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Author: Travis Silvas

City, schools to meet to tackle growing ‘vaping’ issues

According to a recent Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth Survey, 1-in-10 seventh grade students, 1-in-5 freshmen and 1-in-3 juniors in Eaton County has tried “vaping,” a form of heated nicotine absorption though an electronic nicotine delivery device. The startling findings of the student survey were shared with Charlotte City Council members Monday, Jan. 14.  The growing “vaping” epidemic was the focus of a special presentation from Kim Thalison, prevention services supervisor at Eaton RESA, Charlotte Public Schools and the Charlotte Police Department.  “Overall, teen substance use has been trending down,” Thalison said. “However, vaping use has jumped 10 percent in two years. In the last four years it has hit youth in a really remarkable way. We’re fighting a fire with water bottles, using limited resources to prevent youth from vaping.” Thalison said 95 percent of vaping devices include nicotine. Because electronic nicotine delivery devices are not regulated by the FDA, packaging is often misleading. The only law on the books is the prohibition of the sale of vaping products to anyone under 18. It is not, however, illegal for a youth to possess or use vaping products. “Vapor products are now the leading substance abused by teens,” Thalison said. “What happens when teens use substances at an early age, when their pre-frontal cortex is still developing is that it changes how all of that works. When you use...

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NuLife Nutrition opens in downtown Charlotte

Ellie Wheeler never envisioned herself as a small business owner. There was never a doubt in her mind, though that she wanted to help others. Her new downtown Charlotte business, NuLife Nutrition allows her to do both. A recent Ferris State University grad, Ellie was poised to start work for the Department of Human Services, putting her degree in social work to good use. A part time job at a nutritional shake shop in her hometown of Marshall, however, opened her eyes to new opportunities. That’s when she realized she could use her degree in a different way, and...

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Contest winners travel to Corteo

Saturday, Jan. 12 a busload of Charlotte area residents traveled to Detroit to see the Cirque Du Soleil performance of Corteo.  The trip, sponsored by Pray Funeral Home and hosted by Joe E. Pray, was the prize for a contest that the funeral home conducted in November and December of 2018. The inspiration for the contest was the storyline of Corteo, which is the celebration of a funeral of a clown. “We thought, what better way to help people understand the possibilities for funerals or life celebrations than experiencing a large stage production of a funeral,” said Joe E Pray. Pray Funeral Home’s contest asked the community of Charlotte, “How would you celebrate the life of a family member or friend?”  The 10 winners were picked from a wide range of entries from the Charlotte area. The winning essays showed that people really do want to develop creative and meaningful life celebrations. They outlined many “out of the box” ideas. Many essays were based upon hobbies and interests of the person being remembered. Other entries described detailed destination funerals, while some involved exercises to convey the person’s life experiences to the guests. Why did Pray pick a Cirque Du Soleil Show as the prize?  “The main reason was because the theme of the production was imagining the funeral of a clown.  A secondary reason was to showcase the similarities...

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Charlotte’s fourth-quarter energy sparks 49-40 comeback win over Mason

Charlotte High School girls varsity basketball team outscored Mason 24-9 in the fourth quarter Tuesday, Jan. 15 en route to a 49-40 non-conference win. Charlotte coach Bill Newhouse said the coaching staff challenged the team at the end of the third quarter to play with more energy. “We went with our full-court man pressure and told the girls if they see the ball, get after it,” Newhouse said. “It finally turned the game.” Up until that point, Newhouse said his team played probably it’s poorest half of basketball all season. Charlotte scored just three points in the third quarter and saw a 22-21 halftime lead turn into a 31-25 deficit heading into the final eight minutes. Charlotte senior Carly Scheblo scored 13 of her game-high 27 in the fourth quarter, leading the comeback charge. She added seven steals and six assists in the win. Ashley Friar was the only other Oriole to reach double figures, scoring 10 points including a pair of free throws late with the game still in doubt. Newhouse also credited senior Ashley Beck for making an adjustment in the team’s defense in the second half, and pulling down seven rebounds.  Newhouse said he was disappointed in his team’s effort through three quarters, but was quick to credit Mason’s game plan. “Give them credit,” Newhouse said, “they took us out of things we normally do.” Charlotte...

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Christian appointed to vacant Charlotte City Council seat

Charlotte City Council appointed Dan Christian Wednesday, Dec. 26 to fill the council seat vacated by the Dec. 7 resignation of Brad Johnston. Christian will serve the remainder of Johnston’s District 2 term, which is up for election in November of 2019. Mayor Tim Lewis said councilmembers felt Christian, the director of the Charlotte Aquatic Center will be a great fit on council. “I think the council’s really working well right now as a group,” Lewis said. “Dan adds another dimension.” Christian has worked at Charlotte Public Schools since 2013 when he moved to the community to serve as...

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