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Logjam clogs up River Raisin at U.S. 223 bridge

Posted on June 28th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor
At approximately 9:45 a.m. Sunday, a large tree more than 40 feet in length and 18 inches in diameter that appeared to be pulled from its roots somewhere upstream of Blissfield landed parallel to the U.S. 223 bridge over the River Raisin and could not pass under the structure Within minutes several other large branches and tree trunks floating down river began to get clogged under the bridge.

By 10 a.m. the log jam extended more than 20 feet south of the bridge.

Authorities have been notified and are checking on the situation according to Blissfield Police Chief Dale Greenleaf. MDoT has been called in to consult on the logjam.


Two bridges shut down in wake of flooding

Posted on June 28th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor
The Lenawee County Road Commission will be shutting down the bridge on Crockett Highway south of Gorman Road until it can be replaced.
The Hoagland Highway bridge north of Laberdee Road is permanently closed.
Grant Emery of the LCRC said engineers were out Sunday inspecting critical bridges in the wake of flooding caused by Friday and Saturday rains in the area. The Hoagland Highway bridge is washed out. The Crockett bridge is unsafe, he said.
A logjam was impeding flow of water at the U.S. 223 bridge in Blissfield Sunday and MDOT has been called in to consult on the situation, however the bridge is not closed and traffic was flowing smoothly Sunday afternoon.
For the complete story, please see the July 1, 2015, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2015, River Raisin Publications, Inc.


Water over roads after steady Saturday rains

Posted on June 28th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor
Flooding problems continue to rise in the area after nearly 24 hours of steady rain dumped several of inches of water on already sodden ground and swollen waterways. Several county roads were closed due to water over the road. Places like the curves on Palmyra Road south of Deerfield Road are covered in water and are marked but several places are not. As of Sunday morning, Palmyra Road had been reopened. Lenawee County Road Commission had run out of road closed signs by early Saturday evening as law enforcement and citizens continued to report flooding conditons throughout the county.

The National Weather Service is predicting minor flooding will occur along the River Raisin. The NWS said that the river should crest at 683.4 feet Tuesday morning. This is rated as a minor flooding occurrence but Blissfield … Read More »


Former Revco plant on fire in Deerfield

Posted on June 22nd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

DEERFIELD – Several fire crews are on the scene of a large blaze at the former Revco plant in Deerfield on the west end of the village.
Smoke can be seen for several miles.
According to the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office the road is shut down and traffic is being rerouted down Stearns Highway.
At this time no more information is available. Please check back or read Wednesday’s Advance for more information.


Whiteford women claim 20th league crown

Posted on May 30th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

The Whiteford Lady Bobcats captured their 20th district softball title with an 8-3 victory over the Lady Bulldogs of Summerfield in the finals.
For the complete story, please see the June 3, 2015, edition of The Advance.


Police chase ends in apparent suicide of driver

Posted on May 30th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor
Three children were uninjured after the driver of a vehicle they were in led police on a low-speed chase that lasted nearly a half hour Friday afternoon. The driver of the vehicle allegedly shot and killed himself after stopping the vehicle possibly firing at police, including a Blissfield police officer, before turning the gun on himself.

According to information released Friday afternoon from the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office, a passing motorist reported a possible domestic assault in progress in a southbound vehicle on Crockett Highway south of Gorman Road. According to the press release, the woman was waving her arms and appeared to have blood on her face. The vehicle continued southbound and into Ohio. Meanwhile, Lenawee County dispatch put out a broadcast on the vehicle and alerted the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office whose officers spotted the vehicle … Read More »


Whiteford hires Orr as new superintendent

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

The Whiteford Board of Education voted a unanimous 7-0 Wednesday night to hire Valerie Orr, Monroe High School principal and former Wayne Memorial principal as the new school superintendent to replace Larry Schilling.
Orr will assume the position July 1. Contract negotiations were also discussed and approved at the special meeting. A transitional team will work with Orr as she moves into her new position.

Orr interviewed alongside Andrew Shaw, former Pittsford High School superintendent, and Rick Heitmeyer, Buckley Schools superintendent.

For the complete story, please pick up the June 3, 2015, edition of The Advance.


Chase ends in Madison Township

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

A 911 call about a possible passenger in danger resulted in an alleged car chase by police from Ogden Township to Ohio and back into Ogden, Riga and Palmyra Township that started about 1 p.m. has ended in Madison Township. Medical personnel have been dispatched to the scene. At this time, it is unknown on what the injuries are or who is injured.


Royal men and women win twin LCAA crowns

Posted on May 22nd, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

The Blissfield Royals baseball and softball teams journeyed to do battle in Onsted and returned with a pair of LCAA league championships. The Lady Royals were victorious twice with 1-0 and a 4-2 victories to complete their perfect league season with a 14-0 record.

The baseball Royals made it interesting, losing game one 7-6 forcing the Royals into a winner-take-all second game for the LCAA crown. Coach Larry Tuttle once again led his men into a league title with an 11-1 thumping of the Wildcats, mercying the home team in five innings.
For the rest of the story, please see the May 27, 2015, edition of The Advance.


St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Blissfield celebrates century of service

Posted on May 12th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

When the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1965 it was likely still the newest church in town, according to some long-time members. But as the congregation now celebrates its 100th anniversary there are a few churches younger.
The congregation is hoping that many come back to the church for the anniversary program and chicken dinner on Sunday, May 17. Several invitations were sent out to former and current members and the public is invited.
Parishioners Bonnie Kupa and Judy MacBeth along with friend Erika Whitney have created a quilt. MacBeth said it is a membership covenant renewal quilt. Members will sign a new covenant and their names will be pinned around the center of it and displayed in the church.
To celebrate the 100-year anniversary there will be one service … Read More »