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BD sinking fund millage goes down

Posted on May 7th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off


Voters in the Britton Deerfield school district said no to a sinking fund millage by just a narrow margin of 115 yes to 130 no.

The yes and no votes cast were pretty even through the district. Voters in Deerfield Township voted 38 yes and 42 no.  Voters in the Ridgeway Township precinct voted 77 yes to 88 no.

The four- year one mill request was for building maintenance and improvements to the electrical system that would have enhanced technology in both buildings.

SOFTBALL: May 7, 2014, edition

Posted on May 6th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off


On Tuesday, April 29, the Lady Royals hosted a double-header against the Hornets of Hillsdale. In game one of the double-header the Royals took the game in five innings shutting out Hillsdale 10-0. The second game saw the Lady Royals steamrolling Hillsdale, 19-0. This time around the game ended in a mercy at four innings rather than five innings of play.

The Lady Royals did not slow down from there as the schedule featured them at home for their Saturday Blissfield Invitational. Blissfield welcomed Adrian, Pickney and Beal City to the invite. The Royals started off the day of round-robin play against the Adrian Maples.  The final score resulted in a 14-4 Blissfield win. In the second match-up of three on the day, the Royals came out on top, winning a close contest 4-2. In the third and final game of … Read More »

Fire destroys Head-O-Lake Road home

Posted on May 6th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

Ottawa Lake Fire Chief Brad Beck said he knew the situation was dire before he even left his house Sunday morning. He could see the flames shooting up a half-mile away where a neighbor’s house was on fire on Head-0-Lake Road.

“I knew we were up against the wall,” Beck said.

A series of unfortunate events that day led to the family home of Randy and Lisa Kunkel and their two children going up in flames, destroying most of their personal possessions in mere hours. A family cat perished in the blaze.

Blissfield man injured in crash, airlifted from scene

Posted on May 4th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

A Blissfield man was airlifted from the scene of a Saturday early afternoon crash between a sports utility vehicle and a semi-truck in Ottawa Lake.

According to a press release  from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Lupe J. Rosas, 29, Blissfield, was eastbound on U.S. 223 at approximately 12:20 p.m. Saturday  when  his 2002 Ford Explorer allegedly crossed the center-line and struck a westbound 2000 Freightliner semi-tractor trailer driven by Adam Wright, 38, Adrian.  Rosas, the lone occupant in the SUV, was airlifted by ProMedica Air to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

According to the press release, both drivers were wearing seatbelts and the airbag in Rosas’ vehicle deployed. Wright was not injured. Emergency crews had the road shut down for a good portion of the afternoon both while tending to Rosas and as the accident investigators remained on the scene. The … Read More »

Estes named BHS head basketball coach

Posted on April 29th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

By Brad Heineman

It was a rather somber moment when varsity football head coach Ron Estes had made it certain that he would be stepping down as head coach following the Royals’ 2012 season.

Estes had turned around a crumbling football program into one of the best and most successful in school history after taking the reins in the 2002 school year. He went on to lead the Royals to a Ford Field championship berth in the 2007 season, where the Royals would be runner-ups to the state champion Saginaw Nouvel Panthers.

A coach with such talents departing from a sport can be hard to replace. Fans, students, teachers and the community grew to appreciate Estes and his desire to get the best out of his young Royals each year.

Now, after a year designated to and focused on teaching in the high school … Read More »

Britton Deerfield school voters head to polls May 6

Posted on April 29th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Voters in the Britton Deerfield School District are being asked to consider a five-year one-mill sinking fund levy on May 6.

A school district is allowed to use a sinking fund for repairs, maintenance and improvements to the school. It cannot be used for things such as computers, teacher salaries or school buses.

For the complete story, please see the April 30, 2014, edition of The Advance.

Blissfield celebrates railroading

Posted on April 29th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Trains were definitely the backdrop and in the forefront of activity over the weekend as Blissfield celebrated the third annual Railroad Days April 26-27.

Blissfield Main Street Manager Patricia Rayl said approximately 2000 people enjoyed the sunny weather and all the activities from train rides aboard the Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road, model train displays in several locations, a train show, a historic home and building tour, a garden train and more.

For more Railroad Days 2014

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Estes names Blissfield basketball coach

Posted on April 24th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

Ron Estes was officially named the Bissfield Royal men’s varsity basketball coach today. Estes was formerly the Blissfield Royals varsity football coach from 2002-2012, and led the Royals all the way to Ford Field where one of his teams became a state runnerup. According to Blissfield Athletic Director Steve Babbitt, Estes was the varsitiy basketball coach at Summerfield High School before continuing his teaching and coaching career at Blissfield.  Estes replaces John Vandecaveye who stepped down after after coaching varsity basketball for the last 24 years for the Royals.

Benefit to aid injured man

Posted on April 24th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

There will be a Benefit Pulled Pork Dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday at Ottawa Lake Sportsman’s Club for Jason “Buzz” Kleindienst, who was injured in a snowmobile accident.

The dinner is $10 per person with a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, games and cash bar.

Kleindienst, who is married and has a four-year-old daughter, was left with severed nerves in his right shoulder, causing the loss of use of his right arm.

Yockey finishes Marathon under three-hour mark

Posted on April 21st, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

Jay Yockey finished the Boston Marathon in 2:53.44.  His goal this year was to finish the grueling 26.2-mile course in under three hours.