BD Schools recall bid wording approved

By Melissa Burnor

The Lenawee County Election Commission approved on Friday the wording on recall petitions submitted by Gregory Gaw to remove four Britton Deerfield school board members from their seats on the board. The other three members of the board were not targets of the recall because there seats are all expiring in November. Michigan law does not allow elected officials to be recalled in the first or final six months of their terms.
Lenawee County Clerk, Roxann Holloway said approximately 15 people attended the June 22 clarity hearing. Three of the four board members, Yvonne Thomas, Brian Bartush and Douglas Mayher Jr. spoke during the hearing. Vice-President Ben Allshouse did not.

For the complete story as well as a report from the Britton Deerfield Schools Board of Education meeting, please see the June 27, 2018, edition of The Advance.

Run, Walk, Eat proceeds to benefit Goetz fund

The 36th annual Lenawee Hospice Run, Walk Eat event on Sunday, June 24, will raise money
for the Kathy Goetz Endowment Fund allowing bereavement services to be
offered to community members at no cost.

The run is in memory of Dr. Bruce Jones and Goetz for the first time this year. Goetz passed away
in December 2016. She was the bereavement director at Hospice of Lenawee and a tireless advocate
for end of life care for the patient and families. Registration
begins at 7:15 a.m. Sunday and the race begins at 9 a.m. after a short
memorial service on the Blissfield Community Schools campus. A
pancake breakfast will be served to runners and is also available to
the public for a small fee.

Blissfield Royals win district baseball title

Blissfield Royals head Coach Larry Tuttle has led his teams over the years to many titles, but it was 2010 when his Royals last won a district crown; that is, until Saturday.

Blissfield High School brought home the baseball district title after the Royals downed Dundee in the championship game played at home.

The Royals took down the Madison Trojans earlier in the day 4-0, while Dundee beat Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic Central 4-1 to set up the title bout which saw Blissfield emerge victorious in a 4-0 win.

Next up: The Royals will play in regionals at Clinton Saturday.

For the complete story, please see the June 6, 2018, edition of The Advance.

Monroe County supports plan for deputy at Whiteford School

OTTAWA LAKE — After both the Whiteford Township Board of Trustees and the Whiteford Agricultural Schools District approved to split the costs of housing a police liaison deputy officer at the school district, the Monroe County Board of Commissioners finalized the cost sharing plan by approving to have the deputy at the school district.
According to information relayed from Whiteford Schools officials, a March 20 meeting of the Monroe County Board of Commissioners was held and the commission approved 9-0 to provide a deputy sheriff at the school district for the next three years. The county commission also announced during the meeting that it would cover at least one third of the cost of having the deputy with the school.

For Brad Heineman’s complete story, please see the April 4, 2018, edition of The Advance, which also had a Whiteford Township board update. To subscribe for home delivery, just call 517-486-2400 with a credit card for payment of $35 within 50 miles for a full year of LOCAL news.

Blissfield pool contracts expected on April 23 agenda

It is likely contracts for the construction of the newly proposed pool will be on the agenda at the village’s April 23 council meeting.

Contracts were contingent on the amount of savings that could be found in value engineering with the projects as both the pool and general construction bids along with the cost of engineering, architects and bonding the project have come in over the $2.1 million available in funds from a special millage to be levied and a March 31 closing on the property on Sugar Street to be purchased from Patrick Farver.

For more as well as all the latest Blissfield Village Council news, please see the April 4, 2018, edition of The Advance.

Fire damages Palmyra Twp. home

PALMYRA – A morning blaze fueled by high winds severely damaged a Palmyra Township home Wednesday morning. Fire crews were dispatched to Mike Newell’s home in the 4000 block of Wellsville Highway about 7:30 a.m.

Palmyra and at least seven other departments battled the blaze and were on the scene for more than two hours. The homeowner attempted to extinguish the fire that was believed to have started in the exterior west wall. Both Newell and his son were staying with relatives.

A pet bird was rescued by the elder Newell. No one else was home at the time the fire started.

Thompson inducted into Football Coaches Hall of Fame

EAST LANSING — Blissfield’s own Dennis “Denny” Thompson now has his name forever enrished in high school football coaching fame and honor.
The longtime Blissfield Community Schools coach and teacher was honored along with 13 other Michigan High School football coaches, March 10 up in East Lansing, for being inducted into the state’s Michigan High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA) Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
A dinner reception and celebratory induction event took place the evening of March 10 at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West in Lansing.
Fellow Lenawee County football Coach Chris Luma of Hudson High School, was also part of this year’s hall of fame class.
Thompson, a 40-year teacher and athletic coach at Blissfield Community Schools, graduated from Blissfield High School in 1969. He began his long coaching tenure as a Royal in 1973. He officially retired from coaching at Blissfield in 2013 and since then has been coaching alongside his son Jeff, at Onsted High School.
In total, Thompson has been coaching high school athletes for 45 years. On March 10, he was being honored for his accomplishments and service in coaching high school football.
“It was a really neat evening. I was pleasantly surprised, honored and humbled by everything,” Thompson said.

For the complete story, please see the March 28, 2018, edition of The Advance.

Flooding fills Blissfield parks, basements

A minor flood experienced in the area late last week dissipated over the weekend. The River Raisin crested at 1.19 feet over flood stage (683 feet) n Blissfield. Water filled Bachmayer and Ellis parks, and some basements in low-lying areas.
Technically, the area is still the Cottonwood Swamp and when snow melts and rains are heavy, the land soaks up the water. During the late winter when frost is in the ground, it takes a little more time for the water to be absorbed. What can’t be readily absorbed pools into lakes and drains into the River Raisin.
Along with that water, more water from the melted snow and rain from the west, the river can overflow its banks this time of year.

For the rest of this story, please see the Feb. 28, 2018, edition of The ADVANCE on newsstands now. To subscribe for home delivery, please call 517-486-2400.

Student arrested for alleged threat

By Melissa Burnor

OTTAWA LAKE – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 14-year old male, Whiteford High School student for allegedly making terrorist threats towards a school.
Staff from the Whiteford High School contacted the sheriff’s office on Feb. 22 and filed a report regarding a suspicious incident involving a student making threatening gestures inside a classroom.
Whiteford Superintendent Valerie Orr addressed the situation in a letter to parents at Whiteford Schools. The letter was sent to parents on Saturday after police arrested the suspect.
According to police the suspect was located at his residence and taken into custody without incident at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday. He is now lodged at the Monroe County Youth Center and was expected to be formally charged by the Monroe County Prosecutors Office on Monday.
Orr said when police investigated the situation on Thursday, the district was advised there was no credible threat to students at Whiteford at that time. However, police continued to investigate the individual.
Detective Mike McClain led the investigation and followed up with several leads and was able to obtain a juvenile pick-up order through the Juvenile Court of Monroe County for the suspect.
“It is important that people understand that the threat came in Friday night,” Orr said.
She received a call on Friday evening from law enforcement regarding another alleged credible threat from the same suspect.
This prompted the district to cancel a middle school dance scheduled for Friday.
For the rest of the story, please see the Feb. 28, 2018 edition of The ADVANCE.

Bobcats win state football title

 

DETROIT - The Whiteford Bobcats returned to Ford Fieldin Detroit after achieving runner-up status in 2016
and claimed the Division-8 MHSAA state championship
Friday morning, defeating Saginaw Nouvel Catholic
Central 42-21.

The Bobcats got out to a quick first-half lead, going into the locker room at half time with a 34-7
advantaqe.

The undefeated 'Cats extended the lead in the third quarter and played for a time with a running clock until Saginaw Nouvel scored twice.

This is Whiteford's first state title and was its
first meeting with Saginaw Nouvel. However, when the Blissfield Royals played for the state
title 10 years ago, it was Saginaw Nouvel - then 
in D-6 - that took home the state crown over the
Royals.