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By Andy Barrand, Hillsdale Daily News
WALDRON — After going four and out on their first possession of the game the Waldron Spartans got their offense on track in route to a 44-8 victory over the Litchfield Terriers to open the season Friday night.
Waldron Coach Mark Long attributed the slow start to several young guys playing new positions for the Spartans.
The Spartans (1-0) were led by junior running backs Tyler Winch and Jimmy Champion, who scored three touchdowns each. Winch ended the game with 8 carries for 162 yards and Champion had 17 carries for 187 yards.
Winch scored the team's first touchdown at the 6:17 mark of the first half on a 44-yard run. Quarterback Abraham Fellabaum scored the two-point conversion.
His other two touchdowns came at the 3:40 mark of the first - an 8-yard run and at the 5:45 mark of the second quarter - a 64-yard run. Champion converted the two-point attempt on the second touchdown to make it 14-0 and Hunter Moore caught a pass in the end zone from Fellabaum for the second two-point conversion.
Champion scored his first touchdown of the game at the 10:50 mark of the second quarter on a 1-yard run and his second 57 seconds later on a 56-yard run after a fumble by Litchfield.
Champion's third touchdown of the game came at the 8:35 mark of the second quarter on a 39-yard run, Fellabaum ran the ball in for the two point conversion.
The Spartans accumulated 412 yards on the ground in the first half on 34 plays.
Long said that although his team came away with a win there are still things the Spartans need to improve on before next week's game against Burr Oak.
"We need to be more physical," he said. "We have lost our second game after winning the first the last two years. We need to change that next week."
The Terriers (0-1) got on the board in the fourth quarter with 9:32 left on a 53 yard run from Nathaniel Sharp. Quarterback Jacob Rose completed a pass to Kody Cares for the two point conversion.
Litchfield Coach Dale Smith said he was proud of his team's effort, as several of the players are freshmen.
"We had a good second half," Smith said. "We will take the second half and build on it this week.
"We are only going to get better," he said.
Sharp led the way for the Terriers with 97 yards on the night.
The Terriers will host Battle Creek St. Philip next week.
By Andy Barrand, Hillsdale Daily News
August 29, 2014
WALDRON — One of the last festivals of the year in Hillsdale County will usher summer out with a bang this weekend during the 51st annual Labor Day Celebration.
Festivities in the small village of Waldron begin today with the opening rounds of the softball tournament at Waldron Schools. All three brackets — men's, women's and co-ed — are filled.
Games will continue throughout the weekend with the championship games closing the festival on Monday.
There will also be a street dance with Super Cool Karaoke spinning the hits downtown from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. today.
Saturday includes a wide variety of activities including a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a volleyball tournament at 11 a.m. The Waldron pulling strip under the water tower will be the venue for the annual mini-rod tractor pulls, which will be sponsored by the class of 2015. Pulls begin at noon.
There will be pro wrestling at the bank Saturday night at 8 p.m. featuring Waldron's own Phil Monahan.
The 20th annual antique tractor show will be on Water Street Sunday and will feature around 200 tractors. During the event there will be a hog- and cow-calling contest and rooster crowing contest, along with other activities will take place during the show.
The tractors will parade through town at 5:30 p.m. before the Waldron Scholarship Pageant begins at 6 p.m. at the school.
Pageant director Amanda Davis said rehearsals have been going great for this year's event.
"We are hoping for a good turnout," she said. "The girls have been working hard."
Fourteen girls will compete in four different age divisions — Tiny Miss, Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Waldron.
Tiny Miss Waldron contestants include Chloe Schaedler, Katelynn Hagemyer and Candice Halliwill; Little Miss Waldron contestants are Colleen Belcher, Taylor Davis, Delani Monahan and Lilliana Perez; Junior Miss Waldron contestants include Claudia Belcher, Robyn Goodlock and Emily Emens; and those vying for the Miss Waldron crown are Victoria Goodlock, Alicia Roney, Mariah Hoolody and Megan Landel.
This year's theme is "A Blast from the Past." The Little Miss and Miss contestants will be performing their opening number to "Turn the Beat Around."
Ali Hider, 2013 Miss Waldron, will be in attendance to crown the 2014 winner. Davis said Hider has been a lot of help working with the younger girls on their dance routine.
Admission to the pageant is $2.
The girls will take part in the parade at 10:30 a.m. Monday. After the parade they will perform their opening numbers downtown. Mackenzie Price will sing the National Anthem at the parade. Russ Platt will be announcing the parade.
There will be several other activities Monday including a field stock antique tractor pull at noon.
August 21, 2014 at 11:39pm
WALDRON — A 87 Honda Motorcycle has been reported as stolen from 209 S. Main Street in Waldron this evening. The motorcycle is green/black in color and has a Michigan registration of AT980. The Hillsdale County Sheriffs Department is investigating the reported theft
If anyone knows the whereabouts of the motorcycle or has any information please contact your local 911 or the Hillsdale County Sheriffs Department at 1-800-437-7317.
August 22, 2014
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WALDRON — The Waldron VFW Post 5191 will be having a Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show on Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
For more information call 517-286-6510.
Location; downtown Waldron between Main and East Streets on Center Street.
The Waldron athletic boosters would like to thank their Labor day marathon softball sponsors.
Schaedler & sons trucking, Storehalder farms, Country Carpets, County National Bank, R W Oates LLC, Hillsdale Market House, Jims Carry-out, Legendary Homes, Sir James Outerwear, Eagle Funeral Homes, Reggie's Auto Repair, E D Rutledge Insurance, Kraig & Susan Moore, John Meister, Brian & Tammy Fix, Waldron Grain & Fuel, Mohr Farms, Northside Carry-out, Milk Source LLC.. And all the people and groups who volunteer Labor day weekend. THANK YOU
By Matthew Maneval, Hillsdale Daily news
WALDRON — Earlier last week, the Waldron Area Schools Board of Education passed a resolution to amend the 2014-15 budget and adopted parts of the proposed NEOLA Board Policy. Additionally, the board approved the hiring of Mark Long as athletic director.
At the beginning of the meeting in public comment, one member of the public was concerned whether or not the resolution to amend the 2014-15 budget was available for public view prior to the meeting. Board President Dick Storehalder stated he assumed it was, however, as of Wednesday afternoon the amendment still was not available on the district’s website.
The sections of the NEOLA policy proposed to be approved by the board include by-laws, administration, professional staff, finances, property and operation.
“We’ve sat on this,” said Superintendent Jose Vera. “Now we can move to approve these sections of the policy.”
The board approve the proposed sections of board policy unanimously.
In regards to the athletic director position, board member Ron Rayba voiced concern over number of applications received and the way the position was advertised.
“We had two applicants, two interviews,” said Vera.
Rayba was concerned that there wasn’t sufficient posting for the position, which may have limited the applications.
“I noticed you didn’t advertise for it in the paper,” said Rayba. “Do you think that kind of limited applications?”
In response, Vera stated the salary of the position is below average compared to other athletic director positions that provide a “substantial amount.”
The board discussed possible conflicts that could arise being that Long would be both a coach and athletic director. It was resolved that parents with concerns or issues would go to Vera in that situation.
Mark Long, coach of the Waldron football team, was approved to be hired as athletic director.
All board members excluding Jen Long and Rayba voted in favor of the motion. Long abstained and Rayba voted no.
In amending the 2014-15 budget, the board turned an approximate $25,000 deficit into a budget surplus. From the previous year’s budget to the current budget there have been expenditure decreases.
In the second round of public comment, Brent Leininger voiced concern over the budget amendment and the process by which the athletic director was approved.
“I find it ironic that we cut $160,000 from expenditures,” said Leininger. “I find it hard to understand how we can increase our students education by cutting $160,000.”
In regards to the approval of Mark Long as athletic director, Leininger stated, “You voted to adopt some sections of board policy here tonight and under that policy, it prohibits a board member from discussing an issue when they have a conflict of interest and yet this board allowed a board member to violate that newly-adopted policy here tonight.”
At a moment during discussions, Long provided comments. The newlyadopted policy states that a board member with a conflict of interest “shall not discuss” where there is a conflict of interest. State law does not state a board member shall not discuss, however, the adopted board policy provides such a stipulation.
Storehalder stated he recognized the violation at the time it occurred.
“We’ll go on and we’ll learn from our mistakes and try to remember next time,” said Storehalder.
“It’s your policy that you live by, read it. Don’t pass something without reading it,” said Leininger.
By Matthew Maneval, Hillsdale Daily News
WALDRON — On Tuesday evening, the Waldron Village Council approved funds to be used for Waldron’s upcoming Labor Day weekend events.
Council approved funds to be used for an insurance rider, portable bathroom facilities, trash removal and also approved the use of the old bank to be used as changing facilities for those involved in the weekend’s special events.
Council approved an additional $160 for services to the community for labor day weekend.
Mike Ames requested council to consider signs for parking in Waldron. Council tabled the item for their next meeting. Additionally, Ames asked council to approve funds to rent a street sweeper to clean debris from curbs in the village. Councilman Roy Hall proposed having an individual who’s been seeking community service hours to be appointed to do the job instead.
Council also approved funds for sidewalk repair.
In regards to patchwork that has been done recently on Waldron streets, it was noted that street work is going to be done in the last week in September. The spots to be fixed were created by water main breaks earlier this summer.
During the clerk’s report, Beth Town commented on upcoming elections in November.
“I will be doing more training for November elections,” said Town. “You have one person running for president, two people running for treasurer and five people running for the six open seats of trustees.”
There was a motion proposed to spend $1,000 on snow plow rehabilitation, which passed unanimously. The refurbishment of the village’s current snow plow is more cost effective than the purchase of a new plow.
In regards to the ongoing search for a code enforcement officer, council president Jeff Bernath commented on the status of applications received and asked council for a motion.
“We had two people apply,” said Bernath. “One lady was asked to come in and interview and she said she had another interview, so she did not. Do we want to go ahead and interview the one gentleman or do we want to repost it?”
The discussion turned from applications to the liabilities of the position itself.
In discussion, councilman Terry Esterline brought to the board’s attention the necessity for liability insurance.
“They may have to carry their own insurance,” said Esterline.
“This is the one position in the village that opens us wide open for a lawsuit,” said Town.
Council was concerned that if the individual “does something wrong” then the village may be liable.
The council resolved to look into the cost to cover the code enforcement officer and table the issue for next month’s meeting.
At the end of the meeting, the council turned discussion to the Wright-Waldron firefighters’ switch from Reading Emergency Unit to Hudson ALS.
“On July 31, there was a letter delivered to Hillsdale County Central Dispatch signed by village president Jeff Bernath that says we, the board and the village of Waldron support the decision of the members of the fire board to use Hudson ALS and ALS Assistance,” said Esterline. “And my question is, did I miss the meeting?”
“I would say we need a written legal opinion within 30 days,” said Esterline.
Bernath stated that legal opinion would be obtained by the next month’s meeting.
Councilman Roy Hall stated that the fire department is an association and therefore separate from the village and township.
“You can do whatever you want, it just has to be done in order to protect the village and the township from litigation,” said Esterline.
August 17, 2014
Waldron Area Schools has released a supply list that students will need for the new school year.
You can VIEW and/or PRINT the supply list by clicking the link below.
August 14, 2014
WALDRON — The State of Michigan has listed Waldron Area Schools as a focus school in there annual report card of schools this week. Many area schools share this same status it just means the school is performing average and can get assistance from the state to attempt to improve its performance and score.
Local public schools that have made the Reward School status and have scored with High Progress are Hudson, Reading, Hillsdale, Hanover-Horton and Homer. Those schools are all listed as there High School grade levels as Reward Schools. Reward Schools are in the top 5% of the Top-to-Bottom ranking.Litchfield Community Schools scored as a Priority School in the bottom rankings.
August 14, 2014
WALDRON — The Waldron Area School Board on Monday, August 11th hired Mark Long of Waldron as the new Athletic Director of the school. Jill Hardway former athletic director is going to concentrate her duties as assistant principal instead of both jobs
The official school board minutes from the August meeting will be posted when they are released to the public probably in September.
Waldron Area Schools Board of Education Official Meeting Minutes
July 14, 2014 Meeting Minutes
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COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY
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Waldron Golf Outing (Curt Stuck Memorial Scholarship)
4 Man/Women Scramble
August 16th at 10:00 am. at DeMor Hills Golf Course
in Morenci, Michigan
Hot Dogs and drinks after golf
More information call Mark Long at 517-286-6743
Curtis Guy Stuck
Waldron High School
Class of 1980
August 6, 2014
Shall the previously increased limitation on the amount of taxes imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution on all taxable real and tangible personal property in Wright Township, Hillsdale County, be renewed in the amount of 1.925 mills ($1.93 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) for the period 2015 to 2019 inclusive, for the purpose of maintaining and improving roads and bridges; and shall the Township levy such millage for this purpose during such period which will raise in the first year an estimated $98,290?
YES — 140
NO — 39
BREAKFAST NOW BEING SERVED
WALDRON — The Waldron Area Schools announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or Local public educational agency.
The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the site(s) listed below:
Waldron Area School, 13380 S. Waldron Road, Waldron, MI
Serving dates are Monday - Friday, Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., July 14 through August 15 and Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m., July 28 through August 15.
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■ June 9, 2014 Meeting Minutes:
■ June 24, 2014 Budget Meeting Minutes;
■ June 24, 2014 Special Meeting Minutes;
By Wright-Waldron News
July 22, 2014
WALDRON — Wright Township residents can get air for there tires now at North Side Carry-Out. Glen and Sally Patterson said the air compressor was finally installed on Monday July 21st and it does cost $1 for air service.
The owner of the store Larry Deck and his parents Glen and Sally had wanted to offer free air service however the company (Ameri-Serve from Dexter, MI) that owns and installs the compressor will maintain the compressor if there are any problems at no cost to the business. The company and the business will split the revenue it generates. The Patterson's said at least the community will have air service locally and kids will be able to air their bicycle tires up.
North Side Carry-Out has also added another flavor to their fountain pop dispenser at the business. Dr. Pepper is the newest flavor to be added, Pepsi and Mountain Dew regular and diet is also available as a fountain pop flavor. They serve 24 oz. beverages for $1 and 32 oz. is $1.25.
Larry Deck owner of the carry-out will also be putting a new roof on the business this summer.
The business has been steadily adding new grocery items every week.