In brief

Gas main leak

FLINT TWP. – Fire Chief Tom Stadler said there were no injuries during a natural gas main break on Linden Road, on Friday, October 13, caused by excavation work. Construction work is being done on that stretch of road between Corunna and Lennon Roads. Stadler said that fire personnel spent about four hours monitoring the leak for any build-up of natural gas. He thanked township police for assisting in traffic control. The road was blocked off and motorists were rerouted during the incident. -R.S.

Tickets on sale for annual fundraiser to help children

FLINT TWP. — Tickets are being sold for “Unlock their Future,” the annual fundraiser dinner to benefit Motherly Intercession, 3010 Dye Road. The organization works to help children of incarcerated parents. The benefit dinner will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 11 at the Davison Knights of Columbus Hall, 8428 Davison Road. The evening will include a fashion show, the 2017 Essential Piece Honoree Ceremony, a Deals and Steals silent auction, a television raffle and door prizes. Tickets are $50 per adult and $20 for children under age 10. Sponsorships also are offered. Get more information or buy tickets online at EventPublicFill.aspx?evtid=ce151ad3-5137- 438b-a93a-48b4a68f3cdd

Social Security announces 2 percent increase

GENESEE COUNTY – Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 66 million Americans will increase 2 percent in 2018, the Social Security Administration HAS announced.

The 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 61 million Social Security beneficiaries in January. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin Dec. 29.

The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $128,700 from $127,200. Of the estimated 175 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2018, about 12 million will pay more because of the increase in the taxable maximum.

Information about Medicare changes for 2018, when announced, will be available at

The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, please visit — L.R.

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