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Crystal Township home damaged in fire after lightning strike

Minor damage was done to a Crystal home this morning after lightening struck a water line. The Crystal Township Fire Department was dispatched to Smith Street near Crystal Lake for a structure fire at 4:37 a.m.

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Crystal Lake 4th of July fireworks (Photo Gallery)


Fairplain Township Board members would like to purchase this property at 386 W. Fenwick Road just west of the Fenwick Post Office. The property is set to be auctioned off Aug. 6 at the Montcalm County public land auction. — Courtesy photo

Fairplain Township Board wants to purchase Fenwick property

The Fairplain Township Board decided against purchasing property in Fenwick because of the cost of demolishing the existing building. The township board had $10,000 set aside in its foreclosure and clean-up fund to possibly purchase a piece of property before it goes to the Montcalm County public land auction Aug. 6. The idea was to turn the property into a small community park. However, the cost to demolish the existing building would have put the township’s costs closer to $12,000.


OUR VIEW: Bad apples don’t define us

The thing about living in any town – no matter the size – is that you get the good with the bad. Of course, we always hope that the good far outweighs the bad. But sometimes it may seem like the reverse. Lately, our area has had its share of strange crime and last weekend Montcalm County Sheriff deputies were particularly busy. They arrested a man after he threatened his family at knifepoint, apparently because he was upset he wouldn’t be able to buy K2/spice anymore. Selling the drug became illegal last Sunday.

The Hands on Hubbardston group includes, from left to right, Scott Schmitt, Nicole Ward, Kelly Ward, Eric Peiffer and his son, Taylor Thoma, Lisa Schmitt and her daughter, Kim Brown, Julie Thoma and Bill Thoma. Not pictured are Pat Baese, Yvonne Boomer, Tammy Burns, Katie Cashen, Diane McMillan, Jerry Slocum, Jeff Smith and Ann Thorn. — Courtesy photo

Hubbapalooza cancer fundraiser set for July 7 in Hubbardston

It all started with an idea. Hands on Hubbardston began with a conversation about how more could be done to help those fighting cancer. Since then, the group has grown from five people to about 20 people, plus countless volunteers and donors.


Main Greenville hospital entrance moves to temporary location

Due to construction, Spectrum Health United Hospital’s main entrance will be moved to a new temporary location. The move to the temporary location began today and is due to construction taking place in the current main entrance, registration and lobby areas.

Crystal Township Fourth of July parade grand marshals Tom and Lynda Crites smile during Wednesday’s parade. — Daily News/Lonnie Allen

In Celebration of Freedom: Crystal hosts Fourth of July parade

The heat didn’t hinder families coming out to celebrate red, white and blue fun during the Independence Day parade in Crystal. People gathered and sounds from horns and sirens blasted loud noises that echoed throughout the streets of Crystal as the parade moved through town. Excited happy children raced to gather candy from various fire trucks, floats and other vehicles containing riders who were waving and smiling as they took part in the parade to celebrates America’s independence on a hot Wednesday morning.


Funeral Notices for Thursday, July 5, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Thursday, July 5, 2012.


Storm knocks out power for 7,713 Montcalm County residents

Due to a severe thunderstorm leaving thousands without power in Montcalm County and surrounding areas, Consumers Energy officials are asking people to seek shelter from the heat. The storm hit Montcalm County in Thursday’s early morning hours, leaving many trees, branches and power lines down throughout the county.


Greenville woman, 74, injured after falling asleep at the wheel

A 74-year-old Greenville woman was taken to the hospital after losing control of her vehicle on U.S. 131 and striking a tree.