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Author: Travis Silvas

Orioles rally past Mason in thrilling 37-16 win

For two and a half quarters last Friday night, the Charlotte varsity football team did its best to hang in the game against undefeated Mason. Then the bell went off midway through the third quarter and Charlotte never looked back. The Orioles scored 37 unanswered points en route to a 37-16 win Friday. Sept. 27. “We moved the ball consistently all night, but we were unable to finish in the first half,” said Charlotte coach Jeff Finney. “Something clicked on in the third (quarter) and our offense came to life. Our defense, on the other hand, played a great...

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Eaton Emerging Talent making final push for Oct. 30 internship fair

The 2nd Annual Internship Fair at Olivet College is fast approaching. There is still time, however, to sign up to take part in the event created by the local group, Eaton Emerging Talent Initiative. Strong relationships were built last year among Olivet College and the greater Charlotte business community through the developing Eaton County Emerging Talent Initiative (ETI) group. The group formed last year to tap into the pool of talented students attending Olivet College and to get them acquainted with internship opportunities in the Charlotte area. Its signature event, an internship fair held last November, drew 24 local organizations, placing 10 interns from Olivet College among them. The committee, made up of members of Can Do! as well as Olivet College faculty, has set a goal of enlisting 60 businesses and organizations to participate in this year’s internship fair. The group is also working on improving its communications with prospective businesses. ETI has created an Event Brite web site — — that will allow organizations to pre-register for the 2nd Annual Internship Fair, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registering early will also allow the committee to target majors employers are looking for in prospective interns. Olivet College Majors include: Computer Science, Biology, Mathematics, English, Journalism, Special Education, IT, Communications, Criminal Justice, Health/Wellness, Sports Management, Psychology, Business Management, Accounting, Marketing, among others....

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Emerging drug trends forum brings local abuse problems to forefront

Victor Braatz was disappointed by the small turnout at a recent forum hosted by Recovery Network, Inc. and the Charlotte Police Department. However, he remains undeterred from his mission of educating his community about the emerging drug trends that have surfaced in Eaton County. “There was not a real good turnout,” Braatz said. “People don’t think we have these problems here, but we do.” One of the biggest concerns is the growth in use of methamphetamine or meth as its more widely referred. According to Braatz, Eaton County has the eighth highest rate of meth incidences in the State of Michigan. Charlotte Police officer, Jeremy Poortvliet was on hand to share some important information as how community members can be more aware of things taking place in their neighborhoods. “This is not a new problem, but it is trending in all communities not just Charlotte,” Poortvliet said. He identifying meth activity can be difficult, but there are signs people can watch for in their neighborhood, including visitors at all hours of the day, paranoid behavior, large amounts of trash not dumped in a normal fashion and added security to a residence. He said concerned citizens should contact their local law enforcement agency if they suspect any suspicious activity. “Our goal is to bring awareness to the community,” Poortvliet said. “We want people to understand the signs of meth use...

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Tickets for postponed Willie Nelson concert will be honored at future date

Eaton Area Senior Center director, Cindy Miller was at the Eaton County Fairgrounds Tuesday making final preparations when she received word Willie Nelson would not make it to Charlotte Thursday. His management team contacted Miller’s production team with the news that the concert would have to be postponed or cancelled all together. “I chose to reschedule at a later date,” Miller said. “There were four concerts this week that have to be rescheduled so we are all cooperating to try to keep the routing the same. Each venue has chosen to reschedule.” The date may not be known for...

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