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MDOT, GCRC resume major road project schedules



GENESEE COUNTY — As the spring construction season gets underway, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Genesee County Road Commission (GCRC) are working hard to complete major road projects, while adhering to COVID-19 mitigation guidelines. On May 5, crews and contractors with MDOT began repaving northbound I-475 from Carpenter Road to Clio Road. The work is part of […]

Two charged in multi-county crime spree



GENESEE COUNTY — The Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office has charged two men with eight felony warrants stemming from their involvement with a multi-county crime spree. Edward Thornton Jr. and Zachary Cross have been accused of leading a massive theft ring that spanned Genesee, Oakland and Tuscola counties since February. Police said that the suspects orchestrated the thefts of catalytic convertors, […]

Neighborhood holds parade for graduating seniors

GRAND BLANC — The Ottawa Hills Residents Association recognized Class of 2020 graduates from Grand Blanc High School and all colleges during a car parade through the subdivision May 16. Organized by Anoopa Todd, an association board member, the parade included members of the board, the Flint Corvette Club, Grand Blanc Township Police Chief Ron Wiles and the Grand Blanc […]

City achieves RRC status

State to assist in marketing properties for redevelopment


GRAND BLANC — After more than three years of research, planning and visioning, the City of Grand Blanc has achieved Redevelopment Ready Communities certification. Grand Blanc is only the second city in Genesee County, and the 44th municipality in the state, to receive the designation from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “Fewer than 20 percent (of communities) who have entered […]

Grand Blanc to install banners honoring local veterans



GRAND BLANC — The City of Grand Blanc, in conjunction with a Sault Ste. Marie-based organization, will honor some of its service veterans and add another visual element to the downtown streetscape. Abby Baker, president of History of Hometown Heroes, and her team will visit Grand Blanc in June to explain the group’s veteran recognition program and sell banners that […]

Repeal of Protective Tree Ordinance fails



GRAND BLANC TWP. — Grand Blanc Township’s Protective Tree Ordinance will remain intact, for now. The township Board of Trustees on May 12 came up short on the votes needed to proceed with a proposal to prune the ordinance that has drawn criticism from builders and property owners. Many of the provisions within the ordinance overlap guidelines set forth in […]

Masters running as a write-in candidate after filing error



RICHFIELD TWP. — Gerald Masters, who has served 16 years as a trustee on the Richfield Township Board of Trustees, won’t appear on the primary ballot this August, but he’s asking voters to write-in his name anyway. Masters, 60, turned in his nominating petitions just prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but he said he inadvertently omitted information […]

DHS Class of 2020 recognized with sign salute on M-15



DAVISON — A group of parents gathered the morning of May 13 on State Street, north of the railroad tracks, to place 395 signs bearing the names of graduating Davison High School seniors in an open lot as a salute to the Class of 2020. Organized by parents, with Lesley Howe of Firecracker Marketing and Promotions providing the signs, and […]

Fire chief asks city to resume medical runs



DAVISON — Fire Chief Brian Flewelling is asking the city council to reconsider its decision earlier this year to discontinue fire department medical runs after some changes in dispatching policies at Genesee County 911. Flewelling asked the council at its May 11 meeting to look at the downward trend in medical runs since changes were made to the way such […]

Texas company acquires former Art Van store

BURTON — The former Art Van, 4095 Court St., may be permanently closed, but could reopen soon to once again sell furniture. According to Crains Detroit Business, US Realty Acquisitions LLC, founded by investors Jeff Love, acquired the assets and leases of 27 Art Van stores out of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware for $6.9 million. The investors plan to […]


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