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 […]

Two trustees oppose board hiring practices

FLINT TWP. — Favoritism and nepotism were words used to describe the township board’s decision to hire Paul Nebraski as a full-time utility two clerical worker. He already has been working parttime for the township and is married to Deb Nebraski, an assistant to township supervisor Karyn Miller since November 2012. Trustees Barb Vert and Belenda Parker in recent months […]

Thinking spring? Apply for spring turkey hunting now

LAPEER COUNTY — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the spring turkey hunting application period is now open. “If you are looking to hunt one of the limited-license turkey hunts, make sure to apply now,” said DNR upland game bird specialist Al Stewart. “If you’re looking for broader statewide options in your hunt, you may want to […]

Gov. Snyder declares state of emergency for Genesee County

LANSING —Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for Genesee County due to ongoing health and safety issues caused by lead in the city of Flint’s drinking water. By declaring a state of emergency, Snyder authorized the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) to coordinate state efforts in cooperation with local response and […]

Again, Christensen?

Sports VIEW

If you follow our sports coverage, then you may remember a column in which I ranted about a recent trade that was executed by Flint Firebirds’ general manager Terry Christensen. He sent goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic and defenseman Josh Wesley, two Carolina Hurricanes’ prospects, to Niagara for goaltender Brent Moran and five future Ontario Hockey League Draft picks. I still think […]