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More than 2,000 Participate in Childrenz Challenge

A participant at the Childrenz Challenge enjoys the car wash obstacle during the event on Saturday.  Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV. By Jeff Steers JTV News   A simple question more than six years ago by Scott Vitale’s daughter has challenged more than 10,000 children. Not bad for someone only 4 years old at the time. The sixth annual Childrenz Challenge was held Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. The Childrenz Challenge is an obstacle course with a number of challenges to test children’s strength, stamina, determination, but most importantly their ability to have fun, according to the website. Jocelyn, 10, asked her father more than six years ago why children couldn’t participate in events such as Tough Mudder. “She is my whole inspirations for this,” Vitale said Saturday during the event. Vitale organized the event six years ago with a number of volunteers and the attitude to let children enjoy the outdoors and get as muddy as they want. Childrenz Challenge provides 20 obstacles for children – ages preschool up to teenagers – such as sliding home, muddy moguls, caged in and car wash. Most children end up pretty dirty and others attending are worn out trying to film their…

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EJ Fourth at Western Golf Invitational

Reagan Rudd of East Jackson High School shot a 90 at the Western Golf Invitational Friday. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports East Jackson High School girls’ golf Coach Ray Hill said the Lady Trojans expect to be one of the top teams in Jackson County. So far, so good. The Lady Trojans finished fourth at the Western Girls Golf Invitational at Arbor Hills Golf Club on Friday. East Jackson shot a four-man total of 394 to finish as the top scoring team from Jackson County. Powerhouse Okemos High School won the 18-hole event with a team score of 325. Okemos finished third in Division 2 last year. They were led by Allison Cui with a 4-under-par 68. Marshall was second as all-state golfer Karlee Malone shot an 80 – good for second place individually. The Redhawks shot a four-man total of 358. Coldwater was fourth at 380 and EJ was 14 strokes behind the Cardinals. East Jackson was led by Alexis Brzezinski with an 83 to finish third individually. Reagan Rudd also shot a 90 for the Lady Trojans. Lumen Christi Catholic School finished sixth as Emily Sierakowski was top-10 player on the day…

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Events of August 16, 17, and 18, 2019

August 16 Nixon Water Park FINAL WEEK!  The Water Park will be open every day through August 17th.  Hours of operation and swim sessions are:  MONDAY THRU THURSDAY, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 2:15 to 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. ($2 only). FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 2:15 to 5:15 p.m. Admission for each session is $4.00. Grand River Farmers Market.  8 AM to 1 PM, Downtown Jackson, corner of Glick and Mechanic. Back to School Bash Community Resource Fair.  3 PM to 7 PM, Horace Blackman Park.  Come join us in Downtown Jackson as we celebrate going back to school by providing free school supplies and book bags to those in need. Children must come with their parents and stop at the registration booth across from the parking lot on Pearl Street in front of Blackman Park or in front of the First United Methodist Church at 275 W. Michigan Ave. to receive free items and services for their children. Here is where you will also get your passport that can be turned in at the end of the event to be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card.   The…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday on The Bart Hawley Show, guests include:  Maribeth Leonard, CEO, LifeWays Community Mental Health;  Jim Graham, Supt., Napoleon Schools & Pat Dillon, HS Principal;  Dr. Rose Johnson, Chief Medical Officer, Center for Family Health & Michelle McCormick, School-Based Health Centers Manager;  Jessica Embury, Back to School Blast & Community Resource Fair;  Calvin Battles, Jackson District Library, Michigan Works! Southeast Expungement Fair.  Today at 1, 5, 8 and 11 PM; 2 and 5 AM Saturday.  (replay from August 15)

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Events of Thursday, August 15, 2019

Back to School Splash Bash!  Nixon Water Park.(rescheduled from Wednesday)    Join us for our last pool party of the season before the kids head back to school.  TIcket includes hot dog, chips and a drink.  We will have a DJ and schools supplies to give out!  Tickets are limited to 200.  $6 per ticket.  5:30 PM to 8 PM. A Taste of Summer.  Cascades Manor.  Come and join us for "A Taste of Summer”!  We are so excited to have Pete Cannella performing at Cascades Manor for this fun, casual summer feast!  You can listen to Pete here: https://youtu.be/oc989kYnH6k  This will be lots of fun for the whole family!  Reservations accepted between 5:00 - 6:30 pm.  $24 per person, children 10 and under $14.  517-784-1500  cascadesmanor.com Ella’s Patio Party.  Live music, small plates, cash bar.  5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.  $5 admission, free for members.  Ella Sharp Museum.  Entertainment today by My Back Pages and refreshments by Junk Yard Dog.  Tonight featuring JCCA Pop-Up Art Exhibit. Red Cross Blood Drive.  8/15/2019: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Jackson American Legion, 3200 Lansing Avenue, Jackson. Summer Kids Movie Series:  “The Secret Life of Pets 2”.  Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

All new Thursday on The Bart Hawley Show, guests include:  Maribeth Leonard, CEO, LifeWays Community Mental Health;  Jim Graham, Supt., Napoleon Schools & Pat Dillon, HS Principal;  Dr. Rose Johnson, Chief Medical Officer, Center for Family Health & Michelle McCormick, School-Based Health Centers Manager;  Reps Back to School Blast & Community Resource Fair;  Calvin Battles, Jackson District Library, Michigan Works! Southeast Expungement Fair.  Live at 1 PM, replays at 5, 8 and 11 PM; 2 and 5 AM Friday.

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MDOT’s Jackson Business Loop Project Wins Regional Award

The Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) I-94 Business Loop  reconstruction and two-way conversion project, which has greatly improved traffic flow and operations in Jackson County, has been selected as the winner in the Operations Excellence, Small category of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) regional competition. The Operations Excellence category recognizes projects that deliver a more reliable, well-functioning, and/or safer transportation system through operational solutions.  "The goal of this project was to improve traffic flow and operations along Jackson's business loop to assist the city in revitalizing and bringing new commercial development into the area," said University Region Engineer Demetrius Parker. "MDOT fully supported the city's visions and goals and partnered with them to implement their vision. It's an honor for the department to be recognized by our peers and colleagues.” MDOT reconstructed Michigan Avenue's concrete pavement between Brown Street and the Louis Glick Highway/Washington Avenue intersection. The project also included new street lighting, upgraded storm sewers, new water mains, upgraded sanitary sewer, corridor traffic signal modernization, new sidewalk on the south side of Michigan Avenue, and a new nonmotorized path along the north side of Michigan Avenue. MDOT also upgraded Louis Glick Highway and Washington Avenue…

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Events of Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Family Night Disney Night Extravaganza.  End the summer off on a good note and join us for our annual Disney Night Extravaganza at The Cascades! Entertainment by the one and only Karen Kidder and the Alibi Band starting at 7:30pm. Rumor has it that our favorite Disney characters will make an appearance!  The Cascades.  Admission for family (up to 8) $10.  Summer Kids Movie Series:  “The Secret Life of Pets 2”.  Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with some major life changes. His owner (Ellie Kemper) is now married and has a toddler, Liam. Max is so worried about protecting the boy that he develops a nervous tic. On a family trip to a farm, Max and mutt Duke (Eric Stonestreet) encounter canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a terrifying turkey, all of which only elevates Max’s anxiety. Luckily, Max gets some guidance from veteran farm dog Rooster (Harrison Ford), who pushes Max to ditch his neuroses, find his inner alpha, and give Liam a little more freedom. Meanwhile, while her owner is away, plucky Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries to rescue Max’s favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend, Chloe (Lake Bell), who…

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