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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.”

Hubbapalooza volunteers celebrate the success of their event, which raised $15,000 for cancer research. — Courtesy photo

Hubbapalooza raises $15,000 for cancer research

Hands on Hubbardston event organizers didn’t know what to expect on Saturday, July 7, during their first Hubbapalooza event. “Throughout the day we had around 800 to 1,000 people show up,” said Hands on Hubbardston Vice President Scott Schmitt. “We had around 600 people stay for the evening show.”

Crystal Township Fourth of July parade grand marshals Tom and Lynda Crites smile during Wednesday’s parade. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

In Celebration of Freedom: Crystal hosts Fourth of July parade

The heat didn’t hinder families coming out to celebrate red, white and blue fun during the Independence Day parade in Crystal. People gathered and sounds from horns and sirens blasted loud noises that echoed throughout the streets of Crystal as the parade moved through town. Excited happy children raced to gather candy from various fire trucks, floats and other vehicles containing riders who were waving and smiling as they took part in the parade to celebrates America’s independence on a hot Wednesday morning.

Ethan Vance, 19, of Hubbardston, stands in the hot tub he recycled into a koi pond. His project won Best in Show at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Vance also won the Smucker Leadership Award. This is Vance's last year as a 4-H'er. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Hubbardston teen recycles hot tub into koi pond

This is Ethan Vance’s last year as a 4-H’er. “I went out with a bang,” he said. Indeed he did.