Local Classmate Of Erik Cross, Family Members Hope State Attorney General Will Accept Cold Case

VHS Graduate Was Killed June 26, 1983; Family Frustrated County Prosecutor Has Not Moved Forward Despite Request For Arrest Warrants

By Bruce Rolfe
The sister of Erik Cross, who was murdered June 26, 1983 and left by the side of the road near his parent’s home outside of the Village of Vicksburg, is hoping Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will accept the cold case of her brother for investigation and prosecution after she encountered frustration at the County level.
Jackie Mitchell, along side of retired Kalamazoo County Under Sheriff Paul Matyas, made the announcement at the Village of Vicksburg’s historic village gazebo Tuesday. To read rest of story purchase the March 16, 2018 Climax Crescent available March 15, 2018 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent

Preparing For Hall Of Fame Induction Is Unique For C-S’ Kevin Langs

Longtime C-S Football Coach Will Be Inducted March 10

By Bruce Rolfe

Climax-Scotts varsity football coach Kevin Langs has experienced the typical levels of nervousness that can occur when a coach guides his team through a State championship football game or other big game environments.

But the legendary C-S coach admits there will likely be a different type of emotion floating around his stomach when he’s inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame March 10. To read rest of story purchase the March 2, 2018 Climax Crescent available March 1, 2018 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent


Panthers Extend Season With 62-33 Win Over Heritage Christian

Face Burr Oak Wednesday At Martin

By Bruce Rolfe
   After trudging through a 6-14 regular season that included a 63-55 loss to Tekonsha in the finale, the Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team enjoyed a lopsided win over Kalamazoo Heritage Christian, 62-33 in the district opener at Climax-Scotts Jr./Sr. High School Monday.
   C-S, now 7-14, will face Burr Oak at Martin at 7 p.m. in the district semifinal game. The winner advances to the district championship game Friday at Martin at 7 p.m.
   C-S came out aggressively and attacked the rim with numerous drives through the lane, leading to 32 free throw attempts, with the team making 21.
   The Panthers also dominated under the boards, resulting in many offensive opportunities, including multiple offensive chances after misses during some sequences.
   C-S found the Eagles to be a pesky group in the first half, with the home team taking an 16-7 lead after one quarter, but Heritage Christian cut the deficit to eight points at halftime, 31-23.
   C-S stepped up its defensive intensity in the second half, coming up with more fast break opportunities through the lane and 18 free throw opportunities (10-18) in the stanza.
   C-S started the second half with an 8-0 run to pull out in front 39-23.
   Two free throws by Levi Roman that brought the Eagles to within 39-27 with 4:49 left in the quarter was the closest Heritage Christian would get.
   C-S ended the quarter strong for a 48-31 lead after three quarters.
   The fourth quarter was highlighted by Jimmy Henning’s basket with about 30 seconds left for the final score that drew a huge response from the crowd.
Cole Eshuis led C-S with 19 points and Jake Lane added 17 points. 
   Micah Ketelhut’s 15 points paced Kalamazoo Heritage Christian.
Hunt, Tutt, Minne Driven To Succeed At State Finals

By Bruce Rolfe
While two members of the Climax-Scotts-Martin co-op wrestling team have participated in an individual state finals match before, a third wrestler is making his first trip.
All three have the same goal in mind - they would like to medal.  To read rest of story purchase the March 2, 2018 Climax Crescent available March 1, 2018 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent

Lady Panthers’ Season Ends With 36-31 Setback To Martin

By Bruce Rolfe 

   After finishing the regular season on a high note by winning their final three games, including a huge win over Athens, the bubbly atmosphere took a turn the other way Wednesday when Martin ended the Climax-Scotts girls’ basketball season with a 36-31 win over the Panthers in the district opener at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. climax-scotts-sports.php

Panthers Drop 63-59 Heartbreaker To Athens

By Bruce Rolfe

   Looking for four quarters of playing hard, Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball coach Kenny Sattler certainly got the type of effort he was hoping for but the Panthers still fell short Tuesday in a makeup game against Athens, 63-59 at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. climax-scotts-sports.php

Lady Rams Go Down Fighting

G-A Battles Kalamazoo Christian Right To End In 47-40 District Opening Setback

By Bruce Rolfe
  Although his team suffered a season ending 47-40 loss to Kalamazoo Christian in the Class C district opener at Kalamazoo Hackett Monday, Ram coach Bob Verduzco saw his young team take its maturation process to a new level. galesburg-augusta-sports.php

Lady Panthers Close Out Regular Season Strong

C-S Downs St. Phil 40-34

By Bruce Rolfe

The Climax-Scotts girls varsity basketball team will enter the post season with plenty of momentum after surprising Athens last Tuesday, downing Litchfield the following night and then defeating SCAA rival Battle Creek St. Phil, 40-34 Friday at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. climax-scotts-sports.php

GRCC Is A Good Fit For G-A’s Trevor Patterson


Ram Senior Signs Letter Of Intent To Play Baseball At Community College


By Bruce Rolfe

Galesburg-Augusta senior Trevor Patterson is still in the midst of his senior year playing basketball, but the smile that beams across his face when the topic of baseball comes up tells you he’s also very fond of that sport.

Patterson has good reason to not only look forward to his senior year on the diamond at G-A, but now beyond, at the collegiate level.  To read rest of story purchase the February 23, 2018 Climax Crescent available February 22, 2018 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent

C-S Comeback Falls Short


By Bruce Rolfe

   Trailing by 20 points with under four minutes left, the Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team made a brilliant comeback only to fall short 62-51 Monday in a non-league battle against Union City at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. climax-scotts-sports.php

Offense Stalls Against Tough Bellevue Defense

Lady Panthers Fall 32-18

By Bruce Rolfe
   After enjoying productive games offensively in its previous five games, the Climax-Scotts girls varsity basketball team managed just 18 points Friday in a 32-18 loss to Bellevue at C-S Jr./Sr. High School on Winterfest night.
   The loss leaves C-S with a 10-7 overall record and 9-5 in the SCAA.
   C-S, which averaged 59.8 points the previous five games, struggled with its shooting all night, however Bellevue’s defense put the Lady Panthers in a position to hurry their shots on many trips down the floor.
   Despite trailing by a 28-14 count entering the final quarter, C-S played strong defense in the fourth quarter, putting the team in a position to cut into the deficit to single digits several times, but managed to make just two field goals from the floor in the fourth quarter.
   C-S could not get into any type of flow the entire game, with the three baskets the team scored in the first quarter representing its high for the game.
   Bellevue led 9-7 after one quarter, but stretched the lead into double digits at halftime, 20-9.
  The Broncos took a 28-14 lead into the final quarter, but C-S held the visitors to just four points in the fourth quarter.
   Cali Lawrence, Dusty Perrin and Baylee Willis each scored four points for C-S.
   The Panthers will host Athens Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and then play a makeup game the following night at Litchfield.
Boer Family Emotional, Straight Forward Conveying Anger Towards Janel Boer

Scotts Woman Who Shot Her Husband Sentenced 17 To 19 Years

By Bruce Rolfe
Janel Boer, who pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree at a January 11 plea hearing, was not only sentenced to a minimum of 17 years, and maximum of 19 years in the Michigan Corrections Facility in the 9th Circuit Court Monday, she faced approximately 20 minutes of grilling impact statements offered by three members of Greg Boer, who was shot to death by Janel nearly one year ago.
Greg Boer, Janel’s husband, was found dead from a gun shot wound to the head February 14, 2017 in the basement of the couple’s home on 9434 South 36th Street in Pavilion Township just south of the town of Scotts.  To read rest of story purchase the February 16, 2018 Climax Crescent available February 15, 2018 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent
Climax Woman Featured Speaker At Go Red For Women Luncheon

Amy Swager Talks About Being A Survivor Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Promotes Heart Health

By Bruce Rolfe
Climax resident Amy Swager has always been thankful for her life.
But the lifelong Climax resident gained a new appreciation for life after an unexpected event left her dead for a few minutes in December, 2008.  To read rest of story purchase the February 16, 2018 Climax Crescent available February 15, 2018 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent

Lady Panthers Bring Energy On Special Night

Panthers Down Colon 55-27 On Carol Vick Night Benefitting Former C-S Paraprofessional 

By Bruce Rolfe

The Climax-Scotts girls varsity basketball team brought plenty of energy on a night that focused on cancer awareness and benefitted a former C-S paraprofessional battling cancer. climax-scotts-sports.php

A Snowcoming Win For G-A Boys

   The Galesburg-Augusta boys basketball team made it a happy Snowcoming by registering a 59-42 win over Lawrence Saturday at G-A High School in a makeup game.
   G-A, now 8-6, withstood a fourth quarter surge by Lawrence, which pulled to within 43-31 with 4:59 left in the game.
   The Rams picked up the defensive intensity and pulled back in front by 22 points (55-33) at the 3:53 mark on a pair of free throws by Abner Snyder.
   G-A started strong, pulling in front 14-5 after one quarter and the home team maintained high levels of play in the second quarter, racing out to a 29-14 halftime cushion.
   G-A led by a 39-24 count after three quarters.
   Snyder led G-A with 20 points, Trevor Patterson scored 19 points and Austyn Dunn chipped in with 10 points.
   G-A will play a non-league game Monday at Michigan Lutheran.

G-A Senior Looks Forward To Playing Football At Collegiate Level

Jacob Walker Expected To Be A Long Snapper At Davenport University

By Bruce Rolfe
It’s been a dream of Galesburg-Augusta senior Jacob Walker to play football at the collegiate level for quite some time and now the Ram senior will be getting that opportunity.
Walker, who made a verbal commitment to Davenport University to play football on a full scholarship January 29, signed a Letter of Intent at G-A High School Wednesday in front of family, friends, coaches and staff. To read rest of story purchase the February 9, 2018 Climax Crescent available February 8, 2018 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent

C-S Pulls Away From Waldron With Strong Second Half

By Bruce Rolfe

The Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 61-39 SCAA win over Waldron Friday at C-S Jr./Sr. High School on Hall of Fame night. climax-scotts-sports.php

4th Quarter Free Throws Fuels Camden-Frontier Comeback

Panthers Fall 64-57

By Bruce Rolfe

After coming out and playing with passion for the first half and carrying those intensity levels into the second half that saw the Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team pull out a 15-point lead in the third quarter, the Panthers could not stop a determined Camden-Frontier effort in the fourth quarter in a 64-57 setback at C-S Jr./Sr. High School Tuesday.  climax-scotts-sports.php

Coach Saw Potential In 2008 G-A State Finalist Girls Basketball Team; Support From Community Stands Out

Lori Garrett, Carrie Goodrich Simpson, Tatiana Tkachuk Curtiss, 1966 Boy’s Tennis Team Also Inducted Into G-A Athletic Hall Of Fame

By Bruce Rolfe
Most teams begin a new season with enthusiasm and lofty goals.
Tim Born, who coached the Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team to the State Finals in 2008, said it took a shot of that enthusiasm from two of his younger players a few years earlier during one offseason that made him think the 2008 team could actually enjoy a long postseason run. To read rest of story purchase the January 26, 2018 Climax Crescent available January 25, 2018 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent

G-A’s Rebounding, Quickness Too Much For C-S

Three Rams Score In Double Figures In 65-40 Victory

By Bruce Rolfe

After reaching the midway point of the regular season holding on for a 40-37 win over Delton-Kellogg last Friday, the Galesburg-Augusta boys basketball team was looking to start the second half by taking their game to another level and the team did just that by registering a convincing 65-40 win over Climax-Scotts at C-S Jr./Sr. High School Tuesday. climax-scotts-sports.php

G-A Girls Pull Out 34-33 Win Over C-S

Win Snaps 8-Game Losing Streak

By Bruce Rolfe
   The Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team snapped an eight-game losing streak with a come from behind 34-33 win over Climax-Scotts Tuesday at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. galesburg-augusta-sports.php
G-A Survives Poor Free Throw Shooting Night

By Bruce Rolfe
  Although it might be an assumption, the Galesburg-Augusta boys basketball team will likely be putting in a little extra time at the free throw line in practice Monday.
   The Rams first overcame an eight-point third quarter deficit and then survived a horrendous free throw shooting effort in the fourth quarter in a 40-37 win over Delton-Kellogg Friday at G-A High School on Hall of Fame night. galesburg-augusta-sports.php
Delton-Kellogg Pulls Away From Lady Rams In Second Half

By Bruce Rolfe
  While there were stretches of strong play, the Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team could not overcome a taller Delton squad that also enjoyed a strong shooting night Friday in a 56-35 loss at G-A High School. galesburg-augusta-sports.php
Lady Panthers Make It 3 Straight

The Climax-Scotts girls' varsity basketball team won its third straight game Friday night with a 47-31 win over Hillsdale Academy at C-S Jr./Sr. High School.
The Panthers, now 6-4 overall and 6-3 in the SCAA, enjoyed good passing and ball movement throughout the game as well as a solid night shooting from the floor.
C-S set the tone right from the opening tip, running out to a 23-12 lead after one quarter.
The Lady Panthers led by a 33-18 margin at halftime.
While Hillsdale Academy came back to cut the deficit to two points at one point in the third quarter, the Panthers regrouped to take a 39-26 lead into the final stanza.
Cali Lawrence had 13 points and Sara Gray and Peyton Nabozny each added 10 points.
C-S will host Galesburg-Augusta Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

C-S 3-Game Winning Streak Stopped By Hillsdale Academy

   The Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team saw its three-game winning streak stopped by Hillsdale Academy Friday at C-S Jr./Sr. High School, 78-32.
Hillsdale Academy started the game with plenty of energy, enjoying a 22-8 lead after one quarter.
   The Panthers struggled at the offensive end in the middle two quarters, trailing by a 35-15 count at halftime and 54-22 at the end of three quarters.
   Jake Lane scored 14 points to go along with six rebounds to lead C-S and Cole Eshuis added 12 points and four rebounds.
   C-S, now 4-5, will host Galesburg-Augusta Tuesday.

C-S Football Team Only Has 1 Home Game So Far On 2018 Schedule

    The Climax-Scotts varsity football team will be a traveling group 2018 for the school district's final season playing 11-man football.
   C-S Athletic Director and varsity football coach Kevin Langs said C-S currently has only one home game on the 2018 schedule so far, a week No. 6 game against Adrian Lenawee Christian.
   C-S will begin playing 8-man football in the fall of 2019.To read rest of story purchase the January 12, 2018 Climax Crescent available January 11, 2018 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link on the right to subscribe to the Crescent

Eshuis Explodes For 39 Points In C-S’ 75-50 Win

By Bruce Rolfe
   After stumbling out of the gate to begin the season, the Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team is attempting to regroup and generate some momentum.
    The Panthers took a big step Thursday with a 75-50 SCAA win over Litchfield at C-S Jr./Sr. High School.
    The Panthers, winners of their last two games, came out energized, shot well, ran the fast break impressively, played solid defense, and rebounded well, especially at the offensive end.
   Cole Eshuis was nearly a one-man highlight film, pouring in 39 points, including five three-point baskets.
   Jackson Ling, who had seven rebounds, most of them at the offensive end that added to a handful of offensive stick backs, added 12 points and Brock Borden and Zach Kienast each scored eight points. Nolan Audette was a workhorse under the boards with 12 rebounds and Borden added eight rebounds.
   C-S, led by Eshuis’ 10 points, started the game with plenty of energy and enjoyed a 14-5 lead after one quarter.
   Eshuis poured in nine more points in the second frame and Ling scored eight points, all inside the paint, including six points on offensive stick backs, helping the home team to a 33-13 halftime lead.
   Eshuis scored 12 more points in the third quarter, however the pesky Terriors pulled to within 54-42 after three quarters.
   C-S started the fourth quarter with a 14-0 run to move in front 67-42 and the Panthers were never threatened.
   Hunter Spieth, who connected on seven three-point baskets, led Litchfield with 22 points.
   The Panthers, now 3-4, will host Jackson Christian Tuesday.

Bellevue Sophomore Stings C-S


Bellevue sophomore Morgan Messenger scored over half of her teams' points in a 55-35 victory over the Climax-Scotts girls varsity basketball team Friday at Bellevue.


Messenger scored a game high 29 points, including 26 points in the first half.


Bellevue, behind 11 points by Messenger, raced out to a 25-17 first quarter lead.


The Bronco sophomore scored 15 more points in the second quarter to help the home team to a 42-23 halftime lead.


C-S played with much more intensity in the third quarter but entered the fourth quarter with a 51-30 deficit.


Megan Macomber led C-S in scoring with 11 points including a trio of three-point baskets and Peyton Nabozny, who knocked down a pair of treys, scored eight points.


The loss lowers C-S' overall record to 3-4.


C-S will resume action Tuesday at home against Burr Oak at 6:30 p.m.

Scotts Was The Center Of The Earth To June Bailey

Lifelong Resident Enjoyed Her Children, Grandchildren, Baking

By Bruce Rolfe
June Bailey gave a lot to Scotts, but it was Scotts that meant so much to her. A lifelong Scotts resident who enjoyed being around her family, operated a business in Scotts for over 50 years, loved her town and had a passion for baking, June passed away Tuesday evening at the age of 98 at the home of her son and daughter-in-law on the farm she was born at in Scotts. To read rest of story purchase the November 10, 2017 Climax Crescent available November 9, 2017 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent


State Police Encourage Michiganders to make Winter Emergency Preparedness a Priority

Winter Hazards Awareness Week is Nov. 5-11

LANSING, MICH. With winter weather approaching, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michigan residents to make winter emergency preparedness a priority. local-news-calendar-of-events.php
Wolverine Gas And Oil Representatives Review Current, Future Projects In Area At Climax Rotary Club Meeting

By Bruce Rolfe
Two representatives from Wolverine Gas and Oil Corporation offered an update of current oil exploration projects taking place in the area and future projects at the April 18 Climax Rotary Club meeting at the Educational Building in Climax.
Richard Moritz, Vice-President of Land, and Keith Johnson, manager of Geophysics at Wolverine Gas and Oil, told an audience of approximately 30 people about the history of the company, how oil pools were formed in the area and about current, along with future projects taking place in the area.  To read rest of story purchase the April 27, 2018 Climax Crescent available April 26, 2018 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent
Guidance From Coach In Classroom, On The Field Helped Shape Nyime Chaib Into Player Eager To Play Football At The Collegiate Level

C-S Senior Signs Letter Of Intent To Play Football At Olivet College

By Bruce Rolfe
Sometimes good decisions months earlier, can add up to rewards in the future.
That’s how Climax-Scotts High School senior Nyime Chaib feels about his last two years at the local high school.  To read rest of story purchase the April 27, 2018 Climax Crescent available April 26, 2018 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent

Community, Former And Current Players Surprise C-S Football Coach Kevin Langs At Recognition Event

Celebration Recognized Longtime C-S Coach’s Recent Induction Into The MHSFCA Hall Of Fame

By Bruce Rolfe

Climax-Scotts football coach Kevin Langs has been pleasantly surprised over the years, but a surprise community event held last Saturday recognizing the longtime Panther coach for his induction into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, may top the list.

To read rest of story purchase the April 27, 2018 Climax Crescent available April 26, 2018 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent

“Saves” Boost Morale For Local Fire Departments

Although Climax Man Died Later, Firefighters Were Able To Get Pulse Back Following Accident In Galesburg

By Bruce Rolfe
While a Climax man died the same day after firefighters successfully got a pulse back following nearly 30 minutes of CPR March 7, saves like the Comstock Township Fire Department enjoyed that day boost morale on local fire departments.
According to a Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department police report, Charles and Miriam Fleming of Climax were involved in a single motor vehicle accident on 35th Street near M Ave. in Comstock Township near Galesburg at approximately 8:05 a.m.  To read rest of story purchase the March 16, 2018 Climax Crescent available March 15, 2018 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent

4th Quarter Comeback Falls Short Again For Panthers

St. Phil Holds Off C-S 56-52

By Bruce Rolfe

After battling back from a 20-point deficit with under four minutes left to cut the lead to six points only to fall short last Monday against Union City, the Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team once again clawed their way back from a double digit fourth quarter deficit only to fall short against Battle Creek St. Philip 56-52 Friday at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. climax-scotts-sports.php

Bellevue Too Much For C-S

By Bruce Rolfe
   The undefeated Bellevue Broncos marched into Climax-Scotts Friday and showed why they are ranked No. 3 in Class D, rolling past the Panthers 61-27 on Winterfest night.
   C-S falls to 6-10 while Bellevue is now 16-0.
   Turnovers (25), cold shooting (35 percent) and Bellevue’s huge rebounding advantage (48-26) were key factors in the loss for C-S. 
   The Broncos were especially effective under the boards at the offensive end where they collected 20 caroms, turning many into second chance points.
   While Bellevue led the entire game, the visitors did not hit their stride until the second half.
   Despite marching out to an 8-0 lead, the Broncos were plagued by turnovers and missed shots in the opening frame, which ended with Bellevue leading by a 10-4 count.
   C-S enjoyed a stronger second quarter, pulling to within 12-9 on a Cole Eshuis basket with 5:54 left in the stanza and 18-13 at the 2:06 mark on a Brock Borden basket, however the Broncos enjoyed a 23-15 lead at halftime.
   The Broncos stepped up their defensive pressure in the third quarter, converting many Panther turnovers into easy baskets underneath, including the final three baskets that came off of C-S turnovers that led to a 44-19 Bellevue lead after three quarters.
  Bellevue made sure C-S would not enjoy any type of comeback with constant defensive pressure in the fourth quarter, leading to six more Panther turnovers.
   Bellevue enjoyed its largest lead of the game with 41.1 seconds left when Gavin Jex sank a free throw for a 61-25 lead.
   Eshuis, who was 8-for-14 at the free throw line, led C-S in scoring with 19 points.Carson Bets led Bellevue with 16 points.
   C-S will host Union City Monday following the JV game that begins at 5:30 p.m.

Climax Post Office Employees Recall Wild Day 1 Year Later

By Bruce Rolfe
Valentine’s Day one year ago started out routinely for Climax Post Office rural route carrier Karla Fruehauf and Climax and Scotts Postmaster Scott MacMillan. But a few short hours later the two local Post Office employees would experience something they probably thought they never would see working for the Post Office.
Janel Boer, who was sentenced 17 to 19 years in the Michigan Corrections Facility Monday in the 9th Circuit Court for killing her husband Greg Boer February 14, 2017, was a Climax Post Office clerk at the time. She arrived to work to began her routine that day like she had on so many other days.  To read rest of story purchase the February 16, 2018 Climax Crescent available February 15, 2018 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent

2 Schools Come Together To Help Others Struggling With Cancer

By Bruce Rolfe
While they are rivals on the court, both the girls and boys basketball teams at Climax-Scotts and Colon High Schools stood together united as one for the Carol Vick Memorial game benefitting C-S paraprofessional Jody Jackson Tuesday at C-S Jr./Sr. High School.
Wearing pink shirts, the girls and boys varsity teams from both schools stood together for a picture between the girls and boys varsity games Tuesday with a back drop of fans and students from both schools dressed in pink t-shirts.  To read rest of story purchase the February 16, 2018 Climax Crescent available February 15, 2018 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent
C-S Holds Off Colon, 66-62

By Bruce Rolfe
  A determined Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team held off Colon Tuesday at C-S Jr./Sr. High School, 66-62.
  It was a case of too much Cole Eshuis and timely execution down the stretch that sent C-S into the win column. climax-scotts-sports.php
Lady Rams Fall Short, 46-40

   The Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team was outscored 10-4 in overtime and dropped a 46-40 decision to Lawrence Saturday at G-A High School.
   The Rams sent the game into overtime when Macy Sierengowski sank a pair of free throws with 1:11 left in regulation.
   Lawrence scored the first seven points of overtime before the Rams finally scored in the extra session on a basket by Alyssa Woodard with 48 seconds left that pulled the home team to within 43-38.
   Lawrence extended the lead to 45-38 with a pair of free throws with 4:51 left in overtime.
   G-A started strong, moving in front 14-8 after one quarter.
   The Rams led 25-20 at halftime and 33-30 after three quarters.
   Woodard paced G-A with 15 points, Sierengowski scored 12 points and Sam Verburg chipped in with 10 points.
   The Rams, now 3-12, will play a make up game against Sturgis Wednesday at home.
Climax Township Fire Department Now Armed With 2 New Life Saving Pieces Of Equipment

Life EMS Will Also Have More Of A Presence In Township Offering Possible Quicker Response

By Bruce Rolfe
Climax Township and Village of Climax residents not only have a local fire department armed with two new life saving pieces of equipment, but local residents may enjoy quicker response times by an area ambulance service provider.
The Climax Township Fire Department now carries an I-gel device, an innovative second generation supraglottic airway device from Intersurgical that offers an advanced airway technique, after the County Medical Control recently approved allowing Medical First Responders on all county fire departments to use the I-gel device. To read rest of story purchase the January 26, 2018 Climax Crescent available January 25, 2018 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent

Climax Village Council Will Consider Gift Offer Made By Smith’s For Harvester Property

By Bruce Rolfe
The Climax Village Council unanimously agreed at its regular meeting November 21 to consider a gifting proposal made by the owners of the Harvester Restaurant Bar and Grill for the property where the business was located at 101 S. Main Street for one dollar. To read rest of story purchase the December 1, 2017 Climax Crescent available November 30, 2017 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent
Galesburg Meat Company Opens New Store

Staff Thankful For Support During Rebuilding Process Following Fire

By Bruce Rolfe
A new chapter started for the owners and workers at the Galesburg Meat Company approximately two weeks ago when the Christian family opened their new store on Mill Street in Galesburg after fire destroyed the original business nearly 17 months ago.
After working out of a much smaller building where the family’s catering business is located next to the building that was destroyed by fire while the new structure was being built, the Christians now enjoy a beautiful, 3,600 square foot facility to operate the family owned business out of.To read rest of story purchase the November 10, 2017 Climax Crescent available November 9, 2017 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts,the Galesburg Hardings Market in Galesburg or Bowman's BBQ and Meat Market and The Climax Crescent in Climax Click on the link below to subscribe to the Crescent


 
Climax Landmark Goes Up In Flames

By Bruce Rolfe
   One of the Village of Climax’ oldest structures was destroyed by fire Saturday.
   A fire broke out in a living residence adjacent to the Harvester Restaurent in the mid-morning Saturday and quickly spread throughout the structure.
   Fire departments from Climax Township, Galesburg-Charleston, Pavilion, Leroy Township, the VA Fire Department and Bedford fire department were all called to the scene.
   Climax Assistant Fire Chief Sean Perrin said the structure will likely be a complete loss.
   Power to a large portion of the Village of Climax was shut off but was slowly being restored at approximately 2 p.m., however the part of town near the main four corners was still out after 5 p.m.
   A resident that lived upstairs and the owners of the building, Kyle and Athena Smith along with their three children and pet dog all made it out safely.
   Athena Smith said the Climax couple believes a space heater caused the fire.

   Please refer back to The Climax Crescent Facebook and website for updates and more video footage and photographs.

 
 
 

Growing Up Magic

By Crystal Rolfe

    Growing up in the small lake village of Colon, I recall the first time I ever saw a real magic trick. It was during the annual Magic Week in August and I was probably around 3 or 4 years old. My folks, my younger sister, baby brother and I lived in a trailer just across the field from the High School. My dad walked with me up town that day with me struggling to keep up with his wide gate.   local-news-calendar-of-events.php

Ray Smith Was Pillar Of Climax 

Former Publisher Of The Climax Crescent Was Dedicated To His Church, Community, Country

By Bruce Rolfe

If there ever was a person you could label as being the ideal citizen, most in Climax and the surrounding area would put Ray Smith in that category.

Ray passed away Tuesday at the age of 94 at the Sterling House Assisted Living Home in Battle Creek where he had been a resident for a brief period of time.

Smith was a pillar of Climax, having grown up in the village he called home for most of his 94 years on this earth.

Visitation for Ray will take place at the Langeland Family Funeral Home, Climax Chapel Monday, November 18 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, November 19 at 11 a.m. at the Climax United Methodist Church with Rev. Glenn Litchfield officiating. Interment will take place Friday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Climax United Methodist Church or Climax Rotary Club. Memorial Envelopes will be available at the Langeland Family Funeral Home, Climax Chapel.  To read rest of story purchase the November 15, 2013 Climax Crescent available November 14 at Quik Stop in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' and Pease Packing in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings 

 

An Incredible 2-Part Story About A Local Man's Courage And The Challenges His Family Has Faced After He Became Paralyzed From An Automobile Accident



 

When Life Throws A Hardball - Part 1

by Crystal Rolfe

   It’s funny how the older one gets, the more significant and sentimental your childhood years become. Growing up in a small town, under the safety net of family and neighborhood friends who looked out for you and whose lives became intertwined with yours may sound “pollyanna like”, but that feeling of security is what helped us move on when the unfortunate situations of life happened.  And as in most everyone’s life, just when you think you have life under control, life throws you a hardball, and bad, sad, tragic things can happen. local-news-calendar-of-events.php

When Life Throws A Hardball - Part II

 

By Crystal Rolfe

   While composing the second part of this article I am struck by how much easier it was to write the first.  Even though part one was about difficult physical and emotional realities of life, this second half is more about what can happen afterwards which can often be as traumatic. How do I tell you about what has happened without giving all of the details? That is the technical part which has had me frustrated.  But then again, frustration is where Mark & Deb have been living for the last year and a halflocal-news-calendar-of-events.php



 

. We've produced a picture gallary from Greater Galesburg Days. see http://www.theclimaxcrescent.com/picture-gallery.php

 Climax is the site of the First Rural Free Delivery. Pictured below is L. Clark and Willis Lawrence delivering mail.


 

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