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Carson City-Crystal Band Director Chad Parmenter and the band were recently featured in a television program on PBS station WKAR. The program aired Nov. 8, but can still be viewed at pbs.org/videos online. — Courtesy photo

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.

Brad Klosner

Greenville area reporter back for a second stint

The newest face on The Daily News editorial staff is a familiar one. Brad Klosner was a reporter on the Greenville area beat back in 2010. But after about six months on the job here, his wife Becca’s company transferred the Klosners overseas. They returned to West Michigan earlier this year, decided to buy a home in the Greenville area and, last week, he returned to his old job.

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JUST IN: Stanton man injured after falling asleep, crashing into tree

A Stanton man was injured in a car-tree accident Wednesday afternoon in Crystal.
Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident on North Shore Drive near Norwest Tack around 1:39 p.m.

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Montcalm County raises $150,000+ to bring on Right Place coordinator

Montcalm County is quickly becoming The Right Place for economic development. The Montcalm Economic Alliance has raised more than $150,000 to hire a business development coordinator for the next three years with The Right Place, a West Michigan economic development organization.

Roger Gooding, owner of the Crystal Box Office Theatre, starts a movie on a 35-millimeter projector. The projector and film are steadily becoming an outdated technology as movie studios switch to digital movies. — File photo

Crystal Box Office Theatre flickers out

The outdated, but reliable 35-millimeter projector at the Crystal Box Office Theatre has likely played its final film. Last Monday, theater owner Roger Gooding made the difficult decision to shut the doors of the business, after months of declining attendance and ticket sales.

Deaf Pride Day organizer Ellisha Cecil, left, high-fives Kyla Fuller, 5, of Portland, as they say goodbye at the conclusion of Deaf Pride Day Friday on the campus of Montcalm Community College in Sidney. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Annual Deaf Pride Day brings out the inner superhero

It may be believed that superheroes only exist in a comic books and movies, but there was no evidence of that when 40 students, many dressed in superhero attire, arrived at Montcalm Community College for Deaf Pride Day on Friday.

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‘Apathy’ blamed for 41 percent voter turnout in Montcalm County

More political ads were aired on one West Michigan TV station than anywhere else in the United States, but the majority of voters chose not to go to the polls Tuesday. Just 41 percent of Montcalm County’s registered voters participated in the general election, down from almost 44 percent in the 2010 general election and 56 percent in the 2006 general election.

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Emmons re-elected to second term as senator

Incumbent Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan successfully defeated Democratic challenger Fred Sprague of Alma in Tuesday’s election.

Throughout a district covering four counties, Emmons received 36,416 votes while Sprague received 27,234 votes, or 57 percent to 43 percent.

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Montcalm Community College millage renewal approved

A millage renewal that will provide Montcalm Community College (MCC) with approximately $25 million in funding over 10 years was approved by voters Tuesday.

The millage passed with 11,928 “yes” votes to 8,051 “no” votes, or 60 to 40 percent.