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New MCC program to offer former students a debt-free ‘fresh start’

Flint, MI—Mott Community College (MCC) has launched a program to help its former students re-enroll by waiving their debt owed, if eligible.  Individuals with an outstanding balance from their enrollment between the fall 2017 and fall 2022 semesters can apply for MCC’s Financial Fresh Start program, which launched in the college’s summer 2023 semester.  Chris…


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Flint Soap Box Derby race to be held this weekend at Chevy Commons

Flint, MI–The Flint Soap Box Derby will “race into summer” this Saturday, June 3, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Chevy Commons. The race returned to Flint in 2019, but had to take a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 before launching again in 2022. Throughout that time, Kevin Cronin, the executive director of…

Here’s the schedule for Flint mobile food pantries in June

Flint, MI—The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has released its mobile food pantry schedule for June 2023. Here’s where and when pantries will be operating in Flint over the next month: To find local pantries by zip code or to donate to the program, visit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan’s website. Click here for updates…

Flint Water Tower to go offline for planned maintenance and upgrades

Flint, MI—Crews will isolate and take the Flint Water Tower offline tomorrow, May 31, 2023, for interior upgrades and maintenance, according to a May 30 city press release. The release states that the tower’s primary purpose is to control pressure in Flint’s water system and that the city has put a “variety of other tools”…

Flint River Flotilla canceled for the second year in a row

Flint, MI—Organizers of the Flint River Flotilla have decided against hosting the event due to the construction work planned for restoring the Flint Riverfront and their ongoing concerns of a chemical spill.  Last year, the Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) replaced the annual flotilla with an on-land event because of the June 2022 spill by…

The Crim’s races for toddlers and kids are just around the corner

Flint, MI—The Crim Fitness Foundation is hosting its annual race event, the Marti Austin Kids Classic, on Saturday, June 3, 2023.  The Marti Austin Kids Classic, or the “mini-crim”, for children between the ages of 0 to 12 will take place at the Flint Cultural Center and races will begin at 10 a.m.  “It’s just…

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HBCU forum for Flint students to be held this month

Flint, MI—A forum to inform Flint students about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will be held in late May 2023. The Flint to HBCU Forum: Unwrapped!, hosted by the Floyd and Brenda Clack Initiative alongside Movement Street, a nonprofit organization, will take place at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint on Sunday,…

City will pay Flint residents $1 per tire at recycling buyback event

Flint, MI — In an effort to reduce blight, the City of Flint and Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission are hosting a tire buyback event on Saturday, May 13, 2023. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Environmental Rubber Recycling, located at 6515 N. Dort Highway. Flint residents will receive…

Here’s a round-up of Flint’s Cinco de Mayo events

Flint, MI—Cinco de Mayo, a holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France in the Battle of Puebla, is this Friday. While the holiday is a relatively minor one in Mexico itself, it has become a day of celebration of Mexican culture and heritage here in the United States. Aside from the city’s year-round…


MSU to host virtual community resource summit for Flint residents

Flint, MI—Michigan State University (MSU) is set to host “Be In The Know,” a virtual community resource summit, on May 25, 2023, from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. According to a MSU press release, the event is meant to inform the Flint community of resources and services “designed to strengthen individuals and families with knowledge…

Flint residents to see lane and ramp closures on I-69, I-475, M-54 for tree planting work

Flint, MI—Things are about to get a bit greener along Flint’s highways. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is starting to plant trees along the Interstate 69 (I-69) corridor from Fenton Road to M-54, also known as Dort Highway. According to a MDOT press release on May 16, 2023, the tree planting follows a $100 million…

Flintside, Flint Beat invite residents to story series wrap-up event

Flint, MI—Local newsrooms Flint Beat and Flintside are inviting residents to come out and elevate their voices at special story series wrap-up event this week. The special, in-person event will take place on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, in the Flint Public Library’s Harris Room from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There, newsroom leaders will highlight stories from…

Over 20 Flint-based small businesses receive $5k, $10k grants

Flint, MI—More than 20 Flint-based small businesses have been awarded a total of $200,000 in funding from the Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grant Program. The program is a partnership between General Motors (GM) and the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance, who jointly announced on May 15, 2023, that 23 small businesses in Flint received…

Hamady High School to host its first track meet in 40 years 

Mt. Morris, MI—Hamady High School has announced the return of track and field events after a 40-year hiatus. The school is set to host its inaugural track meet tomorrow, May 16, 2023, at 4 p.m. at the Hamady High School track, which was constructed in conjunction with a new football field in 2018 according to…

Flint Water Crisis

Flint residents may be eligible for $1500 in water bill help

Flint, MI — Genesee County Community Action Resource Department (GCCARD) will be onsite at Flint City Hall Monday, May 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to connect residents to assistance with past-due water bills. Flint residents may be eligible for a one-time water payment of up to $1500 if qualified. Flint residents can meet with GCCARD caseworkers…


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