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Author: Travis Silvas

Lady Orioles open the season with 74-54 win over Lakewood

Four Charlotte High School girls varsity basketball players scored in double figures as the Orioles rolled to a 74-54 season-opening win at Lakewood High School on Tuesday, Dec. 4.  Carly Scheblo and Grace Smith each scored 21 points for Charlotte to lead the way. Lauren Anderson added 17 points and 15 rebounds. Ashley Beck finished with 12 points. CHS drained nine three-pointers paced by Smith’s five triples.  The Orioles were scheduled to play Lansing Catholic Central on Friday, Dec. 7, before heading back out on the road the following week, with games at Olivet High School on Tuesday, Dec....

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Gardener’s grave blankets bring comfort during cold winter months

The December chill doesn’t quite have the same sting as it once did for Monica Lee, a resident of Battle Creek. Kathy Gardener, an Olivet resident, has made sure of that. It’s been 12 years since Kathy reached out to Monica unexpectedly with a special gift — one that brings Monica tremendous comfort every December. Kathy, who started making grave blankets more than 30 years for her daughters who passed as small children, donated a grave blanket to Monica in 2006 after hearing how she had tragically lost her only daughter. “To think she was thinking about someone else...

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Small Business Saturday continues to grow as local business owners collaborate

Not many small communities have latched on to the national Small Business Saturday movement quite like Charlotte. Through the collaboration of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Love4Charlotte Businesses, CharlotteRising, and the Small Business Development Center at Lansing Community College, Small Business Saturday has turned into something special for the Charlotte community. More than 30 downtown businesses are participating in this year’s event, which is held annually on the Saturday following Thanksgiving.  Charlotte Chamber of Commerce executive director Courtney Anderson said this year’s event will provide the local shopper nearly everything they can imagine – home décor, a new outfit, a tasty meal, a children’s toy, and so much more. “I think it’s great that we are all working together,” said Carolyn Rosier, owner of the Hen House in downtown Charlotte. “It’s nice to know that we are all working toward the same goal.” Rosier said the collaborative Small Business Saturday efforts that have taken place the past few years have helped raise local awareness of how much downtown Charlotte has to offer consumers. “So many people drive through town without a real thought as to all that’s offered here,” Rosier added. Cindy Black, owner of Custom Home Interiors said efforts of organizations like the Chamber and CharlotteRising are starting to make a difference with local shoppers, adding that Small Business Saturday is a great catalyst for that. “I think...

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Voters reject CPS bond proposal by slim margin

Voters within the Charlotte Public Schools District rejected a proposed $29.85 bond by a mere 49 votes Tuesday, Nov. 6. The proposal, which represented a .9 mill increase for property owners within the district, was defeated 4,226 to 4,177. Charlotte Public Schools Superintendent Mark Rosekrans said he was disappointed by the results and will work with the CPS Board of Education on the next steps. He said discussions regarding how the district plans to address the election results will begin at the board’s Nov. 12 regular meeting.  “I believe much conversation needs to be held by the Board with input from the bond steering committee,” Rosekrans stated. “Further, I would think significant evaluation of any bond scope needs to happen. I also believe any decision or bond consideration needs to be thoroughly thought through and not an immediate reaction.   “There clearly was a large voter turnout with over 8,400 ballots cast and a slim margin of defeat – 49 votes,” he added. With such a slim margin, the possibility to place a bond before the voters in the near future could be a consideration, though Rosekrans made it clear it will be a board decision. “At this time I have no idea what the Board of Education will do for next steps,” Rosekrans stated Wednesday morning. “It is their decision. We have not had an opportunity to assemble and talk.” The proposed bond...

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Rush resigns from post as CharlotteRising executive director

CharlotteRising executive director Dillon Rush submitted his resignation to the Charlotte Main Street organization’s board of directors Tuesday, Oct. 16. In an email to the board, Rush stated he has accepted a new position with Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), where he will serve as Tri-County Development & Placemaking Manager. Rush’s last day as CharlotteRising executive director is Oct. 26. “I must admit that my head and my heart clashed together strongly during this decision process, as I have cherished and appreciated working with all of you in building something truly remarkable here in Charlotte,” Rush stated in his...

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