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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.


Skating rink open; Family Skate Saturday

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23rd January

The dip in temperature means the ice in the Rotary Ice Rink at Ellis Park is ready for skating. The rink officially opened Tuesday for winter fun.

This Saturday the Blissfield parks and Recreation Department presents Family Skate Night from 6-8 p.m.

There will be fire barrels, hot chocolate and music for skating at this family event which is is weather permitting.

Normal hours for the skate rink will be 6 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily. Open skate hours are from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. No hockey equipment will be allowed during this time.

For details, contact Blissfield Parks and Recreation director Eric May at 403-0845.


Blissfield open for business

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23rd January

By Melissa Burnor
Could you “picture your business here?” or possibly in another location in the village of Blissfield. Local leaders are working to promote the growth of business within the community.

The word is out, “Blissfield is open for business,” Blissfield Main Street manager Patricia Rayl said.

With an apparent turn in the economy, possible credit opening and varied opportunities, community leaders are hoping that new and expanding businesses look at the Blissfield area to develop.

After a busy holiday season exposed the new Main Street manager to the expectations and types of events the village churns out, she is now putting on another hat. She is concentrating now on the role of business developer.

Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see the Jan. 23, 2013, edition of The Advance. Also in this week’s Advance are photos from the … Read More »


Rabies, dog license clinic Saturday

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22nd January

Blissfield Township along with Blissfield Veterinary will conduct a rabies and dog license clinic from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Blissfield Township Office, 120 S. Lane Street.

The Clinic is open to all Lenawee County residents’ dogs.

Call 486-2626 with any questions, according to Nancy Cranor, township clerk.


They’rrrrre off to a Nite at the Races

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15th January

By Chad Hutchinson

The Blissfield Athletic Boosters will host their second annual “Nite at the Races” Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Blissfield American Legion. The “Nite at the Races” event is an evening of real horse racing with those in attendance to place bets as if they were at the track.

Hot appetizers will be provided, as well as a cash bar, door prizes donated by local Blissfield businesses, and a 50-50 raffle. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the first races starting at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $10 each and are available at the Blissfield athletic office or by contacting 517-486-4195. Tickets will also be available at the door that evening.

For the complete story, please see the Jan. 16, 2013, edition of the Advance. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.