Thomas’ search for Civil War soldiers’ graves earns national recognition

SWARTZ CREEK – Len Thomas, president of the Swartz Creek Area Historical Society, has earned national recognition for his efforts in identifying the previously unmarked graves of Civil War soldiers. Tad D. Campbell, commander in-chief of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, conferred the national organizations’ “Founder’s Award” upon Thomas, of Swartz Creek, in recognition of his […]

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Lovegrove’s under new ownership

SWARTZ CREEK – The final words Jack Lovegrove spoke to his successor, Teresa O’Brien, were: “Take care of my customers.” On Saturday, Jan. 2, O’Brien passed along the same sage advice to Teresa Bryan, the newest owner of Lovegrove’s Cake and Candy Center. Once a “five and dime” on the city’s main drag, Lovegrove’s has evolved over the years, but […]

SageLink lends a hand

On behalf of the Swartz Creek Area Firefighters Association, Firefighter Jeff Kelley accepts a check for $250 from SageLink Credit Union employees. John Knickerbocker, Community Engagement coordinator and a member of the fire board, presented the check Monday, Dec. 21. Knickerbocker said SageLink employees raise money throughout the year with casual dress days, candy sales and other activities. This year, […]

Shrine Circus coming to Flint

FLINT – Circus fans rejoice, the Elf Khurafeh Shrine Circus is returning to the Dort Federal Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Rd., for 11 performances. Jan. 14 is opening night, as well as Military Appreciation Day, and active duty personnel and veterans receive free admission with the purchase of a $10 ticket. Showtime is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 on […]

Lennon PD gets AED

LENNON – Chief Ian Zoll had tried for months and months to get an automated electronic defibrillator for the Lennon Police Department. Meanwhile, down the road in Gaines Township, Chief Mark Schmitzer received two defibrillators from the Department of Defense 1033 surplus program. The thing was, Gaines Township only really needed one. “Each of my vehicles has one,” said Schmitzer. […]

In brief

Alleged fraud CLAYTON TOWNSHIP – An itinerant scam artist could get a surprise if he ventures back to Michigan. Prosecutors have authorized a felony arrest warrant for the man Clayton Township Police Chief Scott Pavlik says scammed at least four township residents out of about $20,000 for shoddy asphalt work. The warrant is in connection with just one of the […]

Customize your wedding to give it a unique touch

GRAND BLANC — Steeped in tradition, weddings have featured many of the same components for centuries. Although it may not seem like there are many opportunities to put your own stamp on the wedding, there are plenty of ways to do just that. Cristina Everlein, owner of CC Events, has been helping couples plan and execute memorable weddings for 14 […]

Wedding vendors

Check out these great wedding vendors at GCBA Wedding Marketplace. Booths are still available. Visit for more info. Allied Rent All, Appearance Valet, Atlas Valley Country Club, Bella Birches, Black Tie Productions, Bon Appetit, Captain’s Club at Woodfield, CC Events, Centennial Image Photography, Creative Catering, David’s Bridal, DeLorme Photography, Floral Sense, Fountain’s Golf & Banquet, Glen Gables, Homemade Chocolates […]

Chris’ Country Corner is closing up shop after 30 years

SWARTZ CREEK – Chris Fejedelem said the Lord guided her into the life of a small business owner 30 years ago. Now, circumstances are drawing the long-time merchant in a different direction. Fejedelem, owner of Chris’ Country Corner, is closing up her shop in Carriage Plaza. She must vacate the premises by Feb. 2. Currently, the inventory is marked at […]

Big surprise for some small fries

Sean Dixon was one of 30 local youth who received early Christmas surprises in the form of free bicycles. The annual bike giveaway took place Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Swartz Creek Police Department. “This is one of the most rewarding programs I could ever be part of,” said School Liaison Officer Ken Szmansky, who coordinates the give-away. “It’s a […]