Waldron news roundup

Written by David Green.

• Waldron village council voted June 12 to stop paying for extra police coverage from the Hillsdale County Sheriff Department and instead hire a code enforcement officer.

The Sheriff’s Department will still provide routine coverage, but hours spent specifically in Waldron will cease.

Michael Birdsall was the only councilor who voted against terminating extra coverage, but he joined others in unanimously approving a motion to advertise for a local officer to enforce village laws only.

The code enforcement officer would first be deputized by the Sheriff’s Department. Hours, pay and duties have not yet been determined.


• Two out of four Waldron village positions will have contested races in the annual election, now scheduled in September.

John Tanner and Richard Buck are running for mayor of the village. Incumbent Harold Douglas is not seeking reëlection to that position.

Douglas is seeking a position as a village trustee, one of six candidates seeking six posts. Incumbents Jeff Bernath, Brad Frey, Roy Hall and Rick Bays are seeking reëlection. The other candidate is Shawn Barnhart.

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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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