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Ionia County Sheriff's Offices enters Palo Community Schools with a bomb dog from Clinton County and the Ionia County Intermediate School District Bob Kjolhede. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

UPDATE: No bomb found after threat at Palo Community Schools

A bomb threat displaced more than 75 students and faculty from Palo Community Schools on Wednesday afternoon. Ionia County Central Dispatch received a call at about 12:45 p.m. regarding a bomb threat at the elementary school that houses kindergarten through sixth grade.

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Carson City Lions Club donate to CC-C High School track project

The Carson City Lions Club presented a check to Carson City-Crystal Area Schools totaling $3,571.37 at Monday night’s school board meeting. The money was raised during the 38th annual Don Baese Cross Country Invitational in September. The Lions Club manages parking during the annual event and all proceeds raised will go toward renovating the high school track.

Firefighters from the Sheridan Community and Ronald Township Volunteer fire departments battle a fire Thursday morning east of Fenwick. The home was a complete loss. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Mother, son, escape Fenwick house fire safely

A mother and son are safe after a fire that started in a pump room spread to and consumed their home east of Fenwick on Thursday morning. The Sheridan Community and Ronald Township fire departments were dispatched at 9:53 a.m. to 4874 E. Cole Road in response to a structure fire.

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Carson City-Crystal homecoming court

CARSON CITY — Meet the members of Carson City-Crystal Area Schools homecoming court, including the new king and queen.

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Carson Health official receives Homeland Security training

Kelly Frost, from Carson Health’s Maintenance & Security Department in Carson City, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala. The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.

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Carson City, Crystal dancers compete in national championship

Members of the DuHadway Dance Dimensions Elite Competition attended the national championships for Applause Talent Competition the week of July 5 in Columbus, Ohio. They traveled with 68 dancers ages 8 to 18 from the communities of Alma, Carson City, Crystal, Ithaca, Merrill, Mount Pleasant, Shepherd, St. Louis and Swan Valley. The dancers performed more than 50 different dance pieces and most placed in the top 10 or higher.

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Carson City-Crystal school year will start Sept. 4 with new superintendent

Kevin Murphy has been at his new job for eight weeks now. The new Carson City-Crystal Area Schools superintendent is settled in. He is the former superintendent of Houghton Lake Community Schools, about 100 miles north of Carson City. “We (he, his wife, Mary, and their three children — freshman Kennedy, sixth-grader Jackson and second-grader Taylor) moved into the area about a month ago,” Murphy said. “It’s very important for us to get in the area and get settled so the kids are ready for school.

Nancy Esch of Crystal and her son, Ron Esch of Carson City, traveled to the 125th annual fast family reunion in Savannah, Ohio, this summer. Pictured above is a photograph of a previous Fast family reunion from at least a century ago. — Courtesy photo

‘The Adventure of Christian Fast’: Local family uncovers unique history

Two years ago Crystal resident Nancy Esch learned that her maiden name Fast was popular in early American history. Her son, Ron Esch of Carson City, started looking into his mother’s side of the family. What he found out about the Fast name surprised him and his mother. “I feel like we hit the jackpot in family history,” Ron said. “I searched Fast on the Internet and all this stuff started coming up about Christian Fast and I even found him on Wikipedia.”

Michael and Sue Thome own Winterspring Dressage in Carson City. The Thomes lost nine show horses in a fire Friday night.

‘Incredible tragedy’: Carson City couple loses 9 show horses in fire

A Carson City couple lost nine show horses and sustained additional major damages after a Friday night fire at their farm. Michael and Sue Thome own Winterspring Dressage at 5260 S. Mount Hope Road near Carson City.

The Uptown Bar in Crystal Township was recently purchased by Darlene Carmody of Carson City, who has been preparing for opening with the help of her family and friends. The bar officially opened for business Thursday. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

Uptown Girl: Electrolux employee loses job, finds new calling in Crystal

Darlene Carmody was 47 years old when her journey started in 2007 during Crystal Township’s Fourth of July celebration. The holiday began much differently than in the previous years for Carmody and her family. The Carson City woman recalled the packed sidewalks with grandparents, baby strollers and folks waving the U.S. flag while she was feeling sadness, separation and anxiety as she watched the floats, classic cars and marching bands go by. “I stood out here and watched the parade as I always have,” Carmody said. “The groups of people celebrating the holiday and for me I had tears coming down my face. It was a tough day for me and my family.”