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911 surcharge renewal passes easily

A Montcalm County Central Dispatch 911 surcharge renewal on the ballot passed easily Tuesday. The surcharge was approved with 3,890 “yes” votes to 1,422 “no” votes, or 73 percent to 27 percent.

Montcalm Township husband and wife Ralph and Irene Palmer fill out voter identification cards at Montcalm Township Hall before voting on several ballot proposals during a special election Tuesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MAISD special education millage ‘will support all students’

Montcalm Area Intermediate School District staff gathered at their Central Office in Stanton on Tuesday evening to learn the outcome of the special education millage ballot proposal. As voting results trickled in, votes on both sides seemed to compete in a dead heat for hours. But as the night wore on, the affirmative votes pulled ahead.

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With bond passing, ‘Carson City-Crystal just became a destination district’

Chalk it up as a win for Carson City-Crystal Area Schools. With 1,406 votes cast in Tuesday’s election, an $11 million bond proposal passed with 58 percent of the vote.

The Carson City-Crystal High School Band performs during a practice session at the MSBOA State Festival Thursday at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

PHOTO GALLERY: Practice makes perfect for CC-C band

For a group of students so focused on working to create beautiful, flawless music, the Carson City-Crystal High School Band sure has made a lot of noise this year. That noise, of course, is what has followed its majestic, grandiose performances — the cheering, hugging, crying and shear excitement of coming out on top again and again.

Mandy Branderhorst, a school nurse at the Seiter Education Center, left, works with special education students Shane Durfee, center, and Rylee Hoover, right, Friday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MAISD special education proposal in the hands of voters

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District millage vote on Tuesday may say “special education” on the ballot, but the issue affects all children in Montcalm County. Tuesday’s proposal will ask voters whether to restore the MAISD’s special ed millage — currently 2.1878 mills — to 2.50, as well as add another mill for a total of 3.50 mills.

The Montcalm County Central Dispatch Center in Stanton, pictured, will be asking voters Tuesday to renew a 911 surcharge which will collect up to $2.85 per phone line in the county. The surcharge, which is a renewal from that approved by voters in 2010, is charged monthly to each phone registered in the county, both landlines and cell phones. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

911 surcharge renewal would help purchase new technology

Tuesday’s election ballot will include several proposals up for vote, including a 911 surcharge renewal, which would collect up to $2.85 a month per phone line in Montcalm County. The surcharge, which is a renewal from that approved by voters in 2010, is charged monthly to each phone registered in the county — both landlines and cell phones.

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JUST IN: CC-C High School student suspended for gun in parking lot

A Carson City-Crystal High School student has been suspended after allegedly leaving a gun in a vehicle in the school parking lot overnight.

According to Superintendent Kevin Murphy, the incident took place last week.

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Making it Cool to be Kind: Students ready to lead culture-changing program

Surrounded by students she has mentored, guided and influenced throughout this past year, Laurie Stewart could only smile while shedding a few tears as she came to a realization Thursday evening.

“They don’t need me anymore,” she said. “They are definitely using their peer influence to help other people and they are making it sustainable.”

That was the goal from the beginning — to create a new, positive culture in Montcalm County.

Kurt Schindler, senior educator on land use with Michigan State University Extension, explained details of the Right to Farm Act and Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices Thursday evening in Stanton. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Right to Farm Act topic of discussion in Stanton

The exodus from cities to suburbs is a part of American culture.

Soldiers returning from World War II and Korea moved with their families to quiet little streets in new developments made possible by the country’s burgeoning infrastructure, particularly the highway system. In recent decades, even those suburbs have come to seem too crowded to many, and new developments have sprouted like mushrooms in previously rural areas.

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OUR VIEW: Vote ‘yes’ for CC-C bond proposal

Residents of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools district will be asked on May 6 to decide whether to approve a bond extension in support of school upgrades, technology and security.

The ballot proposal calls for extending the school district’s current debt millage of 4.2 mills for 15 years and nine months to generate almost $11 million. There will be no increase to the school district’s current debt millage.