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Author: Travis Silvas

CHS marching band captures first ‘Grand Champion’ title

Charlotte High School marching band members were excitedly celebrating a Class B victory at the 26th Annual Hastings Invitational Saturday, Oct. 7 when excitement turned to shock. The shock came with the announcement that the CHS Band had been named the Invitational’s Grand Champion. “It was a real shock, because that wasn’t our goal,” said senior drum major Erica Pryor. “Actually most of us didn’t even know there was a Grand Champion.” The students can be excused for not fully understanding the Scholastic Marching Band Circuit’s format. CHS Band Director Jerry Rose said he had never fully explained the...

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City Council moves one step close to demolishing ‘The Piece’

Charlotte City Council approved the first reading Monday, Oct. 9 of a resolution to accept MCS Excavating’s bid of $35,000 to demolish the building (known locally as The Piece) located at 108/110 E. Lawrence Avenue. The former Carriage Cleaners building, which became notorious for a meth lab explosion in the second floor apartment, was purchased by community members in 2016 and donated to the City of Charlotte to make way for a pocket park. City Council will vote on the second reading and adoption of the resolution at its Monday, Oct. 23 meeting. Community Development Director Bryan Myrkle said...

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Olivet College mens basketball team sets sights on historic run

Expectations for the second season of the Steve Ernst era have drastically changed for the Olivet College mens basketball team. A completely overhauled roster and influx of high-level talent will do that. Ernst, who dropped the interim tag and was named head coach in December of last year, said this year’s team has the chance to do something special. “We’re playing to win the league and to host the league tournament,” Ernst said. “I will be disappointed if we do anything less.” The goals are lofty considering the Comets have not won an MIAA title since 1973 and haven’t...

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School, community spirit soars to new heights with planned fireworks display

There is some debate as to the level of community pride that has existed in the Charlotte community over the course of the last decade or so. What is more difficult to debate, however, is the steady rise in community spirit. Charlotte Public Schools has played a pivotal role in that rise, especially since its Flight Club boosted school spirit throughout the district and community over the course of the last few years. In recognition of how far the community has come, a number of residents came together with the plan of doing something special that would demonstrate the...

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Captain’s Cabinetry opens in new, renovated location

Paul Wilson fell in love with the 12-foot tin ceiling inside the building that resides at 136 S. Cochran Avenue in downtown Charlotte. The ceiling and its historical appeal is a big reason he purchased the building this past year, planning to establish deeper roots for his business, Captain’s Cabinetry, in the Charlotte community. For the past four months, Wilson and his team have taken great care in restoring the building to its former glory in time for an October opening. “We put in all new electrical, an all new heating system, an air exchange system in the basement,...

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