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Winter Road Maintenance Funding Increases

State Senator Mike Nofs reported at least $100 million dollars will be allocated to winter road maintenance and pothole repair, with the possibility of twice that amount eventually getting approved.  Nofs also told us off the air that Senator Bruce Caswell has decided not to seek re-election.  Caswell would have represented Jackson County when redistricting takes effect at the end of the year.  Other guests:  Dr. John Wald, Allegiance Health Neurologist;  Tyler Schramm, Western Michigan University student, triathlete and Formula 2ooo race car driver;  Citizen Interaction Design Project Manager Scott TenBrink with University of Michigan students Sarah Mainville and Trevor Croxson;  Dave DeBaker with an Oscars preview, Michelle Brown, The Walton Agency.

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Lumen Christi wins City Championship with 88-80 victory over Jackson

Larry Jacobson, JTV Sports As I walked out of the Lumen Christi High School gym on Thursday night following Round 2 of the City Championship series between the Titans and Jackson High, someone up in the stands blew a whistle. How fitting… In a war of attrition with the regular season winding down, Lumen Christi capped off a season sweep of the Vikings in an 88-80 slugfest. But oh how the whistles blew… Unofficially the Titans racked up 29 fouls – including 16 in the second half – but rode a dominant 29-15 second quarter to the win and overcome a brilliant performance by Jackson’s mercurial senior forward Michael Johnson. “We don’t win this game without our second unit,” junior guard Khari Willis said. “Fouls played a role on both sides tonight and we had to adjust. Our second unit really stepped up and helped us finish this off.” A big part of that second unit is Henry Berkemeier, and not just because the junior is 6’5. With Titan big men Matt Bullinger and Demarian Snellenberger missing chunks of time in foul trouble, Berkemeier logged heavy minutes and helped man the front line. “This is what my teammates are counting…

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JATA Welcomes New Executive Director

The new Executive Director of the Jackson Area Transportation Authority was introduced on today's show.  Brad Charkowske was recently hired, serving most recently in Seattle supervising light rail services.  Charkowske is a Michigan native and was anxious to return to his home state.  He replaces Cameron McCollum who retires after more than 37 years with the Authority.  Other guests:  BuilderWalk with General Materials;  Jan Witte and Todd Wanty, "Taste of the Irish Hills" (March 7-8), Brooklyn Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce;  Phil Wrzesinski and Parker Wrzesinski, The Toy House "Toys of the Month";  Singer Steve Berkemeier (performing at the Jackson Coffee Co. Friday evening);  George Staudacher, St. Joseph/St. John Paczki Dance;  Brian Surgener, Jackson Coffee Co. Drawings of the Month.

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iCreate Poetry Contest Performance Main Event

The 2014 iCreate Poetry Contest Main Event will be held at the Michigan Theatre Wednesday, March 5th at 6:30.  iCreate founder John Voelz will be among the dozen or so musicians performing student poetry in song.  More than 40 poems have been selected to be turned into songs in themes of perseverance, hope, courage or peace.  Admission is free and open to all.  Other guests:  Jackson Mayor Jason Smith;  Cindy Lyons, Jackson Area Career Center;  Sue Lovell, Cascades Humane Society "Pet of the Week";   a visit to St. Joseph Parish for the annual Paczki making event.

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Hogans named to All-Crossroads team

Hartford City, IN – The Crossroads Conference has released the men's basketball award winners and Spring Arbor University's Rob Hogans was named to the League's All-Crossroads team.  Hogans, who averaged over 25 points per game, seventh in the NAIA for DII schools, and first in the Crossroads League was named to the league's second team.  Hogans was the lone Cougar named. In 30 games for the Cougars this season, Hogans has tallied 755 points, and led Spring Arbor with 151 rebounds (5.0 rebounds per game. Not only did Hogans have an outstanding senior campaign, but his body of work over four years has been spectacular.  With the tournament still to come, Hogans has scored 2024 points (15.6 points per game), hit 177 3-point shots (36%), and grabbed 480 rebounds off the glass. But even with all of the impressive stats, Hogans athletic abilities have made the price of admission well worth it. His ability to elevate (42" vertical) is amazing.  Listed as a 6'1" guard from Farmington, MI, it seems almost impossible to see pictures of Hogans with his head next to the rim. Hogans and the Cougars will travel to Fort Wayne, IN tonight for a quarter-final round matchup…

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SAU’s Carlie Newman named All-Crossroads

Hartford City, IN – The Crossroads Conference has released the women's basketball award winners and Spring Arbor University's Carlie Newman was named to the League's All-Crossroads team.  Newman, who averaged over 16 points per game, 31st in the NAIA for DII schools, and fourth in the Crossroads League was named to the league's second team.  Newman was the lone Cougar named. In 30 games for the Cougars this season, Newman tallied 498 points, led Spring Arbor with 236 rebounds (7.8 rebounds per game), was second on the team in 3-pointers (57), assists (65), and steals (52). Newman's 236 rebounds was second best in the Crossroads League and makes the sophomore just one of four players to appear in the League's top five in both points and rebounds. Spring Arbor finished their season with a record of 11-19 overall and 5-13 in the CL earning the Cougars a number eight seed.  

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