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Olivet students read and write their way through March

By Kim Lehman K-5 Literacy During the month of March, schools across the country participate in many different activities to celebrate reading and reinforce the importance of reading for our students. This year, Olivet Community School K-5 students combined to read a combined total of more than 3,000 books during the four weeks of March. Wow! Students were rewarded with various prizes and incentives for their hard work. Other monthly reading activities included book swaps, read-ins, mystery book contests, screen free nights, Doors for Doughnuts and guest readers. During March, a group of 40 second and third grade students...

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Charlotte eighth grader’s design selected for new Whistlepig BBQ logo

Whistlepig BBQ burst onto the Charlotte food scene in 2016, bringing a unique flavor to the community each weekend through late fall. Planning its return to 501 N. Cochran Avenue on April 7, the seasonal eatery has stepped up its efforts to solidify its brand in 2017. Owners Jason and Melissa Strotheide knew they had established a menu that catered to the local community, now they needed to focus on their branding. They turned to Michaelle Converse, Charlotte Middle School art teacher for inspiration. By creating a competition among Converse’s students, the Strotheides were able to select a logo...

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HGB employees recognized at 14th annual Fulton Awards

Three employees received Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital’s highest honors during the Fulton Awards of Excellence annual ceremony Wednesday, March 15. The award winners, recognized for their exceptional contributions to HGB’s success, are: Holly Lafrance, EMS technician, received the clinical service award. Deanna Cortright, registration specialist, received the non-clinical service award. Chris Allen, R.N., Emergency Department nurse manager, received the leadership service award. Lafrance joined the Emergency Medical Services team in September 2003. She was nominated for the Fulton Award because of her leadership skills and caring instincts. Her department has experienced unprecedented growth and Lafrance helped ensure success...

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Family, community help Dick Cooper celebrate 90 years

Like any good son, Richard Cooper still thinks of his mother often. Approaching his 90th birthday, Dick, as most people in Charlotte know him, has a lot of life on which to reflect, but it’s the lessons he learned at a young age that have stuck with him through all of those years. “I think about the tough times we had growing up,” Dick said. “My mother worked so hard, I think that’s why she lived to almost 101.” Dick, the son of Hugh and Almary Cooper, grew up on the family farm on Stine Road after spending the...

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The County Journal celebrates 11 years with one eye toward future

It’s amazing how quickly 11 years can pass. It’s even more amazing the amount of change that can take place in what can seem like such a short period of time. The County Journal and its staff is fortunate to still be here, sharing your stories, celebrating your successes and highlighting all of the positives taking place in your communities. We have you — the reader and advertiser — to thank for it. We’ve experienced such a strong sense of support over the course of the past decade. We came along at a turbulent time for small town America....

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