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Bath school tragedy revisited for historic novel

As the 88th anniversary of the deadliest school attack in American history approaches, an author is hoping Montcalm County residents can help shed some light on two victims with local connections.

Douglas Haney, a retired bio-health research psychologist, has been spending the past year writing a novel titled “The Angels of May: The Inspirational History of Bath Township’s Resurrection From Tragedy.”

On Tuesday, Eureka Township resident Frank DePue gets ready to do his civic duty and vote on Proposal 1. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Michigan voters overwhelmingly shoot Proposal 1 down

Michigan voters on Tuesday resoundingly defeated tax increases that would have pumped $1.2 billion more a year into roads, a setback for Gov. Rick Snyder and others who warn that the state’s infrastructure is falling into disrepair because of inadequate funding. In early returns, Proposal 1 was down 77 percent to 23 percent in Oakland and Kent counties, two of the state’s largest counties.

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JUST IN: Voters approve Palo school annexation into CC-C

Voters approved annexing Palo Community School into the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools district today.

Ken Hansen of Crystal is pictured with Ethan Nokes, 8, of Riverdale. Hansen rescued Nokes from being attacked by four Rottweilers on Monday afternoon. Nokes sustained 22 bite wounds in the attack. Hansen went to visit Nokes on Tuesday, after the boy had been released from the hospital. — Courtesy photo

‘They were trying to kill him’: Boy survives attack from 4 Rottweilers

A young boy survived nearly two dozen bites from four Rottweiler dogs Monday afternoon thanks to a nearby construction worker who came running to help. According to the Michigan State Police, the incident occurred around 5:10 p.m. in the Riverdale area of Gratiot County.

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Calley gives her opinion about the Central Area Michigan Works Consortium while commissioners Jack Shattuck, left, and Scott Wirtz, center, listen Tuesday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Ionia County leaves four-county Michigan Works for Region 4 agency

Ionia County is leaving a four-county employment service agency for a new 13-county arrangement. In a split vote Tuesday night, the Ionia County Board of Commissioners voted against staying with the Central Area Michigan Works Consortium (CAMWC) — which serves Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm counties — in favor of realigning with a yet-to-be-finalized Michigan Works agency in Region 4, which encompasses 13 counties.

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CC-C school board continues gun discussion

Over the past several months, the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education has been following the issue of how to deal with parents who exercise their right to carry weapons into the area schools. Schools are technically considered weapons free zones. Despite that classification, people with certified pistol licenses (CPLs) are still allowed to carry a weapon onto school property.

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Outman making second attempt to keep e-cigarettes away from kids

As the popularity of electronic cigarettes grows, so too does the amount of questions raised regarding how they should be regulated. Are they dangerous? What’s in them? Are they a legitimate substitute for traditional cigarettes?

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Julie Calley

Michigan works? Future uncertain for four-county jobs agency

What’s been working for a four-county area in central Michigan for the past 35 years may not be working anymore.

The Central Area Michigan Works Consortium (CAMWC) has been in existence since 1981. The agency is unique in that it encompasses four counties — Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm — and works in conjunction with local EightCAP services.

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Former Detroit punk rocker to speak about award-winning book at Carson City library

A Michigan Notable Book Award winner — and former Detroit punk rocker — will make an appearance at Carson City Public Library on Saturday. Sean Madigan Hoen, a native of Dearborn, is the author of “Songs Only You Know,” a searing memoir detailing his growing-up years amidst themes of addiction, depression, the music industry and family love and loss.

After Roger Gooding was able to lease a new digital projector, the Crystal Box Office Theatre reopened after closing in November 2014. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Box Office Theatre reopens with digital projector

After months of sitting quiet in the dark, doors closed to the public, the image of patrons enjoying movies all but a memory, the sun is now shining on the Crystal Box Office Theatre again. Owner Roger Gooding was forced to close the business in November 2014. Now, for the first time in more than five months, the single-screen theater is illuminated with a new movie and plenty of guests.