Genesee County closes all school districts Thursday and Friday

Safety concerns after Conn. shootings prompt closures

FLINT TWP. – Growing tension in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn. last week has prompted all Genesee County schools to close two days before the start of Christmas break. All Genesee County School Districts – including Carman-Ainsworth schools — are closed Dec. 20-21, according to a message sent out by the Genesee Intermediate […]

Holy Family third-graders share holiday cheer at Abbey Park

GRAND BLANC — Third-graders from Holy Family Catholic School spread Christmas cheer to Abbey Park senior community by decorating a tree for the facility’s residents. The third graders, who visit Abbey Park each month to join residents in the celebration of the Mass, made the ornaments at school and then took an afterschool field trip to trim the tree. It […]


The competition was fierce, with three tough contenders, but in the end, Motor Trend’s Golden Calipers went to the Ram 1500, honored as the 2013 Truck of the Year over the Ford F-150 and the Nissan NV 12-Passenger Van. Closely scrutinized and thoroughly tested in six categories – Design Advancement, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Safety, Value, and Performance of Intended Function […]

Poinsettias with a purpose

Holly Area Youth Assistance collecting for toy drive

HOLLY — It’s that time of year once again for Holly Area Youth Assistance’s Toy Project. The 30th annual Jacobson-Quinn Toy Project, sponsored by Holly Area Youth Assistance (HAYA), is accepting new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations. The program was established in 1982 to provide low-income families with toys at Christmas. This year, HAYA anticipates giving presents to 350-400 children […]


Chrysler Group’s Pentastar 3.6- liter V6 has been named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines for the third consecutive year. While every other engine on the Ward’s 2013 list was tested in a car, mostly of the sporty variety, the DOHC Pentastar was evaluated in a truck – the 2013 Ram 1500 full-size pickup. “We are most grateful to Ward’s […]

C-A board amends budget

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth officials are dipping deeper into their dwindling fund balance than was projected in June when the 2012-13 budget was passed. Both revenues and expenditures increased in an amended budget approved Dec. 4 by the board of education. Total expenditures of $49.2 million in the amended budget are up from the $48.2 million budget originally approved. The […]

Hot Tickets

Concerts coming up at The Machine Shop FLINT — The Machine Shop, 3539 S. Dort Hwy., Flint, will present All That Remains, Dec. 20, with the bands Until Solace and After the Minor. Tickets are $20 in advance. The End of Days with Blue Felix will perform Dec. 21 with It Lies Within, Givensix, Deveraux, 5ubkulture3 and Mindflaw. This is […]


The new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Moab Edition is the winner of the “Four Wheeler of the Year” award from the editors of Four Wheeler magazine. Paying homage to Jeep enthusiasts’ favorite off-roading destination, the Wrangler Unlimited Moab includes Goodyear Silent Armor off-road tires, winch-capable steel bumpers, and an avail- able locking rear differential for increased capability. “The Jeep Wrangler […]

Local board, superintendent respond to Connecticut shooting

FLINT TWP. — The township board opened its Monday night meeting with a moment of silence and prayer for the 20 children and six adults shot to death last Friday by a disturbed 20-year-old gunman who blasted his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said she also came to the township hall last […]