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Author: Travis Silvas

Charlotte Schools asking voters to approve .8 mill increase May 7

 placed a $27.75 million bond proposal on the May 7 election ballot. The proposal represents a .8 mill increase for property owners within the Charlotte Public Schools district for a period of 25 years. The proposal is a decrease of $2.1 million from a similar proposal that voters rejected in November by a mere 49 votes — 4,226 to 4,177. “The school board decided to go back to the voters with this bond proposal on May 7 because the need to maintain and improve our facilities is so critical to the safety and overall education of our children that...

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Ag sciences, FFA open Charlotte students up to state’s leading industry

Growing up in the City of Charlotte, Lauren Wilson didn’t have much experience with large animals prior to her freshman year at Charlotte High School. Now a senior, Wilson has found her career passion thanks to the agriscience program offered at CHS — becoming a large animal veterinarian. “My freshman year, one of my upperclassman friends convinced me to join FFA and to raise a show pig at our school barn that summer to show at the Eaton County Fair,” Wilson said. “I don’t live on a farm, so I don’t have the opportunity to raise farm animals, which...

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Windwalker fundraiser takes a look at evolution of Charlotte’s artistic outlet

There are many stories hidden in the walls of Windwalker Underground Gallery in downtown Charlotte. The city’s ‘Wizard of Oz,’ Richard Turbin has been crafting a masterful tale inside the historic building for the past 25-plus years. The building’s transformation is at the heart of the latest story, which will be unveiled Saturday, April 13 at 6 p.m. as part of Windwalker Underground Gallery’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser — Then and Now. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the three-floor beacon for the arts, and witness how a man and a dream can help transform a community. That’s Turbin’s...

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Generosity Celebration returns to Charlotte March 21

Generosity is measured in many ways in the Charlotte community. So many in the community give of their time and talents to ensure those in need receive shelter, receive food, or any other number of basic needs. People and organizations are also generous financially, making sure our local non-profits have the funding to serve the people in the community that count on their services. Organizers are once again counting on generosity in all its forms to rise to the surface Thursday, March 21 for the annual Generosity Celebration. The event, which has raised more than $70,000 in its seven years of existence, serves as the main fundraising mechanism for the Charlotte Generosity Fund, an endowment fund within the Eaton County Community Foundation. The fund’s sole purpose is to provide funds for non-profit organizations that work collaboratively with other organizations in an effort to positively affect one of the Seven Elements of a Healthy Community — Arts & Culture; Basic Needs; Health & Wellness; Education; Economy; Neighborhoods & Communities; and Environment. Grant money is awarded annually — up to three per year — from interest generated by the Charlotte Generosity Fund, an endowed fund within the Eaton County Community Foundation.  The eighth annual event takes place once again at the Eaton Area Senior Center. Guests will enjoy hot hors d’ oeuvres, live music from Windwalker Underground Gallery musicians. Collaboration and...

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Decision to move HGB Urgent Care made with patient convenience in mind

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital’s announcement last week that it would be moving its Urgent Care facility to 616 Meijer Drive in Charlotte was met with some skepticism. Hospital officials, however, say the move was made with patient convenience in mind. “The new urgent care location is much more centrally located for all Eaton County residents,” said Patrick Sustrich, Chief Integration Officer for Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital. “The decision to move the Urgent Care revolves entirely around consumerism. We are truly trying to make it easier for consumers.” HGB’s Urgent Care is currently located within the hospital, but will see patients at its new location beginning April 1. Sustrich said through HGB’s Sparrow affiliation, its goal as a hospital is to have a larger presence throughout Eaton County. “Our mission is to improve the health and vitality of the region,” Sustrich said. “We want to be a regional hospital and a gateway to health.” A community concern officials have taken notice of is the fact that the Urgent Care will no longer be housed within the hospital, and HGB’s emergency department. Though Sustrich said, the new location will still offer several services people typically won’t find at other urgent cares. “Our Urgent Care is unique because it is run by a hospital,” Sustrich said. “We have an opportunity to connect it to hospital services. We will have an...

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