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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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Carson City-Crystal’s Farmer not taking 20 wins for granted

Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team started the season as the top team in the state in Class C, according to the Associated Press. The Eagles finished their season earlier than they would have liked, losing to No. 1-ranked Laingsburg in the district final.

Central Montcalm coach Rob Putnam talks with his team during a timeout this season. The Hornets went 7-14 overall this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Inexperience leads to struggles for Central Montcalm girls hoops

Rob Putnam took over the Central Montcalm girls basketball team this year and admitted it was a learning experience for both him and the team. The Green Hornets ended up 7-14 overall and 4-8 in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division. Yet Putnam liked the way his first season went.

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Central Montcalm wins DH against Lansing Sexton

Central Montcalm started its baseball season with a pair of wins on Saturday. Playing at Lansing Sexton, the Hornets took both ends of a doubleheader, the first game because of a no-hitter by Jesse Petersen.

Montabella’s Ashley Swarts looks to make a pass during a home game against Belding this season. Swarts earned AP Class C honorable mention this year. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Montabella girls ‘did some things no one expected’

Montabella’s girls basketball team finished third in the Mid-State Activities Conference, but it was the surprises that caught coach Terry Larsen’s eyes. The Mustangs were 9-12 this season, a season Larsen said he thought “went very well.”

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Funeral Notices for March 31, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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.