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Author: Adam Droscha

Solar panel amendment tabled until June

Tuesday, March 6, the Eaton County Planning Commission met for a regular monthly meeting. However, the commissioner board chamber became standing room only as dozens of citizens came for public comment and support against DCA-3-18-2, which was “a comprehensive amendment to the Eaton County Land Development Code (Zoning Ordinance) to clarify the intent, update language, and improve comprehension.” The articles coming under the amendment were Article 5, Definitions and Interpretations (section 5.3.19 S), Article 7, Land Development Requirements (sections 7.3.4 and 7.6.4), and Article 14, Specific Provisions and Requirements (to add section 14.39 for Solar Energy Systems). Cutting through the jargon, the purpose of DCA-3-18-2 was to make room in the Land Development Code for solar energy developments, specifically that of Geronimo Energy, an energy company out of Minnesota attempting to develop 600 acres of farmland on the border of Benton and Oneida townships. The energy project has received significant opposition over the last year, initiating high attendance to township meetings in Benton Township, as well as citizen petitions. For over an hour the planning commission heard public comment in opposition to DCA-3-18-2 and the Geronimo project. Citizens from both Benton and Oneida townships spoke, as well as residents from other areas of the county. “We shouldn’t be developing good farmland,” “Solar panels can go elsewhere,” “I wouldn’t want to look at those solar panels,” were all frequent comments....

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Students recognized for Optimist Youth Appreciation Week

Tuesday, March 6 students, parents, educators, and community leaders gathered at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center to recognize students for the Charlotte Optimist Club’s Youth Appreciation Week. The evening involved a brief ceremony with guest speakers, an award portion in which the students were recognized, and a reception that followed. Youth Appreciation Week is a period set aside every year by Optimist International to honor students who “consistently model excellent character traits and optimism each day of their lives.” The week is recognized by the United States Congress and the president. Eric Emery opened the evening by introducing the...

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First Baptist Church of Bellevue celebrates 175 years of ministry, looks to the future

Sunday, March 18, First Baptist Church of Bellevue will be having special Sunday services and celebrations to mark the 175th anniversary of their ministry in Bellevue. While the services will be at the same 8:30 and 11 a.m. times, there will also be an open house from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for congregants and visitors to fellowship and see firsthand the many stages and periods of the church’s history. Former pastor William Burns will be joining the First Baptist fellowship on March 18 to share the message, a role in which he also participated during the church’s 150th anniversary...

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Potterville prepares for 150th anniversary celebrations

2018 is set to have one of the biggest celebrations Potterville has seen in the last few years. In July the city will celebrate 150 years as a mid-Michigan community with a two-day festival of parades, carnivals, fireworks, history observance, and more. The planning for the celebration began in February of 2018 with the establishment of a planning committee and initial brainstorming. The planning committee for the celebration has created only a tentative schedule of events, but the dates for the event are Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29. The tentative events and activities include a carnival, a vendor and craft show, a classic car and tractor show, a parade, period games, a walk through history, an evening block party, and fireworks on Saturday. Sunday is set for a continuation of the carnival and a possible ox roast and potluck, as well as more period games. For Potterville Mayor Katherine Schmidt, the event is less about the amount of activities themselves and more about the history and inclusiveness of the celebrations. “I am hoping that this event will help bring our community together in a fun, positive way. The goal of this event is to commemorate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the incorporation of our city with a weekend festival that honors our heritage and celebrates the best our community has to offer today,” said Schmidt. “We want this...

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Getting to know Bryan Epling, owner of Legacy Barber Shoppe

With dark wood, leather aprons, repurposed Jack Daniel’s barrels, beard oils, and straight razor shaves, Legacy Barber Shoppe is a he-man’s delight. Owned and operated by Bryan Epling, it encapsulates the sights and smells of a garage, a woodshop, and of course a barbershop while offering the gentle touch of a seasoned barber, and hometown welcome. Bryan is an Eaton Rapids native, who raised his own family in the Island City as well. After working for the Lansing Fire Department for 25 years Bryan retired and knew he wanted to attend barber school and take up the family trade:...

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