JACKSON, MI – Village Creamery in Brooklyn is still as sweet as it’s ever been for this hot summer.

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70 years later, the Village Creamery is still sweet

Village Creamery is celebrating 70 years of service and its new owners are staying true to its roots.

Sara Bieda took over ownership of the historic Brooklyn ice cream shop in November 2021 and opened it for the summer a few weeks ago. Bieda’s fiancé, Andrew Terryah, owned a horse farm in Grand Blanc, while she owned and operated the Sweet Caroline’s clothing store in Brooklyn.

Wanting to get closer and bring more investment to Brooklyn, they found property behind a clothing store that they hoped to use to add rentals to the area. However, they were happily shocked to find the ice cream shop was part of the deal for the property, Bieda said.

Broken locks, bursting pipes: A glimpse of the crumbling Jackson County jail

When Gary Schuette began his duties as Jackson County Sheriff, he thought repairs to the handicapped access ramp at the front of the department’s office building would be the most important construction job that he would need to supervise.

It wasn’t until May 2021 that Schuette was able to give a full tour of the prison at 212 W. Wesley St., after learning that the building had much more urgent maintenance needs.

US Representative Tim Walberg’s campaign office targeted by suspected vandalism

A Jackson building shared by a Michigan congressman and an anti-abortion group was the target of suspected vandalism Wednesday morning, police said.

Shortly after 9 a.m. on June 22, a Jackson Police Department officer responded to a property damage report at Jackson Right to Life, 317 W. Washington Ave., a space that also includes Rep. American Tim Walberg, R-Tipton.

Marijuana paves way for road repairs in Jackson County township

Jackson County uses a portion of its marijuana tax revenue to help Leoni Township repair some of its roads.

In a 7-2 vote, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners at its Tuesday, June 21 meeting approved the expenditure of $208,000 for major road improvements in Leoni Township. It comes after the Leoni Township Board agreed to provide up to $208,000, bringing the total cost of the project to $416,000.

Man hospitalized after being shot dead by Albion police officer

An Albion Police Department officer has been placed on leave after shooting a man suspected of having psychological issues, police said.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, three Albion Department of Public Safety officers responded to a report of an unwanted subject on the porch of a residence in the 700 block of N. Eaton St. in Albion , attempting to break in. Police later said the owner was related to the man.

I-94 ramp in Jackson area closes for a month

An I-94 exit ramp in the Jackson area is closing for a month for reconstruction.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is closing the I-94 eastbound exit ramp to M-106 (Cooper Street) from 9 a.m. Thursday, June 23 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 23.

Traffic is diverted via I-94 eastbound to the Elm Road interchange, then along I-94 westbound to M-106 (Cooper Street). Motorists are advised to follow detours and seek alternate routes.

Jackson’s Loomis Park facelift gets federal funding

Additional federal funding will go toward improving a park in East Jackson.

Jackson City Council voted unanimously at its Tuesday, June 14 meeting to set aside $470,000 in federal block grants for community development to fund improvements to Loomis Park, including new walking paths, a new playground , a new pavilion and more.

The city has redesigned and made improvements to Boos Park and Recreation Center since 2020. A walking path, additional lighting, and a new basketball court were all completed in 2021 with federal funds. A new roof was added to Boos Center in 2021, and a new HVAC system is currently under construction.

Jackson County woman killed in head-on crash

A head-on accident Tuesday in Jackson County left one woman dead and another seriously injured, police said.

At approximately 3:46 p.m. on June 21, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a two-vehicle accident on Wamplers Lake Road near Wellwood Road in Norvell Township in southeastern County of Jackson.

Diane Sasinowski, 64, of Norvell Township, died of injuries she sustained in the crash, police said.

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