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Greenville resident Burton Sly fills up his car at the Admiral gas station on W. Washington St. in Greenville. Sly was able to fill his vehicle at $1.94 a gallon, the cheapest price offered since 2009.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lower gas prices are expected to last through 2015

Burton Sly has a regular routine of filling the gas tank of his vehicle every Sunday afternoon to prepare for the work week, a routine that oftentimes digs too deep into his finances.

But in recent weeks, the Greenville resident has had reason to smile at the pump as gas prices nationwide have plummeted.

Additional funding in the amount of $1.2 billion for Michigan’s roads will be in the hands of voters in May as they vote on whether to increase the state sales tax from 6 to 7 percent.  — File photo

Outman, Emmons cite ‘compromise’ in reaching road funding legislation

With so many minds in Michigan focused on gasoline prices, in Lansing, legislators worked last week during the final hours of the lame duck session to draft a solution to the state’s issues with poor road quality.

After two bills were drafted, one in the House of Representatives and another in the Senate, legislators came together to create a bipartisan bill package that would provide an additional $1.2 billion annually toward road funding.

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Hubbardston treasurer ‘shell shocked’ after being fired by new president

The new Hubbardston village president was sworn into office on Nov. 20.

Less than three weeks later, Julie Hobart-Reed made her first executive decision. She chose to terminate Carol Fink as village treasurer.

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Montcalm County officials considering creating PACE district

Installing energy-efficient heating and cooling systems saves lots of green in the long run, but the initial investment cost leaves many people seeing red.

Some Michigan business owners are considering whether Michigan’s Public Act 270 of 2010, the property assessed clean energy (PACE) act, can help them upgrade their facilities in a high efficiency manner while spreading the cost over a longer, more affordable timeframe.

The stars may seem brighter in Crystal Township, but that’s only in part because several of the Christmas decorations in town, such as this candy cane, were in the dark due to the removal of a power line and meter that have electricity to a number of decorations hung throughout the township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

After brief outage, Christmas lights restored in Crystal

Christmas decorations have been hung and holiday spirits are high in downtown Crystal, but as evening hours approached, the colorful decorative displays were left in the dark. At Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, Supervisor Chris Johnston informed the audience that due to work performed by Consumers Energy in the spring, several of the power lines providing energy to various Christmas decorations are no longer functional.

The stars may seem brighter in Crystal Township, but that's only in part because several of the Christmas decorations in town, such as this candy cane, remain in the dark due to the removal of a power line and meter that has cut electricity to a number of decorations hung throughout the township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Christmas lights go dark in Crystal Township

Christmas lights have been hung along the major streets in Crystal Township, however, not every light is twinkling bright.

Bloomer Township Clerk Sarah Todd only has a few more days to spend at her office at the old Bloomer Township Hall building before township offices are relocated to the new facility on M-57. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Bloomer Township Hall moving outside of Carson City

The building at 217 W. Sherman St. has served as a veterans hall, a library, a school and, most recently, a township hall. Now, the historic facility is about to get its next assignment.

Hundreds of shoppers flocked to Wal-Mart in Greenville Thursday evening, creating a difficult-to-navigate sea of customers, to take advantage of discounted Black Friday deals offered throughout the store. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local shoppers show up big for Gray Thursday; Black Friday remains popular

When it comes to shopping on Thanksgiving Day, for some, it doesn’t matter how good the leftovers from dinner are or what football game is on TV. When the doors of a shopping center open to reveal a plethora of discounted goodies, shoppers will come in droves.

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CC-C Band planning Christmas concerts, secret shoveling fundraiser

If you find your driveway has magically been shoveled after a snowstorm this winter … the Carson City-Crystal Band just might be responsible.
The shoveling service is just one of many ways CC-C students are working to raise funds for a planned trip to Walt Disney World in the spring of 2016.

“Any snow day, we’ll be shoveling,” said Band Director Chad Parmenter. “We’re just going to go out and do it and leave an envelope and if you want to donate, you can.”

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Toys for Tots of Montcalm County to hold fundraisers

Toys for Tots of Montcalm County will be holding several fundraising events in the next few weeks.

There is a fundraiser dinner from 5 to 8 pm. tonight at the Greenville Eagles, located at 11690 SW Greenville Road. There is a requested donation of $10 with all proceeds going to the Toys for Tots program.