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Library Appoints New Director

The Jackson District Library has announced that Sara Tackett has been appointed as the new director of the library. The Board of Trustees offered the position to Tackett on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 after a two-stage interview process and she was among three candidates considered for the role. "The JDL Board of Trustees is excited to begin working with our new director and to assist her in implementing her vision of the system moving forward,” said board president Darrell Durham. After working for eight years for the Hunterdon County Library in Flemington, New Jersey as a Children’s Librarian, Tackett came to the Jackson District Library in 1998, first as the Coordinator of Youth Programs. She later became the Public Services Administrator and has been acting as interim director after Ishwar Laxminarayan left in January. “As director I am looking forward to continuing to support the community of Jackson by working to provide a world class library service to all of our residents,” Tackett said. During her time in Jackson she has helped plan the expansion of the Meijer Branch, developed a library at the Jackson County Youth Center and seen the youth outreach services expand.  Tackett has also led Jackson…

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More of the Same

Northwest takes aim at district crown, has to get past Jackson first  By Mike Moore Staff Writer  Jackson – The regular season came and went, and in the end, there was one opponent able to defeat the Northwest girls basketball team. So, after an 18-2 regular season (both losses came to Marshall), the Mounties are unofficially 0-0 as the postseason begins tonight with a Class A district opener against Jackson at 6 p.m. from Okemos. “The goal is focus on our game and how we play,” Mounties coach Ryan Carroll said. His statement had plenty to do with a playoff approach, but also the need to look past the first meeting of the season between his girls and the Vikings (11-8), one in which Northwest rolled to a 61-25 victory on Dec. 15. “Truthfully, that first game isn’t on our minds at all,” Carroll said. “Jackson isn’t the same team. They are better. They were better that night than the final score shows.” Still, plenty of what made Northwest so strong all year led to the overwhelming victory that night. The Mounties were strong on defense, didn’t turn the ball over much, and used pressure all night to “frustrate” Jackson,…

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Monday, February 29

Happy Leap Day!  Guests includes State Representative for the 64th District, Earl Poleski;  Tracy Smith-Jackson and Debra Gorman Cagle, Felician Children’s Center;  Monica Moser, Jackson Community Foundation;  Guy Sanville & Lauren Knox, The Purple Rose Theatre’s ODD COUPLE;  Nate Vermeulen, Vermeulen’s Home Furnishings;  Steve Trosin, JSO Affinity Series, American Aquarium Show;  JTV Sports Weekend Highlights  

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New Restaurant, Apartments Planned for Historic Downtown Landmark

Downtown Jackson entertainment entrepreneur John Burtka has revealed to JTV his plans for expanding his rapidly growing presence in Downtown Jackson.  The former One Five One restaurant building has been purchased by Burtka,  Dr. Nicholas Dyc and Downtown Development LLC in partnership with the Kincaid Henry development and construction firm.  Burtka told JTV he has been working on acquiring the building for several months, which would become the third major project he is leading in the downtown district.  Last month Burtka announced plans for a multi-story apartment building with first floor retail/urban grocery to be built on Glick Highway near Jackson Street.  The Grand River Brewery was the first investment by the entrepreneur three years ago.  The Brewery has expanded several times due to the popularity of the restaurant and the company's Michigan-brewed craft beers. The plans for the former One Five One building include a restaurant on the main floor.  Burtka is collaborating with Justin Dalenberg, a former executive chef at Zingerman's Roadhouse in Ann Arbor, to develop an exciting new restaurant that likely will focus on popular American fare and serve as a destination attraction.  Dalenberg, a chef and restaurant consultant,  is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University with more…

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