War against home-ruled local government continues

I’m starting to think there is a movement under way, on both sides of the aisle in Michigan and maybe the country, to destroy, dissolve and ultimately do away with local home-rule government. That means no more township or city government. It could also extend as far as the elimination of individual school districts. Government would become more centralized, so […]

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New golf director at Captain’s Club GRAND BLANC — The Captain’s Club at Woodfield announces an addition to its management staff. Darby Boone was hired as the director of golf. He will oversee golf operations at the Captain’s Club at Woodfield. Boone, a Swartz Creek native, was most recently the first assistant golf professional at The Polo Fields Golf and […]

McLaren Regional announces name change

FLINT — McLaren Regional Medical Center is announcing a new name for the hospital that strengthens its position at the heart of one Michigan’s largest and fastest growing health care families, McLaren Health Care. McLaren Regional Medical Center’s new name is McLaren–Flint. The Great Lakes Cancer Institute located on the McLaren campus is now called McLaren Cancer Institute. The rebranding […]

Auto supplier gets new purpose

Android to build parts for handicapped van, bringing new business, jobs

FLINT TWP. — A local company has a stake in a van built specifically for handicapped passengers that was recently displayed at the Detroit Auto Show. Android Industries, 4444 W. Maple Road, does parts work for the MV-1- which is the first vehicle designed from scratch to be completely wheelchair-accessible. It is the only vehicle in which a person in […]

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Committees forming to consider township name change and business signs FLINT TWP — Supervisor Karyn Miller announced last week at the West Flint Business Association monthly meeting that she is forming committees to study the feasibility of changing the townships name and also one to address problems with restrictions on lighted business signs. Miller said she is seeking volunteers to […]

Police dept. snags a deal on new cars

FLINT TWP. — The Township Police Department needs to buy four new police cars this year to replace some of its aging fleet. But Ford Motor Co. no longer makes the Crown Victoria model which has served as the “workhorse’’ police car for the department for 14 years. Luckily, one farsighted Ford dealership stockpiled a few of the discontinued patrol […]

GM’s Flint Assembly is a Clean Corporate Citizen

FLINT— General Motors’ Flint Assembly Plant is the latest facility in the GM family to be named a Michigan Clean Corporate Citizen by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, it was announced at a recent press conference at the plant. The Michigan DEQ recognized the home of the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD for recycling 75 percent of […]

Agreement with firefighters snuffed again

FLINT TWP. — A difficult contract with the firefighters’ union hit a another snag when it came before the township Board of Trustees Monday night seeking approval for the second time this month. First, the board voted down a proposal to opt out of a hard cap health care provision for full-time fire fighters. That would have allowed fire fighters […]

Supervisor first to toss her hat into reelection ring

FLINT TWP. — Karyn Miller, township supervisor since 2008, formally announced her intent to run for re-election this year. She made the announcement during her monthly report to the West Flint Business Association last week. Miller is seeking her second four-year term from 2012-2016. Miller is the first member of the current board of trustees to announce re-election plans. All […]