Fat Guy’s Corner

Controlling their destiny

The BCS survived a scare two weeks ago, but not this past weekend. BCS stood for: Bye Crimson Saban. The number one Alabama Crimson Tide was rolled (get it?) by the Texas A&M Aggies. Johnny “Football” Manziel was absolutely tremendous in the first quarter. The Aggies had to make a goal-line stand to hold on for the victory. I was […]

Bishop spreads its wings with new $18M terminal

GENESEE COUNTY — When Winfield Cooper, chairman of the Bishop International Airport Authority cut the ribbon Tuesday on the airport’s new $18 million passenger terminal extension, it marked the end of a long flight from being a bus-station sized facility to a major regional transportation hub. Standing before a model for airport expansion developed 22 years ago, airport director Jim […]

Fashion boutique now open at Genesee Valley Center

FLINT TWP. — Just in time to capture the Black Friday shopping crowds, AIJ Fashions, a women’s clothing boutique, has opened at Genesee Valley Center mall. The store got its name from the first initials of her three children, said Misreen Abu Farha, owner, of Flint. She first opened the family-owned and operated store in downtown Clio but after about […]

Buck poles open today, firearms opener

GENESEE COUNTY — One of the biggest days of the year in Michigan, November 15, is the opening of firearm deer-hunting season. Tomorrow, several communities and businesses mark the occasion with buck poles that open at daybreak and close at 8 p.m. Throughout the day, hunters will be looking to hang their big bucks of the day, and scores of […]

Bucket list helps disaster victims

FLINT TWP. — Eighth-grade students in Derek Maynard’s science class at Carman- Ainsworth Middle School have been studying a severe weather unit which fit right in with a visit last Thursday from Greg Martin, who had returned two days earlier from helping families in New Jersey impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Martin is executive director of DRAW (Disaster Relief at Work) […]

The taste of Italy – the feel of home

With dozens of restaurants to choose from, Olio’s is clearly the right choice. Customers can’t wait to return to Olio’s Bistro & Cuisine, one of the best Italian restaurants in the Genesee County area. Olio’s is an excellent choice for dinner whether you’re going on a nice date or just having a jeans-and-t-shirt dinner with friends. The food is excellent […]


As if the fans of the GMC Terrain and Chevy Equinox didn’t have enough to celebrate earlier this month, the 1 millionth of these small SUVs rolled off the assembly line. The 1 millionth of the small SUVs is a quicksilver metallic 2013 GMC Terrain Denali. The Denali is a recent addition to the lineup of GM vehicles that use […]

Local boards remain the same

FLINT TWP. — It is now official. With mostly incumbents running unopposed for seats on the local township and school boards, the Nov. 6 election was a mere formality. Carman-Ainsworth school board members Donald J. Conway and Recco S. Richardson, both running unopposed, have been re-elected to four-year terms. Conway polled 8,989 votes and Richardson, 7,562, plus there were 215 […]

Military Mass of appreciation

St. Pius honors veterans, active duty troops in 11th annual event

FLINT TWP. — As the names of their loved ones serving in the military were called, members of the congregation came forward to light a candle of prayer for peace and safety. The solemn Reading of the Names candlelight ceremony held Saturday evening was the highlight of the eleventh annual Military Mass of Appreciation at St. Pius X parish. The […]


To some, automotive “luxury” means lush interiors with comfortable seats and high-tech gadgets. But to vehicle performance engineers, like James Murphy, it also means quiet. There are some noises, Murphy admits, that are perfectly acceptable, but others, like wind noise and the sounds of passing cars, are simply annoying. It’s these irritating sounds that Murphy and his team worked to […]