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Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Director of Bands Chad Parmenter conducts his high school band during class as he and his students prepare to perform at the State MSBOA Festival in April. Parmenter said the band has been focusing on comments received from judges at the district festival to prepare for the state festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City-Crystal bands preparing for state MSBOA Band Festival

When the legendary steamship Carpathia raced toward the doomed and sinking Titanic with all its might, it did so behind a tireless effort from the captain and crewmen aboard the vessel. Like the skipper behind the wheel, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Director of Bands Chad Parmenter has been directing his middle school band students, who attempt to follow his every command, as the students perform a piece of music dedicated in honor of the rescue ship.

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Bloomer Township supervisor abruptly resigns

This township’s supervisor abruptly resigned from his post without explanation this month.

The anatomy and physiology I class at Montcalm Community College collected more than 80 blankets and many nonperishable food items and hygienic products as part of a “Warming Montcalm County” service project.  — Courtesy photo

MCC students collect blankets and goods for homeless people

Looking around her hometown of Greenville, Amber Pelak feels like she recently opened her eyes to a major problem in her community: Homelessness.

“Sometimes you can be blind to what’s happening in your community,” she said. “Sometimes you can be immune to it.”

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Montcalm County sends dog kennel ordinance back to committee

Montcalm County commissioners have decided they were barking up the wrong tree regarding proposed changes to a dog kennel ordinance.

After almost an hour of public comment Monday, the board voted 7-1 to send the proposed changes back to the county’s Finance & Personnel committee for further revision.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, holding a pamphlet on the OK2SAY confidential student hotline, reaches out to the audience at Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College to promote the new program.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Emmons, Outman working to promote OK2SAY student safety hotline

The best way to stop a violent act, be it suicide, bullying or the manifestation of a serious bomb threat, is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

That’s the message Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, was hoping to convey when her legislation to create the new OK2SAY confidential student safety hotline was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder in December 2013.

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ON THE RECORD: Man jailed after attempting to neuter dog using livestock implement

A Fenwick man has been sentenced to jail time and fines after attempting to neuter a dog using a castration banding tool commonly used on farm livestock.

Wilmer Nolt Martin, 50, was convicted of abandoning/cruelty to animals, two counts of a stray dog and two counts of an unlicensed dog.

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CC-Crystal school board moving closer to open carry policy

The issue of openly carrying a gun into school continues to be a topic of discussion for the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education, as it moves closer to making a decision on the board’s position. Board President Ben Adkins conducted exhaustive research on the topic over the past month, including discussing the issue with state legislators, reading about Michigan Open Carry and comparing select other school district policies.

Rebecca Grant, left, and Robin Grant stand with their collection box at Premier Automotive in Belding for RAVE’s “1 Thing Thursday” program. — Courtesy photo

‘1 Thing Thursday’ project collects one item for RAVE

When women and children in Ionia and Montcalm counties fleeing domestic or sexual violence don’t have a safe place to go, they turn to Relief After Violent Encounter — Ionia/Montcalm, Inc. (RAVE), which operates the only shelter for these victims in the two-county area.

Now RAVE is turning to the community to help stock its pantry shelves.

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Kelly Decker named Carson City Citizen of the Year

Years ago, as a kindergarten student, Kelly Decker came upon a fellow student who was often ignored, who no one cared to sit next to. Concerned for her, but unsure at a young age how to address the situation, Decker too refrained from sitting next to her lonely classmate.

In telling the tale to her mother, her mother asked of her, “How would you feel if you were that little girl?”

Tim Zielke leads the “shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world” during festivities in Hubbardston on Tuesday. The small village has been hosting the event annually for more than 20 years. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Hubbardston offers a true Irish experience close to home

Tuesday morning dawned brisk and blustery as a March stroll on the shores of Galway Bay, but the sun was shining and what chill lingered by noon did little to dull the spirits of the crowd gathered in this small village to honor the Emerald Isle’s patron saint.