In a crowded conference room, with no chair empty and many residents standing, with those who were last to arrive poking their head through the entryway door, the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education met Monday evening in what became a heated discussion over the district’s curriculum and reaction to several recent newspaper guest editorials and letters to the editor.
Several local teachers had the opportunity to participate in a summer writing project before the start of the new school year. Carson City-Crystal Area Schools teacher Kathy Kurtze, Central Montcalm Public School teacher Shannon Powell, Greenville. Public Schools speech therapist Jamee Gunn, Lakeview Community Schools teacher Ron Patton and Montcalm Community College teacher Kresta Train spent four weeks of their summer break immersed in writing at the Chippewa River Writing Project Summer Institute at Central Michigan University.
Nearly seven years ago, the community of Hubbardston was shook to its core when one of its beloved residents, Bernita “Billie” Cunningham, was found dead in her home. After several years and much investigating, the case of her death finally came to an end in July 2011 when Texas native Justin Stephens was convicted of murdering the 80-year-old woman.
The Hubbardston Book Nook exists as a labor of love. The library nestled inside the Hubbardston Community Center is a haven for local readers who have access to about 7,000 books, children looking for a safe and fun activity or anyone needing Internet access. The Hubbardston Book Nook Board is comprised of President Laura Fahey, Ruth Gee, Catrina Larsen, Genie Moriarty and Cherri Muirhead. They call themselves “the library ladies” and they raise all their own funds for books, bills and activities, as well as $350 in monthly rent to the Hubbardston Community Center.
Buck and Mary Ann Last have been a staple of the Crystal community for as long as most residents can remember. Together they founded the Crystal Arts Council. Mary Ann helped create popular women’s teas and was instrumental in starting the Crystal Herb Society in 1991. Buck has continued to help with organizing the Crystal Farmers Market. So when members of the Crystal Herb Society discovered that the husband and wife of 58 years would be moving to Midland to be closer to family, they decided to throw one last tribute to Mary Ann, in the style of a playful roast to celebrate their memories together.
Firefighters extinguished a house fire Monday morning after a motorist spotted a burning mattress against the side of the home and then alerted the sleeping residents inside. Firefighters from the Carson City Fire Department were dispatched to 8915 S. Garlock Road at 9:04 a.m. and arrived on scene at 9:12 a.m. to find that the mattress had been moved from house and was smoldering in the yard. Fire had damaged the side of the house, but no flames were showing.
A typically placid area of Bloomer Township became drenched in an atmosphere of intrigue July 26 as spectators watched a crew of 100 or more recreate an old style farm practice of threshing, or separating grain from straw.
When Devin Pringle was handed the reins of Carson City-Crystal Area Schools’ alternative and adult education programs this summer, one of his first tasks was to find a suitable facility. After meeting with members of the Crystal Township Board on Wednesday evening, Pringle now has his facility. Board members approved the use of the Crystal Township Community Center for one year at a rate of $3,000.
Hundreds of spectators packed into Crystal Township Park as well as the neighboring public beach and surrounding Crystal area Thursday evening for a 20-minute 4th of July fireworks show. Fireworks were launched from the middle of the lake, creating a spectacular show of lights in the sky and water, followed with echoing booms that filled the air.
Carson Health eliminated 9 percent of its workforce this week due to federal budget cuts and changes to healthcare reform. A total of 56 positions were eliminated throughout the organization, including 16 through a transfer or a reduction in hours, 18 through attrition (vacant positions that will not be filled) and 22 through position elimination. Carson Health, which is affiliated with Sparrow Health System, employed a total of 619 people before the cuts.