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Adrian landfill closing

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

By Melissa Burnor

PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — Republic Services, Inc. announced it will close the Adrian Landfill in a move to be more efficient, according to company officials.

However, the decision will have impact on Lenawee County residents and Palmyra Township, too.

“The Adrian Landfill will close to the public effective Sept. 20,” Russ Knocke, director of field communications and public affairs said in an email to the Advance Monday. Lenawee County Commissioner John Tuckerman (R-Blissfield) said the county has yet to receive the official word from the company on the closing.

The company plans on retaining ownership of the landfill, which is located at Ogden Highway and Deerfield Road, after it closes the doors. However, Knocke said the closing of the landfill should not affect the local customers who rely on them for waste pickup.

For more on this story, please see the Aug. 28, … Read More »

Blissfield possible site for toy tractor museum

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

By Melissa Burnor

The Blissfield Village Council gave its support to a concept of a toy tractor museum that could draw people to Blissfield.

A group known as the Tri-County Historical Society is looking for land options for a museum site for large collection of toy tractors. One of those land options could be the site of the former Home Canning Company owned by the village of Blissfield.

Blissfield village administrator Jim Wonacott said that the collection of model and toy tractors already available to the society could exceed $1 million in value.

For the complete story, please see the Aug. 28, 2013, edition of The Advance.


Blissfield woman killed in early morning crash

Posted on August 14th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

PALMYRA – A Blissfield woman was killed in a pre-dawn crash on U.S. 223 in Palmyra Township this morning. According to the Lenawee County Sherif’s Office, Nicole Deer, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle crash shortly before 6 a.m. on U.S. 223 near Driggs Road.

A press release said Deer appeared to be traveling westbound on U.S. 223 in a 1996 Chevrolet when she was alleged struck by Dewayne Shattuck, 25, Adrian, who was eastbound in a 1999 Chevrolet.

According to the release, deputies believe Shattuck allegedly crossed the centerline and struck Deer’s vehicle.

Shattuck was transported to Bixby Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries by Palmyra Township Fire Department rescuers.

Police had the road shut down for more than three hours as they investigated. The crash still remains under investigation by the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office.
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U.S. 223 closed near Palmyra

Posted on August 14th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Police have closed U.S. 223 east of Palmyra while they are investigating a serious pre-dawn traffic accident near Driggs Road and U.S. 223. All traffic is rerouted from U.S. 223 to Crockett Highway to Gorman Road and Ogden Highway for both east and westbound traffic. No further information is available at this time.

Village paving Jefferson Street

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

Traveling Jefferson Street in the village of Blissfield for the next week may be a little rough as crews begin to prepare the street for paving next week. The village contracted with the Lenawee County Road Commission for work that began Tuesday morning.

Village Department of Public Works Superintendent Mark Strahan said traffic will be able to get down the road this week as road crews are working to clean out the street after the surface was removed Tuesday. Strahan said he expects paving to begin and end the week of Aug. 19, weather permitting. The street will remain open but drivers may experience street closures or lane closures while the street is being paved.

Bluegrass on the River set for Aug. 24

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


Bring a lawn chair, bring a blanket and bring the family to and hear some of the best bluegrass music in southeastern Michigan at the third annual Bluegrass on the River Saturday, Aug. 24, at Blissfield’s Bachmayer Park. This year’s event is presented by the Blissfield Rotary.

With a strong lineup of bluegrass entertainers, as well as crafters, lost arts vendors and food vendors, chairperson Ashley Bailey said this year’s event should be larger than ever.

The music commences at 11 a.m. with the first of the nine bands in the lineup taking the Rotary Pavilion stage. Five of last year’s acts will be returning and four new bands will perform. The last band will take the stage at 7 p.m. The committee has lined up some talented acts well-known in the southeastern Michigan region.

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Tractors chug to Thompson Farm

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

Plow Day has been a favorite rural event in the Blissfield area for several years. However, founders Alan “Sammy” and Ron Thompson made a decision not to host Plow Day this year, citing liability factors.

To show their appreciation to supporters of Plow Day through the years, they organized the Plow Day Appreciation Parade Saturday, Aug. 10, which found more than 50 tractors from various eras chugging from Blissfield schools to the Thompson farm on Thompson Highway in rural Blissfield.

An old-fashioned farm celebration with music, food and fun followed at the Thompson farm.

Whiteford Twp. to break ground on sewer project

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

By Melissa Burnor

OTTAWA LAKE — Whiteford Township will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 21 for a $2.8 million sewer project in the township.

“This is something that Whiteford has never done in its history,” supervisor Walter Ruhl said. “This is a big moment for the residents of Whiteford Township and Ottawa Lake.”

The groundbreaking will be held at the Ottawa Lake Fire Hall, near the corner of Brown Street and Memorial Highway in Ottawa Lake.

Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For more on this project, please see the Aug. 14, 2013, edition of The Advance.

Exit 5 reopens with round-abouts

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

OTTAWA LAKE — The exits at U.S. 223 and U.S. 23 in Whiteford Township are fully open for traffic and all detours have been removed. According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, construction at the interchange is essentially complete and open. The Michigan Department of Transportation did a major overhaul of the interchange by creating a round-about. There will be a single-lane closure on northbound U.S. 23 between mile markers eight and nine for concrete pavement repair. This closure is expected to last through 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16.

Bences bound to Circuit; second charge added

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

By Melissa Burnor
Victim testimony along with submitted police and medical reports was enough for Judge James Sheridan to bind Bradley Bences over to Lenawee County Circuit Court not only on the original felonious assault charge but also one of assault with intent to commit murder for the alleged July 13 knife attack in downtown Blissfield.
The victim was the only person who took the stand at Bences preliminary examination Tuesday afternoon. John Burtle was on the stand for nearly an hour and told his account of the events of the evening that led up to the incident on South Lane Street. At one point Burtle said he believed he was going to die after his neck was slashed.
The 57-year old Tipton man could now face life in prison if convicted. His attorney said he planned to file a waiver of arraignment for … Read More »

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