Township police chief promotes ‘Summer of Safety’ traffic campaign

FLINT TWP. — Tragically, two teen girls who were not wearing seatbelts have died in traffic accidents so far this year which underscores one of the messages of a summer long traffic initiative, according to Police Chief George Sippert. Summer of Safety is a statewide campaign by law enforcement agencies to encourage increased seatbelt use and reduce impaired driving during […]

Board approves 2016 JAG agreement

FLINT TWP. — After a brief public hearing, the township board approved an Interlocal Agreement for the 2016 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) awarded to Genesee County by the United States Justice Bureau. The federal funding is allocated to local governments to improve criminal justice services. It can be used to purchase equipment, vehicles and other law enforcement needs. Genesee […]


VOTING VISUAL AIDS – Voters should have an easier time knowing where to go during the upcoming August 2 election thanks to new signage, which Clerk Kim Courts previewed at the township board meeting this week. One is a color-coded map showing precincts. It will be located inside of the doorway of polling sites. Another is a “Vote Here” sandwich […]

Orange barrel polka

FLINT TWP. — Motorists may have felt a frustrating frisson of Deja vu last week when spotting orange barrels lining Ballenger Highway south of Miller Road. But unlike last year’s three-month closure of that stretch of road while the Ballenger Highway Bridge was being replaced, this traffic interruption was scheduled to last only about a week while the new bridge […]

Firefighters badly needed

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Fire Department is looking for men or women up to the challenge of becoming an on-call fire fighter. Flint Township is the second busiest fire department in the county and firefighters who are available during the daytime are badly needed, said Assistant Township Fire Chief Mike Burkley. Most of the township’s 20 on-call firefighters […]

In brief

No burns FLINT TWP. — Noting that it is getting very dry outside, Assistant Fire Chief Mike Burkley said the department is getting close to issuing a burn ban. If it does not rain this week, there won’t be any outdoor burn permits issued, he said. A burn permit is needed to burn yard waste, build a campfire and other […]

In brief

Just Around the Corner: The 4th Annual ‘Be a Tourist in Your Hometown’ GENESEE COUNTY – Chances are you’ve heard your parents say it more than once: Tourism begins at home. And you know what? They were right! So come along and join the Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for the fourth-annual “Be a Tourist in Your […]


I got a text from my boss a couple weeks ago asking me to call her immediately. Nobody wants to get a text from their boss that says that, but this was the rare and gleaming exception. “Hey, I was asked to go to Chicago for the day on June 8th for a day trip, but I can’t go. Do […]

Had enough of election yet? I have

The media has only been at it for two years now, hyping up this vote as though it’s the end of all humanity, and we’re just a scant five months from Election Day. So who are you voting for? Ha, just kidding. Please don’t tell me. I won’t tell you either … I don’t want you to start berating me […]

It’s ‘pedal to the metal’ in auto programs

FLINT — Hands-on experience guided by experts in the field is what students in Baker College’s transportation technology programs can expect, according to Phil Whitmer, Baker College of Flint dean of transportation technology. “Extensive lab time, required internships and events like our recent Car & Motorcycle Show provide a variety of opportunities for students to learn,” Whitmer said. “Combined, they […]