Despite public opposition, plans for Ajax Asphalt plant move forward
Jan24

Despite public opposition, plans for Ajax Asphalt plant move forward

By Harold C. Ford Public opposition and appeals to state and Federal regulatory agencies have thus far failed to derail plans for an asphalt plant in Genesee Township very near northeast Flint. An air permit was approved by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) in November allowing Ajax Materials Corporation to move forward.  The construction site is within an industrial park on Energy Drive adjacent to...

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“Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male” exhibition opens at the Flint Institute of Arts
Jan23

“Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male” exhibition opens at the Flint Institute of Arts

By Tom Travis Aiming to go beyond a photographic study, photographer Jerry Taliaferro hopes his exhibit will help the community explore “perceptions and biases” towards Black men. “Recent events point to the urgent need for conversations about the contemporary Black American male,” Taliaferro said in a press release accompanying the show. “Any effort, however humble, to foster an understanding of this...

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Education Beat:  Audits point to short-term relief, long-term challenges for Flint Community Schools
Jan20

Education Beat: Audits point to short-term relief, long-term challenges for Flint Community Schools

By Harold C. Ford ‘You’re definitely not going to be in excellent financial shape for a long time.” – Holly Stefanski, assurance manager, Plante Moran Flint Community Schools (FCS) can expect a rosier financial picture in the short-term due to an infusion of Federal COVID relief funds and debt relief, according to an audit report by the accounting firm Plante Moran. However, unless affirmative measures are undertaken to address...

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“Knuckleheads” comment sparks rancor, debate among city council
Jan20

“Knuckleheads” comment sparks rancor, debate among city council

By Tom Travis No action was taken by design at Wednesday’s five-hour plus meeting of the Flint City Council . But the night was filled with verbal sparks flying and contentious moments as many council members sparred and jabbed each other with “point of order” and “point of information.” The epithet “knuckleheads,” directed from Council President Eric Mays to the rest of the council, provoked...

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Family Flu and COVID Vaccination Day, Saturday, Jan. 22 – hosted by Hamilton Community Health Network
Jan18

Family Flu and COVID Vaccination Day, Saturday, Jan. 22 – hosted by Hamilton Community Health Network

By Tom Travis On Saturday, Jan. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hamilton Community Health Network will host a free COVID and flu vaccine event for families. The Family Vaccination Day will be held at 2900 N. Saginaw St. in Flint. No appointment is necessary, however, supplies may be limited, according to a press release. Local COVID hospitalizations have grown steadily to 571 daily admissions. Of those, 73 per cent are unvaccinated...

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Education Beat:     Leadership teams reshaped at Flint Community Schools — McIntosh out, Green in as board president,  Jones proposes new look for central administration team
Jan18

Education Beat: Leadership teams reshaped at Flint Community Schools — McIntosh out, Green in as board president, Jones proposes new look for central administration team

By Harold C. Ford The frequent makeover of board and administrative leadership teams at Flint Community Schools (FCS) was front and center at the board’s annual organization meeting Jan. 12. Danielle Green replaced Carol McIntosh as the school board’s president. Joyce Ellis-McNeal moved into the vice president position, replacing Green. Adrian Walker replaced Ellis-McNeal as the board’s new secretary. Chris Del Morone was chosen to...

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