Exchange students having trouble finding hosts

GENESEE COUNTY — Foreign exchange students signed up to come to Genesee County schools may have to be turned away for the 2012-2013 school year. Rod Kelsey has been volunteering for the program STS Foundation, a nonprofit organization that matches foreign exchange students with families, since 1978. He said this year has been exceptionally difficult for exchange students to be […]

Crim Festival of Races on deck in Flint

FLINT— The annual tradition continues on Aug. 25 as the Crim Festival of Races get set to take place in downtown Flint. There is a limit set at 17,000 runners, and as of last week, nearly 6,000 runners have already registered. Top-tier American runner Deena Kastor will take part in the event, which is currently the fourth largest race in […]

The VIEW from here

State should dump straight party primary

A voter came into my office on Aug. 7, after he’d been to the polls, and he was upset the clerk there had required him to vote a straight party ticket. If he split his vote between Democrats and Republicans he would, in essence, spoil his ballot making it unusable. I sympathized with the man because I think we should […]

Fat Guy’s Corner

Golden moments

The 2012 London Olympics are officially over. Michael Phelps became the all-time medal winner with 19. The basketball team took gold as expected. I will say though, that Spain gave them all they could handle in this hoop contest. The USA only had a one-point lead after three quarters of hoop. They pulled away in the end for gold with […]

New Subway opens close to McLaren

FLINT TWP. — Location, location, location – the often repeated mantra of real estate – well applies to the new Subway restaurant at 3347 Beecher Road. Besides being close to McLaren Medical Center, it is the only fast-food restaurant for more than a mile in any direction. “We noticed there was no other food in the area; and this lot […]

Tee Time

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18Fundraiser to replace the vandalized soccer nets atBrown City Park will take place at Willow Tree GolfCourse. The 3three-man scramble format will begin at9 a.m. with a cost of $150 per team. Dinner after theevent and hot dogs at the turn. Details: RaeBrasington at 810-683-4729. SUNDAY, AUGUST 19The University of Michigan-Flint Nursing Class of 2012will be holding a […]

‘Explore Flint’ offers guide to getting around downtown

FLINT — Finding your way to attractions and resources in downtown Flint just became easier with the launch of Explore Flint. The new Flint Genesee Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau (Regional Chamber CVB) website, which goes live today, offers visitors a unique way to find downtown locations through an interactive map. According to Tim Herman, CEO of the Regional Chamber […]

Auto Insider Newsbriefs

Chrysler Brands Win In 2012 Owners’ Survey The Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger are winners of AutoPacific’s 2012 Ideal Vehicle Awards based on owners’ ratings of their 2012 cars and trucks. “Winning awards for Jeep and Dodge vehicles based on customer feedback is very gratifying,” said Doug Betts, Senior Vice President – Quality, Chrysler Group. “Recognition by […]

In brief

Burton’s Best contest gets under way BURTON — Vote for the 2012 Burton’s Best online at www.burtonchamber.com. Vote for the best restaurant, best credit union/bank, best florist/nursery, best community volunteer, best business, best public official, best customer service, best non-profit organization/service club and best children’s menton. Voting is from Aug. 16-Sept. 13. — G.G. Healthcare magazine lauds McLaren Health Plan […]

CALENDAR of events

CARDS AND GAMES MONDAYSBingo at the Elba Lions Club. Early birds start at 7 p.m. and regulargames start at 7:30 p.m. The kitchen will be open for snacks.Details: 810-667-9801. TUESDAYSBingo, hosted by the Lapeer Masonic Lodges at the Lapeer CenterBuilding. Early birds start at 7 p.m. and regular bingo at 7:30p.m. The kitchen will be open for dinner and snacks. […]