New fire captain sworn in

FLINT TWP.— In a six to one vote, the township board approved the promotion of Jason McClanahan to fire captain. Of four candidates, he scored highest on a Civil Service Commission test. McClanahan was present at the board meeting with this wife, children and mother who watched as he was sworn into office by Clerk Kathy Funk. Fire Chief Tom […]

After transplant: Living my ‘new normal’ life

A new lease on life

(Editor’s note: This is the last in a five-part series where I recounted 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.) So where was I? Oh yes, I was […]


Construction of a wooden knee wall in front of the board of trustees’ meeting table was recently completed. Construction and installation by Driesen Home Detailing cost $14,440, according to board minutes. The wall was approved without discussion as part of a consent agenda at the board’s November 20 meeting. During construction, Trustee Tom Klee said the wall was needed to […]

Twp. board pays tribute to the memory of retired police officer

FLINT TWP. — Township Supervisor Karyn Miller called for a moment of silence at the township board meeting Monday night to honor the memory of retired police Lieutenant Charles Mack (Chuck) Laney, 85, who died Feb. 3 at Caretel Inns in Linden. Chief George Sippert, who worked with Laney during the first ten years of his career, also commented on […]

Tax exemption approved for recreational facility

FLINT TWP. — Development of the Planet3 Extreme Air Park has been cleared for takeoff. In his letter of application to the Flint Township board, Michael Clark, owner, described the business as an extreme air recreational trampoline park. Several franchises exist nationally. It will be located at 3450 Miller Road in a long vacant building formerly occupied by Best Buy […]

In brief

WFBA hosting county 911 director FLINT TWP. — Spring Tremaine, director of Genesee County 911, will be the guest speaker at the West Flint Business Association monthly meeting, from noon to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 15 in the meeting room of the Golden Corral restaurant, 4200 Miller Road. Tremaine will talk about 911 behind the scenes and how it spends tax […]

Home is where the heart is

WalletHub’s “2018 Best Places for Valentine’s Day,” study made a timely arrival into my email box this week. It caught my attention that Detroit ranked 98 out of a 100 of the largest U.S. cities surveyed. I view these types of ranking with a grain of salt. Many of my major celebrations in the Detroit area have been memorable and […]

Area technicians receive Awards of Excellence from Goyette Mechanical

FLINT – Goyette Mechanical has announced its 2017 Excellence in Service Award winners. Davison resident Kevin Kinasz has been awarded the Curt Maser Excellence Award, Byron resident Jonathon Esper has been awarded the George Hier Excellence Award. Goyette also created a new award category for 2017, The Greg Monzo Excellence Award was bestowed for the first time to the awards […]

Dort Federal Credit Union breaks ground on new branch

GRAND BLANC – Dort Federal Credit Union held a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 31, at the site of its newest branch location in Clio, 11411 Linden Rd., in front of Walmart. Dort Federal’s board members, executive team, and representatives from Vienna Township were in attendance. “We are extremely happy that Dort Federal Credit Union has the opportunity to serve our current […]

In brief

I-69 Thumb Region issues RFP for connecting workers to jobs FLINT — To build on the success of last week’s talent forum, the I-69 Thumb Region is now seeking proposals for ways to improve the regional workforce supply in 2018 and beyond. Specifically, the Request for Proposals (RFP) should address one of two key areas discussed at the Jan. 24 […]