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A Carson City-Crystal graduate dons a decorative cap that says "One Degree Hotter" during the school's 2016 graduation Sunday at the school's Community Fieldhouse. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

72 CC-C grads reflect on the past, look to the future (PHOTOS)

For the 72 the students that comprised Carson City-Crystal’s class of 2016, Sunday’s graduation was a time of reflection of the past, celebration of the present and a focus on the future. Kennedy Murphy, one of the speakers of Carson City-Crystal’s graduation ceremony, touched on all three timelines in a speech to her class, giving sound advice to cherish what they’ve accomplished but to also have the courage to continue to strive for better as they move on to the next chapter of their lives and careers.

Andrew Emelander worked for weeks to catch up after a car accident left him unable to go to school, resulting in the worry that he might not graduate on time. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Overcoming crash, CC-C senior grateful to graduate on time

Andrew Emelander knew what he was going to do after graduation. After achieving his high school diploma, Andrew planned to join the military. An icy road on an early Thursday morning, Feb. 4, almost changed all of that.

Crystal Township Treasurer Ted Padgett, left, speaks with Supervisor Chris Johnston during Wednesday’s meeting on the topic of Crystal Community Library relocation efforts. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Proposal reviewed for new Crystal library location

If Crystal Community Library is ever to move to the Crystal Community Center, the window of opportunity may finally be open. During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, board members briefly reviewed a “memorandum of understanding” proposed by Clerk Bob Naumann during a first reading.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Superintendent Kevin Murphy, center, receives a check in the amount of $26,789.45 from Grand Valley Automation Project Manager Cory Tate, left, and MYESCO Vice President of Development Tony Savickas. — Courtesy photo

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools gets energy rebate

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools will have a little extra funding that could go a long way toward some projected upcoming projects. In April, the school district received a $26,000 rebate check from MYESCO and Grand Valley Automation.

A cement pad and stairs are the only lake access to Crystal Township Park from Crystal Lake, but members of the Downtown Development Authority are optimistic that someday a grant could help pave the way for a boardwalk-style marina, connecting boaters to the downtown district. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Enthusiasm returns to Crystal Township DDA

Committees can dissipate almost as quickly as they are formed, board members will come and go, and enthusiasm can reach ultimate highs as well as bottom out to nonexistence. Tim Bohen has spent more than 20 years as a member of the Crystal Township Downtown Development Association (DDA), and he has witnessed both ends of the spectrum, from failures to successes.

After being struck by a shotgun blast from a member of the Carson City-Crystal clay target team, there is little resemblance of the former circular disc that existed before it was successfully hit. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Clay target shooting becomes varsity sport at Carson City-Crystal (PHOTOS)

Standing patiently, holding his breath in anticipation, Caleb Stevens steadied his rifle before him, ready to take aim. With safety goggles placed over his eyes and ear shields strapped on firmly, after a small moment of silence to himself, he shouted aloud confidently: “Pull!”

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

Crystal Township OKs park tree trimming, police contract

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.

Members of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education discuss Monday the potential of implementing a balanced calendar at the school district. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City-Crystal school board discusses possible balanced calendar

In an effort to keep summer tourism flowing in Michigan, former Gov. John Engler took a stand 17 years ago when he signed a law extending Labor Day weekend into a four-day school holiday. Seven years later, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm followed suit and signed legislation aimed to help the tourism industry by requiring schools to begin the school year after Labor Day.

Surrounded by friends and family, Mark Crawfis, at center, shares a laugh as he is recognized as the 2016 Carson City Area Citizen of the Year at the 23rd annual Carson City Area Community Recognition Night on Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Mark Crawfis honored as Carson City Citizen of the Year

Mark Crawfis is not a man who expects or demands applause. Yet when he took the stage Wednesday evening, there wasn’t a person in the audience who wasn’t standing and paying their respects.

Crystal Township Clerk Bob Naumann, right, explains his thoughts on a contract with the Road Commission of Montcalm County as Supervisor Chris Johnston listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township approves brine contract with Road Commission

Residents in the Crystal area will again be receiving road treatments throughout the upcoming year on behalf of the Road Commission for Montcalm County. Members of the Crystal Township Board voted 4-1 Wednesday evening, with Clerk Bob Naumann opposed, to approve a contract with the road commission for the application of brine on township roads.