News
The view of Crystal Lake from Crystal Township Park will become more appealing to residents seeking to enjoy the sunset after $1,000 will be put toward trimming live trees and removing dead ones from the area. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Enjoying the sunset at Crystal Lake is one of the simplest pleasures offered in Montcalm County … unless you had planned an evening picnic at a nearby park. With a line of trees and brush separating Crystal Township Park from the lake, residents have been deprived of one of the best views in the area. Until now.

ON THE RECORD: Montcalm County cracking down on recycling site abuse

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

One man has been convicted and fined after dumping garbage at a Montcalm County recycling site, putting a face to a countywide problem.

Right Place partnership paying dividends for Montcalm County

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

After one full year of utilizing The Right Place in Montcalm County, early returns appear to be positive.

According to Right Place Board of Directors member and Montcalm Economic Alliance Board President Rob Spohr, the return on investment in partnering with The Right Place, an economic development agency based in Grand Rapids, has led to a rate of $1,330 to $1 through the first year of the three-year partnership.

BUSINESS BEAT: Great Lakes Snow and Ice now offering lawn care equipment

Posted in: Business Beat Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

In the past, Great Lakes Snow and Ice catered primarily to the professional trade, and that remains part of the business’ clientele. With the addition of a new showroom geared toward the retail market, however, the company is taking a bold step into uncharted territory.

Sports
Carson City-Crystal junior Cara Wiles brings the ball up the court and checks out the Central Montcalm defense during a game early this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team would have loved to duplicate last season. The Eagles went to the regional final in Class C and won the Mid-State Activities Conference (MSAC) title. This year, the Eagles lost to Laingsburg in the district opener and finished second behind Class D state runner-up Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in league play

ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, April 26

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Belding 2-0: The Redskins continued its fine start to the season with a pair of O-K Blue wins at Comstock Park on Tuesday. Belding won game one 5-1. Aaden Quinn earned the win. He pitched seven innings, struck out six and allowed four hits. Dylan McMaster had two hits, while Mitch Shepard and Logan Campbell had RBIs…

Chip’s Clips: Where the Red Wings go from here

Posted in: Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local, Local Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

After another playoff disappointment, the Detroit Red Wings have some work to do to get back to being a contender for the Stanley Cup. Sure, the Wings have made the playoffs for 25 years. But in the past few years, it’s been a struggle to get there. In order to make it 26 straight and do some damage, the Wings will have to make a lot of changes.

ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, April 23

Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School Monday, April 25th, 2016

Lakeview splits a pair: The Wildcats went to the St. Louis Invitational Saturday and split two games. They beat St. Louis 2-1 and lost to Tawas by the same score. In the win, James Smith went the distance for Lakeview and allowed only one hit and struck out six but walked five. Smith also had three hits and Caleb Cavendish added two…

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  • ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Monday, April 18

    Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
    Posted in: High School, High School, High School, High School, High School, High School

    Muskegon Oakridge 13, Tri County 1 (five innings): The Vikings were mercied by the Eagles in a non-conference game Monday when Oakridge scored five times in the first inning, seven more in the third and one more in the fourth inning. Marcus Kimmel lasted just one-third of an inning and allowed five runs on three walks and a hit batter without a hit…

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  • Crystal Township OKs park tree trimming, police contract

    Monday, April 18th, 2016
    Posted in: CC.Slider, Local, News Top Story

    Enjoying the sunset at Crystal Lake is one of the simplest pleasures offered in Montcalm County … unless you had planned an evening picnic at a nearby park. With a line of trees and brush separating Crystal Township Park from the lake, residents have been deprived of one of the best views in the area. Until now.

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  • COLUMN: Mother’s Day is a bit different for me

    Saturday, April 16th, 2016
    Posted in: Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle

    The first time I remember thinking that the way I was growing up was a little different than how other kids were growing up was in elementary school.

    We were making a gift to bring home for Mother’s Day. I think it was a clay apple necklace that we had to form and then give to the teacher to be fired in a kiln. I asked the teacher who I should make my necklace for, because I couldn’t make it for my dad and I didn’t have a mom.

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  • S.H.E.: April 23 Mom Prom is a good time for a good cause

    Saturday, April 16th, 2016
    Posted in: Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Lifestyle

    Being crowned prom queen may seem like a distant dream, but by attending the 2016 Mom Prom on April 23, it is a dream that can still be realized. In its fifth year, Montcalm Mom Prom offers a good time for a good cause. Each year, Mom Prom raises funds for various charitable causes. This year, the monies will be donated to the VanAndel Research Institute for Parkinson’s research.

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