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Lumen Christi’s Khari Willis named JTV Sports Player of the Year

By Larry Jacobson, JTV Sports From a pure numbers perspective, the ‘nuts and bolts’ of Khari Willis – Lumen Christi’s standout senior running back and one of four finalists for the state’s Player of the Year – are staggering. Consider this year’s totals, which rank as one of the greatest single-season rushing marks in state history: 2,800 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns. 11.6 yards per carry and 233 yards per game. 50 carries and 412 yards in the season-ending playoff loss to Monroe St. Mary’s. But this is the best part about knowing the young man: He’s an even better person than he is a football player. When asked who he turns to for advice or guidance, on or off the playing field, Khari motioned to his father, John, sitting a few feet away from him. “My dad’s never forced me into anything,” Khari said. “He’s always let me choose what it is I want to do, and then he helps me get better at it. But he’s always let me take that first step.” “I’ve always told my kids that I don’t care what they do, I just want them to do it well,” John Willis said. “Once they’ve…

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Career Center Hosting Pipeline Discovery Day

Enterprise Group CEO Tim Rogers, Jackson Area Career Center Assistant Principal Dan Draper and JCISD Communications Coordinator Kim Medlock invite the community to join Jackson's most exciting manufacturing and educational programs for a FREE all-ages showcase and adventure through Jackson County’s STEM learning opportunities.  This fun and unique exploration event will provide hands-on engineering, science and manufacturing activities – and connects students and their families to Jackson’s powerhouse of learning programs available in these fields.  The event runs from 4pm to 7pm December 3rd and includes dinner.  Other guests:  BuilderWalk with Andy Woell, General Materials;  Beth Landis, Spring Arbor University's "Hanging of the Greens", Friday, December 5th;  Pat Beffel, Jackson Symphony Orchestra Guild Holiday Ball and Auction, Saturday, December 6.  Tickets available here and the online auction is live here;  Rod Malloy, Executive Director, Dahlem;  Ric Walton, The Walton Insurance Group;  Pet of the Week with Sue Lovell, Cascades Humane Society;  Jackson Vice-Mayor Derek Dobies. Today's show replays Friday, November 28 and Monday, December 1.

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20th Annual All A-Merry-Can Christmas Show Planned

The 20th annual All A-Merry-Can Christmas Show will be presented December 5th at 7pm and December 6th at 2pm at the Michigan Theatre of Jackson.  The annual Christmas variety show features dozens of performers in song, dance and skit and is produced by Jan Meyer, directed by Barb Palmer.  The two, along with performer Michael Cicirelli invited viewers to attend, bringing non-perishable food and personal hygiene items for admission.  The mission of the annual show is to end hunger in Jackson.  Other guests:  Amy Reimann, Director, Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History, with new pop-up shop "Ella Downtown" in the Dupuis building, opening Wednesday, November 26th;  Gary Siegrist, Naturalist, Dahlem;  Betsy Vickers, Corey Warren, Jacque Liebner and Karley Miller, presenting "Straight Talk", December 6th at Western High School.  The event is free, beginning at 4pm, and sponsored by WAI-IAM and A Healing Place;  Mollie Burchett, Sycamore Baptist Church;  Russ Jennings, McThirsty's;  Brian Surgener, Jackson Coffee Co.

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Hanover-Horton’s Johnnie Stewart named JTV Sports Coach of the Year

Stewart guided Hanover-Horton to best season ever; looks to make it the norm By Mike Moore Staff Writer Hanover – The shock and the awe, the celebration and the excitement, it was all a direct result of the greatness displayed on the field all fall. If Johnnie Stewart gets his wish, the 2014 season will become the norm with the Hanover-Horton football program, and not the exception. But taking a step back, focusing on the here and now, and appreciating this season for what it was, Stewart was an easy choice for the 2014 JTV Sports Football Coach of the Year. “This was a very special year,” Stewart said earlier this week. “In all my years of coaching, this is going to be one group and one season I’ll truly miss.” The Comets seemingly made history at every step this fall. Their 8-2 final record was the best in program history. The trip to the Division 6 playoffs was just the fourth such event, ever. The 6-1 mark in the Cascades Conference was the best since joining in 1976. The 282 points scored was third best in program history and the 189 allowed was the lowest since 2002. Needless to…

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Holiday Gift Ideas

As part of Shop Local Saturday, downtown merchants Wendy Clifton from A Frame Above and George Webster from P&T Cycling and Fitness shared some ideas for Christmas gift giving.  Christmas shoppers are invited to take advantage of specials, entertainment, refreshments and more as they shop in locally-owned stores this Saturday.  Other guests:  64th District State Representative Earl Poleski;  Steve LaFay, Here 4 You Hearing Center;  Coffee Talk with Robert Ernst, Jackson Coffee Company;  a visit to Paragon Charter Academy for Native American Day.

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Thanksgiving Day on JTV

Tune into JTV and jtv.tv for special High School Football Programming all day. At 10am, noon and 6pm we'll air our season recap on the Aspen One Hour Football Show featuring our top Games of the Year, JTV Sports Coach of the Year and JTV Sports Player of the Year. Below is our game schedule for Thanksgiving Day.  Thank you to all our viewers, advertisers and supporters for another great season of High School Football on JTV.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 1pm – Hanover-Horton at Grass Lake 3:30pm – Lumen Christi at Jackson 7pm – Northwest at Western 9:30pm – Monroe St. Mary CC at Lumen Christi

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Prosecutor Organizes Drug Abuse Summit

Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jerry Jarzynka is organizing a day-long summit to focus on the devastating problem of heroin use in our community and in particular, the connection and relationship between prescription drugs and heroin.  Mike Hirst, founder of "Andy's Angels" is one of the presenters, on the topic of Family Impact.   Four additional panel sessions will be offered.  The event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided.  The location:  Jackson College, Potter Center, Snyder Dining Commons, Friday December 5th from 8am to 4pm.    Guest registration at Jacksondrugsummit.org.  Other guests:  Andrew Sargeant, Jackson Recreation Department;  a visit to the Video Production classes at Northwest High School with teacher Marnie Hade;  Jackson Coffee Company's "Coffee Talk" with Robert Ernst;  Bella Notte owner Greg Walker with new Head Chef Megan Vilminot and Front of House Manager Brandon Stewart;  Ric Walton, Walton Insurance Group.

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