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Members of the Carson City community gathered Tuesday for the unveiling of a Michigan Historical Society Milestone Award in the form of a large plaque, designating Carson City as an official Michigan Sesquicentennial City. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City marks sesquicentennial; celebration continues during Frontier Days

With a resounding ring from a large ceremonial bell, Carson City Mayor Bruce Tasker joyfully kicked off a celebration 150 years in the making. Speaking in front of more than 60 members of the community — and dressed as if he had just stepped out of the 1800s – Tasker read an official proclamation Tuesday afternoon to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the city during a sesquicentennial celebration.

Carson City-Crystal High School senior Braxton Roberts, 19, has had a difficult time of completing high school, but on Sunday, he will receive his high school diploma after a late effort to reach his goal. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Nearly a drop-out, CC-C senior to graduate

Just a few weeks before the end of this school year, Ronda Badgley bought her son a small graduation gift in the form of a cute, stuffed teddy bear. Complete with a graduation cap, along with “congratulations” and “2017” printed in bold, the bear would sing a rendition of “Best Day of My Life” if you gave it a soft squeeze.

Chemical Bank is closing two of its seven branches in Montcalm County on Aug. 25, including the Crystal Township branch, pictured, located at 101 N. Main St., and the Sheridan branch, located at 201 S. Main St.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

2 local Chemical Bank branches are closing

Chemical Bank is closing 16 locations in Michigan, and two of those locations are in Montcalm County.

According to Chemical Bank Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing John Hatfield, the Crystal Township and Sheridan bank branches — two of seven in the county — will close on Aug. 25.

A photo shows Carson City’s East Main Street in 1918. The city was founded in 1867 and is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year. — Courtesy photo

Carson City preparing to celebrate sesquicentennial

A century and a half ago, settlers made their home on property in the southeast portion Montcalm County. The year was 1867.

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Sanctuary cities issue on deck for Rep. Lower

One of the more hot-button issues in Lansing this year has become the status of “sanctuary cities” in Michigan, and Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, finds himself at the center of the issue.

The inaugural Relay for Life of Carson City-Crystal Area Schools will be June 2 on the high school track at Community Field. — Courtesy photo

CC-C to host inaugural Relay for Life event June 2

As a nurse who manages the Infusion and Chemotherapy Center at Sparrow Carson Health, Nancy Seals knows all too well the impact cancer has on members of her community. With patients coming in daily to receive treatment, Seals meets regularly with individuals who are giving every ounce of willpower they possess to overcome the deadly disease.

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Anti-drug symposium addresses reality of opioid addiction

On a road to restoration for nearly six years, recovering addict Justin Yost is one of the strongest voices of the community in the fight against drug use.

Having spoken at five different schools, reaching out to almost 1,000 students, Yost, 33, of Greenville, uses every opportunity to tell his story geared toward prevention.

Crystal Township Supervisor Chris Johnston, left, addresses questions at Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting regarding a millage proposal for police coverage in the township, as Clerk Patty Baker-Marek listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township Board approves sheriff services millage proposal

The decision to have a dedicated police presence in this township will now be up to its residents come election time in August.

During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, the board unanimously approved a resolution to place a police services millage renewal proposal on the Aug. 8 ballot.

Members of the Crystal Township Board, from left, Curt McCraken, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston, Clerk Patty Baker-Marek, and George Bahm, discuss Wednesday evening the details of proposed plans to redevelop a vacant room at the Crystal Community Center to relocate the Crystal Community Library. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township Board holds off on library move

Although action is being taken move the Crystal Community Library from its current location to the Crystal Community Center, township officials are in no rush.

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IN BRIEF: Crystal Township renews fitness classes at community center

Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve a request for fitness classes at the Crystal Community Center.