Board wants to Buy Local

FLINT TWP. — Buy Local is the mindset of the township board, at least when it comes to purchasing police cars. On a motion by Trustee George Menoutes, the board agreed to postpone the purchase of a replacement police vehicle to allow more time for local dealerships to submit bids. Lt. Robert Batinkoff presented to the board a request to […]

Cavs fight off Oilers’ comeback

MOUNT PLEASANT – Carman- Ainsworth took control with a big second quarter and held on to beat Mount Pleasant 57-53 last Thursday in a Saginaw Valley League boys’ basketball crossover game. The Cavaliers outscored the Oilers 19-5 in the second period to turn a 14-14 first-quarter tie into a 33-18 halftime lead. It was still 43-31 going into the fourth […]

Street soliciting ban now in effect

FLINT TWP. — After nearly a year of debate and a two-month grace period, the township’s new Traffic Safety Ordinance went into full effect on Sunday, March 1. The township board passed the controversial ordinance in a 4-3 vote on January 5 to “regulate interference with motor vehicles on public streets.” The ordinance started out last spring as a means […]

Sports Shorts

Rules meeting LANSING — Spring rules meetings for coaches and officials are being held now until April 9. Varsity coaches in soccer, boys lacrosse, softball and baseball must attend an in-person or online rules meeting in order to be able to coach in the MHSAA postseason tournament in their sport. Meetings for golf, girls lacrosse, tennis and track and field […]

In brief

Property tax appeals hearings next week FLINT TWP. — The township has scheduled three Board of Review hearings in mid-March for property owners who want to appeal their tax assessment. Township Supervisor Karyn Miller said that no appointment is necessary and appeals will be heard on a first come, first served basis at varying times March 9-11. Hearings will be […]

Michigan DNR appeals federal court’s wolf decision

WASHINGTON — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources filed an appeal of a December 2014 federal district court ruling that returned wolves in Michigan and Wisconsin to the federal endangered species list and wolves in Minnesota to federal threatened species status. The appeal – filed by the Michigan Attorney General in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of […]

Feeling like the wolves are surrounding us

As a kid I think one of my biggest fears was the threat of nuclear war. I grew up during the Cold War era and reached adulthood not long before the fall of Communism in the former Soviet Union. After the Berlin Wall fell, my fears were put at ease. But since then there have been conflicts, almost constant, with […]

So, sign Suh or not?

Fat Guy Corner

The Detroit Lions’ decision not to franchise Ndamukong Suh comes as no surprise to me. Detroit would have owed him $26.9 million for one year with no guarantee on a long-term deal in Detroit. The Lions cannot afford to tie up that kind of cap money for one player. Ndamukong Suh is a Hall of Fame-type player, there is no […]


GV welcomes new store this weekend

FLINT TWP. — francesca’s, a trendy women’s boutique, opening at Genesee Valley Center shopping mall, will host an all-day soiree on March 7, offering special treats, giveaways, and more. Located in the Macy’s wing, francesca’s is a national retailer known for its selection of fashion-forward apparel, accessories, shoes, jewelry and gift items. Founded in Houston, Texas in 1999, francesca’s has […]


Dodge has put some muscle into its lineup with the return of “Shaker” muscle car models. The new 2015 Challenger R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker and first-ever 392 HemiScat Pack Shaker models celebrate 45 years of the functional “coldair grabbing” hood scoop that “shakes” with the legendary HemiV8 engine’s movement. “After selling out last year’s Shaker model production in just […]