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Chimney collapses during Carson City-area house fire

An early afternoon fire demolished a Carson City-area home’s second story during the holiday weekend. At 2:23 p.m. on Saturday, the Carson City Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on East Fenwick Road. As the fire department rolled onto the property, it quickly became clear the fire was gaining momentum.

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Carson City area fire quickly extinguished, residence saved

An early Thursday morning house fire was quickly extinguished, leaving minimal damage to the residence of Bloomer Township’s Zoning Administrator Duane Hagerman.

Dave Hornak, principal of Horizon Elementary School in Holt and future executive director of the National Association for Year-Round Education, speaks about the benefits of a balanced calendar for school education during a Montcalm County School Boards Association meeting Monday in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local schools weigh balanced calendar vs. traditional calendar

When reflecting on one’s elementary and secondary education today, most people probably reach the same idea about how and when they attended school. They started in early autumn, finished in late spring, and enjoyed a lengthy summer vacation.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Director of Bands Chad Parmenter conducts his high school band during class as he and his students prepare to perform at the State MSBOA Festival in April. Parmenter said the band has been focusing on comments received from judges at the district festival to prepare for the state festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City-Crystal bands preparing for state MSBOA Band Festival

When the legendary steamship Carpathia raced toward the doomed and sinking Titanic with all its might, it did so behind a tireless effort from the captain and crewmen aboard the vessel. Like the skipper behind the wheel, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Director of Bands Chad Parmenter has been directing his middle school band students, who attempt to follow his every command, as the students perform a piece of music dedicated in honor of the rescue ship.

Karl Harter

Bloomer Township supervisor abruptly resigns

This township’s supervisor abruptly resigned from his post without explanation this month.

The anatomy and physiology I class at Montcalm Community College collected more than 80 blankets and many nonperishable food items and hygienic products as part of a “Warming Montcalm County” service project.  — Courtesy photo

MCC students collect blankets and goods for homeless people

Looking around her hometown of Greenville, Amber Pelak feels like she recently opened her eyes to a major problem in her community: Homelessness.

“Sometimes you can be blind to what’s happening in your community,” she said. “Sometimes you can be immune to it.”

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Montcalm County sends dog kennel ordinance back to committee

Montcalm County commissioners have decided they were barking up the wrong tree regarding proposed changes to a dog kennel ordinance.

After almost an hour of public comment Monday, the board voted 7-1 to send the proposed changes back to the county’s Finance & Personnel committee for further revision.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, holding a pamphlet on the OK2SAY confidential student hotline, reaches out to the audience at Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College to promote the new program.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Emmons, Outman working to promote OK2SAY student safety hotline

The best way to stop a violent act, be it suicide, bullying or the manifestation of a serious bomb threat, is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

That’s the message Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, was hoping to convey when her legislation to create the new OK2SAY confidential student safety hotline was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder in December 2013.

Wilmer Martin

ON THE RECORD: Man jailed after attempting to neuter dog using livestock implement

A Fenwick man has been sentenced to jail time and fines after attempting to neuter a dog using a castration banding tool commonly used on farm livestock.

Wilmer Nolt Martin, 50, was convicted of abandoning/cruelty to animals, two counts of a stray dog and two counts of an unlicensed dog.

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CC-Crystal school board moving closer to open carry policy

The issue of openly carrying a gun into school continues to be a topic of discussion for the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education, as it moves closer to making a decision on the board’s position. Board President Ben Adkins conducted exhaustive research on the topic over the past month, including discussing the issue with state legislators, reading about Michigan Open Carry and comparing select other school district policies.