2020-05-21

Art in the Park cancelled

FLUSHING — The GFWC Flushing Women’s Club has announced that its annual Art in the Park event scheduled for June 6 has been cancelled. Below is a statement from the organization: “For 53 years, Art in the Park has opened the summer events in our town of Flushing. We were so looking forward to a bigger event this year to […]

State of Michigan to participate in federal work share program to protect workers

LANSING — The state of Michigan has announced it would participate in the federal Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) Work Share program to help offset budget implications as a result of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this program, impacted state employees will take two temporary layoff days per pay period now until July 25 resulting in […]

Genesee County Health Department warns of ‘spoofing’ phone scams

GENESEE COUNTY — The Genesee County Health Department has issued a warning about an ongoing phone scam that is targeting residents during the coronavirus pandemic. In recent weeks, county health officials have received many inquiries from residents about phone calls that were made using the health department’s name and phone numbers. However, these calls were not made by any of […]

MDHHS continues Flint mobile food pantries during May

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will continue to provide nutritious food by the truckload to Flint residents throughout May. MDHHS has provided the Flint mobile food pantries since February 2016 in partnership with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Michigan, food pantry distributors are taking extra […]

Frontline worker appreciation meals provided by local organizations

GEENSEE COUNTY — Saginaw Valley Consistory No. 71 and Light of Hope Assembly No. 64 Order of the Golden Circle, an Auxiliary to the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Flint, provided meals to frontline healthcare workers at Hurley Medical Center Flint, Covenant Hospital Saginaw and St. Joe Hospital Pontiac. The Scottish Rite family would like to send […]

Peters, Stabenow announce $19 million in funding for Flint MTA

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) recently announced the Flint Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) will receive a $19 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Peters and Stabenow helped secure this funding as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds will help ensure that Flint MTA services […]

Rene Ann Deroche

RENE ANN DEROCHE, 60, of Grand Blanc, died on Monday, May 11, 2020, at Cranberry Park Assisted Living in Clio. Rene was born on October 9, 1959, in Flint, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William and Beverly (Dean) DeRoche. Rene grew up in Grand Blanc and was educated locally, graduating from Grand Blanc High School with the Class of […]

Vernetta A. (Dean) Cowell

VERNETTA A. (DEAN) COWELL, 81, of Davison, passed away Friday, May 15, 2020 at Lapeer County MCF – Suncrest. Verna was born in Flint, on June 9, 1938, daughter of the late Clifford and Emily (Chaulk) Dean. She married George Cowell on November 10, 1966 in Flint. Verna loved Flint and its history with a passion. She believed that community […]

Kenneth Dillen Scott

KENNETH DILLEN SCOTT, 88, of Grand Blanc, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Kenneth was born in Detroit, on July 15, 1931, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith and Letha (Johnston) Scott. Educated locally, Kenneth graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit and continued his education at Wayne State University. Kenneth proudly heeded the call of duty and enlisted […]

RIP Phyllis George, sports world knuckleheads and the end of The Last Dance


The passing of Phyllis George, the former Miss America and groundbreaking sportscaster, was sad news this week. George died of a blood disorder at the age of 70. It seems like the sports world has taken me back to my childhood lately. Phyllis George in 1975 became the first female sportscaster hired by a major television network to cover the […]