U.S. 12 is shown passing through Ypsilanti in this image by Dwight Burdette.

Museum plans program on history of U.S. 12

John Geisler, professor emeritus at Western Michigan University, will present a program about the history of U.S. 12, and its role in Lenawee County. The program will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Lenawee County Historical Museum, 110 E. Church St., Adrian. Admission is free. In 1825, the United States government appropriated $3,000 for a federal highway, the second in the nation, which was laid out along an ancient Indian trail. Continue Reading


Berryman re-elected as mayor of Adrian; Strayer, Heldt, Faulhaber win commission seats

Jim Berryman was re-elected mayor of Adrian by a margin of 1,119 votes to 959 for challenger Kirk Valentine in today’s election. City commission seats were won by Lad Strayer, Allen Heldt and Tom Faulhaber. Strayer received the largest number of votes for the three commission seats with a total of 1,426. Heldt received 1,071 votes. Both will be new to the commission. Continue Reading


Croswell celebrates 40th anniversary of ‘Rocky Horror’ with two midnight showings

Break out the fishnets and the rubber gloves — but no toast, please. The Croswell Opera House in downtown Adrian will celebrate the 40th anniversary of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” this weekend with two midnight showings of the classic movie. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” starring Tim Curry and based on the stage musical by Richard O’Brien, was released in 1975 and became a cult sensation. The Croswell will offer two Halloween weekend showings on the big screen, on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31. Continue Reading


Robinson Planetarium announces events for November

The following events will be playing throughout the month in Robinson Planetarium on the campus of Adrian College. Admission is free for all showings. Earth, Moon & Sun — Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. This full-dome show explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.  Learn why the Sun rises and sets and the basics of fusion and solar energy. Continue Reading

City election forum

Listen to last night’s Adrian city election forum online

Both candidates for mayor and six candidates for Adrian City Commission took part in a forum Tuesday night at Siena Heights University organized by the Lenawee County chapter of NAACP. The candidates for mayor are Jim Berryman and Kirk Valentine. The candidates for city commission who attended the forum were Chuck Chase, Tom Faulhaber, Allen Heldt, Ray Lennard and Lad Strayer, who are on the ballot, and Devin Stevens, who is running as a write-in candidate. The sixth candidate on the ballot, Nicole Gestwite, was unable to attend. Continue Reading

Devin Stevens

Write-in candidate Stevens expands city commission candidate list to seven

Though only six candidates are on the ballot, a seventh person is in the race for Adrian City Commission, with an announcement by Devin Stevens that he plans to run as a write-in. Stevens, who has been active in conservative political circles since well before his graduation from Madison High School in 2013, works at Old National Bank. In his campaign announcement on Oct. 7, he listed public safety as his first priority. He also talked about economic development and changing the way city commissioners are elected to get more representation from the east side of Adrian. Continue Reading

Morning Fresh

Biggie’s Pizza owners to buy Morning Fresh Bakeries locations

A longtime Adrian institution — not to mention a favorite spot for college students or anyone needing a late-night pick-me-up — is getting a new owner. Allen and Tiffany Heldt, the owners of Biggie’s Pizza in the Adrian Mall, are purchasing both Adrian locations of Morning Fresh Bakeries from Jerry Gallatin, who is planning to retire. The change of ownership will take place Jan. 1. “Allen will do a good job,” Gallatin said, noting Heldt’s success at keeping Biggie’s open through challenging times. Continue Reading


Robinson Planetarium announces October schedule

Robinson Planetarium and Observatory at Adrian College has announced its upcoming show schedule for October. Admission is free for all showings. Star Talk: Autumn Constellations. With the frosty evenings of fall upon us and the celebration of All Hallows Eve near, the winged horse Pegasus and Andromeda are high in the sky and Saturn, the jewel of the heavens, is low on the western horizon.  Later in the evening, brilliant winter constellations begin to rise in the east.  In the early morning hours, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Mars are visible low in the eastern sky.  This live talk will discuss the constellations and planets that are visible in October. (Friday, Oct. Continue Reading

Guests at the 2015 ConTroll YA conference will be Kate Bassett, Tracy Biler, Ellen Hopkins, Courtney Allison Moulton, Bethany Neal and Eric Priuska.

ConTroll YA young adult literature convention announces 2015 author lineup

The organizers of ConTroll YA, the second annual young adult literature conference at the Adrian District Library, have announced this year’s author lineup. Returning authors Kate Bassett, Courtney Allison Moulton, Bethany Neal and Eric Priuska will be joined by two new guests: Tracy Bilen, the author of “Watch Your Back” and “What She Left Behind,” and Ellen Hopkins, the New York Times-bestselling author of “Crank,” “Glass” and more. The guests were announced last night on ConTroll YA’s Twitter account. The convention will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Adrian District Library. Continue Reading