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Flint liquor stores could close earlier as a response to crime

Flint, MI–Flint City Councilman Maurice Davis said he believes liquor stores are “the demise of poor communities.” He’s proposing a new ordinance to close liquor stores, gas stations and convenience stores earlier, which he thinks will mitigate problems with violent crime in Flint. The draft of the ordinance, written by Davis and Councilman Allan Griggs, […]


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Despite rumors, Flint kids will not return to in-person learning

Flint, MI—Confusion spread through several Flint community Facebook groups on Wednesday about claims that the Flint Schools Board of Education voted to return Flint kids to face-to-face learning. According to school officials, these claims are untrue, and Flint Schools will continue virtual instruction as planned.  “We [want] to keep the kids remote as long as […]

Punctuation stops recall efforts against two Flint City Councilmen

Flint, MI—The Genesee County Election Commission voted not to approve the recall language against two Flint city council members—because of the punctuation. On Sept. 28, 2020, paperwork was filed against the 3rd Ward Representative Councilman Santino Guerra and two days later paperwork was filed against 2nd Ward Representative Councilman Maurice Davis. Flint resident, Richard Jones, […]

Flint coffee company uses local artists to make “Damn Fine Cup of Coffee”

Flint, MI — Local artists and entrepreneurs Sean Murray and Jonathan Diener have teamed up to form a coffee company that incorporates their own creative backgrounds, artists of all mediums, and the local community into something fresh for the coffee world. The result: “A Damn Fine Cup of Coffee” that anyone can enjoy. “Rootless Coffee […]

Judge determines GISD special ed. funding plan ‘violates state law’

Flint, MI— On Friday, a judge determined Genesee Intermediate School District’s special education funding model is illegal and does not meet the needs of Flint special education students. His recommendation will go to State Superintendent Michael F. Rice for a final ruling. If Rice accepts the judge’s recommendation, it could mean tens of thousands more […]

Special ed. students in Flint underfunded—But a ruling could change that

Flint, MI—The Genesee Intermediate School District Board of Education voted to disperse $3.8 million in special education funds, also known as Act 18 Funds, to local districts this week, but an ongoing lawsuit could change where that money ends up. Flint Community Schools is currently projected to receive $252,307.95 for the 2020-2021 school year. But […]

Flint residents will march to the ballot box this Sunday in a voting parade

Flint, MI—For the first time, Flint residents will be grabbing absentee ballots and taking to the streets in a voting parade to the ballot box this Sunday, Oct. 11. The event is part of a national, non-partisan movement called #walkthevote orchestrated by activists who are encouraging communities to come together and vote. This is the […]

Around Town

Students to host Black Business Fair Saturday

Flint, MI–Since the recent Black Lives Matter protests and the economic hit small businesses have taken due to COVID-19, there has been a push across the country to support local Black-owned businesses.  About two months ago, six students at University of Michigan-Flint began working to create an event to help people do just that.  Saturday, […]

Participate in the Census and Get a Free Meal from Northern Smoke BBQ

Flint, MI— Wellness Services Inc. will be hosting a 2020 Census Food Truck event this Friday. A census representative will be onsite to help community members fill out the census online via tablets. Wellness Services Inc., an organization that provides care and resources for those affected by AIDS/HIV, partnered with Flint Pride and Safe Space […]

Movies Under the Stars Drive-In Edition will premiere this Friday

Flint, MI–  Movies Under the Stars Drive-In Edition will premiere on Friday, August 21 at The Whiting Auditorium Parking Lot located 1241 E Kearsley St, Flint, MI 48503. Communities First, Inc. has hosted the popular summer outdoor film series for the past six years.  This year, in light of COVID-19 we will offer a modified […]


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 […]

Here’s how Flint voted to spend a $1 million grant to help the city

Flint, MI—The Mott Foundation announced the results of a recent survey of residents on how they would like to see $1 million spent to improve Flint’s neighborhoods. More than 800 people voted over a period of two weeks. After votes associated with ZIP codes outside the city of Flint were removed, votes from 640 residents […]

Flint Water Crisis

Whitmer announces plan to invest $500 million in water infrastructure statewide

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her plan for a $500 million statewide investment in water infrastructure Thursday, providing funding to improve Michigan’s water systems “from source to tap.” The funding would be used to address infrastructure issues like Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in water, unaffordable water rates, lead service line replacements, and undersized sewers. Dr. […]

Flint Community Leaders Say $600-million settlement is not enough

Flint, MI—The state of Michigan announced a $600-million settlement in lawsuits related to the Flint water crisis. Local community leaders said at a press conference Friday afternoon that that number needs to be higher.  “I think we can all agree it’s a good first step,” Former Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said. “But we want the […]

Mayor Neeley reminds residents to be cautious, use credible sources for information on Flint water lawsuit settlement

FLINT, Michigan—Mayor Sheldon Neeley issued a reminder to residents Friday to be cautious and to use only reliable sources for information on the Flint water settlement. Details of the agreement are still coming together, so residents should be especially wary of those who may try to monetize the situation. The best place for accurate information […]


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