A new lease on life

Editor talks about life-changing liver transplant

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a five-part series where I will recount my battle with cirrhosis of the liver and the life changing transplant I received in September. My story is an account of how I overcame my illness, but mostly I hope to heighten awareness about the organ donor program. I will be a lifelong advocate for […]


A construction crew has been actively working in the cold at a Consumer’s Energy substation on Lennon Road at Utley Road. The project is a planned replacement of a transformer bank and other substation equipment at the substation, with the goal of improving reliability, said Kyle McCree. Community Affairs Area Manager Improving reliability means reducing the likelihood of a service […]

Two police officers promoted

FLINT TWP. — Moving forward with the transition to the retirement of Police Chief George Sippert, the township board has approved for promotion the two highest scorers on the Civil Service test for lieutenant and sergeant. Sgt. Brad Wangler is being promoted to lieutenant and Officer Matthew Vanlente is being promoted to sergeant. Both were due to be sworn in […]

C-A robotics team get state grant

FLINT TWP. — Two Carman- Ainsworth robotics teams were among 462 public and non-public districts statewide to receive a competitive FIRST Robotics Grant from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). The grants were announced in a Jan. 4 memo from Chief Deputy Superintendent Sheila A. Alles. “These awards will support districts both public and nonpublic, in their pursuit to expand […]

Ordinance amendments postponed

FLINT TWP.— After listening to public comment, the township board voted to delay the second reading and adoption of two ordinance amendments. One amendment pertained to the keeping of dogs, cats and wild animals and the other concerned minors in possession (MIP) of alcohol. Ken Berg, a resident, came with a long list of suggested changes to the animal ordinance. […]

Board session ends with attempt to hire legal counsel

FLINT TWP. — In a special township board meeting on January 4, the board of trustees met in closed session for about two hours with Labor Attorney Lizzie Mills, before coming back to open session to vote on whether to retain legal counsel. The motion was denied in a 3-3 tie vote. Clerk Kathy Funk and Trustees Barb Vert and […]

In brief

WFBA seeking input for Downtown Development plan FLINT TWP. — The West Flint Business Association, with Flint Township, is hosting a Public Engagement Event to allow businesses to suggest projects for a proposed Downtown Development Authority and commercial Improvement plans for Bristol and Beecher roads. The meeting will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 18, during the […]

Studio helps local youth connection with dance

FLINT – The Heart of Worship Dance Studio wants to get kids up and moving by engaging them in the art of dance. Beginning this week, the studio will be offering ballet, hip hop, liturgical and jazz at no charge to children ages 5 to 19. “Children in our area face many challenges in their everyday lives. Dance is a […]

Barnett Financial & Tax tackles financial issues

GRAND BLANC — With headlines, Twitter and talk shows abuzz, President Donald Trump has had nothing if not an eventful first year in office. Yet, with new tax laws, uncertainty in global markets and a news cycle that never ends, the constant chatter is enough to set any retiree’s teeth on edge. No matter what side of the aisle they’re […]

Robert B. Landaal named president of Landaal Packaging

BURTON – Landaal Packaging Systems, a family-owned and operated full-service packaging, fulfillment and P.O.P. display company, has named Robert B. Landaal, company president. He replaces his uncle, Stephen S. Landaal, who celebrated 30 years of service in 2017. Robert Landaal will lead the strategic vision and day-to-day operations of Landaal Packaging Systems, which is a $40 million annual sales corporation […]