Ellenburg, Goetzinger square off in county commission race, Nov. 3

BURTON — Genesee County Commissioner Ellen Ellenburg, a Democrat, will face opposition from Republican challenger Gary Goetzinger for her seat representing the county’s 3rd district. The two Burton residents will vie for the seat on the Board of Commissioners in the Nov. 3 general election. Here is what the candidates had to say: Ellen Ellenburg, Age: 66 Education: Bendle High […]

Proposed projectile ordinance causes public stir

Council decides to table controversial measure to silence gunfire


BURTON — Following council discussion two weeks ago regarding a resident on Belsay Road who allegedly provokes his neighbors with loud trucks, music, fireworks and the firing off guns on his property at all hours of the night, an ordinance was to be introduced Sept. 21 to regulate the discharge of firearms within the city limits. When word of the […]

Carman-Ainsworth approves start dates for in-person classes



FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth has laid out its roadmap for bringing students back to the classroom in October. At its Sept. 15 meeting, the Carman-Ainsworth School Board approved an extended COVID learning plan for the 2020/2021 school year. As part of the plan, the district will be bringing special ed students back to class starting on Sept. 28 and allowing […]

Local teacher living her dream of rescuing farm animals



CLAYTON TWP. — Ranae Bauserman remembers looking out over the 10 acres she and her husband, Matt, bought eight years ago, and envisioning “an amazing farm” for rescue animals. Bauserman, a teacher at Morrish Elementary School, grew up on a farm near Gaines and always dreamed of providing a safe home for farm animals in peril. Today, that dream is […]

Macy’s assault suspect gets probation, short jail sentence



FLINT TWP. — A Mount Morris man will be facing probation and a short jail sentence for attacking a Flint Township Macy’s store employee earlier this summer. Damire Palmer, 18, was sentenced on Sept. 4 to two years of probation and 180 days in jail for assaulting a 50-year-old manager at the Macy’s department store inside the Genesee Valley Center […]

Suspect arrested in deadly hit and run case



FLINT TWP. — A suspect is in custody following a hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a Flint man last week. Ramon S. Bishop, 37, of Flint has been arraigned on multiple felony charges for allegedly striking 64-year-old Roy Welch with his car at a Flint Township intersection on Sept. 13. Welch, also known as Roy Muhammed, was taken […]

City considers condemnation for trail easements after negotiations stall



SWARTZ CREEK — In the continuing effort to extend the Genesee Valley Trail into the City of Swartz Creek, the City Council has authorized their legal counsel to initiate condemnation proceedings to obtain the remaining easements needed to build the trail. The proposed extension takes the trail south along Dye Road from Norko Drive in Flint Township, then west along […]

GFWC selects nurse Tonia Cole as ‘Most Admired Woman’



SWARTZ CREEK — The GFWC Swartz Creek Women’s Club has selected Tonia R. Cole, RN, as the recipient of the club’s first-ever Most Admired Woman award. In nominating Cole, Kathy Thomason wrote, “Tonia is a person with a heart like no other. She is selfless and totally devoted to her faith, family and business, as well. She has worked the […]

ELGA Credit Union donates $25,000 to Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee counties

BURTON — ELGA Credit Union (ELGA) presented Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties (Catholic Charities) with a donation of $25,000 recently. The credit union raised these funds through its annual Ginormous Tent Sale, a yard sale with several tents full of household goods, clothing, furniture and more. The sale proceeds, along with funds raised through internal associate fundraisers and […]

Thanks, but no thanks

Board considering options after proposed Consumers Energy LED lighting upgrades


RICHFIELD TWP. — A few years the township offices benefited from a small lighting upgrade offer by Consumers Energy to save some energy. Supervisor Joe Madore said at the Sept. 14 township board meeting that Consumers is again “dangling a carrot out there” with the offer of another cost-savings upgrade. But this time, he said he’s not as inclined to […]