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Author: Travis Silvas

Oriole backcourt leads Charlotte to first win of the season

Charlotte senior Cam Ramos attacked the hoop with consistency, and his backcourt running mate, Justin Bates got it going from deep early on Tuesday, Jan. 16. The two combined for 38 points in leading the Orioles to their first win of the season. Charlotte dropped cross-town rival Eaton Rapids 59-46 in a non-conference match up in front of the home crowd. With the win, the Orioles improve to 1-7 on the season, while Eaton Rapids falls to 5-5 on the season. The two teams battled back and forth early in the game, neither able to seize control. The Orioles...

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Charlotte Little Free Pantry open to anyone in need

Brandy Weinner had no idea what to expect when the small cabinet filled with canned goods was placed at the end of her drive at 2391 S. Cochran Street in Charlotte in the fall. Her only hope was to make a difference, however small, in her community. What happened next was beyond anything she could have imagined. The Charlotte Little Free Pantry exploded with activity, both those taking items they needed, and the community responding in turn with countless donations. “The community has really come together to support it,” Brandy said. “I didn’t expect much, but hoped it would...

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Charlotte moves closer to finalizing National Historic District

To a small gathering of history enthusiasts, Bill Rutter laid out Thursday, Jan. 4 Charlotte’s application for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. Rutter was hired in 2016 by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to put together an application that would create a Historic District in Charlotte. The next step is approval at the state level, Rutter said. The 500-page document will then go to the National Register of Historic Places for final approval. “The State of Michigan has a very good reputation with these matters at the national level,” Rutter said. “I don’t foresee any...

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Tri-County Crusaders partner with Charlotte youth in effort to resurrect storied franchise

The Crusaders brand carries a history of success in the world of semi-professional football. In the 1980s and 90s, the Lansing Crusaders amassed 124 victories, six league championships and 11 first place finishes. As impressive as the Crusaders were on the field, it was an equally impressive impact in their community that caught the attention of three individuals who’ve set their sights on restoring the prestige tied to the Crusaders name. Founded in 2017 by Marshall Brice, Joshua Crowther, and Bryan Frechen, the Tri-County Crusaders have taken up residence in Charlotte with the goal of winning on the football field and in the community. “The Board of Directors vision was to create a team for the area that would be able to do more for the community and the players that play on it,” Marshall, board president, said. Marshall said the first step was reaching out to the Charlotte Junior Orioles organization, which he knew had a strong foundation within the community. “The relationship between the Orioles and the Crusaders was the starting point that gave the Crusaders momentum that continues to grow and further creating a home feeling for the Tri-County Crusaders,” Marshall said. The organization has been hard at work to build relationships within the Charlotte community in preparation for their inaugural season in the Premier Amateur Football League (PAFL) in 2018. “We’ve been working diligently to...

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After nearly 3 decades, Jerry’s Barber Shop makes slight change of address

For generations, folks have found their way to south Cochran Avenue to get their haircut at Jerry’s Barber Shop in downtown Charlotte. Always in the same block of South Cochran, Jerry’s has called a few different locations home over the years. The longest of which was its most recent home at 212 S. Cochran, where Jerry Hughes and his son, Mark cut hair for nearly 28 years. On Monday, Dec. 18, Mark and his son-in-law, Rece Cox, who joined the business two years ago, welcomed customers to Jerry’s Barber Shop’s newest location, one door down, at 210 S. Cochran Avenue. The move was necessitated by the expansion of Eaton Pub & Grille and its growing Charlotte Brewing Company business. Owners of Eaton Pub & Grille purchased the former Paul’s Gun Shop location. Jerry’s Barber Shop was situated between the Pub and the new property, so Pub owners offered to move Mark’s business one door down so they could expand their operation. “It’s been good,” said Mark of the new location, which is set up very similar to his old shop. “We were able to reclaim some old barn wood from Paul’s, which we utilized for the trim, and made use of the exposed brick.” The biggest difference is a bigger bathroom, wider hallways and a larger rear entrance, making the shop fully handicap accessible. Mark is the third generation...

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