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Crystal Township home likely total loss after fire

Firefighters from the Crystal Township and Carson City Fire Departments responded to the scene of a structure fire at 2838 W. Colby Road on Saturday afternoon. There were no injuries reported.

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Montcalm County brings on law firm as deficit looms

How long does it take to lose $9 million in savings? Montcalm County officials did it in just four years.

Members of the Hands on Hubbardston Committee celebrate during Hubbapalooza V over the third weekend of July. — Courtesy photo

Hubbapalooza V raises $35,000 for Michigan charities

The fifth annual Hands on Hubbardston event outdid itself this year. Hubbapalooza V raised $35,000 over the third weekend in July. The funds will be split between the Angels of Hope cancer foundation and the Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention. A check presentation to the two charities is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at American Legion Post 182 in Hubbardston.

Electricity is provided at portions of Noll Park in Crystal Township, but with those expenses being paid from the township’s fire department fund, some officials want a new power meter installed. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township trying to restore electricity to Noll Park

With lights for ballfields and power for the picnic pavilion, energy is needed at local parks, but the question of who is paying for it has raised a few eyebrows.

During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, board members discussed that issue concerning Noll Park, which is located adjacent to the township’s fire department station on Smith Street.

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IN BRIEF: Crystal Township recycling site relocating to Noll Park

The recycling site within this township will be moving locations in a matter of weeks.

Runners take off at the start of the 20th annual Crystal Run the Lake 3 mile race Saturday, with 20 of those running having just completed the 5-mile race in Crystal Township. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Crystal Run the Lake marks 20th year

Milka Welder of Greenville took up running in 2010 after her first pregnancy as a way to get back in shape. She fell in love with the sport, and worked up to doing a half-marathon (13.1 miles) a few years later. Running five or six days a week, Welder decided this summer to try some local 5Ks (3.1 miles), just for fun.

The training paid off as Welder was the overall women’s finisher in both the 5-mile and 3-mile races at Saturday’s Crystal’s 20th annual Run the Lake.

Runners take off at the start of the 5-mile run during the 2012 Crystal Run The Lake race. — File photo

Crystal Run The Lake to celebrate 20th event Aug. 6

A run that circles Crystal Lake is set to have a special anniversary Saturday.

The Crystal Run The Lake will have its 20th run, which excites race organizer Janet Shy.

Voters cast their ballots in the primary election at the Eureka Township Hall on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Primary election sees decent voter turnout; 23 percent is most in decade

Montcalm County saw its highest voter turnout in a nonpresidential primary election in more than a decade Tuesday. A total of 23 percent of Montcalm County’s registered voters — 9,844 people — participated at the polls. Past primary elections saw 15 percent in 2014, 17 percent in 2012, 21 percent in 2010, 17 percent in 2008 and 11 percent in 2006.

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Schafer dominates 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge race

A former prosecutor turned judge emerged as the frontrunner over two attorney challengers Tuesday in the race for 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties. Former Ionia County prosecutor Ron Schafer was appointed to the bench in March after Judge David Hoort resigned. Hoort’s term ends this year and Schafer is now running for election. He was challenged by Ron Finegood and Monica Tissue-Daws, both Stanton-based attorneys.

Jim Lower, the Republican nominee for the 70th District state house, visits with friends during a victory party at his Cedar Lake home Tuesday night. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lower wins 70th District GOP nomination, Albert takes 86th

In the two Republican primary races for local state representatives, one challenger walked away with an easy victory, while the second race proved to be a very close call. Voters elected Jim Lower of Cedar Lake to run for Michigan’s 70th State House District and Thomas Albert of Grattan Township to run for Michigan’s 86th State House District.