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Author: The County Journal

CPS hires new Community Recreation Coordinator

Charlotte Public Schools is pleased to announce the hire of Mike Sparks as the new Youth Recreation Coordinator.  Mike, a graduate of Hope College, has vast experience in community services, coaching and recreation as he has previously worked in those capacities for the Bellevue and Maple Valley school districts. Mike has also served as the head varsity football coach for Napoleon High School, football special teams coordinator at Olivet College, and athletic director for Maple Valley Junior & Senior High School. He looks forward to putting that experience to work in the Charlotte community to provide recreational opportunities for...

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Clifford the Horse of Drummond Island to return to Pancakes with Santa

On Friday, Dec. 7, Clifford the Horse of Drummond Island will return to the Eaton Area Senior Center during the annual Pancakes with Santa event.  Clifford, a 27-year-old Morgan horse, will be entertaining onlookers with his artistic endeavors. Using watercolors and a sponge, Clifford paints pictures and also uses the same technique to sign his biography, “Clifford of Drummond Island.” “He’s the only horse in the world who signs his own biography,” says his owner and trainer, author Nancy J. Bailey. “I think it’s going to his head. His work is all abstract, and since I’m an artist too,...

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Cross Country success a tradition at Potterville High School

Crissta Ames Contributing writer Potterville High School boys’ cross-country team placed first at this year’s MHSAA Regionals on Oct. 27 in Jackson. The team narrowly defeated Saranac High School by 11 points, with 64 points altogether. The win marks the second consecutive year that Potterville has placed first at regionals.  Sophomore Zach Wright ran the quickest time at 16:44.3. Wright also ran last year’s quickest time for Potterville as a freshman. Potterville High School girls’ cross-country team placed third this year at Regionals with 107 points, following behind Lansing Christian and Fowler. Junior Caleigh Winters was the team’s fastest...

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Helping Hands Food Pantry receives Beacon of Light Award

Helping Hands Food Pantry received the 2018 Beacon of Light award from the Food Bank Council of Michigan in recognition of its contributions to hunger relief in Charlotte and Eaton County.  Helping Hands was one of seven agencies across the state honored this year. Each of the Food Bank Council’s seven regions selected one recipient. “We were nominated for this award by the Greater Lansing Food Bank as the as being notable among the 150 agencies they partner with for our efficiency and effectiveness,” said Phil Grimwood, director of Helping Hands. Grimwood accepted the award on behalf of Helping...

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Community steps forward to ensure a successful Maple Valley Community Buck Pole

Crissta Ames Contributing write The eighth annual Maple Valley Community Buck Pole took place on Nov. 15, 2018, which created a fun, competitive event for the opening day of this year’s hunting season. There were warm drinks served by Spartan Motors, raffle drawings, and more than $2,000 worth of prizes from a list of sponsors, including a .450 Bushmaster deer rifle, which was taken home by first place winner, Tom Cummings who had an 11-point buck. Duane Eldred, owner of Duey’s Corner in Vermontville and organizer of the buck pole, says this year’s event had the biggest turnout to...

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