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Honored hero

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | February 25, 2021

Jason Austin of Davison Township celebrated his 100th birthday Feb. 20 with an outdoor birthday event in his driveway. Here, a police officer from Davison Township stopped to offer a salute to the World War II veteran who served in Saipan. For more photos from Austin’s celebration, see page 5.

First case of COVID-19 variant confirmed in Genesee County

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | February 25, 2021

GENESEE COUNTY — The Genesee County Health Department has confirmed its first case of a highly contagious COVID-19 variant in the county. Last Wednesday, the health department was notified that a Genesee County man had contracted the B117 COVID-19 variant after traveling outside the county for a routine pre-surgery test in Metro Detroit. County health officials said that the man […]

Three charged in Valentine’s Day stabbing incident

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | February 25, 2021

BURTON — Three individuals have been charged in the Valentine’s Day incident that left one man dead and two injured from a stabbing attack. Jonathan Skaggs, age 25, of Flint, allegedly took three friends and went to the house of his ex-girlfriend on Carman Street in Burton on Feb. 14. They were allegedly there to confront the former girlfriend and […]

Atlas board approves new zoning requirements for medical marijuana grows

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | February 25, 2021

ATLAS TWP. — An amendment to the Atlas Township ordinance regulating medical marijuana grows will limit the establishment of the operations to areas zoned for light or heavy manufacturing. The township Board of Trustees adopted the amendment Thursday, Feb. 18, by a vote of 4-1. Clerk Katie Vick cast the lone dissenting vote, citing concerns that the amended ordinance is […]

GBHS athlete nominated for McDonald’s All American Games team

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | February 25, 2021

GRAND BLANC — Nathaniel Brown Jr. is among the country’s top basketball talent nominated for the 44th annual McDonald’s All-American Games teams. The list of more than 700 high school seniors recognizes 18 female and male from Michigan. The final team roster of 48 players will be announced later this month. Much like the senior year seasons of these athletes, […]

Atlas Twp. to combine precincts for May election

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | February 25, 2021

ATLAS TWP. — Atlas Township officials will consolidate the polls for the upcoming May 4 election. “We are expecting much lower turnout,” said Clerk Katie Vick. The consolidation will reduce the number of poll workers needed for the election, and save the township some costs. Voters in precincts 1 and 3 will cast their ballots at Bridgewood Church, 10291 Green […]

Perry Road pathway to provide another link in Iron Belle Trail, close gap in Goodrich-to-Grand Blanc route

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | February 25, 2021

GRAND BLANC TWP. — Hikers, bicyclists and nature lovers throughout Atlas and Grand Blanc townships are eagerly anticipating the 2022 construction of the Perry Road pathway that will connect the two communities. The 3.1-mile non-motorized trail from Gale Road in Atlas Township to the existing trailhead at East Middle School in Grand Blanc Township is another link in the statewide […]

Michigan Community College Association receives grant to improve student pathways to in-demand careers

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | February 25, 2021

LANSING — The Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) announced Feb. 9 it has received an $800,000 grant to improve student access to programs in growth areas that lead to in-demand jobs. The grant, awarded by Madison, Wisconsin-based Ascendium Education Group, will assist Michigan’s community colleges in strengthening access to workforce development programs in six growth industries. These industries include health […]

A celebratory salute!

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | February 25, 2021

Jason Austin of Davison Township celebrated his 100th birthday Feb. 20 with an outdoor birthday event in his driveway. Well-wishers stopped and drove by his home to honor the World War II veteran, and several police officers from Davison Township, the City of Davison and the Village of Otisville stopped by to offer him a salute. Jason was born in […]

Davison attorney, outdoor enthusiast looking for kidney donor

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | February 25, 2021

LAPEER — Linda Berker can’t wait for the day she and her dog, Sadie, can go on long hikes together and enjoy the great outdoors like she once did. It’s been almost two years since Berker, 62, lost the function of both kidneys and had to go on peritoneal dialysis every night at home. She said she spends about 12 […]