MTA millage passes, still hurdles

GENESEE COUNTY — The Flint MTA faces financial challenges even after voters renewed a 0.4-mil levy for five years for Your Ride. “It’s an important first step, very important,” said Edgar Benning, MTA general manager. The millage will raise about $3.4 million per year. “It appears to me that voters in Genesee County continue to support essential public transportation services […]

Phelps defeats Cawood in state race

FLINT TWP. — Incumbent Phil Phelps defeated challenger Kyle Cawood in the Democratic primary for the 49th District seat in the state House of Representatives. Phelps, of Flushing, will face Lu Penton of Flint Township in the November general election. The seat is a two-year term. Neither Phelps nor Cawood, a Flint Township resident, could be reached by press time. […]

Twp. firefighters practice Jaws of Life

FLINT TWP. — Firefighters do a lot more than extinguish fires. Extricating people trapped in vehicles after a crash is another of their lifesaving duties. Earlier this week, four wrecked vehicles were brought in for their annual Jaws of Life training at Fire Station No. 1. Fortunately no victims were involved. Working in teams, the crew tackled extrication tasks such […]

United Way invests more than $470,000M in 20 local programs

GENESEE COUNTY — United Way of Genesee County has granted $474,000 to more than 20 programs working within the areas of Education, Health, Financial Stability and Basic Needs, according to a press release. This funding is in addition to the more than $1.7 million for 33 local programs announced in April 2014. “Investment decisions are a volunteer-driven process,” stated James […]

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Tune-up party kicks off with a big turnout

FLINT TWP. — A record number of classic car owners cruised into the parking lot at Genesee Valley Center shopping mall on Monday afternoon to mingle and look over a variety of vintage vehicles during the fourth annual Back to the Bricks Tune-up Party. It was the first of seven being held this week as a warm-up for the annual […]

In brief

The People’s Jazz Band brings free Jazz Concert GRAND BLANC — The People’s Jazz Band, a 15-piece big band, from Flint, is playing a free concert at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, G-9020 S. Saginaw Rd., Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is supported by a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Greater […]

25 vendors help make Night Out a huge success

FLINT TWP. — Driving drunk? Driving high? Driving sleepy? Participants experienced all of those in an Impaired Simulation exercise debuted by McLaren Flint Trauma Services during National Night Out on Monday evening at the township police station. More than 25 vendors including rescue vehicles attended the free public safety education event. New vendors this year included the Salvation Army Emergency […]

Hot Tickets

Concerts coming up at The Machine Shop FLINT — On Aug. 8, The Machine Shop, 3539 S. Dort Hwy., Flint will feature Sebastian Bach with special guests Chrome Mollie and Ironsnake. Tickets are $20 in advance. Frequency Fifty Four, with special guest Chasing the Riot, will perform Aug. 15 at the Machine Shop. Cost is $5. This is an album-release […]

Genesee County 911 offers emergency notifications

GENESEE COUNTY — Genesee County residents can now take advantage of a new service offered by the Genesee County 911 Consortium, which dispatches emergency calls throughout the county. Whether by text or smart phone/android application, if you are a Genesee County resident you can add your home or cell phone to the new CodeRED calling list. The applications and sign […]

Carman-Ainsworth names new girls’ hoops coach

FLINT TWP. – Carman-Ainsworth High will have a new varsity girls’ basketball coach this winter. Johnese Vaughn has stepped down and will be replaced by Lance Belill, a Carman-Ainsworth teacher who coached the Cavaliers’ boys’ junior varsity last year. Vaughn coached the Lady Cavs for six years and last season led them to a 17-8 record and the first girls’ […]