Vickeryville house a total loss after fire, residents escape safely

Tuesday afternoon found Doug, Antra and Allen Howard in their home when they began to smell and see smoke.

The smoke was coming from their barn next door at 7572 S. Vickeryville Road. That’s when passersby knocked on the door yelling that the barn was on fire and the family needed to get out.

Dakota Shaffer, 15, shares a moment with her mother, Amanda, right, Thursday afternoon at their home in Vestaburg. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Care Network offers outpatient and home-based therapy

Montcalm County residents, like anywhere else, face barriers when it comes to receiving comprehensive mental health care. The rural landscape of the county can mean isolation for some families in need. Financial stability can be another issue.

The Montcalm Care Network, based in Stanton, is focused on helping children and families conquer those barriers in order to receive mental health care services.


The Daily News named best in Michigan

The Daily News was named the best in the state Sunday in the annual Michigan Associated Press (AP) Media Editors newspaper competition.

The Daily News won for general excellence in Division 1 and was honored with 10 other awards during Sunday’s AP banquet in Lansing.

Crystal Township Treasurer Ted Padgett, left, speaks with Supervisor Chris Johnston during Wednesday’s meeting on the topic of Crystal Community Library relocation efforts. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Proposal reviewed for new Crystal library location

If Crystal Community Library is ever to move to the Crystal Community Center, the window of opportunity may finally be open. During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, board members briefly reviewed a “memorandum of understanding” proposed by Clerk Bob Naumann during a first reading.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Superintendent Kevin Murphy, center, receives a check in the amount of $26,789.45 from Grand Valley Automation Project Manager Cory Tate, left, and MYESCO Vice President of Development Tony Savickas. — Courtesy photo

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools gets energy rebate

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools will have a little extra funding that could go a long way toward some projected upcoming projects. In April, the school district received a $26,000 rebate check from MYESCO and Grand Valley Automation.


IN BRIEF: Crystal Township Board approves fitness class

The Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening for approval to offer a fitness class at the Crystal Community Center.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board President Ben Adkins, right, speaks to fellow board members, Treasurer Randy Stearns, center, and Secretary Kelly Decker, left, on the topic of researching the idea of a balanced calendar for the school district during Monday’s Board of Education meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C continues balanced calendar discussion

With the premise of a balanced calendar still in its infancy at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools, all ideas are being taken into consideration.

During Monday evening’s school board meeting, Superintendent Kevin Murphy provided an update on researching a balanced calendar for the district, which currently operates under a traditional calendar.

A cement pad and stairs are the only lake access to Crystal Township Park from Crystal Lake, but members of the Downtown Development Authority are optimistic that someday a grant could help pave the way for a boardwalk-style marina, connecting boaters to the downtown district. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Enthusiasm returns to Crystal Township DDA

Committees can dissipate almost as quickly as they are formed, board members will come and go, and enthusiasm can reach ultimate highs as well as bottom out to nonexistence. Tim Bohen has spent more than 20 years as a member of the Crystal Township Downtown Development Association (DDA), and he has witnessed both ends of the spectrum, from failures to successes.


IN BRIEF: CC-C renews food contract with Chartwells

Members of the Carson City-Crystal Board of Education approved a contract with Chartwells School Dining Services during Monday evening’s board of education meeting.

After being struck by a shotgun blast from a member of the Carson City-Crystal clay target team, there is little resemblance of the former circular disc that existed before it was successfully hit. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Clay target shooting becomes varsity sport at Carson City-Crystal (PHOTOS)

Standing patiently, holding his breath in anticipation, Caleb Stevens steadied his rifle before him, ready to take aim. With safety goggles placed over his eyes and ear shields strapped on firmly, after a small moment of silence to himself, he shouted aloud confidently: “Pull!”