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Author: Travis Silvas

Charlotte artist makes first foray into book illustration

As an artist, Christine Waugh-Fleischmann relishes the opportunity to put her creativity to the test. Few opportunities, however, have challenged her abilities in the same manner as her recent collaboration with friend, and first time author, Sandra Callis. Christine was challenged with bringing to life images Sandra describes of her near death experience in her recently released book, On the Day I died. “It was quite a challenge,” Christine said. “It really got my creative juices going.” The short story describes a woman’s transition from life to death, and the possibilities of what awaits us all after we pass....

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CHS Cheer finishes dominating season 4th in Div. 2

The Charlotte High School varsity competitive cheer team didn’t simply have a successful season, it was dominant. Even by its own lofty standards. That season came to an end Saturday, March 2 at the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids, where the Orioles put forth one of their best efforts of the season to place fourth in Division at the MHSAA State Finals. It was Charlotte’s third straight trip to the State Finals. “We are so incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together this season,” said head coach Yvonne Ridge. “The girls are top athletes, academically strong and community minded,...

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Charlotte Superintendent Mark Rosekrans resigns

Charlotte Public Schools Superintendent Mark Rosekrans tendered his resignation to the Charlotte Board of Education Tuesday, March 5.  In a letter that went out to staff, parents and community members, Charlotte Board of Education President Caleb Buhs stated Rosekrans was leaving the district to pursue an opportunity in the private sector. Buhs’ letter also stated, The CPS Board of Education will immediately begin the search for a proven leader that can continue the positive momentum at Charlotte and inspire the very talented and dedicated employees of the district.  We are a district that has seen recent growth in student enrollment and academic and extracurricular achievement and will no doubt be an attractive destination for top-notch superintendent candidates. On Thursday, March 7, Rosekrans said he’s leaving the position with good feelings for the district. “I’ve served here for a long time,” Rosekrans said. “I have a different opportunity and I’m going to take advantage of that.” In terms of the timing of his resignation, Rosekrans said his final day will be Monday, March 11, after which he will be taking earned vacation until his official last day with the district, March 22. “The new position I have starts at the end of the month,” he said, not wanting to elaborate on the details of his new position. “I had to make some personal decisions, and I’ve done that.” Rosekrans was...

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Finding inspiration at AL!VE, local man puts cancer behind him

Daniel Hinckley could have every excuse in the world to give up, if he wanted. That’s just not who he is. The 63-year-old Charlotte resident is a fighter, whose determination has become an inspiration to others looking to lead a healthier, more fulfilled life. Dan’s impact is felt most at AL!VE, where by discovering his own inspiration, Dan has transformed himself into a healthier man following two battles with cancer and an ongoing struggle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Dan’s struggles, though, have been far more than physical. He lost his wife, Caroline to cancer in 2014. The...

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Charlotte Brewing Company honors Charlotte’s original brew master with 5th anniversary porter

It’s been 110 years since Albert Henry Porter served his last hand-crafted beer in Charlotte. Owner and operator of Charlotte Brewing Company from 1900-1909, Porter died at the age of 42, effectively ending the reign of Charlotte’s first brewery.  On Tuesday, March 5, the Albert Henry Porter name makes a triumphant return as the current iteration of the Charlotte Brewing Company releases a specially-brewed porter-style beer in his name. The release marks the five-year anniversary of Charlotte Brewing Company, located within the Eaton Pub & Grille, which will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary on the same day. The beer will be...

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