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Contestants sought for Sunburst Model Search and Baby Contest

FLINT TWP. — Genesee Valley Center will host a Miss Sunburst Model Search & Baby Contest on Saturday, at 11 a.m.. February 1 in Center Court. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Winners will go to the state finals in May to represent their county. Entries are being accepted now.

The baby pageant is for boys and girls by age group, as follows: Baby- under one year; Tiny- 1 year; Little- 2 and 3 years. A king and queen will be chosen in each age group. They will receive a crown and trophy, and runners-up in each age group will receive a trophy and crown.

The model search is for girls, ages 4-27 years old. The age groups are as follows; 4-6, 7-10, 11-13, 14-17, 18-27. A winner in each age group will receive a crown and trophy, and runners-up will receive a trophy and crown.

Entry forms are available at Genesee Valley Center Customer Service or visit or call Pageant Headquarters at 813- 839-8054 to have all of the information sent to you. — R.S.

Rep. Kildee calls for answers on Target breach

GENESEE COUNTY —– In the wake of a massive data breach that compromised more than 40 million credit and debit card accounts at Target stores, as well as the personally identifiable information of as many as 70 million consumers, Congressman Dan Kildee and other Democratic members of the Financial Services Committee have called for an inquiry, according to a press release.

In a letter to Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, 17 Democrats on the committee asked for a hearing to explore the recent data breach, review current law designed to protect consumers and determine what can be done to ensure the future security of consumers’ card information.

The call comes in the midst of significant Republican scrutiny into the data collection and security procedures of a number of government entities. Republicans have expressed concern and introduced legislation designed to address the prospect of security issues within the Affordable Care Act website and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. However, Committee Republicans have given no indication they plan to take action on this massive security breach at hand. — R.S.

Keep C-A school contact info up to date

FLINT TWP. — In the wake of winter storms leading to Carman-Ainsworth Schools being closed for several days, Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff is reminding parents to keep their contact info up to date. When possible, the decision to close schools is made by 5:45 a.m., Tunnicliff said. Schools officials then immediately initiate a “robo-call” to all parents using the most updated contact information in its system. To ensure prompt notification, parents are asked to contact your school’s Main Office with contact information changes. — R.S.

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