OTTAWA LAKE – A “low-level lockdown” at Whiteford Agricultural Schools was lifted early Friday afternoon, April 19. The school district had been in lockdown mode since earlier that morning. Officials said phone threats against some students had been made by another individual. According to the person who answered the phones at Whiteford Schools after 2 p.m., several school officials were in a debriefing session.
It does not appear that students were in any danger and the lockdown was a precautionary measure.
According to the “Monroe County School Emergency Information Guide”, a lockdown takes place when an internal or external threat id identified. No entry or exit will be allowed from the school until an “all-clear” is announced
The Blissfield Kiwanis Club will host its annual pancake supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Blissfield High School cafeteria.
The bevy of breakfast foods on the menu include pancakes, french toast, sausage, coffee, apple sauce and white and chocolate milk.
Proceeds from the fundraiser are used by the Kiwanis Club to fund several charities involving local children. These funds have been used for scholarships, as well as the annual dictionary donations made to third-graders in Blissfield and Deerfield elementary schools.
As of Monday evening, the outside westbound lane on U.S. 223 in Blissfield from Maple Street to just east of Monroe Street is closed. Michigan Department of Transportation is working in Blissfield to replace curbs on that side of the street that include the removal of driveaways from the former Smith property. Work is expected to last approximately three days, weather permitting.
Local runner Jay Yockey who competed at the Boston Marathon today (Monday) reported to the Advance at 3:30 p.m. that he is safe after reports of at least two explosions at the finish line of the race course. Yockey said the hotel he is staying in is on lockdown this afternoon.
Another local runner Dr. Kent Benham, Ottawa Lake, also participated in today’s marathon. Word has been received that he too is safe after the race.
For Melissa Burnor’s complete interview with Jay Yockey while he was still in Boston, please see the April 17, 2013, edition of The Advance.
By Chad Hutchinson
The hunt for the next Blissfield head varsity football coach is coming to a close as the list of potential candidates has been narrowed to three finalists. Blissfield’s candidate will have big shoes to fill, as former head coach Ron Estes is handing over the headset and play book after 11 seasons. The incoming head coach will have to deal with the “Estes Expectations” that were set by the former heralded head coach. Estes constructed an impressive 76-39 career record commanding the Royals’ sideline.
Finding a Royal replacement was not an easy task for the search committee that consisted of Blissfield athletic director Steve Babbitt, superintendent Scott Moellenberndt, varsity women’s basketball coach and elementary teacher Ryan Gilbert, high school principal Jerry Johnson and elementary school assistant principal Mike Valasek.
Moellenberndt said approximately 40 applicants had been reviewed for the position, … Read More »
By MELISSA BURNOR
All aboard for the second annual Blissfield Railroad Days presented by McDonald’s of Lenawee County April 20 and 21. After a successful one-day event in 2012, host Blissfield Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Program has planned a two-day event this year celebrating Blissfield’s continuous and ever-changing association with the railroad since the first train on the Erie and Kalamazoo line came through town in 1836.
The village will be immersed in trains of all sizes that have captured the interest of young and old for generations, from the small HO scale-model trains to actual running trains that can be ridden on as part of the ticket. Organizers extended the event this year and the result is more opportunity to see and ride the trains.
“The event is two days because we had such a great turnout last year,” Blissfield DDA/Main Street … Read More »
By Melissa Burnor
Police arrested a fourth suspect in connection with the July break-in of the Blissfield branch of the Schmidt and Son Pharmacy Wednesday, April 3. Suspects were in the pharmacy less than 90 seconds in an overnight break-in July 22. Three suspects have already appeared in court but Candy Sue Sullivan, 34, remained at large until today (April 3). Crimestoppers of Lenawee County issued a release early Wednesday afternoon shortly before Sullivan was apprehended in Hillsdale County. Lenawee County Sheriff Detective Gary Ward said in an e-mail shortly after 3 p.m. that Sullivan had been arrested in Hillsdale County and was on her way to the Lenawee County Jail. She is facing at least three felony charges in connection to the break-in.
Please read the April 10 edition of the Advance for more information.
By Chad Hutchinson
The Blissfield High School band and choir are serenading in sunshine as they left behind the chilly spring weather and hit the road for Florida Monday. BHS band instructor Mark Hollandsworth and choir instructor Wanice Linn are accompanying members of both groups as they boarded a pair of chartered buses bound for Disney World Monday, April 1.
The BHS band students participating in the trip are going to be in a parade down “Main Street” of the Magic Kingdom, while the choir will perform at the Epcot Center.
For the complete story, including the band’s performance in competition and an upcoming visit by the Notre Dame University band, please see the April 3, 2013, edition of The Advance. Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.
By Melissa Burnor
Blissfield will have a new business occupying the former Carpenter Hill Medical Building on U.S. 223 on the west end of town. The building was last occupied by ProMedica medical professionals.
Michael Anderson, owner of Anderson Funeral Home, and Arin Rudd, have joined together and will be opening the Anderson-Rudd Funeral Home at that location in the coming weeks. The pair officially took possession of the property March 27 and renovation began April 1, Rudd said. Rudd said they anticipate renovations to take approximately eight weeks.
An open house is planned after renovations are complete.
Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story, please see the April 3, 2013, edition of The Advance.
By Chad Hutchinson
Security and safety issues regarding Blissfield school buses was a driving force behind discussions at the March 18 meeting of the Blissfield Board of Education meeting.
District operations director Michael Reinhardt updated the board on the pursuit of bids for fencing to be placed around the buses at the garage located behind the high school. Reinhardt said 10 sealed bids were received from around the state. He said the bids ranged in cost from $30,000 to $19,900. Reinhardt recommended the acceptance of a bid of $19,926.14 from Adrian/Tecumseh Fencing.
Several members of the board acknowledged the need for the fences, and also their disappointment for it.
“We’ve had enough incidents that it’s become a risk for the buses. It’s become a safety issue. It’s unfortunate, but necessary,” trustee Scott Abbott said. The board approved the acceptance of the bid from Adrian/Tecumseh … Read More »