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Carson Health’s Inpatient Behavioral Health Department at Carson City Hospital will be closed Dec. 31.

Carson Health shuts inpatient behavioral health department

Carson Health’s Inpatient Behavioral Health Department will be closed Dec. 31. Hospital officials made the decision Sept. 25, based on the department’s financial performance over the past several years.

From left, Carson City area residents Mary Louise Helwig, Jim Near and Carson City Police Chief Bruce Partridge share a laugh during a conversation at the first Coffee With A Cop” gathering in Carson City. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City residents socialize with police officers over coffee

The view of the McDonald’s parking lot Tuesday morning may have appeared intimidating to motorists passing by, with two police cruisers parked in plain sight. However, the atmosphere inside the restaurant was nothing but friendly and casual as police officers mingled with residents during the first “Coffee With A Cop” gathering.

Firefighters from five departments convene at a Carson City apartment fire. Temperatures were in the mid-90s on Tuesday afternoon as firefighters from five departments battled a blaze in Carson City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Firefighters battle Carson City apartment fire amid late summer heat

It was difficult to tell what was hotter Tuesday, the fire at a two-story apartment building in Carson City, or the sun glowering over it. Firefighters from five departments battled a blaze at Carson Place Apartments around 3 p.m. despite temperatures in the mid-90s.

Residents of the Carson City area and faculty members of the Carson City-Crystal School district filled a conference room at the Carson City-Crystal Schools Central Office building in downtown Carson City Monday evening where public discussion of the district’s school curriculum lasted for more than an hour. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Heated discussion fuels Carson City-Crystal school board meeting

In a crowded conference room, with no chair empty and many residents standing, with those who were last to arrive poking their head through the entryway door, the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education met Monday evening in what became a heated discussion over the district’s curriculum and reaction to several recent newspaper guest editorials and letters to the editor.

Troy Hicks, director of the Chippewa River Writing Project, collaborates with Kathy Kurtze, a language arts teacher from Carson City-Crystal High School, on a writing exercise earlier this summer. — Courtesy photo

CMU summer institute fires up local teachers for new school year

Several local teachers had the opportunity to participate in a summer writing project before the start of the new school year. Carson City-Crystal Area Schools teacher Kathy Kurtze, Central Montcalm Public School teacher Shannon Powell, Greenville. Public Schools speech therapist Jamee Gunn, Lakeview Community Schools teacher Ron Patton and Montcalm Community College teacher Kresta Train spent four weeks of their summer break immersed in writing at the Chippewa River Writing Project Summer Institute at Central Michigan University.

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Details of 2006 Hubbardston murder investigation revealed

Nearly seven years ago, the community of Hubbardston was shook to its core when one of its beloved residents, Bernita “Billie” Cunningham, was found dead in her home. After several years and much investigating, the case of her death finally came to an end in July 2011 when Texas native Justin Stephens was convicted of murdering the 80-year-old woman.

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‘Library ladies’ working to secure future of Hubbardston Book Nook

The Hubbardston Book Nook exists as a labor of love. The library nestled inside the Hubbardston Community Center is a haven for local readers who have access to about 7,000 books, children looking for a safe and fun activity or anyone needing Internet access. The Hubbardston Book Nook Board is comprised of President Laura Fahey, Ruth Gee, Catrina Larsen, Genie Moriarty and Cherri Muirhead. They call themselves “the library ladies” and they raise all their own funds for books, bills and activities, as well as $350 in monthly rent to the Hubbardston Community Center.

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Crystal Township says goodbye to longtime community members

Buck and Mary Ann Last have been a staple of the Crystal community for as long as most residents can remember. Together they founded the Crystal Arts Council. Mary Ann helped create popular women’s teas and was instrumental in starting the Crystal Herb Society in 1991. Buck has continued to help with organizing the Crystal Farmers Market. So when members of the Crystal Herb Society discovered that the husband and wife of 58 years would be moving to Midland to be closer to family, they decided to throw one last tribute to Mary Ann, in the style of a playful roast to celebrate their memories together.

Firefighters from the Carson City Fire Department were dispatched to a house fire at 8915 S. Garlock Road near Carson City at 9:04 a.m. this morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Motorist alerts sleeping residents of Carson City house fire

Firefighters extinguished a house fire Monday morning after a motorist spotted a burning mattress against the side of the home and then alerted the sleeping residents inside. Firefighters from the Carson City Fire Department were dispatched to 8915 S. Garlock Road at 9:04 a.m. and arrived on scene at 9:12 a.m. to find that the mattress had been moved from house and was smoldering in the yard. Fire had damaged the side of the house, but no flames were showing.

Teams of draft horses line up wagons heaped with bundled wheat chaffs harvested from the field during a threshing bee July 26 at the Marlin Martin farm in Bloomer Township.

Mennonite farm in Bloomer Township the scene of old-fashioned practice

A typically placid area of Bloomer Township became drenched in an atmosphere of intrigue July 26 as spectators watched a crew of 100 or more recreate an old style farm practice of threshing, or separating grain from straw.