Cory Smith


JUST IN: Emmons describes new road funding bill as a “balance of many assets”

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, remains a firm believer that a 1 percent sales tax increase would have been the most effective way to secure funding to improve Michigan’s roads.

Otisco Township Supervisor Paul Reeves smiles during Tuesday’s board meeting. Reeves agreed to rescind his resignation in order to finish the final year of his term after an upcoming winter absence, after board members agreed to hire a deputy supervisor. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Otisco Township leader rescinds his resignation

After 37 years of service on the Otisco Township Board, Supervisor Paul Reeves is ready for a vacation. But at the request of township residents and fellow board members, Reeves will have to wait another year before his time at the helm comes to an end.

The Crystal Township Board is discussing whether to seek bond funds from voters to make improvements to the community center, which previously housed Crystal Elementary School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township Board considers bond proposal for community center

In the past five years, the Crystal Community Center has steadily become a social hub of the township.

Since the former elementary school was purchased by the township from Carson City-Crystal Area Schools for $1 in 2010, the center has hosted township board meetings, adult education classes, pickup basketball games and many other activities.

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Carson City-Crystal school board crafting open carry gun guidelines

Seated in the back row, attending his second consecutive school board meeting, Tom Lambert listened Monday evening as the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education once again discussed open carry gun laws. Attached at his hip? A pistol, which is within his legal right to do so, on school district property, per state law.


JUST IN: Crystal Township exploring bond proposal to repair community center

The Crystal Community Center has become the home of several community groups and organizations, but wear and tear on the building is beginning to take its tole.


JUST IN: January deadline recommended for CC-C open carry decision

Following another lengthy discussion by Carson City-Crystal school board members on the subject of permitting open carry on school property, Superintendent Kevin Murphy is now requesting the board reach a decision by January.

Belding’s Wesco gas station opened its doors once again Nov. 3, after several months of construction in which an entirely new building, complete with new gas pumps, was erected. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

BUSINESS BEAT: Wesco gas station re-opens in Belding with bigger, better store

There’s been no change in the name, and the location remains the same, but when it comes to improving customer experience, Wesco is marching full speed ahead.

From right, St. Louis High School sophomore Daniel Davis,16, and St. Louis Nikkari Elementary fifth grade student Dominik Allen, 11, pet a live snake handled by Zoo Education Instructor Tara Lafferty of John Ball Zoo during Deaf Pride Day on Friday at Montcalm Community College. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Students enjoy John Ball Traveling Zoo at annual Deaf Pride Day

St. Louis High School senior Tiffany Bittinger will be graduating this spring, which made her enjoyment of Friday’s Deaf Pride Day bittersweet.

Vietnam War veteran Denny Craycraft resumes work on the foundation of the Vietnam War memorial Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding City Council votes in favor of Vietnam War Memorial project

Vietnam War veteran Denny Craycraft has long worked to erect several war memorials in the Belding community, and Tuesday evening, he wanted to make one thing clear about his efforts — he isn’t doing it for himself. “I have a lot of dedication to this community, I have almost 70 years into this community, this town raised me,” he told the Belding City Council.


JUST IN: Belding to proceed with Vietnam War Memorial project

In a 3-2 vote this evening, the Belding City Council voted to allow construction of a Vietnam War Memorial to proceed — with conditions.

Following a recommendation from the city’s Planning Commission made Monday evening, council members allowed Eureka Township resident Denny Craycraft to begin the initial stages of constructing the $160,000 monument, paid for by donations.