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Three people were extricated from their vehicles following a traffic crash at the intersection of East Sidney and South Vickeryville roads on Tuesday afternoon. — Courtesy photo

UPDATE: 3 extricated, 4 transported to hospital in Evergreen Twp crash

hree people were extricated from their vehicles following a traffic crash at the intersection of East Sidney and South Vickeryville roads on Tuesday afternoon.

At about 1:50 p.m., Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-car crash. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a 2000 GMC pickup truck, driven by Joshua Rule, 28, of Carson City, was traveling north on Vickeryville Road and failed to stop for the stop sign at Sidney Road.

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JUST IN: Crystal Township exploring bond proposal to repair community center

The Crystal Community Center has become the home of several community groups and organizations, but wear and tear on the building is beginning to take its tole.

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JUST IN: January deadline recommended for CC-C open carry decision

Following another lengthy discussion by Carson City-Crystal school board members on the subject of permitting open carry on school property, Superintendent Kevin Murphy is now requesting the board reach a decision by January.

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JUST IN: Thieves enter cars in Evergreen and Bushnell Townships

Two separate cars were targeted for theft over the weekend in two separate townships.

On Sunday, the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office responded to two separate complaints of thefts from automobiles in Evergreen and Bushnell townships.

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MACC students using robotics to prepare for ‘real world’ industry

On the surface, the building of small robots in Art Ward’s engineering and technology class looks like an opportunity for students to flaunt the excitement of their inner child.

But buried beneath the assembly of erector pieces, the smiles and laughter that bubble to the surface from students during successful robot demonstrations, are lessons and skills that will guide them into becoming successful future engineers and technicians.

A firefighter with the Carson City Fire Department dispenses a fire suppression foam onto an energy transformer and nearby oil tank to prevent a fire that destroyed the transformer from re-igniting Friday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Energy transformer catches fire at Renaissance Power in Carson City

The smoke could be could be spotted from miles away Friday, billowing high into the air and blending into the overcast sky above.

As commuters pulled over on M-57 to gander at the mammoth plume, the source of the smoke itself, a large fire at Renaissance Power in Carson City, was steadily being contained by firefighters.

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JUST IN: Energy transformer fire at Renaissance Power in Carson City

The smoke could be spotted from miles away, billowing high into the air and blending into the overcast sky above. As commuters pulled over on M-57 to gander at the mammoth plume, the source of the smoke itself, a large fire at Renaissance Power in Carson City, was steadily being contained by firefighters.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department officials were honored Monday for their efforts to maintain a medication drop-box in Stanton; from left to right, Undersheriff Mike Williams, Sheriff Bill Barnwell, Lt. Brian Waber and Medical Disposal Coalition of Montcalm County members Mary Thomas, Leslie Kinnee and Ron Finegood. — Courtesy photo/Kathleen Dunne

Montcalm County med disposal program collects 3,000 pounds … and counting

Three thousand pounds in three years.

That’s how much unwanted medication has been disposed of at Montcalm County drop boxes since autumn 2012.

Late Wednesday night, the Michigan House narrowly approved a $1.2 billion funding plan to improve and maintain state roads, such as this road in Greenville. The legislation — which now goes before the Senate — includes a 40 percent vehicle registration fee increase and a 3.3 cent gas tax hike. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Road funding proposal approved in House, headed to Senate

Here we go again: Late Wednesday night, the Michigan House narrowly approved a $1.2 billion funding plan to improve state roads. The legislation includes a 40 percent vehicle registration fee increase and a 3.3 cent gas tax hike.

Crystal Township Clerk Bob Naumann, left, speaks on the subject of receiving bids for a new heating and cooling system at the township administration building as Trustee Jason Anderson listens during Wednesday’s board meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township to purchase new DPW truck

Another year, another new truck for the Crystal Township Department of Public Works. In following a plan to replace the DPW’s pickup truck each year, board members officially approved the purchase of a new vehicle Wednesday evening.