Just call Bill Hacker the ice man. The owner of Wet Willy’s Bait & Tackle in Crystal has been fielding numerous phone calls from customers wondering if the ice on local lakes is thick enough for ice fishing.
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The small but roaring falls of the Hubbardston Hydro dam have been flowing for more than a century and a half, and now, they are once again producing power. As of six weeks ago, Hubbardston Hydro owner Roy Davis of Eaton Rapids confirmed the dam is once again operating and “running flawlessly.”
At first glance, the Steinway grand piano sitting in the home of Alex Kapteyn is a sight to behold, a decoration of sorts that commands attention from the far corner of the family room. Impressive on appearance alone, the instrument is an aging but beautiful work of art that Kapteyn has worked to restore throughout the past 10 months.
A fire that destroyed an energy transformer at Renaissance Power will result in millions of dollars in repairs for power plant owner DTE Energy. Carson City Fire Chief Mark Crawfis recently informed city officials that the Oct. 30 fire could result in anywhere from $4 to $4.5 million total repairs and replacements at the plant, as he was informed by managers at the 732 megawatt simple-cycle natural gas facility.
The Kellogg Elevator Co., which decades ago stood as an agricultural beacon for business in Montcalm County, remains (barely) standing today, a ghost of its former self. With splintered wooden beams creaking in the wind, shattered windows lining the walls and various metal and concrete debris scattered throughout the property, the last two years of demolition attempts at the abandoned site have left it looking no better than when those efforts began.
Efforts to move the Crystal Community Library to a new location have been long in the making, and though the idea remains intact, a final resolution may still be years away. That’s the understanding of both members of the Crystal Township Board and Carson City Library Board, which overseas the Crystal Community Library.
Another year, another new truck for the Crystal Township Department of Public Works. In following a plan to replace the DPW’s pickup truck each year, board members officially approved the purchase of a new vehicle Wednesday evening.
The Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education once again focused its attention on guns during Monday’s regular meeting. Board members discussed for more than an hour the subject of creating administrative guidelines to aid administrators and office staff on how to address an individual who enters a school building with a holstered weapon via the right to open carry in Michigan.
Out of control. Those are the three words that best describe Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Hubbardston Village Council in the small Irish village in northern Ionia County.
After months of deliberation and research, members of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education are nearing a decision on policy regarding Michigan’s open carry gun laws. The topic originally arose last February after a visiting parent attended a CC-C boys basketball game at home against Lansing Christian while exercising his constitutional right to open carry with a pistol on his side.