Local ACLU fires off complaint to the Mayor and City Clerk; mail-in and absentee ballots in question
Jul08

Local ACLU fires off complaint to the Mayor and City Clerk; mail-in and absentee ballots in question

By Tom Travis The City of Flint is not complying with absentee balloting requirements approved by Michigan voters, Greater Flint American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)  officials claimed Tuesday in a letter of complaint to Mayor Sheldon Neeley and Flint City Clerk Inez Brown. The letter, titled Flint’s “Disenfranchisement of Absentee Voters,”  said the Flint City Clerk’s office is violating legal requirements approved...

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Free COVID testing for Flint residents returns to Shiloh MBC Thursday and Friday
Jul07

Free COVID testing for Flint residents returns to Shiloh MBC Thursday and Friday

The City of Flint has issued the following announcement: “FLINT, Michigan—Free COVID-19 testing will return on Thursday and Friday to Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church through the continued partnership of state, county and local entities. Testing at Shiloh has been extremely popular with residents with more than 1,200 tests conducted during two previous testing cycles [starting Memorial Day weekend]. The testing site tends to...

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Village Life:  26 miles on foot in Flint, Connor Coyne’s walk is both ancient and intimate
Jul07

Village Life: 26 miles on foot in Flint, Connor Coyne’s walk is both ancient and intimate

By Connor Coyne On a Sunday at the end of June, my alarm goes off at three in the morning. I dress in the darkness, putting on the loose fitting shirt and shorts I’d selected the night before. I’m careful not to wake my wife who will sleep for several more hours in the antiseptic breeze of our air-conditioned bedroom. I tap out down the hallway, softly lit by the glow from the bathroom nightlight, past my daughters’ rooms, and...

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Absentee and mail-in ballots to be mailed out Tuesday to Flint residents;  ACLU raises concerns
Jul06

Absentee and mail-in ballots to be mailed out Tuesday to Flint residents; ACLU raises concerns

By Tom Travis Absentee ballots will begin to be mailed out Tuesday, July 7, Flint City Clerk Inez Brown said in a phone interview Monday. In the face of an inquiry by the Greater Flint ACLU, questioning the City Clerks’ procedures, Brown said she could not confirm the number of applications for mail-in ballots received so far nor the number of ballots that will be mailed out tomorrow, July 7. About 70,000  registered Flint...

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Three seats opening on Flint Community Schools board;  petitions to run for Nov. 3 election available now
Jun30

Three seats opening on Flint Community Schools board; petitions to run for Nov. 3 election available now

The Flint City Clerk’s office issued the following press release today: Petitions are now available in the Flint City Clerk’s Office, second floor of City Hall, 1101 S. Saginaw St., for persons interested in seeking election to the Flint Board of Education. Three seats are open for the election, to be held Nov. 3, 2020. The terms of board members Casey Lester, Betty Ramsdell and Blake Strozier expire Dec. 31, 2020. The three...

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On the last day of the month, Mayor Neeley officially recognizes June as Pride Month for City of Flint
Jun30

On the last day of the month, Mayor Neeley officially recognizes June as Pride Month for City of Flint

The following press release was issued today, June 30,  by the City of Flint: “Mayor Sheldon Neeley today issued a proclamation recognizing June as Pride Month in the City of Flint.  “It is believed to be the first time the City of Flint has recognized the month. The proclamation recognizes June as Pride Month for the duration of Mayor Neeley’s elected term as part of his ongoing commitment to fight for civil rights and...

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