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Carson City-Crystal school board crafting open carry gun guidelines

Seated in the back row, attending his second consecutive school board meeting, Tom Lambert listened Monday evening as the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education once again discussed open carry gun laws. Attached at his hip? A pistol, which is within his legal right to do so, on school district property, per state law.

A firefighter with the Carson City Fire Department dispenses a fire suppression foam onto an energy transformer and nearby oil tank to prevent a fire that destroyed the transformer from re-igniting Friday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Energy transformer catches fire at Renaissance Power in Carson City

The smoke could be could be spotted from miles away Friday, billowing high into the air and blending into the overcast sky above.

As commuters pulled over on M-57 to gander at the mammoth plume, the source of the smoke itself, a large fire at Renaissance Power in Carson City, was steadily being contained by firefighters.

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JUST IN: Energy transformer fire at Renaissance Power in Carson City

The smoke could be spotted from miles away, billowing high into the air and blending into the overcast sky above. As commuters pulled over on M-57 to gander at the mammoth plume, the source of the smoke itself, a large fire at Renaissance Power in Carson City, was steadily being contained by firefighters.

Crystal Township Clerk Bob Naumann, left, speaks on the subject of receiving bids for a new heating and cooling system at the township administration building as Trustee Jason Anderson listens during Wednesday’s board meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township to purchase new DPW truck

Another year, another new truck for the Crystal Township Department of Public Works. In following a plan to replace the DPW’s pickup truck each year, board members officially approved the purchase of a new vehicle Wednesday evening.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Superintendent Kevin Murphy, left, speaks on the topic of open carry guidelines as school board member Scott Fleisher listens during Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C board looks at legal decisions on open carry

The Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education once again focused its attention on guns during Monday’s regular meeting. Board members discussed for more than an hour the subject of creating administrative guidelines to aid administrators and office staff on how to address an individual who enters a school building with a holstered weapon via the right to open carry in Michigan.

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CC-C band director asking for instrument donations from community

Kaleb Vargas enjoys band more than any other class at Carson City-Crystal High School, so much so that he’s taken to learning a second instrument.

Between marching band and jazz band, the senior plays bass clarinet and saxophone, spending time between school and home to practice on each instrument and improve himself as a musician.

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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.