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OUR VIEW: Vote ‘yes’ for CC-C bond proposal

Residents of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools district will be asked on May 6 to decide whether to approve a bond extension in support of school upgrades, technology and security.

The ballot proposal calls for extending the school district’s current debt millage of 4.2 mills for 15 years and nine months to generate almost $11 million. There will be no increase to the school district’s current debt millage.

Joanne and Bud Howard are co-chairs of the Hubbardston Area Historical Society's annual fundraiser, set for Saturday, April 26, at St. John the Baptist Hall in Hubbardston. — Courtesy photo

Hubbardston Area Historical Society fundraiser is Saturday

The Hubbardston Area Historical Society chooses the theme of St. Patrick’s Day each year for its annual fundraiser.

This event is an annual opportunity for Irish clans to gather in “A Little Corner of Ireland” (or Hubbardston) from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall to celebrate the green and to support the “Four Corner Hub” of the Hubbardston Area Historical Society (Ionia, Clinton, Gratiot and Montcalm counties).

From left, school board member Randy Stearns, Superintendent Kevin Murphy, President Tom Wilcox and Ben Adkins listen and respond during the public comment period of Monday evening’s Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C superintendent responds to concerns

Hubbardston resident and business owner Patricia Baese said she had finally heard enough.

She decided to seek answers from Carson City-Crystal Area Schools.

At Monday evening’s Carson City-Crystal Schools Board of Education meeting, community members filled every available chair and appeared to be focused on the same issues as Baese.

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Montcalm County commissioners challenge conservation district officials

Last month, Montcalm Conservation District officials requested $15,000 from the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners to help the conservation district’s looming budget deficit.

This month, commissioners agreed to help conservation district officials — and to issue them a challenge.

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JUST IN: Crystal man rescued after near-drowning

A 61-year old Crystal man was briefly hospitalized Wednesday after flipping his aluminum boat on Loon Lake.

The man was more than 100 yards from shore when his boat tipped and he fell into the water.

Six Montcalm County roads are currently partially flooded.

JUST IN: List of flooded roads in Montcalm County

Here’s a list of Montcalm County roads that are currently partially flooded as of this afternoon.

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Montcalm County commissioners discuss how to fund Montcalm Alliance

The Montcalm Alliance and the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are still trying to get on the same page when it comes to funding local economic development. Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer updated the county’s Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee on Monday about the Alliance’s most recent meeting.

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WALDON’S PONDERINGS: Estonians never look back

Instead of writing a local history column this week, I’d like to dedicate this column to a local man who lived through some fascinating world history.

I was just a rookie reporter when I met Thomas and Beverly Hain in May 2003. I was warmly welcomed at their Carson City home where I sat down with them to hear the story of Tom’s life.

It was the first time I had heard of Estonia, a state in northern Europe bordered by the Gulf of Finland, the Baltic Sea, Latvia and Russia.

Carson City Police Chief Bruce Partridge checks in at the Carson Health obstetrics desk with, from left, registered nurse Diane Brown, Dr. Erin LeGrand and registered nurse Stephanie Ryan. — Courtesy/Ben Moore

Carson City police chief stepping down after 3 years

After three years on the job, Carson City Police Chief Bruce Partridge is saying goodbye to a department he helped transform into a respectable “community service” agency. On April 30, Partridge will perform his last patrol, spending his last day as chief of a police agency that looks quite a bit different from the department he inherited upon his hiring.

Counties, cities and villages across Michigan will receive $60.9 million to help make up ballooned costs from a rough winter. The funding, which is divvied up across the state, won’t mean large repairs for the construction season, but instead maintaining typical services like roadside mowing, line painting and gravel road repair. Pictured is a series of patched potholes along S. Derby Road in Sidney Township in Montcalm County. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

Money from state not enough for local road fixes

With $60.9 million funneling down from the state for road maintenance across Michigan following a long and treacherous winter, one might think massive repair projects are on this spring’s agenda.