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Coming Home Royalty introduced

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19th February

In Royal fashion, Baily Holdridge and Miles DeNudt were crowned the 2013 Blissfield High School Coming Home queen and king Friday night, Feb. 15.

Hand-pulled “floats” built on wagons carried the Coming Home queen and king candidates into the packed gym.

For many more fun photos of the Coming Home events, please watch the Galleries in www.blissfieldadvance.com



The REAL Main Street/DDA royalty…

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19th February

Pardon us! We had the wrong person identified in the Feb. 20, 2013, edition of The Advance. Here, with King Brandon Hudson, is Queen Ashley Bailey. They reigned over the Blissfield Main Street/DDA bowling FUN(d) raiser Feb. 16 at Rich Lanes, Blissfield.

And if you want to see a great photo of King Brandon Hudson with Margaret Goble, please see Page 1 of the Feb. 20, 2013, Advance. For more event photos, please check out our Galleries. The button is at the top of this page.



Holdridge, DeNudt crowned Blissfield Coming Home royalty

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15th February

Baily Holdridge, seated at right,  and Miles DeNudt, standing at right behind her, were named Blissfield High School Coming Home queen and king respectively Friday, Feb. 15.

Four boys and four girls, all seniors, were candidates for king and queen of the Blissfield High School Coming Home festivities Friday evening, Feb. 15. Standing from left to right are the king candidates, Branden Curtis, Zach Fredenburg, Nate Wold and Miles DeNudt (who was named king). Seated in the front row are queen candidates. Kennadi Auth, Taylor Cambal, Holly Meszaros and Baily Holdridge (who was named queen).

The Blissfield women won their game, defeating visiting Onsted 57-46, for a happy Coming Home evening. The Royal men fell to Onsted 63-36 in their game.

Photo provided by Blissfield High School



Hee-haw! Donkey basketball game raises funds for Whiteford After Prom

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12th February

By Chad Hutchinson

OTTAWA LAKE — Ottawa Lake and Summerfield firefighters as well as Whiteford and Summerfield school alumni battled on the Whiteford High School basketball court — on donkey-back — Saturday night, Feb. 9.

Summerfield VFD won the winners’ round 10-8 in overtime; and Whiteford Alumni won the losers’ round 8-2.

The event was hosted to raise funds for the Whiteford After Prom activities. 



Results of second Sackrider autopsy awaited

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12th February

By Melissa Burnor

Investigators and prosecutors are still awaiting results of a second autopsy on the body of Catherine Sackrider, 59, as part of investigation into her death.

Sackrider’s partially decomposed body was found Nov. 9 of last year behind an unused barn on Scott Highway in Palmyra Township by workers from Crop Production Services who were working in the adjacent field. The woman, who lived in LaGrange County, Indiana, was visiting her daughter in Sylvania Township prior to her death allegedly. Sackrider had previously lived in Sylvania Township in the same home her daughter now resided in with her family. She was allegedly last seen there at the home on Sept. 18, 2012.

According to LaGrange County Sheriff’s Deputies a missing person’s report was filed by family members in Indiana on Sept. 24. Her pickup was located in a Sylvania park the … Read More »


Pair arrested in connection with pharmacy burglary

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12th February

By Melissa Burnor

A mother and son were arraigned in Lenawee County District Court last week on four felony counts each for their alleged involvement in the July 27, 2012, burglary of Schmidt and Sons Pharmacy. Tammy Hopkins, 40, and Jamie Lee Lawson, 21, both of Belleville were arraigned by video from the Lenawee County Jail. Hopkins on Feb. 5 and Lawson on Feb. 7. Both are charged with two counts of breaking and entering, larceny in a building and possession of burglars’ tools. Both will face a pre examination in front of Judge James Sheridan. they were both given a $100,000 bond.

Copyright 2013 River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see Page 1 of the Feb. 13, 2013, Advance. To subscribe, please call 517-486-2400. 


Weather forces some sports rescheduling

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8th February

Games scheduled tonight (Friday, Feb. 8) for Blissfield men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams  against Columbia Central have been postponed due to weather.It will be played tomorrow night at Columbia Central with the women’s game starting at 5:30 p.m.   Britton Deerfield women’s basketball team’s game against Morenci is also postponed. As of this afternoon a rescheduled playing time had not been decided.

Whiteford will be traveling to Whitmore Lake tonight where both the men’s and women’s varsity will play beginnimg at 5:30 p.m. as scheduled.


Schreiber named 2013 Teacher of the Year by Vocal Music Assn.

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5th February

By Chad Hutchinson

Whiteford educator Todd Schreiber is no stranger to the stage, but in his 25th year with the district, the spotlight has been cast on Schreiber as the 2013 Teacher of the Year by the Michigan School Vocal Music Association.

A graduate of Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in music education, and a master’s degree from VanderCook College in Chicago, Schreiber has served as the K-12 vocal music teacher at Whiteford for a quarter century, as well as the MSVMA district 12 co-manager for the past 11 years.

Along with his many accomplishments as an educator and accompanist, Schreiber is also a published author. His book, “Olympic Games for the Music Classroom,” was published by the Shawnee Press in 2008.

Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see the Feb. 6, 2013, edition of The … Read More »



Direct rail route from Toledo to Adrian discussed

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5th February

By Melissa Burnor

A direct short-line freight route from Toledo to Adrian could be a possibility. If funding can be secured, a railway linking the two cities could once again be a reality.

Some local government officials are discussing a potential move by the Adrian and Blissfield Railroad company to rebuild about seven miles of railroad track between Riga and Ottawa Lake that had been abandoned since the late 1970s.

Brenda Rice, representative from the rail line spoke at a special meeting of the Riga Township Board Jan. 21.  The rail line would essentially tie in the tracks in Riga Township near Silberhorn Highway to Sterns Road in Whiteford Township on what is now an abandoned line of the old Erie & Kalamazoo, the first railroad built in the area and often cited as the first railroad west of the Allegheny Mountains.

It was … Read More »


Blissfield Board of Education to attend council meeting

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23rd January

Members of the Blissfield Board of Education will attending the Monday, Jan.28, regular meeting of the Blissfield Village Council at 7 p.m.. Members of the board of education are attending the meeting regardin g discussions involving the possible construction of an addition to the school facilities that would also be made available for community use.

This meeting is a continuation of discussions that began when Blissfield Community Schools invited several community groups to the high school last fall for an informative meeting on the topic.