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  • Formula K Family Fun Park in Mattawan closes after 40 years

    March 29th, 2015

    MATTAWAN, MI — Formula K Family Fun Park announced Wednesday on its Facebook page that after 40 years in business, the park will not be opening for the season.

    Things have changed, said Michael Stephani, whose father, John Stephani, founded the Mattawan company in1975. Theres more competition in town and its getting to be too expensive to keep going.

    Formula K started off asthe only amusement park in the Kalamazoo area, according to its Facebook page. With a need to keep the parkstracksstocked withtop end go-karts, the family began manufacturing theirown.

    We were a leader in the go-kart industry, the largest manufacturer of go-karts in the world, Stephani said. We used...

    A guide to fine art exhibits, theater and more

    March 29th, 2015

    Lunch and a concert for $20? Yes, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestras Woodwind Quintet and Principal Quartet will perform as part of the Q Series, Wednesday at the Square Room. Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door and include lunch. The setting allows a new way to experience live music with two KSO ensembles.

    Arts: Takacs Quartet, ‘The 39 Steps’ and fine art exhibit

    March 28th, 2015

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    Violist Geraldine Walther (left), violinist Edward Dusinberre and founding members Andras Fejer, cello, and Karoly Schranz, violin, are the world-famous Takacs Quartet. The ensemble returns to Tulsa as guests of Chamber Music Tulsa. COURTESY/Keith Saunders

    The FAA Is Completely Confused About What Constitutes Commercial Drone Use

    March 28th, 2015

    Its legal to fly a drone for fun in the United States. But while the Federal Aviation Administration deliberates over its final rules on unmanned aerial vehicles, what constitutes prohibited commercial usage and what doesnt remains a considerable source of confusion.

    Mickey Mouse, Kidsfest, SC Comicon bring fun to Upstate

    March 28th, 2015

    Its an event-filled weekend for families in the Upstate, with options ranging from a show with Mickey Mouse himself to breakfast with the Easter Bunny.

    In the spotlight…

    The 6th annual Peacock Strides for Babies Run/Walk 5K begins at 9 am Saturday at the Mauldin Cultural Center. The event benefits the CJ Foundation for SIDS. To register, visit www.runsignup.com/Race/SC/Mauldin/PeacockStridesforBabies .

    The second annual SC Comicon, a comics and pop culture convention, will bring masked crusaders, zombies and more than a few stormtroopers to Greenville this weekend. The family-friendly two-day event begins 10 am-6 pm Saturday at the TD Convention Center and will feature...

    Bike/car hybrid combines functions, makes commute fun

    March 27th, 2015

    Powered by sun and sweat, they are showing up in cities across the country. The $5,500 bike/car hybrid is called The ELF.

    Theyre hard to miss in Durham, NC Commuter Lori Bush loves turning heads.

    Oh, I get a lot of funny looks, she said. Sometimes Ill see people with the kids in the back and theyre waving.

    The egg-shaped machine is called an ELF, short for Electric, Light and Fun.

    Its a great mix of a car and a bike, said Bush.

    Suspect and victim charged after shooting at Frankie’s Fun Park

    March 27th, 2015

    Two men, including the victim, are being charged after a shooting in the parking lot of Frankies Fun Park in North Charleston.

    Just before 4 pm Wednesday, police responded to the amusement park on Ashley Phosphate Road, finding one man with a gunshot wound to his buttocks. That man, later identified as Harold Nicholas, 27, was transported to the hospital. Police say Nicholas was not cooperative with their investigation.

    During the investigation, police say they learned that the victim was meeting the suspect in the parking lot to conduct an illegal drug transaction. The two men fought, resulting in the victim being shot in the backside.

    Police were able to find the car seen...

    Applications available for new Loveland fine art invitational

    March 26th, 2015

    Applications are now available to apply to be part of the Loveland Fine Art and Wine Invitational in August.

    Candy Vermillion, owner of Vermillion Promotions, said she is very pleased at the abundant support from people in Loveland for a new show during the August art event season.

    Weve connected with many of the past participants (of the Loveland Invitational). We have volunteers forthcoming that want to be part of the event as they have in the past, Vermillion said. We had three to four artists that called yesterday that have been tent captains or vendors.

    Loveland High School students will raise money through parking like they have in the past.

    After the Loveland...

    Stand up for your beliefs and rights, Taurus

    March 26th, 2015

    Happy birthday for Feb. 27: Getting all your personal affairs in order will help ease your stress, allowing you to pay more attention to the people and pastimes that bring you the most joy. Your numbers are 8, 11, 23, 27, 30, 34, 45. 

    ARIES (March 21-April 19)

    Rattlesnake legal history casts commercial logging plan in doubt

    March 26th, 2015

    Proposed logging in the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area would violate the law that created it, according to one of the people who shepherded the legislation through Congress.

    “When I heard about that, I couldn’t sleep,” said Cass Chinske, who helped draft the policies governing the area north of Missoula in 1980. “I had to go find all the old hearing reports. The pages have all turned yellow now, but I have them.”

    The Lolo National Forests Missoula Ranger District put its final draft of the Marshall Woods Project up for public review this week.

    The project envisions about 4,000 acres of treatment to improve forest health, such as prescribed...