Proposed panhandling ordinance reworded

FLINT TWP. — It would become illegal to give or receive money from a vehicle in traffic under a proposed ordinance under discussion by an advisory committee formed to find solutions to the township’s street beggar problem. The committee was formed last month after objections were raised to a proposed panhandling ordinance amendment that passed first reading in early July. […]

Oma’s little hero

FLINT TWP. — To the average 5-year-old boy, a hero probably describes an adult in his life or maybe a comic book character, but Jackson Schultz fits the bill himself, at least in the eyes of his grandmother Margaret Jabs. Jabs still get choked up when describing her grandson’s bravery and composure after they were in a car accident on […]

C-A awards diploma to Vietnam vet

FLINT TWP. — After a 47-year wait, Richard Vanderkarr’s high school diploma is now proudly on display in his Vienna Township home. “Emotional” is how Vanderkarr, a Vietnam veteran, described the moment two weeks ago when he was presented his diploma by Carman-Ainsworth Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff. A member of the Ainsworth class of 1967, Vanderkarr did not graduate with his […]

Online bill payments now available

FLINT TWP. — Township recordkeeping has finally joined the high-tech age, making it possible now to pay water and sewer bills online and also review and pay property taxes. Treasurer Marsha Binelli announced at recent township board meetings that a payment portal is now posted on the township’s website at That means no more last minute dashes to the […]

In brief

Genesee County Literacy Coalition FLINT TWP. — Would you like to help an adult learn to read, learn English as a Second Language or finish the GED process? Genesee County Literacy Coalition will be having a tutor training. Training is held in two sessions — 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sept. 27 and Oct. 5. The training will be held at Trinity […]

YouthQuest program receives $4,000

GENESEE COUNTY– The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce YouthQuest program has been awarded a $4,000 grant to support youth literacy, according to a press release. The grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will go toward the purchase of the Discussions4Learning curriculum, which will help improve reading and vocabulary skills for students at YouthQuest, a comprehensive, free after school […]

Television has changed a lot since Cosby

It was 30 years ago this week The Cosby Show debuted on NBC. The show is credited with reviving the sitcom genre, which fizzled in the early 80s, and with paving the way for other African-American comedies like the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and In Living Color. For the average viewer it gave many of us who grew up […]

County prosecutor WFBA talk covers spouse and child abuse, crime and more

FLINT TWP. — Under Michigan law, the highly publicized whipping Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson gave to his 4-year-old son minimally meets the definition of third degree child abuse, according to Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton, in a speech last week to the West Flint Business Association. Helping the WFBA celebrate its 25th year. Leyton covered a range of topics including […]

I-69 Thumb Region honors local exporters from seven counties

GENESEE COUNTY – CFI Medical, based in Fenton, with a warehouse and distribution center in Flint Township, was among six businesses recognized last week with an Exporter of the Year award, presented during the 2014 I-69 Thumb Regional Summit, according to a press release from the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. The I-69 Thumb Region includes Genesee, Lapeer, Huron, […]

In brief

Speakers available from Flint & Genesee County Chamber FLINT — The Speakers Bureau is one of the key services that the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce offers to the Flint & Genesee region. It’s a great opportunity for the Chamber to keep the community abreast of positive news, new developments and opportunities. The primary goals of the Speakers Bureau […]