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Month: July 2017

Charlotte to unveil its own ‘Keys in the City’ next week

Kalli Dempsey could not wait to get her hands on a brush. She watched eagerly Wednesday, July 26 as a handful of youth from Crosswalk Teen Center applied the first touches of color to one of two pianos that will be put on public display in downtown Charlotte. It didn’t take long for Dempsey to join in the fun. “We are really excited to see this finally happening,” Dempsey said Wednesday. The pianos represent Charlotte’s first effort to join the Keys in the City movement that started a few years ago in Lansing, which places painted pianos in public...

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The Brenda Loomis Band is bringing country to the Courthouse

Nashville recording artist Brenda Loomis will bring her special blend of talent, professionalism and fan-friendly, high energy to the historic 1885 Eaton County Courthouse Square this coming Thursday evening, August 3, part of the Summer Concerts on the Square free music series. The Brenda Loomis Band will be playing one familiar country, rock and blues hit after another, as well as the band’s original songs currently in rotation on hit country radio. Lead vocalist Brenda Loomis fronts the band, which also features lead, steel and accoustic guitars, keyboards, dobro, sax, bass and drums, blended with power harmonies that make...

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Bellevue combines fire department and EMS

On July 1, the Village of Bellevue officially joined the fire department with its EMS. The combining of the two branches of emergency services had been in the works for several months. Mark Jordan, who’s been fire chief since January and a member of the department for 13 years, knew this was a task he wanted to accomplish quickly upon being named fire chief. It took the span of Jordan’s first few months as fire chief for the fire department to get approval from the townships, counties, and state. The reasoning behind the change is simple, according to Jordan....

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Concerts on the Square welcomes Lansing’s ‘Unlimited’

Lansing-based band Unlimited will take to the Summer Concerts on the Square stage for the first time this coming Thursday evening, July 27. A band of family and friends, Unlimited will bring their special mix of bluegrass and blues, country and classic rock to Charlotte for a fun night featuring five lead singers. “Every year, we bring back bands that our audience asks for, but we also try to feature acts we’ve never had in the series before,” said Bryan Myrkle, who organizes the concert series. “I think Unlimited is going to be great, and I am very happy...

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Local racer to compete at AMA National Motocross Championship

Eaton County’s Konnor Visger just made his dream come true. The 14-year-old dirt bike racer has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 36th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, presented by Lucas Oil, to be held this August at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch. Konnor took on more than 22,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,446 qualifying positions. “The Amateur National at Loretta Lynn’s is the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in,” said Event Director Tim Cotter. “A win at Loretta’s gives...

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