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Month: February 2015

Booths filling fast for inaugural Eaton County Home & Business Expo

A familiar struggle for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce has been consistently conveying the value of one of its memberships. Taking that challenge head on, the Chamber has been proactive in its outreach to former, current and prospective members. Part of that outreach connected the Chamber with the LOCALS in Business organization in Charlotte last fall. That connection in turn has created a partnership in an exciting new opportunity for Charlotte-area businesses — the inaugural Eaton County Home & Business Expo. “LOCALS in Business and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce are working together to provide a venue and opportunity for local business owners to showcase their business,” said Jeana Rohrs, Chamber of Commerce board member. “It is an opportunity to meet new and potential clients and to visit with current clients.” The Expo will take place at Charlotte High School, Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19 and Rohrs said booth space is filling up fast. Area businesses can reserve a 10-by-10-foot space by contacting the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce at (517) 543-0400 or Discounts are offered to current Chamber members. “It’s so exciting to be doing an event of this capacity in Charlotte,” said Grace Boehmer, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “This business expo will enhance businesses people are already familiar with, but also has the ability to enhance a lot of businesses that don’t have a...

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Rec Cooperative looks to develop 22-acre parcel

What would you do to improve recreational opportunities in the Charlotte area if you had 22 acres of land? The Charlotte Area Recreation Cooperative wants to hear your ideas and will turn a listening ear toward participants at a visioning session scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Eaton Township hall. The Rec. Co-op, which consists of members from the City of Charlotte and Carmel and Eaton townships, is seeking use from the City of Charlotte’s Land Development Finance Authority (LDFA) of a 22-acre parcel that resides within the Samuel L. Combs Industrial Park. The parcel is located adjacent to and north of what is considered the main portion of the industrial park, said City Manager Gregg Guetschow. It is undeveloped and has been used primarily as farmland since city acquired it in the early 2000s. “This is a very fluid situation, but we wanted to move ahead,” said Dave Bankhead, chair of the Rec Co-op. “This idea has really gained some ground in the last few weeks.” Bankhead said the Co-op has looked for areas in which to construct softball diamonds for the last few years and had taken a step towards the development of one diamond last year when it purchased land, located behind Dunhams and Peebles, from Eaton Twp. The 5.5-acre parcel, however, is fairly restrictive to the Co-op’s plans, Bankhead said. Guetschow said...

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Olivet artist makes the most of massive snowfall

Where some saw irritation, Russell Hare saw opportunity. The more than 12 inches of snow that fell across Eaton County this past weekend shut down activities and business throughout Mid-Michigan Monday, Feb. 2. It didn’t bother Hare, however. It inspired him to create. The Olivet resident couldn’t wait to bring his vision to life, starting early Monday, Feb. 2 — around 5 a.m. he estimates. From the snow he spent at least an hour shoveling, Hare began to chisel a 30-foot dragon. “I thought if I had to shovel the driveway, why not do something fun with it,” Hare...

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Charlotte firefighters battle early morning blaze at The Stock Yard

The Charlotte Fire Department arrived at The Stock Yard Barbecue and Brew just after 5 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5 to battle a fire that started in the food storage area, said Charlotte Fire Chief Kevin Fullerton. Charlotte firefighters, assisted by Benton Township, Windsor Township and Olivet fire departments, were able to contain the fire to the storage room. Though, Fullerton said, there is a lot of smoke and heat damage throughout the entire building. Charlotte firefighters were still on scene late Thursday afternoon. “Our guys had it pretty much knocked down by 8 a.m.,” Fullerton said. “There are...

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Council members tour Armory before making final decision

Charlotte City Council members toured the former Army National Guard Armory on Wednesday, Feb. 4 in an effort to get more information regarding the city’s potential purchase of the building. The council voted 6-to-1 in early December to enter into a $237,000 purchase agreement for the property. Council, however, has requested more time and information before making a final decision, which must be made by Feb. 20. If the council decides to move forward with the purchase, no further action is needed. However, the council would most likely vote at its Feb. 9 meeting whether or not to proceed....

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