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An Ionia County snow plow truck makes its way east on Bricker Road, clearing snow Tuesday afternoon.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Snow storms continue to keep county road crews busy

After being battered last Thursday with nearly 12 inches of snow, another blast of snow Tuesday is keeping plow drivers busy. According to Road Commission for Montcalm County Superintendent-Manager Mark Christensen, another winter storm that began at approximately 7 a.m. and carried into the night kept plow trucks on the road throughout the day.

Breanna Brockschmidt, 8, of Greenville, using a snowblower to plow the sidewalk in front of her home. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Schools facing make-up days due to winter weather

In the winter game of snow days played by local school districts, every card in the hand has officially been played. With nearly three weeks remaining in the winter season, there isn’t a single school district within The Daily News coverage area that hasn’t exhausted the entirety of its allocated six snow days by the state government.

Steve O'Boyle

Fired Hubbardston fire chief fires back

The Hubbardston Village Council voted to fire its fire chief earlier this month. Now Steve O’Boyle wants to tell his side of the story.

A worker with the Greenville Public Services Department clears snow from a sidewalk along W. Montcalm Street on Thursday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Late February storm blankets Montcalm County in snow

If this winter came in like a lamb, then it is going out like a lion.

A winter storm has covered all of Montcalm County in up to 11 inches of snow and closed all of the area’s schools and county offices on Thursday, with many opting to close early on Wednesday before the storm hit full force.

Emily Patin

Family makes ‘difficult decision’ to let go of Crystal ORV accident victim

A second family is now grieving after a tragic accident at the Crystal Lake Winter Festival. Emily Patin, 25, of Crystal, was declared brain dead on Saturday, according to a Go Fund Me Page for her.

Hubbardston Village President Julie Hobart-Reed

Village of Hubbardston being sued for ‘personal’ items

An ongoing dispute about unreturned items in this small village has gone to court.

The village of Hubbardston is being sued by the Hubbardston Community Center Board in a claim and delivery case. A civil trial is set for April 11 in 64A District Court in Ionia.

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Hubbardston Village Council fires fire chief

The Hubbardston Village Council has voted to fire its fire chief after allegations of insubordination aºnd failure to perform job duties.

The village council unanimously voted to fire Steve O’Boyle as fire chief during a special meeting Feb. 5.

Sparrow Carson Hospital was acquired by Sparrow Health System one year ago. On Wednesday, a donation in the amount of $30,000 was made to the Carson Foundation from the health system as part of an agreement to match funds raised by the foundation. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Sparrow Health System donates $30,000 to Carson Foundation

One year ago, Sparrow Health System pledged to match funds annually to the Carson Foundation when it acquired Carson Health.

On Wednesday, Sparrow came through as promised.

On March 8 — the same day as Michigan’s presidential primary election — Montcalm County voters will be asked to consider a five-year Headlee override millage proposal.  — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County millage vote on the horizon

In less than three weeks, Montcalm County residents will be deciding how much county services are worth to them.

On March 8 — the same day as Michigan’s presidential primary election — Montcalm County voters will be asked to consider a five-year Headlee override millage proposal. The millage would generate approximately $986,077 in revenue in its first year and would help fund the county’s $220,000 budget deficit, which is currently being covered by fund equity, as well as help improve or restore other county services.

Robert Nieman of Crystal performs a “belly flop” dive into the icy waters of Crystal Lake during the 7th annual Crystal Lake Winter Festival Polar Dip event Saturday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Lake festivalgoers embrace ‘coldest weekend of year’ (PHOTOS)

The coldest weekend of the year reserved itself a seat at the seventh annual Crystal Lake Winter Festival on Saturday, but Michigan’s winter was more than welcome to the table. Festivalgoers didn’t seem to mind the single digit temperatures that encompassed a day filled with ice skating, polar dipping, chili eating and much more.