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Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Director of Bands Chad Parmenter conducts his high school band during class as he and his students prepare to perform at the State MSBOA Festival in April. Parmenter said the band has been focusing on comments received from judges at the district festival to prepare for the state festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City-Crystal bands preparing for state MSBOA Band Festival

When the legendary steamship Carpathia raced toward the doomed and sinking Titanic with all its might, it did so behind a tireless effort from the captain and crewmen aboard the vessel. Like the skipper behind the wheel, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Director of Bands Chad Parmenter has been directing his middle school band students, who attempt to follow his every command, as the students perform a piece of music dedicated in honor of the rescue ship.

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Bloomer Township supervisor abruptly resigns

This township’s supervisor abruptly resigned from his post without explanation this month.

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Steeplechase Tool & Die expansion could lead to new jobs in Lakeview

A new piece of equipment being installed at Steeplechase Tool & Die could eventually spell new jobs for the village. According to Steeplechase co-owner Tim Caverley, the new 1,600-ton press will be used as a “try-out” press to test dies manufactured at the plant. At present, the press is essentially installed in a soon-to-be completed addition to the plant at 9307 Howard City-Edmore Road, though some electrical work must be completed before it becomes operational.

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UPDATE: Police investigating murder of 80-year-old Sidney Township man

An 80-year-old Sidney Township man who was found dead in his home was the victim of homicide, police say.

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Funeral Notices for March 31, 2015

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Petra Mark sparkled like a diamond in the satin gown she modeled at this year’s Catwalk for a Cause fashion show in Sheridan. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

New grassroots training program New Beginnings to help special needs youth

Even in an age many would consider “enlightened,” special needs children and young adults too often find themselves marginalized, shunted to the sidelines by a society that doesn’t quite know what to do with them.

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Funeral Notices for March 30, 2015

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Two mobile homes in Montcalm Township destroyed after burn barrel fire rekindles Saturday

A rekindling of a “burn barrel” fire may be to blame for a blaze Saturday that spread to two neighboring mobile homes.

Remnants of a farmhouse on Bailey Road in Winfield Township continue to smolder Sunday morning after a destructive fire Saturday night. (Daily News | Elisabeth Waldon)

2 houses destroyed in fires in Howard City

Five local fire departments stayed busy from Saturday night into Sunday morning battling two separate fires which ended up destroying two residences near Howard City.

The Ionia Montcalm Secure and Friendly Environment Child Advocacy Center opened Thursday with a goal to simplify the interviewing process for child abuse cases. (Cory Smith | Daily News)

Ionia Montcalm Secure and Friendly Environment Child Advocacy Center opens

On Thursday, a collaborative effort consisting of both the Montcalm and Ionia prosecutor’s offices, sheriff’s offices, state police, various city police agencies, Department of Human Services (DHS), Child Protective Services (CPS), Community Mental Health, Area Mental Health Therapists, and several medical personnel, resulted in the opening of the Ionia Montcalm Secure and Friendly Environment (IMSAFE) Child Advocacy Center (CAC).