2016-01-07

New Year’s Resolutions – more like suggestions



I ’ve said before I’m not fond of making New Year’s Resolutions. For me they often are too lofty of a goal to achieve, usually because of my lack of motivation, a busy work schedule and other diversions. As 2016 approached, I was faced with a choice: not bothering to make resolutions again or set some sort of goals for […]

Musical Mieczkowski’s

Family of musicians complete debut CD


GRAND BLANC TWP. — The Mieczkowski (pronounced Mitch-kowski) family home is on several acres, which is good, because mom, Lorie, and dad, Pat, let God decide the size of their family – and 10 children later, they need the room. All joking aside, the couple met at a Christian youth conference on Mackinaw Island in 1984. They were both from […]

In brief



Viola Bray grants $5,000 to Boys & Girls Club band FLINT — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 grant award from the Viola Bray Charitable Trust administered by US Trust in support of the organizations’ Steel Drum Band program. Instructor Jim Coviak introduced the Steel Drum program to the […]

Grondin family continues fight for “Justice 4 KC”




LAPEER — Carl Grondin, Sr. is adamant his grandson, Kenneth C. Grondin III, did not murder his girlfriend, Andrea Eilber, in 2011. Grondin, Sr. and K.C. Grondin’s parents, Kenneth II and April, are so certain of his innocence that they’re prepared to “spend their last dime” to get him released and are busily preparing for a retrial should they be […]

The road ahead



Despite the boon of a warmer winter forecast, courtesy of El Nino, Michigan weather still can be unpredictable, No doubt, road and driving conditions for the next few months will be winterized by snow, ice and possible white-outs. During a recent dust up, it took about three minutes for this segment of Linden Road to go from clear and dry […]

Back on the mat



Carman-Ainsworth’s Keondrece Johnson (right) takes down an opponent during the Genesee County Tournament on Dec. 19. Johnson and the Cavaliers return to competition this week, hosting Davison, Saginaw and Midland Dow in Saginaw Valley League duals Wednesday night and traveling to the Warren Woods-Tower Invitational on Saturday.

Board OKs police officers’ contract, firefighters’ old contract extended




FLINT TWP. — The township board has settled a three-year labor contract with the Command Officers Association of Michigan (COAM) union. Provisions include a two percent raise for all years of the contract, same as given to other employees with settled contracts. Other terms set an Early Reporting Time (ERT) rate at .25 cents per hour/day at the beginning of […]

Lady Cavs fall in Roundball Classic




DETROIT – Carman-Ainsworth fought back from a 20-point halftime deficit but couldn’t come back all the way and lost to Williamston 64-47 in a Motor City Roundball Classic girls’ basketball game Dec. 30 at Detroit Edison Academy. The Lady Cavs came out strong in the second half and cut the margin to 12 points in the first three minutes of […]

New entry-level police officer hired




FLINT TWP. — Ethan Thompson is set to begin work Monday, January 11, as an entry-level police officer. The Flint Township Board unanimously approved his employment at its regular meeting Monday night. Thompson graduated last month from the Mid-Michigan Police Academy, said Police Chief George Sippert. He also is a graduate of Saint Johns High School and attended Lansing Community […]

Not living up to the hype on many fronts

Fat Guy Corner

The Michigan State Spartans put a buzz kill to the year 2015. Alabama, as predicted by the Fat Guy, steamrolled Sparty 38-0 in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Eve. I thought the interception Connor Cook threw right before halftime was a huge dagger. The score would have closed the gap to 10-7 and we would have had a ball […]