Jackson

Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Jackson prison museum planned for 'Cell Block 7'

Jackson's Ella Sharp Museum has partnered with the Michigan Department of Corrections to open a museum in Cell Block 7 of the state prison there.
Credit Courtesy of Ella Sharp Museum

 

    

At the Southern Michigan Prison near Jackson, Cell Block 7 housed thousands of inmates beginning in the 1930s.  Prisoners had been convicted of crimes ranging from liquor law violations to murder. Soon, that same cell block will be transformed into a museum that tells Jackson’s story as perhaps Michigan’s best known correctional center, which at one time was the largest walled prison in the world.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:39 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Conflict escalates between city officials and Jackson Housing Commission Board

In Jackson, conflict is escalating between public housing residents and the local housing commission board.  This week, the Jackson Housing Commission board appointed its fourth interim executive director since March.  One former interim resigned, accusing the board of creating a hostile work environment.  Another was terminated after less than three months on the job, and still another was released from his contract this week after just eight days. The residents say instability on the board makes them fearful for their homes.  The issue has even caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which threatened to pull the commission’s funding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:18 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Audio postcard: Jackson's 1461st Michigan Army National Guard unit returns from Afghanistan

Hundreds of people filled Lumen Christi High School in Jackson Thursday to welcome home members of the 1461st Transportation Company.
Becky McKendry WKAR

Dozens of anxious military families filled Lumen Christi Catholic High School in Jackson Thursday to welcome home their soldiers from Afghanistan.  The 1461st Transportation Company is back home after a 10-month tour of duty.  Current State’s Kevin Lavery and Becky McKendry witnessed the joyful reunion in Jackson and filed an audio postcard.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:02 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Jackson County Oil Boom Pits Economics, Environment

A huge crude oil field was discovered near Brooklyn, MI four years ago. Jackson County leads the state in oil production.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Michigan has made huge investments to develop alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass.  But like the rest of the country, Michigan is still a primarily fossil fuel-driven economy.  Crude oil is big business in Michigan, especially in Jackson County.  In 2012, more than 1.2 million barrels were produced there, which is three times more than any other county.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:37 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

The Parlour, a Jackson institution, is back in business

Owner of the iconic Jackson’s Parlour Bernie White chats with a customer.
Credit Scott Pohl

It’s been a gloomy winter for ice cream lovers in Jackson. An iconic ice cream emporium called The Parlour closed down in December, after roughly a century of satisfying the city’s sweet tooth.

With spring approaching, though, The Parlour is back under new ownership.
 

WKAR’s Scott Pohl visited iconic ice cream shop on its first day back in operation last week.

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