Weekend getaways to enjoy peak color season

Cooler nights, crisp days, brilliant color, pumpkin patches, winery tours and festivals galore — it has to be autumn in Michigan. Check out these great Michigan fall events. Great Waters Festival Saint Ignace October 6-7, 2012 The bounty of fall and the best that Michigan has to offer– that’s what you’ll find at this festival. Visit the tents and partake […]

Carmen-Ainsworth celebrates during recent volleyball match

The VILLA ‘movement’ has arrived

FLINT TWP. — The store locator on Villa’s website still says that its new store at Genesee Valley Center is “coming soon” but regular mall shoppers probably already know that the footwear store opened nearly two weeks ago. The store is doing what they call a “soft opening,” said Kristen Cassabon, mall marketing manager. That’s typically a brief test period […]

Fat Guy’s Corner

Can you hear me?

The Lions and Jim Schwartz had “miscommunication” problems once again this past Sunday afternoon at Ford Field. The problem is, nobody communicated to the Lions’ football team that there was a game against the Minnesota Vikings! The special teams’ play was downright brutal. An opening touchdown on the first kickoff of the football game? Are you freaking kidding me? Then, […]

Formal dress shop leaves mall for SC site

FLINT TWP. — Young women shopping for Homecoming dresses had to drive a bit further this year to shop at Expressions in Silk Bridal & Prom, a perennial favorite. The dress specialty shop moved back to Swartz Creek in May after a one-year stay at Genesee Valley Center shopping center. After some 30 years of doing business in Swartz Creek, […]


CROSS COUNTRY The Cavaliers were off over the past week, but get back on the course today for the Genesee County Meet at Dutch Hollow and are at the Goodrich Invitational on Oct. 13. — E.H. GOLF Carman-Ainsworth traveled to the Jewel on Monday and narrowly lost to Ortonville Brandon, 192-210. Scores were not reported by deadline. The Lady Cavs […]

The VIEW from here

The case of the damaged driver’s license

I recently had to visit the Michigan Secretary of State to get a change of address. I know, it seems pretty routine but for me it was meaningful in many way — especially since I was moving back to my hometown of Davison. I walked into the SOS, drew a number from the ticker tape machine and soon found myself […]

Hunters encouraged to follow health safety tips

LAPEER COUNTY — Deer hunting season has arrived and with that thousands of hunters are headed to the woods to get the biggest buck they can find. But before the big day, the American Heart Association encourages hunters to be heart smart. If last year’s hunting season was the last time you’ve exercised, you may be putting yourself at risk […]

In brief

Security Credit Union hosts “Support Our Troops” drive FLINT — Security Credit Union (SCU) has partnered with Operation Care Package of Michigan to host a “Support Our Troops” collection drive and send care packages to United States soldiers overseas. Donations are being collected at Security Credit Union’s 10 locations now through Oct. 22. Operation Care Package of Michigan is a […]


THROUGH MARCH 31Rabbit Hunting season statewide. THROUGH MARCH 1Squirrel hunting season statewide. THROUGH NOV. 14Fall wild turkey hunting season, grouse hunting season. THROUGH NOV. 16Duck hunting season, north zone. THROUGH-NOV. 7Woodcock hunting season statewide. OCT. 1-NOV. 14Archery deer hunging season statewide. OCT. 1-JAN. 1, 2013Baiting for deer allowed statewide, but must be scattered in a10-foot x 10-foot area. OCT. 6Bowling […]