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Montcalm Conservation District struggling financially

The history of conservation districts dates back to the “Dirty Thirties,” a time in this country’s history when people were fighting to stay financially afloat, as well as battling the destructive dust storms that severely damaged the nation’s agricultural efforts.

Carson City Lions Club member Tom Wilcox, left, who chaired this year’s Community Recognition Night, introduces Citizen of the Year Bob Reinsmith. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Carson City Lions honor ‘veteran’s veteran’ as its citizen of the year

Hearing Carson City residents recollect the life of Bob Reinsmith, one can’t help but think, this is a guy you’d like to know. It’s quickly apparent Reinsmith deserves the honor bestowed upon him Tuesday evening at St. Mary’s Hall, that of Citizen of the Year. Each year, the Carson City Lions Club hosts its Community Recognition Night, in which groups, students and individuals who tirelessly serve the city are recognized for their efforts.

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Hoisington announces run against Outman

A union man has thrown his hat into the ring in a bid to unseat the State House representative for the 70th District. James Hoisington, D-Stanton, recently announced his intention to run against current State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, in November’s general election.

Members of the Hubbardston and surrounding communities participate in the self proclaimed “World’s Shortest Parade” Monday afternoon to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Village of Hubbardston celebrates St. Patrick’s Day (PHOTOS)

Though the village of Hubbardston boasts hundreds of years of Irish history, it was the youngest of descendants, with toes tapping and legs moving swiftly that signaled the beginning of St. Patrick’s Day in the small town.

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WALDON’S PONDERINGS: Is the Carson City Gazette still ‘a fine publication’?

Now that past issues of our newspaper have been digitally archived and are available for more accessible search and perusal, I thought I would try to start writing a regular local history column.

My hope is to take a look back at local history and relate those old stories to our present day and age with the goal of providing context and perspective for the ongoing and unfolding stories of our local communities.

Dave Camp

GUEST VIEW: Dave Camp looks at how to fix ‘appalling tax code’

There have been so many changes to the tax code over the past decade that it is now 10 times the size of the Bible, but with none of the Good News. That factual statement usually gets a good laugh.

But what isn’t funny is the effect that constant tinkering with the tax code has had on the people who pay them, and on the economy.

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Carson City Community Recognition Night to honor local veteran

The Carson City Lions Club will be hosting the 21st annual Carson City Area Community Recognition Night on Tuesday night

The event will be held at St Mary’s Hall in Carson City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and socializing and the program will start at 7 p.m. The event usually lasts a little more than an hour and is open to the public. Admission is free and dress is casual.

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Crystal Township Fire Department officials concerned with well

A troublesome situation with collecting water to battle a recent house fire has the Crystal Township Fire Department concerned for the safety of homeowners as well as firefighters. At Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Scott Brundage said action needs to be taken with the township’s de-watering well on W. Park Street, which the department uses to fill its water tankers.

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Montcalm County school officials hope time is right for special ed millage

Twenty-six years.
That’s how much time has gone by since Montcalm County voters last approved an increase in special education funding. In the meantime, Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) officials have made more than $2.5 million in cuts to special education services and reduced their workforce by 22 percent. Programs not required by law have been consolidated or eliminated, including the shutdown of Harold O. Steele Alternative High School in Fenwick in 2006.

The village of Hubbardston will host "the world's shortest St. Patrick's Day parade" at noon Monday. — File photo

Village of Hubbardston preparing for St. Patrick’s Day

This tiny Irish village will once again shine as it plays host to annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities.