Back to the Bricks events mostly cancelled

Changes to car show due to COVID-19 expected to downsize 2020 event

FLINT – There will not be a Back to the Bricks this year, as the community knows it, but there will still be some events marking the 16th annual car show. Executive Director Amber Taylor announced Thursday Back to the Bricks will be scaled back with no rolling cruise, opening ceremony or Friday night concert this year. Instead, she said […]

2020-06-25 E-Edition

Juneteenth commemoration held at Genesee County Courthouse

FLINT — “None of us are free, until we are all free,” was the message delivered to a small gathering on the lawn of the Genesee County Circuit Courthouse on June 19 the commemorate Juneteenth. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the state of Texas on June 19, 1865, even though the Emancipation […]

Police agencies launch Flint/Genesee County Explorer program

GENESEE COUNTY — Local high school students who are interested in becoming police officers will soon have a new outlet for learning law enforcement skills. On June 17, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson announced that a Flint/Genesee County Police Explorer chapter has been launched for area youth. The program, which is expected to start in September, was created through a […]

City gets mini-grant for mural installation at Chalets

GRAND BLANC — Looking to add more visual interest to downtown, the City of Grand Blanc is planning to install a new mural in the rialto known as the Grand Chalet Shoppes. Assistant City Manager Christina Irwin said the Chalet Shoppes are the perfect location, “because it’s a ‘stop-and-see’ kind of place.” “I just wanted to have one more experience […]

Firefighters, neighbors battle hay blaze

ATLAS TOWNSHIP — With temperatures hovering around 95 degrees, Atlas Township firefighters worked for more than two hours to put out a fire in a load of hay bales Saturday afternoon. The Davison-Richfield Fire Department sent in a crew to assist with the battle as firefighters quickly became exhausted in the heat, said Atlas Township Fire Chief Steve Bullen. Neighborhood […]

Board terminates contract with township superintendent

GRAND BLANC TWP. — The Grand Blanc Township Board of Trustees voted 5-2 on Tuesday to fire Superintendent Dennis Liimatta. Supervisor Scott Bennett and Treasurer Earl Guzak voted against the firing of Liimatta, while Clerk Cathy Lane and trustees Lonnie Adkins, Ken Thomas, Al Mansour and Joe Massey voted in favor. The board had just finished discussing options for reducing […]

School board cuts five certified staff positions

DAVISON — With school funding up in the air in Lansing in the aftermath of the coronavirus shutdown, the Davison Board of Education voted Monday night to layoff five teachers effective July 1. The board approved its 2020- 2021 budget earlier that evening that anticipates a $600 per pupil decrease in state funding for the coming year, due to uncertainties […]

Raising the roof

Workers were replacing the roof of the First Baptist Church, 208 E. Fourth St., this week. The historic building was moved to its current location in 1901 where the structure was added onto, including the construction of the octagonal dome roof. Details about services at the church can be found at the First Baptist Church website at

Township expects to see six road projects completed by the end of June

DAVISON TWP. — Over the 2019-2020 fiscal year, Davison Township has completed six major road projects for a total cost of $1,282,402 – of which township taxpayers only paid for $398,135. Supervisor Tim Elkins said he’s pleased with the outcome of the road work done this past fiscal year and he’s looking forward to plans for more work in the […]