Village Life:  Why I moved to Flint
Jun29

Village Life: Why I moved to Flint

    By Ted Nelson My first experience of Flint was Bishop International Airport.  I still wonder about the “International” part.  Could it be that Flint itself is another country? Perhaps there are secret flights here in the dark of night — aliens sneaking in from all over the world to benefit from the city’s abundance of jobs, services, and amenities.  Who knows? I, however, was on a mission of another kind. I was at Bishop because...

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Arts millage up for a vote Aug. 7 could add $8.7 million per year to county’s “good news stories”
Jun28

Arts millage up for a vote Aug. 7 could add $8.7 million per year to county’s “good news stories”

By Jan Worth-Nelson and Patsy Isenberg A proposed county-wide millage that could bring in up to $8.7 million/year for the arts in Genesee County for the next ten years will be on the Aug. 7 ballot. Backers of the proposal say it would guarantee substantial support and widened access for what its backers call one of the area’s “good news stories,” including educational enrichment and free admission to the county’s best-known cultural...

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Flint council approves two-year city budget and 10 of 11 appointees for overdue ethics panel
Jun27

Flint council approves two-year city budget and 10 of 11 appointees for overdue ethics panel

By Meghan Christian The Flint City Council  approved 10 appointments to the Ethics and Accountability Board and approved the Mayor’s biennial budget for the city of $55.8 million for 2018-19 and $56.6 million for 2019-20 at their June 25 meeting.  Formation of an Ethics and Accountability Board was one of the requirements outlined in the new city charter adopted by 2-1 by voters in August, 2017, and which was to have taken effect Jan....

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Ground broken for Flint Cultural Center K-8 charter school, C.S. Mott commits $35 million, FCS said no
Jun26

Ground broken for Flint Cultural Center K-8 charter school, C.S. Mott commits $35 million, FCS said no

                            By Harold C. Ford An array of Flint area nonprofit and political leaders gathered Tuesday on the campus of the Flint Cultural Center (FCC) to break ground for a new nonprofit charter school that will serve up to 650 students each school year in grades kindergarten through eighth. Project planners expect the new school to open in time for the 2019-2020 school year. The Flint Cultural Center Academy will...

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Dr. Mona charms SRO audience, calls for “radical reckoning” on nation’s child-care values
Jun23

Dr. Mona charms SRO audience, calls for “radical reckoning” on nation’s child-care values

By Jan Worth-Nelson Hurley Medical Center pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha, for the past three years regarded as one of the stand-out whistleblowers and heroes of the Flint water crisis, turned the tables on the hometown standing-room-only crowd who came to celebrate her Thursday night. Speaking at the Flint Public Library launch of her book What The Eyes Don’t See:  A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City,...

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Three years after devastating fire, Whaley House re-opens with top-to-bottom restoration
Jun22

Three years after devastating fire, Whaley House re-opens with top-to-bottom restoration

By Jan Worth-Nelson For staff and historians of the only Victorian home left from the row of mansions that once graced  Kearsley Street, the fire of 2015 was a crushing blow.  One November day, a welding torch left by roofers working on copper gutters at the Whaley Historic House Museum ignited a blaze that, along with smoke and water damage, ruined every room. Following a settlement and fundraising campaign, restoration work began....

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