The moment when you know life is about to change

I ’ve always found it interesting that sometimes there is a clear moment in your life when you know everything is about to change. Defining moments in my life have been the loss of my parents, graduation from high school and college, my first job in my career, the birth of my kids and so forth. But one moment recently […]

Summer Tune-up tees up golf season Friday

LAPEER – More than 20 teams will gather at Lapeer Country Club on Friday for the annual Lapeer Lightning Summer Tune-up golf invitational. Coaches will get a good long look at their teams in what will be the first competition of the season for most of them. Girls’ golf season officially opens today. “The Tune-up is named that because it’s […]

Online Captains Course teaches leadership lessons

EAST LANSING – The valuable lessons student leaders have received over the last decade during Captains Clinics presented statewide by Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) staff are now available to students nationwide and beyond as part of an online Captains Course produced by the MHSAA and available from the National Federation of State High School Associations on its Learning […]

Lions kick off preseason game on Golden note

Fat Guy Corner

The Detroit Lions’ preseason opener couldn’t have gone any better last Thursday night. The offense took the opening drive and scored a touchdown. Matt Stafford was 2-for-2 and Golden Tate was the man who scored the touchdown. Calvin Johnson did not play and honestly, he should only play a little in game three, which is the dress rehearsal for the […]

Longtime lieutenant Battinkoff retires

FLINT TWP. — Many fond memories and funny stories resurface when the time comes to say goodbye to a co-worker you have known for a long time, said Police Chief George Sippert. He chuckled over some of them while reviewing a personnel file, but refrained from sharing them during a farewell presentation Monday night for Lt. Robert Battinkoff, who retired […]

Sports Shorts

Flint wins CANUSA Games HAMILTON, Ontario – Flint won the 58th CANUSA Games that pits Flint athletes against those from Hamilton, Ontario. The venue trades back and forth each year and was in Hamilton this year. Flint won 8-6 and Flint Mayor Dayne Walling once again entered into the Mayor’s Competition against Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberg. This year’s event was […]

A call for sergeants

FLINT TWP. — Two township police patrol officers are on the verge of being promoted to sergeant. Police Chief George Sippert has asked township trustees to formally request that the Flint Township Civil Service Commission provides names of two eligible candidates for promotion to police sergeant. Chief Sippert said that he recently discussed the need for first-line supervision with members […]

Firebirds sign Red Wings prospect Vili Saarijarvi

Only standing room tickets remain for opening night

FLINT — The Ontario Hockey League’s Flint Firebirds made a major splash last Wednesday when they officially signed Detroit Red Wings prospect Vili Saarijarvi to an OHL contract. Saarijarvi hails from Rovaniemi, Finland and was selected 73rd overall in the third round of the National Hockey League Draft by the Red Wings, who have decided they would prefer him to […]

Airport gets new aircraft rescue firefighting vehicle

FLINT TWP. — Last week, the Bishop International Airport Authority took delivery of a brand new Rosenbauer Panther 4×4 Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) vehicle that was expected to enter service late last week, according to a press release. The dual-purpose vehicle is designed to fight aircraft fires and protect an escape path in the event of a fire. “With large […]

Lapeer quad turns into tri

LAPEER – Carman-Ainsworth boys tennis was supposed to be part of the Lapeer Quad tennis meet Wednesday morning, but the school is unable to field a full tennis team this season. Lapeer’s Colby Bindschatel plays against Brandon in his first morning match. – L.P.