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Author: Travis Silvas

New ownership group marks start of transition for Charlotte Insurance

For more than 50 years Daryl Baker has been making sure his clients, his friends and his community have been protected from life’s inevitable mishaps. As owner of Charlotte Insurance Agency for the past 50 years, building those relationships and carrying that responsibility is a very difficult thing from which to walk away. That transition, however, is underway. Charlotte Insurance welcomed two new members into its ownership group — Charla Parkinson and Brian Lautzenheiser have joined Steven Whitinger as part owners of the agency. “It’s one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make, to be phasing out...

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Spartan Motors unveils new $6.5 million plant

Spartan Motors displayed the future of its manufacturing operations Tuesday, June 12 — a new 85,000-square facility built with flexibility of production in mind. The plant was built in large part to build the all-new 2018 Isuzu FTR Class 6 medium-duty truck. “It’s exciting to be very flexible in how we can manufacture and partner with Isuzu,” said Daryl Adams, President and CEO of Spartan Motors. “This facility represents a $6.5 million investment in the local community, and when everything is ramped up will have 100 additional jobs for the local area.” Adams said Spartan Motors was confident in...

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Pawsibilities Rescue embodies owner’s passion for helping animals

Connie Friedly has a soft spot for any animal in need. She can recall as a child feeling sorry for the dogs she would see at the pound, knowing she could do something to help. Her passion for animals led to a 30-year career with the Eaton County Humane Society. When that ended last year, Friedly felt she could do more for her four-legged friends at her home, deciding to open Pawsibilities Rescue this past February. “I wanted to make a place where the dogs didn’t feel penned up or closed in,” Friedly said. “It’s very peaceful out here....

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Father’s Day Fly In continues to grow in 31st year

It provides the perfect ending to a fun-filled weekend spent celebrating the Charlotte community. More than 1,000 people gather at Fitch H. Beach Municipal Airport every Father’s Day morning to eat a delicious pancake breakfast and take in the sites and sounds of the annual Father’s Day Fly In. Organized in large part the last few years by the Charlotte Rotary Club and Friends of the Charlott Airport, the Father’s Day Fly In provides attractions for all ages. Aside from the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, which is offered at just $6 per person, the morning is filled with an aerial...

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