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Month: August 2015

Former Deputy Treasurer receives 180 days in jail for embezzling from City of Charlotte

Carrie Frances Bowerman, 56, of Olivet, was sentenced Aug. 20 for the crime of Embezziement $20,000-$49,999 by an Agent or Trustee, a felony carrying up to 10 years in prison. The embezzlement occurred while she worked as a deputy treasurer for the City of Charlotte between July 2013 and February 2014. Bowerman pled guilty in late June in return for a higher felony, Embezzlement $50,000-$99,999, being dismissed and restitution being stipulated at $79,350.03 payable to the City of Charlotte. Eaton County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Sauter sentenced Bowerman to 180 days in jail as condition of five years of probation. Work release was denied. Bowerman must play restitution at a minimum of  $100 per month, perform at least 100 community service hours, not participate in any gambling activities or enter any gambling or gaming establishments, and is prohibited from work where she has control over or access to another person’s money. Information presented in the sentencing hearing was that Bowerman gambled at a local casino, Firekeeper’s outside Battle Creek, several times per week on average, and lost $50,000 at that casino alone. However, Bowerman denied having a gambling addiction, and attributed her casino trips to simply “going out with the girls.” Eaton County Prosecutor, Douglas Lloyd, argued at the Aug. 20 hearing for a prison sentence for Bowerman because the actions of  Bowerman violated the trust of the citizens...

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Hayes Green Beach first mid-Michigan hospital to offer 3-D mammography

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital is proud to announce it will offer 3-D mammography screenings beginning in fall 2015. “Three-dimensional imaging is the most cutting-edge technology available for breast cancer screening,” said Maureen Hillary, R.N., HGB chief nursing officer. “It is 41-percent more accurate at finding invasive cancer than the two-dimensional technology currently offered by most health care organizations.” HGB will be the first hospital in mid-Michigan to offer the 3-D technology. “One of the biggest concerns we hear from women regarding annual mammograms is the frustration with false positives,” Hillary said. “When patients are called back for additional imaging because of a suspicious finding, it produces unnecessary anxiety and fear. The improved 3-D imaging reduces false positives by 40 percent, avoiding many unnecessary diagnostic tests.” Current technology takes the breast, a three-dimensional structure, and reduces it to a two-dimensional image. This process causes the superimposition or overlapping of images, which can create the illusion of masses in breast tissue. Three-dimensional mammography produce clear, concise images that are effectively one-millimeter slices all the way through the breast tissue. “The 3-D screenings produce better quality results for all patients, especially for women with dense breast tissue,” said Jenny Wren, R.N., HGB director of women’s health services. Dense breast tissue is very common and not abnormal, but it can make it harder to find cancer with only 2-D imaging. The addition...

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OHS marching band prepares for its upcoming marching season

On Sunday, Aug. 2, 115 excited Olivet High School band members loaded the buses and traveled to Camp Greenwood near Gowen, Mich. for their annual marching band camp. With great anticipation, the kids reunited and the marching season began. Band members rehearsed their marching fundamentals, music and routines throughout the week for nearly nine hours a day. Their marching drill includes many difficult maneuvers such as producing rotating circles, many floating crescent shapes and backward follow-the-leader diagonals. With feet and knees hurting, band members marched on, learning the 40 different marching sets, which make up this fall’s show. This...

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Charlotte teen seizes chance to play music abroad

Alyvia Bruce was only 6 years old when she made her mind up that she was going to be in the Charlotte High School band. She didn’t even care what instrument she played. She was certain, after seeing her first CHS Band Bounce, she was going to make music one day. Now 14 and on the verge of accomplishing a goal eight years in the making, music is taking Alyvia places she hadn’t dreamed as a child. An accomplished alto saxophone player, she is currently taking part in CHS pre-band camp only a few days removed from a whirlwind...

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Bowles family brings to life HGB’s innovative Generosity Window

The Bowles family name appears on a plaque on the west wall of the Outpatient lobby of Hayes Green Beach Memorial — a fitting tribute to Frank and Dorothy Bowles, who have generously supported HGB over the years. What resides next to the plaque, however, takes the tribute to a new level by sharing part of their story. Frankie Johnson, the youngest child of Frank and Dorothy Bowles, was overcome with emotion Monday, July 27 as she talked about what the new Generosity Window at Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital would mean to her family. The interactive touch-screen display...

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