JACKSON, MI – Missing a dental appointment isn’t usually seen as a big deal for most. For a Jackson woman who missed her date, it saved her life.

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“It would have been too late. Jackson dentist office workers credited with saving patient’s life

When a patient from Padbury Periodontics & Implant Dentistry failed to show up for her appointment in early February, Kellie Underwood had a hunch that something was wrong.

Underwood, a receptionist at the dental specialist’s office in Jackson, and her colleague April Buckles confirmed the appointment with Beverly Newton the day before. When she was 20 minutes late and did not answer calls for her Feb. 4 visit, office staff felt they needed to take action.

When COVID hit, he quit his job and put on a kilt to pursue his farm dreams

Everything about Justin and Jessica Fairchild’s business promotes local business – even the sons of Justin Fairchild’s uniform, a kilt.

The Kilted Farmer, an artisanal business of homemade produce and products from a local farm and brick and mortar businesses, was launched in the summer of 2020 “out of necessity,” said Justin Fairchild. He was a store manager for AT&T, but an underlying health issue prevented him from returning to work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Call to reduce Cascade Falls hours of operation met with reluctance from Jackson County officials

Residents of Jackson are pushing to reduce the operation of the Cascades, but county officials are not yet willing to commit to changing the schedule.

People living near Cascade Falls Park and Cascades have experienced annual flooding in their homes and basements and think the falls and lagoons are to blame.

But Jackson County officials, who own the falls and the park, are reluctant to deal with the 89-year-old attraction any differently until more research is done.

Superb surprise: credit union pays off Jackson woman’s car loan

Cathy Fulkerson doesn’t consider herself a lucky person, so when her credit union surprised her by paying off her car loan, she was left speechless.

“It was mind-blowing,” Fulkerson said. “I am your relative who wins a chicken on Thanksgiving.”

Jackson woman accused of fatal shooting did not know victim, attorney general says

The woman accused of a fatal shooting in Jackson on Tuesday has been arraigned.

Antrana Brown, 29, of Jackson, was arraigned on Wednesday February 17 on one count of open murder and felony firearms for the shooting death of Rodney Reynolds on February 16.

Reynolds, 53, of Jackson, was shot several times in the head, torso and leg on Randolph Street in Sparks Foundation County Park adjacent to the Cascades, Jackson police said. He was found at 8:09 a.m.

Music producer Jackson who was shot and killed had “hard on the outside, soft on the inside,” his sister says

Rodney Reynolds Sr. was a tall man with a tough exterior, but he was also very friendly and kind, his sister Paula Jackson said.

“If you look at him you’ll think, ‘Oh he could tear me up like a bear,’” she said. “He was like cream puff – hard on the outside, soft on the inside. He was just kind and sweet and just amazing.

I-94 “Diverging Diamond”, subject of roundabouts for the next Jackson public meeting

Plans to widen I-94 in Jackson County are expected to begin in March, but residents have an opportunity to discuss the project before construction crews hit the road.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is hosting a virtual public meeting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, to help residents learn more about proposed changes along the I-94 corridor.

Police ‘really don’t know’ what prompted driver to crash into wall of Grand River Brewery

The driver who threw his car through a wall at the Grand River Brewery has been identified, but police are still trying to determine what exactly happened, officials said.

Home destroyed in nighttime fire in Jackson County

A house in Blackman Township was destroyed by fire on Tuesday evening.

Firefighters found the two-story farmhouse in the 6800 block of Deweese Road completely ablaze at 10:56 p.m. on February 16, Blackman-Leoni Department of Public Safety director Mike Jester said.

No one was home when firefighters arrived, and no one was injured in the blaze, Jester said, adding that the cold temperatures did not hamper efforts to fight the blaze.

No valid citizen complaints against Jackson area police in 2020, records show

Jackson County’s three major police departments had no substantiated complaints from citizens in 2020.

There is a procedure for citizens to lodge complaints about interactions with any employee of the police department of the three departments, which themselves investigate complaints.

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