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Change in Leadership at Baker College Jackson

Steve Simpson assumes the presidency of the Jackson Campus of Baker College on July 1, 2015.  Simpson takes over for Patty Kaufman who has been appointed president of Baker College of Clinton Township in Macomb County.  Simpson has been overseeing the online offerings of Baker College for the past few years.  Kaufman leaves Jackson after serving as president for nine years.  On today's show, they discussed the progress of the Jackson campus and plans for the next year, which include expanding engineering offerings and new expansion of the campus.

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Phil Tripp Announces Candidacy for 64th District

SUMMIT TOWNSHIP—Lifelong Jackson County resident and local business leader Phil Tripp is pleased to announce his intention to run for 64th District State Representative in the November 2016 election. “This is a crucial time for Jackson and the state of Michigan. We’ve made progress, but let’s not settle for ‘good enough’,” said Tripp. “Michigan was once the economic powerhouse of the United States and the industrial envy of the world. If I’m elected, I will help make common sense policies that will strengthen both state and area businesses because I know we can get back there again.” Tripp believes when we strengthen our businesses and allow businesses to do what they've always done—create jobs and build our economy—it helps to strengthen our families. “The voters I've talked to are very concerned about our children and the education system,” Tripp said. “We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. We need fresh, innovative ideas to invigorate our education system.” “Voters are also very supportive of our police and fire departments, and are concerned with budget cuts. That's why I believe it's so important to elect someone like me who is willing to fight for families and bring jobs…

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Tuesday, June 30

Patty Kaufman, President, Baker College, with Steve Simpson, Baker College, New President; Dick Crawley, Service Officer, American Legion Rose City Post #324; Reps from Hot Air Jubilee Committee; Lauren Morse, American 1 Teen Idol Contestant

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Allegiance Health CEO Recognized as State Health Care Champion

For influencing health care across the state, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) recently honored Allegiance Health President and CEO Georgia Fojtasek with the association’s highest achievement award—the 2015 Meritorious Service Award. Fojtasek has worked diligently to help shape policy on the national, state and regional levels that would improve access and quality of care for residents of Jackson and the surrounding counties, including the underserved. “Georgia has always understood that improving the health and well-being of the people of the Jackson region required her service locally, regionally and nationally,” said MHA Board of Trustees Chairman Tom DeFauw. “I am honored to receive the award on behalf of Allegiance Health,” said Fojtasek. “Our accomplishments are the direct result of decades of commitment by staff, physicians and governance members, including volunteer community trustees. Many of our achievements are also the result of partnerships formed between Allegiance and other community organizations that shared our vision for supporting residents of this region in becoming the healthiest in Michigan.” Fojtasek has led Allegiance Health since 1994 with a passion for elevating the quality and safety of care, as well as improving the health and well-being of the people of the Jackson area. She…

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Albion appoints LaFave to direct softball program

ALBION, Mich - Over her eight years as a head coach, Leigh Ann LaFave has demonstrated the ability to improve programs while at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minn., and Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She will return to her native state as head coach of the Britons for the 2016 season. “We sought an individual with head coaching experience and a knowledge of Division III athletics, who had demonstrated competitive improvement throughout her career as head coach and someone with knowledge of the MIAA and high school softball in the state of Michigan,” Albion Athletic Director Matt Arend said. “Coach LaFave met those three criteria and rose to the top of the applicant pool. “I’m excited for the future of Albion College softball under Coach LaFave’s leadership,” he added. LaFave successfully carried out her vision for rebuilding the Wartburg program, engineering the largest turnaround in the history of the Wartburg program as her 2014 squad quadrupled its wins from the 2013 season. The Knights improved further in 2015 with a 22-17 record for the program’s first winning season since 2009. Three Knights achieved all-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference distinction in 2015, and a pair were selected all-region by the National Fastpitch…

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Sunday’s Softball Results

Co-ed Orange Division Edward Jones 14  Duffy’s – Simon 8.  Rob Whisler went 3 for 3 with 3 doubles and 3 RBIs and Pete May went 4 for 4 to lead Edward Jones.  Jordan Hayden went 4 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs for Duffy’s. Shamrock Bar 12  Duffy’s – Cummins 1.  Brenda Rillett went 2 for 2 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs and Matt Janes went 2 for 3 with a double and 3 RBIs for Shamrock.  Carol Sharp and Bob Ames each went 2 for 3 for Duffy’s. Veach’s Nappy Dugout 16  The Chase Sports Bar 3.  Patrick Waldron went 4 for 4 with a home run and 2 doubles, Joe Merritt went 3 for 5 with a Grand Slam and 5 RBIs to lead Veach’s.  Jeremy Tisch and Brandon Brown each went 2 for 2 for Chase. Shamrock Bar won the 1st Round of the Orange Division with a 6 & 0 Record. Co-ed Gold Division Steve’s Ranch House 12  Top Dawgs 4.  Zak Thompson went 3 for 4 with a home run, a triple and a double while Btittany O’Rourke went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 doubles to lead Steve’s…

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