Civic engagement can open doors for youth

When it comes to afterschool programs, it’s no secret that the demand exceeds the supply—by a lot. For every student in a Michigan afterschool program, three more are waiting to get in. It’s with this in mind that afterschool supporters from throughout the state are convening in Lansing today for “Afterschool Day at the Capitol.” There, they will urge legislators […]

Death a reminder to live

One look at my recent calendar will tell you that my weeks have been punctuated by funerals. Perhaps this is reflective of what it means to be a person of a certain age. Surely, it is not how anyone wishes to spend their days. And yet, we are given a gift when we rub shoulders with death. Sometimes, in the […]

Looking for a few ghosts

FENTON — Michael (Mickey) Vizard and his wife, Morgan, are looking for some ghost stories. The Fenton couple has started a book project and are hoping residents will favor them with some of their tales of paranormal activities in and around Fenton. “My wife Morgan and I are hoping to write a book about haunted locations in and around Fenton,” […]

GISD expands reach for 2nd annual Youth Entrepreneurship Program

FLINT — Youth entrepreneurship has been proven to improve students’ academic performance, school attendance, interpersonal skills, job readiness, problem solving skills, and decision-making abilities. This is why the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) is excited to announce that the second year of the Youth Entrepreneurship program, InnovatEd, will begin at high schools across Genesee County this week. Twenty-two local school […]

MCC presents ceramic exhibition

FLINT — The Mott Community College (MCC) Fine Arts Gallery in the Visual Arts and Design Center will present an exhibition of ceramic works by Saginaw-area artist and educator Ben Clore titled Switching Gears, Exploring Slip Cast Functional Ware. In addition, Clore will give a public presentation about his work on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. in the Visual […]

In brief

LWV— Flint 100th Birthday Gala FLINT — The League of Women Voters— Flint will host a 100th Birthday celebration on Feb. 14 from 5–8:30 p.m. at the Durant-Dort Carriage Factory Number One Historical Marker, 303 W. Water Street. Limited seats available as we honor our 50 years/plus members and a Making Democracy Work awardee, and officially unveil the bronze busts […]

Community Threads now open to local residents

FLINT TWP. — When you think “thrift store” you might think dirty and grungy and poor quality or old merchandise, but Allen Ryckman, owner of Community Threads of Fenton, is trying to change your mind—and seems to be doing so. He has opened his second location, Experience Community Threads, in the former Rue 21 space next to Macy’s in the […]


OLIVE GEARHART, 93, died on February 1, 2020, surrounded by her family. Olive was born in Bromyard, England, on January 8, 1927, to Charles Mckee and Florence Goulding. During World War II, she met the love of her life, Jack, while he was serving in the United States Army. The two dated, became engaged and moved to Michigan in October […]

Genesee County Parks Hosts Second Annual Job Fair

GENESEE COUNTY — The team at Genesee County Parks wants you to ditch that stuffy office job and seize the opportunity to spend some time outdoors this summer. Genesee County Parks is looking for new team members to join them for the upcoming summer season, and the organization will be conducting on-thespot interviews at two upcoming job fairs for a […]

Chrome & Ice heats up the Dort Federal Event Center

GENESEE COUNTY —The fifth annual Chrome & Ice indoor car show once again provided a welcome respite for winter-weary automotive enthusiasts on Feb. 7, 8 and 9 at the Dort Financial Credit Union Event Center. More than 157 world-class vehicles filled the venue during the three-day auto extravaganza, showcasing everything from muscle cars and rat rods to vintage trucks and […]