Subdivision residents again complain of worsening roads

FLINT TWP. — Driving on River Forest Drive off Beecher Road is the pits, or make that the pots as in potholes. Even that does not come close to describing a section of the road that has completely caved in. What some residents have called “the worst road” in Genesee County has been steadily deteriorating for many years. Carnell Smith, […]

Celebrating Mother’s Day

The United States celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May. In 1872 Julia Ward Howe called for women to join in support of disarmament and asked for 2 June 1872, to be established as a “Mother’s Day for Peace.” Her 1870 “Appeal to womanhood throughout the world” is sometimes referred to as Mother’s Day Proclamation. But Howe’s day […]

Videotaping tiff ends with history lesson

FLINT TWP. — Some townships residents want to be seen and heard. Tempers flared at the April 20 township board meeting over allegations that videotaping of board meetings intentionally does not show contentious speakers during public comment. The fuss began with a complaint from Terry Locke, owner of Dynamite Video Productions and videographer of board meetings. Locke said he received […]

Alumni tournament draws big in Lapeer, Burton

LAPEER — Since 2011, the annual high school hockey alumni tournament has been a huge success. Originally at Burton’s Ice Mountain Arena, the tournament made the move to Lapeer’s Polar Palace last year and seems to have found its home. A few overflow games, however, were scheduled for Burton’s newly re-opened Crystal Fieldhouse, the former Ice Mountain Complex. The fifth […]

Police operator retired after 17 years

FLINT TWP. — In labor union history, some refer to it as “The Big One” – the 1998 strike by United Auto Workers at local General Motors plants that lasted 54 days. For Janelle Deville, it meant she needed to find a job to help maintain the family income while her GM-employed husband was on strike. She found work as […]

Firebirds open merchandise store during open house

FLINT — At Flint’s Perani Arena on Tuesday, fans got their first taste of what it’s like to have an Ontario Hockey League franchise as they mingled with a few of the players and coaches, picked out their season ticket seats, and even purchased their first Flint Firebirds merchandise. The atmosphere in the arena lobby was almost that of a […]

New on-call firefighter hired

FLINT TWP. — Jose Hernandez of Flint has become the newest member of the township fire department. On the recommendation of then Fire Chief John Ringwelski, the township board at its April 20 meeting unanimously approved hiring Hernandez as a probationary on-call fire fighter. In one of his final acts as Fire Chief, Ringwelski presented to Hernandez various, pins and […]


BASEBALL FLINT — With teams from all over the area gathering for a shot at claiming the event title and local bragging rights, the Carman-Ainsworth varsity baseball team began the annual Greater Flint Tournament at Broome Park in Genesee County last Friday. In the opener the Cavaliers lost to Lapeer 8-1 as Logan Walker allowed just one run on four […]

In brief

Volunteers needed for annual park clean-up FLINT TWP. — Gleaner Flint Area Arbor will once again sponsor the annual Join Hands Clean-up Day at the Flint Township Park, 5200 Norko from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 2.. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to come out and help. Wearing sturdy clothing and gloves is recommended. It would also […]

About time, Mayweather

Fat Guy Corner

The Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight will finally take place on Saturday night. All boxing fans (those of us who are still left) have been waiting for this fight to take place for a long time. I’m happy it’s finally going to happen in the ring. The only shame is it didn’t happen four or five years ago like it should […]