2020-08-13 E-Edition

Area first responders honored through Hometown Hero contest

GENESEE TWP. — A trio of local first responders were honored for their service with the “Hometown Hero contest” presented by Backyard Oasis Pond & Garden Center in Genesee Township. On Aug. 6, Backyard Oasis chose three first responders from a list of nominees for the distinction of Hometown Hero. Nominees for the contest were selected by their friends and […]

Genesee County clerks report record absentee ballot numbers

GENESEE COUNTY — Clerks in several Genesee County communities reported huge increases in absentee ballot submissions during the Aug. 4 primary election. Around 2.5 million Michiganders voted in last Tuesday’s election, surpassing the state’s record of 2.2 million votes in the 2018 Primary Election. Of that total, more than 1.6 million absentee ballots were submitted, shattering a previous record of […]

Grand Blanc Twp. sailor welcomed home with parade

GRAND BLANC TWP. — Retired Chief Petty Officer William J. (Joe) Goetz III expected his family to get together and have a backyard barbecue to celebrate his homecoming and retirement after 20 years of service in the United States Navy. Instead, he returned home to a parade with a police and fire department escort, a ceremony, and neighbors lining the […]

Grants awarded for projects in city, township of Grand Blanc

GRAND BLANC — The City of Grand Blanc and Grand Blanc Township are among 15 communities in the I-69 Thumb Region receiving $2,000 grants from the state’s Placemaking Mini-Grant Program. The grants are funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and administered by the I-69 Thumb Region partners. The program was established to help communities implement small, impactful projects that […]

Master Plan amendments call for improvements north of ‘the point,’ more walkability, affordable housing

GRAND BLANC TWP. — The underutilized northern section of Grand Blanc Township could get a little TLC under the newest amendments to the township’s Master Plan. With the technology village “buttoned down and ready to go,” township planners can adjust their focus and give a little more attention to “the gateway,” said Leah DuMouchel of Beckett & Raeder. The area […]

American Legion reaches out to community for help

DAVISON TWP. — After 100 years of helping the community, the Charles Skellenger American Legion Post 267, 10309 Davison Rd., is asking for assistance in return while it weathers a drastic loss in revenue during the pandemic. The organization, which has about 70 members currently, has long helped out in the Davison area by offering assistance to veterans, honor guard […]

Davison Schools move start of classes to Sept. 8

DAVISON — In a letter to parents and students Tuesday morning, Davison Community School Superintendent Kevin Brown said the district will delay the start of classes until Sept. 8. The move, according to the letter, comes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended her order declaring a state of emergency through Sept. 4 and signed executive order 2020- 166, last Friday. This […]

Davison residents file petitions to run for city council

DAVISON — Three members will not seek re-election Nov. 3, opening the door for three new faces to join the city council. While in the race for mayor, incumbent Tim Bishop will be challenged by former City Councilman Jim Hansen. Three residents filed petitions to have their names appear on the Nov. 3 ballot by the filing deadline, Aug. 4. […]

Davison ed board approves return to school plan

DAVISON — Despite concerns expressed by the president of the teacher’s union, the Davison Board of Education approved its return to school plan Aug. 3, which calls for face-to-face learning. However, the district decided Aug. 11 to cancel the planned Aug. 17 opening and instead moved the start of school to Sept. 8 (see related story above). At its Aug. […]