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Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department officials were honored Monday for their efforts to maintain a medication drop-box in Stanton; from left to right, Undersheriff Mike Williams, Sheriff Bill Barnwell, Lt. Brian Waber and Medical Disposal Coalition of Montcalm County members Mary Thomas, Leslie Kinnee and Ron Finegood. — Courtesy photo/Kathleen Dunne

Montcalm County med disposal program collects 3,000 pounds … and counting

Three thousand pounds in three years.

That’s how much unwanted medication has been disposed of at Montcalm County drop boxes since autumn 2012.

Late Wednesday night, the Michigan House narrowly approved a $1.2 billion funding plan to improve and maintain state roads, such as this road in Greenville. The legislation — which now goes before the Senate — includes a 40 percent vehicle registration fee increase and a 3.3 cent gas tax hike. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Road funding proposal approved in House, headed to Senate

Here we go again: Late Wednesday night, the Michigan House narrowly approved a $1.2 billion funding plan to improve state roads. The legislation includes a 40 percent vehicle registration fee increase and a 3.3 cent gas tax hike.

Crystal Township Clerk Bob Naumann, left, speaks on the subject of receiving bids for a new heating and cooling system at the township administration building as Trustee Jason Anderson listens during Wednesday’s board meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township to purchase new DPW truck

Another year, another new truck for the Crystal Township Department of Public Works. In following a plan to replace the DPW’s pickup truck each year, board members officially approved the purchase of a new vehicle Wednesday evening.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Superintendent Kevin Murphy, left, speaks on the topic of open carry guidelines as school board member Scott Fleisher listens during Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C board looks at legal decisions on open carry

The Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education once again focused its attention on guns during Monday’s regular meeting. Board members discussed for more than an hour the subject of creating administrative guidelines to aid administrators and office staff on how to address an individual who enters a school building with a holstered weapon via the right to open carry in Michigan.

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JUST IN: Crystal Township approves DPW truck purchase

In following a plan to purchase a new Department of Public Works truck each year, board members officially approved the purchase of a new vehicle Wednesday evening.

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CC-C band director asking for instrument donations from community

Kaleb Vargas enjoys band more than any other class at Carson City-Crystal High School, so much so that he’s taken to learning a second instrument.

Between marching band and jazz band, the senior plays bass clarinet and saxophone, spending time between school and home to practice on each instrument and improve himself as a musician.

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JUST IN: CC-C school board continues open carry discussion

Members of the Carson City-Crystal Board of Education discussed for more than an hour Monday evening on the subject of creating administrative guidelines to deal with visitors who choose to legally open-carry a weapon on district property.

Cancer survivor Brenda Saladin of Greenville spent years battling stage III invasive duct carcinoma, but she is now cancer-free. — Courtesy photo

Cancer survivors say listen to your doctor, keep the faith

When it comes to cancer treatment, is it a positive attitude that breeds success or success that produces a positive attitude?

If you ask cancer survivors Karen Herzog and Brenda Saladin, they might tell you it’s a little bit of both.

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900 gallons of sealer and tar spill in Vestaburg accident

Talk about a sticky situation. A Monday morning traffic accident resulted in 900-plus gallons of driveway sealer and liquid tar spilling onto Vestaburg’s main intersection.

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CC-C marks completion of phase I school bond work

Christmas may be months away, but ask a faculty member at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools, and you’ll hear that gifts appear to be arriving every day.

These gifts, however, don’t come in a box wrapped in colorful paper and topped off with a pretty bow.