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

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.

BUSINESS BEAT: Steele Street Brewery offers an enjoyable, savory community niche

Posted in: Business Beat, Local Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Under Evan Dembskey’s handmade beer mug, it reads his name and “Member #53,” representing his membership to the newly established brewery in town, Steele Street Brewery.

Though he was merely the 53rd member (admitting he got to the grand opening “a little late”), the South African-native-now-Ionia-resident will argue he was one of the first people to support and “hound” Pete Sanford to open a brewery in town.

Montcalm County releases sheriff candidates’ personnel files

Posted in: Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics, Politics Saturday, July 30th, 2016

The Daily News utilized the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain the personnel files of five candidates running for sheriff in two counties, in an effort to research the character and job performance of all five men.

Hubbapalooza festivalgoers have fun while raising funds

Posted in: CC.Slider, Local Monday, July 18th, 2016

“I love it! I love all the colors! It was totally fun!”

Beaming a smile of fruity, colored-stained teeth, Michaela Ward summed up Hubbardston’s annual fundraising festival. The 16-year-old Fowler resident had just completed Saturday’s 5K Color Run with her brother, Bryce, 10, both of whom were covered head to toe with bright colors stained on them from the run.

Sports
Carson City-Crystal's Dallas O'Green delivers a pitch during the Division 3 regional semifinals against Montague in Lakeview on Saturday.

Carson City-Crystal began the Division 3 regional baseball tournament as underdogs.
They finished the tournament just a few runs shy of a regional championship after falling 8-5 in the finals to the Mason County Central Spartans at Lakeview High School on Saturday.

SPORTS GALORE: One last column, one last thank you

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School Friday, June 24th, 2016

I’ve been thinking for a few weeks on what and how to write my final column as sports editor of The Daily News. As I write this column, I’m still not exactly sure what to say, so I’m just going to type what comes to mind. After 15 1/2 years, today is my final day working for Stafford Publishing.

CC-C baseball reaches, loses 8-5 in D3 regional final

Posted in: Carson City, High School, Sports, Sports Top Story Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Carson City-Crystal began the Division 3 regional baseball tournament as underdogs.
They finished the tournament just a few runs shy of a regional championship after falling 8-5 in the finals to the Mason County Central Spartans at Lakeview High School on Saturday.

Kemp, Jason lead Daily News Track Classic

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, Sports Top News, Sports Top Story Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

In a track meet pitting the area’s best of the best, a pair of juniors stood out among the rest. On a beautiful Tuesday evening, the annual Daily News Track Classic was held at Greenville High School. The meet consists of the best athletes from The Daily News coverage area, minus Montabella (they opt to compete at the Morning Sun Invitational), plus Cedar Springs. Greenville junior Landon Kemp, winner of three events, and Tri County junior Aaron Jason, winner of two events, were named the top male and female athletes of the meet. This was the third time Kemp won the honor and first for Jason.

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  • Hubbardston readies for Hubbapalooza V, a festival of hope

    Sunday, July 10th, 2016
    Posted in: Local

    Hubbapalooza V is slated for July 15-16 in Hubbardston. This year’s goal is to raise funds for Angels of Hope and the Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention.

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  • JUST IN: 12-year-old boy dies after ORV accident

    Friday, July 8th, 2016
    Posted in: Local

    A 12-year-old boy died after the off-road vehicle he was driving hit a bump and rolled over.

    Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies and Montcalm County Emergency Services responded to the accident at 12:41 p.m. today on private property on the 4000 block of East Boyer Road.

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

    Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
    Posted in: CC.Slider, Local, News Top Story

    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.

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  • Crystal is ready for Fourth of July

    Thursday, June 30th, 2016
    Posted in: CC.Slider, Local, News Top Story

    This year’s Fourth of July events will take place over a four-day weekend in Crystal. Charlie and Karen Braman are being honored as grand marshals of the parade, slated for 10 a.m. Monday, July 4, around Crystal Lake.

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