Zoie’s Chophouse pleases the palate with American fare

SWARTZ CREEK — Teresa Alexander is seeing some familiar faces at her new place. Alexander and her husband, Bill, recently opened Zoie’s Chophouse, 6104 Miller Rd. For the Flushing resident, the restaurant business is nothing knew. Alexander has been in the business for 21 years, including owning Gabby’s Cafe in Flushing for 11 years. When she was forced out of […]

HealthPlus announces new director of Medicare programs

FLINT — Graham Smith has joined HealthPlus of Michigan as the health benefit company’s director of Medicare Programs and individual sales. In this role he will be responsible for HealthPlus membership growth in the individual commercial and Medicare markets. He will also be responsible for developing strategies and providing oversight on HealthPlus service to those covered by individual and Medicare […]

Push for blood donors is on

GENESEE COUNTY — Summertime is when blood donors are needed most, so that’s why Michigan Blood is giving donors one more reason to give blood. Michigan Blood’s Pure Michigan Summer sweepstakes invites donors to “Give and Get Away” to one of Michigan’s premier destinations. Anyone who tries to give blood through Sept. 12 can enter monthly and weekly prize drawings. […]

Sports VIEW

Stray shots

This summer marks 10 years that I’ve been playing golf, and I’ve come up with a few half-baked observations on the game. Some of these are obvious to the more veteran players among you, but maybe some are insightful. Let’s start with the obvious. • Golf is more suited to older people. The game was too slow for me at […]

Kohl’s grand reopening

FLINT TWP. — Kohl’s, 3030 S. Linden Rd., held a grand reopening Aug. 11 to unveil its renovations and upgrades to the store. The store, which opened in 2000, underwent approximately eight weeks of renovation. New features in the store include remodeled bathrooms, new shopping carts and customer service near the front entrance. — N.B.

Big Brothers Big Sisters presents ‘Power of 40’ event

FLINT — At any given time, there are approximately 468 children matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister mentor. However, there also are 360 children waiting to be matched and more than 60 percent are boys. To further engage the community in efforts to involve more caring adults who can share some time with a child, Big Brothers Big […]

Rotten Sneaker contest at Bluebell Beach

FLINT — Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission will host the Michigan Odor Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest on Aug. 14, from 2-3 p.m. at Bluebell Beach Bathhouse. The Michigan Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker contest is the ultimate test of just how offensive sneakers can get when they’re not taken care of properly. Sneakers are judged on the conditions of the sole, […]

Try a taste of pickleball

SWARTZ CREEK — It’s a scaleddown version of tennis, with an oversized ping-pong paddle used to hit a whiffle ball that flies like a shuttlecock. That’s a rough description of pickleball, a recreational sport that combines elements of tennis, table tennis, volleyball and badminton and has been growing nationwide for 45 years. The game has taken root locally thanks to […]

Fashion event at GVC

FLINT TWP. — Lovers of fashion will enjoy the Trends 101: Fashion Event 2 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Center Court of Genesee Valley Center, 3341 S. Linden Rd. Sponsored by Club 93.7, the event features a fashion show, giveaways, entertainment and surprises. — N.B.

Local student attends MSU Program for Gifted Students

FLINT TWP. — Rani S. Richardson, daughter of Recco and Rene Richardson, recently participated in Mathematics, Science and Technology at Michigan State University (MST @ MSU) July 11-24. MST @ MSU is a residential program designed for students with unusually high academic ability who are about to enter eighth, ninth or tenth grade. Students selected for MST @ MSU have […]