Downtown grocery store may be a little closer, contestant’s lawsuit denied: Jackson headlines June 11-16


JACKSON, MI — One more step to bring a grocery store to downtown Jackson happened this week with the Jackson City Council’s purchase of vacant land south of town.

Here’s that title and others you may have missed this week.

Vacant Jackson land could be key to a South Side grocery store, officials say

The city of Jackson has purchased vacant land that it sees as a potential location for a downtown grocery store that could end a food desert in the city’s south end.

The Jackson City Council unanimously approved a purchase agreement for the more than one-acre parcel at the corner of Prospect Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at its meeting on Tuesday, June 14. The land will help the MLK Corridor Improvement Authority and the city promote development in the area, officials said.

Appeals court dismisses Jackson judicial nominee’s lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by a Jackson attorney and a hopeful district judge over the dismissed campaign petitions was dismissed by the Michigan Court of Appeals.

In the May 27 lawsuit, attorneys on behalf of George Lyons asked state officials to certify Lyon to the Jackson County Elections Commission as an eligible candidate to contest the Aug. 2 primary election ballot.

The suit was dismissed in a June 2 decision, according to court records.

Mental illness and mistaken shots: Body camera footage shows man shot by deputy

A deputy who thought he heard gunshots before shooting a 29-year-old man last fall was wrong.

The unarmed man he shot said he broke a window, causing a loud noise that police at the scene thought was gunfire, according to video and documents obtained by MLive/Jackson Citizen- Patriot.

On the evening of Oct. 15, 2021, former Jackson County Deputy Bradley Reed fired two shots at a man he believed to be armed on the property of a business in the 2500 block of Spring Arbor Road in Summit Township.

Pin-Ups on Tour arrives in Jackson for a night of singing, dancing and comedy

It all started in 2015, when Jackson native Julia Reed Nichols was pursuing an acting career in Los Angeles and had some free time to give back.

Raised in a military family, she knew exactly what she wanted to do.

“My dad was a pilot for the US Air Force,” Nichols said. “The army is a bit my tribe and the community that I understand. He is someone I enjoy spending time with and to whom I give back.

Police investigate large-scale robbery in Jackson County

A cargo theft totaling several thousand dollars is being investigated at the Michigan Center, police said.

At approximately 9:34 p.m. on June 8, officers from the Blackman-Leoni Department of Public Safety were dispatched to the 300 block of S. Lakeside Drive in Leoni Township for a report of a suspicious situation.

As officers investigated, they found what appeared to be stolen items, manager Mike Jester said.

It’s all about fun in the sun for this Jackson watercraft rental company

Jontaj and LaRonda Wallace’s new venture is a way for them to share their love of water with the community.

The Wallaces are frequent visitors to Cedar Point and said they live for the thrill and excitement. On one visit, they spotted a company that rents personal watercraft to people for hours. They thought, why not try this in Jackson County.

“It was a few years ago just before the pandemic (COVID-19) and we just said, ‘We have a lot of beautiful lakes around Jackson, we should consider doing that,'” Jontaj said. “Get a fun family activity for the summer that no one has here.”

New Headmaster Chosen for Parkside College

Krista Jarvey takes on a new administrative role at Jackson’s Middle School in Parkside.

Jarvey, who served as the school’s associate principal, was chosen to become Parkside’s new director of education, filling a void created when Jeremy Patterson became assistant superintendent of secondary program at Jackson Public Schools in early June.

Deputy assaulted by 15-year-old during drunk driver arrest, police say

A juvenile court petition is sought against a teenager who allegedly assaulted an MP when he stopped a suspected drunk driver on Sunday afternoon.

At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, deputies conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Franklin and Cooper streets for a suspected drunk driver, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. .

Jackson County student receives invitation to National Cybersecurity Academy

A Jackson Area Career Center student has been named a finalist by the National Cyber ​​Scholarship Foundation for his performance in a challenging online cybersecurity training program.

The honor earned Karson Durocher, a senior student at Western High School and a professional networking and cybersecurity student from the Jackson area, an invitation to attend the Cyber ​​Foundations Academy – a multi-week online program based on the nationally recognized SANS Foundations training and certification courses – valued at over $3,000.

Retired group director looks back on 30 years at Jackson-area schools: ‘It’s what I was raised to do’

Music was the connective tissue that shaped nearly every aspect of Paul Bickel’s life and career.

Growing up in a musical family, he was inspired to take piano lessons because his late mother, Susan, played. His uncle, Bob Goodsell’s experience playing the trumpet inspired him to take up the instrument. His dad, Phil, marched in the Michigan State University marching band, so naturally he marched to the University of Michigan.

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