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Friday, May 20

Gautham Nagesh, Jackson Native, Writer for Wall Street Journal; Dr. Bricker Buseth, Eye Services of Jackson and New Mobile Vision Program;  Deputy Ben Roe, Jackson County Sheriff’s Marine Division;  Bruce Madej, Ladies PGA Volvik Tournament, Ann Arbor;  Dave DeBaker, Entertainment Correspondent;  Ric Walton, The Walton Insurance Group

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ARCA Racing Series debuts new body style at MIS

BROOKLYN, Mich. (May 19, 2016) — The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards got an early start to the racing season at Michigan International Speedway. Nearly 20 entered an open test in the Irish Hills to test the new composite body cars the series is running in 2016. The test served as the first practice day for the teams on a superspeedway in this type of car. It will make its racing debut at Pocono in June. The ARCA racing series returns to MIS on June 10 for the Corrigan Oil 200. And the drivers at MIS on Thursday were already looking forward. “The first impression is that the car drives great and it has a ton of grip so that is the most important thing,” Tom Hessert said. “It looks awesome and it will be more in-line with the other cars when we come back.” The teams conducted a three-hour session in the morning and another four-hour test session in the afternoon. Chase Briscoe, the current points leader in the series, only got four laps in during the morning session, but he was impressed. “It is definitely fast,” Briscoe said. “It has a ton of grip. I think we…

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Grass Lake softball team looking to learn lessons as playoffs approach

                                                                                                                                       Photo Courtesy of Grass Lake High School By Mike Moore Staff Writer   Grass Lake — There’s no way of truly knowing, at least not just yet.   But as Grass Lake softball coach Roger Cook talked about his team Thursday morning, and was asked about the district tournament that’s quickly approaching, he was quick to point out the lessons hopefully learned from last year’s quick exit.   “I think we got caught looking past an Onsted team that snuck up on us,” Cook said. “They had a good game, and we were done.”   And so too was a promising season with a 29-6 record.   Cook and his Warriors aren’t looking too far down the road just yet in terms of the playoffs.   First things first.   Grass Lake, sitting at…

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True Story: Jackson’s Early History Quick Facts

1) One of the oldest archeological sites in the state of Michigan is near Stony Lake in Napoleon.   2) Humans moved into Jackson County before anywhere else in Michigan, as Jackson was the first place in Michigan to become free of glacial ice.   3) An early group of Native Americans who lived in Jackson were the Assistaronnon, from which several other Native American tribes are thought to be descended.   4) A notable Native American chief named Wap-ca-zeek lived in the Spring Arbor area. He is remembered most for fighting in the War of 1812, during which he was injured and had his leg amputated.   5) There is a Native American burial ground located in Jackson County. It is now part of the Falling Waters Park in Spring Arbor.

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Deputy of the Year Awards Presented by Sheriff

Deputy of the Year Kelley Rybicki with Undersheriff Chris Kuhl and Sheriff Steve Rand. (JTV Photo) Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand hosted the department's annual awards ceremony at the Cascades Manor House Wednesday evening, May 18.  The Sheriff presented awards and commendations to members of the department for actions and heroics performed in the past year. The Deputy of the Year award was presented to Kelly Rybicki.  Corrections Deputy of the Year recipient was Gregory Conley.  Guthrie Colby was presented the Dispatcher of the Year and Kathy Reiser, Civilian of the Year. The Sheriff recognized Pastor Jerry Cox with the annual Citizen Award.  Pastor Cox volunteers his time providing spiritual counseling and other help to inmates. The Deputy of the Year honorees were chosen by their peers and each winner's list of accomplishments was announced during the presentations. Other awards presented included Term Awards, Departmental Commendations, Hours of Service and Supervisor's Award.  The Sheriff noted the department's large roster of volunteers is responsible for much of the community's safety during events and at special occasions. Deputy of the Year-Corrections Gregory Conley with Undersheriff Chris Kuhl and Sheriff Steve Rand. Dispatcher of the Year Guthrie Colburn with Undersheriff Chris Kuhl and Sheriff…

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