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Shuttle mission marks end of era

Editor’s note: Due to holiday deadlines, this is a reprint of a column from 2011. I remember as a 14-year-old boy waking up early on a Sunday morning, April 14, 1981, to sit in front of my parent’s television and watch history unfold. Since watching the test trials of the space shuttle back in the 1970s — when they would […]


Detroit’s Big Three were well represented in Kelley Blue Book’s (KBB) new list of the “10 coolest cars under $18,000 for 2013.” Ford Focus (2nd), Dodge Dart (5th) and Chevrolet Spark (10th) made the “cool” list. About the Focus, KBB reviewers said, “The Ford Focus single-handedly demoted the Mazda3 from ‘most fun-to-drive’ to ‘one of the most funto drive’ cars […]

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Elms Road ditching work to begin July 8 FLINT TWP. — The Genesee County Road Commission announced that ditching work on Elms Road between Corunna Road and Lennon Road, on the border of Clayton and Flint Townships, will begin on July 8 and will continue through July 19. The road will remain open and traffic maintained with flagging but motorists […]

C-A Superintendent reflects on highs and lows of school year

FLINT TWP. — A report card on the 2012-13 school year from Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff highlighted negatives and positives. On the down side, the district was facing significant financial challenges this year. But, as a result of unprecedented concessions from its employee unions, the district has shaved more than $2.9 million from its 2013-14 expenses alone, Tunnicliff said in an […]

Wellness center specializes in alternative therapies

FLINT TWP. — Clients walking through the door of A New You Holistic Wellness Center, 1346 W. Bristol Rd., are welcomed by the uplifting scent of Joy essential oil, relaxing music and a colorful array of merchandise intended to augment the good vibes of the healing environment. “You know you have stepped into a place where it is all about […]

Genesys, Hurley and McLaren-Flint partner with GFHC

GENESEE COUNTY — To better serve the Flint and Genesee County community, the area’s three hospital systems, Genesys Health System, Hurley Medical Center, and McLaren-Flint have partnered with the Greater Flint Health Coalition to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) — a new federal requirement of all non-profit hospitals to better understand the communities they serve and strategically invest […]

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UM-Flint to open new geographic center FLINT — Besides providing valuable information to student and faculty researchers, a new center under construction in the UM-Flint Earth and Resource Science Department (ERS) could aid local and regional government and private businesses in making important decisions. Faculty committees and Provost Gerard Voland recently approved the development of a Geographic Information Systems Center […]

Red, white and BOOM

Firework vendors talk about new laws

FLINT TWP. — Nothing says the Fourth of July like a fireworks display which a change in state law last year lit up even more for consumers choices. For fireworks fans who don’t want to wait until dark, there is a new category this year called daytime fireworks. It is a 200 gram repeater that shoots up into the sky […]

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Local families needed to host exchange students GENESEE COUNTY — Area families are still needed to host students who will study at local high schools for a semester or school year as part of an exchange student program. Families of all types are eligible to host: those with young children or teens or families with no children at home. They […]

Former Cavalier running in Europe

LEUVEN, BELGIUM — The path David Gibson followed to put himself in the position to compete in five track and field meets this month in Belgium for Athletes in Action was a varied one. While this journey may have begun while competing for Carman- Ainsworth, Gibson parlayed that opportunity into a scholarship to Xavier University in Ohio, where he just […]

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