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Author: Travis Silvas

Charlotte’s Challender, Wales head to State Finals

Capping off solid seasons, Charlotte High School varsity wrestlers, Chase Challender and Eric Wales have punched their ticket to the MHSAA Division 2 individual wrestling State Finals. The two will compete at the Palace of Auburn Hills beginning Thursday, Feb. 27. Challender, a senior at Charlotte High School finished third in the State Finals last season and has been ranked in the top 4 in the state at the 215-pound division all season. Challender has amassed more than 140 career victories as a varsity wrestler for Charlotte and is a three-time Capital Area Activities Conference champion. Charlotte varsity wrestling...

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Potterville DDA to restore portion of Main Street destroyed by 2010 fire

As soon as the ground thaws and the snow melts, the Potterville Downtown Development Authority will break ground on a 40-foot by 60-foot pavilion project that will be located on the 200 block of Main Street in downtown Potterville. The pavilion will be located in a portion of the block destroyed by a 2010 fire that took out four downtown buildings. DDA chair, Joe Bristol said he envisions the pavilion being utilized for a number of local opportunities, such as a regular farmer’s market. “We’ve spoken to the market manager of our current farmer’s market about an additional day held in the new pavilion,” Bristol said. “I expect it to be utilized for more than just food. I envision it being used by artists, musicians and for citywide events and concerts.” The DDA is working with a projected budget of $90,000 and he said he hopes construction will be completed by May. The board is currently working on plans to develop a rental plan and fee structure for community use. Bristol said he’d like to see a regular farmer’s market featured on the weekends, though all plans are still in the discussion phase. The Potterville DDA welcomes all community input on the project. Comments and questions can be directed to Bristol at (517) 927-7912 or email...

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Maple Valley, Olivet find familiar faces in new league

For years Maple Valley and Olivet schools stared across the field, the diamond or the court at one another during league competition. That was all about to come to an end in the 2014-15 school year until the formation of the Greater Lansing Athletic Conference was announced. The two schools will join five other schools — Lakewood, Lansing Christian, Leslie, Perry and Stockbrigde in the fall of 2014, the inaugural season for the new league. While each school had its own reasons for joining the GLAC, Maple Valley athletic director Duska Brumm and Olivet athletic director Matt Seidl are excited to be able to continue the rivalry. “To me, the Maple Valley rivalry is exciting,” Seidl said. “Those events always seem to bring a different level of intensity. It’s a natural fit and I believe we would have tried to continue to play them in the non-conference if we hadn’t made the move.” Olivet made the decision to join the GLAC in January following a long exploratory period that almost had the district remaining in the Kalamazoo Valley Association. Some instability in the KVA, however, prompted Olivet to revisit its options. Seidl said Olivet explored joining the Capital Area Activities Conference as well as the Interstate 8 before realizing the newly forming GLAC provided the best fit. Brumm said Maple Valley began exploring its options after the KVA added...

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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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