**PHOTO ADVISORY** Sen. Jones honors WWII veteran Bob Corey for 70 years with the American Legion Post 48

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, on Friday honored Robert “Bob” Corey for 70 years of membership with American Legion Post 48 in Grand Ledge. Corey is a World War II veteran and a Post charter member and post commander.

Corey moved from Wacousta to Grand Ledge at age 11. After graduating from Grand Ledge High School in 1944, Corey served in the U.S. Army in 1945 during World War II, serving mainly in the Philippines, where he was responsible for transporting POWs around Manilla.

After serving in the war, Corey started working at the Loan and Deposit Bank in 1947, where he eventually became vice president of the bank. In 1974, he left the banking business and started working as an insurance agent. He retired in 1996. In addition to the American Legion, Corey was a member of several organizations during his career, including the Grand Ledge Rotary Club and the Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce. Bob and his wife Gloria married in 1950. They have three daughters, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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Sen. Rick Jones honored for fighting impaired driving

Jones recognized by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility for his leadership and tireless efforts

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones was recognized on Monday by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) as a recipient of its 2016 Leadership Awards.

Responsibility.org is a national not-for-profit that leads the fight against drunk driving and underage drinking and is funded by America’s leading distillers.

“State troopers need every tool available to make Michigan’s roads safer,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “By testing the saliva of suspected drugged drivers, law enforcement can keep dangerous drivers off our roads. While only a pilot program now, I hope this program will become permanent and spread throughout Michigan. It is an honor to receive this award from Responsibility.org — a trusted partner in fighting impaired driving.”

Now in its 12th year, Responsibility.org’s Leadership Awards recognize state legislators for strong leadership in preventing impaired driving and underage drinking.

“Michigan has made great progress this year in the fight against drugged and drunk driving and we are honored to work alongside state Senator Jones, who has been integral to this fight,” said Ralph Blackman, president and CEO of Responsibility.org. “For the last 25 years, we have led the charge against impaired driving and underage drinking, but we would not be nearly as successful without the help of state officials, who strive to introduce new legislation that will help keep impaired drivers off the road and reduce the prevalence of underage drinking.”

For more information, visit www.responsibility.org.

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Jones applauds two grants for business expansion and downtown improvements

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones on Thursday congratulated the city of Laingsburg for earning a state grant to enhance its downtown area and National Composites for being awarded a grant to move into a larger facility in Owosso Township.

“National Composites’ expanded facility is great news for the people of Shiawassee County and the entire state,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “I applaud National Composites for its commitment to Michigan and the state officials who helped make this project a reality. This grant will result is an investment of $1.6 million and the creation of 76 jobs right here in mid-Michigan.”

The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) on Thursday approved a $275,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to National Composites for the project.

National Composites, the successor of Owosso Composite, manufactures composite marine components and fiberglass paddle boats. The company is a significant supplier to Crest Marine and needs to expand capacity. Michigan was chosen over a competing site in Indiana.

The MSF also approved a $196,995 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for needed façade improvements to three buildings in downtown Laingsburg.

“Our downtown areas are the heart of our communities, and this grant will help Laingsburg attract new customers, visitors and new economic opportunities to its downtown,” Jones said. “I would like to thank everyone who helped make this revitalization project possible. Their efforts will bring a unique and historic look and to the heart of downtown Laingsburg — benefiting area residents and the local economy.”

The project will include historic renovations, masonry repair, window replacement and storefront reconstruction. It is expected to generate $196,995 in private investment.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, on behalf of the MSF, administers the CDBG program, which utilizes funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Each year, Michigan receives approximately $30 million in federal CDBG funds for various projects throughout the state.

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