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City closing Columbine Avenue at Saginaw Street

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | May 13, 2021

BURTON — Residents may have noticed current construction at Columbine Avenue at Maple Road and Saginaw Street has made it so that street no longer feed into the once five-way intersection. City Council President Steve Heffner asked Charles Abbey, director of the Department of Public Works, May 3 why Columbine Avenue was being closed at the intersection, saying he did […]

Clerk announces resignation at board meeting

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | May 13, 2021

DAVISON TWP. — Township Clerk Mary Miller gave her resignation Monday night at the Board of Trustees meeting. Elected in November, Miller said she decided to resign due to health issues experienced by her husband and said she would be leaving to care for him. “My husband has health issues, it’s no secret we’re not youngsters,” she told the Index […]

Man dies at hospital after shooting in Flint Township

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | May 13, 2021

FLINT TWP. — Flint Township police are investigating a shooting on May 5 that left one man dead and resulted in two others being taken into custody. At 12:55 a.m. last Wednesday morning, officers were dispatched to the 3100 block of Hatherly Avenue for unknown trouble and reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, police located blood and shell casings in […]

Florence appointed to fill vacancy on Swartz Creek council

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | May 13, 2021

SWARTZ CREEK — Former 4th Precinct Councilman Jim Florence will return to Swartz Creek City Council. Florence will fill the vacancy created by the unexpected death of Councilman Jentery Farmer on April 24. He will take a seat at the council table May 24. Florence was named the 2019 Miller’s Settlement Citizen of the Year in July. He previously served […]

Where two or more are gathered

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | May 13, 2021

Pastor Sean Kennedy (in red) of Cornerstone Baptist Church leads a small group in prayer on Thursday, May 6, at the Swartz Creek Veterans Memorial. The first Thursday of May is designated as National Day of Prayer, a time when Americans of all faiths are encouraged to gather together in prayer and meditation. The Congressional action formally enacting National Day […]

Park board considers options for Farmer memorial

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | May 13, 2021

SWARTZ CREEK — The Swartz Creek Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is mulling ideas, trying to come up with the most appropriate way to memorialize their former chairman, Jentery Farmer. Farmer, 27, passed away from natural causes April 24 at his home. “I think a lot of people are looking for ways to honor him,” said City Manager Adam Zettel. […]

FEA Teacher of the Month: Sue Johns

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | May 13, 2021

FLUSHING — Elms Elementary School teacher Sue Johns has been selected as the Flushing Education Association’s (FEA) Teacher of the Month for April. Johns, who currently teaches fourth grade at Elms, has been with Flushing Community Schools for 31 years. Below is an interview between the FEA and Johns: FEA: Why did you become a teacher? SJ: Simply, I became […]

Blind pole-vaulter wins top spot at track meet

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | May 13, 2021

LAPEER — Bradley Rainwater of Davison won the top spot at the Lapeer-Davison Track meet on Monday with a vault of 9’0″, but what makes this story even more intriguing is that Bradley is completely blind. Coached by his grandfather and namesake, Brad Rainwater, a unique tactile process has been implemented so that Bradley can feel his way to the […]

Out of the past

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | May 13, 2021

10 YEARS AGO May 19, 2011 At the border of the City of Davison and Davison Township, where the trail in Jack N. Abernathy Park connects with the Black Creek Trail, there now stands an arch considered a symbol of the unity between the two communities. The Davison Arch was dedicated during a ceremony May 12 attended by local leaders, […]

City evaluates proposed sites for new sled hill

By wsmith@mihomepaper.com | May 13, 2021

FLUSHING — After receiving public feedback and concerns, the City of Flushing has narrowed down its list of proposed sled hill sites to Eastview Park and Riverview Park. At Monday’s meeting, Flushing City Council reviewed three proposals for a new sled hill provided by ROWE Professional Services Company, city administration and Flushing’s Department of Public Works (DPW). The first two […]