August brings events to Jackson


JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – It’s been an active summer in Jackson and it looks to be no different today and through the weekend.

Today people saw one key official go behind bars, but it was for a good cause. At Downtown Jackson’s Bucky Harris Park, Mayor Bill Jors was “jailed” in the name of raising money today for Jackson youngsters through the “Save Our Youth” campaign. The cause is an important one to him.

“It’s just a great, great program. I can’t say enough about it. So, I’ll support it in any way I can and they are helping the city of Jackson. They’re good citizens and if we can get them at that age — in their youth — we can turn them into proponents of Jackson, fans of the city, allies of Jackson,” said Jors.

Save Our Youth CEO and Founder Thomas Burke said, “Save Our Youth is really big on trying to reduce the crime rate. We are . . . we work with the Jackson Police Department, the city government, and we definitely work closely with the families.”

The goal of the hour long fundraiser was to collect up to $2,500 in donations that would go toward “Save Our Youth” activities benefitting Jackson children. According to Jors they raised more than $4,000.

And, if you’ve taken advantage of the free parking in Downtown Jackson don’t get used to it. Two-hour parking limits have been re-issued on Michigan Ave after street construction ended. Starting Monday the city will be enforcing these rules.

Also, folks are putting the final touches on the Jackson County Fair. The week-long event starts Sunday featuring Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, with Nelly and Vanilla Ice headlining Tuesday’s entertainment.

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