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Consumers Energy Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer Dave Mengebier announced several company initiatives underway, including the lowering of gas rates, increases in renewable energy sources and expansion of relationships with Michigan suppliers and vendors.  The company is providing frequent updates on its website.  Other guests:  the "neighorhood kids" drop by trick for treating;  Andy Woell, General Materials with Builder Walk;  City Councilman Andrew Frounfelker;  Non Profit Network Executive Director Regina Funkhouser;  Melissa Callison and Lynda Waldron, United Way Women's Leadership Council;  Jackson Coffee Company's Brian Surgener with the Drawings of the Month.

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Schedule: Cross Country State Finals at MIS

Cross Country State Finals, Saturday November 2nd Division 4 Girls - 10am Division 3 Girls - 10:30am Division 4 Boys - 11am Division 3 Boys - 11:30am Division 3 & 4 Awards - 12pm Division 2 Girls - 1:30pm Division 1 Girls - 2pm Division 2 Boys - 2:30pm Division 1 Boys - 3pm Division 1 & 2 Awards - 3:30pm Note: MIS Opens at 8am

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District Playoff Schedule

Division 5 - Parchment (6-3) at Lumen Christi (9-0) Friday 7pm Division 6 - Manchester (7-2) at Grass Lake (8-1) Friday 7pm Division 6 - Hillsdale (6-3) at Jonesville (7-2) Friday 7pm Division 6 - Constantine (5-4) at Michigan Center (8-1) Saturday 1pm Division 7 - Reading (6-3) at Homer (8-1) Friday 7pm Division 7 - Springport (6-3) at Lawton (8-1) Friday 7pm    

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Jackson Chorale Begins 59th Season

The Jackson Chorale kicks off their 59th season on Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 with a concert at First United Methodist Church.  Choir Director Wendy Treacher and Children's Choir Director Jackie Livesay will be directing "Our Favorite Grand Choruses".  Tickets, at $10, will be available at the door.  Other guests: Classic Turning President Alex Webster and Great Lakes Metal Finishing President John Spencer on their acquisition and expansion;  City Council candidate Susan Murdie;  Shawna Tello and entertainer Ian Stewart with the Jackson YMCA's "Strong Kids, Strong Communities" event Thursday, November 7 at One Five One;  Michigan Shakespeare Festival Managing Director Julie Brunzell;  Pet of the Week with Sue Lovell, Cascades Humane Society.

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Michigan Center ready for tough matchup with Constantine

  By Larry Jacobson, JTV Sports It’s Halloween season, a time to dress up in costume and pretend you’re something that you’re really not – like a werewolf or a zombie or a super hero. And like a costume, the Constantine Falcons’ pedestrian regular season mark of 5-4 doesn’t reveal who they really are. The Michigan Center Cardinals know it. Since 2002 the Falcons have been one of the most successful programs in the state- rolling up an overall record of 117-21 (85%), making the state playoffs each year, advancing to the state championship game at Ford Field four times (including the last two years) and winning it all in 2004. This year Constantine reloaded and stumbled along the way, losing four regular season games – albeit to four playoff teams. Still, they come in to Saturday’s matchup averaging almost 41 points per game, and remain a very dangerous team. “It’s a bit of a double edged sword for us,” Michigan Center Coach Troy Allen said. “We are very excited to host a playoff game, but when we found out it would be Constantine coming in that turned it up a notch. We obviously know of their playoff history and…

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Chucky’s Playoff Picks

The 2013 high school football playoffs are here and Chucky Buckles, a sage of predictions and many, many irrelevant things, congratulates all the local teams that made the cut!   That being said, predictions must be made….   PARCHMENT (6-3) @ Lumen Christi (9-0): The actual definition of ‘parchment’ is quite disturbing. It’s ‘skin of a sheep or goat one uses on which to write.’ So from this, we can deduce the town was named after bizarre skin-writing goat herders. The Titans survived the big scare at Howell, and look forward to a plain ‘ol matchup with the Panthers, who may or may not have uniforms made out of goat skin. PICK: LUMEN CHRISTI   CONSTANTINE (5-4) @ MICHIGAN CENTER (8-1): Keanu Reeves, who played Constantine in the movie Constantine based on the comic book called Constantine, is on hand to root for Constantine. The Cardinals pull a fast one and bribe him with 23 root beer floats from Rudy’s. The ploy works. PICK: MICHIGAN CENTER MANCHESTER (7-2) @ GRASS LAKE (8-1): The Flying Dutchmen beat Grass Lake earlier this year, but that sort of thing generally just angers the Warriors and makes them quite surly. A catapult hurls soft,…

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Danae Dracht sets pace for Cougars with career best at EMU Fall Classic

DEXTER, MI -- The women's cross country team raced to a great team results today at the EMU Fall Classic hosted by Eastern Michigan University at Hudson Mills Metro Park. Running a strong team race was the main goal for the cougars, in hopes of qualifying for the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) cross country national meet in November, and qualify they did.  Needing to run a combined top five runners team time of 100.00 minutes the cougars finished with 99:18 in-rout to securing a position in the national meet. "Overall the team gave a wonderful effort today on a challenging, hilly course," commented SAU head coach Bill Bippes. "This was a great race for our team today, as each of them ran for God and there teammates."  "Praise God they qualified and we had five girls run life time bested today!" The Cougars will now have two weeks to prepare for the Crossroads Conference championships held at Grace College on November 9th.  The team will enter the meet rated 5th in the conference.      

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Final Regular Season Results – Cascades Conference

Grass Lake                              8-1 (6-1) Michigan Center                      8-1 (6-1) Manchester                             7-2 (6-1) Hanover                                   4-5 (3-4) Vandercook                             4-5 (3-4) Addison                                    3-6 (3-4) Napoleon                                 2-7  (1-6) East Jackson                           1-8 (0-7)

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Today on JTV Sports

10am and 12pm - The Locker Room featuring Spring Arbor Men's Basketball Coach Ryan Cottingham, High School Football Highlights and Jackson Rec Department Youth Football Highlights 1pm and 7pm - Homer at Grass Lake in the Big  8/Cascades Championship Game 3:30pm and 9:30pm - Lumen Christi at Howell

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