Flushing Township to reopen offices on June 1

FLUSHING TWP. — Flushing Township and the Flushing Township Police Department will be reopening their doors to the public starting on June 1 at 8 a.m. In compliance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-91, Flushing Township has established safety measures and guidelines for employees and residents to follow when conducting business at the township hall: • Flushing Township office […]

Burton closing in on 2010 response numbers

BURTON — City Councilman Vaughn Smith said as of May 18 the city’s response to the U.S. Census is approaching what it was for the entire 2010 Census and he’s urging a push to get many more responses by July 31. Smith told the Burton City Council at its May 18 meeting that 71.1 percent of residents in the city […]

Burton Memorial Day 5K becomes virtual race

BURTON — The City of Burton cancelled its Memorial Day 5K race due to the COVID-19 pandemic but is instead holding a virtual 5K race through June 25. The 2020 event is is being held online and participants can run or walk at a location of their choice. The purpose, according to city officials, is to commemorate the men and […]

Former Barhitte principal remembered for love of children

BURTON — Patricia Campbell, 82, will be remembered by those who knew her as professional educator who loved children, both students and her own children and grandchildren. A former principal at Barhitte Elementary in Bentley Community Schools, Campbell died April 12. She spent many years teaching in Bentley schools, having started her teaching career in Flint. A life-long resident of […]

In brief

Burton Chamber postpones, cancels events BURTON — The Burton Chamber Board recently met to discuss some of the upcoming events that were planned for June and July. In the wake of the current situation, the chamber will be either postponing or cancelling the following: Monthly Networking Lunch – cancelled; June and July; Burton Best of the Best celebration – postponed; […]

Crank up the volumes

Friends of Perkins Library donates hundreds of books to SCMS

SWARTZ CREEK — Jessica Jewell cradled a bundle of books in her arms and looked around at some 200 crates filled with tales and histories and adventures. “I feel like a kid in a candy store,” said Jewell, librarian at Swartz Creek Middle School. Thursday, May 21, the Friends of the Perkins Library donated 18 crates – hundreds of books […]

Shea team assists with grocery giveaway

FLINT TWP. — The team at Shea Automotive Group, in partnership with Lang Constructors Inc., Black Tie Productions and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, helped to distribute food to more than 400 families last week on May 19. Shea Automotive Group owner Stacy Shea Fields said that when Lang Constructors contacted her team about using their lot across the […]

Fit for a King

Firefighters, police, EMTs honor long-time SCAFD officer

SWARTZ CREEK — Firefighters, police officers and emergency medical personnel lined up to honor Jack King on his 86th birthday May 19. King, a firefighter for 45 years, is the longest-serving firefighter in the history of the Swartz Creek Area Fire Department. He now serves as battalion chief and support. A man of few words, King said it made him […]

Flint Twp. to roll out reopening plan at June 1 meeting

FLINT TWP. — Flint Township is pursuing a plan to reopen its offices and return to having a full staff by next week. On June 1, Flint Township Supervisor Karyn Miller will present the Flint Township Board of Trustees with a measure to open the township building to the public and call back laid-off employees. If the board approves the […]

GTFD, Legion collecting empty pop bottles and cans

SWARTZ CREEK — By now, those empty beverage bottles and cans must be piling up in basements and garages all around the community. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in March issued executive orders that rendered returnable containers temporarily unreturnable. For area residents who don’t care about getting their dimes back, and who want to help out […]