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Sparrow Health System acquires Carson Health

Sparrows are one of the most ubiquitous and versatile birds in the world.

Lansing-based Sparrow Health System is on a similar path of recognition in mid-Michigan.

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PHOTOS: Construction underway at Carson City-Crystal Lower Elementary

The first phase of an $11 million bond renovation project has begun at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools.

In May 2014, voters approved the bond proposal, extending the district’s debt millage of 4.2 mills for another 15 years and nine months, allowing for security and technology upgrades and transportation and facility improvements.

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Meet your Carson City-Crystal Winterfest Court

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

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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.

The stars may seem brighter in Crystal Township, but that's only in part because several of the Christmas decorations in town, such as this candy cane, remain in the dark due to the removal of a power line and meter that has cut electricity to a number of decorations hung throughout the township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Christmas lights go dark in Crystal Township

Christmas lights have been hung along the major streets in Crystal Township, however, not every light is twinkling bright.

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Hubbardston Hydro dam may be springing back to life

The long and storied history of this village’s dam dates back more than 160 years, even before “Hubbard’s town” was founded.

It was 1853 when Joseph Brown purchased property from land speculator James Langdon and built a dam and a small sawmill on Fish Creek, a tributary to the Maple River.

Franklin Pierce succeeded Millard Fillmore as the 14th president of the United States that year and multiple Irish families were in the process of following John Cowman from Ireland to a Michigan settlement that would eventually become Hubbardston.

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Jean Southward selected as next Carson City administrator

It took less than five minutes of discussion during Tuesday evening’s special Carson City Council meeting for the unanimous recommendation to hire Jean Southward as city administrator.

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Crystal Township Board exploring ordinance variance requests

Apparently the second time’s the charm when it comes to implementing a variance procedure for land ordinances in this township.

Just one month ago, Crystal Township Board members voted down a resolution 2-3 — with Supervisor Chris Johnston, Trustee Jason Anderson and Treasurer Ted Padgett opposed — to have the township’s attorney include a variance procedure in all three of the township’s land division ordinances.

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42nd annual Frontier Days festivities underway in Carson City (Photo Gallery)

The 42nd annual Frontier Days festival is underway this weekend in Carson City.

From left, school board member Randy Stearns, Superintendent Kevin Murphy, President Tom Wilcox and Ben Adkins listen and respond during the public comment period of Monday evening’s Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C superintendent responds to concerns

Hubbardston resident and business owner Patricia Baese said she had finally heard enough.

She decided to seek answers from Carson City-Crystal Area Schools.

At Monday evening’s Carson City-Crystal Schools Board of Education meeting, community members filled every available chair and appeared to be focused on the same issues as Baese.