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December 07, 2011

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A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "More Space, equity in Monday's election" Clarkston Schools asked voters to approve a $52.5 million bond over a period of 25 years to build a new elementary school, renovate and add on to existing elementary schools; to remodel Sashabaw Middle School and turn Clarkston Middle School into a community education building, and remodel the high school for future use as middle school....more >>
September 22, 2010

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Ready for a conversation?

I read a sad tale recently about an elementary school-age child who endures both physical and verbal cruelty from Mom on a daily basis, but smiles politely when questioned by police about what goes on in the home, and about where the scratches and bruises came from....more >>
August 25, 2010

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A buncha birds and one stone

Lifelong Lake Orion resident Michael Becker is making a return trip to the township board Aug. 30, 7 p.m., for a second go-round at securing a liquor license for his restaurant, Pizzariffic....more >>
June 09, 2010

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A rant and a rave

Sometimes it works the way it's supposed to, other times it doesn't. This week, one example of each, courtesy of my Orion Township beat. Exhibit A's on the front page. The Orion Township Planning Commission spent the better part of four hours at one meeting both discussing and "listening" to concerns—some unfounded, some quite valid, far as I could tell—about the new senior center....more >>
April 28, 2010

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The age of consent

It's not what you think. Really. It's more about me (and others, I hope) listening with furrowed forehead on first and third Mondays, to things from the Orion Township Board of Trustees that just don't make sense....more >>
April 07, 2010

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A workout for your tax dollars

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They're kidding, right? That's what Orion Township wants to use its 100 percent fund balance for? Employee gym memberships? They're kidding, right? Late last year the township laid off 20 percent of its workforce just a week or so before Supervisor Matt Gibb asked the board for a $42,000-plus-benefits "supervisor's assistant" (now called "operations manager")....more >>
March 24, 2010

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Gibb: Just gab?

I've heard about the vision three or four times now. You know—the one about the Lake Orion High School grad who, while sitting in some California coffee shop sipping a latte, opens a magazine and finds a feature from back home....more >>
March 03, 2010

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Good Thursday

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I finally found it. I didn't know I was looking for it, exactly, but I found it and I've got my fingers wrapped around it. I'm happy. I like it here. The story begins with an apology to Michele Novak at Lake Orion High School....more >>
January 27, 2010

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A better way to be informed

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Did you know Oakland County's crawling with illegal immigrants? Or that fake social security cards, identification, driver's licenses and other documents are easy and cheap to come by, making jobs—jobs rightfully belonging to American citizens—easy to come by as well? Know a fast food joint or other restaurant where many employees seem to struggle with their English? You can bet your bottom dollar some of them are illegal....more >>
January 13, 2010

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Emergency!

The scene was chaotic. One man was screaming for help after cutting off half his leg in a construction accident. A young woman arrived on site and became hysterical when she saw her brother's condition....more >>
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