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C-A accepting Schools of Choice applications

FLINT TWP. — Non-resident students interested in attending Carman-Ainsworth Schools for the second semester can apply during an upcoming Limited State Schools of Choice Program. Applications will be available Jan. 5-16 for the semester beginning Jan. 26. There are limited openings in all buildings and at all grade levels except at Dye Elementary. Dye has no openings for 4th and 5th grades. Applications are available at the C-A Administration Building, at Court Street and Graham Road. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.carman.k12.mi.us , the school office or call 591-3206. — R.S.

Flint Community Players stages comedy-mystery

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Community Players, 2462 S. Ballenger Hwy, will be staging Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot – or – Holmes for the Holidays, January 29, 30, 31, February 6, 7 at 8:00 p.m. and February 1 & 8 at 2:30 p.m. Directed by Sam Di Vita, the comedy-mystery is about an actor famous for playing Sherlock Holmes who goes home for Christmas only to find hijinks and a real-life murder. He takes on his stage persona to track down the killer. Tickets may be purchased over the phone, in person or online. For more information call (810) 441-9302. — R.S.

I-69 Thumb Region poised for distribution growth

GENESEE COUNTY —Results of a study conducted this year revealed that the I-69 Thumb Region’s commodities traffic will see a 35 percent increase in tonnage and a 63 percent increase in the value of inbound and outbound freight by 2030, according to the study done by the Corradino Group, a Kentucky project management company, in partnership with IHS Global Insight. This indicates an increase in business transportation traffic valued at $48.2 billion, according to a press release from the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

Two-thirds of the total regional freight market is made up of commodities such as transportation equipment, food and farm products, consumer items for retail distribution and electrical equipment. Increased freight tonnage coming through the region will prompt more growth in investment, square footage and most importantly, jobs according to Janice Karcher, Vice President of Economic Development, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Current data show that the I-69 Thumb Region is in a prime geographic position to serve as a distribution hub for the entire state of Michigan, a large part of the province of Ontario, and major metropolitan areas in neighboring states. The I-69 Thumb Region is within a 5-hour freight travel time to a market that comprises 32 million residents, including cities such as Chicago, Toronto, Buffalo, Sault Ste. Marie, Cincinnati and Indianapolis. — R.S.


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