Residents hit the polls, get ready for the Jackson County Fair: Jackson headlines July 30 – Aug. 4

JACKSON, MI – Jackson County residents hit the polls this week and made their voices heard in the August primary election.

Here is that headline and some more you might have missed this week.

Jackson County voters approved every tax proposal on the primary election ballot

All the tax proposals on the Aug, 2 primary election ballot were approved by Jackson County voters.

Millage proposals from the Jackson Area Transportation Authority, Springport Township fire services, Northwest Community Schools and more were on the ballot.

Incumbent commissioners win in Jackson County primary

Incumbent Jackson County commissioners claimed victory in the Aug. 2 primary election.

Republican incumbents in contested primary races for Jackson County Board of Commissioners Districts 1, 4 and 7 saw large victories, while voters also picked a familiar Democrat for the District 8 seat.

Fiske Fries, carnival rides and concerts: Your guide to the 2022 Jackson County Fair

Get ready for fried food, carnival rides and a great line up of shows at the 2022 Jackson County Fair.

The fair, and all of its familiar favorites, is set to open Sunday, Aug. 7, and continue through Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Jackson County Fairgrounds/Keeley Park, 200 W. Ganson St.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 10 and free for children age 5 and younger.

Attendees of the 168th fair will find their usual favorites back in action, including carnival rides, 4-H barn animals, fair food and a full lineup of entertainment, Jackson County Fair Manager Denise Owens said.

Raft-O-Rama and Run Clark Lake return for 2022. Here are the details

A 60-plus year tradition is returning to Clark Lake.

The 61st Raft-O-Rama will float into Clark Lake at 10 am Sunday, Aug. 7 and organizers are ready to see the fun and creative designs again this year, committee co-chairperson Joe Collins said. This year’s theme is Landmarks and Amazing Places.

Jackson man was shot, killed by girlfriend’s new boyfriend, family says

The man who was shot and killed in Jackson on Tuesday is being remembered as a caring father and son in a statement released by his family.

Jalen Matthew Gillum, 28, was a “beloved son, father, brother, grandson, nephew and uncle,” according to the statement sent to MLive/The Jackson Citizen Patriot on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

“Jalen was a beloved father of five beautiful children all under the age of 10, who are all mourning this unimaginable loss,” the statement reads. “He was a loving father known for his caring, loving, energetic, (wit) and charm towards everyone he met. Jalen was so smart, full of life and never met a stranger.”

Jackson County prosecutor vows to enforce abortion cases if they come to his office

Jackson County Prosecutor Gerard Jarzynka appealed to make Michigan’s 1931 abortion law valid. On Monday, the Court of Appeals granted him and other county prosecutors the leeway to enforce the law, but it did not overrule an injunction.

The Aug. 1 decision by the three-judge panel ruled that a lower courts injunction on the 1931 ban did not apply to county prosecutors. Additionally, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel does not have “the general authority to control the discretion afforded to county prosecutors” in enforcing laws, the ruling states.

Jackson man arrested for 2nd time for possessing child sexually abusive material

A Jackson man previously convicted of possessing child phonography has been arrested again on similar charges, police said.

The arrest of Mark Daniel Sanders, 34, of Jackson, was announced Tuesday by the Michigan State Police. Sanders was arraigned July 30 on two counts each of child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime in the 12th District Court, court records show.

Police share safety tips for upcoming Jackson County Fair

Being mindful of the high summer heat and potentially stormy weather are some of the most important things attendees can do to stay safe at the upcoming Jackson County fair, police said.

The 2022 fair event will take place between Sunday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 13, bringing back familiar favorite attractions like Fiske Fries, concerts and carnival rides to the Jackson County Fairgrounds/Keeley Park, located 200 W. Ganson St.

Jackson man shot after argument in vehicle

A man was treated and released from a Jackson hospital after being shot in the leg Tuesday, police said.

At about 11:29 am Aug. 2, officers from the Jackson Police Department responded to a report of a man being shot in the leg while walking near the Alpine Lake Apartment complex in Jackson.

The victim, a 42-year-old man, told officers the shooting happened in a vehicle in the area of ​​High Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Bridge demolition closing I-94 in Jackson County

Bridge demolition and drainage work is closing I-94 in Jackson County this weekend.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is closing the highway from the east US 127 interchange to the M-106 (Cooper Street) interchange beginning at 9 pm Friday, Aug. 5. Work is expected to be completed around noon Sunday, Aug. 7, officials said.

Eastbound lanes of the highway are being closed from 9 pm until 6 am, while westbound lanes are being closed from 9 pm to noon, if necessary.

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