Cory Smith

Three snowmobilers race across a frozen Crystal Lake on Saturday during the Crystal Lake Winter Festival. — Daily News/

Dangerous temperatures freeze out events at Crystal Lake Winter Festival

Jack Frost and his arctic wake of ice and snow were just too much for Saturday’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival. Normally a welcome friend to a festival that requires plenty of snow and a frozen Crystal Lake, Saturday’s weather conditions were deemed too dangerous by festival officials.

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Belding teacher contract denied for third time

The path to a solution regarding the lengthy contract dispute between Belding teachers and the Board of Education has struck its largest impasse. A tentative agreement was recently reached on the contract between the school board and Belding Education Association (BEA) teachers union negotiators, but it was overwhelmingly voted down by the union this week.

Crystal Township Historical Society President David Wight addresses concerns Wednesday evening raised by the Crystal Township Board regarding the possibility of moving a museum in to the former Crystal Community Library building. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal library closes in on new building

The effort to relocate Crystal Community Library to a more reliable facility is moving forward. At Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, board members voted 5-0 to approve a contract with the Carson City Public Library Board, which manages the Crystal library.

The Crystal Lake Winter Festival will return Saturday, Feb. 14, to Crystal Township. — File photo

Perfect conditions for Crystal Lake Winter Festival on Feb. 14

Michigan is experiencing yet again another brutally cold and snow-filled winter season — the perfect recipe for what is expected to be another fun-filled Crystal Lake Winter Festival on Saturday.

Bruce Brown, at far left, answers questions from Belding City Council members Mike Scheid and Jerry Lallo during a special meeting Tuesday at the Pere Marquette Depot. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Former Port Huron city manager chosen as Belding’s interim leader

Bruce Brown is no stranger to managing cities.Now he is expected to bring his knowledge of the industry to this community. During a special Belding City Council meeting Tuesday evening, the council voted 5-0 to nominate Brown for the position of interim city manager.

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JUST IN: Crystal Community Library takes one step closer to changing facilities

The effort to move the Crystal Community Library to a more reliable facility has taken one step closer to reality.

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Belding claims victory in home robotics tournament

There appears to be no denying the Belding High School Robotics program, especially on its home turf. On Saturday a total of seven Belding teams, five from the high school and two from Belding Middle School, competed in the third annual Belding High School Robotics Tournament.

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JUST IN: Belding City Council selects Bruce Brown as interim city manager

Bruce Brown is no stranger to the profession of managing cities, and now he is expected to bring his knowledge of the industry to this community.

Montcalm Area Career Center instructor Merry Kim Meyers, pictured working with her students and a live goat in her classroom on Friday, is one of 19 finalists for Michigan Teacher of The Year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MACC instructor is finalist for Michigan Teacher of the Year

Nicole Cooley’s day doesn’t begin with the rest of her high school peers. It starts much earlier, around 1 a.m. when the Vestaburg High School sophomore delivers newspapers. After about several hours of delivering, she returns to her grandparents’ home, knowing her efforts are helping her sick grandfather who can no longer deliver newspapers himself. Then she goes to the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) to begin her school day. As she walks through the door, sometimes yawning, there is not much that can wake or excite the 17-year-old student … until she enters the classroom of Merry Kim Meyers.

From left, Deputy Dave Fenby, Officer David Osborne, Warden Cathy Stoddard and Deputy Laura Krick stand together to recognize Osborne for being recognized as the Carson City Correctional Facility Officer of the Year. — Courtesy photo

Carson City prison names Corrections Officer of the Year

Growing up in Hubbardston and working on a dairy farm, David Osborne never imagined his career would veer too far away from the life on the pasture he had known since birth.

Twenty-seven years later of service in work as a corrections officer, Osborne has received the distinguished honor of Carson City Correctional Facility Officer of the Year.