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Author: Travis Silvas

Small Business Saturday continues to grow as local business owners collaborate

Not many small communities have latched on to the national Small Business Saturday movement quite like Charlotte. Through the collaboration of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Love4Charlotte Businesses, CharlotteRising, and the Small Business Development Center at Lansing Community College, Small Business Saturday has turned into something special for the Charlotte community. More than 30 downtown businesses are participating in this year’s event, which is held annually on the Saturday following Thanksgiving.  Charlotte Chamber of Commerce executive director Courtney Anderson said this year’s event will provide the local shopper nearly everything they can imagine – home décor, a new outfit, a tasty meal, a children’s toy, and so much more. “I think it’s great that we are all working together,” said Carolyn Rosier, owner of the Hen House in downtown Charlotte. “It’s nice to know that we are all working toward the same goal.” Rosier said the collaborative Small Business Saturday efforts that have taken place the past few years have helped raise local awareness of how much downtown Charlotte has to offer consumers. “So many people drive through town without a real thought as to all that’s offered here,” Rosier added. Cindy Black, owner of Custom Home Interiors said efforts of organizations like the Chamber and CharlotteRising are starting to make a difference with local shoppers, adding that Small Business Saturday is a great catalyst for that. “I think...

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Voters reject CPS bond proposal by slim margin

Voters within the Charlotte Public Schools District rejected a proposed $29.85 bond by a mere 49 votes Tuesday, Nov. 6. The proposal, which represented a .9 mill increase for property owners within the district, was defeated 4,226 to 4,177. Charlotte Public Schools Superintendent Mark Rosekrans said he was disappointed by the results and will work with the CPS Board of Education on the next steps. He said discussions regarding how the district plans to address the election results will begin at the board’s Nov. 12 regular meeting.  “I believe much conversation needs to be held by the Board with input from the bond steering committee,” Rosekrans stated. “Further, I would think significant evaluation of any bond scope needs to happen. I also believe any decision or bond consideration needs to be thoroughly thought through and not an immediate reaction.   “There clearly was a large voter turnout with over 8,400 ballots cast and a slim margin of defeat – 49 votes,” he added. With such a slim margin, the possibility to place a bond before the voters in the near future could be a consideration, though Rosekrans made it clear it will be a board decision. “At this time I have no idea what the Board of Education will do for next steps,” Rosekrans stated Wednesday morning. “It is their decision. We have not had an opportunity to assemble and talk.” The proposed bond...

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Rush resigns from post as CharlotteRising executive director

CharlotteRising executive director Dillon Rush submitted his resignation to the Charlotte Main Street organization’s board of directors Tuesday, Oct. 16. In an email to the board, Rush stated he has accepted a new position with Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), where he will serve as Tri-County Development & Placemaking Manager. Rush’s last day as CharlotteRising executive director is Oct. 26. “I must admit that my head and my heart clashed together strongly during this decision process, as I have cherished and appreciated working with all of you in building something truly remarkable here in Charlotte,” Rush stated in his...

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Orioles take down rival Eaton Rapids, keep playoff hopes alive

The Charlotte High School varsity football team was not ready to relinquish the “Little Brown Jug.” Keeping it out of the hands of their rivals from Eaton Rapids feels too good. Charlotte used a punishing ground attack Friday, Oct. 5 to ensure the jug would remain in Charlotte for at least one more year. Charlotte dropped the Greyounds 45-31 behind quarterback Dominic Ghiardi’s 263-rushing yards. “It is always nice to keep the Jug where it belongs,” CHS varsity head coach Jeff Finney said this week. “This is a game that both schools look forward to every year and a game...

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Dream becomes reality for new Eaton Theatre owner

Growing up in Leelenau County, the movies always served as an escape for Leann Owen. Heading into Traverse City to see a movie at the State Theatre, or into Honor to catch a flick at the drive in, is some of her most cherished childhood memories. Her love affair for movies has only grown in the past 18 years as she has worked her way from part-time employee at the Eaton Theatre in downtown Charlotte, to manager, and now owner. Owen and her partner Tim Conley closed on the purchase of the Eaton Theatre on Friday, Oct. 5, setting...

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