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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.

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UPDATE: Sumner woman killed in Crystal Township two-vehicle crash identified

A two-vehicle crash that occurred March 8 has resulted in the death of one of the passengers. Sheryl Reinsmith, 61, of Sumner, was killed when the vehicle she was riding in entered an intersection and was struck.

Robert Nieman of Crystal performs a “belly flop” dive into the icy waters of Crystal Lake during last year’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival Polar Dip. — File photo

Crystal Lake Winter Festival organizers hoping for cold

With an up-and-down winter season so far this year, conditions are officially up in the air regarding next weekend’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival. Days in January have exceeded 50-degree temperatures, but festival organizers are hoping a string of cold temperatures expected this coming week will help create ideal conditions on Feb. 11.

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CC-C gets grant, curriculum for reproductive education

Following in the steps of the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD), another local school district will be taking advantage of a grant awarded to only 20 school districts in the nation. During Thursday’s Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education meeting, the board voted unanimously to accept a Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Grant.

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Ionia County officials sworn into office

With humble beginnings from the small village of Hubbardston, Janae Cooper now finds herself with responsibilities that stretch to every corner of Ionia County. On Tuesday, Cooper was sworn in by 8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Ron Schafer as Ionia County clerk after being elected in November.

Members of the Crystal Township Board, from left, Curt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston, Clerk Patty Baker-Marek and George Bahm discuss contracting services with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday evening for a year of dedicated police coverage. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal contracts for 1 year of dedicated sheriff’s coverage

Though the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is currently struggling due to county budget cuts, one officer will be coming back to the department thanks to a new dedicated coverage contract. Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to hire a full-time deputy dedicated to covering Crystal Township for 2017.