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Jackson tattoo artists strive to balance commerce with artistic integrity

By RJ Walters / For the Jackson Citizen Patriot Tattoo shops are the new liquor store — licensing required, consumers galore and, now more than ever, people can find one on what seems like every corner of town. They’re also part of a thriving industry. A 2007 Pew Research study estimated that about 45 million … Continue reading

Wall Street Journal video has mayoral candidate upset over mayor’s ‘detrimental’ remarks By RJ Walters / For the Jackson Citizen Patriot The Wall Street Journal thought enough of Albion to feature the city in a video report last month, but not everybody is excited about it. The video, “No Jobs, No Votes,” was published on the Journal’s website on Aug. 12 by Neil Hickey. Former Albion … Continue reading

>Disconnect grows in talks between Albion Public Schools, teachers as deadline for redesign plan nears

>By RJ Walters / For the Jackson Citizen Patriot There is a growing disconnect in contract talks between Albion Public Schools and teachers as the deadline for the high school’s redesign plan nears. Tara Wilbur, Michigan Education Association UniServ director, said the tone of the negotiations is “incredibly troubling” and the district attorney requested a … Continue reading

Albion High School starts year by giving students a voice

By RJ Walters / For the Jackson Citizen Patriot In a high school that has lost several hundred students the last four years and continues to fail to meet the state’s Adequate Yearly Progress requirements, first-year Albion High School Principal Derrick Crum revamped things to start the school year. Students spent a half-hour one day … Continue reading

Rookies and veterans show what healthy lungs and strong legs mean at the final Cit Pat Run/Walk Series event

By RJ Walters / For the Jackson Citizen Patriot At an event committed to reminding people of the importance of fitness and well-being, fast runners of all ages were the perfect illustrations of what good health is all about. Saturday’s Allegiance Race to Health and Family Wellness Day saw some runners lock up age division … Continue reading