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Month: October 2017

CHS marching band captures first ‘Grand Champion’ title

Charlotte High School marching band members were excitedly celebrating a Class B victory at the 26th Annual Hastings Invitational Saturday, Oct. 7 when excitement turned to shock. The shock came with the announcement that the CHS Band had been named the Invitational’s Grand Champion. “It was a real shock, because that wasn’t our goal,” said senior drum major Erica Pryor. “Actually most of us didn’t even know there was a Grand Champion.” The students can be excused for not fully understanding the Scholastic Marching Band Circuit’s format. CHS Band Director Jerry Rose said he had never fully explained the...

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City Council moves one step close to demolishing ‘The Piece’

Charlotte City Council approved the first reading Monday, Oct. 9 of a resolution to accept MCS Excavating’s bid of $35,000 to demolish the building (known locally as The Piece) located at 108/110 E. Lawrence Avenue. The former Carriage Cleaners building, which became notorious for a meth lab explosion in the second floor apartment, was purchased by community members in 2016 and donated to the City of Charlotte to make way for a pocket park. City Council will vote on the second reading and adoption of the resolution at its Monday, Oct. 23 meeting. Community Development Director Bryan Myrkle said...

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Brothers finally play football together

To most people it may not seem like a big deal that two junior high aged brothers got to play a game of football together. But for 13 year old Connor Benton and his 10 year old brother Cole Tuesday October 3 was a big day. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and Cole Benton has Down syndrome. “I have a child with special needs, but I don’t think of him that way. I just think of him as special,” said Michelle Benton, mother of Cole and Connor. Michelle considered it a privilege to have her two boys finally playing football together in a real game. Her husband, Craig Benton, coaches youth football in Eaton Rapids. They thought it was finally time to see their boys playing on the same field. Craig coordinated the game with Matt Rhode, the coach for the 8th grade boys football team in Olivet. Although Cole’s role in the game was running a few plays at the end, Michelle and Craig and the rest of the family consider it a blessing to witness Connor the quarterback handing off the ball to his younger brother so he can run it to the end zone. Cole was the star offensive player, the Olivet boys played their defense, the cheerleaders shouted Cole’s name, and the Benton family watched proudly as Cole scored. Beyond the hype of a...

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Local veteran participates in Washington DC honor flight

About one year ago David Ballard sent an application to the Honor Flight Network on behalf of his father, Jim Ballard, who is a Korean War veteran. The Honor Flight Network takes applications of veterans from WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War and selects applicants to participate in a day long tour of the monuments and memorials in Washington D.C. In August Jim received a call letting him know he had been selected for a fall 2017 Honor Flight, and he and Dave were off. The Honor Flight Network covers the cost of flights and meals of...

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Olivet College mens basketball team sets sights on historic run

Expectations for the second season of the Steve Ernst era have drastically changed for the Olivet College mens basketball team. A completely overhauled roster and influx of high-level talent will do that. Ernst, who dropped the interim tag and was named head coach in December of last year, said this year’s team has the chance to do something special. “We’re playing to win the league and to host the league tournament,” Ernst said. “I will be disappointed if we do anything less.” The goals are lofty considering the Comets have not won an MIAA title since 1973 and haven’t...

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