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Deerfield man dies of injuries from crash

Posted on June 18th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

Deerfield Road between Payne and Bleasner Highways was closed for a period due to a two-vehicle crash that occurred just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, and resulted in the death of a Deerfield man.

Preliminary reports from a Michigan State Police accident investigator said a westbound vehicle driven by Harold Vogt, 54, Deerfield, allegedly crossed the center of the roadway and struck an oncoming car. Two people in the eastbound vehicle were taken to Bixby Hospital for treatment. Vogt had to be extracted by fire and rescue crews with a Jaws of Life.

St. Vincent’s medical helicopter was on the scene, but Vogt was transported by ambulance to Bixby Hospital.

For the complete story, please see the June 25, 2014, edition of The Advance.

Palmyra woman first runner-up in Miss Michigan Pageant

Posted on June 15th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

MUSKEGON – Miss River Raisin Festival Nicole Miller, Palmyra,  was selected as first runner-up to Miss Michigan 2014, KT Maviglia of Dundee, at the annual Miss Michigan Pageant in Muskegon Saturday evening.

The 20-year-old Miller performed a musical theatre dance in an ice-blue costumed to “Sweet Georgia Brown” and presented a platform of “Building Blocks: Early Childhood Education.” Miller wore a mango-colored swimsuit and a black evening gown in the competition which included the categories of swimsuit, evening gown, talent, onstage question and personal interview.

“I knew she was doing well as the two nights of preliminaries unfolded,” said Marcia Loader, executive director of the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program. “But you just never know who will make top 10 – especially because the private interview is not seen by the audience.

“She was the first one called into the 10 and was able to … Read More »

Blissfield Schools hired interim superintendent

Posted on June 3rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Brad Heineman

The Blissfield Board of Education hosted a  special meeting Tuesday, June 3, to conduct interviews with their three possible candidates to replace Scott Moellenberndt as superintendent of Blissfield Community Schools.

David Pray,  Andrew Shaw and Blissfield High School Principal Jerry Johnson were all present at the meeting. Shaw and Pray are former school superintendents. Shaw,  Pray and Johnson spoke to the board in that order, discussing their previous work roles, achievements, financial roles as well as difficulties. The board asked questions following the candidate’s addresses regarding what they could do for the school district as a  superintendent, as well as their availability schedule.

Questions  were posed as to whether Johnson could still work both interim as well as high school principal and the board hashed that out. Suggestions were made that Johnson stay on as principal to stave off the “musical chairs” of  moving around employees to cover lost … Read More »

Miranda Johnson three-peats in state long jump

Posted on May 31st, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

Whiteford senior Miranda Johnson is for the third time the Division 4 women’ s long jump champion with a leap of 18’6″.  She was also second in the Division 4 100-meter days and is qualified for the 200-meter, though results are not in at this time.

She is seeded first now in the 200 meter finals and was seeded fourth in the 100-meter finals.

Tristan Pizana of Britton Deerfield  placed fourth in the men’s long jump at the state meet.
Sara Goetz placed fifth in the pole vault finals with a vault of 10’6″ for Blissfield.

For the complete story on state track finals, please see the June 4, 2014, edition of The Advance!

Blissfield board doesn’t renew superintendent contract

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

The Blissfield Board of Education has voted 7-0 against the renewal of Superintendent Scott Moellenberndt’s employment contract through the LISD, according to a Tuesday morning news release from board President David Brewer.

According to Brewer, the current contract ends effective June 30, 2014.

“The current board has determined the new initiatives and a change in leadership are necessary for BCS,” Brewer said in the statement. “Mr. Moellenberndt has been an asset to our district and the Blissfield Board of Education would like to thank him for his service.”

Moellenberndt came to BCS July 1, 2007.

“He has a large list of accomplishments during his tenure including reaching all goals outlined by the hiring Board of Education,” Brewer said the release. “He has been continually devoted to the betterment of Blissfield Schools. He has held the reins thrugh the toughest financial times public education has … Read More »

LOST: Border collie found

Posted on May 15th, by Marcia Loader in Classifieds, News. Comments Off

This border collie was found near Petersburg on May 14. If you recognize him, please call 517- 486- 3587.

Denecker signs to play basketball at U of St. Francis

Posted on May 13th, by Marcia Loader in News, Sports. Comments Off

Bilssfield High School senior Claire Denecker will continue her stellar basketball career next fall as a member of the University of St. Francis basketball team in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Denecker will be joining the program that won the 2014 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)  Championship title.

For complete details please check out the May 21 issue of The Advance.

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.