Tim Zielke leads the “shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world” during festivities in Hubbardston on Tuesday. The small village has been hosting the event annually for more than 20 years. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Tuesday morning dawned brisk and blustery as a March stroll on the shores of Galway Bay, but the sun was shining and what chill lingered by noon did little to dull the spirits of the crowd gathered in this small village to honor the Emerald Isle’s patron saint.

MCC students collect blankets and goods for homeless people

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Looking around her hometown of Greenville, Amber Pelak feels like she recently opened her eyes to a major problem in her community: Homelessness.

“Sometimes you can be blind to what’s happening in your community,” she said. “Sometimes you can be immune to it.”

Montcalm County sends dog kennel ordinance back to committee

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, PH.Slider, Photos Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Montcalm County commissioners have decided they were barking up the wrong tree regarding proposed changes to a dog kennel ordinance.

After almost an hour of public comment Monday, the board voted 7-1 to send the proposed changes back to the county’s Finance & Personnel committee for further revision.

Emmons, Outman working to promote OK2SAY student safety hotline

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The best way to stop a violent act, be it suicide, bullying or the manifestation of a serious bomb threat, is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

That’s the message Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, was hoping to convey when her legislation to create the new OK2SAY confidential student safety hotline was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder in December 2013.

Carson City-Crystal's Dillen Decker points to his family after defeating Montabella’s Joey Durham 15-6 in the Division 4, 152-pound final on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Blood, sweat and tears. Not in any particular order, but that is the life of a wrestler. Without any of the three, success on the mat is hard to come by.

ROUNDUPS: Prep scores from Thursday, March 26

Posted in: High School, High School Friday, March 27th, 2015

CC-Crystal 1, Ithaca 0: Pitching dominated on a cold Thursday evening with the Eagles pulling out the victory at home. Whitney LaVictor earned the win, throwing seven innings of one-hit ball, while striking out six…

THE REVIEW: Another day at the office

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Friday, March 27th, 2015

When the Detroit Red Wings made the decision to produce a fresh face for their American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids, they appear to have landed the golden ticket in the form of head coach Jeff Blashill. Since Blashill’s arrival in West Michigan, the Griffins franchise has seemingly discovered a way to win and do it with consistency. This season being no exception.

Duflo named Class C All-State by BCAM

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School Friday, March 27th, 2015

Four area girls basketball players earned All-State honors by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan on Tuesday. Carson City-Crystal senior Mikayla Duflo was named Class C All-State, while Montabella junior Ashley Swarts earned Class C honorable mention.

  • CC-Crystal school board moving closer to open carry policy

    Monday, March 23rd, 2015
    Posted in: Local

    The issue of openly carrying a gun into school continues to be a topic of discussion for the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education, as it moves closer to making a decision on the board’s position. Board President Ben Adkins conducted exhaustive research on the topic over the past month, including discussing the issue with state legislators, reading about Michigan Open Carry and comparing select other school district policies.

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  • ‘1 Thing Thursday’ project collects one item for RAVE

    Saturday, March 21st, 2015
    Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local

    When women and children in Ionia and Montcalm counties fleeing domestic or sexual violence don’t have a safe place to go, they turn to Relief After Violent Encounter — Ionia/Montcalm, Inc. (RAVE), which operates the only shelter for these victims in the two-county area.

    Now RAVE is turning to the community to help stock its pantry shelves.

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  • Kelly Decker named Carson City Citizen of the Year

    Friday, March 20th, 2015
    Posted in: CC.Slider, Local, Photos

    Years ago, as a kindergarten student, Kelly Decker came upon a fellow student who was often ignored, who no one cared to sit next to. Concerned for her, but unsure at a young age how to address the situation, Decker too refrained from sitting next to her lonely classmate.

    In telling the tale to her mother, her mother asked of her, “How would you feel if you were that little girl?”

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  • Breckenridge superintendent explains moving to MSAC

    Friday, March 20th, 2015
    Posted in: High School, High School

    It’s official. Breckenridge will be moving to the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) along with Merrill. Breckenridge’s Board of Education voted on Monday night to switch its affiliation from the Tri-Valley Conference (TVC) West Division to the MSAC starting with the 2016-17 school year.

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