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Dakota Prentler, left, speaks about the importance of the Carson City-Crystal Mentoring Program, as program organizer Kelly Pringle, right, listens during the 23rd annual Carson City Area Community Recognition Night on Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C Mentoring Program, high school seniors recognized

Standing in uniform, awaiting to leave for basic training in three weeks, Dakota Prentler used what strength he had to hold back his emotions Wednesday evening.

Speaking at the 23rd annual Carson City Area Community Recognition Night, Dakota served as an example of the good that has come out of the Carson City-Crystal Mentoring Program, which was recognized as the 2016 Community Group of the year.

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Village of Hubbardston countersues Community Center Board members

The village of Hubbardston is countersuing members of the Hubbardston Community Center Board as a trial date approaches.

Members of the Hubbardston Community Center Board filed a lawsuit last December against the village in a claim and delivery case. A civil trial is set for April 11 in 64A District Court in Ionia.

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Montcalm County officials OK Crystal Lake variance

Montcalm County commissioners on Monday approved a variance request for a construction project on Crystal Lake. The request was considered and approved after a public hearing by Montcalm County’s Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee.

Crystal Township Clerk Bob Naumann, right, explains his thoughts on a contract with the Road Commission of Montcalm County as Supervisor Chris Johnston listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township approves brine contract with Road Commission

Residents in the Crystal area will again be receiving road treatments throughout the upcoming year on behalf of the Road Commission for Montcalm County. Members of the Crystal Township Board voted 4-1 Wednesday evening, with Clerk Bob Naumann opposed, to approve a contract with the road commission for the application of brine on township roads.

Members of the Carson City-Crystal High School Marching Band rehearse music Wednesday that they will soon be playing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-Crystal band heads to Florida following successful music season

For one week, the Carson City-Crystal Marching Eagles are migrating south. On Sunday, members of the high school band will travel to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., a trip that Band Director Chad Parmenter sees as a benefit to a dedicated group of students.

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IN BRIEF: Crystal Township switches to Republic Services for community center trash removal

Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to switch companies for trash removal at the Crystal Community Center.

Voters hit the polls Tuesday to cast their vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary elections and the Montcalm County Headlee override millage proposal. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County voters decline Headlee override millage proposal

A majority of Montcalm County voters have declined to help fund county services, meaning budget cuts are around the corner.

Voters turned down a Headlee override millage proposal by 7,389 “no” votes to 5,429 “yes” votes, or 58 percent to 42 percent.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County voters decline Headlee millage

A majority of Montcalm County voters have declined to help fund county services, meaning budget cuts are around the corner.

Voters turned down a Headlee override millage proposal by 7,389 “no” votes to 5,429 “yes” votes, or 58 percent to 42 percent.

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‘We just haven’t had an election like this one before’: Montcalm County voters head to the polls

Presidential primary elections have been drawing record voter turnout throughout the United States.

Today, it’s Michigan’s turn.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

From left, Carson City Elementary School third grade student council members Rylie Weber, 8, Peyton Bewalt, 8, Klouse Andrews, 10, Liam Jensen, 8, Savannah Sabela, 9, and Padi Watson, 8, pose with fellow third grade student Mason Burns, 9, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The students are helping to raise enough money to purchase a service dog for Burns. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City students raising funds to purchase service dog for classmate

From the moment Mason Burns opens his eyes in the morning, the struggle to get out of bed begins. It’s a problem many of his third grade peers can share — wishing for another 10 minutes or hoping for a snow day — anything for a little extra time to spend in bed.