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Author: Travis Silvas

Kiwanis Flag Project to bring patriotic feel to downtown Charlotte

Stephen Shook remembers a time, not too long ago, when American flags would adorn the Charlotte community on all patriotic holidays. Reminded of their recent absence by Charlotte residents and retired Brigadier General Tony Oien, Shook is leading an effort by the Charlotte Kiwanis Club to restore flags in the downtown area. Working with Courthouse Square and the City of Charlotte, the Kiwanis Club is asking businesses, organizations or individuals to sponsor flags throughout downtown, especially Courthouse Square. “We heard from different people about wanting to put this effort forward,” Shook said. “We found two other clubs that had similar programs in place and revamped them a little to fit our community.” Flags can be sponsored for $65 for the first year and $50 a year thereafter. The flags will be placed on light poles along the downtown corridor of Cochran and Lawrence avenues and will surround Courthouse Square six to seven times a year if not more. The Charlotte Downtown Development Authority has donated funds to purchase new flag holders that will be mounted on the 31 light poles in the downtown area. Shook estimates another 150 could be placed around Courthouse Square. “We’ve set a goal to get the downtown filled and at least 50 at Courthouse Square in the first year,” Shook said. “I think its an important project and the Kiwanis Club will get them...

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John Gaedert Generosity Celebration raises clost to $10,000

Christi Dutcher took the microphone Friday, Dec. 7 to announce what many in attendance at the 3rd Annual John Gaedert Generosity Celebration had hoped. Through the generosity of the community, the event had raised enough money to continue with two $1,000 grants for another year. This year’s event raised nearly $10,000 to add to the Charlotte Generosity endowment fund, continuing the generous work for which the event was originally established. “It was another great event,” Dutcher said. “We’ve got a couple things to switch up for next year to keep it fresh, but overall I’m pleased.” Eaton County Treasurer,...

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Bikers come together to celebrate one common cause

Since forming more than a year ago, Bikers 4 Books has lived its mission of supplying local schools in need with the materials needed to educate youth. Its Feb. 8 anniversary celebration and fundraiser at Ripp’s Place in Vermontville served as an example of how the organization is able to accomplish its lofty goals. More than $3,000 was raised for Bikers 4 Books, which will continue to help school districts most in need of support. “The crowd was unbelievable,” said Badge Velasquez, one of the organization’s founding members. “There were times it was standing room only.” Velasquez said the group has grown at least four times in size in the past year, as motorcycle clubs from across the state have found a common cause to rally around. “One of the cool things about our organization is this is an area that hits everyone, it impacts them,” Velasquez said. “What’s fascinating is that there are many motorcycle groups from different walks of life. These different groups are really working together and people are drawn to that common cause. It’s great that people can drop their guard for one night to raise funds.” Funds raised are used to provide books and materials for schools that request assistance. Bikers 4 Books has reached 15 schools in the past year, impacting more than 4,500 students. The group is also gearing up for March...

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Potterville sophomore joins National Society of High School Scholars

Jeff Hayes has known for a long time just the type of drive his daughter, Taryn possessed. As a sophomore at Potterville High School Taryn participates as a member of the varsity volleyball and basketball teams, student council and several other extra-curricular clubs all while maintaining a 4.0 gpa. As if that weren’t extraordinary enough, Tayrn was recently accepted as a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). The international organization recognizes top academic achievers from around the world. Its mission is to highlight the academic achievements of its members, encouraging them to apply their unique...

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Charlotte girls in the thick of CAAC Gold race

Four straight conference wins have the Charlotte High School girls varsity basketball team in prime position for the Capital Area Activities Conference Gold title. One major hurdle, however, remains in Eaton Rapids, where the Orioles were scheduled to play on Friday, Feb. 7. Charlotte and Eaton Rapids were tied atop the league standings at 6-2 heading into the game. The winner would be in the driver’s seat heading into the homestretch of conference play. Charlotte has already cleared one hurdle this season, picking up two big wins against Waverly during their four-game streak. The latest came Tuesday, Feb. 4...

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