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Author: Travis Silvas

First Congregational Youth Group raises $1,171 for Housing Services Mid Michigan

For more than a decade the youth of First Congregational Church UCC in Charlotte have provided Housing Services Mid Michigan (HSMM) with cleaning supplies for those making their way out of homelessness. It’s a tradition that started with former Pastor Tom Jones, and one that has continued in his absence. This year, however, the First Congregational Youth Group, in conjunction with its Christian Education Board, decided to make a slight change, opting to donate the total dollar amount raised during two community dinner events rather than purchasing supplies. The change was graciously welcomed by HSMM Director Denise Dunn. “We...

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CHS student finds his own path through Early Middle College

Dakota Carter found himself falling behind his classmates at Charlotte High School. A freshman at the time, academics weren’t a priority for him anyway. Dakota had grown up working on cars in his grandfather’s garage, and he knew that’s what he wanted to do after high school. He just didn’t see how school would really help him get there. That’s when one of his teachers, Todd Kleinow saw his potential and recommended Dakota for the school’s CHS CARES program, one of three different pathways of Charlotte Early Middle College. “Before the program, I didn’t really want to be here,”...

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City of Eaton Rapids hires new city manager

2018 is the year of new leadership in the city of Eaton Rapids, as Paul Malewski took the mayor’s helm in January, the Eaton Rapids city council started searching for a new city manager. Working through their membership in the Michigan Municipal League, the city council searched through a pool of city manager applicants. When it came down to the final decision, the city council chose a manager from the neighboring town of Leslie. Aaron Desentz was selected, and is set to officially start Monday, March 26. Previous city manager, John Stoppels, took his leave of the Island City...

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Charlotte High School recognized as a leader by state officials

One monumental task our public schools are charged with is preparing students to be productive citizens in an ever-changing world. As the job market changes and employer needs follow suit, the way in which students prepare for life after college has to change along with it. No district in the state may be making that transition as smoothly as Charlotte Public Schools. The district, and more specifically Dr. Bill Barnes, principal of Charlotte High School, was recognized a couple weeks ago by Governor Rick Snyder for being a leader in education when laying out his Michigan Marshall Plan Initiative....

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CHS student athletes finding success in many sports

Success breeds success — in other words it can be contagious. Student athletes at Charlotte High School have found a lot of success at the end of the winter sports season and have shared the wealth. Sports like basketball and football typically draw headlines and attention, but at Charlotte, some of the lesser covered sports have been models of success year in and year out. A prime example is the competitive cheer team. This year the girls captured their seventh consecutive league title. They also captured their first Division 3 regional championship en route to a sixth place finish...

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