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Author: Adam Droscha

Truck drives through dining room wall at Eaton Rapids Craft Co.

A pleasant Sunday afternoon lunchtime was interrupted with a busted wall, flying tables and booths, and a shower of ketchup and mustard when a Ford pickup truck crashed into the dining room of Eaton Rapids Craft Co. Customers and staff were noticeably disturbed, but fortunately no one was injured during the accident. The chaos began when the driver of the truck reportedly opened his door and proceeded to exit the still moving vehicle while driving up on the north bound turn on Main Street. Upon exiting the driver’s seat his passenger attempted to take control of the truck, which...

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Olivet high school bands seek last funds for Disney trip

One of the most educational experiences for any high school student is the opportunity to leave his or her hometown. For Olivet students who have never left the state of Michigan, driving through the Appalachian Mountains and seeing the swamps of Florida can be week’s worth of education in just a few days. Dave and Lynn Funk, the band directors at Olivet Public Schools, know this to be true after six trips to Florida with the Olivet High School bands. The Olivet marching band has participated in Disney parades before. It’s one of the largest stages the band students will experience in their time with the Olivet band. Thousands of people line the streets of the Magic Kingdom while nearly 100 students from a small Michigan town march and play tunes from their competition repertoire. It’s a sight to see, according to the Funks, and it’s an experience they know their students won’t soon forget. The Funks aim to take their students on a Disney trip every four years. They plan the trips with the mindset of leaving no student behind, and so far they’ve achieved that goal for every trip. This year, however, the band booster funds aren’t where they’ve been in the past. There are still about seven students who are in need of the final funds to go on the trip, which is fast approaching for...

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Greg’s Carpet Cleaning and Vehicle Services highly sought after in community

Greg Adams, a Charlotte native, has owned Greg’s Carpet and Vehicle Services since 2006. He runs the business with his wife, Linda, and together they’re proud to offer high quality cleaning services to their hometown of Charlotte, and to the surrounding areas. Greg’s legacy of quality started before he owned his own business. Greg’s father was the owner of the old roller rink in Charlotte, Adam’s Skating Center. According to Linda, locals still remember Greg everywhere he goes. People recall fond memories of his father’s business and recognize Greg as the kid who used to work at the rink....

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Country Mill allowed to return to East Lansing farmers market

The Country Mill, a favored local orchard, winery, and wedding venue in the Eaton County area, has been a hot topic in conversations of religious freedom, business, and LGBTQ discrimination for the last several months. When Steve Tennes, owner of the Country Mill, announced the reopening of the wedding venue side of the business with the exception of same-sex marriages, the City of East Lansing did not allow the favored vendor a spot at its farmers market. The Tenneses reluctantly decided to sue the City of East Lansing on the grounds of religious discrimination. A motion was filed to allow the Country Mill a place at the East Lansing farmers market while the case continues. Wednesday, Sept. 13 both sides made their arguments before federal district judge, Paul Maloney, and ultimately he sided with the Country Mill, thus allowing the business to return to the farmers market while the case continues. Judge Maloney released a written decision the following Friday, and the Country Mill was back at the East Lansing farmers market Sunday, Sept. 17. “We’re extremely happy the judge recognized the short window of harvest. We’ve already missed three and a half months of income at the largest farmers market we attend,” said Steve. The return to the East Lansing farmers market was met with both support and protest. Tennes noted the number of out-of-town buyers who drove...

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Morgan’s HUGS an inspiring charity for Eaton Rapids

Inspiring stories come from thousands of places. Everybody’s story is unique in its own way, but stories of people stepping out of their norm and comfort to help others are especially uplifting. They make us wonder how someone could give so sacrificially of themselves and be so centered on the needs of others. One story in Eaton Rapids is both inspiring and unexpected. Morgan Scarbro is 13 years old. She’s a student in Eaton Rapids, as well as a regular beauty pageant participant. She likes horses, spending time with friends, and other activities any normal teenager enjoys. But Morgan...

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