Mayor Weaver Honored by Rainbow PUSH and AFL-CIO

FLINT, Mich. – Mayor Karen Weaver pictured with Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton was honored at the 21st Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit in New York City on February 9. Mayor Weaver was also honored February 10 in Southfield, Michigan by the Michigan Council 25 American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO at the union’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Dinner and Award Ceremony.

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Women’s Boxing Champion Claressa Shields to Share Importance of Faith with Flint Students

FLINT, Mich. – Young Life of Genesee County will host a free presentation by Flint’s own Super Middleweight Women’s Champion Claressa Shields Monday, Feb. 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church, 1309 N. Ballenger Hwy. Shields will be sharing the importance of her faith with Flint area high school students. All Flint area high school students are invited to attend. Young Life is a world-class non-profit mentoring organization for youth serving Flint area teens and pre-teens for more than 50 years. “Claressa Shields is truly an inspiration for…

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Dedicated Believers Ministries Awarded $10k to Teach African-American Arts & Culture

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – Dedicated Believers Ministries has received two grant awards totaling $10,260 to continue its Art Education Outreach program in 2018. The program introduces African-American artists, artworks, and history to K-12 students in North Flint. The program is available as an after school offering to students attending Brownell STEM Academy, Doyle-Ryder Elementary, Holmes STEM Academy, and Flint Northwestern High School. Program funders include the Ruth Mott Foundation, Crim Fitness Foundation, and Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. Pastor Anthony and Davida Artis, who founded Dedicated…

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The Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Announced

By Alex LaGrone, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – A press conference was held Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Flint Public Library to officially announce the 2018 inductees to the Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame. The newly honored inductees are Mance Broome Sr., Terry Crews, Norman J. Graham Jr., Keith Gray, Lisa Horne, Ervin Leavy Jr., Beecher High School, 1985 Basketball Team and Flint Southwestern, 1975 Track Team. Founder Norm Bryant announced the six individuals and two teams that made up the group. Broome was a two-way starter…

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Researchers Conclude Legionnaires Outbreak Linked to Change in Water Supply

Flint, Mich. – A research team with the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership (FACHEP) has found that the majority of Legionnaires’ disease cases that occurred during the 2014-15 outbreak in Genesee County can be attributed to the change in the City of Flint’s drinking water supply to the Flint River. The team’s findings are based on detailed statistical analysis of multiple datasets. The researchers also found that the specific strain of Legionella isolated from Flint residences as part of FACHEP’s sampling in 2016 is not readily detected by…

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Michigan DNR Seeks Conservation Officers

Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking candidates for its Conservation Officer Recruit School, a 23-week training academy that is the first step in becoming a conservation officer. The application deadline is March 1. The DNR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity among its applicants. During the academy, recruits become state of Michigan employees and are paid biweekly. After graduation, they become probationary conservation officers and spend several more months training throughout the state before being assigned to one of Michigan’s 83 counties, in…

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Treasury: Individual Income Tax Filing Season Officially Begins

Early Filers Prevent Cybercriminals from Stealing Refunds LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s individual income tax filing season has officially begun. Effective immediately, Michiganders can start filing their 2017 tax year state individual income tax returns online or through the U.S. Postal Service. All individual income tax returns must be e-filed or postmarked by Tuesday, April 17, 2018. “The easiest and quickest way for Michigan taxpayers to get their refund is to file electronically,” said Deputy State Treasurer Glenn White, head of Treasury’s Tax Administration Group. “This helps ensure tax returns are…

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Flint Mobile Food Pantry

LANSING, Mich. – Flint families may get nutritious food that can limit the effects of lead exposure during mobile food pantry hours set for February at locations throughout Flint. The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have announced the upcoming schedule for mobile food pantry stops to distribute foods rich in calcium, vitamin C and iron. Families in February will receive produce that includes apples, carrots, potatoes and onions. The program is funded through the more than $300 million in…

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Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame to Announce 2018 Inductees

Flint, Mich. – The community is invited to join members of the Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame at the Flint Public Library, 1026 E. Kearsley St., Flint, from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, for the official announcement of its 2018 inductees, which include: Mance Broome Sr. (Central High School, 1981, football and coaching), Terry Crews (Flint Academy High School, 1980, football), Norman J. Graham, Jr. (Flint Southwestern, 1978, track), Keith Gray (Flint Central High School 1978, track), Lisa Horne (Hamady High School 1985, basketball and track),…

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Flint Promise Announces Scholarship Program for Local Youth

FLINT, Mich. – High school seniors in the Class of 2018 can soon apply for the Flint Promise (#flintpromise) scholarship, beginning March 1. “We’re excited to launch Flint Promise with the Class of 2018,” said Tim Herman, CEO of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, which administers and operates the scholarship program. “This program goes a long way to make college more accessible. As a result, more young people will be better prepared for the 21st-century workforce.” The Flint Promise scholarship will be available to eligible students who reside…

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