Family Christian Stores facing trials

FLINT TWP. — The Family Christian Store (FCS) in Genesee Crossing Shopping Center, 3577 Miller Road, is in financial trouble and could be facing closure. Its parent company, Grand Rapidsbased FCS, filed for bankruptcy protection on Feb. 11, in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan. At that time, company officials said in a press release that it […]

Summer is here!

Tent sales, sidewalk cafes and outdoor merchandise displays like this one at Gill-Roy’s Hardware store on Corunna Road all are signs that the warmest season has arrived. Summer’s official arrival on Sunday (the longest day of the year) also signaled the start of shorter and shorter daylight hours until winter solstice in December. But looking on the bright side, there […]

Red Cross says prepare ahead for emergencies

FLINT TWP. — Damaging tornadoes that touched down in parts of Michigan on Monday are a recent reminder of the importance of a message from the American Red Cross, presented June 15 at the Flint Township Board meeting. “I can tell you how to prepare but you are the one who has to do it’’ said Annette Swain. Disaster Program […]

Health Source road repair delayed again by rising costs

FLINT TWP. — Plans to repair Health Source Boulevard hit another roadblock last week because the repair bid came in well above the original estimate. Health Source is a connector street between Corunna Road and Linden Road that mainly provides access to the Pasty Lou Williamson dealership and Health Plus. The estimated cost for the project came in at $192,336, […]

Twp. board updates FOIA rules

FLINT TWP. — Effective July 1, anyone requesting public records from Flint Township will do so under recently revised and updated Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) guidelines and procedures, approved by the township board. The lengthy document that spells out who can and how to request information was written by township attorney Peter Goodstein, said Clerk Kim Courts, who is […]

GM team partners with Genesee County Habitat for Humanity for Flint Home Renovation Project

FLINT — Last week, the General Motors Foundation and team GM Cares volunteers from GM’s Flint North American Tooling Center, Flint Assembly and the Flint Metal Center partnered with Genesee County Habitat for Humanity to help with the renovation of a home in the Grand Traverse District neighborhood of Flint. The home will be developed into a work/live space for […]

In brief

Expect traffic jams on eastbound I-69 FLINT TWP. — No tornadoes passed through the area Monday night but construction work on I-69 was a storm casualty. A temporary retaining wall used to support the soil under the new lanes of westbound I-69 was washed out due to heavy rainfall, according to a press release from the Michigan Department of Transportation […]

More funding earmarked for River Forest repairs

FLINT TWP. — Some extra dollars have been added to the fund toward much-needed repairs of River Forest Drive. In February the township allocated $98,000 of its 2015 Community Development Block Grant funding to repairing the badly deteriorated road. Last month, the board approved an amendment of the CDBG budget to reallocate $5,200 from code enforcement and $1,400 previously earmarked […]

Flint Folk Music Society announces festival performers

FLINT — Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary headlines the 16th Flint Folk Music Festival. Joining Peter on the Flint Folk Music Festival stage schedule are Kate Taylor, Christine Lavin, Don White, Mustard’s Retreat and Hayley Reardon. Flint’s Dan Hall will make a special guest appearance. The Festival, presented by the Flint Folk Music Society (FFMS), takes place on […]

Observations: From cellphone etiquette to bigotry, I have a few

I’m away from the office this week for a few days off. In trying to prepare some things in advance for the week in my absence I had the chance Sunday afternoon to reflect on several things as I cleared my desk and my mind. Let’s call them “observations.” Leave the phones at home It happened again Saturday when my […]