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UPDATE: Pewamo-Westphalia principal, son found dead in van outside Carson City

A Clinton County school principal and his adult son were found dead from an apparent murder-suicide inside a van on a dirt road Monday evening, according to the Michigan State Police (MSP).

Military veterans and emergency personnel lead the Frontier Days Grand Parade on Saturday afternoon down Main Street in Carson City. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Frontier Days welcomes large crowds during Carson City’s sesquicentennial

Riding on a float Saturday afternoon and waving to the crowd, Chris Miner was all smiles as he reflected on the significance of the moment. Simultaneously celebrating Carson City’s sesquicentennial as well as the 45th annual Frontier Days festival, Chris was just one of more than 20 relatives riding on the float — all with a piece of heritage that dates back to the birth of the community.

Carson City-Crystal High School seniors take their seats at the commencement ceremony as their parents and teachers applaud and cheer for them. On Sunday, 44 students graduated from CC-C. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Time to Move On: 44 graduate from CC-Crystal

Graduating seniors from Carson City-Crystal High School had “one last roll call,” as Principal Duane Lyons called the 44 students by name to receive their diplomas. “Today’s the day we’ve all been waiting for,” Senior Marissa Wing said. “Without knowing it in one way or another, we’ve made an impact on each other.”

Members of the Carson City community gathered Tuesday for the unveiling of a Michigan Historical Society Milestone Award in the form of a large plaque, designating Carson City as an official Michigan Sesquicentennial City. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City marks sesquicentennial; celebration continues during Frontier Days

With a resounding ring from a large ceremonial bell, Carson City Mayor Bruce Tasker joyfully kicked off a celebration 150 years in the making. Speaking in front of more than 60 members of the community — and dressed as if he had just stepped out of the 1800s – Tasker read an official proclamation Tuesday afternoon to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the city during a sesquicentennial celebration.

Carson City-Crystal High School senior Braxton Roberts, 19, has had a difficult time of completing high school, but on Sunday, he will receive his high school diploma after a late effort to reach his goal. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Nearly a drop-out, CC-C senior to graduate

Just a few weeks before the end of this school year, Ronda Badgley bought her son a small graduation gift in the form of a cute, stuffed teddy bear. Complete with a graduation cap, along with “congratulations” and “2017” printed in bold, the bear would sing a rendition of “Best Day of My Life” if you gave it a soft squeeze.

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.

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.

Mike McAlvey talks about the three things he for which he is grateful: Faith, family and friends. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Mike McAlvey honored as 2017 Carson City Citizen of the Year

To many people, Mike McAlvey is the assistant pastor at First Baptist Church, a mentor with Carson City-Crystal Area Schools, a search and rescue team chaplain, a volunteer firefighter, a volunteer at Sparrow Carson Hospital and a myriad of other volunteer titles. On Wednesday night, the community gathered to recognize McAlvey’s newest title: Carson City’s 2017 Citizen of the Year.

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JUST IN: Two children critically injured in horse-drawn buggy crash

Two children are in critical condition after being injured in a crash involving a horse-drawn buggy this morning.

Members of the Crystal Township Board discuss revising the township’s lease agreement policy in regards to renting out the Crystal Community Center during their meeting Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal’s Community Center lease to be revised

After approving a lease agreement with a local business owner last month, township officials are now reconsidering their approach in renting out the community center. During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, the board voted unanimously to revise the township’s lease agreement policy in renting out the Crystal Community Center, which is owned by the township and houses its offices.