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Crystal Township Supervisor Chris Johnston addresses the issue of rental lease agreements for the Crystal Community Center during Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Community Center renters frustrated with Crystal Township Board

A decision to reverse a rental agreement last month by the Crystal Township Board resulted in a tense back-and-forth between business owners and township officials Wednesday evening.

Mike McAlvey talks about the three things he for which he is grateful: Faith, family and friends. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Mike McAlvey honored as 2017 Carson City Citizen of the Year

To many people, Mike McAlvey is the assistant pastor at First Baptist Church, a mentor with Carson City-Crystal Area Schools, a search and rescue team chaplain, a volunteer firefighter, a volunteer at Sparrow Carson Hospital and a myriad of other volunteer titles. On Wednesday night, the community gathered to recognize McAlvey’s newest title: Carson City’s 2017 Citizen of the Year.

Carson City is taking legal action against Dennis Kellogg, owner of the Kellogg Elevator Co. property. The city has cited the grain elevators on the property as a “nuisance,” according to city ordinances, and desires that the structures be removed. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Interim court agreement reached on Carson City property cleanup

The saga of the infamous Kellogg Kellogg Elevator Co. will have no shortage of chapters when the story eventually comes to a close.

More than three years after an agreement was established between property owner Dennis Kellogg and Carson City officials to remove the grain elevator structures — which have been idle for more than 20 years — over a period of two years, the majority of the buildings still stand, either partially demolished or fully intact.

Members of the Crystal Township Board discuss revising the township’s lease agreement policy in regards to renting out the Crystal Community Center during their meeting Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal’s Community Center lease to be revised

After approving a lease agreement with a local business owner last month, township officials are now reconsidering their approach in renting out the community center. During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, the board voted unanimously to revise the township’s lease agreement policy in renting out the Crystal Community Center, which is owned by the township and houses its offices.

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Spring comes early to Crystal Lake Winter Festival

With temperatures cresting at 40 degrees and little evidence of snow on the ground, not many would have guessed Saturday was the time for a winter festival in the middle of February.

But despite the spring-like atmosphere, the eighth annual Crystal Lake Winter Festival brought hundreds of people together for a variety of activities, both on and off the frozen surface of Crystal Lake.

Robert Nieman of Crystal performs a “belly flop” dive into the icy waters of Crystal Lake during last year’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival Polar Dip. — File photo

Crystal Lake Winter Festival organizers hoping for cold

With an up-and-down winter season so far this year, conditions are officially up in the air regarding next weekend’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival. Days in January have exceeded 50-degree temperatures, but festival organizers are hoping a string of cold temperatures expected this coming week will help create ideal conditions on Feb. 11.

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CC-C gets grant, curriculum for reproductive education

Following in the steps of the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD), another local school district will be taking advantage of a grant awarded to only 20 school districts in the nation. During Thursday’s Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education meeting, the board voted unanimously to accept a Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Grant.

From left, Carson City Administrator Jean Southward, Mayor Bruce Tasker and Councilman Chad Parmenter listen as Councilman Tom McCrackin delivers his thoughts Wednesday on the construction of a future splash pad at one of the city’s parks. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City parks & rec priorities include new splash pad

As local municipalities and organizations continue to work together to create a new community recreation plan, financing potential upgrades has now entered the conversation.

This past week, two meetings were held that directly connected to the new collaborative Carson City Area Parks and Recreation Plan.

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Ionia County officials sworn into office

With humble beginnings from the small village of Hubbardston, Janae Cooper now finds herself with responsibilities that stretch to every corner of Ionia County. On Tuesday, Cooper was sworn in by 8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Ron Schafer as Ionia County clerk after being elected in November.

Members of the Crystal Township Board, from left, Curt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston, Clerk Patty Baker-Marek and George Bahm discuss contracting services with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday evening for a year of dedicated police coverage. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal contracts for 1 year of dedicated sheriff’s coverage

Though the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is currently struggling due to county budget cuts, one officer will be coming back to the department thanks to a new dedicated coverage contract. Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to hire a full-time deputy dedicated to covering Crystal Township for 2017.