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IN BRIEF: Crystal Township approves 2016-2017 fiscal year budget

Members of the Crystal Township Board voted Wednesday evening to adopt the 2016-2017 fiscal year township budget.

Montcalm County Sheriff's Deputy Charlie Mahar

Montcalm County sheriff’s candidates weigh in on budget

Three law enforcement men are vying to be elected the next sheriff of Montcalm County.

Longtime Sheriff Bill Barnwell is retiring at the end of this year. Whoever voters choose in the Aug. 2 primary election to succeed Barnwell will be tasked with overseeing a department that has been hit with repeated budget cuts over the years.

The Daily News asked the three candidates — all Republicans — for their thoughts about the budget crunch and their plans for the future, if elected.

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Montcalm County budget cuts mean job layoffs, fee increases

Michael Kotenko rose to speak before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

May 23 was the first major public appearance for the 14-year sheriff’s deputy since last autumn, when he narrowly escaped being murdered on the job.

Members of Carson City American Legion Post 380 march in the Grand Parade on Saturday during the Carson City Frontier Days festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City community enjoys annual Frontier Days festival (PHOTOS)

Friends Bata Helman and Frances Sorrell look forward to the Carson City Frontier Days Grand Parade every year. Like many others, staking out their spot with lawn chairs and blankets lining Main Street, the two longtime friends like the parade entries and meeting up with family and friends. But they also have another reason to be thankful for their lawn chairs, sitting curbside to the parade route.

A Carson City-Crystal graduate dons a decorative cap that says "One Degree Hotter" during the school's 2016 graduation Sunday at the school's Community Fieldhouse. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

72 CC-C grads reflect on the past, look to the future (PHOTOS)

For the 72 the students that comprised Carson City-Crystal’s class of 2016, Sunday’s graduation was a time of reflection of the past, celebration of the present and a focus on the future. Kennedy Murphy, one of the speakers of Carson City-Crystal’s graduation ceremony, touched on all three timelines in a speech to her class, giving sound advice to cherish what they’ve accomplished but to also have the courage to continue to strive for better as they move on to the next chapter of their lives and careers.

Andrew Emelander worked for weeks to catch up after a car accident left him unable to go to school, resulting in the worry that he might not graduate on time. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Overcoming crash, CC-C senior grateful to graduate on time

Andrew Emelander knew what he was going to do after graduation. After achieving his high school diploma, Andrew planned to join the military. An icy road on an early Thursday morning, Feb. 4, almost changed all of that.

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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.

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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.