Nearly 20 people gathered at the Crystal Community Center on Thursday night to hear from local and county candidates who are running for elected office this year. The forum, moderated by Tim Bohen, gave community members a chance to hear from five of the candidates running for positions on the Crystal Township Board, as well as two candidates running for Montcalm County drain commissioner. One of the questions asked was, “What are the top three issues you will address immediately if elected?”
It’s an affectionate tale of two animals that formed an unlikely and warmhearted bond after a young man’s early morning drive the week before Memorial Day. Greenville resident Shane Nowack and friends were driving to breakfast in late May when he noticed a small deer in the middle of the road. Nowack swerved to avoid the deer and stopped his car noticing it didn’t move. But when he looked for the deer it was no longer in the road. “The deer had moved to the side of the road,” Nowack said. “I knew something wasn’t right because they usually take off, but this deer just cowered there.”
The Great Wall of China, the world’s longest human-made structure stretching as much as 6,700 miles (including natural barriers), was first built as a wall of defense between warring tribes. The first unified section was completed during the Han dynasty in 221-206 B.C. The highest point of elevation measures approximately 1,968.5 feet. Since 2001, a group from Denmark has been organizing a marathon on the Great Wall. Sandi Hebert, 45, of Greenville got the once-in-a-lifetime chance of participating in the marathon May 19.
The first satellite office of the YWCA Nurse Examiner Program (NEP) opened its doors in June at the Greenville Patient Care Center/Spectrum Health United Obstetrics and Gynecology. The YWCA West Central Michigan, Spectrum Health United Hospital and Relief After Violent Encounter Ionia/Montcalm (RAVE) came together to open the office. “We are very proud to partner with them,” said Brian Basser, chief nursing officer at Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview.
The Greenville Planning Commission amended a master plan before recommending it to the Greenville City Council. The amendment to the master plan was to accommodate the future of Greenville. During Thursday night’s meeting, the commission approved recommending to the city council that certain parcels be considered for office use in the future.
A kitchen fire caused extensive damage to a Howard City home on Wednesday, which then rekindled on Thursday. The Howard City Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 1:57 p.m. Wednesday at 8771 Ferris Blvd. Assistant Fire Chief Keith Grannis said a woman and her child were outside when a second child came from the house and told them the kitchen was on fire.
Voters will be asked to change the current language of a fire millage for the Crystal Township Fire Department on Aug. 7. The current four-year fire millage language, approved by voters in 2010, does not allow monies to be spent on additions or renovations for the fire station because of the wording. According to Fire Chief Lonny Fitzpatrick, a change in the language would allow firefighters to make improvements to the fire station and add a 40-foot by 60-foot addition.
Read the funeral notices for Friday, July 27, 2012.
The 2012 London Summer Olympic Games officially get underway tonight in England with the spectacular opening ceremony. This will be the third time London has hosted the Summer Olympics. They also hosted in 1908 and 1948. London was selected to host the 1944 games, but the games were canceled due to World War II.
Jason Gray is entering his third season as head coach of the Carson City-Crystal football program. He continues to develop and promote success both on and off the football field. The Eagles went 1-8 a year ago, its final season in the Central Michigan Athletic Conference (CMAC), but had a level of success not defined by their record.