Climax Woman Killed In 2-Car Collision in Climax Township

A Climax woman was killed and an Athens woman was injured following a two-car collision at the intersection of 42nd Street and ON Avenue just west of the Village of Climax Wednesday between 10 and 10:30 a.m.
According to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department a 22-year-old Climax woman was eastbound on E. ON Ave. and failed to stop for the stop sign at S. 42nd St. She was struck by a southbound pickup truck driven by a 32-year-old Athens woman. The 22-year-old Climax woman sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. The 32-year-old Athens woman was not injured.
Climax Township and Galesburg-Charleston Township firefighters arrived a short time after the collission and administered CPR for approximately 30 minutes on the victim.
       The names of the involved parties are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

G-A Hosting District-Wide Charity Basketball Game March 23

On Thursday March 23 at 6:00 pm, Galesburg-Augusta high school will be hosting a district-wide “Staff vs. Students” charity basketball game benefiting our local Galesburg-Augusta Loaves and Fishes food pantry. The event is intended to be a collaboration of our school district’s student leadership/service organizations, parent organizations, sports boosters, administration, and district staff. Our goal is to host a fun, family friendly event, that promotes community pride, celebrates our history, fosters and strengthens parent-student-staff relationships, while helping local families of need within our community. local-news-calendar-of-events.php

G-A Captures District Championship Trophy

   Galesburg-Augusta used a big third quarter and was able to hold off a strong Potterville push in the fourth quarter to register a 44-39 win over the Vikings on their home court in the district championship game Friday.
   The win sends the 6-16 Rams into Monday’s regional semifinal against Muskegon Heights at 7:15 p.m. at Belding High School.
   The game was tight in the first half, with the Rams holding a 10-7 lead after one quarter and a 20-15 advantage at halftime.
   An 18-9 surge by G-A in the third quarter allowed the Rams to take a 38-24 lead into the final stanza, but the Vikings held G-A to its lowest offensive quarter and closed the gap quickly by forcing a handful of turnovers with its press.
   Trevor Patterson led G-A with nine points and six rebounds and three steals and Bryan Beard and Austyn Dunn each chipped in with eight points.
   Read out March 17 Climax Crescent for expanded G-A boys basketball coverage.

Bond Conversation Launched By C-S School District

Local School District Looking At May, 2018 Proposal

By Bruce Rolfe
After briefly discussing the option of putting a bond issue before Climax-Scotts voters in the future at previous meetings, the C-S Board of Education seemed more receptive to the idea at the February 20 regular school board meeting and appear ready to move ahead with the plan. local-news-calendar-of-events.php
Mark Stephenson Steps Down As G-A Girls Varsity Basketball Coach

Assistant Coaches Bret Stephenson And Vickie DeLeon Also Stepping Down

By Bruce Rolfe
The trio that has been a face of the Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball coaching ranks for many years, is stepping down.
G-A coach Mark Stephenson and assistant coaches Bret Stephenson and Vickie DeLeon held a special team meeting March 2 to inform players in the program about their decision, the day after G-A lost to Springport in the districts. Mark said rumors started to surface and he wanted to tell the players face to face as soon as possible. For rest of story and more local news pick up our March 10, 2017 Climax Crescent available NOW at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper below.

Panther Comeback Falls Short

Marshall Academy Hangs On For 62-52 Win In District Championship Game

By Bruce Rolfe
   While the Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team faced a 12-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, Panther coach Steve Critchlow said he could see a look of determination in his teams’ eyes and sensed they had a come back in them.
   He was right but the Panthers fell short in Friday’s district championship game, dropping a 62-52 decision to a quick Marshall Academy at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. climax-scotts-sports.php

C-S Advances To District Championship Game

Quick Start Lifts Panthers To 70-27 Win Over Coldwater Pansophia

   The Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team moved into the district championship game by handing Coldwater Pansophia a 70-27 setback Wednesday in the second district semifinal game of the evening at C-S Jr./Sr. High School.
   C-S, now 12-10, will face Marshall Academy Friday at 7 p.m. in the district title game at C-S.
   A big first quarter got the Panthers off and running.
   C-S, behind Cole Eshuis’ 11 points and Jane Lane’s eight points, moved in front 30-4 in the opening frame and never looked back.
   C-S widened the lead to 47-12 at halftime and entered the final quarter with a 57-20 advantage.
   Zach Kienast and Eshuis led C-S with 11 points each and Lane tossed in eight points. 
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.

Lady Panthers’ Season Comes To An End

Strong Defense Helps Athens To 11th Straight District Championship

By Bruce Rolfe

The Climax-Scotts girls’ varsity basketball team could never get on track and the frustrations continued throughout the game in a 44-23 loss to Athens Friday in the district championship game at Athens High School. climax-scotts-sports.php

G-A Thumped By Hackett In Regular Season Finale, 84-31

By Bruce Rolfe
   The Galesburg-Augusta boys varsity basketball team saw the regular season end on a swift note, dropping an 84-31 decision to Kalamazoo Hackett Thursday at G-A High School. galesburg-augusta-sports.php
Homicide Charge Requested Against Former Climax Post Office Clerk

Janel Boer Arrested For Allleged Death Of Husband, Gregory Boer

By Bruce Rolfe
After over two weeks of investigation, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office requested a charge to the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office requesting a charge of homicide against Janel Boer March 1 for the death of her husband Greg Boer, 35, of Scotts and the charge has been authorized according to a release from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff Department.
Janel Marice Boer, 43, of Scotts, was arrested March 1 at approximately 12:30 p.m. without incident and is being held in the Kalamazoo County Jail.
On February 14 at approximately 1 p.m., the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s office responded to a report of a male subject with a gun shot wound in the 9400 block of South 36th Street. He was identified as Gregory Boer and was pronounced deceased at that time. A manner and cause of death could not be determined at the time.
The Sheriff’s Department had to categorize the incident as a death investigation and would not release any further information until an autopsy was completed.
The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s investigation evolved and Janel Boer, the victim’s wife, was developed in Mr. Boer’s death as a suspect.
Boer was a clerk at the Climax Post Office for approximately two years and prior to that she served as a clerk at the Scotts Post Office. It is not known how long she served as a clerk at the Scotts Postt Office or how long she has been a Post Office employee.

No Energy

Panthers Can’t Make Up Early Deficit; Fall To Camden-Frontier 60-49

By Bruce Rolfe

With the postseason coming up next Monday, maybe it was a good time for the Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team to get one of its more lethargic performances out of its system.

Just forget about Tuesday’s 60-49 SCAA loss to Camden-Frontier at C-S Jr./Sr. High School and hope for a better performance in the regular season finale at Litchfield Thursday. climax-scotts-sports.php

Last Year’s Early Postseason Exit Gives Lady Rams Motivation Heading Into Wednesday’s District Semifinal Game Against Springport

By Bruce Rolfe
The Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team will face Springport in the district semifinal game Wednesday at G-A High School in the second game of a postseason doubleheader at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Springport (17-3) defeated Delton-Kellogg 65-42 in Monday’s district opener. galesburg-augusta-sports.php
Panthers Hold Off Colon

By Bruce Rolfe
   While it wasn’t pretty, the Climax-Scotts boys basketball team is just happy to enjoy some late season momentum.
   The Panthers, now 9-9 overall and 7-6 in the SCAA, earned their fourth straight win with a 45-38 victory over Colon Friday at C-S Jr./Sr. High School.climax-scotts-sports.php
G-A Girls Enjoy Best Regular Season Finish History In School History

Rams Celebrate Sr.-Parent Night, SAC Valley Division Title With 48-32 Win Over Lawton

By Bruce Rolfe
It was a night for memories at Galesburg-Augusta High School Friday for the Lady Ram girls varsity basketball team.
G-A’s 48-32 win over Lawton gives the Lady Rams a 17-3 regular season finish, believed to be the best regular season record in school history. galesburg-augusta-sports.php

Natalie Hosmer Gives G-A 3-Point Weapon

G-A senior has Knocked Down 43 Triples

By Bruce Rolfe

Driving the lane or pulling up for a mid-range jump shot is a higher percentage shot, but basketball coaches will note having a player that is a three-point threat is a nice weapon to have.

Galesburg-Augusta High School senior Natalie Hosmer has brought that long range threat throughout her high school career and the Ram senior is once again frustrating opponents as a three-point threat this season..For rest of story and more local news pick up our February 24, 2017 Climax Crescent available NOW at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper on the right side of our home page.

Unsung Heroes Making Impact For C-S

C-S Hopes Energy From Win Over St. Phil carries Into Final 3 Regular Season Games, Postseason

By Bruce Rolfe

The little things that don’t show up in a box score can have a big impact in helping a team secure a big victory.

Climax-Scotts girls varsity coach Josh Vick feels that was the case in his teams’ 57-56 win last Friday over Battle Creek St. Phil..For rest of story and more local news pick up our February 24, 2017 Climax Crescent available NOW at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper on the right side of our home page.


Climax Teenager Meets Life EMS Paramedic Who Transported Her And Her Mother To Hospital The Night She Was Born

By Bruce Rolfe
While the fire that destroyed the Harvester Restaurant left an overall somber mood last Saturday in the Village of Climax and surrounding area, there was one uplifting moment for Climax resident Jenna Audette.
Jenna, who was taking photographs for the Climax Crescent, had the opportunity to meet the Life EMS paramedic who transported her and her mother the night she was born in 2000 at her home in Climax to the hospital, last Saturday as she was snapping photographs. For rest of story and more local news pick up our March 10, 2017 Climax Crescent available NOW at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper below.

C-S Holds On For 67-64 Win Over Tekonsha

Host Coldwater Pansophia Wednesday In District Semifinal

By Bruce Rolfe

There were some tense moments at the end of the game, but the Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team held on for a 67-64 win over Tekonsha Monday in the district opener at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. climax-scotts-sports.php

Panthers Enjoy Strong Bounce Back Game 

C-S Trims Litchfield In Regular Season Finale 89-66

Talk about having a strong bounce back game.

After a lethargic 60-49 loss to Camden-Frontier Tuesday, the Climax-Scotts varsity boys basketball team rebounded with a solid 89-66 SCAA win over Litchfield Thursday on the road. climax-scotts-sports.php

G-A's Magical Season Ends In District Opener

By Bruce Rolfe
    A magical season that featured the best regular season record in school history and first division championship since 2005 ended Wednesday for the Galesburg-Augusta girls varsity basketball team when Springport administered a 60-39 defeat on the Rams. galesburg-augusta-sports.php
It’s C-S And Athens In District Championship Game Friday

   Two old postseason rivalries will lock horns again Friday in the district championship game at Athens at 7 p.m.
   Climax-Scotts, 52-25 winners over Tekonsha in Wednesday’s first semifinal game, and Athens, which blanked Coldwater Pansophia 77-0, will meet at 7 p.m. in the district championship game at Athens.
   C-S takes a 13-8 overall record into the game while Athens is 14-7.
   C-S led Tekonsha 12-5 after one quarter and 23-7 at halftime.
   The Lady Panthers came out with plenty of energy in the third quarter, expanding the lead to 39-15 at the end of three quarters.
   Brenna Tutt finished with 13 points, Megan Macomber chipped in with 11 points and Evelyn Lamb added 10 points.

Patterson’s Last Second Shot Lifts G-A Boys To 43-42 Win

   Galesburg-Augusta High School junior Trevor Patterson hit a basket with just a few seconds left to lift the Rams to a thrilling 43-42 win over Lawton Friday at G-A High School. galesburg-augusta-sports.php
   G-A junior Trevor Patterson hit the game winning basket with just a few seconds left Friday to help G-A to a 43-42 win over Lawton. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe- Property of the Climax Crescent)
C-S Girls Basketball Team Uses Big 2nd Half To Register 60-25 Win Over Colon

By Bruce Rolfe
After trudging through a sluggish first half, the Climax-Scotts girls varsity basketball team came out with plenty of energy in the second half, helping the Panthers to a 60-25 SCAA win over Colon at C-S High School on Sr./Parent night. climax-scotts-sports.php
Autopsy Results Will Be Key In Next Step Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department Takes In Pavilion Township Death

By Bruce Rolfe
Because an autopsy being performed on a male that was found dead in Pavilion Township in the 9000 block of South 36th Street just south of Scotts has not yet been completed, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department can only categorize the incident as a death investigation.
“What transitions it to something other than a death investigation is primarily the autopsy report,” points out Under Sheriff Paul Matyas.For rest of story and more local news pick up our February 24, 2017 Climax Crescent available NOW at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper below.

Trevor Patterson Becoming Recognized As A Warrior For G-A

By Bruce Rolfe

Midway through the fourth quarter in Galesburg-Augusta’s 50-38 loss to Delton-Kellogg February 10, G-A junior point guard Trevor Patterson had to leave the game with a left ankle injury.

His team was down by just eight points with over five minutes remaining, so he knew they could come back.For rest of story and more local news pick up our February 24, 2017 Climax Crescent available NOW at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper on the right side of our home page.

C-S Boys Hope Wide Margin Win Over St. Phil, Last Second Victory Over Lawrence Is Start To Momentum Push

By Bruce Rolfe

A win by a large margin one night followed by a tight win on a last second shot the next game, should inject some momentum into the Climax-Scotts boys varsity basketball team.

C-S followed last Friday’s 87-63 win over Battle Creek St. Philip with a thrilling 59-58 non-league win over Lawrence Tuesday. .For rest of story and more local news pick up our February 24, 2017 Climax Crescent available NOW at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper on the right side of our home page.


Winterfest Energy At Climax-Scotts Yields 2 Victories Over St. Phil

Lady Panthers Hold On For 57-56 Win

By Bruce Rolfe

To say there was a little extra energy in the Climax-Scotts Jr./Sr. High School gym Friday is an understatement.

Both the C-S girls and boys basketball teams came out with max energy levels against Battle Creek St. Philip, resulting in a 57-56 victory for the Panther girls and an 87-63 win for the boys. climax-scotts-sports.php

Janae Langs Earns GLIAC North Division Player Of The Week Honors

BAY CITY, Mich.-- After posting her best two-game effort of the season in leading her team to a pair of weekend victories, Janae Langs had earned GLIAC North Division Player of the Week honors, per a release from the conference office on Monday. It is the first GLIAC Player of the Week selection for the Lakers this season,  as well as the first time Langs has received the award in her career.  climax-scotts-sports.php

C-S graduate Janae Langs is pictured in action against Lake Superior State University last Saturday. (Photograph by Bruce Rolfe - Property of the Climax Crescent)

Climax Village Council Will Research Online Payment Option

By Bruce Rolfe

With more residents choosing to make payments online, the Climax Village Council expressed interest in adding a payment option to a future web site it hopes to have developed soon after listening to a presentation by a Horizon Bank representative at the regular meeting Tuesday.

The online payment option, which would occur through a secure Horizon Bank portal, would allow village residents to pay water bills and tax payments online.  For rest of story and more local news pick up our February 10, 2017 Climax Crescent available February 9, 2017 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper link at the right.


C-S’ Balanced Attack Too Much For St. Phil

Boomershine Pours In 24, Eshuis 23

By Bruce Rolfe

Climax-Scotts used a balanced scoring attack, fueled by strong ball movement, to post an 87-63 SCAA boys basketball win over Battle Creek St. Philip Friday on Winterfest night at C-S Jr./Sr. High School. climax-scotts-sports.php

Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department Continues To Investigate Death In Pavilion Township

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate the death of a man in the 9000 block of South 36th Street in Pavilion Township just south of Scotts, but is not releasing much information about the incident.

Kalamazoo County Under Sheriff Paul Matyas said authorities were called to the 9000 block of South 36th Street Tuesday where one male was found dead..For rest of story and more local news pick up our February 17, 2017 Climax Crescent available NOW at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper on the right side of our home page.

Climax Woman Retires From Galesburg Hardings After 46 Years Of Service

Sue Rogers Has Seen Many Changes In Grocery Industry

By Bruce Rolfe

A Climax woman who has worked at the Galesburg Hardings Market 46 years, retired January 5 from the local grocery store.

Sue Rogers, who developed many friendships and memories during her long career at the Galesburg Hardings Market, said she enjoyed going to work each day, but decided it was time to slow down. For rest of story and more local news pick up our January 6, 2017 Climax Crescent available January 5, 2017 at Quik Stop in Climax, and Bowman's BBQ in Climax, Scotts Country Store and Deli and Scotts Corner Cafe' in Scotts and the Galesburg Hardings Market, or stop by the Crescent  Subscribe to the Crescent by following the picture of the newspaper link on the right side of this home page.

 

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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