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Thursday, 2020 Mar 12th

Hensel Downtown Dojo, located at 106 N. Ann Arbor St., will suspend classes for children beginning tomorrow in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Adult programs will continue under no-contact rules.


Eldean O. Bauer, age 87, passed away at the Saline Evangelical Home on Sunday, March 8, 2020.

He was born February 13, 1933 in Lodi Township, MI, the son of Owen F. and Leila A. (Trinkle) Bauer.  

On January 3, 1959 at the Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Ann Arbor, MI, he married Marie E. Dundas and she preceded him in death on December 28, 2019. Eldean was born in the same house that he lived in, and farmed at, all of his life.

He was a proud member of the United States Army and was a lifelong member of Bethel United Church of Christ.


The MHSAA announced on Twitter it has paused winter sports playoffs. More information will be announced at 4:30 p.m., Thursday.

This impacts:

  • Saline girls basketball, which was scheduled to play the regional final tonight at 7 p.m.
  • Saline boys swim and dive, scheduled to compete this weekend in the state meet at Oakland University.
  • Saline gymnastics, scheduled to compete Saturday in the state finals.

Here's the press release from the MHSAA:


The Saline girls basketball team can make history with the first regional title in program history at Dexter High School tonight. But there won't be many fans in the seats to see it because of efforts to halt the spread of coronavirus.

The MHSAA announced Thursday morning that attendance is restricted for tonight's contest between Saline and Brighton, which tips off at 7 p.m. This morning's announcement also covers other sports, including Gymnastics. There are are two Hornets competing in the gymnastics finals this weekend.


The Saline Knights of Columbus have canceled the Friday fish fries due to the coronavirus.



Here's a quick look at local news related to the coronavirus pandemic.


Wednesday, 2020 Mar 11th

The following message is from Saline District Library Director Mary Ellen Mulcrone.

Saline District Library is an integral part of our community, and we are dedicated to not only keeping you informed but also helping to keep you and our employees safe.  We have spent the last several days and weeks learning more about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may impact our community.


Here are some steps we are taking to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


We consider you part of the Saline Rec Center family and your safety remains our highest priority.  The Rec Center is here to serve the Community and in the midst of this Coronavirus outbreak, we want to assure you of our procedures we follow to keep our center clean and maintain a sanitary environment.


The Michigan High School Athletic Association is planning to conduct all remaining winter postseason tournaments as scheduled. However, based on the recommendations from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this afternoon, the MHSAA is finalizing plans that will either prohibit or allow limited spectators through this Saturday’s events.


The Saline Spring Craft Show scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Saline Middle School from 8 am – 3:30  pm has been canceled.   In an effort to follow the guidelines regarding COVID-19 and the directives from Governor Whitmer, Saline Area Schools is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our crafters and shoppers as well as our students, staff and community.  This show will not be rescheduled.


Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning residents to beware of businesses engaging in potential price-gouging, and to report those suspected offenses to her office immediately.

The advice follows the state’s emergency declaration late Tuesday due to the first positive cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).



Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update:




The company behind the hotel project on Saline’s east side is pausing work to review the project in hopes of finishing later this year.

Work on the hotel, which is supposed to open as a Best Western Premiere, has slowed to a crawl recently. That’s not by mistake, said Mark Kuykendall, managing partner for Saline Lodging Group LLC.

The $9M, 63-room hotel originally supposed to open in the spring or early summer of 2018.


Saline junior Ella Stemmer came up huge with 30 points and scored 13 points during Saline's 21-0 second-quarter run.


Tuesday, 2020 Mar 10th

Saline area voters overwhelming chose Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Donald Trump in the primary election Tuesday, March 10.

Former Vice President Biden easily bested Senator Bernie Sanders in all three precincts in the City of Saline and also carried most of the Saline area precincts in Lodi, York and Pittsfield townships. In 2016, Sanders outpolled frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the Saline area.


William Joseph Royce “Wild Bill”, age 84, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital with his daughter by his side.

He was born on November 15, 1935 in Ann Arbor, MI, the son of Joseph A. and Beulah B. (Miller) Royce.

On July 14, 1958 in Kalamazoo, MI, Bill married Georgia Jean Miles and she preceded him in death. Bill served in the United States Army and retired from the United States Postal Service in Ann Arbor, MI.


City of Saline Mayor Brian Marl issued the following statement the city's ongoing efforts to root-out institutional racism while speaking at the March 2 city council meeting:

I want to take a moment and provide a community update regarding the City's ongoing efforts to root-out institutional racism and promote diversity and inclusion in the greater Saline community.