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Crystal Township Treasurer Ted Padgett, left, Supervisor Chris Johnston, center, and Clerk Bob Naumann listen to residents interested in the amount of usage the Crystal Community Center has been getting in recent months. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Crystal residents query community center usage

Township residents are curious as to just how much use the Crystal Community Center is getting these days, as well as how much revenue it’s bringing in. Understandable, considering the township board has previously discussed the possibility of a bond to help pay for improvements and repairs there. That bond issue could appear on the ballot as soon as August.

Rick Chapla, left, of The Right Place, fielded questions and concerns Tuesday evening from members of the Sheridan Village Council. Council members were upset over problems with bids let out for demolition of the old Carnation building. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Carnation building demo still on track despite bidding snafus

Montcalm County officials continue to work to strike the right note when it comes to dog kennel regulations. On Monday, the county’s Law Enforcement & Courts Committee approved making changes to the county’s dog law enforcement ordinance and sending it back to committee for review in February before recommending the changes to the full Board of Commissioners.

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IN BRIEF: Crystal Township approves tractor purchase

CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP — At its regular Wednesday evening meeting, members of the Crystal Township Board unanimously approved the purchase of a new tractor for use by the township’s Sewer District.

Lakeview’s website lacks functionality and interactivity, at least compared with the proposed website council members discussed at Monday’s meeting.

Lakeview village website needs to be updated

A municipal website should be a place where residents can pay bills, get regularly updated information about village events and easily access the particulars regarding local ordinances. In all these categories, Lakeview’s current online presence is somewhat lagging, according to Village Manager Jake Eckholm.

This Lakeside Park pier was funded in part with Lakeview Downtown Development Authority monies. Now the DDA is considering other, future projects. These may include a seaplane base, small boat docks on the northwest side of the lake and a public park in the former Bollinger’s car lot. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tamarack Lake improvements planned in Lakeview

The Lakeview Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has in recent years overseen several improvements to the public areas surrounding Tamarack Lake.

These include a complete overhaul of Lakeside Park, a pier there, street improvements along Lake Drive, and a park and several new “green areas” between the village’s main street and the lake.

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IN BRIEF: Sheridan roads to be sprinkled with ‘kosher’ salt

The Department of Public Works usually goes that extra mile to keep roads clean in this village, but starting soon, things will be even more kosher than usual.

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IN BRIEF: Lakeview looks at website update

This village will be getting an online makeover soon if members of the Lakeview Village Council have their way. Lakeview’s current site is too limited in functionality, according to Village Manager Jake Eckholm.

Greenville Wesco employee Carina Curtis noted that sales for tonight’s $800 million Powerball Jackpot have been on the rise since the prize officially became the highest payout in the history of the U.S. lottery. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Feeling lucky? Powerball sales high as jackpot climbs to $800 million

The lure of easy millions has lottery fans opening their wallets at party stores across the nation.

The hope of winning tonight’s $800 million Powerball Jackpot — the largest in U.S. lottery history — is attracting even those who have never played before.

Student volunteers are responsible for keeping track of inventory at Baldwin Heights Elementary School’s little libraries. Similar boxes are available at locations throughout the city. Pictured here are, from left, Skyler Brown, Jakob Monks, Connor McColley, Emma Snyder and Keian Loper, all fourth grade students. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Popularity of Greenville’s little libraries continues to grow

Literacy is arguably the most important aspect to success in the modern world. Without the ability to read, write and comprehend the written word, a young person’s chances for advancement are significantly reduced. It was in recognition of this fact that, in the autumn of 2013, several area educators, residents and administrators came up with the idea of providing easily accessible reading materials at locations throughout the city.

Thousands of used medical items wind up in landfills every month, where they create a public health hazard. Thanks to a new program at the Mid-Michigan District Health Department, proper disposal is now easy and convenient. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

New health department program tackles problem of medical waste

For hundreds of Montcalm County residents, daily heath maintenance comes at the end of a sharp needle. Frequently, meds to manage conditions such as allergies, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, migraines and multiple sclerosis are delivered in this manner.