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Meet your Carson City-Crystal Winterfest Court

Winterfest activities began Monday at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools.

Judy Emmons

Gov. Snyder’s speech inspires GOP

Gov. Rick Snyder gave another one of his patented “relentlessly positive” speeches Tuesday during his State of the State address. The speech showcased what Snyder saw as highlights of Michigan’s past year, as well as introduced several new proposals, which inspired his own party.

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Rep. Moolenaar: Obama delivers mixed messages

President Barack Obama took a straightforward approach to his State of the Union address Tuesday, declaring the end of a recession and two wars and the start of more jobs and health insurance … and victoriously taking credit for all of the above.

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Crystal Township Board approves drain consolidation

Blockages, sinkholes and occasional flooding — there’s no shortage of drainage problems that this township’s residents have experienced in the downtown district.

So in an effort to give the county drain commissioner more leeway to address these problems, the Crystal Township Board voted 4-1 on Wednesday to consolidate seven drainage systems within the township into a single drainage district.

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The Right Place and Montcalm Economic Alliance sign partnership

The path to create more economic growth in Montcalm County may finally have been paved on the stable ground of a partnership that aims to bring great dividends to area businesses and residents.

On Monday, The Right Place Inc. and the Montcalm Economic Alliance announced the formation of a strategic partnership to support economic growth in Montcalm County and encourage greater regional collaboration in West Michigan.

Donation of Bailey Lance’s organs helped seven other people regain a healthy life. — File photo

Bailey Lance remembered for his good-natured humor, will help others through organ donation

This was supposed to be the year Bailey Lance pumped up his grades a little, getting them more in line with his abilities. This was supposed to be the year he brought down the 12-point buck he’d seen from a distance while hunting.

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Carson City Area Food Pantry in demand now more than ever

When looking at the importance of a local food pantry, one of the biggest indicators of relevance can be found right at the doorstep.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church Pastoral Director Nancy Woodcock says it’s not irregular to see a new face each Tuesday morning when the Carson City Area Food Pantry opens its doors to provide food and monetary goods.

Greenville resident Burton Sly fills up his car at the Admiral gas station on W. Washington St. in Greenville. Sly was able to fill his vehicle at $1.94 a gallon, the cheapest price offered since 2009.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lower gas prices are expected to last through 2015

Burton Sly has a regular routine of filling the gas tank of his vehicle every Sunday afternoon to prepare for the work week, a routine that oftentimes digs too deep into his finances.

But in recent weeks, the Greenville resident has had reason to smile at the pump as gas prices nationwide have plummeted.

Additional funding in the amount of $1.2 billion for Michigan’s roads will be in the hands of voters in May as they vote on whether to increase the state sales tax from 6 to 7 percent.  — File photo

Outman, Emmons cite ‘compromise’ in reaching road funding legislation

With so many minds in Michigan focused on gasoline prices, in Lansing, legislators worked last week during the final hours of the lame duck session to draft a solution to the state’s issues with poor road quality.

After two bills were drafted, one in the House of Representatives and another in the Senate, legislators came together to create a bipartisan bill package that would provide an additional $1.2 billion annually toward road funding.

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Hubbardston treasurer ‘shell shocked’ after being fired by new president

The new Hubbardston village president was sworn into office on Nov. 20.

Less than three weeks later, Julie Hobart-Reed made her first executive decision. She chose to terminate Carol Fink as village treasurer.