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David Wight

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.

With the use of a solar panel, rechargeable batteries, a few wires, an energy converter and an Altoids container, Ethan Gallagher, 14, of Hubbardston, built this cell phone charger. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Hubbardston boy wins Best in Show with resourceful, practical device

In today’s world, a fully charged cell phone could be deemed as necessary as a car filled with gas, or perhaps to your average teenager, as important as food and water. With a noticeable absence of your standard electrical wall outlet, the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds is not considered an ideal location to plug in one’s phone as it nears the end of it’s battery life, but that doesn’t matter to Ethan Gallagher.

Jeremy Geselman

JUST IN: Crystal man arrested for sexual assault

A Crystal man was charged Tuesday with six felony charges related to inappropriate sexual contact with minors.

From left, 2014 Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year Kennedy Cogsworth, first runner-up Rory Eldridge, Ericka Haag, Jacob Homich, Heidi Terry, and second runner-up Elizabeth Yelland, stand together Saturday evening in the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds Ash Building during the awards presentation for 2014 4-H’er of the year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gowen teenager selected as 2014 4-H’er of the Year

It all started with two fat, little pygmy goats, ‘Moo’ and ‘Oink.’ Seven years later, after learning to properly care for her two precious animal friends and so many others, Kennedy Cogswell has become a young leader of the local 4-H community.

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Looking north down Derby Road is a minefield of potholes and worn-out patch jobs stretches from shoulder to shoulder. With a lack of funding, the number of potholes around the area remains high and causes problems for all drivers.

Emmons, Outman support sales tax increase to fund state’s roads

Rick Outman went to church last Sunday expecting to hear a sermon from his preacher. However, the state representative also received an exhortation from his congregation of constituents about how state legislators adjourned for the summer without reaching an agreement about how to fix the roads.

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Montcalm County Household Hazardous Waste Day is June 21

Montcalm County’s Household Hazardous Waste Day will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Howard City Municipal Building at 125 E. Shaw St.

Pastor Andy Croel stands at his podium in the sanctuary of Carson City United Methodist Church. Croel and his family are headed to St. Johns for new ministering duties after spending the past six years in Carson City. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Carson City UMC’s Pastor Andy headed to St. Johns church

This Sunday will be Pastor Andy Croel’s last Sunday at Carson City United Methodist Church.

Croel, 39, and his family are headed to St. Johns, where Croel has been appointed as pastor of Pilgrim United Methodist Church.

Beagles run, jump and climb in excitement at Rick Snow’s kennels in Greenville. Snow says his kennels offer plenty of space and houses for each dog and he is concerned about Montcalm County kennel ordinance updates, which would require him to build a building to house his dogs. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Dog owners say Montcalm County kennel ordinance could do more harm than good

Montcalm County’s kennel ordinance was updated last year with the goal of enacting stricter, more specific requirements. However, a number of dog owners think county officials are barking up the wrong tree.

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Commissioners continue to grapple over economic development plans

The city of Greenville is moving forward with hiring an economic development service. The question is whether the rest of Montcalm County will follow.