Public invited to comment on Justice Grant spending

FLINT TWP. — The township board has set a public hearing for 7 p.m. July 15 to take public comment on spending the annual Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), administered by the U.S. Bureau of Justice. The board also approved an interlocal agreement between the cities of Flint and Burton, the townships of Flint and Mt. Morris and Genesee County. […]

Fat Guy’s Corner

Sparks are flying

It’s July fourth, which means firecrackers and fireworks! Everyone be careful this Thursday and this weekend lighting your fireworks! Safety first, I say! The Detroit Tigers have lit my firecracker fuse here in the last week. I am about to light up the sky with my displeasure right now for this ball club. The bullpen is an absolute darned mess. […]

Board initiates process to name post office, bridge

FLINT TWP. — The township board has initiated a process to name the post office and a local bridge in honor of two public servants, but it wasn’t a unanimous decision. The board voted 5-2 in favor of resolutions to name the post office at Linden and Lennon roads in honor of former U.S. Congressman Dale Kildee and to name […]

Sports participation slips again, says MHSAA

EAST LANSING — Participation in high school sports in which postseason tournaments are sponsored by the Michigan High School Athletic Association dropped for the second straight school year in 2012-13. However, the decrease remained in step with a recent decline in member school enrollment. A total of 293,810 participants took part in the 28 tournament sports offered by the MHSAA […]

Sgt. Kimes retires after 25 years

FLINT TWP. — It’s official. After 25 years of service, township police Sgt. Randy Kimes retired June 30. A recognition ceremony in his honor was held Monday at the township board meeting. Kimes received a standing ovation from the audience, which included members of his family, after a proclamation in his honor was read and Police Chief George Sippert presented […]


THROUGH OCTOBERHandgun and trap shooting at the Marlette Sportsmen’sAssociation. Open to anyone wishing to shoot handgunsevery Tuesday evening beginning at 6 p.m., trap shootingevery Sunday from 4-7 p.m. and on Thursday evenings at 6p.m. The club is located 2 miles west and 4-1/2 milesnorth of Marlette. Details: Bill Maher at 989-635-7072. JULY 7Cowboy regular shoot, Lapeer County Sportsman’s Club, 8:30a.m.-2:30 […]

Township passes fireworks restrictions

FLINT TWP. — With only one day to go before a state-legalized period for Fourth of July fireworks celebrations arrives, Police Chief George Sippert said he would leave it to his officers discretion whether to issue citations to violators of the township’s new fireworks ordinance. The ordinance underwent a first reading two weeks ago, was unanimously approved by the township […]

Tee Time

MONDAY, JULY 15 12th Annual Kiwanis Golf Scramble at METAMORA GOLF &COUNTRY CLUB. 10 a.m. shotgun start, a chance to win $1,000,000. $85 per person skins included. Hole in one  prizes. Details: Craig at (810) 441 – 7336 or email LCEADRS@yahoo.com SATURDAY, JULY 20 The 2nd Annual Bill Coller Memorial Tournament will take place at ROLLING HILLS GOLF CLUB. The […]

The VIEW from here

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 […]