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Author: Travis Silvas

Self discovery leads addict down road to recovery

Corey Warren sat on the corner of his rehabilitation center bed when the most important question of his young life smacked him in the face … who am I? During a decade-long battle with drug addiction and alcoholism that started when he was just 16, Corey lost touch with who he was as a person. Corey will share his story of self-discovery on Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center as well as the tools he and his mother used to battle the addiction and codependency that threatened to ruin their lives. Called Straight...

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Weather postpones annual Relay for Life kickoff until March 19

An extra week of anticipation will build as the annual Relay for Life of Charlotte kick off event was postponed a week due to inclement weather. The event, Relay Walk of Fame, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at AL!VE. The kick off serves to inspire and energize the committee, team captains and participants as they embark on a season of fundraising leading up to the June 20 and 21 event. The committee has set a goal of topping last year’s fundraising efforts of $63,000 by setting the bar high — $80,000. The annual Hooping For A Cure event got the Relay season off to a strong start, raising more than $6,000 for the Charlotte High School Relay for Life team. Several more teams have planned fundraising efforts already and The County Journal will help spread the word about upcoming events as much as possible. Too many of us in this community have had our lives turned upside down because of cancer. For those who have never participated in Relay for Life, the kick off is a great introduction. There you will hear stories from individuals who have been affected by cancer and why they choose to put their efforts into Relay for Life each year. It’s inspiring to hear stories of survivors, caregivers and those still battling cancer. Relay for Life provide a real...

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Potterville unveils new tradition, The Blarney Stone Race, March 16

Chilly winter temperatures don’t faze serious runners. Most fans of St. Patrick’s Day aren’t opposed to beer. Potterville Parks and Recreation has brought the two together for the inaugural Blarney Stone Race set for Sunday, March 16 in Potterville. The Blarney Stone features 5K, 10K and half-marathon routes through the City of Potterville, each starting at Lake Alliance. Sponsored by EagleMonk Pub and Brewery, a beer tent will be set up at Lake Alliance, providing refreshments for all participants. The idea for the late-winter run came from a race Aric Prudden, a member of the Potterville Parks and Recreation Department, has run in Mount Pleasant. “I thought we could start something similar here,” Prudden said. “This will be the only half marathon in the area. The Lansing Marathon is in May so people need to be running these sorts of distances right now.” An avid runner himself, Prudden is a co-founder of the Pville Pacers, a running club in Potterville. He said Potterville is home to many people who are passionate about running. “The national average is 1 in 1,000 people are capable of running a marathon,” Prudden said. “We have just more than 2,000 people in Potterville, which means going by the national average, we should have close to three people capable of running a marathon…I know at least 14 Potterville residents that have completed a marathon. It...

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Eaton Pub & Grille celebrates 5- year anniversary by rolling out own brews

Eaton Pub & Grille in Charlotte is ready to celebrate its 5th anniversary in a big way. The local restaurant and bar will unveil its own microbrewery next week, helping to mark a new chapter in the business’s successful existence. March 5 officially marks the fifth anniversary for the Pub and manager Terry Davis said he will have at least four of original microbrews — Orbecks Blood Orange Wheat Ale, Black Bear Stout, Papa Bruceski (a German pilsner) and Crazy Woman Creek I.P.A. — available to the public by Friday, March 7. The brewery has been in the works for the past year and a half as Davis said he knows a lot of his customers have been asking for a brew pub in Charlotte. “In talking with customers, they love the microbrews,” Davis said. “Here we can offer the whole package. We have great food and now our own homemade beer.” A brewery wasn’t in the business plan when the Pub opened five years ago. Davis said the restaurant has strayed slightly from its original vision, though he couldn’t be more pleased with how things have worked out. “We’ve changed a couple items on the menu from time-to-time, but the biggest difference is the atmosphere,” Davis said. “We had always desired to be ‘polished’ casual. I think we are much more casual now. But, I love the atmosphere...

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March 10 public hearing to discuss potential snow and ice removal ordinance in Charlotte

The Charlotte City Council has set a public hearing for March 10 to discuss the proposed amendment to the city’s current ordinance regarding sidewalks, streets and other public places. The proposed amendment would require property owners or occupants to have all snow and ice cleared from their sidewalk within 48 hours of a snowfall. The City of Charlotte in the past has not had an enforceable snow removal ordinance outside of the Downtown Development Authority. “We’re kind of behind the eightball on this,” said Mayor Carrie Burch. “Most communities in Michigan have snow removal ordinances in place.” Burch said she is concerned for the safety of residents as well as students that choose to walk to their destinations during the winter months. “We have many people who walk to work and with the increased walk radius to our schools we have a duty to provide safe walkways for our kids and our residents,” Burch said. “Unfortunately we have too many people, who in good faith, aren’t taking care of their walkways.” City Manager Gregg Guetschow said he has proposed the city monitor major streets and school routes to enforce the ordinance if passed by city council. He said the city would rely on residents to file complaints throughout the remainder of the community. “That really makes it more manageable than expecting our crew to be out inspecting 40 miles...

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