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Month: September 2017

Candidates make their case for city council positions

Six of the seven candidates running for a seat on the Charlotte City Council met with close to 60 members of the Charlotte community Tuesday, Sept. 26, taking part in a candidate forum in the lower level of the Courthouse Square Museum. Each candidate — Yvonne Ridge in District 1; Branden Dyer and Brad Johnston in District 2 (candidate Kyle Ried did not attend); Daryl Baker and Doug Rosier for the City At-Large seat; and Mayor Tim Lewis running uncontested to serve another two-year term — provided the audience with information on their background and plans for Charlotte’s future. Each candidate also took a turn fielding questions from the audience, which ranged from the City’s strategy for tackling street conditions to how the City might improve recreational activities for its residents. The hot-button issue, however, dealt with Charlotte City Council’s 6-0 vote Monday, Sept. 11 to approve a zoning change, from R1 Residential to B1 Business, for three parcels of land on the 400 block of South Cochran Avenue. The change was approved to allow the construction of a new, much larger building that will house Charlotte Dairy Queen. The theme for most of the questions surrounded council’s decision to go against the recommendation of the City of Charlotte Planning Commission, which voted 8-to-1 not to recommend the zoning change. Mayor Tim Lewis stated he understood the concerns of...

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Tickets now on sale for Andromeda Community Theatre’s next production — Check Please

Andromeda Community Theatre will present the hilariously entertaining “Check Please” and “Check Please Take 2” by Jonathan Rand, which have been combined into one fabulous show. The production’s main characters are just looking for love, or at least pleasant companionship, but in all the wrong places. Check Please follows a series of disastrously bad blind dates. These bad dates include a psychic, your grandma’s bridge partner, a kleptomaniac, and perhaps even a pirate, just to name a few. These dates couldn’t get any worse — or could they?  Could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel? Directed by Patrick Monroe, Check Please/Check Please Take 2 will be performed as a dinner show at the Eaton Area Senior Center on Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21 (Sweetest Day weekend), at 6 p.m. Show tickets include dinner, which will consist of a choice between Champagne Chicken or Roast Beef (choose by ticket) – both are favorites at the Senior Center. Alongside will be served Yukon gold potatoes, vegetable, salad, rolls, and dessert. Since this is a dinner show, there will be no tickets sold at the door. All tickets must be purchased by the end of the day on Wednesday, Oct. 18, so plan ahead and pick them up now. To celebrate Sweetest Day, one lucky patron at each show will win a beautiful rose gold...

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Olivet high school bands seek last funds for Disney trip

One of the most educational experiences for any high school student is the opportunity to leave his or her hometown. For Olivet students who have never left the state of Michigan, driving through the Appalachian Mountains and seeing the swamps of Florida can be week’s worth of education in just a few days. Dave and Lynn Funk, the band directors at Olivet Public Schools, know this to be true after six trips to Florida with the Olivet High School bands. The Olivet marching band has participated in Disney parades before. It’s one of the largest stages the band students will experience in their time with the Olivet band. Thousands of people line the streets of the Magic Kingdom while nearly 100 students from a small Michigan town march and play tunes from their competition repertoire. It’s a sight to see, according to the Funks, and it’s an experience they know their students won’t soon forget. The Funks aim to take their students on a Disney trip every four years. They plan the trips with the mindset of leaving no student behind, and so far they’ve achieved that goal for every trip. This year, however, the band booster funds aren’t where they’ve been in the past. There are still about seven students who are in need of the final funds to go on the trip, which is fast approaching for...

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Greg’s Carpet Cleaning and Vehicle Services highly sought after in community

Greg Adams, a Charlotte native, has owned Greg’s Carpet and Vehicle Services since 2006. He runs the business with his wife, Linda, and together they’re proud to offer high quality cleaning services to their hometown of Charlotte, and to the surrounding areas. Greg’s legacy of quality started before he owned his own business. Greg’s father was the owner of the old roller rink in Charlotte, Adam’s Skating Center. According to Linda, locals still remember Greg everywhere he goes. People recall fond memories of his father’s business and recognize Greg as the kid who used to work at the rink....

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Candidate forum offers opportunity to get to know potential council members

An invitation has been extended to each candidate running for a seat on Charlotte’s City Council to attend a candidate forum on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., in the lower level of the Courthouse Museum. The forum is an opportunity for candidates to present themselves and their stance on local issues to local voters. Organized by former Charlotte High School teacher, Ben Phlegar, the forum has been designed more as a meet and greet than a debate. Each candidate will be given five minutes for opening statements, followed by questions from the audience. Once all candidates in a...

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