Cory Smith

Veterans from the Crystal Township area lead the annual Crystal Lake 4th of July Parade down Lake Street Monday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Families near and far come together for Fourth of July at Crystal Lake

The small downtown of Crystal may not appear in big, bold letters on any published map, but in the hearts of so many who have once called it home, it continues to loom large. A special, small-town lakeside community, there is no time of year where Crystal shines brightest than on the Fourth of July.

About 60 people attended a forum for Republican candidates for the 70th District State House Thursday evening at the Six Lakes VFW Post 5602, where they listened to each candidate speak. — Daily News/Cory Smith

GOP state rep hopefuls square off in Six Lakes

With less than a month remaining before the Aug. 2 primary, candidates for local and state elections are ready to hit the home stretch. On Thursday evening, Republican candidates for the 70th District State House participated in a forum at Six Lakes VFW Post 5602, hosted by ladies auxiliary member Shirley Pool.

From left, Grace Hornsbee, 12, of Greenville, Darby Peterman, 11 of McBride, and Esten Peterman, 7, of McBride, slide down the Fun Slide together Wednesday evening as the sun sets on the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Montcalm County 4-H Fair wraps up today

Spinning around at a rapid rate and screaming at the top of their lungs, there was no telling if Peyton Pelak, 7, and Cubby Vershueren, 7 were enjoying themselves or terrified beyond belief. But as they exited the Star Trooper ride Friday afternoon at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair, the cousins from Greenville sprinted past their mothers, immediately heading to the next ride in line along the carnival midway.

Style Review and Performing Arts Show judge Deanna Sweet offers advice to Montcalm County 4-H’ers who participated in Tuesday evening’s show. — Daily News/Cory Smith

4-H’ers shine in Style Review and Performing Arts Show (PHOTOS)

As Mackenzie Miller softly took the stage Tuesday evening in her ballet slippers, she waited patiently with closed eyes for her dance routine to start. Standing silently in the Montcalm County Fairgrounds’ Ash Building, upon taking one last deep breath, the first word from a poem she had co-written came over the audio system.

Alivia Kindel, 11, of Howard City, left, and Theresa Landis, 11, of Rockford, scream with excitement as they rise high into the air riding the “Crazy Surf” carnival midway ride at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds on Tuesday. The carnival midway will be open each day at 1 p.m. until dusk this week. Today, Thursday and Saturday, all-day wristbands can be purchased for $18. On Friday, which is “Kids Day,” wristbands will be available at a discounted rate of $12. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carnival midway is open at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair

From winning giant stuffed animals to spinning so quickly you can’t see straight, this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair carnival midway is shaping up to offer fun for fairgoers young and old. With the tantalizing aroma of Smoky B’s Barbecue lingering in the air and the evening sky illuminated with blinking carnival lights, the small-town fair atmosphere is considered a staple of annual 4-H festivities.

Greenville City Manager George Bosanic, left, reviews the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget for the city as Mayor John Hoppough listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

No significant cuts in Greenville’s upcoming budget

For the first time in recent memory, City Manager George Bosanic could breath a sigh of relief with the passing of the upcoming year’s budget.

During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council unanimously voted to accept the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget — a budget without any significant cuts on the horizon.

From left, Greenville Youth Advisory council members, Greenville High School freshman Michelle Clark, 13, Greenville Middle School eight grade student Ashton Brummer, 13, and eight grade student Alivia Nelson, 13, work together to prepare peppers Monday at the monthly Feeding America food truck event at Greenville High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grant supports monthly mobile food pantry program at GHS (PHOTOS)

From juicy, red tomatoes to an abundance of colorful, hot and zesty peppers, there was no shortage of fresh food items available for those in need Monday. In the parking lot of Greenville High School, Greenville Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) Vice President Tom Stephenson, 16, volunteered with his fellow advisory members, handing out 5,000 pounds of produce from a Feeding America food truck.

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JUST IN: Man suffers injuries in one-car rollover accident on Sidney Road

A male driver suffered injuries and was transported by ambulance to a hospital after his vehicle crossed the center line of Sidney Road Friday, left the roadway, and rolled several times into a cornfield.

Members of the Greenville Downtown Development Authority take a look Tuesday at historic photos of the Silver Theater, left, and the downtown district on the east side of Lafayette Street, right. Top right, Greenville City Manager George Bosanic observes Tuesday a historic photo showing Lafayette Street in Greenville before the road was paved or cars had been created. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA explores idea of historical boards along Lafayette Street

When Keith Hudson first moved to this city more than 40 years ago, it didn’t take him long to fall in love with it.

From the cycling trails and arts programs, to the bricks that built the foundation of Greenville’s first industrial buildings, the president of the Flat River Historical Society has made it a mission to educate others on what the city has to offer, from times both past and present.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education members, from left, Nicki Sucheck, Randy Stearns, Superintendent Kevin Murphy, President Ben Adkins, and Nancy Seals, discuss the purchase of an air conditioner for a new school bus Monday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City-Crystal buys cool bus

It can be tough to beat the heat in Michigan, and for students enrolled in summer school programs, it is a statement that can hold especially true. With most school districts currently implementing three months off for students during the summer months, the majority of those districts forego the often expensive option of providing air conditioning.