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Author: Travis Silvas

Charlotte to unveil its own ‘Keys in the City’ next week

Kalli Dempsey could not wait to get her hands on a brush. She watched eagerly Wednesday, July 26 as a handful of youth from Crosswalk Teen Center applied the first touches of color to one of two pianos that will be put on public display in downtown Charlotte. It didn’t take long for Dempsey to join in the fun. “We are really excited to see this finally happening,” Dempsey said Wednesday. The pianos represent Charlotte’s first effort to join the Keys in the City movement that started a few years ago in Lansing, which places painted pianos in public...

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Simpson, Harris receive Eaton Count Fair’s Emerald Award

Two Eaton County men were honored Tuesday, July 11 for their longtime dedication to youth at the Eaton County Fair. Max Simpson and Roger Harris were each presented with the 2017 Emerald Award during a special presentation at Kardel Hall. Max was instrumental in building the Eaton County tractor pulls into the kind of event audiences from the area enjoy today. His involvement with the fair and tractor pulls began in the 1970s and has remained constant since. “Max’s work has resulted in Eaton County being voted pull of the year in the State of Michigan numerous times,” said...

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Charlotte resident turns hobby into act of continous giving

Every now and then Gerald Royston will get a note or cards of thanks from someone he’s never met. Gratitude shows up in many forms for the 85-year-old Charlotte resident because for more than a decade, he has given to the Charlotte community in his own way. Royston began building small birdhouses shortly after he and wife of 65 years, Joan moved back to Charlotte from Florida in the mid-2000s. Each birdhouse he has made — totaling more than 2,000 — has been given away for free to anyone that wants one, no questions asked. “I just had to...

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Pocket Park design phase nearing completion

Community chatter surrounding “The Piece” (the former Carriage Cleaners building that was painted bright orange and bombarded with paint-filled balloons in 2016) has not fallen on deaf ears. Folks interested in seeing the building demolished sooner rather than later may see that happen this fall. “We’re trying to proceed fairly quickly, not recklessly, but fairly quickly,” said Bryan Myrkle, Community Development Director for the City of Charlotte. “One of the things that has been driving us to move this along quickly is the state of the site currently. That site has been an eyesore for a long time. We...

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City continues to look to find balance for downtown traffic

Charlotte Mayor Tim Lewis sparked some interest last week in the city’s efforts to change the traffic footprint of the 100 and 200 blocks of South Cochran Avenue. Lewis discussed the potential plan for traffic calming measures, which he has been discussing with officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation (M-DOT) for more than a year, in an online interview with WKAR public radio. In the interview, Lewis said he misspoke when saying parking along Cochran Avenue would be eliminated. The real hot-button issue, however, was the statement that semi-trucks would be discouraged from travelling through downtown Charlotte. “This...

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