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Traveling art show fights stigma of mental illness FLINT — Genesee Health Center will be hosting the 3rd Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards’ (MACMHB) statewide traveling art show, “Creative Minds Changing Minds,” in conjunction with the Vista Center and other local artists. The first showing was at the Art Walk on Dec. 12 downtown Flint and then will […]

Wrap it up

“BIG MO,” the Carman- Ainsworth Robotics Team took their first turn last Sunday at the gift-wrapping table at Genesee Valley Center mall and will be back again from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, for a second round of wrapping for a cause. The gift-wrapping table is set up in front of Macy’s inside the mall as a […]

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McLaren Breast Program approved by the NAPBC FLINT — The McLaren Flint Breast Program, which encompasses McLaren Imaging Center and the McLaren Cancer Institute, has been granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. During the survey process, McLaren met all of the standards established […]

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. […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]