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Month: March 2018

CHS student finds his own path through Early Middle College

Dakota Carter found himself falling behind his classmates at Charlotte High School. A freshman at the time, academics weren’t a priority for him anyway. Dakota had grown up working on cars in his grandfather’s garage, and he knew that’s what he wanted to do after high school. He just didn’t see how school would really help him get there. That’s when one of his teachers, Todd Kleinow saw his potential and recommended Dakota for the school’s CHS CARES program, one of three different pathways of Charlotte Early Middle College. “Before the program, I didn’t really want to be here,”...

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Bellevue Broncos win districts, Waterbury scores 1,000 points

The Bellevue varsity boys basketball team is the district champion after a 60-31 victory over Marshall Academy on Friday, March 9. The win against Marshall was testament to a season well played, and the foreshadowing of a promising regional fight. The Broncos tournament run, however ended Wednesday, March 14 with a loss to Marcellus Howardsville.  The team finished the 2017-2018 season, with a 22-2 record, holding 19 of those opposing teams at 40 points or less. After another sweeping victory against St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic (64-29) Monday, March 12, head coach, Joe Costello, has high hopes for the...

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Potterville narrows superintendent search, public welcome to interviews

Saturday, March 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., the Potterville school board will interview the final five candidates for a new superintendent. Each interview will last about an hour, with a half hour break after the third interview. The interviews will take place at the high school media center, and are open to the public. “It allows stakeholders to have input,” said board president, Stacy Sipes, about the public interviews. “This is an exceptionally large undertaking.” While the interviews are open to the public, non-board members will have no time for verbal comment, according to Sipes. At the end of each interview the public will be allowed to write down comments and questions for the board, all of which will be reviewed by the board and taken into consideration for further interviews. According to Sipes, the board’s goal after the five interviews on March 24 will be to narrow down the candidates to two potentials. The superintendent application period and search closed Jan. 29, according to Sipes. The job was posted to the Michigan Association of School Boards,, and to the Potterville Potterville Public Schools website. According to Sipes there were no internal applicants from the Potterville school district. “It was not surprising to us… I don’t think we had any expectation or any kind of idea,” said Sipes about the lack of internal applicants. After the...

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City of Eaton Rapids hires new city manager

2018 is the year of new leadership in the city of Eaton Rapids, as Paul Malewski took the mayor’s helm in January, the Eaton Rapids city council started searching for a new city manager. Working through their membership in the Michigan Municipal League, the city council searched through a pool of city manager applicants. When it came down to the final decision, the city council chose a manager from the neighboring town of Leslie. Aaron Desentz was selected, and is set to officially start Monday, March 26. Previous city manager, John Stoppels, took his leave of the Island City...

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Solar panel amendment tabled until June

Tuesday, March 6, the Eaton County Planning Commission met for a regular monthly meeting. However, the commissioner board chamber became standing room only as dozens of citizens came for public comment and support against DCA-3-18-2, which was “a comprehensive amendment to the Eaton County Land Development Code (Zoning Ordinance) to clarify the intent, update language, and improve comprehension.” The articles coming under the amendment were Article 5, Definitions and Interpretations (section 5.3.19 S), Article 7, Land Development Requirements (sections 7.3.4 and 7.6.4), and Article 14, Specific Provisions and Requirements (to add section 14.39 for Solar Energy Systems). Cutting through the jargon, the purpose of DCA-3-18-2 was to make room in the Land Development Code for solar energy developments, specifically that of Geronimo Energy, an energy company out of Minnesota attempting to develop 600 acres of farmland on the border of Benton and Oneida townships. The energy project has received significant opposition over the last year, initiating high attendance to township meetings in Benton Township, as well as citizen petitions. For over an hour the planning commission heard public comment in opposition to DCA-3-18-2 and the Geronimo project. Citizens from both Benton and Oneida townships spoke, as well as residents from other areas of the county. “We shouldn’t be developing good farmland,” “Solar panels can go elsewhere,” “I wouldn’t want to look at those solar panels,” were all frequent comments....

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