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CC-C marks completion of phase I school bond work

Christmas may be months away, but ask a faculty member at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools, and you’ll hear that gifts appear to be arriving every day.

These gifts, however, don’t come in a box wrapped in colorful paper and topped off with a pretty bow.

The Hubbardston Village Council faced a hostile audience during Tuesday's meeting. Ongoing hostilities between the council and former Hubbardston Community Center board members have made for some challenging meetings, according to Village President Julie Hobart-Reed. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Hubbardston Village Council meetings have become a free-for-all

Out of control. Those are the three words that best describe Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Hubbardston Village Council in the small Irish village in northern Ionia County.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board President Ben Adkins, left, discusses with Superintendent Kevin Murphy the subject of respecting Michigan’s open carry gun laws during the board’s August meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C school board won’t fight Michigan’s open carry gun laws

After months of deliberation and research, members of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education are nearing a decision on policy regarding Michigan’s open carry gun laws. The topic originally arose last February after a visiting parent attended a CC-C boys basketball game at home against Lansing Christian while exercising his constitutional right to open carry with a pistol on his side.

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Historic building to house Crystal Township museum

The expiring home of the Crystal Community Library and soon-to-be residence of the Crystal Township Museum is in need of a lot of love and attention. Thankfully, a number of organizations are coming together to preserve the historic building that has stood in the Crystal community for more than a century.

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CC-C schools face ‘crunch time’ with construction project

Unrecognizable to the teachers who await their new classrooms, Carson City-Crystal Lower Elementary School is currently a skeleton of its former self.

Gutted from the inside out, much of the school has changed for the better in the past few months as construction crews and engineers have transformed the building thanks to an $11 billion bond passed by voters in 2014. But as the school year, which begins Sept. 8, creeps ever closer, teachers and members of the community have grown weary that the facility will not be ready in time to welcome students.

The new Carson City-Crystal High School weightroom is currently undergoing a transformation from its previous use as a computer lab as part of an $11 million bond approved by voters in May 2014. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Donations lead to new CC-C weightroom equipment

One arm curl, one deadlift, one bench press a time, athletes at Carson City-Crystal High School are diligently preparing for their upcoming autumn sports seasons. Unfortunately for them, that currently means lifting weights that literally have holes rusted through them and performing on machines that are held together with duct tape.

From left, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Superintendent Kevin Murphy explains the details of a contract with Chartwells School Dining Services on Monday evening to school board members Nicky Suchek and Scott Fleisher. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C Area Schools contracts out food services

In an attempt to bring in healthier choices for the district, Caron City-Crystal Area Schools will now contract out school food services. The CC-C school board voted 5-0 — with board members Gregg McAlvey and Nancy Seals absent — to enter into an agreement with Chartwells School Dining Services.

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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.

Carson City Police Officer Phil Andres, left, receives a life saving award from Carson City Police Chief Dave Ellis during Tuesday’s Carson City Council meeting. Andres was involved in the successful resuscitation of an unresponsive patient in April. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City police officer recognized for saving life

Police Officer Phil Andres was on a routine patrol of the Carson City Regional Correctional Facility when he suddenly found himself summoned to the most intense emergency call of his young career. On April 20, while patrolling the perimeter of the prison, the Carson City officer received a call for assistance with a patient who was “unresponsive and not breathing.”

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New Detroit Red Wings coach keeps family, Irish heritage close

Speak the name Jeff Blashill and hockey fans will immediately associate him with the Ferris State Bulldogs, the Grand Rapids Griffins and — most recently — the Detroit Red Wings.

But it’s his lesser known middle name, Owen, that holds the key to unlocking the rich and storied history of the generations of people who helped make Jeff Blashill who he is today.