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Author: Adam Droscha

It’s not about the ‘promposal’

Last week a story from Maple Valley Schools came to light. It was innocent enough. A promposal (prom proposal) from a young man to his sweetheart asking her if she’d go to prom with him. But the would-be innocent promposal was tainted by an out of left field, unexpected racial slur that had social media lit up, locals shocked, and news media tuned in. The promposal sign, which could be seen in a photo posted to social media, said, “If I were black I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white I’m picking you for prom?” Maple Valley’s superintendent, Michelle Falcon, sent out a statement after the incident, assuring the school district has a zero tolerance policy for such behavior, especially when it disrupts education. Undisclosed disciplinary action will reportedly be taken against the student per district standards. The incident is not the first racially motivated problem Falcon has dealt with in her time at Maple Valley, and Maple Valley is not the only school district in the County Journal readership that has had racism flaunted by students in the last couple of years. The community is waking to an underlying, pervasive problem of closeted racism and racial insensitivity, and the problems aren’t being exposed because of old uncle Charlie who blurts out a racist joke at Thanksgiving. They’re coming to light in words and actions of local youth, in...

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May Daze returns to Sunfield

Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunfield will again host the annual May Daze, a celebration of Sunfield, its citizens, and the coming of warmer weather. The event, put on by Geneise Davis, will be a day filled with games, carnival rides, and plenty of craft and food vendors. All of the festivities will take place on Main Street in Sunfield. Parking in the area is limited, so a shuttle bus will be going back and forth all day from the park off Logan Street to the Main Street festivities. On Main Street crafters, vendors, and...

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Eaton Rapids Area Chamber dinner an evening of fun, anniversaries, and celebration

Thursday, May 3, the Eaton Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual spring dinner at The English Inn. The evening was split into socializing, passing out awards, and enjoying interactive, dueling pianos. Several awards were passed out during the event. The Ted Oliver Award was presented to Morgan Scarbro of Morgan’s Hugs for her contributions to the community through her charity work. Morgan is a high school student at Eaton Rapids Public Schools who has organized several charity events to provide school supplies for students in need, items for wounded veterans, and more. The Doug Stevenson Award was...

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G.A.R. Museum gets a facelift

Wednesday, April 25, Keith Harrison, the director of Eaton Rapid’s Grand Army of the Republic Museum, as well as a few volunteers set to work on giving the museum some much needed cosmetic changes. The most noticeable of the changes is the complete paint overhaul in both levels of the museum. The upstairs and the downstairs are completely painted white, a drastic difference from the dim, 1970’s wood paneling. The whitewashed walls are further highlighted by the installation of overhead LED lights, which not only liven the exhibits, but also protect them. According to Harrison, florescent light bulbs, like...

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Eaton Rapids Medical Center celebrates expansion with open house

Thursday, April 26 was a bright and beautiful spring afternoon. Without a cloud in the sky or a snowflake on the ground, Eaton Rapids Medical Center couldn’t have picked a better day to hold an open house to reveal the newest addition to the Island City hospital. With a health fair and tours of the new facilities, hundreds of Eaton Rapids residents came out to see where the new family practice, physical therapy, and other transplanted sections would be. The 25,000 square foot expansion was years in the making, according to ERMC CEO Tim Johnson. More space was needed...

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