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The Wright-Waldron News post area news and events from the Wright Township area of Hillsdale County, Michigan.
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Alicia Roney, Miss Waldron 2014 in the Hillsdale County Fair Parade
(Hillsdale Community News Photo)
By Andy Barrand
Sep. 23, 2014
HILLSDALE — Robert Snow, Jonesville American Legion post 195 commander, had one simple message to give Monday.
"Thank a veteran today – we wouldn't be here without these folks," Snow said, closing Monday's veterans celebration at the Hillsdale County Fair.
Veterans were honored at the annual ceremony during Veterans and Children's Day at the fair.
During the ceremony Mikel Stuck, a member of the Waldron Veterans of Foreign War post 5191, was recognized as Hillsdale County Veteran of the Year.
Stuck, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, served in Vietnam from 1965-68 and attained the rank of Corporal. He has been a member of the post for the last 11 years. He has received the National Defense medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Stuck is presently senior vice-commander and past trustee of the post. He served on the Wright-Waldron Fire Department for 14 years and served as its chief for 6 years. He has previously served on the Waldron Village Council.
Stuck thanked all of the veterans in the audience for their years of service during his short remarks.
Gary Nobblet, chair of the veterans selection committee, said choosing a recipient is always a difficult process because of the number of deserving veterans.
"We have a lot of community-oriented vets in the county," he said.
Clem McClain, a member of the Jonesville American Legion, was the runner-up veteran of the year. He has been a member of the Legion for the last 7 years. He is post chaplain and a member of the honor guar, and a Navy veteran who served from 1959-63.
Veterans on-hand represented those of World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Waldron High School seniors Gilbert Emens and Makayla Spangler were crowned king and queen during Friday night’s homecoming football game against Michigan Lutheran.
Congratulations to the 2014 Football Homecoming King and Queen.
(Waldron Area Schools Photo)
September 19, 2014
The Waldron Spartans football team won Friday's neutral non-conference game against Michigan Lutheran by a score of 56-14. The Waldron Spartans football team has an away conference game at Webberville on Friday, Sep 26. The Waldron Spartans are now (3-1, 2-0 Neutral).
Below is front-page photos from the Hillsdale Daily News 9/20/14
Click on the following link to view the official (unapproved) September 08, 2014 Board of Education meeting minutes
*Minutes are subject to Board Approval
By David Vantress
Hillsdale Daily News
September 15, 2014
PORTLAND — A long road trip on Saturday ended in defeat for Waldron Saturday night as the Spartans fell to host Portland St. Patrick, 27-6.
The Shamrocks (3-0) broke onto the scoreboard first in this one, getting a 3-yard run from Brady Lehman with 5:12 left until intermission. Lehman’s run for two made it 8-0 St. Patrick.
After a Waldron three-and-out, it was the Shamrocks again finding the end zone, this time through the air as quarterback Joe Mackowiak connected with Lehman on a 37-yard TD strike. The pass for two failed, and the Shamrocks led 14-0 with 1:08 left until halftime.
Just before halftime, the Spartans (2-1) threatened. A halfback option pass from Tyler Winch to Hunter Moore got Waldron 47 yards to the St. Patrick 14 with 14.8 seconds in the half. But an injury to Shamrocks defensive lineman Lynden Hoppesplayer caused a 30-minute delay on the field, and when play resumed, the Spartans were unable to get the ball into the end zone.
Hoppes had a dislocated kneecap, according to St. Patrick coaches. He was taken to an area hospital during halftime and his status for next week is uncertain.
St. Patrick scored again on the opening drive of the second half, with Sam Hodge finding the end zone on a 1-yard run. The key play of the drive was a 58-yard pass from Mackowiak to Connor Hengesbach. After a failed pass attempt for two, the Shamrocks led 20-0.
The Spartans put together a nice drive in response and cashed in on a 1-yard Jimmy Champion run to close to within two scores at 20-6.
The Spartans got a defensive stop on a Tyler Winch pick, but were unable to move the ball and turned it over on downs at their 25.
The Shamrocks needed just two plays to find pay dirt again, this time getting a 21-yard TD scamper from Lehman. Mackowiak’s PAT made it 27-6 St. Patrick.
St. Patrick coach Patrick Russman said stopping the Spartans just before halftime was key.
"We were able to keep that momentum and score to start the second half," Russman said. "That was a big play for us."
Champion had 15 carries for 69 yards on the night.
The Spartans return to regular Friday night action next week, hosting St. Joseph Lutheran.
Waldron coach Mark Long was not at the game, as he was attending to a family emergency.
Waldron defensive coordinator Tony Roney said he and the other assistants were proud of the Spartans' effort on a tough night for the team.
"There were just some plays where we didn't execute," Roney said.
According to a release of information from Jeffery Bernath the President of the Waldron Athletic Boosters he has received information there were some people whom were bitten by dogs at the Waldron labor day marathon this year at Waldron Area Schools.
Bernath has said that by order of the booster club that effective now no dogs will be allowed at the tournament or in the camping area in the future.
By Hillsdale Daily News
September 2, 2014
WALDRON — Allyson Parsons, 9, of Prattville recently donated her hair to Locks of Love. It was the third time she has donated. She is the daughter of Steve and Angie Parsons.
By Waldron Labor Day
September 2, 2014
By Matthew Maneval. Hillsdale Daily News
September 2, 2014
WALDRON — Despite a gloomy forecast, the 51st Annual Labor Day Parade in Waldron began and finished without a drop of rain.
The parade in part concluded the Waldron Festival Labor Day Celebration which began Friday with a softball tournament marathon.
The parade commenced with the singing of the National Anthem by Mackenzie Price, of Waldron, and a short welcome by Russ Platt, who acted as announcer during the parade.
The Waldron Fire Department and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) were designated grand marshall of the weekend's festivities.
Every year, the Labor Day committee honors a member of the community based on their volunteerism and support of the Waldron community. This year the Waldron Fire Department and EMTs were chosen to recognize their hard work and devotion to the community and surrounding area.
Members of the Hudson, Gorham-Fayette, Pioneer and Aldvorton Fire Departments also participated in the parade.
Numerous activities followed the parade. Waldron Pageant contestants performed dance numbers on Center St. The Waldron Class of 2015 provided a Chicken BBQ dinner and the class of 2016 provided milkshakes. A bounce house, dunk tank, face painting and 4H activities were also available.
By Hillsdale Daily News
Scenes from Monday's Labor Day parade in Waldron. Additional photos will be in Tuesday's Hillsdale Daily News and online.
By Wright-Waldron News
August 31, 2014
WALDRON — Men fighting down the street from the tavern in Waldron brought the State Police and County Sheriffs Department to the village of Waldron early this morning around 1:00am.
One subject had reportedly been punched in the eye and received a broken nose during a fight according to witness's. The victim Brian Hopkins from the ball tournament had headed back to the softball tournament by time police had arrived to the village. Brian Hopkins who was attacked was tracked down by police at the high school and when they ran his name he was wanted in Oakland County, Michigan for violation of an conjunctive order and was also wanted in Hillsdale County for not paying child support. The Oakland County charge was only a 25-mile pick-up so he was out of range to be arrested on that warrant.
According to witness's to the fight the fight broke out after another man mistreated his wife/girlfriend. At that point according to witness's Brian Hopkins intervened and told the subjects you don't treat a woman that way and he (Brian) got brutally beaten in the face by the other men involved.
The other men cannot be named here because they left the scene and had no police contact or were arrested.
Brian Hopkins, 25, was lodged in the Hillsdale County jail with a $3,905 cash bond for not paying child support.
Earlier in the evening on Saturday night around 10:30pm the Hillsdale County Sheriffs Department was called to the softball tournament by an athletic booster Tammy Bernath according to Hillsdale County Central Dispatch as they had a report from her that approximately fifteen subjects were fighting. The subjects had scattered by time deputies made it to Waldron in that mayhem.
Around 3:30am a Waldron athletic booster, Richard Jameson according to Hillsdale County Central Dispatch called police that a vehicle, red Chevy Blazer, was driving carelessly in the school parking lot and had nearly hit some individuals and then broke down. The Hillsdale County Sheriffs Department also responded to that call on school property.
The arrest posted here and any other arrest during the early morning hours will be available in a Press Release by the Hillsdale County Sheriff's department after 12:00 midnight Sunday night (tonight).
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