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Spring Arbor Baseball Gives Riggleman 1,000th Victory in Walk-off Fashion

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Spring Arbor University head baseball coach Sam Riggleman notched his 1,000th career victory in dramatic fashion on Tuesday with a 3-2 walk-off win over Marian University at Hank Burbridge Field. With the score tied and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, junior Mitchel Patterson ripped the first offering he saw into the right field corner allowing freshman Francisco Ondina to race home all the way from first base to clinch the victory. “What an incredible accomplishment for Coach Riggleman,” said SAU Director of Athletics Ryan Cottingham. “He has proven to be a model of consistency over a long period of time. The 1,000 wins are certainly very impressive and put him in select company amongst some of the all-time greats at any level. However, the lives Coach Riggleman has impacted for the Kingdom of God is of far greater significance. His legacy and influence will carry on long after he’s done coaching. Sam is a minister disguised as a baseball coach, and he happens to be one of the best at both!” Senior JP Maracani broke a scoreless tie with his sixth home run of the season in the fourth inning, but Marian (16-17, 15-13…

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Marriage Matters Welcomes Tony Dungy

Jackson Native and NFL legend Tony Dungy was the featured guest speaker at "Marriage Matters:  Uncommon Marriage", Friday, April 25, 2015 at the Michigan Theatre.  A VIP event at the JSO Weatherwax Hall preceded the program where Bart Hawley had a few minutes to interview Tony.

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Thursday, April 23

Cindy Allen, Jackson College, VP of Administration; Audrey Dean, Kids N Stuff Children’s Museum, Albion; Nathan Mack, Downtown Development Authority; Gary Jones & Jim O’Brien, Michigan State Parks; Linda Fergason & Athena McDonnell, The Michigan Theatre’s 85th Anniversary; Barb Palmer, Ashley Stapleton & Rebecca Rigg, Grass Lake High School Production  

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Wednesday, April 22

Derek Dobies, Vice Mayor of Jackson and City Council Rep; Michelle Shields, March of Dimes, Walk for Babies; Kaitlyn Tracy, Spring Arbor University Leadercast Event; Andy Merritt, Rivertree Community Church & Resale Depot; Joe Williams & Jackie Lincoln, Lumen Christi High School Spring Raffle; Sue Lovell, Cascades Humane Society  

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City in Union Negotiations, Budget Preparation

Jackson City Manager Patrick Burtch and his staff are working on the city's 2015-16 fiscal year budget and negotiating retirement terms with union representatives.  The manager provided an update on downtown construction progress and the new Horace Blackman Park.  Workers hydro-seeded the park over the weekend and tivoli lights were strung on Monday.  Other guests:  Center for Family Health President and CEO Molly Kaser;  Jackson District Library Summit Branch Manager Sarah Hashimoto with Friends of the Library's Volunteer of the Year Jerry Saari;  Monica Hommerding and Kym Parker, Relay for Life;  Jackson High students Chase Myers, Brett Trombley and Aurora McCroy, appearing in "Curtains", a murder mystery musical;  Brandy Golombeski, "Cinderella for a Day".

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