Swartz Creek, Grand Blanc leaders prepare to launch plans for remote learning

Local school administrators are hoping to hit the ground running when they implement their Continuity of Learning plans Monday. The plans are required for districts to continue to receive state funding following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order ending all in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Swartz Creek Community Schools, […]

GB Township to begin laying off non-essential personnel

GRAND BLANC TWP. — The Board of Trustees voted April 9 to give notice to approximately 10 employees at the township that they are being laid-off because they are in roles not currently needed during the COVID-19 shutdown. The vote to lay-off employees, while maintaining health benefits for them, was 4-3, with Treasurer Earl Guzak, Clerk Cathy Lane and Trustee […]

Many city operations continue to be canceled until May 1

GRAND BLANC — The City of Grand Blanc will continue to limit certain city operations to mitigate risks of the COVID-19 virus. The following operational measures will be in effect until May 1 at 8 a.m. The City will release any new information regarding potential changes to City operations, if changes continue. These measures will not impact critical services such […]

Egg-celent adventures

Swartz Creek resident Krystle Steele and her family went out egging houses on Easter morning, but they did it with good intent. The Steeles filled plastic Easter eggs with goodies and left them on the doorsteps of their friends’ and neighbors’ homes. Easter was tough on some families this year. Social distancing meant no in-person church services, no community Easter […]

Flushing man to do virtual Boston Marathon to raise money for Carriage Town

FLUSHING TWP. — When the Boston Marathon was pushed back to September because of COVID-19, it took a little bit of the wind out of David Smith’s sails. Smith was more determined than disappointed, however. The Flushing Township runner and marathon qualifier will still run at 10 a.m. Monday, April 20, but he’ll do it closer to home, and he’ll […]

Community Care Task Force helps feed seniors

FLINT TWP. — Interim Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said the county’s Community Care Task Force recently went into action to help seniors at Linden Place Apartments. Swanson said the county received word that some residents of the senior living apartment complex were surviving on one meal a day so the and the Community Care Task Force started by the […]

Police chiefs contemplating automatic mutual aid amid state of emergency

FLUSHING — Out of an abundance of caution, some local police chiefs are considering a temporary automatic mutual aid agreement to provide cross-jurisdictional coverage in the event their departments are hit with the COVID-19 virus. “It’s a precautionary measure, a safety net,” said Flushing Township Police Chief Mark Bolin. “The intent is that, in the event another department would need […]

Flushing Twp. board reduces, eliminates some inspector fees

FLUSHING TWP. — The Flushing Township Board of Trustees has overhauled the building department’s fee schedule, eliminating some costs and reducing others. “We want people to build here,” said township Supervisor Frederick R. Thorsby. “We didn’t want them to shy away from building in Flushing Township because the fees were so high.” The changes come on the heels of a […]

Township board declares state of emergency

FLUSHING TWP. — The Flushing Township Board of Trustees has ratified a state of emergency for the township. The declaration authorizes the township supervisor, clerk and treasurer to make certain decisions that otherwise would require a vote of the Board of Trustees. The allowable actions the board officers may take include payment of bills and other general business to keep […]

COVID and community news bring brush with celebrity

The VIEW from here

As any fashionista, column-writing, wavy-blonde-haired woman who has spent a month’s rent on a handbag will tell you, the highest compliment anyone can ever give you is to say, “you are totally like Carrie Bradshaw.” Carrie Bradshaw (for anyone unfamiliar) is the fictional character played by Sarah Jessica Parker on the hit HBO show “Sex and the City.” Women my […]