By MELISSA BURNOR
Residents living in southeastern Lenawee County rely on a system of both public and private drains and tiles to keep the flatlands drained of surface water. It’s been more than 150 years since the first drains were cut through the Cottonwood and Black Swamps to make the area inhabitable as well one of the most fertile farm areas n the country. Because of that vast and intricate drainage system county officials are working with the proposed pipeline officials to protect the vital underground network.
Lenawee County officials are working on an agreement that could be put into place with Rover Pipeline that would protect county drains. A potential agreement with the NEXUS Pipeline could become a work in progress before long too.
Lenawee County Drain Commissioner Stephen May said he received formal contact from NEXUS Pipeline. … Read More »
The Federal Drug Enforcement Agency has issued a public safety warning in Monroe County after three people in Monroe County died in three separate locations April 14. All three were heroin-related deaths, according to Monroe County Sheriff Dale Malone. One person in Frenchtown Township and two people in Bedford Township, who were not found together, but in the same vicinity, are reported to have died. According to a press release from the Monroe County Sheriff, all three subjects had injected themselves with heroin and immediately died after doing so. The bodies of all three were sent to the Wayne County Medical Examiners Office for autopsies.
According to Malone, the DEA’s warning is due to identifying a large increase of Fentanyl-laced heroin in the area.
“At this time it is unknown if Fentanyl is the cause of the recent deaths, but the … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
Efforts to reroute the proposed NEXUS natural gas pipeline has gained some momentum in Ohio and activists are seeing some results of their work.
CORN or the Coalition to Reroute Nexus has been suggesting alternatives throughout the Ohio portion of the proposed 250 mile, 42-inch project that may also come through Michigan in Lenawee County, then through Washtenaw County before hooking into existing the DTE Energy natural gas transmission system.
While CORN has garnered support by way of resolutions from several Ohio counties, townships and villages including Lucas County and Amboy Township just across the border from Ogden Township, they have yet to make a presence in Michigan.
DTE and Spectra Energy filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in December last year so that they can investigate a route from … Read More »
A 15-year-old Palmyra girl, reported missing by her mother Saturday morning, has been found in Georgia. Makayla Rose McLaughlin was reported missing shortly after noon on Saturday and was last seen about 9:30 a.m. that day at home.
According to the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department, they had identified a possible person of interest in the case who was possibly driving a silver Ford Focus.
Authorities say the girl was located in Georgia and a person of interest in the case was located in Georgia.
The girl is in the custody of law enforcement. The Michigan State Police and Georgia authorities assisted with the investigation that is still ongoing.
By Melissa Burnor
The Blissfield Township Board is one short after trustee Kris Ruhl submitted his letter of resignation Monday, March 23. Ruhl, who was elected to his first term in 2012, sent the letter to township Supervisor Al Navarro Monday. Ruhl cited several personal and professional changes in his life as the drive behind the decision.
Ruhl said he was thankful and proud of the efforts of the board during his tenure.
“While on the board, I feel that great (strides) forward were made and I am very thankful and honored for the opportunity to serve the Blissfield community,” the letter said.
Ruhl also addressed an issue that had been brought up in at least one township meeting about his residency in the township. Ruhl’s home in the village of Blissfield is for sale and records in Lucas County, Ohio, show he … Read More »
The 27th annual Blissfield Rotary Auction on March 21 ushers in the spring season with a host of great items to buy that will help the club with both its local and international philanthropic endeavors.
“All the funds raised that night go directly back into the community and international efforts of Rotary,” event co-chair Andy Borchardt said.
Last year, the organization raised $70,000 in one night at the Blissfield event.
Borchardt said many donations along with sponsors such as the Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road Old Road Dinner Train, B-Town and TLC Credit Union have set up the framework for the event.
This year some of the larger items to be auctioned off by celebrity charity auctioneer and Toledo broadcaster Jerry Anderson include a Spartan Foods shopping spree, a 55-inch Vizio television, front row tickets … Read More »
While the 32nd Annual River Raisin Festival is still four months away, plenty of action has been taking place preparing for the big event that will draw several thousand people to the banks of the River Raisin and be a venue for local non-profit organizations to raise money for their own endeavors. A theme, a new carnival and the fireworks sponsor have all been secured in the past week.
Festival organizers have also designed a new spring event, the Spring Fling, to help kickstart both fundraising for favorite charities as well as for the River Raisin Festival on April 4.
Commemorating Blissfield’s long association with the railroad, spanning over three centuries and nearly 180 years, this year’s festival’s “All Aboard” theme will be pay homage to the village’s rail history. As in years past each festival has its own theme. The … Read More »
Pasta for Pooches, a benefit spaghetti dinner to raise money and awareness for assistance dogs takes place from 4-7 p.m. this Saturday, March 14, at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 5790 W, Temperance Road, Ottawa Lake,
The event includes raffles a cake walk, silent auction and live music. Proceeds go to Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence that provides therapy dogs specially trained to perfectly fit an individual’s needs.
Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10 yeas of age. Tickets are available at the door or by calling Tina Calhoun at 419-349-4966.
Checks for the fundraiser can be made payable to St. Michael’s Lutheran Church.
By Melissa Burnor
Police and fire crews had U.S 223 shut down east of the Blissfield village limits to Silberhorn Highway as they continued to investigate a car-and-semi-tractor trailer crash just west of Silberhorn Highway late Monday afternoon, March 9. However, the road was back open to traffic Tuesday.
Preliminary reports from police suggest the driver of the vehicle crossed the center line. The driver was airlifted from the scene via air ambulance. His condition is unknown.
Motorists travelling west on U.S. 223 were rerouted north on Silberhorn Highway to North Lane Street back to U.S. 223.
Rescuers from multiple agencies responded, using the Jaws of Life to extricate the victim from his car for transport via helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent’s Medical Center for … Read More »
Blissfield’s Noah Nieman earned a third-place finish in the Michigan State Wrestling Finals at The Palace Saturday.
He defeated Bronson senior Kahle Scheenks in triple overtime for the 6-5 margin, having mowed through five senior wrestlers in the weekend of competition.
For more, please see the March 11 edition of The Advance.