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Crystal Township Clerk Bob Naumman, right, speaks to Supervisor Chris Johnston on Wednesday evening about the status of the contract and lease agreement between the township and Carson City Public Library to move Crystal Community Library to the township’s community center. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township approves library contract, lease agreement

The ball that is the contract which has bounced between this township and Carson City Public Library for several months is now back in the library’s court. The Crystal Township Board unanimously approved a revised contract and lease agreement Wednesday evening to allow Crystal Community Library (a branch of Carson City Public Library) to relocate to the Crystal Township Community Center, which also houses township offices.

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JUST IN: Crystal Township approves library contract, lease agreement

The ball that is the contract which has bounced between this township and the Carson City Library for several months is now back in the library’s court.

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JUST IN: Electrolux prepared to turn over former clock tower property to Belding

A property that once housed a cherished clock tower but now sits as a vacant field of grass may finally find itself available for public use.

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Carson City-Crystal board fills two top school jobs

Like most districts, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools runs with a focus on its students, and two recent hires are hoping to use their talents to re-energize that focus. At the June 15 school board meeting, board members voted unanimously to approve the hires of new Middle School-Upper Elementary School Principal Ben Brock and Curriculum Director Kristine Schipper.

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Crystal Township celebrates Independence Day

As the sun crept its way past the horizon beyond the borders of Crystal Lake on Saturday evening, the night sky became anything but dark. The light show that illuminated the sky overhead from a constant barrage of fireworks was equally bright reflecting upon the lake’s surface.

Greenville Public Schools Board of Education Secretary Ronald Billmeier, left, and Treasurer James Anderson, discuss the purchase of 10 propane-fueled buses for the district during a special board meeting Monday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville schools to buy 10 propane buses

When the upcoming school year begins for students at Greenville Public Schools, several of those who are transported by bus may notice something different. During a special Board of Education meeting Monday evening, board members voted 5-1, with Treasurer James Anderson opposed and Trustee John Raven absent, to approve the purchase of 10 propane-fueled buses for the district’s fleet of 29 buses.

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Greenville superintendent search begins

As Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines attended his final school board meeting Monday evening, the wheels began to turn in the district’s search for his successor. Haines submitted his resignation June 8 after accepting the superintendent position at the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD).

Jacob Drake, 18, of Howard City and the Winfield Hustlers 4-H Club, won Best in Show and Outstanding Exhibit during the Montcalm County 4-H Fair for a hope chest he designed and built himself in shop class. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Howard City teen wins 4-H Best in Show Still Exhibit

As the Montcalm County 4-H Fair was just beginning last week, 4-H’er Jacob Drake was miles away, fishing with a friend on the Muskegon River near Croton Dam. It was then that his phone buzzed with a text message delivering a bit of surprising news.

Clockwise from left, Belding Area Schools Board of Education President Tom Humphreys, Belding Finance Director Adrienne Barna, Michigan Association of School Boards Assistant Legal Counsel Joel Gerring, Belding Superintendent Sara Shriver, Michigan Employment Relations Commission Fact Finder Roger Cheek, Michigan Education Association Labor Economist Ruth Bier, MEA Research Consultant Craig Culver, MEA Uniserv Director Nancy Valenta, and Belding Education Association Lead Negotiator George Rousseau participate in a fact finding hearing at Belding High School on June 25. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding school, teachers await opinion as contract stalemate continues

Teachers at Belding Area Schools have been without a new contract for exactly one year today. Negotiations between the school district and Belding Education Association (BEA) teachers’ union began shortly before the previous contract expired on June 30, 2014.

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‘Hiccup-free’ fair results in record attendance, no event cancellations

Plan for the worst, hope for the best — that’s often the credo of organizers who help bring to life the week of the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. This year, it was the latter of that statement that had both 4-H kids and adults alike leaving on the final day of the fair week with smiles boasted proudly.