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Sanctuary cities issue on deck for Rep. Lower

One of the more hot-button issues in Lansing this year has become the status of “sanctuary cities” in Michigan, and Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, finds himself at the center of the issue.

The inaugural Relay for Life of Carson City-Crystal Area Schools will be June 2 on the high school track at Community Field. — Courtesy photo

CC-C to host inaugural Relay for Life event June 2

As a nurse who manages the Infusion and Chemotherapy Center at Sparrow Carson Health, Nancy Seals knows all too well the impact cancer has on members of her community. With patients coming in daily to receive treatment, Seals meets regularly with individuals who are giving every ounce of willpower they possess to overcome the deadly disease.

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Anti-drug symposium addresses reality of opioid addiction

On a road to restoration for nearly six years, recovering addict Justin Yost is one of the strongest voices of the community in the fight against drug use.

Having spoken at five different schools, reaching out to almost 1,000 students, Yost, 33, of Greenville, uses every opportunity to tell his story geared toward prevention.

Crystal Township Supervisor Chris Johnston, left, addresses questions at Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting regarding a millage proposal for police coverage in the township, as Clerk Patty Baker-Marek listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township Board approves sheriff services millage proposal

The decision to have a dedicated police presence in this township will now be up to its residents come election time in August.

During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, the board unanimously approved a resolution to place a police services millage renewal proposal on the Aug. 8 ballot.

Members of the Crystal Township Board, from left, Curt McCraken, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston, Clerk Patty Baker-Marek, and George Bahm, discuss Wednesday evening the details of proposed plans to redevelop a vacant room at the Crystal Community Center to relocate the Crystal Community Library. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township Board holds off on library move

Although action is being taken move the Crystal Community Library from its current location to the Crystal Community Center, township officials are in no rush.


IN BRIEF: Crystal Township renews fitness classes at community center

Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve a request for fitness classes at the Crystal Community Center.

Carson City homeschooled student Donzell Slack, 17, left, plays checkers with his friend, Carson City-Crystal Middle School seventh-grader Miguel Beltran on Wednesday at the Montcalm Teen Center in Carson City. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Teen Center enjoying renewed success after reopening

From slinging a ping pong ball back and forth across a table to sitting down for a methodical game of checkers, the Montcalm Teen Center is again open as a place for youths to spend time with friends.

From left, Erikia McCracken, Tabitha Keiffer, Kindel Keiffer, Carson City Councilman Chad Parmenter, Trenton Churchill, Paige Churchill and Nora Ryan, stand together as part of a new community group to raise funds for a new splash pad and restrooms at West Park in Carson City. — Courtesy photo

Fundraising begins for splash pad, restrooms in Carson City

In preparation for potential park enhancements, members of the community are coming together to begin fundraising efforts. Earlier this year, members of the Carson City Council moved forward with submitting a grant request through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Crystal Township Fire Chief Scott Brundage, left, shares a laugh with fellow firefighter Scot Fitzpatrick as they evaluate a smoke detector, which are available to residents for free. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Fire department offering free smoke detectors for residents

One smoke detector at a time, firefighters at the Crystal Township Fire Department are hoping to help residents be better prepared for a potential house fire. In partnering with the Red Cross, Crystal Fire Chief Scott Brundage said the department is now offering as many as three smoke detectors per household — at no cost to the homeowner — to be installed by the fire department.

Congressman John Moolenaar meets with media before Thursday’s listening session at Central Michigan University. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Congressman Moolenaar talks failed ACA repeal effort, future of health care reform

Congressman John Moolenaar knew Thursday evening’s listening session was going to be a bumpy ride.

As about 900 people were being seated in Warriner Hall’s Plachta Auditorium at Central Michigan University, Moolenaar steadied himself for the event in a dressing room in the basement of the nearly century-old theater.