The County welcomes a new judge, with Blue Julep moving, as Jackson prepares to compete from April 9 to 14

The County welcomes a new judge, with Blue Julep moving, as Jackson prepares to compete from April 9 ...

JACKSON, MI The newest district court judge in Jackson County was elected this week, filling a seat that had been left vacant since November.

Here's a brief recap of the headline, and some things you might have missed this week.

During his investiture ceremony, Jackson's new judge vows to treat each person and case that gets heard before his court with respect and respect.

Robert Gaecke Jr. was inducted Wednesday as the newest judge at Jackson County's 12th District Court. Gaecke is the judge's first county seat, which was previously filled by Joseph Filip, who resigned last November.

The Blue Julep is moving into a slightly larger space, but it's only a short walk away.

The bakery opened at 145 N. Jackson St. in 2016 when owner Laura Davenport stepped down to pursue her lawyer. Kentucky is, in part, the bluegrass state, where she was raised, and the mint julep drink.

Officials in the Columbia School District have concluded their investigation into Troy Stewart, the coach of Columbia Central High School boys basketball, and determined that the coach did not physically or mentally abuse any of his players.

During the district's school board meeting on Monday, April 11, Superintendent Pamela Campbell revealed the findings of the review of Stewart's conduct. Several parents had brought up concerns about Stewart's conduct and leadership, resulting in the investigation.

In Jackson, Joann Stauff has been cutting hair for generations and has loved every second of it.

After spending over 40 years in the business, Stauff has decided it's time to hang up her clippers and transfer her barbershop to Carla Crawford, a long-time barber.

Over the last months, water infrastructure work has been shut down a major Jackson street.

The water main and lead service line replacement project on South West Avenue, between Carlton Boulevard and W. Michigan Avenue, is expected to begin Monday, April 18, with construction expected to close in early July, according to city officials.

Drivers will be advised to seek alternate routes to S. Wisner Street from W. Michigan Avenue and W. Morrell Street.

April will be a month of adjustment for Jackson County's district court, with two key positions expected to be officially reinstated.

Officials said Michael J. Kelly was selected to the role of the 12th Judicial District Court magistrate in a press release Wednesday. Kelly will replace Frederick Bishop, the retiring magistrate.

Consumers Energy wants to generate five million gallons of water a day from its own well for its gas-fired electric power plant in Jackson, and state officials want local input on the company's plan.

The public communication to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is open until 5 p.m., Monday, April 18,.

The Jackson-based energy company sought to withdraw the daily amount from the groundwater for the plant on Chapin Street on the city's east side last year. The company drilled its own well at the plant last year to avoid a hike in the city of Jackson's water rates.

Jackson's social district is planning a public school this spring, more than a year after it was approved.

The district's official launch date is expected to be Friday, May 27, the same day as the first Jackson City Council approved the construction of the district in April 2021, but lack of restaurant participation has caused the Jackson Downtown Development Authority to postpone the launch, according to Cory Mays, the district's executive director.

According to authorities, a bar dispute took a dangerous turn Tuesday night when one patron pulled a knife on another.

Officers from the Jackson Police Department were dispatched to the Game On sports bar at 1715 E. Michigan Ave. on April 12 for an altercation with a knife.

Witnesses said a confrontation at the bar had been started. There was a verbal altercation between the 36-year-old man and a 63-year-old man, according to authorities.

A Jackson man died after being hit by a car outside a motel in Leoni Township.

According to the Department of Public Safety, rescue crews were called on Friday, April 8, to the Colonial Inn, 6027 Ann Arbor Road, for a notice of a pedestrian who was struck by a car in front of the building.

Police say a 23-year-old Jackson lady sat in front of a limousine, bringing her to an end.

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