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Crystal Township Board exploring ordinance variance requests

Apparently the second time’s the charm when it comes to implementing a variance procedure for land ordinances in this township.

Just one month ago, Crystal Township Board members voted down a resolution 2-3 — with Supervisor Chris Johnston, Trustee Jason Anderson and Treasurer Ted Padgett opposed — to have the township’s attorney include a variance procedure in all three of the township’s land division ordinances.

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Montcalm County 4-H’ers want full-time coordinator

Supporters of Montcalm County’s 4-H program are hoping the currently vacant 4-H coordinator position will be improved to a full-time job. Local 4-H advocates appeared at Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting to ask the board to consider improving the part-time position to a full-time position for the upcoming fiscal year.

This two-story house and property at 918 Richardston St. in Lakeview will be up for auction Monday at a minimum bid of $5,000. — Courtesy photo

Ionia and Montcalm county land auction set for Monday

Properties will be sold for just a fraction of their value at the annual Ionia and Montcalm county minimum bid land auction Monday.

State Librarian Randy Riley, top left corner, speaks with community members and library staff members at Carson City Public Library on Tuesday afternoon during a visit to the library. — Daily News/Cory Smith

State librarian returns home to visit Carson City Public Library

Randy Riley’s new position may now have him representing the entire state of Michigan, but he’ll always refer to the small communities of Hubbardston and Carson City as home. Riley, who was named Michigan’s state librarian upon the retirement of Nancy Robertson on April 30th, has spent his first few months becoming acclimated to his new position. In one of his first ventures away from Lansing, he returned to his roots Tuesday by visiting his hometown of Hubbardston and nearby Carson City Public Library.

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Hubbardston DPW supervisor fired

This village’s DPW supervisor has been fired after a year and a half on the job.

The Hubbardston Village Council had a special closed meeting on Saturday, July 12, and unanimously voted to terminate Steve Schafer from his position, according to Village President Jim Barker.

Mark Crawfis was recently named the new fire chief of the Carson City Fire Department. He has been assistant fire chief for the past 10 years and a firefighter for 15 years. — Courtesy photo

Carson City chooses new fire chief

Mark Crawfis has been a member of the Michigan National Guard for almost 30 years, a Carson City firefighter for 15 years and the assistant fire chief for 10 years.

It was only natural that he would be appointed the new fire chief.

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Grattan Academy comes out on top in SchoolDigger.com study

It seems every organization out there dedicated to K-12 education has its own formula to track student success. There are report cards, color schemes, annual progress reports, at-risk declarations and top-to-bottom lists.

It’s up to school officials to take in each of these state or independent group studies and try to piece together the puzzle that most accurately depicts student achievement.

Ask any school official which formula works best and they will probably answer none of them … or maybe all of them.

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JUST IN: Crystal-area barn destroyed in lightning fire

A large barn at 1250 N. Douglas Road was destroyed this morning by a fire believed to have been caused by lightning.

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Crystal celebrates holiday weekend

This year’s Crystal Fourth of July grand marshal has a passion for history, specifically the history of his hometown. The Crystal Area Chamber of Commerce selected longtime Crystal Township resident David Wight as this year’s grand marshal, citing his recent involvement in the community after having moved back to his childhood residence on Duck Lake three years ago.

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At a public forum Monday, representatives from both Carson City-Crystal Area Schools and Ionia Public Schools pitched their districts to the Palo Community Schools Board of Education and a handful of community members who showed up. With the operation of the Palo Community Schools a thing of the past, the school board is now looking at the future of its students as it mulls the decision of whether to annex the district into one or both of the neighboring districts. Pictured are CC-C Board of Education Vice President Ben Adkins.

Palo school board mulling annexation into CC-C or Ionia school districts

With the operation of Palo Community Schools a thing of the past, the school board is looking at the future of its students as it mulls the decision of whether to annex the district into Carson City-Crystal Area Schools, Ionia Public Schools or a combination of both.