K of C collecting cans and bottles

SWARTZ CREEK — The Knights of Columbus Swartz Creek Council 6694 of St. Mary Queen of Angels Church will have a can and bottle drive from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 10. Donations should be dropped off at the pole barn behind the church. Empty returnable bottles and cans should be placed in the trunk of the car or […]

Dispute continues over clerk’s office vacancy in Flint Township

FLINT TWP. — A dispute over whether to fill a vacant position in the Flint Township Clerk’s office boiled over into last Monday’s Flint Township Board of Trustees meeting. At the March 15 meeting, Flint Township Clerk Kathy Funk attempted to bring back a motion to fill a vacant administrative assistant position in her department. Supervisor Karyn Miller removed Funk’s […]

Township approves purchase of new patrol vehicles

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Board of Trustees has approved the purchase of four new patrol vehicles for the Flint Township Police Department at a cost of $155,588. Each vehicle was available for purchase through a Genesee County vehicle bid contract with Berger Chevrolet of Grand Rapids at a price of $38,897 each. The new vehicles, all new 2021 […]

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The VIEW from here

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, visitor spending had reached just over $500 million in Genesee County. Of that spending in 2019, $45 million went toward lodging alone, according to a report prepared by Tourism Economics for the Michigan Tourism Office. While the numbers have yet to be released for 2020, it’s safe to assume they will be […]

Hard of hearing, deaf culture issues not in mainstream news

As we seem focused on things like black history and injustice, our hard of hearing and deaf community is sadly neglected. Estimates are that 1 out of every 20 of us have a hearing problem of some sort. Yet nothing is ever newsworthy unless one of us gets in some sort of legal trouble. Many of us have been branded […]

Have you “Herd”?

Today the word “herd” has kind of a double entendre or at least ambiguous connotation. In this country, folks take great pride in their ability to “be themselves” with individualism and freedoms that are not matched in any other part of the world. Yet, today we pursue (some hesitatingly), the Herd Immunity that is really the only way we can […]

Remember When …

Easter is the oldest international holiday, celebrated around the world and basically for the same reason; the death on a cross. Let’s look at some of the fun facts of Easter and why it’s one of the most celebrated Christian holidays, next to Christmas; bringing hope and peace to many. Most of us remember getting a new outfit or hat […]

Nation Outside, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office launches vaccine program

FLINT — Inmates housed inside the Genesee County Jail now have access to the one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, thanks to a partnership between the jail and criminal justice reform advocates. Nation Outside, a nonprofit led by individuals working for criminal justice reform, has partnered with the Ambassador Program led by Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson to offer voluntary […]

$39M in Going PRO Talent Fund grants awarded to train 30,000 workers at more than 850 Michigan businesses

LANSING — Through $39,015,052 in grants from the Going PRO Talent Fund, Michigan is helping nearly 30,000 workers across the state to secure employment, industry-recognized credentials and strong wages by providing training grants to more than 850 Michigan businesses to support their high-demand, high-skill talent needs. “Now more than ever, we need to invest in our talent and businesses to […]

Out of the past

10 YEARS AGO March 31, 2011 The City Council appointed two interim members at the March 28 meeting. Chris Hinkley, who recently finished a brief stint as a fill-in City Councilman, and Gary Peppin, who lost the recent council election to Jack Abernathy, were appointed to fill two vacant positions on the council. Hinkley will fill the council seat vacated […]