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Denecker, Southward crowned BHS homecoming royalty

Posted on October 8th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Blissfield High School students chose seniors Claire Denecker as 2013 homecoming queen and Charlie Southward as homecoming king Friday night at halftime of the varsity football game against Hillsdale


For more from homecoming 2013, please see the Oct. 9, 2013, edition of The Advance.

Area schools mull annual student-count numbers

Posted on October 8th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

With the annual fall count day last week for Michigan schools, local schools are seeing a smaller enrollment but there is silver lining in the numbers. Blissfield reported 1,237.5 students. Britton Deerfield had 753 students.

Blissfield is down 26.5 students from last year, Blissfield Superintendent Scott Moellenberndt said. The district had 1,264 students a year ago.

“Although state funding is based on a blended count of 10 percent February/90 percent October which equates to 25 less students than the 2012-13 school year, he said. Funding for schools is based on the number of students. The state of Michigan divides out education money based on the blended enrollment count.

Britton Deerfield superintendent Charles Pelham said student enrollment in the district is down from last year but it is higher than what the district projected. The benefit is that the district took in … Read More »

Driver lands in Yankee Road ditch

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

RIGA TOWNSHIP — An 18-year old Jasper woman was taken to Flower Hospital as the result of a one-vehicle crash on Yankee Road in Riga Township Friday shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4.

Cpl. Ben Oram of the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office said MacKenzie Brown, 18, was eastbound on Yankee Road

when she allegedly lost control of her vehicle, spun around and landed in the ditch on the north side of the road facing west.

A passerby stopped to stay with the woman until rescue and ambulance arrived. Brown suffered a head injury. Oram said she would be cited with a violation of the basic speed law. She was not wearing a seatbelt he said. Riga Township Fire Department was assisted by Madison Township Fire Department at the scene.

It’s Homecoming at Blissfield High

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

Two of these Blissfield HIgh School seniors will be crowned homecoming king and queen tonight, Friday, Oct. 4, at half time of the varsity football game against the Hillsdale Hornets. Pictured from the left in the front row are senior queen candidates Kaytlin Martinez, Claire Denecker, Kelsie Abbott and Sara Goetz. The senior king candidates in the back row from the left are: Jacob Bayer, Dakota Underwood, Dakota Suiter and Charlie Southward.

Not pictured are the float riders for each class. The 2013 float riders are seniors, Brianna Yates and Josh Green; juniors, Quinn Cross and Jacob Bates; sophomores, Carlee Wanless and Charles Kaster; and freshmen Jesse Reaster and Jack Gorny.

There will also be a silent auction at the game to benefit the Blissfield Athletic Boosters.

The annual Homecoming parade through town will be at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Friday, Oct. 4).

Accident ties up U.S. 223 traffic in Palmyra

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

PALMYRA — A two-car crash on U.S. 223 shortly before 9 a.m. this morning (Friday, Oct. 4) backed up traffic in both directions

.  According to Cpl. Ben Oram of the Lenawee County  Sheriff”s Office, who was at the scene, a woman was attempting to turn into a driveway at one of the homes on the north side of the road when she was struck by another vehicle. Oram said one of the drivers was being transported to the hospital by private vehicle as a precautionary measure.

Complete details will be in the next edition of The Advance Oct. 9.

BD celebrates final homecoming game to be played in Deerfield

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

The 2014 Britton Deerfield Homecoming Court. Pictured in the front row from left are freshman, Blake Southward;  junior Jessie Langmeyer; senior queen candidates, Leah Grimmer, Taylor Cousino and Rachel Fox; junior Erika Scholl, and sophomore Morgan Tilley. In the back row are freshman, Kole Caldwell; junior Matthew Mueller, senior king candidates, Brandt Swindeman, Cody Meinert and Quest Gonzales; junior David  Cochrane; and sophomore Kaleb Kimerer. The king and queen will be crowned Friday night at the halftime of the Britton Deerfield varsity football game against Madison in Deerfield. It will be the last homecoming game played on the Deerfield field.



Whiteford vs Summerfield for homecoming

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

Whiteford Agricultural HIgh School celebrates “The Seven Wonders of the World, Old and New” this Friday night during homecoming. The varsity football team will play the Summerfield Bulldogs. One of three seniors will be crowned homecoming queen at halftime, while the homecoming king is crowned at the dance Saturday evening at Whiteford High School. Each class will make a float that will be part of the homecoming activities Friday, and also participates in spirit week with each grade getting a turn to decorate and wear their class-specific homecoming T-shirt. Pictured are members of the homecoming court. They are, from left, freshman, Chelsea Zak, junior Brandi Barton, senior queen candidate Rachel Fisher and sophomore Camryn Long; back row, freshman Jesse Kiefer, junior Jonathan DuPree, senior king candidates, Zach Perry, Chris Sims and Keith Anthony; and sophomore Maximillian Bergen. Missing are senior … Read More »

Britton Deerfield Schools wins nutrition, healthy habits grant

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

By Chad Hutchinson

Healthier habits and knowledge about nutrition are being emphasized at Britton Deerfield Schools with a grant from the Building Healthy Communities program being introduced in schools across Michigan.

BD has been selected as one of 28 schools across the state and the only school in Lenawee County to participate in the program that has been organized in a joint effort by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

For the complete story, please see the Sept. 25, 2013, edition … Page 5! To subscribe for home delivery, please call 517-486-2400.

U.S. 23 construction update: Sept. 20

Posted on September 20th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

As the Michigan Department of Transportation wraps up major work done on U.S. 23 this summer, some paving projects in Whiteford Township on Sterns and Consear roads will affect drivers for a few more days this coming week. According to the MDOT, crews will pave Sterns Road between the ramp terminals starting on Tuesday. One lane of traffic will be maintained with flag control while work is taking place. The work is expected to wrap up on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the northbound U.S. 23 entrance and exit ramps at Sterns Road will close for additional paving. The ramps will be closed until Thursday. A detour will be posted.
Starting Tuesday crews will also pave the southbound U.S. 23 exit ramp to Consear Road, and sections of the northbound U.S. 23 entrance and exit ramps at Consear Road.
Traffic will be maintained on the … Read More »

First Day of Autumn Trail Run Sunday at Gerber Park

Posted on September 17th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

A “Kids’ Challenge” has been added to expand the family appeal of the fall 5K trail run to will take place on the first day of fall Sunday, Sept. 22, near Blissfield. “First Day of Autumn Color Tour Trail Run” is a 5K run/walk to benefit the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program.

The event will take place on the Lenawee County championship cross country course at Gerber Hill Park, used by local high school athletes to determine the season’s best runners. In addition, a “Kids’ Challenge” will follow where children (and parents) may walk or run a non-competitive short course, collecting treats from costumed characters and scavenger hunt items in beautiful Gerber Hill Park.

“Over the years, parents and friends of high school athletes have told our local cross country coach that they would like a chance to run on this … Read More »