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Author: Travis Silvas

New location working out nicely for SIREN/Eaton Shelter

Thomas Eveland took a moment Tuesday, Dec. 10 to reflect on the humble beginnings of SIREN/Eaton Shelter. He was asked 24 years ago by then director, Nancy Oliver to chair an advisory board for the county’s new shelter. The decision to take her up on that offer is one he looked back on with pride as he welcomed community members to tour SIREN/Eaton Shelter’s new facility during a special open house Tuesday night. “The Shelter and this SIREN group have done wonderful things for the community,” Eveland said. “I couldn’t have imagined where we’d end up when we started...

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Eagle Scout project fills a need, honors a legacy

Eldred Toutant left an indelible mark on Charlotte as a community leader. It’s no surprise his grandson, Austin Smith wanted, in many ways, to follow in his footsteps. “He’s my hero,” Smith said. “He was always around while I was growing up. He was like a second father figure.” It was Smith’s admiration for his grandfather that led him on the path to becoming an Eagle Scout, something Toutant also achieved in his lifetime. Smith moved one step closer to that goal recently, finishing an Eagle Scout project that has found a permanent home on the Courthouse Square lawn....

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Charlotte Fire Department makes preparations for final Christmas Kiddies push

Charlotte fireman Chris Sloan walked around the station Wednesday, Dec. 11 knowing what would take shape in just a couple days. A few toys were placed on tables, taking up nearly half the space at the downtown Charlotte Fire Station … the calm before the storm. Sloan said the volunteers had yet to go out and purchase the rest of the toys needed to hand out to more than 500 Charlotte area children on Christmas Eve. The Charlotte Fire Department’s Christmas Kiddies program is one of the oldest traditions still going in the Charlotte community. All members of the Charlotte Fire Department take part in the program each year, sacrificing part of their Christmas Eve to spread a little joy to families in the area that could use a little holiday cheer. “They all get a little nervous this time of year,” said Charlotte Fire Chief Kevin Fullerton about the amount of work that takes place in a few short weeks. “But, one way or another, it always gets done.” The downtown station will soon be overflowing with toys and other gifts that will need to be wrapped and boxed in preparation for nearly 200 stops that have to be made on Christmas Eve. Delivery is split up through six different routes, each complete with Santa Claus, an honor the volunteer firefighters take very seriously. Of course it takes...

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Let Taylor’d Fitness and Nutrition find the right fit for your health

Taylor Dreps has been somewhat of a fitness fanatic most of her life. However, it wasn’t until a friend dragged her to a Zumba class that she realized she wanted to share her passion for exercise with others. An instructor for the past three years at various facilities, Dreps opened Taylor’d Fitness and Nutrition in the Charlotte Plaza in November and has spent the past month helping people find their own passion for fitness. Taylor’d Fitness offers a variety of fitness classes for all ages (as young as 4 years old through senior citizens) six nights a week. Cardio Dance class blends hip hop with cardiovascular moves to blast away calories. Gut Be Gone melts away fat while strengthening core muscles. Tabata features an interval training cycle that yields maximum results in a short period of time. Total Body Toning does just that, works on the entire body and is good for people of all fitness levels. Turbo Kick features cardio kickboxing and body-sculpting dance moves. Z-Box blends hot dance moves with exciting boxing moves, followed by a moment of relaxation. Zumba features exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin music. “A lot of people come in because it’s fun and they make friends,” Dreps said. In addition to the classes, Dreps offers guidance when it comes to nutrition as well, specializing in Herbalife products. People can receive a full...

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Keehne’s Collision continues tradition of quality workmanship, service

Deer season may be in the rearview mirror, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to be on the lookout when traversing down country roads. This is a busy time of year for body shops like Keehne’s Collision, which has built a reputation over the past several decades of providing quality automotive work. That tradition continues with Tyler Dane at the helm. Dane’s family has been involved at Keehne’s since the 1980s, where his dad, Mark served as manager before purchasing the business six years ago. Tyler took the reigns following Mark’s passing this past October and has kept...

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