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George Kintner would like to let the community know that I am Running as a write in candidate for The Waldron Area School Board.
By Matthew Maneval,
Hillsdale Daily News
WALDRON — For the past several months the Waldron Area Schools Board of Education has been adopting pieces of their new board policy piece-by-piece.
Some pieces have been contested by members of the public and some meetings have allowed considerable discussion of the policies.
However, Monday night the board approved the last pieces of their NEOLA policy and thus reached full approval of the policy. The policy comes from a management documents company called NEOLA and the policies are generally referred as NEOLA policies. The services provide include board bylaws and policies, administrative guidelines/procedures, forms, student/parent handbooks, and staff handbooks.
Superintendent Jose Vera invited a few speakers to present during his report to the board. A notable issue addressed during the superintendent’s report includes the Affordable Care Act. The piece of legislation has been a frequently discussed piece of legislation for its impact on employers.
Waldron Area Schools Business Manager Rhonda Potts said the district has less than 50 employees and therefore they do not need to comply with the laws guidelines. As long as employers restrict their workforce to no more than 49 full-time employees then the mandates of the ACA don’t apply.
However, Potts said she would take care to document respective paperwork in case the district reaches the 50 employee mark.
The board also discussed the possibility of changing the speed limit in front of the school. The board currently wishes to reduce the speed currently allowed. It was said that the issue would have to be discussed with the road commission in order to attain signs that designate a lower speed limit.
By David Vantress
October 18, 2014
LITCHFIELD - If you like playing - or watching - football in the rain, then Friday night's 8-man contest between Litchfield and Waldron was your kind of time.
Waldron improved to 6-2 on the season with a 50-12 win over the Terriers on Parents Night at Litchfield. The Spartans have officially qualified for the MHSAA 8-man playoffs.
Intermittent afternoon rain showers turned into a full-fledged deluge in the second quarter, but the rain didn't do much to slow down the Spartan offense.
The Spartans outgained the Terriers 210-54 in the opening 24 minutes.
Waldron led 44-6 at halftime, so the second half started with a running clock.
The Spartans got a pair of first-half rushing TDs of 54 and 22 yards from fullback Cody Jamison. Hunter Moore also added a pair of TDs, and Waldron junior QB Abraham Fallabaum threw a pair of TD passes, one to Moore and one to Gilbert Emens.
Litchfield senior QB Matthew Morgan had the Terriers' first-half TD on a 5-yard run.
The Spartans substituted often in the second half as the running clock was in effect.
Waldron added a second-half TD on a 9-yard Fellabaum run. Litchfield got a big play for its second TD of the night, a 69-yard TD run by Morgan.
On the night, the Spartans gained 315 yards, 275 of those on the ground.
Waldron coach Mark Long said the staff decided to rest junior running back Jimmy Champion, who has been dealing with a deep tissue bruise.
"We wanted to rest him for the playoffs and some other guys stepped up," Long said.
Sophomore Wade Shadbolt and junior Tyler WInch were two of those players Friday night against Litchfield.
Fellabaum said he and his teammates wanted to make an early statement.
"We were able to get some early scores," Fellabaum said.
Litchfield coach Dale Smith was proud of his team's effort.
"We've got a great group of kids," Smith said. "They don't give up."
The Spartans wrap up the 2014 season next week at home against Flint School for the Deaf.
Litchfield closes out the season against Tekonsha
By Matthew Maneval
October 17, 2014
WALDRON — The position of code enforcement officer has been an ongoing point of discussion in the Village of Waldron. While the village doesn’t have someone solely responsible for code enforcement, Council President Jeffery Bernath has been fulfilling those duties.
Council has discussed the issue due to an inquiry regarding the liability that goes along with the position. The councilmembers have repeatedly spoken with the village attorney about the necessary liability insurance policies they may need to cover the position and protect the village from any imaginable lawsuit.
Tuesday night council made a motion to approve Bernath as interim code enforcement officer. Clerk Beth Town told council the position must be appointed, approved and noted in the minutes.
Whenever a code enforcement letter is delivered to a resident it must be signed by the officer. Town said it’s not lawful for members of council to simply enforce the codes – only the officer can conduct such enforcement.
The question of compensation was raised in regards to the new duties Bernath will undertake in addition to his duties as council president. It was discussed that a possible pay raise for village president would compensate for the extra labor involved in enforcing the village codes. Bernath would not be able to receive a separate compensation as code enforcement officer. Council will resume talks about an increase in pay after the November elections.
Another ongoing point of discussion has been the Wright-Waldron Fire Association agreement with the village. For some time it has been debated whether or not the current arrangement between the village and the fire association is lawful.
There has been some disagreement among council members regarding the agreement from the personnel who comprise the two boards to the exact duties each board executes. At their August meeting, members of the council decided to meet with their attorney and have him analyze the language of the agreement.
After consulting with the attorney, Councilman Terry Esterline said there should be a clarification of duties between council and the fire association.
“The current makeup could constitute a violation of the Open Meetings Act,” he said.
Based on their attorney’s recommendations not much would in fact be changed, but it would guarantee legality.
“He certainly had some good suggestions,” said Esterline.
Council will move forward to tighten up the language of the agreement with the Wright-Waldron Fire Association to ensure legality in the actions of both parties.
In other business, council approved Halloween Trick or Treating in Waldron for Friday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. In case of less than agreeable weather, council approved a motion to designate Saturday, Nov. 1 as an alternate date. Bernath will make the final decision.
October 14, 2014 at 6:25am
On October 12, 2014, the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft of a 2007 Bobcat UTV 4x4, white in color with a roll cage and dump box (similar Bobcat is pictured to the left). There were also two utility trailers taken from the same area.
The property was stolen from the Merry Lake area. If you have any information reference these items, please contact the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Dept at 517-437-7317 ext. 0.
APPLE PIE TRADITION CONTINUES
Fresh apple pies ready for the freezer or oven. Sponsored by the Friends of the Waldron District Library. (Two Crust, Dutch Crumb, or Low Sugar)
ORDERS MUST BE IN BY OCTOBER 31st.
Questions? Call 286-6511
We are limiting the orders to 450 pies, so get your order in early!
PICK UP ON NOVEMBER 10th AT THE WALDRON FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, ANY TIME AFTER NOON (286-6299 is the phone number).
Read the entire Waldron District Library Oct. 2014 Newsletter by click the link below; (Document is 3.3 MB in size and may take a moment to open!)
October 10, 2014
The Waldron Spartans football team lost Friday's home conference game against St. Philip Catholic Central by a score of 39-8.
October 10, 2014
WALDRON — The Waldron Spartans and Battle Creek St. Phillip Fighting Tigers varsity football teams to battle it out in what could be the game of the season.
Game time temperature is forecasted to be around 50 degrees and by 9 pm 43 degrees so you might want that blanket and a hot beverage.
The Waldron Spartans football team has a home conference game vs. St. Philip Catholic Central tonight. The Spartans are now 5-1 (Overall) and 2-0 (League) according to the MHSAA. St Phillip is currently 6-0 (Overall), 3-0 (League) after they defeated Webberville 72-6 Friday night.
The Waldron Spartans football team won last Friday's neutral conference game against Tekonsha by a score of 48-8. Tyler Winch had 38 carries for 398 yards and four touchdowns. Abraham Fellabaum added 56 yards on six carries with a pair of touchdowns.
Isaac Mead scored on a 72-yard kickoff return in the second quarter to account for the Indians’ lone TD as Tekonsha fell to Waldron in 8-man action. The two-point conversion was a Riley Lloyd pass to Kody Brashares for the Indian's. Mead completed the game with 61 yards rushing on eight carries, while Brashares had 18 tackles. Tekonsha is now 1-5 (Overall), 1-2 (League).
Waldron is scheduled to play Litchfield again next week then Flint Michigan School For The Deaf the following week to wrap up the regular season football games.
A State Line Observer Article
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Morenci, Michigan & Fayette, Ohio
MORENCI — The State Line Observer was awarded Newspaper of the Year among the state’s smallest weekly papers in the annual Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. This marks the 13th year out of the last 16 that the Observer has taken the top honor.
“I thought last year would have been the end of the line for that award,” said publisher David Green. “Changes in newspaper circulation have moved additional papers into the smallest class. We’re now competing against papers with more resources including Saline, Chelsea and Tecumseh.”
The Newspaper of the Year award is based on the total points earned in the contest, and the Observer’s points came from awards in only six categories.
The Observer earned first place in Editorial Page, Sports Coverage, Sports Feature Story about bass fishing coach Seth Borton, and Sports Columns for Rich Foley’s NASCAR racing articles. A second-place award was given in News Photo for a field fire and a third-place award was given in Editorial Writing.
Honorable mention was given for a Photo Page about Stair Public Library’s summer reading program and for David Green’s By the Way column.
Michigan Press Association director Michael McLaren said that the number of contest entries increased in the 2014 contest, and said this is good for both journalists and readers.
“The increased competition inspires all journalists to produce better work, which in turn, nurtures stronger communities,” he said.
The Observer competes among newspapers with circulations less than 4,000.
Newspaper of the Year awards will be presented at the Michigan Press Association’s annual convention in January.
October 4, 2014
WRIGHT TOWNSHIP — Towne LP gas announced in a letter to its customers on Saturday, October 4th that it has sold its assets and business to AmeriGas Propane. According to the letter the decision was based on their knowledge of the AmeriGas business philosophy, their commitment to safety and dedication to their employees. Towne LP Gas goes on to thank its customers!
AmeriGas in the same letter welcomes Townes customers and states the service will be based out of Coldwater, Michigan.
However it should be noted that AmeriGas is currently being sued by the Michigan Attorney General for price gouging back in January and February. The Michigan Attorney general made the announcement on September 22, 2014.
The complaint includes the following alleged violations:
While it is the personal decision of every customer who they maintain business with caution is urged in deciding your future supplier.
For the full complaint from the Attorney Generals Office click the link below:
October 3, 2014
The Waldron Spartans football team won Friday's neutral conference game against Tekonsha by a score of 48-8. They are now 5-1 (Overall) and 4-0 (League). Tyler Winch had 38 carries for 398 yards and four touchdowns. Abraham Fellabaum added 56 yards on six carries with a pair of touchdowns. Tekonsha falls to 1-5 (Overall), 1-3 (League).
The Waldron Spartans football team has a home conference game vs. St. Philip Catholic Central on Friday, October 10th. St Phillip is currently 6-0 (Overall), 3-0 (League) after they defeated Webberville 72-6 Friday night.
Alicia Roney broke the Waldron Area Schools school record for cross country by 16 seconds on Sptember 27th at Stockbridge, Michigan.
The new record is 19.43.1
September 28, 2014
The Waldron Spartans football team won Friday's away conference game against the Webberville Spartans by a score of 66-46. The Waldron Spartans are now (4-1 Overall, 3-0 League).
Waldron plays Tekonsha next Friday October 3, 2014 at Tekonsha
Scoring by Quarter:
Waldron: 12 - 16 - 22 - 16 = 66
Webberville: 14 - 6 - 20 - 6 = 46