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Author: Travis Silvas

Something for everyone at 2017 Eaton County Fair

The July fireworks have finally subsided, and that can mean only one thing in Eaton County — it’s Fair time. The Eaton County Fair returns to Charlotte July 10 through July 15, bringing with it a schedule packed with entertaintment opportunities most anyone could find enjoyable. Elliott’s Amusements returns with its host of rides guaranteed to thrill and excite, and games ready to challenge even the most skilled on the midway. The grandstands await the roaring crowds dazzled by the monster trucks, motocross riders and powerful tractors. The 4-H rings are being filled by eager youth anticipating the opportunity...

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Chamber of Commerce board selects new Executive Director

The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce has named Courtney Anderson its Executive Director. Chamber President Tyler Pray made the announcement late last week following an extensive search process. “We have spent the past two months undergoing a rigorous interview process, starting with over 20 candidates,” Pray said. “During this time, Courtney served in the roll of office assistant – a roll she expanded well beyond our expectations.  In her three months on the job, she has extended office hours, developed baseline programming for our members, built an ambassador program from scratch, instituted monthly mixers, been a driving force for Celebrate...

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Local support boosts annual Bellevue Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show

Wayne Root can’t help but feel a strong sense of pride in his community. The Bellevue Athletic Boosters Trustee sees how his community rallies together time and again to provide for its student athletes and is sometimes overwhelmed. “I’m so proud to be a part of Bellevue,” Root, who has served as the director of the Car Show the past two years, said. “We have 85 sponsors this year. We have six presenters who have each generously donated $500 to be a part of this event. I’m just stoked on the whole situation.” The Car Show, which is a...

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Rush tabbed to lead Main Street efforts for CharlotteRising

The CharlotteRising board of directors announced June 8 the hiring of Dillon Rush as executive director of Charlotte’s Michigan Main Street program. Rush, a 2017 graduate of the University of Michigan and Charlotte native, served as the CharlotteRising economic development intern in 2016 and was instrumental in moving the city’s Main Street Select Level application forward. “We looked at Dillon’s previous training in Main Street programming and how his degree from U of M is closely aligned with the area of expertise for this position,” said CharlotteRising Board President Joe E. Pray. “Then we looked at his experience and...

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Charlotte City Council votes down bid for tennis court reconstruction

The Charlotte City Council voted 6-to-1 Monday, June 19 to reject a $174,114 bid from Rumsey and Sons for the reconstruction of the four tennis courts at Bennett Park. The vote provided the conclusion to a project that has been stalled since city council members approved up to $75,000 for the courts in 2015. City Councilmember Yvonne Ridge provided the lone vote of support for the project. “City council voted to support this project,” Ridge said prior to Monday’s vote. “It’s unfortunate that it took us so long to get to this point, but I believe it is a worthwhile project for this community.” The project was introduced to Charlotte City Council in 2015 with an estimated cost of $125,000. City Council pledged up to $75,000 toward the total cost, with the remaining funding to be provided through grants. The city was successful in securing a Michigan Economic Development Corporation Patronicity grant, which raised close to $70,000 toward the project ($35,000 in donations and a matching $35,000 from the Patronicity program). However, the city did not receive a bid on the project in 2016, and received just one bid at $174,114 this year after reworking the bid specifications. The Charlotte Area Recreation Cooperative voted June 19 — just prior to the council meeting — to provide the additional $56,000 needed to cover the increased cost of the project. However,...

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