Consumers Energy plan to upgrade meters next year

FLINT TWP. — Meter readers will become a thing of the past for most Consumers Energy customers in Genesee County some time next year, Implementation of a high-tech Smart Energy Program that began in 2012 in the western part of the state is now being amped up for statewide completion by the end of 2017, said Dennis McKee, a Consumer’s […]

Let sleeping dogs lie

Fat Guy Corner

Wake me when it’s over please! What am I talking about, you ask? The Lions game on Sunday was absolutely brutal to watch on television. I ate a bowl of sugar just so I wouldn’t fall asleep. I want to know how a team that is going for a playoff spot looks so lackluster and mentally awful. I mean, it’s […]

Roundabout proposed for Bristol Road

FLINT TWP. — A proposed traffic roundabout for Bristol Road near the I-75 interchange just goes to show that what goes around comes around. It is the third proposed roundabout for Genesee County, the second in Flint Township in the past two years and possibly the first to actually be completed. This one is being spearheaded by the Michigan Department […]

Tougher Hockey Penalties Continue Focus on Safety as 2014-15 Winter Begins

LAPEER — Seasons are underway for teams participating in 12 winter sports for which the Michigan High School Athletic Association sponsors postseason tournaments, with stronger penalties for excessive contact in ice hockey highlighting rules changes taking effect with the beginning of competition. Eight sports including ice hockey began play during the final two weeks of November, with the remaining four […]

More wage increases OK’d for township employees

FLINT TWP. — Township Trustee Belenda Parker and Barb Vert said they privately assured Police Chief George Sippert that they have no complaints about his job performance but still voted against his contract extension because it included a raise. Parker and Vert continue to hold their stance against 2 1/2 percent raises offered to all township labor groups. They said […]

DNR receives $1.2 million grant to expand Hunting Access Program

public comment sought on adoption of environmental assessment

LAPEER — For many hunters, just finding a place to hunt is problematic. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced Dec. 8 that it has been awarded a $1.2 million Voluntary Public Access-Hunting Incentive Program (VPA-HIP) federal grant to enhance the state’s Hunting Access Program with an emphasis on Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program land, habitat restoration and more opportunities for […]

World’s Greatest Office Party raises $70,000

MUNDY TWP. — Nearly 1,100 guests attended the 30th annual World’s Greatest Office Party on Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre, which raised a new record of $70,000, according to a press release. All proceeds directly benefit Whaley Children’s Center’s (WCC) nationally accredited residential and clinical programs for children who have suffered from abuse and neglect. “We’re […]

In brief

FANG membership pays off FLINT TWP. — Continuing its membership in the Flint Area Narcotics Group (FANG) is already paying off for the Flint Township Police Department. Police Chief George Sippert reported to the board of trustees Monday night about a meth lab discovered operating at a township trailer park about two weeks ago. FANG is called in to handle […]

A little ditty about personalized plates

A freelance photographer who frequently shoots for our sports department recently sent me photos of Mini Coopers from around the country and some of the unusual and unique personalized license plates found on them. You know what a Mini Cooper is, right? One of those little cars Edward Norton and Mark Wahlberg drove really fast in the 2003 movie “The […]

Pay it Forward Honoree

Quality Living Systems CEO earns award

FLINT TWP. — A regular day for Denise Butts of Flint is getting up early, checking on her disabled brothers then heading off to work as the CEO of Flint-based Quality Living Systems (QLS). That may not seem remarkable, but to the six dozen intellectually disabled adults that are thriving in the community thanks to her vision, it means everything. […]