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Month: February 2019

Bronco basketball teams look to cap off perfect regular seasons

The road to perfect regular seasons for both the Bellevue boys and girls varsity basketball teams could go through Athens.  The Bronco boys were 18-0 heading into its toughest remaining regular season test, a Friday, Feb. 22 showdown at Athens High School. Bellevue defeated Athens, which was undefeated at the time, earlier this season, 68-62 in Bellevue. The game could be much more difficult in a hostile environment. The Lady Broncos, meanwhile, host Athens on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Bellevue defeated Athens on the road in their tightest contest of the season, 37-36. The girls were 16-0 heading into their...

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Free Family Friday at Nordic Fest

The Michigan Nordic Fire Festival invites local residents to Free Family Friday this coming Friday evening, Feb. 22. Visitors can experience the opening ceremony, with the traditional burning of a replica Viking longship, the community bonfire, and outdoor entertainment, free of charge. Many of the festival’s vendors will also be open Friday night for browsing and buying. “People travel from all over the upper Midwest to attend this festival, but many local residents have yet to check it out,” said Bryan Myrkle, one of the festival organizers. “By giving everyone a chance to enjoy it on Friday night for...

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Dome should be packed to witness CHS girls play for league title

It’s been more than 25 years since a Charlotte High School girls varsity basketball team has called itself “league champs.”  It’s a drought that could end Friday, Feb. 22, and this year’s team has a chance to capture it on their home floor, in front of what should be a capacity crowd.  They’ve earned it. They’ve put in the work … hours of sweat and determination leading to a chance to reach their goal of a league title.  It’s time for the community to show up in mass to cheer them on. Portland will come to town with redemption on their mind. The Raiders were undefeated and ranked in the top 10 in the state when the Orioles emphatically knocked them off their perch in their first showdown of the season. The loss is one of only two Portland has on the season, and they will be itching for payback. Both teams have just one loss in the league as of Feb. 14. Both have a few more obstacles to get past before the Feb. 22 showdown. If the Orioles defeat Sexton on Feb. 15, they will be playing for the outright championship. If they stumble against the Big Reds, they can still secure a share of the league crown by defeating Portland. The Raiders on the other hand still have to get past LCC and Eaton Rapids.  “There’s...

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Oriole cheer team prepares for Districts after record-setting regular season

To say the Charlotte High School competitive cheer team is on a roll would be more than an understatement. The Orioles capped off another record-setting regular season by winning their eighth consecutive league title. The team tied Division 2 DeWitt for the CAAC Red title, competing as the only Division 3 team in the CAAC Red. While winning an eighth consecutive league championship is impressive, they did it while seemingly setting a new school record each time out.  The Orioles secured 10 first place finishes this season, adding two second place finishes in regular season competitions. They ended the...

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Charlotte Sidewalk Poetry Contest looks to reveal what makes city vibrant

What is it you love about your community? Where do you feel the most connected? The most alive? The most relaxed?  Windwalker Underground Gallery, in partnership with Lansing Poet Laureate Dennis Hinrichsen, is looking for those who can express their connection with the vibrancy and creativity of the Charlotte community through their own artistic expression.  The Sidewalk Poetry Contest, announced in the fall of 2018, is looking for poems that reveal and celebrate the writer’s connection to the artistic, creative and cultural life of Charlotte. Windwalker Underground Gallery board member Kalli Dempsey said the contest is open to all...

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