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Month: April 2019

Charlotte Schools asking voters to approve .8 mill increase May 7

 placed a $27.75 million bond proposal on the May 7 election ballot. The proposal represents a .8 mill increase for property owners within the Charlotte Public Schools district for a period of 25 years. The proposal is a decrease of $2.1 million from a similar proposal that voters rejected in November by a mere 49 votes — 4,226 to 4,177. “The school board decided to go back to the voters with this bond proposal on May 7 because the need to maintain and improve our facilities is so critical to the safety and overall education of our children that...

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Ag sciences, FFA open Charlotte students up to state’s leading industry

Growing up in the City of Charlotte, Lauren Wilson didn’t have much experience with large animals prior to her freshman year at Charlotte High School. Now a senior, Wilson has found her career passion thanks to the agriscience program offered at CHS — becoming a large animal veterinarian. “My freshman year, one of my upperclassman friends convinced me to join FFA and to raise a show pig at our school barn that summer to show at the Eaton County Fair,” Wilson said. “I don’t live on a farm, so I don’t have the opportunity to raise farm animals, which...

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Red Rosie Bakery set to open in downtown Charlotte

Crissta Ames Contributing Writer When Colleen Armitage first moved to Charlotte from a town called Milan, just south of Ann Arbor, she felt a little lost after leaving her job, family, and friends. However, she decided to follow her dreams of opening a bakery and did so, right here in Charlotte. In October 2018, Red Rosie Bakery was officially opened, with influences from Armitage’s red hair, and her icon, Rosie the Riveter.  “Whenever I doubted myself, I could always remember her motto ‘we can do it’, so expect to see some WWII inspired themes,” she said.  She even got...

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Ball Septic continues on under new ownership

Crissta Ames Contributing Writer For more than 25 years, Ball Septic Tank Service has been servicing Charlotte and the surrounding area septic tanks, both home and commercial.  The company was started by Ralph Ball as a side business. According to business manager Brandon Eldridge, Ball’s son, Steve took over in the 90s and expanded the business. In December, Ball Septic Tank Service was sold to current owner, Darrell Vanderstelt. Ball Septic does anything to do with septic tanks, but they also clean out grease traps.  “We install fields, replace tanks and fields. We can do repair work on the...

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Cut-N-Tease Salon celebrates 10 years in downtown Charlotte

Crissta Ames Contributing Writer Laura Frazier, owner of Cut-N-Tease Salon, had always wanted to be a cosmetologist when she was little. After she went to cosmetology school in her mid-20s, she turned her passion into a business, one that is celebrating its 10th anniversary  The business started in a small building that once stood by the Burkhead-Green Funeral home on the corner of Sheldon and Lawrence. When that building had become available, her and her husband decided to go for it and start a salon business. With a growth of clientele, Laura moved the business to 229 S. Cochran...

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