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Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board President Ben Adkins, left, discusses with Superintendent Kevin Murphy the subject of respecting Michigan’s open carry gun laws during the board’s August meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C school board won’t fight Michigan’s open carry gun laws

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.

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Back to school already? 5 local schools starting 1 week early

Summer always seems to fly by, and this year the season seems even shorter with the majority of local students returning to school one week earlier than usual. School starts on Monday for Greenville, Lakeview, Montabella, Tri County and Vestaburg schools. Those five schools obtained waivers from the Michigan Department of Education in order to start school earlier.

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‘Out of control’? Montcalm County undersheriff corrects crime rumors

During public comment at July’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, a citizen sounded off about a rash of thievery incidents and how local crime is out of control.

Bill Hardin of Montcalm Township said he painted the windows blue on his truck after his vehicle was broken into four times.

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Michigan House to consider Outman’s road proposal as framework

In the midst of the Michigan Legislature’s summer vacation, one state representative came up with an idea for road funding that is now set to be considered by the state House as soon as Tuesday.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, first shared his idea for a state road funding proposal with The Daily News editorial board in July. Inspired by his constituents in the 70th District who called for a simple proposal focused solely on roads with only as much funding spent as needed, Outman brainstormed a $1.2 billion plan.

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JUST IN: Historic building in Crystal to receive upgrades before becoming museum

The expiring home of the Crystal Community Library and soon-to-be residence of the Crystal Township Museum is in need of a lot of love. Thankfully, a number of organizations are coming together to preserve the historic building that has stood in the Crystal community for more than a century.

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CC-C schools face ‘crunch time’ with construction project

Unrecognizable to the teachers who await their new classrooms, Carson City-Crystal Lower Elementary School is currently a skeleton of its former self.

Gutted from the inside out, much of the school has changed for the better in the past few months as construction crews and engineers have transformed the building thanks to an $11 billion bond passed by voters in 2014. But as the school year, which begins Sept. 8, creeps ever closer, teachers and members of the community have grown weary that the facility will not be ready in time to welcome students.

The new Carson City-Crystal High School weightroom is currently undergoing a transformation from its previous use as a computer lab as part of an $11 million bond approved by voters in May 2014. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Donations lead to new CC-C weightroom equipment

One arm curl, one deadlift, one bench press a time, athletes at Carson City-Crystal High School are diligently preparing for their upcoming autumn sports seasons. Unfortunately for them, that currently means lifting weights that literally have holes rusted through them and performing on machines that are held together with duct tape.

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Hubbardston Village Council appoints new member

The Hubbardston Village Council voted to appoint a new council member during a 21-minute special meeting July 16.

Councilwoman Ellen Genereux submitted her resignation letter to the village council in June, effective in July.

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Hubbardston Village Council votes 2-1 to cut ties with community center board

This community’s primary gathering place is under new management.

The Hubbardston Village Council voted 2-1 on July 14 to terminate the village’s agreement with the Hubbardston Community Center.

President Julie Hobart-Reed and Councilwoman Aimee Harter voted “yes” while Councilman Jim Barker voted “no.” Councilwoman Casey Melton abstained from voting and Councilwoman Ellen Genereux — who submitted her resignation letter at last month’s meeting — was absent.

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What’s New with Poo tour set for Aug. 18

Michigan State University Extension and the Clinton County Conservation District will host a farm tour Aug. 18 for livestock farmers and cash crop farmers who utilize manure in their crop nutrient program.

This event will feature manure processing technologies and conservation practices that help retain manure nutrients in the rootzone for crop utilization.