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Congratulations Flint Southwestern Jaguars Class of 2021!

KT Kanazawich | Flint Beat

The Flint Southwestern Jaguars Class of 2021 attended an in person graduation ceremony in Flint’s Southwestern Academy gymnasium on June 2, 2021. Fifty eight graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.

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Claressa Shields wins first MMA fight, making her undefeated in two combat sports

Atlantic City—Claressa Shields won her mixed martial arts debut fight where no one expected—on the ground. The undefeated boxing champion and Olympic gold medalist faced off against Brittney Elkin June 10, where their completely different fighting styles clashed. Elkin, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter, sought to keep the fight where she was most comfortable—grappling on the […]

Pride Festival postponed until 2022, organizers plan small events this summer

Flint, MI—This year, rather than hosting its annual festival, Flint Pride has opted to host a handful of smaller events throughout the entire month.  Organizers at Flint Pride have been working all year to find a COVID-friendly way to celebrate pride month in a way that does it justice. According to Teresa Springer, director of […]

Two days after deadline, Flint City Council has not adopted budget

Flint, MI–The Flint City Council has still not adopted a city budget, two days after the deadline passed.  After the council did not adopt the budget during a nine-hour meeting on June 7, 2031, Flint City Council President Kate Fields called for a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. on June 9 specifically to adopt the […]

Flint Board of Ed considers contract extensions for custodial, student safety, and IT services

Flint, MI— Several of Flint Community Schools’ third-party services contracts will expire at the end of June, and the Board of Education is making tough decisions about which vendors will remain in place.    Board members spent much of the June 9 committee meeting discussing three vendors that provide critical services to staff and students. The […]

Nearly 40 jobs immediately available for Flint youth

Flint, MI—Flint & Genesee Education & Talent aims to fill a variety of seasonal job openings, with work beginning as early as next week for some positions. Applications for these jobs—which are open to teens, ages 16-19, who live in the City of Flint—are due immediately. According to Director of Talent Development James Avery, there […]

Around Town

Community Fun Day at Hasselbring Park June 5

Flint, MI– The Friends of Hasselbring Park are hosting a Community Fun Day June 5. From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., you can come out to Hasselbring Park for free food, music, and fun. The event is sponsored by the Hamilton Community Health Network Illuminating Community Chance Safety Project, the Neighborhood Engagement Hub, the Community […]

PorchFest and First Fridays return to Flint, bringing summer music and art

Flint, MI—The city’s second annual PorchFest and First Fridays will kick off June 4, ushering in the summer months by celebrating Flint businesses and artists. Hosted by What’s Up Downtown, PorchFest is a series of live performances featuring local musicians, from the porches of different homes in the city. It was first introduced in a […]

Thursday night Flint social bike rides are back

Flint, MI— It’s time to put some air in your tires, and string some lights on your bike, because social cycling in Flint is back. You can join fellow bicyclists in riding around the city every Thursday night during “Thursday night party rides,” by meeting at the Flint Farmers Market parking lot at 8:30 p.m. […]


Mott Foundation grants nearly $200k to support Flint neighborhood projects

Flint, Mich. — The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has granted a total of $192,007 to the Neighborhood Engagement Hub (NEH) to coordinate neighborhood cleanups and hire young people to assist with the work.  Mott announced in August that it would fully fund seven neighborhood projects and partially fund an eighth project — for a total […]

EPA to provide Flint update in virtual press conference Dec. 7

Flint, MI — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Administrator Kurt Thiede will be joined by Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley and other local officials at a virtual press conference on Monday to provide an update about the city’s drinking water system. Details When: 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Dec. 7  Where: Virtual Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86365117936; or call-in: […]

City of Flint launches major push to Be Counted as Census deadline approaches

FLINT, Mich. — With just 20 days remaining to complete the 2020 Census, the City of Flint is coordinating a major push to encourage residents to BE COUNTED. A full count of Flint residents equates to approximately $3 billion in funding for Flint-area programs and services. That’s $300 million each of the next 10 years […]

United Way receives grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint for conversations on race, racism, and change

Flint, MI — The Community Foundation of Greater Flint awarded $8,000 to the United Way of Genesee County, on behalf of Community Roots, for the Courageous Conversations on Race, Racism, and Radical Change project. The grant will allow Community Roots to facilitate four community conversations that aim to engage residents of Flint and Genesee County […]

Flint Water Crisis

Flint’s secondary water pipeline to be completed this month

Flint, MI– Construction of a secondary water pipeline in Flint, a project that has been years in the works, is expected to be finished later this month.  During an informational meeting on June 8, Mayor Sheldon Neeley and Director of the Department of Public Works Michael Brown said Flint, “will never again use the Flint […]


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