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Lady Greyhounds take down rival Charlotte

By Daniel Langeland Guest Writer The Eaton Rapids Lady Greyhounds traveled to Charlotte Jan. 10 to take on their rivals. Following their first loss of the season Jan. 7, the Greyhounds were determined to show the Lansing area they are a team to watch this season. In the first quarter, the Greyhounds used their energy to jump all over the Orioles, using a fast tempo to jump out to a 17-4 lead. During the second quarter, a couple of 3-pointers kept the Orioles from falling too far behind and forcing more of the high tempo ball the Greyhounds had...

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Eaton Rapids boys aim for league title

By Mark Feather Contributing Writer Eaton Rapids varsity basketball coach Mark McDaniel had a good feeling his team would be in the position they’re in approaching the halfway point of the regular season. “We were definitely planning on having a good year,” said McDaniel. “It started in the spring of last year, hitting the weight room and playing summer ball. They all worked hard.” The Greyhounds went 12-9 in the 2017 MHSAA season and 19-3 in summer showcases. Those results are being reflected in a strong start by Eaton Rapids, who is trying to accomplish something never achieved in...

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Xact Excavating: Local grad takes to the dirt

Amy Jo Parish Contributing Writer There is a saying, “Give a man soil and he will prosper.” Gino Costello has taken that to heart this past year, sinking his shovel into the ground and opening his own business — Xact Excavating in Olivet. For some, the summer after high school graduation is a time of celebration. When Costello graduated from Bellevue High School last year, it was time to get busy. His odd jobs with dirt and equipment while still in school helped him to prepare to branch out on his own. His optimism and work ethic are apparent...

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New 911 safety system up and running

Deb Malewski Contributing Writer At a Jan. 9 press conference held at the Eaton County Courthouse, Michael Armitage, Eaton County 911 director, announced the new Eaton County public safety radio communication system, approved by voters in 2017, is now in operation. This replaces an old system which was aging and experiencing failures, Armitage said. The old system used outdated technology and was at the end of its life, Armitage explained. “A wind gust in the right direction could blow an antenna or a microwave dish and essentially cripple communication,” he added. Firefighters sometimes had to carry multiple radios to...

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Eaton County Sheriff presents 2019 awards

Deb Malewski Contributing Writer Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich honored the men and women of law enforcement in an awards ceremony held Jan. 8 at the sheriff’s office in Charlotte. He also recognized citizens and volunteers who stepped up to help the community. “I take these awards very seriously,” Reich said. “We need to recognize the people in uniform, as they do a job no one else wants to do.” With so many outstanding deputies to choose from, Reich said the decision to select the 2019 Deputy of the Year was very tough. Deputy Jacob Larson, of the Delta...

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