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Author: The County Journal

Broncos, Lions advance to MHSAA district finals

Bellevue and Maple Valley high school football teams advance to the District finals in their respective divisions with home wins Friday, Oct. 27. The Broncos handled Webberville for the second time this season, winning their 8-Player Div. 1 pre-district contest, 48-8. Bellevue advanced to host Lawrence High School on Friday, Nov. 3. Lawrence is 5-5 on the season. They defeated Camden Frontier 24-20 to advance to the District final showdown against Bellevue. Camden Frontier handed Bellevue its only loss on the season. Maple Valley defeated Hartford 26-7 to set up a Div. 7 showdown at Saugatuck High School on...

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Elvis is coming back to Charlotte

Last year, top tier impersonator Steve “Elvis” Hunt sold out his show. This year he is returning for a command performance, giving everyone who loves Elvis and his music another chance to see him perform. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Nov. 11; doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. and the three-hour concert will begin at 7 p.m. The Center — Eaton Area Senior Center — will be serving dinner, plus homemade cheesecake for dessert. Tickets can be purchased through the website, campfrances.org or at the Eaton Area Senior Center, located at 804 S. Cochran...

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A look back at downtown Charlotte’s successful summer

As the leaves increasingly fall and the warm weather soon leaves us, it would be a shame to not take a minute or two to reflect on our summer in downtown Charlotte. Though the summer season always seems a tad abbreviated, our downtown made the most of it in so many ways, and for that, we all should be very proud and excited. Perhaps the best way to summarize downtown’s summer success is to recognize that during a very “normal” week in August, the sounds and scenes of construction and renovation throughout downtown were treated as “normal.” The hammers and lifts and paint brushes working on the façades of Charlotte Shoe Repair and the Yarn Garden, the expansion of Eaton Pub & Grille, the relocation of Captain’s Cabinetry, the extension of Shetenhelm C.P.A., the renovations of upper floor apartments and more, depict the commitment our downtown has to continuous improvement. The newest restaurant, the Dolson; the beginning of new outdoor gathering places at the Congregational Commons and the Pocket Park; a newly reconstructed section of Lovett Street … the list goes on and on. This summer was also the first of many hopeful seasons for new businesses such as Dragonfly Boutique and the Flipping Redhead, and Creatively MI. It marked the inception of the redevelopment of the IGA building and the old National Bank building, as well as special...

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Tickets now on sale for Andromeda Community Theatre’s next production — Check Please

Andromeda Community Theatre will present the hilariously entertaining “Check Please” and “Check Please Take 2” by Jonathan Rand, which have been combined into one fabulous show. The production’s main characters are just looking for love, or at least pleasant companionship, but in all the wrong places. Check Please follows a series of disastrously bad blind dates. These bad dates include a psychic, your grandma’s bridge partner, a kleptomaniac, and perhaps even a pirate, just to name a few. These dates couldn’t get any worse — or could they?  Could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel? Directed by Patrick Monroe, Check Please/Check Please Take 2 will be performed as a dinner show at the Eaton Area Senior Center on Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21 (Sweetest Day weekend), at 6 p.m. Show tickets include dinner, which will consist of a choice between Champagne Chicken or Roast Beef (choose by ticket) – both are favorites at the Senior Center. Alongside will be served Yukon gold potatoes, vegetable, salad, rolls, and dessert. Since this is a dinner show, there will be no tickets sold at the door. All tickets must be purchased by the end of the day on Wednesday, Oct. 18, so plan ahead and pick them up now. To celebrate Sweetest Day, one lucky patron at each show will win a beautiful rose gold...

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Roll of Honor – World War II Stories and Profiles

The following is the first in a series relating to a special honors program celebrating World War II men and women from the greater Charlotte area. A program is appropriately scheduled for November 11, Veterans Day.  Recovered after 70 years, the Roll of Honor photos celebrate more than 500 veterans from the greater Charlotte area.   “You can’t tell a story of war without faces. Faces carry history.” Stephanie Zacharek, Time Magazine, July 31, 2017. Can you imagine finding 550 World War II veteran photographs that have been absent from public view for more than 70 years? Last fall...

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