In brief

Martin to host local coffee hours March 8 in Clio CLIO — State Rep. David Martin invited people in the community to participate in his upcoming local office hours. Martin will be available from 2-3:30 p.m. on March 8 at the Clio Big Boy, located at 4447 W. Vienna Rd. “I thoroughly enjoy meeting with people and learning more about […]

FCS prepares for expanded in-person learning on March 8

FLUSHING — Starting next Monday, most Flushing Community Schools students will be receiving more face-to-face classroom time and less virtual instruction. For the first time this school year, FCS has decided to increase in-person learning from two days a week to four days a week for grades K-12. In-person learners will attend class on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with […]

Flushing Township approves road projects for 2021

FLUSHING TWP. — Flushing Township has given the go-ahead for several resurfacing projects on township roads this summer. At its Feb. 11 meeting, the Flushing Township Board of Trustees approved the following projects for 2021: Stanley Road (McKinley Road to Elms Road just west of Johnson Road); Stanley (Elms Road west of Johnson Road); Coldwater Road (M-13 to Duffield Road); […]

Flushing Chamber to hold virtual awards presentation on March 18

FLUSHING — With COVID-19 restrictions on indoor gatherings still in place, the Flushing Area Chamber of Commerce has decided to move its annual awards celebration online in 2021. On March 18, the Chamber will host the first-ever virtual Flushing Chamber of Commerce Awards presentation in lieu of its traditional banquet and gala. Awards will include Citizen of the Year, Business […]

Farmers Insurance Agency recognizes Teacher of the Month

The LeeAlan Weddel Farmers Insurance Agency has recognized Flushing Community Schools teacher Jeff White as its Teacher of the Month for February. White, a special education instructor in the district, was honored for his work in the district and his ability to connect and empathize with some of Flushing’s most vulnerable students. White also received $100 in school supplies to […]

Council reacts to 911 decision to purchase new police reporting system

BURTON — Mayor Duane Haskins informed the city council March 1 that Genesee County 911 has decided to purchase a new $1.4 million Records Management System (RMS) program that all police agencies will have to join or face an annual penalty of $3,400. The cost to join the system is $12,000 a year for Burton, which is higher than the […]

Hodson’s celebrating 75 years of marriage

BURTON — On March 4, 1946 Lowell Jerome Hodson married Dorotha Louise Wolford in Indiana. The couple were both raised in Indiana and were part of the farming community. A few years later, they moved to Michigan and are still living in the home they purchased in Burton more than 60 years ago. Together they enjoyed many adventures, including raising […]

City approves bonds for first phase of sewer project

BURTON — City council approved $1,748,202.30, March 1, in bonds to begin construction on the first phase of an estimated $15 million sewer repair and reconstruction project. The voted unanimously to approve the issuing of low interest bonds to start the plan for the city to repair and upgrade its aging sanitary sewer system over five-years, at a cost of […]

Flint Township man charged with child abuse

FLINT TWP. — A Flint Township man is facing the possibility of life in prison after being accused of child abuse. Leonard Dortch, 23, was arrested by Flint Township police on Feb. 9 for allegedly beating and burning his girlfriend’s two-year-old daughter. Dortch has been charged with one count of first-degree child abuse and one count of torture, which is […]

Slip-and-slide event nets nearly $3,000 for Special Olympics

SWARTZ CREEK — Mother Nature showed a little mercy on the people who took part in a scaled-back Polar Plunge at Elms Park last weekend. With temperatures hovering just below 50 degrees – a welcome departure from the subfreezing temperatures of the previous week – about 60 people hit the slip-and-slide on the sledding hill to raise money for Special […]