy., Flint will feature Frequency Fifty Four, with special guest Chasing the Riot. Cost is $5. This is an album-release show. Summer Happy Funtime Burlesque will perform Aug. Tickets are $10 in advance. The Machine Shop will feature the Russell Wayne Tribute […]

New Football Practice Policies Promote Safety as 14-15 Sports Year Begins

EAST LANSING — The first practices of 2014-15 begin next week for approximately 110,000 student-athletes taking part in eight sports in which the Michigan High School Athletic Association sponsors postseason tournaments, with nearly 41,000 football players practicing under a new policy in that sport aimed at continuing to improve player safety. The new practice policy was proposed by a Football […]

FJGA crowns 2014 season champions

FLINT – Kristen Wolfe repeated as girls’ champion, and Jack Weller unseated good friend and Swartz Creek teammate Ben Zyber as boys’ champion in the Flint Junior Golf Association’s season-ending tournament last week. Wolfe, a Grand Blanc resident and Powers Catholic graduate, defeated Grand Blanc High sophomore Cammi Lucia 7-and-6, and Weller topped Zyber 3-and-2 in the match play finals […]