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Riga approves joint road project with Ogden

Posted on April 29th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Riga approves joint road project with Ogden

OGDEN — A joint road project on Thompson Highway with Riga Township was approved by the Ogden Township board in an April 19 special meeting held for the purpose of considering road projects. The hot patching project on Thompson Highway from Weston Road to the Ohio State Line would cost a total of $16,858.15 per numbers from the Lenawee County Road Commission. Being a joint project, the cost of the project would be split in half, with an estimated $8,429.08 to Ogden Township and the same to be paid by Riga.

For the complete story, please see the April 27, 2016, edition of The Advance.


Lenawee votes on 911 surcharge Tuesday; Monroe on ISD renewal

Posted on April 29th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Lenawee votes on 911 surcharge Tuesday; Monroe on ISD renewal

Voters in Monroe and Lenawee counties will each have a separate ballot proposal to vote on May 3. Lenawee County residents will be asked to approve a measure that will raise the 911 surcharge on phone lines from $1.18 per line to $3 per phone line. Monroe County voters have a regional enhancement millage renewal for the Monroe Intermediate School District of .9866 mills.

For the complete story, please see the April 27, 2016, edition of The Advance.


CORRECTED DATE: Filing deadline April 19

Posted on April 12th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on CORRECTED DATE: Filing deadline April 19

By Melissa Burnor

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This week’s Advance – April 13 – has the wrong filing deadline in the story and in the headline. The filing deadline is definitely April 19. We regret the error.)

With a few days left until the deadline for filing a petition to run for local and state offices, very few local races have yet to materialize. The deadline for filing to seek township, county and some state offices is 4 p.m. April 19. All township board seats are up for grabs as well as the county jobs such as sheriff, prosecuting attorney, treasurer, clerk, surveyor, drain commissioner and county commission seats. The only county races so far that appear to be in the making are a primary race for Lenawee County Prosecutor and a race for the District 4 county commission seat that includes Madison Township. … Read More »


Blissfield pool closed for summer

Posted on April 1st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Blissfield pool closed for summer

By Melissa Burnor

There will be no swimming lessons, no hanging out at the outdoor pool or water aerobics this year. Blissfield village officials have closed the  Gail Giles Pool indefinitely due to concerns over its condition and the uncertainty of whether it can be repaired or will need to be replaced. Until engineers can determine the extent of the deterioration and whether it can be replaced or repaired village officials are uncertain what the expectations are.  Unfortunately, officials say that no matter what the engineers say should be done with the pool, how they will proceed is questionable.
“We don’t have the money to do it right now,” village administrator Jim Wonacott said, “regardless of the option.” Village officials said they may have to ask taxpayers whether they may be willing to fund the renovations and repairs or perhaps a new … Read More »


Benefit to boost diabetic-alert-dog-for-Blissfield-tot fund

Posted on April 1st, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Benefit to boost diabetic-alert-dog-for-Blissfield-tot fund

Blissfield tot, Brooks Seeburger, will be the center of attention this coming Monday at Lena’s Italian Restaurant.
For the entire serving day at the restaurant, food purchased, either dine-in or carryout  will have 10 percent of all sales made go to Seeburger and his family.
Brooks, 2, has been diagnosed with Type I diabetes and his parents, Aaron and Ashley Seeburger, have been in the process of raising funds to purchase a diabetic alert dog for their young son.
Blissfield State Bank, one of the main supporters of the event will match any amount of the Monday event, as will businesses TLC Community Credit Union, Iott Insurance Agency, Dr. Christopher Mallow D.D.S and Knapp Motors. Miss River Raisin Festival Olivia Miller, whose platform is “Don’t Stop for Diabetes” will make an appearance at the event.


Blissfield, Whiteford stage musicals this weekend

Posted on March 15th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Blissfield, Whiteford stage musicals this weekend

Looking for musical entertainment this weekend?

Blissfield High School will stage “The Wizard of Oz” starting Thursday and Whiteford Schools will present “Anything Goes” over the weekend as well. Both schools have a reputation of excellence in musical performances.

The Blissfield thespians will take their audience down the famous Yellow Brick Road Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Each showing will be  in the high school’s cafeteria at 7 p.m. all three days plus a 3 p.m. matinee Saturday.
Ticket prices for the shows are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children five and under. A $2 Saturday matinee discount is awarded on the afternoon. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by simply contacting the high school, or asking a cast and crew member for tickets. The high school number to call for tickets is 486-2148, ext. 326. Reservations … Read More »


Deerfield manslaughter defendant faces preliminary exam

Posted on March 15th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Deerfield manslaughter defendant faces preliminary exam

By Melissa Burnor

Very little new information was revealed March 9 at Jacky Bell’s preliminary examination. The 44-year old Clayton man has been charged with manslaughter in the death of Nathan Vance on  Sept. 22, 2015.
Vance died as a result of an alleged fist fight outside of the Deer Run Apartments on East River Street in the village of Deerfield.
“There will be another time to argue the facts of this case,” public defender Rodney Leon said.
The defense does not deny that Bell took part in a fight between the defendant and Vance. They claim that Bell acted in self-defense in an altercation where Vance was the instigator.
Bell’s attorney also asked for  a bond of $5,000 or lower or even a personal recognizance bond.
His original bond of $50,000 had been reduced to $30,000 at his arraignment by Judge Jonathan Poer.
Schaedler said she … Read More »


Testicle Festival returns to Deerfield for 15th year on March 19

Posted on March 15th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Testicle Festival returns to Deerfield for 15th year on March 19

DEERFIELD – The Deerfield American Legion Testicle Festival will serve up the cuisine that some folks love and makes others cringe this Saturday, March 19, at the legion hall at 10 W. River St. in Deerfield.
Commander Al Rau said this year will be the 15th annual event that draws people from Michigan, Ohio and sometimes Canada for the day-long event.
The bar opens at 10 a.m. and the legion starts serving dinners at noon until they run out of food.  The menu features Rocky Mountain oysters, chicken gizzards, baked beans, slaw and rolls.
Commemorative shirts will also be on sale.


Blissfield Rotary auction Saturday night

Posted on March 15th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Blissfield Rotary auction Saturday night

By Melissa Burnor

The Blissfield Rotary Club has a treasure trove of items up for bid a the 28th annual charity auction this Saturday, March 19. Once again hosted by Toledo 11 news personality Jerry Anderson, the event has a large variety of items in live and silent auctions as well as a Blitz Raffle.
This year’s blitz raffle beneficiaries are the Blissfield Senior Center and I92 Ministries, a Lenawee County-based organization working to feed the hungry here and in Haiti.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. giving folks time to register and put initial bids on silent auction items and purchase raffle tickets.  The Blitz Raffle drawing, dinner and game table drawings take place from 6:30-8 p.m. At 8 p.m. is when the main event takes place with the live auction with Anderson acting as auctioneer. Another Blitz Raffle and the silent auctions … Read More »


Palmyra farmer arrested

Posted on March 10th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Palmyra farmer arrested

PALMYRA – An investigation into a series of thefts throughout Lenawee County led sheriff’s detectives to arrest a Palmyra Township farmer on charges of receiving stolen property,firearms charges and conspiracy to carry on a criminal enterprise.
Police executed a search warrant last September at the residence of Edward Judson, 65,  in Palmyra Township. Several items including chain saws, tools, lawn and garden accessories, clothing and firearms were seized during the execution of the warrant.
An arrest warrant was issued for Judson, Thursday and was charged with criminal enterprises-conducting, weapons-firearms- receiving and concealing , dangerous weapons, stolen property-receiving and concealing $1,000 up to $20,000 and felony firearms.  He will face a preliminary examination on March 14 in front of Judge Jon Poer. He was released Thursday from the Lenawee County Jail after booking with a $125,000 personal recognizance bond.
   For the complete story, … Read More »



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