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Thursday, March 31-Friday, April 1

Dan DuBois & Jason Potter, Commanding Curve, Potential Jackson Minor League Baseball;  Charlie Dunigan & Tom Adams, North-Ply Contracting;  Monty Brown, Kiwanis Club Travel Adventure Film Producer;  Heather Price, Sandhill Crane Vineyards;  Dave Smelser, Hammond Hardware;  Ric Walton, The Walton Insurance Group  

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United Way Campaign Exceeds Goal

Announces New Focus on Financial Stability at Annual Meeting A deeper focus on issues surrounding poverty in Jackson County will lead to more households reaching financial stability. That was the message to more than 100 attendees at United Way of Jackson County’s annual meeting, held tonight at Ella Sharp Museum. “Eighteen percent of Jackson County residents live in poverty. Twenty-three percent more are barely able to stay out of poverty. That means nearly 25,000 households in our community are financially insecure,” said Ken Toll, president and CEO of United Way of Jackson County (UWJC). “Working together, we can create a community that offers every opportunity for every person to achieve financial stability,” Toll said. To that end, UWJC will look at its work and partnerships through the lens of financial stability, according to Toll. “We’ll ask ourselves, ‘Are the programs we’re supporting helping people become more financially stable? How do our partners measure that impact? How do we report our progress to the community?’” he explained. “Most of our work and partnerships already do this. We’re simply looking for ways we can go deeper with community partners to create greater, more sustainable outcomes.” The annual meeting included presentations from Cradle2Career,…

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Spring Arbor Baseball rallies late, wins in 11

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Spring Arbor University baseball team rallied back from a 5-1 deficit to defeat Siena Heights University 6-5 in 11 innings on Tuesday. The win was the third in the last four games for the Cougars, who improved to 7-11 on the season. The Saints dropped to 10-10 with the loss.   Spring Arbor jumped on top with a run in the top of the first on an RBI double by Jeremiah Johnson. Siena Heights answered right away though with a run in the bottom half of the inning, and would add on four more runs in the third to grab a 5-1 lead.   In the fifth inning, Johnson helped the Cougars close the gap with another clutch double, this time driving in Chris Triplett and Conner Lengerich.   The score remained 5-3 until the eighth when Tyler Reed led off the frame with a solo home run – his second of the year. Spring Arbor would tie the game later in the inning when Jack Driscoll crossed the plate on a base hit by Alex Holley.   In the 11th, Johnson got things going with a leadoff double. Three batters later, Reed would lift a…

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Wednesday, March 30

Dan Greer, Jackson City Council Member, 3rd Ward:  Kim Curtis, Jackson School of the Arts;  Ron Douglass, Jackson Community Concert Band, with Wendy Treacher, Jackson Chorale;  Aleta Daniels, Jackson County Conservation District;  Mark Oliver, Allskate Fun Center;  Sandy Clark, Jackson County Animal Shelter, Finley’s Smokehouse Dog of the Week  

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Girls Basketball: JTV Sports Player of the Year

Khon capped four-year career by helping Northwest to 22-win season   By Mike Moore Staff Writer   Jackson – He’d coached her for three years before this, keeping her on the varsity and inserting her to the starting lineup as a freshman. He watched her mature her game as a sophomore, then totally change it as a junior.   But as he spoke about Lexie Khon Tuesday afternoon, Northwest girls basketball coach Ryan Carroll said she blossomed into a totally new player in 2015-16 as a senior.   And he loved every second of it.   “The thing that stands out to me, or the difference this year, was the leadership role she took on,” Carroll said. “In the big moments, she was the go-to player. In the biggest games we played, she had her biggest games. That showed a lot about her.”   And was just part of the reason Khon was named JTV Sports Girls Basketball Player of the Year.   “Great teammate. A great leader. She’s so versatile,” Carroll added. “The first two years we had her she was our post player. The last few years she’s switched to a stretch player who played the perimeter.”  …

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