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CC-C downs host Belding to win volleyball invitational

At the start of the season, Carson City-Crystal’s volleyball team walked away from The Daily News Invitational with a 2-4 record. What a difference three weeks makes.

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Historic eyesore demolished in Carson City

A former bustling produce manufacturing building in the heart of Carson City later became an unavoidable eyesore in town Montcalm County Building Department Director Scott Minard eventually condemned the property at 102 E. Elm St. The Michigan Produce building had also been an apartment complex for a time in the 1970s. Larry Jordan purchased the property for $50 at the Montcalm County no minimum bid foreclosure auction in October 2011. The property had previously failed to sell at the minimum bid auction after being listed for $16,158.11. Jordan, who owns Crystal Family Hair Care with his wife, Norma, lives just east of the property, purchased the building to get rid of it.

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SHORT TAKES: Voters need to be informed on issues

Yes or no … You’d better know the difference. Of the many choices Michigan voters will make on Election Day, Nov. 6, few will be more confusing or complex than those in the series of special interest ballot initiatives designed to revise our Constitution. Some are heavily financed by groups hoping to shield their specific interests from the traditional political process. Historically, governance has left a wide variety of public issues open to a gradual process of reform and revision. These narrowly focused questions have been pushed onto the ballot as constitutional amendments intentionally purposed to circumvent and/or handcuff conventional legislative practices.

Lizzie Sheldon of Howard City is looking for in participating in the DNR’s new Mentored Youth Hunting program with her father, Mark Sheldon.

WOODS & WATERS: Youth movement in Michigan’s hunting

Later this month, Lizzie Sheldon, 10, of Howard City, will be among the first to take part in Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) new Mentored Youth Hunting program.

Oakfield Township Fire Chief Don Riker said a cigarette thrown from a car window, such as the one shown here at the scene of a roadside brush fire Monday afternoon, was likely the cause of the fire that burned alongside M-57 west of Wabasis Road. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Brush fire along M-57 near Wabasis likely caused by cigarette

A roadside brush fire that burned approximately 300 feet alongside M-57 on Monday afternoon was likely started from a cigarette thrown from a vehicle. According to Oakfield Township Fire Chief Don Riker, conditions were just right for a lit cigarette to catch fire to dry leaves and timber laying alongside the road, which is what he believes caused the fire that began at about 12:30 p.m.

Die-offs of EHD-affected deer usually occur near water, as deer, dehydrated and suffering from high fever, try to cool themselves down. “If multiple watersheds are involved, the total mortality is higher (in that area),” DNR wildlife biologist Tom Cooley said.

WOODS & WATERS: DNR report record number of EHD-related deer deaths

For many deer hunters and hunting-related businesses in the Ionia, Montcalm and Kent counties, the frost couldn’t come any quicker, especially in Ionia, where a small insect, the midge fly, is the culprit for spreading a disease in the state’s deer population that has wiped out more than 2,800 deer since July.

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Howard City enjoys beautiful Harvest Festival weekend (Photo Gallery)

The 10th annual Harvest Festival took place Friday through Sunday throughout downtown Howard City.

Fabric Artist Ruth Petersen Jelema shows off a few of her creations at Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

LowellArts! serves up another successful festival at Fallasburg Park

True to its billing, this year’s Fallasburg Fall Festival for the Arts truly did offer something for everyone. Sponsored by LowellArts!, the festival entered its 44th year Saturday and Sunday with a juried show featuring 100 artists and craftspersons from across the country. Nestled in the inviting area surrounding Fallasburg Park’s main pavilion, the event also offered live music, great food and seasonal children’s activities.

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Funeral Notices for Sept. 17, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Sept. 17, 2012

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Political town hall meeting planned Oct. 4 at Sheridan VFW

Plans for the town hall meeting Oct. 4 at the Sheridan VFW Post are about 75 percent finalized, according to VFW Post 5065 Legislative Chairman Eric Halvorsen. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4.