Election Beat:  Primary voters choose nominees — Neeley, Weaver, Dixon win, advance to November
Aug04

Election Beat: Primary voters choose nominees — Neeley, Weaver, Dixon win, advance to November

By Paul Rozycki The August primary election in Genesee County saw nearly 23 percent of voters cast ballots as they chose the nominees for the November election. That is slightly higher than the average turnout for most August primaries county-wide. However, the Flint turnout was below average at a little more than 14 percent, with 11,000 of the city’s 75,000 voters selecting two of the three mayoral candidates, Mayor Sheldon...

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Education Beat:    Flint Board of Education — Some good news stories and some same old stories
Aug03

Education Beat: Flint Board of Education — Some good news stories and some same old stories

By Harold C. Ford [Editors’ Note: Harold C. Ford, East Village Magazine’s (EVM) education reporter, had intended to write a July piece featuring some good news stories he’d collected about Flint Community Schools (FCS) in the past few months. But, alas, the Flint Board of Education (FBOE) meeting he witnessed on July 20 was likely the most chaotic witnessed by him in more than five years of covering Flint’s public schools....

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Village Life: At 76, he’s run marathons in all 50 states and the Great Wall of China
Jul26

Village Life: At 76, he’s run marathons in all 50 states and the Great Wall of China

By Tom Travis From the Great Wall of China to the Hoover Dam, Ortonville resident Jay Cummings, 76, experiences life 26 miles at a time — again and again.  A retired United Church of Christ minister, he’s a devoted marathon runner who finds the discipline of his chosen sport to be good for his body and spirit — and he has no plans to quit. Since 1992, when he took up marathon running to try to quit smoking,...

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Neeley, Weaver, and Mays respond to voters’ questions at Mott Park forum
Jul26

Neeley, Weaver, and Mays respond to voters’ questions at Mott Park forum

By Paul Rozycki With a forum that could have been titled “Two Mayors and Mays,” incumbent Mayor Sheldon Neeley, former Mayor Karen Weaver, and city council member Eric Mays responded to questions from a standing-room-only audience of Mott Park residents for more than an hour and a half on Monday evening. In the park-like setting of the Mott Park Disc Golf Course, each laid out their visions for the city and their accomplishments in...

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Sports Beat:    Flint City Bucks power into playoffs, Central Conference Championship match vs. Des Moines Menace July 29
Jul26

Sports Beat: Flint City Bucks power into playoffs, Central Conference Championship match vs. Des Moines Menace July 29

By Harold C. Ford * * * * * United States League Two Central Conference Championship Flint City Bucks at Des Moines Menace Friday, July 29, 8:15 p.m. EDT Valley Stadium, 4400 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265 Online video transmission at uslleaguetwo.com * * * * *   The Flint City Bucks football club (soccer team) gained momentum in a late-regular season surge to reach the United States Two League (USL2) Central...

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Education Beat     Flint Board of Education: Some same old stories and some good news stories
Jul25

Education Beat Flint Board of Education: Some same old stories and some good news stories

By Harold C. Ford [Editors’ Note: The Flint Board of Education (FBOE) meeting witnessed on July 20 was troubling to cover for Harold C. Ford, East Village Magazine’s (EVM) education reporter. For purposes of readability and thematic tidiness, EVM is dividing this month’s Education Beat report into two parts: “same old stories” and “good news stories.” Both pieces are available at the EVM website.] “We have met the enemy and he is us.”...

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