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Author: Travis Silvas

Graffiti the latest example of vandalism at a Charlotte park

The Charlotte Rotary Club raised more than $60,000 in 2007 and 2008 to construct restrooms and a pavilion at Dean Memorial Park in Charlotte. A lot of hard work and time went into a project that added so much value to the neighborhood park. However, it took only minutes, a few cans of spray paint and some local vandal(s) to deface it. The graffiti that now covers two of the restroom walls is another disturbing example of what has become all too common at the parks in Charlotte. There seems to be a lack of respect, by what can...

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Annual FFA Toy and Craft Sale enhances opportunities for Olivet students

Doug Pennington, teacher and FFA advisor at Olivet High School, loves to provide opportunities outside the classroom for his students to grow. One of the ways he is able to provide those outside opportunities is through money raised each spring during the annual FFA Toy and Craft Sale. A tradition in Olivet for more than 10 years, the toy sale returns to the Olivet High School gymnasium on Sunday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “What’s cool is that we’ll have the gym full, usually about 60 tables, with small farm toys and equipment, a little bit of NASCAR … a lot for kids to look at,” Pennington said. “We’ll have about 20 booths for crafts this year. Typically we get about 10.” This year’s event will also offer increased children’s activities. In addition to staple such as the kiddie pedal pull and face painting, there will be a petting zoo located in the FFA barn. Horse drawn wagon rides will take guests out to the barn, Pennington said. He said he gets a lot of help organizing the event from students and a number of alumni and community members that return to volunteer their time each year. It was a former student, Leroy Cook and his family, that pushed for the Toy Sale to become a reality more than a decade ago. “I wanted to see...

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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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