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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.”

Trinidad Chambliss, 9, of Grand Rapids, puts up a shot for his team “Down by One” as they compete against “Blacktop Ballers” on the Gus Macker Dream Court Saturday afternoon.

Gus Macker comes home for hot, successful weekend

Conditions were hot and dry this past weekend with temperatures hovering in the mid-90s, but that didn’t stop more than 1,200 youths and adults from packing the streets of downtown Belding for this year’s annual Gus Macker tournament. With 326 teams participating in this year’s tournament, downtown Belding once again was transformed into “Mackerville, USA” as teams competed in the 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

Runners take off from the start line at the Crystal Run The Lake event.

Hot conditions greet Crystal Run The Lake runners

The 16th edition of the Crystal Run The Lake was muggy despite starting in the morning on Saturday. That may have had an effect on the turnout, as just fewer than 90 runners took to either the five-mile or three-mile course.

Karl Van Haren

Village of Pierson turmoil continues

This tiny village is in turmoil as the second recall vote in three months approaches, while the village council is unable to meet due to multiple resignations and no quorum. Village President Karl Van Haren survived a recall attempt May 8 by just three votes. A total of 24 votes were cast against the recall of Van Haren, compared to 21 votes cast in favor of the recall. About 40 percent, or 45 of the village’s 112 registered voters, participated in the recall vote.


OUR VIEW: Keep Andrea Krause as Montcalm County prosecutor

Few people working through the problems of their daily lives take time to think of the challenges to the people in charge of pursuing criminal justice in their extended neighborhood. That’s what county prosecutors do, and if citizens at any stage of life are being abused or abusing their families or abusing themselves or anyone else, either from addictive entrapment or from breaking the law in any way, it is the responsibility of the county prosecuting attorney to assure that justice is served.


Funeral Notices for August 4, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, August 4, 2012.


Possible heart attack victim saved from Sand Lake

A man was pulled from Sand Lake Thursday night have Montcalm County dispatch received a call he was having a possible heart attack. Deputies responded to a report of a 68-year-old man who was on a personal watercraft and possibly having a heart attack.


Spectrum of the Stars canceled for this year

The Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation will not hold the Spectrum of Stars event this year. “The board decided not to pursue it,” said Tina Freese-Decker, president of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospital.


United Memorial Foundation drops 501(c)3 status

The 501(c)3 status of the Spectrum Health United Memorial Foundation, which helps guide fundraising efforts for both the Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals, has been dissolved and merged into the overall Spectrum Health Foundation that covers its hospitals system wide. A 501 (c) is an American tax-exempt nonprofit organization. A 501 (c) 3 are commonly charitable organizations.

Christopher Finney

Man who instigated fight in Sidney sentenced to jail time

A local man received a jail sentence Thursday after starting a fight and brandishing a knife and a gun in downtown Sidney. Christopher Finney Jr., 39, of Sidney Township, was charged with assault with a handgun, assault with a knife and using a firearm in the commission of a felony, in addition to outstanding warrants he had for his arrest. He eventually pleaded no contest to assault with a dangerous weapon.