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City Awarded SAFER Grant; Undecided on Acceptance

The City of Jackson has been notified the city has been awarded a $1.67 million SAFER grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  The city must decide whether they will accept the grant by next month.  According to FEMA, The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) program was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities. The city received a $1.9 million SAFER grant in 2012 to hire and retain nine firefighters.  Upon the expiration of the grant and the grant's extension, nine firefighters were laid off in October of 2015. The $1.67 million SAFER grant would temporarily staff nine firefighters for a two-year period. City officials have until mid- to late-October to accept the grant, with funds set to flow into the department beginning in February 2017 if accepted. “We have time to deliberate with the firefighters union and reach an agreement before the deadline to accept the grant sunsets,” said Will Forgrave, public information officer for the city of Jackson. “Just like the SAFER grant before it, we want to have a contract before we…

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Saturday, September 3 – Sunday, September 4

Saturday 1pm and 7pm: Hanover Horton vs Michigan Center;   3:30 and 9:30pm: BC Pennfield vs Western;   Sunday 1pm and 7pm: Vandercook Lake vs East Jackson; 3:30pm: Hanover-Horton vs Michigan Center;   9:30pm: BC Pennfield vs Western

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Coolbaugh hopes East Jackson can build from shocking Week 2 victory

By Mike Moore Staff Writer   Jackson — The mission was a simple one, or simply said, anyway.   To this point in the game, not much had gone right.   And on a night Tra Coolbaugh said his team had a shot to get the season’s first win, the East Jackson football coach took his guys to halftime trailing Vandercook Lake 14-0.   So, he instructed them, hit the reset button.   “We calmed down and talked about playing the game as if it was 0-0,” Coolbaugh said Friday.   Somehow, someway, it worked, and if the Trojans are able to make anything of the 2016 season, Thursday’s 30-28 come-from-behind victory could be the spring board this program oh-so badly needed.   “It’s a huge win, especially at the start of the season,” Coolbaugh said the next morning. “You look at what we’ve been through, from our numbers to rebuilding to everything.”   The numbers, the rebuilding, anything and everything associated with the recent past within the East Jackson program has been ugly.   In 2011, the Trojans went 5-4, marking the first winning season for the program since 1999.   In 2012, they went 2-7.   In 2013, 1-8.…

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