Governor extends stay-at-home order through April 30 

LANSING – Today, Governor Whitmer signed executive order 2020-42, extending her prior “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through the end of April. As with the prior order, Executive Order 2020-42 limits gatherings and travel and requires all workers who are not necessary to sustain or protect life to stay home. Executive Order 2020-42 also imposes more stringent limitations on stores to reduce foot traffic, slow […]

2020-04-09 E-Edition

Volunteers suit up, deliver food to homebound seniors

Linda Bair is accustomed to staying home, so when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued the “Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives” executive order, Bair’s first thoughts were not about being bored; rather, her mind went to a very basic fear: hunger. Bair, of Swartz Creek, relies on the food boxes delivered monthly by a small contingent of volunteers. “I was definitely […]

It’s not normal, but it’s just for now


Living rooms becoming classrooms, face masks in the grocery store, visits with grandma and grandpa through the glass. In an effort to the make the best of a bad situation, many of us have started to refer to these changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic as our “new normal.” But let’s face it, nothing is normal about any of […]

McLaren health care worker succumbs to COVID-19

FLINT — An intensive care nurse at McLaren Flint has died due to complications from coronavirus. Patrick Cain, 52, died over the weekend and was remembered in a statement released April 6 by McLaren Flint president and CEO Chad Grant. “It is with deep sadness that McLaren Flint’s president and CEO notified its employees and physicians on Monday that a […]

Mayor asks residents to stay home during COVID-19 address

BURTON — Mayor Duane Haskins urged residents to follow government rules and stay home during the pandemic crisis in an address he released online last week. Haskins declared a city-wide emergency March 16 and said less than 24 hours later he closed city hall to the public after seeing the number of COVID-19 cases in the state had doubled overnight. […]

Whitmer appoints Hammon to 67th District Court seat

LANSING — Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed Jessica J. Hammon to the 67th District Court of Genesee County Hammon is a private practice attorney in Flint where she practices family, child welfare, and juvenile criminal law. She is also a managing partner with Attorneys for Indigent Defense, PLLC, a firm that provides defense for indigent mothers involved in the child welfare […]

Richfield Twp. man charged with girlfriend’s murder

FLINT — Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said a Richfield Township man has been charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend at the Davison Hills Mobile Home Park in Richfield Township last week. Robert Danial Putnam, 40, is charged with open murder in the death of his girlfriend, Sidney Szewczyk, 28, after Szewczyk’s body was found on the […]

In brief

Emterra unable to handle more waste DAVISON TWP. — Emterra Waste is asking residents to not put out more than normal household waste and recycling. Emterra said they realize many people have time on their hands and are cleaning their homes, but the waste hauling company cannot deal with the high volumes of trash that is at the curb. Last […]

Staying connected while staying apart

Technology helps friends, classmates continue interactions By Lania Rocha

SWARTZ CREEK — The coronavirus may be keeping us apart, but technology is keeping us connected. Area residents are turning to online platforms like Zoom and Facebook Live and YouTube to shake off the sense of isolation by sharing tutorials, reading books, and otherwise interacting. Michele Bielby, the STEM coordinator for the Swartz Creek Community Schools, has been making STEM […]