Seven “trailblazers”  from Flint’s Black community receive City’s highest honor
Feb25

Seven “trailblazers” from Flint’s Black community receive City’s highest honor

By Tom Travis Mayor Sheldon Neeley called them “trailblazers” in the African-American community of Flint as he honored seven at a presentation on Wednesday, Feb 24. The event, at the Flint Development Center on Martin Luther King Boulevard, was closed except to the honorees, city officials and the media, but can be viewed at the City of Flint’s Facebook page. The honorees were presented the “Mayor Sheldon A....

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Education Beat:  Flint schools will not reopen to students Feb. 22:  district does about face
Feb21

Education Beat: Flint schools will not reopen to students Feb. 22: district does about face

By Harold C. Ford Following a raucous board of education meeting lasting more than three hours, officials of Flint Community Schools (FCS) decided buildings would not reopen to students on Feb. 22 as previously announced.  (See Feb. 19 public statement from FCS superintendent Anita Steward at this link and printed below.) This follows months of preparation for reopening buildings for face-to-face instruction during which FCS...

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City Council considers Jefferson School property, $500,000 more needed for lead line replacement; Council’s decorum is not perfect but improves
Feb19

City Council considers Jefferson School property, $500,000 more needed for lead line replacement; Council’s decorum is not perfect but improves

By Tom Travis Flint City Council met in committee session on Wednesday for the first time since April, 2020, resuming a COVID-delayed structure that allows the council to discuss resolutions, ordinances, appointments and special orders that will appear on the next City Council agenda. Unlike in most recent meetings, the council managed to conduct business for five and a half hours with no chaos. The committee sessions usually are held...

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City Council attempts at “decorum” and “civility” training descend into chaos
Feb17

City Council attempts at “decorum” and “civility” training descend into chaos

By Tom Travis Moments into Monday night’s virtual Flint City Council meeting,  discussion descended into chaos and arguing over whether the public should be allowed to speak.  It was a  squabble which set the stage for a planned training session on decorum and civil debate. After more than an hour of wrangling,  the council ultimately voted six to three to allow public speaking — the majority disagreeing with Council...

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Students invited to enter Genesee Health Plan’s sixth annual Health Heritage essay and scholarship contests
Feb15

Students invited to enter Genesee Health Plan’s sixth annual Health Heritage essay and scholarship contests

Genesee Health Plan (GHP) is accepting entries through March 31 for its sixth annual Health Heritage Essay Contest from all Genesee County students in elementary grades five and six, middle school, junior high, and high school students, including students in homeschool or private schools. Winning students will receive hundreds of dollars in gift cards sponsored by Sovita Credit UnioHean. The contest encourages students to understand...

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