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Month: September 2016

Expansion necessary for growing Charlotte Shoe Repair

It had become obvious to Travis Lyon that his business, Charlotte Shoe Repair, was quickly outgrowing its space on Lovett Street in downtown Charlotte. Repairing between 700 and 800 shoes a month coupled with an ever-expanding retail business, Lyon had kept his eyes open for the right opportunity to make a move. He found the right opportunity on a chance encounter with Bob and Jan Phillips, owners of Johnson’s Paint in downtown Charlotte. Over the course of a year, the three kept in contact, working out the details that would allow Lyon to purchase the building and move his...

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Eaton County CROP Hunger Walk aims to feed globally and locally

Adam Droscha Staff Writer Sunday, Oct. 2, Charlotte will again host an Eaton County CROP Hunger walk, starting in Bennett Park. CROP Hunger walks are community-organized events sponsored by Christian World Service. The purpose of the walk is to raise funds and create awareness for the hungry in the global and local community. This year there are 10 groups, each of which have been receiving donations from co-workers, church members, family, and friends. These walkers will meet on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. for registration, and start a 4.1-mile walk at 2 p.m. Last year the Charlotte and Eaton County community raised over $16,000 from CROP Walk donations. “It’s real simple. There’s hungry people and we can feed them,” said Marie Kineman, organizer of the Charlotte CROP Walk and teacher at Charlotte Middle School. “For me, I think about everything we have. We have an abundance. Other countries don’t have that.” CROP walks have brought communities together to feed the hungry for more than 40 years. While the funds go directly to creating new ways for people to feed their families and communities, the funds also go to enabling people to start careers and provide for themselves in the long term. Kineman shared one example of a mother of five children who was receiving business training because of the help she received from CROP Walk donations. “It’s not just...

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How high can Charlotte rise? The answer lies within you

Walking into The Hall in downtown Charlotte last Thursday, Sept. 22, I was immediately impressed. The room was full of people bursting with excitement. They were all anticipating what #CharlotteRising had deemed its “Halftime Celebration.” There was much to celebrate and many there to cheer on the accomplishments of this movement that has taken shape in just a few short months. I think what impressed me most is that I didn’t immediately know everyone in the room. In my position with the newspaper I go to a lot of community events, a lot of planning and visioning sessions and...

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Rediscover your ‘Love for Charlotte’ at Oct. 4 workshop

In a joint effort of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, local leaders, businesses and organizations, author Peter Kageyama will serve as the focal point of a two-day community workshop in Charlotte on Oct. 3 and 4. Kageyama is the Florida-based author of For the Love of Cities, and Love Where You Live. He may be most known locally from a workshop he held with organizations in Barry County that resulted in Nashville’s efforts to set the Guiness World Record for the largest ice cream sundae. Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Director Amanda Lipsey played an integral in lining up Kageyama’s visit, which has been in the works for nearly a year. She was first introduced to his book by Charlotte resident, Dana Pray who attended one of his workshops in the Lansing area and came back inspired. Lipsey, who has read For the Love of Cities a couple times, said she was inspired by Kageyama’s simple notion of connecting people emotionally with their community. “He takes a creative approach to place making,” Lipsey said. “He focuses more on the emotional side of community development, not on the logistics of it. And, when you think about it, that emotional connection keeps people where they are.” Lipsey said his books also talk a lot about passing the torch when it comes to community leadership. “He talks a lot about youth and young...

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Injuries, low numbers force Potterville varsity football to cancel Sept. 23 game

Adam Droscha Staff Writer The Potterville High School football season kicked off with a bit of a rough start. Due to several injuries and a shorthanded team, the Potterville athletic department was forced to cancel its game scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23. Ashley Murray, the athletic director for Potterville public schools, cited several obstacles for the football program this year. “We started off with a low number of kids. There’s 19 total in the program, and we’ve had a lot of injuries over the last four weeks,” Murray said. While there have been a number of injuries so far this season, the major injuries that set the team back included a broken wrist, a torn MCL with a concussion, and two other concussions that weren’t cleared by Monday, Sept. 19. The minor injuries include several muscle strains. “Playing both sides of the game every down, every game you get beat up a little bit,” said Murray referring to the shorthanded team this season. Murray can’t quite place a finger on what the reason is for the low number of players this year. Overall this senior class doesn’t have as many athletes, according to Murray, but she also recognizes that Potterville had a large graduating class last year, which in turn meant more football players. Currently the players Potterville does have are trying to recruit more players for following years....

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