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Three dairy facilities near Hudson once owned by Vreba-Hoff Dairy were purchased last August by Milk Source LLC of Wisconsin with plans of reopening the shuttered buildings.
— By Dennis Pelham, Adrian Daily Telegram staff writer
COST $90 million
COMPLETION DATE: Dec. 31, 2014
The dairies on U.S. 127 south of Hudson and on Dillon Highway in Medina Township were closed up after a bank foreclosure.
Milk Source announced it would refurbish the facilities with updated equipment, bring in more than 7,000 cows and create up to 100 full-time jobs.
“Excellent,” said Milk Source public affairs director Bill Harke.
Renovation is nearly complete at Hudson Dairy on U.S. 127, he said. “It’s been pretty substantial.
We’ve replaced, it seems like, pretty much everything.”
All new milking equipment accommodates 100 cows at a time in the parlor. Public tours are to be conducted at Hudson Dairy, he said, so the main office was turned into a visitor center and a viewing room added. There are now 1,500 cows being milked and 700 heifers that will soon be in production.
“After Labor Day we’ll be fully cowed up,” Harke said. The facility is to house 3,400 cows.
Sand used for bedding is recycled, he said. Manure is run through a series of rollers to separate 98 percent of the solids. Both the liquid and solids are to be applied as fertilizer on crop fields.
Work has already started at Medina Dairy on Dillon Highway. The two facilities are nearly identical, he said, so work is going faster. The goal is to have Medina Dairy open and at full capacity by the end of December, said Harke. Care is being taken to not get ahead of the ability to adequately staff and operate the two dairies, he said.
Decisions on what to do with the smaller Waldron Dairy will be made after the first of next year, he said. “It will be reopened as something, sometime,” he said.
Milk Source has more than 45 employees hired and on site at Hudson Dairy so far, he said. The staff will total more than 80 at both dairies, he said. Another 40 to 45 full-time jobs will be in support services such as feed suppliers and trucking milk to processors.
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By Andy Barrand
Hillsdale Daily News
July 18, 2014
LICKLEY'S CORNERS — Nestled in the southeast corner of Hillsdale County at the intersection of two dirt roads sits Lickley’s Corners Baptist Church — the cornerstone of a tight-knit community.
The church's congregation will host an open house Saturday for its pastor John Poole — who has served the church for 40 years. The event will take place from 2-4 p.m. at the Jefferson Township Hall, 2837 Bird Lake Road, Osseo.
During the Sunday morning service the church will welcome the Four Friends Quartet, who will perform Southern gospel music. One of the Poole's four children, Dan, is a part of the quartet, which also includes John Krage, Rick Mulligan and Dave Trippett.
Poole said he was set to go to graduate school in South Bend, Indiana 40 years ago — until it turned out God had a different plan for him.
"Forty years in the same church is nothing about us, but (about) God using us for this time, and great people to work with," said Donna Poole, John's wife.
That plan led the Pooles to Lickley's Corners Baptist Church.
Donna recalled her surprise when she found out on her husband's first Sunday at the church that the only restroom facilities were outside and around the back of the building.
Although some things have changed over the years, many things have stayed the same in the small community.
"People of the community are always willing to pitch in and help whenever there is a need," said Donna. "Lickley's Corners is its own little community."
On John's third Sunday there were 12 or 13 parishioners at the church — the majority of them related to one another. As the decades have passed the Pooles have seen children of the church born and baptized, then get married at the church and come back with their growing families to worship.
"It has been a wonderful way to spend a life," Donna said. "It is a privilege to be able to tell people about Jesus."
The Pooles have four children — all of whom grew up in the church. Those children are John Poole Jr., Dan, Angela Wyse and Kimberlee. They have eight grandchildren with one on the way in August. Three of the nine grandchildren attend the church regularly.
John said he has seen the congregation grow over the years and it continues to prosper today.
"We have great people here," he said. "It has been neat to work with them."
As he marks 40 years at Lickley's Corners, John is not looking to retire anytime soon.
"One of our parishioners told me the other day I couldn't retire until their children had grown and were married," he said.
The church is currently in the process of building a new fellowship hall. The current one is part of a remodeled one-room school house that used to sit in Likely Corners.
The Pooles recently helped with the church’s Vacation Bible School. The two told knock-knock jokes during song time dressed as Salvador and Big-a-MaMa.
The church is located at 1000 Tamarack Road.
By Matthew Maneval
Hillsdale Daily News
July 17, 2014
WALDRON — On Monday night the Waldron Board of Education was addressed by Dr. Char Cole of Hillsdale County Intermediate School District for a Special Education Report during the Superintendent’s Report.
Cole said a state complaint against Waldron Area Schools had been closed out officially. Moving forward, Cole asked the board to consider how Waldron will service students who are struggling.
Cole suggested the possibility of early interventions for students.
Superintendent Jose Vera took a moment to comment on the relationship between Waldron Area Schools and Hillsdale County Intermediate School District through the process.
“The relationship has been unbelievable,” said Vera.
In October 2013 a complaint was filed that the district did not meet its Child Find obligations. The district was found non-compliant. Further, the district allegedly did not respond to a request for an evaluation within 10 school days.
During the investigation the Office of Special Education also identified that the district did not follow procedures when enrolling a student with evidence of previous eligibility for special education.
Concluding the matter, Vera emphasized the importance of meeting deadlines in order to avoid future instances.
In old business the board discussed the second reading of their NEOLA Policy. According to NEOLA’s website, the organization provides school districts with a complete service for developing and updating board bylaws and policies, administrative guidelines and procedures, forms, staff handbooks and student-parent handbooks in electronic and printed formats.
Accordingly, each manual is based on templates that have been prepared by NEOLA’s school law firm from that state and are customized to the district’s unique circumstances through choices made by the school board and administrative team.
However, at Monday night’s meeting the board received public concern regarding some of the language in the NEOLA policy. One of the issues raised included public access to meeting minutes. Considering the widespread use of the internet, it was thought that the language in the policy should require meeting minutes to be posted online for easy public accessibility rather than forcing individuals to physically go into the board office for access to board minutes.
Also, there was some concern regarding language stating that student athletes must receive physical assessments from physicians approved by the school district. The language was said to be a “slippery slope” by one community member.
The public requested that the board postpone the adoption of the policy until the issues raised were considered and possibly amended.
Board President Dick Storehalder stated that any changes would require the board to do two additional readings before any policy could be adopted. However, the policy may be adopted in fragments, allowing the board to amend other sections.
Further concerns about the board’s NEOLA policy included the frequency of organizational meetings, posting of budget committee meetings, staff health insurance plans and compliance officers.
Storehalder requested that concerns and grievances be submitted to the board in written form to ensure that all concerns were addressed.
By Matthew Maneval
Hillsdale Daily News
July 17, 2014
WALDRON — Earlier this week the Village of Waldron was addressed by Bill Blevins, postmaster at the Adrian Post Office.
"The postal service is attempting to match work hours with the workload," said Blevins.
The proposed changes to the Waldron Post Office allow for six hours of window service. Blevins stated that Waldron will be losing about an hour of service per day with the proposed changes.
However, access to receptacles and PO boxes will not change. Whatever is already in place will stay the same, said Blevins. Further, the rural carrier who works out of Waldron will stay in Waldron.
Prior to the proposal the Postal Services mailed 560 surveys to Waldron residents. Of the 560 mailed, a total of 196 were returned.
After surveying the local community and posting information at the Waldron Post Office, 91 percent of respondents preferred realignment of hours. The next most popular response was no response and the third most popular was the delivery option.
According to literature provided by the Postal Service, retail hours for the Waldron location will most likely be Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with lunch from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Saturday the office would be open 8-11 a.m.
Total Saturday window service hours will not be reduced and access to delivery receptacles will not change as a result of the POST Plan realignment of weekday window service hours.
Blevins stated that some locations have been reduced down to four and even two hours of operation a day.
"Six hours is a good thing," said Blevins. "It means the location is generating enough revenue."
When the meeting was opened for questions, some residents were concerned with parcel delivery — particularly if an individual could not pick up a parcel by 2:30 p.m., how he or she would be able to receive their package.
Blevins stated that the Postal Service may implement Parcel Lockers, whereby a key is left in the resident's PO box that unlocks a larger parcel locker containing the package.
Blevins also wanted to remind residents that the proposal is not final and that the date of effect is still unknown. A letter will be sent to Waldron Post Office indicating when changes will take place.
The Postal Service stated that it will take into account the information received at the meeting in Waldron before making a final decision. If residents did not get an opportunity to complete the survey, they were given the opportunity to fill one out at the meeting.
For more information regarding the preservation of Post Offices residents can visit https://usps.com/ourfuturenetwork.
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By Wright-Waldron Bulletin Board
July 16, 2014
WRIGHT TWP — Two gators stolen last week in Wright Township were recovered early Tuesday morning by Hillsdale County Sheriffs Deputies and were taken to the sheriffs office for evidence.
The two suspects arrested were arraigned in Hillsdale District Court Tuesday and a third suspect was still being sought after as of early Tuesday morning.
The two individuals who have been arraigned are; ■ Jarid Michael Browning, Age 20, 12220 Crampton Road from Osseo, MI. He was arrested and has been arraigned for B&E, Conspiracy to B&E, Larceny From Yard, and Conspiracy To Commit Larceny From Yard.
Also arraigned in Hillsdale District Court Tuesday was ■ Randon Michael Goebel, Age 18, 6311 Pleasant View Rd., Waldron, MI. who was arrested for B&E, Conspiracy To B&E, Larceny From Yard, and Conspiracy To Commit Larceny From Yard. The Hillsdale County Sheriffs Department continues there investigation into the thefts and those involved. The two individuals arrested have been released on bond set by the court at arraignment.
■ Update; Around 11:00 a.m. today July 16th the Hillsdale County Sheriffs Department was at Jarid Michael Brownings address again at 12220 Crampton Rd to recover a stolen 4-wheeler that had been discovered in a wooded area. Hillsdale Towing of Hillsdale was dispatched to recover the 4-wheeler and transported it to the Sheriffs Department for evidence.
2014 Pageant Registration Dates
The Scholarship Pageant is open to girls between the ages of 4 and 19 that currently attend or have graduated from Waldron Area Schools. This year's Pageant will be held on Sunday, August 31, 2014.
Registrations will take place at the Cutting Edge in Waldron on Monday, July 14 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm and Wednesday, July 16 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
There is a $50 sponsor fee for each contestant. Sponsors may he area businesses, family members or a combination of both.
The Pageant Committee is excited to have another opportunity to work with the wonderful young ladies of Waldron. If you have any questions please contact Amanda Davis at (517) 286-6750.
The Pageant Committee
Amanda Davis, Cheryl Newton, & Karen Masters
WALDRON VILLAGE COUNCIL MEETING
July 8, 2014
*Minutes subject to Board approval.
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July 14, 2014
PRATTVILLE - There is Vacation Bible School all this week July 14th through the 18th at the Prattville Community Church in Prattville. The time is from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the address is 10171 Coman Road just south of Prattville Road. (517) 383-2516
Wright-Waldron Bulletin Board
Monday, July 14, 2014
WALDRON — On Sunday, July 13, 2014 at approximately 03:15am, the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to Seely Rd., south of Camden Rd., in Wright Township, for a one vehicle accident. The Wright-Waldron fire department as well as Hudson EMS service were dispatched to the scene also as well as Hudson Police to hold the scene down until the Hillsdale County Sheriffs Deputy could arrive.
Hillsdale County (911) central dispatch received a report that a truck had hit a tree and had landed crossways of the road and a man was laying in the roadway.
John William McKeever, Age 32, of 7600 Carleton Rd., Clayton, MI. was traveling southbound on Seely Rd., when Mr. McKeever lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree on the west side of Seely Rd., Alcohol was a factor in the accident. Mr. McKeever was wearing his seat-belt and was arrested on charges related to the crash. Mr. McKeever was arrested for operating while intoxicated 4th, driving while license suspended 6th, no insurance, and no registration. No bond allowed.
The subject had been determined to have no injuries by EMS services on scene and was transported to jail by Hillsdale County while Hudson Police remained on scene until a wrecker from Georges Towing out of Hudson could collect the truck.
WALDRON — The Postal Service sent out surveys to Waldron (49288) postal customers regarding either closing the post office or cutting the hours back to six hours per day.
The Postal Service will hold a meeting at Wright-Waldron Municipal Building at 112 E Center St, Waldron Ml, 49288 on 7/15/2014 at 6:00 PM to answer questions and provide additional information about POST Plan. At the meeting, local management will share the results of the survey, answer questions, and solicit input regarding the time of day the Post Office will be open.
Although survey results will be known and shared, the Postal Service will not make a final decision regarding this office until after the public meeting. This will enable the Postal Service to obtain all community input and opinions, from both the surveys and the meeting, before making a final decision.
Survey Options were as follows for Waldron;
( ) Keep the office open, but with realigned weekday window service hours, based on actual office workload. In the case of the Waldron Post Office, hours would be changed from 8 hours each weekday to 6 hours each weekday. Current Saturday window service hours will not change as a result of POST Plan and access to your delivery receptacles will not be impacted by POST Plan.
( ) Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and provide roadside mailbox delivery. Retail and delivery service would be provided through a rural carrier. Mail delivery points will be established or maintained and customers can purchase most postal services through the carrier or other alternate access points. If you currently receive delivery service, Post Plan will not affect that service.
( ) Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and find a suitable alternative location operated by a contractor, usually at a local business. When businesses are found that meet the criteria, these establishments are contracted through the United States Postal Service and offer stamps and flat rate products with service hours generally more expansive than what the local Post Office may be able to offer.
( ) Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and relocate P.O. Box service to a nearby Post Office.
July 11, 2014
WALDRON - On Thursday afternoon July 10th at 1:43 P.M, Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to a personal injury motor vehicle accident. The accident took place on Church Street just east of Mackinaw Street in the Village of Waldron.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Tamika Knight 27 of 639 W Central Avenue Toledo Ohio was traveling east on Church street. A passenger Felicia Holley 21 of 828 Frederick street Toledo Ohio was riding on the passenger side with the door open. While the driver (Knight) was accelerating, she noticed a hole on the street and hit the brakes. As she hit the brakes, the passenger (Holley) fell off the seat, out of the car, and onto the street.
Waldron Fire and Hudson EMS responded to the scene. Holley was injured in the crash and flown by Life Flight Helicopter from the scene to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo Ohio. The driver and passenger were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. The incident remains under investigation.
Hillsdale County Sheriff's Department
July 9, 2014
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:
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.
July 9, 2014
WALDRON - The village of Waldron council did not renew a contract with Sarah Rich as code-enforcement officer. Village president Jeffery Bernath told the Wright-Waldron Bulletin Board that the council voted 3-3 as councilman Lowell Robinson was absent. With a tie vote the motion failed.
Angelica Barnes, Jill Boone and Terry Esterline voted to renew her contract. However Jeffery Bernath, Roy Hall and Stacy Shamplo vote not to renew the contract.
Sara Rich never showed up at the meeting to request her contract be renewed either. Her last day under the contract is July 10th according to president Jeffery Bernath. The village council has decided to advertise for a new code-enforcement officer.
In other council business the village adopted a Title VI Plan for the village. Hired Dennis Keller as part-time maintenance employee to work for the street department. The village council also adopted ordinance "#1403 - Sale of real Property" in order to sell the bank building or other property in the future.
Comcast Cable has been sold in the village of Waldron and the village also approved some street paving and patching of West Street, Church Street and Larry Drive at the corner.
More on the above and other business will be posted soon as the village Clerk has time to prepare the official council minutes.
July 9, 2014
WALDRON - The Wright Township Board in Hillsdale County, Michigan approved to put a ballot proposal on the August 5, 2014 ballot during the primary election. On March 13, 2014 a motion was made by William White and supported by Harold Douglas to ask for a Roads & Bridges Millage Renewal at the August 5, 2014 Primary Election. The motion unanimously carried.
The next motion at that March meeting Wright Township board member, Fred Horwath suggested to raise the Supervisor and Trustee wages at 4% and the Clerk and Treasurer at 5%. The township officials have put those wage increases in place and have planned to increase the Supervisors and Trustees wages another 1% next year too match the percentage increases of the Clerk and Treasurer.
■ ROADS AND BRIDGES MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL ■
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 or NO
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WALDRON — Like an athlete getting ready for a big race, the three members of the Waldron alumni committee, Carol (Newcomer) Cox, Elaine (Uhler) Schaffner, and Pam (Moyer) Balis, started preparing months in advance.
The committee approached the starting line for the mile race knowing what was ahead, but this time the rules were changed at the half-mile point, making things more challenging. What do you do then? Because it’s too late to start over, you keep running.
At the final quarter-mile marker, hurdles were placed in their lane and they had to jump over what seemed to be an impossible height and struggled to reach the finish line. With help from Russ Platt and Bruce and Leah Rutledge, some of the hurdles were lowered. And they finished just in time.
Waldron’s Alumni Banquet was held in the school’s multi-purpose room on June 21, with almost 150 in attendance. Alumni came from as far away as Arkansas (Clarence Timberman), New Mexico (Stanley Spray), Florida (Frank and Eileen [Moore] Carpenter), and California (Jared Smith) to share laughs, stories, memories and for a couple of hours turn back the hands of time.
Attendees have taken varying paths since their days at Waldron High School. Many graduates have served in the military, own businesses, worked in the medical field, are educators, and are retired from the labor force, and many spoke with pride when talking about their family.
Following a meal prepared by Marlene Callender Catering, Bart Laser, retired educator, coach and Hillsdale school principal, served as master of ceremonies. With humor, compassion and knowledge gained from being raised in the area by his father and grandparents, who lived is Waldron before him, he made everyone in attendance proud to say he is one of us.
There was a surprise attendee — Harold “Tink” Farnham recently moved back to Waldron from Arkansas. “Tink” graduated in the class of 1939, which is 75 years ago. At that time his baseball prowess was known in the area. He later pitched professionally, served as a member of a combat communication team in the Pacific during World War II, and later taught school.
Those graduating between 1945 through 1954 were also honored. Because the alumni banquet is held biannually, the classes of 1963 and 1964 were honored for 50 years and the classes of 1988 and 1989 were honored for their 25th.
During the individual introductions when alumni members made a brief statement, Warren Myers mentioned that the class of 1964 consider themselves an extended family. Many were born in Wright Township, grew up together, and know each others’ immediate family.
Since their 40th reunion, they have gathered at least once every year. By seeing each other frequently, they never change or age (in their eyes). There are probably other classes that feel the same way.
WALDRON - The deadline for filing petitions to run for the village of Waldron council election is July 22nd if you want your name on the ballot. A bit earlier this year. All seats are going to be open which include; president, treasurer and six trustee positions. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail the Waldron village clerk Beth Ann Town at firstname.lastname@example.org or (office) 286-6677 or (cell) 517-605-1972.
WALDRON - If you seen a funny looking car driving around Waldron at 2:45 P.M. on July 7, 2014 it was Google they were driving the streets of Waldron and the area mapping everything the streets, your house and properties. If you were outside near the street or roads when the car passed it will include you in the street view.
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By David Vantress
Hillsdale Daily News
July 7, 2014
WALDRON — It's a few minutes before 6 p.m. on a cool summer night in downtown Waldron, and a steady stream of traffic is on its way to what's become a big annual event in this Hillsdale County community.
It's truck pull night.
For the fourth straight year, the Waldron Fire Department hosted its Hot Zone Gas and Diesel Truck Pulls.
The event is a fundraiser for the Waldron Fire Department, and Chief Bill Hall said each year, the event has gotten bigger.
"Every year we get a little better at it," Hall said.
Indeed, a large crowd started showing up as soon as gates opened at 3 p.m., and trucks and their corresponding teams started arriving not long after that.
Hall said the money raised from the event is used to help supplement the department's regular budget, which comes from both the Village of Waldron and Waldron Township.
The needs of the department vary from year to year, and Hall said the extra money from the fundraiser comes in handy.
"We can always find something to spend it on," Hall said with a smile.
In truck pulling, modified trucks pull a weighted sled along a manicured track. The distance the truck pulls the sled until it eventually stops is then measured.
In between runs, a pair of tractors water down and smooth the track — sort of the truck pull equivalent of the Zamboni resurfacing the ice in between periods at a hockey game.
It's a weekend hobby for many, but a serious one nonetheless.
For Alex Myles of New Bavaria, Ohio, it's a chance to get his souped-up 1976 Ford pickup with the 460 engine out and see that it can do.
And maybe win a few bucks in the process.
In in order to be successful on the weekends at the truck pulls, Myles said you've got to put in time during the week.
And that can be a good way to spend time with family and friends, Myles said.
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