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Month: November 2015

Holiday Cash Giveaway returns award weekly prizes for shopping locally

It’s become a fun holiday tradition in Charlotte — Holiday Cash Giveaway. For nearly 10 years, The County Journal has teamed with several local businesses to provide their customers the opportunity to win up to $1,000 in holiday cash just for shopping local. Entering is easy and winning isn’t any more difficult. To register, find the local participating businesses on page 15 of this week’s County Journal. By shopping at any one of these locations, customers can register to win a weekly cash prize. Each Thursday evening — from Nov. 12 through Dec. 10 — all participating stores will draw one lucky individual’s name. From those names, one grand-prize winner will be selected at random to receive $200 in Holiday Cash gift certificates, which are valid at any participating business. There is a small catch, however. The winning name will be drawn by 5 p.m. on Thursday evening and posted at each participating business. The winner then has one hour — until 6 p.m. — to claim their prize by stopping into any one of the participating businesses. If the $200 is not claimed by 6 p.m., the amount will be rolled over into the following week’s drawing, increasing the grand-prize amount by an additional $200. The concept behind the Holiday Cash Giveaway has always been to encourage residents to shop local for the holidays. There are many great...

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Potterville Schools putting finishing touches on $1.3 million athletic facility

There are sure to be plenty of smiles to go around when the fall sports season opens in Potterville next year. The biggest may belong to the Potterville High School football announcer, whose job just got a lot easier and a lot more comfortable. Construction of a new $1.3 million athletic complex at Potterville High School is near completion. And, the jewel on top is the new press box that resides at the peak of the new home bleachers. The project, which began this past June, relocated the high school’s football field to inside the existing track, which was...

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Father, son team live out a dream

As parents, we all want the absolute best for our children — for them to be able to live out their dreams. Not many of us, though, get to be by their side when their dreams are realized. Joe Davis’s dream was to become a sports broadcaster. He knew that was what he wanted do with his life by the time he was a student at Potterville Middle School. Joe grew up watching his father, Paul Davis pace the sidelines on fall Friday nights as head coach of the Potterville High School football team. Joe’s love for the game of football grew from those first years serving as ball boy for his father’s high school teams. His relationship with the game and his love for sports grew from there. Eventually, he made his way onto the team and to the starting quarterback position. It was his first opportunity to work alongside his dad. “It was a really special thing,” Joe said. “But, it’s even more unique to be able to do what we’re doing now.” Following four years on the Beloit College (Wisconsin) football team, Joe realized his dream of becoming a sports broadcaster when he joined ESPN just two year after graduating. He was calling national college football, basketball, baseball, softball and hockey games. In 2013, Joe became the youngest broadcaster in ESPN history to call a college...

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Oriole Nest Student Store open for business at Charlotte High School

Sink or swim, 31 students at Charlotte High School are about to get a taste of what it takes to operate a business. The Oriole Nest Student Store opened for business Wednesday, Nov. 4 to a crowd of students in the lobby of Charlotte High School. Everything, from the interviews and hiring to the stocking of the shelves, will fall on the students’ shoulders as this real world application project got underway with students from Tina VanSyckle’s business management class. “Personally, I hope it starts slow so everyone can get into a routine,” said David Eberhard, a sophomore at...

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Lewis eager to unite Charlotte City Council as next mayor

Tim Lewis is eager to get to work after voters in the City of Charlotte elected him Nov. 3 as their next mayor. Lewis (532 votes) narrowly defeated council member Yvonne Ridge (507) to claim the two-year term. Mayoral candidates Joe Daly and Zach Story received 183 and 119 votes, respectively. Lewis will be sworn into office Monday, Nov. 9 along with newly elected city council members, Bill Mitchell in District 1, Anthony Russo in District 2 and Chris Bahmer as councilor at large. Mitchell and Russo both ran uncontested races, while Bahmer beat out current District 2 city...

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