In brief

Clerk says voter turnout was up for mid-term election

FLINT TWP. — Township Clerk Kathy Funk said there was record voting turnout for the Nov. 6 general election.

“There was about 60 percent average voter turnout in our precincts,” said Funk. “That’s unheard of in a mid-term election.”

Funk said the township issued 4,138 absentee ballots issued, just shy by 171 ballots from 2016 totals. There was a 98 percent return rate on the absentee ballots.

Funk said the high turnout will help get her department ready for the 2020 Presidential Election. — G.G.

Halloween bash draws 6,500 kids

FLINT TWP. — Township Trustee Carol Pfaff- Dahl said the Halloween Bash held at the Genesee Valley Center, sponsored by the township, Genesee County 911 and the Genesee District Library, was a success. She said the event drew 6,500 children and more than 8,000 people total.

Pfaff-Dahl said next year they hope to hold the event again, only they’d like to see more volunteers.

Need more volunteers next year. Had good donations

Also successful was the recent arrival of Santa Claus at the mall. She said Santa was delivered atop a Flint Township Fire Truck to the mall, where lines of children awaited him. Despite the snow, Pfaff-Dahl said between 300-400 people attended.

Volunteers are needed now for the planned Easter Egg hunt at the Genesee Valley Center. — G.G.

Two promoted from within to fill clerk, treasurer’s department jobs

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Board of Trustees approved the hiring of two employees to serve in clerical positions in the clerk and treasurer’s departments, Nov. 19.

Ashley Holly was approved to fill an open fulltime clerical position in the clerk’s office. Also, Janice Bailey was hired to a clerical level 2 position in the treasurer’s office.

Trustee Barb Vert voted against the motion to hire Bailey after discussion about testing of the applicants.

Supervisor Karyn Miller said the applicants weren’t tested for the jobs because they were already township employees. Vert said policy should be maintained when it says all candidates for any clerical position should be tested. — G.G.

Christmas Craft Bazaar

FLUSHING — The Flushing St. Robert Council of Catholic Women will host their 42nd annual Christmas Craft Bazaar on Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center, 310 North Cherry Street. There will be over 100 crafters from throughout Michigan and many from the local area. All item offers must be made by crafters, no vendors. A lunch of coneys, sloppy joes, salads and pie will be served. Admission is free. — B.G.

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