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Author: Travis Silvas

Dome should be packed to witness CHS girls play for league title

It’s been more than 25 years since a Charlotte High School girls varsity basketball team has called itself “league champs.”  It’s a drought that could end Friday, Feb. 22, and this year’s team has a chance to capture it on their home floor, in front of what should be a capacity crowd.  They’ve earned it. They’ve put in the work … hours of sweat and determination leading to a chance to reach their goal of a league title.  It’s time for the community to show up in mass to cheer them on. Portland will come to town with redemption on their mind. The Raiders were undefeated and ranked in the top 10 in the state when the Orioles emphatically knocked them off their perch in their first showdown of the season. The loss is one of only two Portland has on the season, and they will be itching for payback. Both teams have just one loss in the league as of Feb. 14. Both have a few more obstacles to get past before the Feb. 22 showdown. If the Orioles defeat Sexton on Feb. 15, they will be playing for the outright championship. If they stumble against the Big Reds, they can still secure a share of the league crown by defeating Portland. The Raiders on the other hand still have to get past LCC and Eaton Rapids.  “There’s...

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Oriole cheer team prepares for Districts after record-setting regular season

To say the Charlotte High School competitive cheer team is on a roll would be more than an understatement. The Orioles capped off another record-setting regular season by winning their eighth consecutive league title. The team tied Division 2 DeWitt for the CAAC Red title, competing as the only Division 3 team in the CAAC Red. While winning an eighth consecutive league championship is impressive, they did it while seemingly setting a new school record each time out.  The Orioles secured 10 first place finishes this season, adding two second place finishes in regular season competitions. They ended the...

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Charlotte Sidewalk Poetry Contest looks to reveal what makes city vibrant

What is it you love about your community? Where do you feel the most connected? The most alive? The most relaxed?  Windwalker Underground Gallery, in partnership with Lansing Poet Laureate Dennis Hinrichsen, is looking for those who can express their connection with the vibrancy and creativity of the Charlotte community through their own artistic expression.  The Sidewalk Poetry Contest, announced in the fall of 2018, is looking for poems that reveal and celebrate the writer’s connection to the artistic, creative and cultural life of Charlotte. Windwalker Underground Gallery board member Kalli Dempsey said the contest is open to all...

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Kane Heating & Ventilating suffers great loss with Hubbard’s passing

Chad Lewis had worked by Joe Hubbard’s side for 30 years. The two started as co-workers in the late 80s, building a friendship over the course of a decade that eventually led into a business partnership in 1999, when the two purchased Kane Heating and Ventilating from founder Frank Kane. As friendship turned to partnership, the Hubbard and Lewis families came together, building upon the family business that Kane started nearly 70 years ago.  Joe succumbed to cancer Sunday, Feb. 3, leaving a great hole in the Hubbard family, in the Kane Heating business, and in Chad’s friendship. “I’m going to miss our friendship the most,” Lewis said this past week. “We liked to cut up a lot, and I’m really going to miss the non-work related conversations.” Chad said Joe and his wife, Kathy were eyeing retirement in a few short years when Joe’s cancer diagnosis sped up the process. It was always the plan that Chad would take sole ownership, just not this quickly. Currently Joe and Kathy’s daughter, Jenn works in the office as the service dispatcher, schedules service calls, locates and retrieves repair parts and also does the duct cleaning.  In the past Kane’s has also employed two of Joe and Kathy’s others daughters, Jennifer and Antonia, granddaughter Alexis, who continues to help out when needed and son-in-law, Adam as well as Chad’s daughter, Courtney...

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HOF Nominations for Charlotte Athletic Hall of Fame due March 15

With the plaques representing the inaugural class of the Charlotte Athletic Hall of Fame hanging safely on the wall of the Charlotte High School, the selection committee has turned its focus to the Class of 2019.  Nominations are accepted throughout the year, though the deadline to be considered for this year’s class of inductees is quickly approaching. The committee will accept nominations through Friday, March 15, said committee member Ben Phlegar. Candidates can be nominated in one or more of the following four categories — Student Athletes (male and female), Coaches and Administrators, Teams, and Community Members (who have made a significant impact on Charlotte High School athletics). Phlegar said all nominations will remain on file for five years, and will be considered for induction each of those years.  “You don’t have to nominate the same person each year,” Phlegar explained. “Though multiple nominations received for the same people, or team, are a good indication of the community’s recognition of certain candidates.” The inaugural class included 26 inductees. Phlegar said the number for each class will be determined on an annual basis, though he said he doesn’t expect quite that many.  “We certainly have a number of individuals in particular that are worthy,” Phlegar said. “But, we’re looking at the long-game as well.” Nominations for the 2019 class have come in much slower this year, and Phlegar said the...

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