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Alligator Found in Jackson County

In as many days, a second alligator has been discovered in Michigan. This time the gator was discovered in Jackson County, Michigan by a resident of Hanover Township. JTV News | June 28th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Deputy Bahnsen of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Roundtree Road in Hanover Township, where allegedly an alligator had been located in the yard of the residence. The home owner advised that the alligator came from a pond and swamp area onto his property and was walking across the yard. When the Sherrif's Deputy arrived, he found the resident holding the alligator with a fishing net, waiting until the Deputy Bahnson could assist him. Following its discovery and capture, the alligator was transported to the Jackson County Animal Shelter. A man near Lansing found an alligator on the side of the road yesterday as well. The first alligator was found dead on the side of Mt. Hope Highway in Lansing on Thursday. For more local news and information, you can connect with JTV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This article was written by JTV’s Gabriel Schray. He is in his fifth year covering Jackson Area sports and news for JTV. Media and information in this…

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Lumen Christi’s Keegan Smith commits to CMU football

Lumen Christi offensive lineman Keegan Smith has committed to play in Mount Pleasant for Central Michigan University's football program. Lumen Christi's football program is coming off of their third straight state championship win. JTV Sports | June 25th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Keegan Smith will become a Chippewa and play for Central Michigan University's football program, he announced via Twitter. New head coach Jim McElwain will benefit from his verbal commit to the program, as he will become a member of the 2020 recruiting class for the University. 57-year-old McElwain was 22-12 over parts of three seasons at Florida. He won 19 games and earned SEC Coach of the Year honors. At Colorado State, he turned the Rams into a 10-win program and second-place finisher in the Mountain West Conference. At Alabama he served as offensive coordinator and formed a relationship with CMU athletic director Michael Alford. he also coached at Michigan State from 2003 to 2005. He’ll be hoping to turn around a Chippewas football team that went a program-worst 1-11 in their 2018 campaign. Smith, who already holds a number of scholarship offers, will have a chance to return Lumen Christi to Ford Field this fall. The school…

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Awesome: Brooklyn, Michigan Officially Changes Name to Faster Horses, Michigan

Country music fans will arrive in Jackson County, Michigan for the Faster Horses Festival in July to find the village has a brand new, and wildly fitting, name: "Faster Horses," Michigan. JTV News| June 12th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray The Brooklyn Village Council unanimously approved a request on Monday, June 10th rename the village “Faster Horses," Michigan for honorary purposes. Village Manager Jae Guetschow confirmed that the renaming is only going to be temporary during a telephone interview with JTV. The vote was 5-0, as two of the seven council members were absent from the meeting. The 2019 Faster Horses lineup includes Keith Urban, Toby Keith and Zac Brown Band. This is the seventh year for the festival at Michigan International Speedway, which was named “Festival of the Year” last month by the Academy of Country Music. Take a look at "Faster Horses," Michigan: Guetschow confirmed to JTV the renaming will be official between July 18th and the 21st. Live Nation, the group that organizes Faster Horses, plans to raise a big banner, reading “Faster Horses, Michigan,” over M-50 in downtown Brooklyn. For more local sports news and information, you can connect with JTV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This article was written by JTV’s Gabriel…

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Jets Athletic Director Heather Bateman named 2018-19 MCCAA AD of the Year

Jackson College Athletic Director Heather Bateman has been named the 2018-19 Michigan Community College Athletic Director of the Year. The Athletic Director of the Year committee selected Bateman from several nominees.  JTV Sports | June 11th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Heather Bateman, Jackson College's Athletic Director, has been named the 2018-19 Michigan Community College Athletic Director of the Year. The Athletic Director of the Year committee selected Bateman from several nominees. Bateman oversees an athletic department that has 13 successful sports including men's bowling that won the MCCAA Championship in their very first season. The women's soccer team was second in the in the MCCAA and won the NJCAA Region XII regular season and post-season title. Bateman also holds several sports chairs in the MCCAA and is the secretary/treasurer for NJCAA Region XII, according to a Jackson College press release. She also hosted the MCCAA Golf and MCCAA Baseball Tournament this spring.  “I am honored and humbled to receive this award. I could not have received it without all the support of our coaches and student-athletes who inspire me daily,” Bateman said The MCCAA Athletic Director of the Year is awarded yearly, to the athletic director who excels at their job in several…

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Jackson College Pitcher to play baseball at Purdue University

Jackson College Pitcher, Eric Hildebrand has committed to finish his college baseball career at Purdue University. The Boilermaker baseball team was 13-10 at home this season. JTV Sports | June 11th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Jackson College Pitcher, Eric Hildebrand has committed to finish his college baseball career at Purdue University. The Freshman finished this season with a 5-1 record and a 2.83 ERA. The Jets baseball team finished an impressive 31-15 this season. That included a 22-6 conference record. A winning clip of over 78%. Hildebrand will now be a short three hour and 49 minute drive from Jackson's campus. Purdue lies a total of 216 miles Southwest of the Jet's campus. https://twitter.com/schrayguy/status/1138559759085383682 The Boilermakers finished this season 20-34 overall and 13-10 at home. For more local sports news and information, you can connect with JTV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Media in this article courtesy of Jackson College. This article was written by JTV’s Gabriel Schray. He is in his fifth year covering Jackson Area sports and news for JTV. You can connect with Gabriel on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as well.

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ArShawn Parker raising funds for Albion students

ArShawn Parker, who will complete his requirements for an Albion degree during the 2019-2020 academic year, is working to raise funds for himself and a group of Albion students to attend a month-long InterVarsity Leadership Institute in Cedarville this summer. JTV Sports | June 11th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray ArShawn Parker is ready to begin his next challenge after completing his Albion College men’s basketball career in March. The Mumford High School product who will complete his requirements for an Albion degree during the 2019-2020 academic year, is working to raise funds for himself and a group of Albion students to attend a month-long InterVarsity Leadership Institute in Cedarville, Mich., this summer. “I became a part of InterVarsity at the end of my sophomore year, and I slowly began to understand what it truly meant to be a Christian,” Parker said. “Since then, God has taken my faith and ran with it." “The leadership institute will train my classmates and me to be leaders on campus, in the church and the worlds for the rest of our lives,” he added. “It will change our lives.” If you're interested in making a donation, contact Parker at ap12@albion.edu.  This article is a release from…

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Jackson Native Joins Biggest Hitters in Golf for World Long Drive Tour

Chad Cesarz, a Jackson, Michigan native, has been selected to partake in the Volvik World Long Drive Championship event. The World Long Drive Association is an organization that brings together golf’s longest hitters from around the globe.  JTV Sports | June 10th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Despite having to battle excessive wind conditions Mesquite, Nevada, six hitters became the latest names to punch their ticket into the 2019 Volvik World Long Drive Championship. This included Jackson, Michigan native Chad Cesarz. The Lumen Christi alum will take part in the next Volvik World Long Drive Championship event, which is scheduled to take place August 30th through September 4th. The two day event will be held in Thackerville, Oklahoma, at WinStar Golf Course. "It's pretty exciting to be able to represent Jackson on a stage like this. There are only a few names that come to mind that broke the worldwide sports barrier like this. It means a lot to me because it gets Jackson onto the map, and I'm proud of where I'm from" - Chad Cesarz Originating in 1976, the World Long Drive Association is an organization that brings together golf’s longest hitters from around the globe. Emerging as one…

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Virginia Coney Island Currently First in USA Today Poll

JTV Entertainment | May 29th, 2019 | Gabriel Schray Jackson, Michigan– 649 E Michigan Ave. is a sacred address in Jackson, Michigan. And no, before you ask, we didn't get paid to write this. I grew up here in Jackson, and I can attest, this love is well deserved. This is a restaurant that has so much love for what comes out of the kitchen, we want to love the kitchen back. Virginia Coney opened in 1914 and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its famous coney dog is made up of their coney sauce, onions and mustard. It costs just $1.50. It’s thought that Greek immigrants popularized the dish. Detroit-style Coneys use a meaty chili sauce, while Jackson-style Coneys feature a dryer loose meat sauce, often called Coney sauce rather than chili. Jackson is the birthplace of the Coney Island Hot Dog. "I eat 'em every day," said Tommy Boadgieff to JTV in 2015. Boadgieff owned Tommy's Hot Dogs. "A hot dog a day keeps the Doctor away, never mind the apple." Virginia Coney Island has been a Jackson favorite since 1914. The menu features classic diner favorites, including a lunch special featuring two Coneys, a bag of chips and…

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High School Ice Hockey: Jackson United in SEC

(Photo: JTV File Photo) By, Gabriel Schray | JTV Sports | December 5th, 2018 Jackson, Michigan -- Just a year ago, Jackson United had one of the better seasons in program history. The team finished 21-2-0. The Vikings and Head Coach Andy Sinkovitz will be looking to build off of that success here this season. Coach Sinkovitz says that the team has a shorter bench than in past years, which allows for more ice time for Viking players. “This leaves it up to the players to seize the playing time,” said Sinkovitz. “It’s still early, but a couple of the guys are already starting to develop into key players.” After five games the team stands at 2-5. A power outage occurred just before the team played Kalamazoo Portage Northern. A transformer nearby the rink went out and killed the power to the Oshtemo area around the ice arena- so the game was cancelled. The Vikings have been potent on offense, scoring 21 goals in seven games (three goals per game on average). JU has struggled defensively however, allowing 28 goals over the same span (four goals per game on average). It’s a narrow enough margin that the program could easily…

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Jackson College Men to Tip Off Season Today

(File Photo Courtesy of Jackson College) By, Gabriel Schray | JTV Sports | November 7th, 2018 Jackson, Michigan-- Jackson College’s Men’s Basketball Team is set to begin their season today against Schoolcraft College. The contest will begin at 7pm and will be played on the campus of Jackson College. Last season the Jets were the best they have been in quite some clip. The Jets went 19-11 on the year, a 63% win percentage under first year Head Coach Marshawn Norris. Norris is now entering his second season as the Head Coach at Jackson, and will be looking to improve the program even further. He expanded his thoughts on last year and more in the November 7th edition of Inside the Locker Room. They ended last season on a loss, and will look to open up a new winning streak tonight at home. The Jets were 12-2 when at home last season. Norris discussed the importance of his returners (Osebor, Pierce and Sietsema). All three were Freshman last season. Osebor was the most efficient of the bunch, pitching in four points per game and shooting 58% from the floor. The Jets will also benefit from transfer Connor Pelham. Pelham played…

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