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District saves taxpayers $3.6 million in school debt

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The price is right for Lake Orion Community Schools, but even more so for district taxpayers. On October 23 the district will lock current market interest rates in a bond refunding solution the school board passed September 29....more >>
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Crowning moment

Oxford High School seniors Chloe Straub (left) and Adam Schlicht were crowned the 2014 Homecoming Queen and King....more >>

Local man convicted of first degree sexual assault

A 35-year-old Orion Township man was convicted in Oakland Circuit Court on Monday for a sexual assault on a seven-year-old girl earlier this year. Matthew R. McBee was convicted in a trial before Judge Daniel O'Brien of first degree criminal sexual conduct....more >>
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Equestrians are regional champs!

The Oxford High School Equestrian Team is looking for another state title. The Wildcats blew away their competition at the Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association Region E Championship Saturday and Sunday at the Ingham County Fairgrounds....more >>

Dragons thrashed by Lakers in front of Homecoming crowd

By Joe St. Henry Review Special Writer Lake Orion's annual Homecoming football game was not much fun for the home team or its fans last Friday, as the Dragons endured their worst loss in recent memory, 39-0, to West Bloomfield....more >>

Partying athletes suspended from play

Oxford's sports rosters took a hit last week after school officials determined that around 20 high school athletes were either drinking and/or using drugs at parties held over the weekend of Sept....more >>

Helping children is as easy as wearing pajamas to school

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer After nine years of teaching at Orion Oaks Elementary, Carrie Keech returned Sept. 25 in her pajamas. She was not alone in garment choice that day—students and teachers alike were all dressed in their bedtime clothes in honor of PJammin Day, a fundraiser supported by the American Childhood Cancer Organization to provide funding for pediatric cancer research....more >>
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Blaze destroys garage in Addison

ADDISON TWP. A 3,000-square-foot detached garage full of valuable items burned to the ground Monday morning in the Heritage Estates subdivision off Lakeville Rd. between Lake George and Curtis roads....more >>

LOHS foreign exchange program sets record

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer For the past fifteen years Lake Orion High School has not received more than ten foreign exchange students per school year, until now. At 15 total exchange students for the 2014-2015 school year, LOHS administration attributes the local families who took the initiative to host these students....more >>
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Kalohn's attitude shines brighter than any crown

Emily Kalohn didn't win the crown at the Miss Michigan Teen USA pageant held over the weekend, but you'd never know it by her positive and gracious attitude. "I'm not disappointed," said the 18-year-old Oxford resident....more >>

Dragon cross country teams are top 10 in Oakland County

By Dan Shriner Review Editor Lake Orion's boys and girls cross country teams ran to top ten finishes in the Oakland County cross country championships Saturday in Milford. The boys finished sixth while the girls had a seventh place showing of the 32 teams in the event, held at Kensington Metropark....more >>
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Officer wants to mark fallen nightwatchman's grave

Law enforcement officers never forget one of their own, even if it's someone who perished in the line of duty almost 90 years ago. That's why Oxford Village Police Sgt. Mike Solwold has made it his personal mission to see that John "Jay" Gould gets a headstone to mark his final resting place in the Oxford Township cemetery on the south side of W....more >>
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McLaren switching from ER to convenient care

Increased patient access to more affordable medical care. In a nutshell, that's what McLaren Oakland is looking to offer the community beginning Sunday, Oct. 5 when its Oxford campus will make the switch from emergency services to convenient care, which is another name for urgent care....more >>
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Developer interested in Vets Hall

Appraiser values building at $516K, parking lot at $56K

It appears local developer and property owner Chuck Schneider is interested in purchasing the Oxford Veterans Memorial Civic Center, commonly known as the Vets Hall, from Oxford Township....more >>
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Eleven is his lucky number

11-year-old Oxford boy bags 11-point buck

Travis Liford is only 11 years old and he's already bagged a once-in-a-lifetime trophy buck. On Sept. 20, the Oxford Middle School sixth-grader harvested an 11-point buck on public land in Manistee County during the state's Youth Hunt....more >>

Briefs

Scarecrow Festival returns Oct. 11 Downtown Oxford's Scarecrow Festival returns on Saturday, Oct. 11 beginning at 10 a.m. in Centennial Park. The festival will include a chili cook-off between local restaurants, a parade of costumed pets, a hay maze and pumpkin bowling....more >>

Volunteers sought to survey vital natural spaces

Volunteers are being sought to help protect the water quality of the Clinton River by driving around and surveying important natural areas in northern Oakland and Macomb counties. "No experience is necessary," said Jeremy Geist, a watershed ecologist with the Rochester Hills-based Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC)....more >>

Bicyclists hit by unknown vehicle

On Sunday, Sept. 28, a 15-year-old Washington Township girl and an 18-year-old Leonard man were riding their bikes with traffic northbound in Oakland Township on Rochester Road "in a dark, unlighted area," according to the sheriff's report, when both were struck by an unknown northbound vehicle....more >>
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Martians remember

It's been 72 years since Isabel Rossman received her Goodrich High School diploma. At 99-years-old, Isabel was the "Senior Martian" and perhaps the last known member of the Goodrich Class of 1932, sharing memories of teachers, school and friends during the Martian Reunion on Sunday....more >>

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Township board fires 'well-liked' employee amidst drug charges

Brandon Twp.- After nearly two and a half hours of deliberation behind closed doors, the township board came out of a closed session at a special meeting Monday night and made the unanimous decision to terminate Christine Fisher as a township employee....more >>

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Ortonville's 34th Crop Walk

Ortonville- For the past eight years, Sharon Voyer has invited students to participate in the annual Ortonville CROP Walk with her, in an effort to build a sense of community within them, as well as raise money for a good cause....more >>

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Pink Pride shines at GHS

Goodrich- Matt Flotemersch has worn many jerseys in more than 12 years of soccer. During the fall the 16 year-old GHS junior proudly sports the number "5" Martian jersey—a symbol of pride for the accomplished varsity player....more >>

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Robotics season kicks off at Kettering

On Saturday Goodrich and Brandon students, along with others statewide, had an opportunity to participate in the 15th Annual Kettering Kickoff Robotics Competition and the grand opening of the FIRST Community Center at Kettering University in Flint....more >>

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Brandon Academy of Arts and Sciences growing

North Central Association Commission on Accreditation & School Improvement OK Academy

Brandon Twp.- When the Brandon Academy of Arts and Sciences opened a year ago in the district's former H.T. Burt Elementary, 30 students were enrolled. The academy finished the school year with 65 students and when the doors opened for the start of the school year earlier this month, 90 students entered, tripling their numbers from 2013....more >>

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Township employee arraigned on drug charges, on paid leave

A longtime Brandon Township employee has been placed on paid leave after her arraignment on felony drug charges last week. Christine Fisher, 46, was arrested Sept. 8 by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Enforcement Team after drugs including heroin, cocaine and marijuana, as well as various drug paraphernalia used for drug trafficking were discovered during a search of her Waterford residence....more >>

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Blackhawks win one for veterans

Brandon Twp.-Arguably the best moments at the Blackhawks game against Clio had nothing to do with touchdowns or defensive plays, but everything to do with sportsmanlike conduct. On Sept....more >>

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International Day of Peace for world, families, community

Ortonville- In a world filled with turmoil, Karyn Milligan hopes to foster peace with a quiet event in this town. The International Day of Peace is a worldwide event started by the United Nations to bring attention to world problems....more >>

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Townships set to oppose latest Rover pipeline plans

ET Rover has submitted a new proposed natural gas pipeline route to the relief of some Brandon Township residents, but which causes angst among neighbors to the north, including residents of Atlas and Hadley townships....more >>

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New home for Avenue of Flags

Groveland Twp.- Soon about 600 American flags will have a suitable home. On Tuesday morning Ortonville Cemetery Association members, Oakland County Vocational School students, and township officals gathered for the groundbreaking of a building to house the American flags displayed each Memorial Day to honor veterans....more >>

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Friday storm takes toll on historic Goodrich Cemetery

Goodrich-The vicious storm that ripped through Atlas Township on Sept. 5 producing winds of nearly 70 mph took down trees and some local history. "The straight-line wind that came out of a thunderstorm was produced by the 90 degree temperatures and high humidity on Friday," said Dan Thompson, meteorologist from the National Weather Service in White Lake Township....more >>

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Fall parenting and caregiver series at library

Brandon Twp.- Help your children learn to solve problems on their own with a new program at the library. A conflict resolution workshop which kicks off a fall parenting and caregiver series is planned for 6:30 p....more >>

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'What They Were Thinking: Reflections on Michigan Difference-Makers'

Brandon Twp.- The distance between an idea for a book and it's actual publication can be years. In the case of Bill Haney's latest work, that span was two decades. The seed for "What They Were Thinking: Reflections on Michigan Difference-Makers" was actually planted in Haney's mind 20 years ago, when the township resident published Michael Betzold's book, "Appointment with Doctor Death," chronicling Dr....more >>

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Score one for Schollar

Long-time Goodrich basketball scorekeeper honored

Goodrich- Kathleen Schollar claims she makes way too much money at her job. "I'm overpaid for sitting at that scorer's table during basketball games," laughed Schollar. "And I don't make a dime....more >>

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B-Hive case moves on to circuit court

Two felony fraud charges against a Goodrich woman arrested on Jan. 24 by Genesee County Sheriff's deputies for allegedly writing bad checks to pay sellers at her former consignment business have been dismissed by a 67th District Court Judge....more >>

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Family Disaster, Safety and Planning Class

Brandon Twp.- Strong storms rolling through southeast Michigan just over a week ago knocked out power to nearly 400,000 homes and businesses. Power outages caused by storms are not uncommon in the township....more >>

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Trustees join resolution for more control over drilling sites

Groveland Twp.-On Monday night the board of trustees voted 5-0 joining West Bloomfield Township along with other communities in Michigan supporting more local control over where gas and oil companies can locate drilling sites....more >>

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Township coffers swell to more than $3.9M

Groveland Twp.- On Monday night the township board of trustees approved an audit presented by Ken Palka, from the accounting firm of Pfeffer, Hanniford and Palka. Palka reported on the township finances following the completion of the yearly audit....more >>

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Man hospitalized after township shooting

At 12:07 p.m., Sept. 4, Michigan State Police responded to a home in the 11000 block of County Line Road in Groveland Township. The 9-1-1 call was from a 61-year-old victim that alleged he had been shot by his 88-year-old father when he arrived to deliver food to him....more >>

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O.A.T.S. to provide Horses for Heroes

Brandon Twp.- Chris Klann was a first class airman in the Air Force for six years, including time in South Korea, Alaska, and a 4-month stint in Qatar. He retired with a disability in 2009 and like many other veterans, found himself struggling to adapt post-service....more >>

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No antler restriction this fall for local hunters

As the Oct. 1 deer archery season and the Nov. 15 firearm season approaches, local hunters will not be counting points on their bucks. In 2013 regulations required hunters in the northern lower peninsula counties of Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Osceola and Wexford to count horns for the first time during last deer hunting season....more >>
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Flames on the field

Tom Beauchamp tends the bonfire during Everest Academy's Homecoming pep rally, Sept....more >>
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Tasty downtown visit

Sienna and Ronnie Nicol, with their mother Stacy Nicol of Rochester take a break in front of The Clarkston News office during the Taste of Clarkston, Sunday. Please see page 20 for more pictures....more >>
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Honors for local businesses

When downtown business owner Kevin Harrison was asked to take the helm as president of the Chamber Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, he was surprised. "I feel blessed to be on the board," said Harrison, owner of KH Home on Main Street in Clarkston, at the chamber's annual meeting, Sept....more >>

Evaluations for superintendent, school board

Clarkston School Board's evaluations of the superintendent and itself are set for the end of the year, after the election in November. "It's been a year (since the last superintendent evaluation)," said board Vice President Susan Boatman at Monday's meeting....more >>
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First anniversary for manufacturer

With $7.3 million invested so far, Magneti Marelli makes Independence Township a player in the global automotive manufacturing industry. "It's a great facility and meets the needs of Independence Township," said Independence Township Treasurer Paul Brown....more >>

Rule change could revive hospital plan

A proposed state law offers new hope for the proposed $303 million McLaren hospital in Independence Township. State Sen. Randy Richardville, Republican senate majority leader from Monroe, introduced Bill 1037 last week to change certificate-of-need rules....more >>

Proposal 1 tax break could help factory expand

As Independence Township's biggest manufacturer, Magneti Marelli looks to benefit from voters' approval of Proposal 1 last August. The proposal eliminates the state use tax on businesses' out-of-state purchases....more >>

All is not right in the city, so sayeth the mayor

At Monday nights council meeting, Mayor Joe Luginski announced the way City of the Village of Clarkston conducts business is illegal. Luginski said city auditors informed the city of the problem last week....more >>
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Tasting some fine cuisine

Food fans from all over the area braved fall rains for the Taste of Clarkston, Sunday, in and around downtown Main Street. Downtown was closed to traffic so the crowd could stroll about, sampling entrees and desserts from dozens of area eateries....more >>

Contract approved

Clarkston teachers have a new contract, after unanimous approval by the Board of Education, Monday. "We are happy to be in a position this year to able to provide additional compensation to our teachers and to all of our employees while still maintaining our budget parameters," said board President Rosalie Lieblang....more >>

West Nile Disease still a health concern

Oakland County Health Officials say it is still important to protect yourself from mosquitoes until the first hard frost hits. Several states have recently reported an increase in West Nile Virus, and other serious illnesses spread by mosquitoes....more >>
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New school track a community effort

Constructed over the summer, the new track behind Andersonville Elementary School adds to the unique and family friendly features already on school property, said Principal Bruce Martin....more >>

Absentee polls open

Absentee voting is underway, with several Clarkston races on the ballot. For Clarkston Board of Education, incumbents Trustee Elizabeth Egan, Trustee Steve Hyer, and President Rosalie Lieblang, and challengers Donald E....more >>

Scholarships in honor of Katie

Henry and Diane Woloson are on a mission. The Independence Township couple want to raise awareness of a disorder that took the life of their daughter, Katie Woloson. A year after Katie died, the Woloson family had their first fundraiser for a scholarship travel abroad program at Michigan State University....more >>

Stay healthy as winter approaches

With an flu season almost upon us and a variety of viruses sweeping the globe, keeping yourself and your family healthy can be challenging. In the beginning of September, the D-68 respiratory virus swept through several states....more >>
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Walking for hearts

People from near and far came to Depot Park for the Congenial Heart Walk, Sept. 28. The walk benefits The Children's Heart Foundation and The Adult Congenial Heart Association. Participants walked 1....more >>
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Young actress on way to big roles

Bailey Lake Elementary fourth-grade student Cameron Brosky was enjoying horse camp at Black River Farm and Ranch when she was asked to be an extra in a movie. "They were looking for actual BR girls," Brosky said....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Wedding gifts for a friend

For Dave and Chelsea Mengyan of Independence Township, their wedding was an opportunity to help a friend. "We're both around 40 years old. We have everything we need," Dave said. "Gifts are to help a couple start their life together....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Teachers clean M-15

Clarkston teachers put on safety vests for their fall Adopt a Road to clean Clarkston Road from M-15 to Sashabaw, Sept. 21. Clarkston Education Association members Phyllis Ness, Jayne Bannister, Kara Lomazov, Jill Giovas, Carolyn Savoie, Jenny Biallas, Jim Tedder, Daryl Biallas, Beth Rogers and Yvonne Skillman signed up for two miles of Clarkston Road....more >>
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Memories of a friend

George A Skene III, at right, shares memories of a friend and inspiration during Clarkston Wolf Pack running club's Ken Krausman Memorial Run, Sept. 27. Club members told "Ken stories" of how Krausman would go out of his way to talk to fellow runners during long runs, keep them motivated, and make new members feel welcome....more >>
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Socializing dogs in town

Almost everyday, Bill Schoen can be seen walking his cute little puppy Avila around town. Schoen makes the trips to help Avila get acquainted with people, and the activities are completed to "socialize" the furry little pup....more >>
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Riders honored at Mane Event

The rain held off until the last riders were heading back to the barn from the outdoor arena during the O.A.T.S. Annual Mane Event, Sunday. "Then it poured. It was a fantastic day," said volunteer Terri Dodge....more >>
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Firestarter

Morgyn LaFontaine, along with her brothers Aidan and Carter, were tasked with lighting the bonfire at Everest's pep rally....more >>
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Bankers help homeowner

About a dozen Bank of America employees spent time out of the office to reroof and landscape an Independence Township home. "It's a great project," said Tiffany Douglas with Bank of America....more >>
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Celebrating Heritage

Families enjoyed fine weather last Saturday during the Davisburg Heritage Festival parade. Led by Springfield Township firefighters and the Holly High School marching band, the parade featured local tractors, community groups, and floats through downtown....more >>
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Tigers on the run

Pine Knob Elementary students started Friday morning with a little exercise for their annual Fun Run, which raises money for the school....more >>
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Well mannered show

Linda Mishler as Mrs. Mannerly and Mark (Shep) Sheperdigian as Jeffrey rehearse a scene from playwright Jeffrey Hatcher's comedy "Mrs. Mannerly." Inspired by memories of a childhood etiquette class, the Clarkston Village Players show runs Oct....more >>
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Learning from a chef

Oakhurst Golf and Country Club hosted Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County's Springfield Township Habitat Home Build with an Evening with an Executive Chef, July 18. From left are Steering Committee members Julie Nemeth, Honorary Chairperson Grant Smith, Sarah Henneman-Gothard, Executive Chef Joe Morin and Diane Midgley of Calvary Lutheran Church, Optimists, and Clarkston Farm and Garden Club....more >>
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Lectures start with law expert

Oakland Town Hall kicks off its 55th anniversary lecture series with legal expert Dr. Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, Oct. 8. The law commentator is an expert in jury selection, and consulted in high-profile cases including Rodney King, O....more >>
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Tech students learn latest

Students at the Oakland Technical Campus in Clarkston got a firsthand look at how some of the most intelligent transportation systems in the world operate, during a 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport System, held at Cobo Hall in Detroit....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Budget amendments Several budget amendments were made during a Sept. 23 Independence Township Board of Directors meeting. Amendments included an additional $15,000 for publishing costs to cover a year's worth of publishing a newsletter....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Cameras in park Cameras are in place in Depot Park, ready to catch vandals bent on destruction. The cameras cost just under $10,000, and were approved by City of the Village of Clarkston Council at a July 14 meeting....more >>

Relief trip planned

North Oakland Disaster Relief Team are staying close to home with their latest project, helping Detroit area homes recover from severe flood damage. The trip to Warren, Oct. 18-26, will include cleaning out 30-50 basements, and repair work in 3-4 homes....more >>

Rotary wine tasting for holidays

The Clarkston Rotary Club hosts the Taste for the Holidays wine and micro brewery beer tasting on Thursday, Oct. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Bordine Nursery, Dixie Highway. Bordine's entire greenhouse will be decorated for the upcoming holidays during the evening's event....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Independence okays study for new township hall" Up to $25,000 in funds were OK'd for a study on a new township hall. But the plot thickened concerning one of the possible sites - 20 acres on Flemings Lake Road which was once considered for the second Lakeview Cemetery....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Tree removal causes complaints" Despite many good feelings surrounding the opening of Independence Elementary School in November, one resident wasn't pleased when trees were removed on a stretch of 700 feet Hubbard Road at Main Street for repaving....more >>
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1890: Julius Henry 'Groucho' Marx, comedian, one of the five Marx brothers (the others being Chico, Harpo, Zeppo and Gummo).
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1263: At Largs, King Alexander III of Scotland repels an amphibious invasion by King Haakon IV of Norway.
1535: Having landed in Quebec a month ago, Jacques Cartier reaches a town, which he names Montreal.
1862: An Army under Union General Joseph Hooker arrives in Bridgeport, Alabama to support the Union forces at Chattanooga. Chattanooga's Lookout Mountain provides a dramatic setting for the Civil War's battle above the clouds.
1870: The papal states vote in favor of union with Italy. The capital is moved from Florence to Rome.
1871: Morman leader Brigham Young, 70, is arrested for polygamy. He was laterconvicted, but the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction. Disappointed Army officer Patrick Connor wanted to be back East fighting Rebels. Instead, he found himself in the bitter cold along icebound Bear Creek, near today's Utah-Idaho border.