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Month: December 2018

Christian appointed to vacant Charlotte City Council seat

Charlotte City Council appointed Dan Christian Wednesday, Dec. 26 to fill the council seat vacated by the Dec. 7 resignation of Brad Johnston. Christian will serve the remainder of Johnston’s District 2 term, which is up for election in November of 2019. Mayor Tim Lewis said councilmembers felt Christian, the director of the Charlotte Aquatic Center will be a great fit on council. “I think the council’s really working well right now as a group,” Lewis said. “Dan adds another dimension.” Christian has worked at Charlotte Public Schools since 2013 when he moved to the community to serve as...

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Retro Arcade opens inside Eaton Theatre

Crissta Ames Contributing writer After accomplishing her dream of owning the Eaton Theatre, Leann Owen wanted to take it a step further. She has spent the last few months renovating the space they owned next to the theatre and transforming it into a retro 1980s-themed arcade.  The room was previously rented out to Sue’s Tailoring but has been sitting empty for a few years. Owen opened up the wall next to the mural in the theatre lobby, and then added in some black lights and carpet that glows underneath them to add to the experience. There are also plans...

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EASC spaghetti dinner to benefit Christmas Kiddies

Crissta Ames Contributing writer Visit the Eaton Area Senior Center on Saturday, Dec. 15 between 6 and 8 p.m. for a spaghetti fundraiser dinner that will benefit the Charlotte Fire Department’s Christmas Kiddies fund. In addition to the spaghetti dinner, there will be a Touch-A-Truck opportunity with one of the Charlotte Fire Department’s firetrucks. The fire department has been doing the Christmas Kiddies fund since 1906, providing hundreds of children with toys and surprising them with a visit from Santa. Every member of the CFD gives a little bit of their time on Christmas Eve to deliver these presents...

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Lady Orioles open the season with 74-54 win over Lakewood

Four Charlotte High School girls varsity basketball players scored in double figures as the Orioles rolled to a 74-54 season-opening win at Lakewood High School on Tuesday, Dec. 4.  Carly Scheblo and Grace Smith each scored 21 points for Charlotte to lead the way. Lauren Anderson added 17 points and 15 rebounds. Ashley Beck finished with 12 points. CHS drained nine three-pointers paced by Smith’s five triples.  The Orioles were scheduled to play Lansing Catholic Central on Friday, Dec. 7, before heading back out on the road the following week, with games at Olivet High School on Tuesday, Dec....

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Gardener’s grave blankets bring comfort during cold winter months

The December chill doesn’t quite have the same sting as it once did for Monica Lee, a resident of Battle Creek. Kathy Gardener, an Olivet resident, has made sure of that. It’s been 12 years since Kathy reached out to Monica unexpectedly with a special gift — one that brings Monica tremendous comfort every December. Kathy, who started making grave blankets more than 30 years for her daughters who passed as small children, donated a grave blanket to Monica in 2006 after hearing how she had tragically lost her only daughter. “To think she was thinking about someone else...

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