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Author: The County Journal

Young man in a hurry

Douglas M. Hoy Contributing Writer A mother, witnessing an accident with her son at the wheel, immediately leaps to her feet and runs full bore to the site of the wreck. She makes it there in record time. Her 11-year-old son, Caiden is being pulled out of the car, his racecar. Much damage had been done to the frame.  Undaunted, there was a big smile on Caiden’s face as he mandatorily walked to the ambulance for a checkup.  This accident was not typical, in fact quite rare. Actually it was young Caiden Bailey’s first real crash in his burgeoning...

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CPS Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019 announced

Charlotte Public Schools’ Athletic Hall of Fame Committee announced the Class of 2019 honorees on Saturday, May 4, at the annual Charlotte Athletic Boosters Reverse Raffle. There will be an official ceremony on the weekend of Sept. 27, at Charlotte High School. The CPS Athletic Department asked for nominations from the community in one of four categories: community member/volunteers, coaches/administrators, student athletes, and teams.    Honorees for the CPS Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019 include: Community Member Eldred Toutant: Class of 1939, Athlete, Past administrator at Charlotte Public Schools Coaches   Paul Davis: Football Coach Student Athletes   Joe Pray Sr., Class of ’45; Benjamin “Lee” Hall, Class of ’57; David Green, Class of ’67; Dave Barrus, Class of ’68; Tim Mohre, Class of ’72; Rocco Moore, Class of ’73; Todd Wertz, Class of ’88; Kristie Brooks, Class of ’94; Joe Taylor, Class of ’95; Amy Corrigan, Class of ’00; and Kyle Haskel, Class of ’04. Teams 1946 Boys Track and Field State Champions, Coached By: Mac Gobel 2011 Girls Bowling State Champions, Coached By: Clark “Woody” Smith and Dave Jackson The nominees that did not make it into the Class of 2019, will be considered in future years.  We encourage people to begin making nominations for next year’s Class of 2020. When doing so, please send as much information as possible about your nominee.  The nomination...

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Oriole Youth Cheerleading meet and greet is Tuesday, June 25

The Charlotte High School varsity cheerleaders and coaching staff will host a meet and greet for anyone interested in participating in the Oriole Youth Cheerleading Program.   The Meet and Greet will take place on Tuesday, June 25 at the Charlotte High School football field at 7 p.m.   The sideline varsity cheer team and varsity coaches will talk and answer questions about the program.  There are two divisions of the Oriole Youth Cheerleading Program. The first is designed for kids in developmental kindergarten through third grade. These athletes will practice each Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Middle School cafetorium, beginning Aug. 7. On Sept. 12, the cheerleaders will cheer at the junior varsity football game at the high school. The cheerleaders will also cheer at a CJO eighth-grade football game in September.  Each athlete will receive a t-shirt, shorts and bow! The second division is designed for kids in grades fourth through eighth. Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Aug. 6 for the fourth through sixth graders and July 30 for seventh and eighth graders at the Charlotte Middle School cafeteria. In addition to practices, the athletes will learn gymnastics on Mondays, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the middle school activity room beginning Aug. 12. The Cheerleaders will cheer at their respective Charlotte Junior Oriole (CJO) football games and each athlete...

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Potterville’s Savannah Christiansen interns with West Michigan Whitecaps

Ferris State University students gain valuable work experience through internships. Internships also can confirm or redirect career decision-making, provide marketability, develop people skills and enhance classroom learning. Many academic programs require one, but the experience is encouraged regardless to provide students with a better understanding of what will be expected of them in the workplace. Many students are participating in myriad internships this summer.  Meet Savannah Christiansen — a senior in Hospitality Management, from Potterville, focused on Food and Beverage, with a minor in Event Management.  Her Internship — Savannah is working with the hospitality staff of the West Michigan...

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JoLei’s Diner opens in downtown Vermontville

Crissta Ames Contributing Writer When looking for a delicious place to eat, check out Vermontville’s newest restaurant, JoLei’s Diner. The farm-themed diner, which had its grand opening on Saturday, June 8, serves breakfast and dinner foods like skillets, omelettes, country fried steak, a variety of sandwiches, pizza, and more. If you’re in the mood for chicken and waffles, they’ve got that too!  The owner, Denna Matonis, managed the Maple Leaf for five years and has been in the Vermontville area for about 10 years.  “I like this community. I try to help out with the community as much as...

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