Outman concerned about proposed LGBTQ guidelines in school

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, has long voiced his opinion on educational matters in Michigan during his tenure in the Legislature, and Monday, he took aim at what some in Lansing are calling a controversial issue.

A proposal focused on students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or are questioning their sexual identity (LGBTQ) has been thrust into the limelight after a voluntary guidance, drafted with a goal to help school districts looking to better serve LGBT students, was outlined in a Feb. 23 memo from the Michigan Department of Education to the State Board of Education.


MARCH 26, 2016: Easter egg hunts and Easter bunny appearances

Here’s a list of local Easter egg hunts and related events in Montcalm County and surrounding areas.


IN BRIEF: Montcalm County commissioners consider budget cuts

Eliminate Animal Control?

Merge the Equalization Department and the Register of Deeds Department?

Give county parks back to local townships?

Surrounded by friends and family, Mark Crawfis, at center, shares a laugh as he is recognized as the 2016 Carson City Area Citizen of the Year at the 23rd annual Carson City Area Community Recognition Night on Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Mark Crawfis honored as Carson City Citizen of the Year

Mark Crawfis is not a man who expects or demands applause. Yet when he took the stage Wednesday evening, there wasn’t a person in the audience who wasn’t standing and paying their respects.

Dakota Prentler, left, speaks about the importance of the Carson City-Crystal Mentoring Program, as program organizer Kelly Pringle, right, listens during the 23rd annual Carson City Area Community Recognition Night on Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C Mentoring Program, high school seniors recognized

Standing in uniform, awaiting to leave for basic training in three weeks, Dakota Prentler used what strength he had to hold back his emotions Wednesday evening.

Speaking at the 23rd annual Carson City Area Community Recognition Night, Dakota served as an example of the good that has come out of the Carson City-Crystal Mentoring Program, which was recognized as the 2016 Community Group of the year.


Village of Hubbardston countersues Community Center Board members

The village of Hubbardston is countersuing members of the Hubbardston Community Center Board as a trial date approaches.

Members of the Hubbardston Community Center Board filed a lawsuit last December against the village in a claim and delivery case. A civil trial is set for April 11 in 64A District Court in Ionia.


Montcalm County officials OK Crystal Lake variance

Montcalm County commissioners on Monday approved a variance request for a construction project on Crystal Lake. The request was considered and approved after a public hearing by Montcalm County’s Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee.

Crystal Township Clerk Bob Naumann, right, explains his thoughts on a contract with the Road Commission of Montcalm County as Supervisor Chris Johnston listens. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township approves brine contract with Road Commission

Residents in the Crystal area will again be receiving road treatments throughout the upcoming year on behalf of the Road Commission for Montcalm County. Members of the Crystal Township Board voted 4-1 Wednesday evening, with Clerk Bob Naumann opposed, to approve a contract with the road commission for the application of brine on township roads.

Members of the Carson City-Crystal High School Marching Band rehearse music Wednesday that they will soon be playing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-Crystal band heads to Florida following successful music season

For one week, the Carson City-Crystal Marching Eagles are migrating south. On Sunday, members of the high school band will travel to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., a trip that Band Director Chad Parmenter sees as a benefit to a dedicated group of students.


IN BRIEF: Crystal Township switches to Republic Services for community center trash removal

Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to switch companies for trash removal at the Crystal Community Center.