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Month: November 2019

‘Haunted’ hospital to be featured on reality TV

Deb Malewski Contributing Writer Pam and Chris Sturgill of Springport are the owners of the historic ‘Stimson Hospital,’ located just south of downtown Eaton Rapids. It has recently come to the attention of several paranormal investigation groups and will be featured in an upcoming reality TV show. The Sturgills have owned the place for several years, and it currently contains two rented apartments. The couple are in the process of renovating the structure and hope to eventually turn it into a “haunted” bed and breakfast. Also known as the Harriet Chapman Hospital, it was built as a home in...

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Getting to know … Jim Riley

Almost everyone has a quirky story in their life and Jim Riley’s involves a six-foot alligator. In November of 2011, Riley was driving to Jackson with his daughters. Something caught his eye, and he turned his car around to check it out. In the grass alongside the road, there was an alligator, he told his disbelieving daughters. But it was real. Blackman Township police captured the reptile, and it was taken to an alligator sanctuary in Athens, MI. The Rileys made the national news over the incident. Riley has served as the pastor of the Eaton Rapids Assembly of...

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Evelyn Bay mural goes under the sea

Deb Malewski Contributing Writer Artist Michelle Robles Henry recently spent approximately 60 hours painting the back hall of the Evelyn Bay coffee shop in downtown Charlotte — taking it from a long yellow hall to a combination ‘undersea and coffee’ adventure. Henry was commissioned for the job, her first full wall mural, by the owner of the coffee shop, Erica Limas. Limas has owned Evelyn Bay for the past five years. “Our back hallway was just too plain,” said Limas. “With the art and photography that we have on display, and with the new front entry to the shop,...

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Hunters and community come together for annual buck pole

Amy Jo Parish Contributing Writer The corner of Nashville Highway and Ionia Road in Vermontville was packed with spectators and deer for the annual Maple Valley Community Buck Pole Nov. 15. The event takes place on the opening day of the whitetail deer firearm season and brings together hunters from across the region. This year, 59 bucks were brought to the pole by hunters eager to show off their trophies and share their stories of bagging the bucks. Duane Eldred, owner of Duey’s Corner store, organizes the event. He said the buck pole is a time when hunters can...

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CPS tackles hunger locally

Charlotte Public Schools (CPS) recently completed a food drive to jump start a new program at Charlotte High School (CHS) called the Bird Feeder. The Bird Feeder is a free food pantry located at the high school where students who struggle with food security can go and choose food to fill up a backpack to take home. Students, staff and the community combined efforts to collect over 5,500 items which were split between the Bird Feeder and Helping Hands Food Pantry in Charlotte. In addition, over $2,100 was raised to help fund the new project. During this time, CPS...

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