JACKSON, MI – Welcome to the Jackson Five, your weekly peek at five
Jackson-area government and school stories you may have missed, and a
look ahead at what to expect next.
FIRED: Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton said an investigation into a possible assault by former Albion City Manager Dan Bishop was completed and turned over to the county prosecutor Monday, March 17.
AMID CONTROVERSY: Blackman Township Treasurer Sherry Brockie has retired unexpectedly, eight days after the Board of Trustees approved pay raises for her and two other elected officials amounting to almost $100,000.
Brockie retired and Deputy Treasurer Ashley Tarasiewicz resigned as of Tuesday afternoon, March 18, township officials confirmed Wednesday morning, March 19.
CAN YOU SPELL ‘WINNER’?: As the rounds climbed to a record number and the words in the Jackson Citizen Patriot Spelling Bee got harder and harder, Sean Hickey barely broke a sweat.
“I didn’t feel very calm on the inside,” said Sean, a seventh-grader at Grass Lake Middle School. “The worst part was when he got one word right and I knew he needed just one more word to win.”
THE BUS STOPS HERE: Jackson Public Schools has moved one of its bus stops after learning a registered sex offender is living in a house at its original location.
Parents were notified Monday, March 17, that the bus stop used by Middle School at Parkside students has been moved about a block south of its original location at Blackstone and Trail streets, Craig Frazier, JPS transportation director said.
REDUCE, REUSE, ALLOCATE $1 MILLION: City of Jackson officials hope state lawmakers endorse Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget, which sets aside $1 million for a statewide recycling initiative.
“I think this is a good policy coming out of Lansing,” said Jackson City Councilman Derek Dobies, 6th Ward. “Jackson isn’t designated … as being convenient for recycling. It’s nice to see some coordination with the state.”
LOOKING AHEAD: Jackson City Council will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, on the fifth floor of the Jackson County Tower Building, 120 W. Michigan Ave.
Contact Will Forgrave at email@example.com or 517-262-7554. Follow him on Twitter at @WillForgrave.