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Albion College athletes gain all-region status in track & field

Albion College placed four men – first-year student-athletes Richard Annorat and Jephte Jean-Claude, junior Zachary Osborne and senior Justin Meredith – on the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s list of all-Great Lakes region performers.   To be named all-region, an athlete must either be ranked in the top five of an individual event in the region according to final Track & Field Results Reporting System data or be part of a top three relay team.   Annorat, a Lely High School product from Naples, Fla., achieved distinction in the high jump, clearing 6’ 7” in the April 23 meet at Ohio Northern University. He went on to score for a third place finish in the 110-meter hurdles (15.91 seconds) and a fourth place finish in the high jump (6’ 1 ½”) in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship.   Traverse City Central product Jean-Claude finished the season by achieving a time of 14.94 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles during the May 19 All-Great Lakes Elite Meet in Delaware, Ohio. He was the MIAA’s runner-up in the event, racing to a time of 15.72 in the final round of the league championship. He was also a…

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Three Men and a Tenor to sing national anthems at FireKeepers Casino 400

BROOKLYN, Mich. (May 24, 2016) – The Michigan a cappella vocal group Three Men and a Tenor will sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” during pre-race ceremonies for the FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 12 at Michigan International Speedway.   In addition, the group will sing “Oh, Canada,” keeping with MIS tradition in recognizing its Canadian guests.   The FireKeepers Casino 400 is scheduled for 1 p.m. on June 12. Pre-race and driver introductions will begin at 12:25 p.m.   “We are very excited to have Three Men and a Tenor sing the national anthems for the United States and Canada for the FireKeepers Casino 400,” said MIS President Roger Curtis. “The group has been entertaining audiences for close to 25 years, and we have absolutely no doubt they will deliver a wonderful and patriotic performance in honoring our country, as well as a warm welcome to our Canadian visitors.”   Three Men and a Tenor is comprised of Paul Felch (bass), Chuck Colby (lead), Mark Stiles (lead) and Glenn Williams (tenor). The group was recently honored as The Best Entertainment in Michigan for 2016 as voted by readers of the Michigan Meetings and Events Magazine. It marked the third time the…

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Tuesday, May 24

Jeff Beal, Superintendent, Jackson Public Schools;  Denise Owens, Jackson County Fair Manager;  Dave Welihan, Jackson County Veterans Affairs;  Heather Ruttkofsky, Jackson College Healthwise Fair;  Gary Jones, Waterloo Recreation Area and Jim O’Brien, Hayes State Park  

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Prince Tribute Highlights Juneteenth Celebration

(photo:  Phase 5, courtesy Phase 5) Jackson College invites the community to celebrate Juneteenth with a free concert featuring hits from the ‘80s with a Tribute to Prince, with the Detroit R&B band, Phase 5 and local band Airtight. Event will be held on June 18 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Riverwalk Amphitheater, downtown Jackson. Phase 5 is an electrifying Detroit band that has developed a sound of smooth jazz mixed with a slamming “in your face” style of today’s hip hop and R&B. The group is known for its flashy, well-choreographed dance moves, as well as their glittering stage attire. Phase 5 knows how to offer the audience that great performance, offering them a mixture of “Old School” and the “Motown” sounds they love to hear. They will perform favorites by the late Prince and more. Also performing will be the Jackson band Airtight, a soul and R&B group. The Juneteenth Celebration is a free community event hosted by the Jackson College Office of Multicultural Affairs. All are welcome to attend. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of freedom for African-Americans. It commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and originated in Galveston in 1865. The…

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Three student-athletes to represent Spring Arbor University at NAIA Track & Field Championships

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – The official qualifiers for the 2016 NAIA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Championships have been announced by the national office. The 65th annual men’s and 36th annual women’s events will take place Thursday-Saturday, May 26-28 at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama.   Spring Arbor University will have three student-athletes competing in this year’s championships in sophomore Bethany Kuenzer  pictured (Pittsford, MI / Pittsford HS), freshman Katrina Tovar (Sandusky, MI / Sandusky HS) and freshman Joshua Smith (Sterling Heights, MI / Stevenson HS). Kuenzer and Tovar both qualified in the women’s pole vault while Smith will race in the men’s 110 meter hurdles.   After coming up just short of All-American status last year, Kuenzer will have her eyes set on a top-eight finish this time around. The Pittsford, Michigan native will be making her second consecutive trip to the outdoor national championships, and third national appearance overall after qualifying for the indoor national championships earlier this year. Kuenzer currently ranks 11th in the country in the event. She cleared a career-best 11’ 11.75” (3.65m) at the Otterbein Twilight Invitational – a mark that tied the school record.   Tovar, who…

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CodeRED Emergency Notification System Test Planned

The Jackson County Office of the Sheriff Emergency Management Division will be utilizing the CodeRED Emergency Notification System on TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016 to call all phone numbers in the City of Jackson and Jackson County. This test call will allow the Office of the Sheriff to update the phone database as well as operate the system as if there has been a community wide disaster or emergency. This is not a sales call. The calls will begin at around 9:00 am and will continue until the entire database has been attempted. Message recipient’s Caller ID will read either, Emergency Communications Network or 866-419-5000 or Code Red with the same number, depending on local telephone providers. The message that is being delivered directs recipients to the CITY or COUNTY web sites to add additional contact numbers, and it also asks that recipients spread the word by mentioning the system to family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Sheriff Steve Rand, Jackson County Sheriff and Emergency Manager, suggests that “people should take the time to visit our website and add contact information to include cellular phones as well as email and text addresses if you wish to be alerted in the future”.  If…

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