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Brandon man arraigned in twp. home invasion

A 19-year-old Brandon Township resident has been arraigned on charges after attacking a former friend in the man's house. Ethan Duane Schram was arraigned on one count of home invasion, first degree, a 20-year felony, as well as one count of unarmed robbery, a 15-year felony, on June 4 by 52-2 District Court Magistrate Mark Sadecki....more >>

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Coffee hour There will be a coffee hour at The Citizen, 12 South St., Ortonville at 9 a.m., Friday, June 25. The public is welcome to attend and check out the new Ortonville 411 website....more >>

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Tractor show From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 13, Wojo's Greenhouse, 2570 Oakwood Road, Ortonville will host antique tractors and engines of Yesteryears Tractor Club. Refeshments will be provided by the American Cancer Society....more >>

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Kick start my heart On May 31, at 1:55 a.m., a Brandon deputy responded to a home in the 3800 block of Larch Court for a heroin overdose. He arrived and was met by a man at the door who led him to a woman who was performing rescue breathing on a 26-year-old female victim....more >>

Emergency siren repaired, now functions in township

Atlas Twp-The township emergency siren was retested after repair and is in full working order. That's the report from Shirley Kautman-Jones, township supervisor, after a failed test last month....more >>

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Harvey Fletcher scholarship

Joe Hervey, a 2010 Brandon High School senior was awarded the $2,000 Harvey Fletcher Scholarship last week. Hervey, will attend Central Michigan University in the fall to study secondary education as a Spanish instructor....more >>


Martians win district championship

The Goodrich Martians tamed the Mt. Morris Panthers on June 5 scoring three runs through four innings, winning the game 5-1. The Martians captured their second district championship in the past three years....more >>


Police in Brandon/Groveland

As Brandon Township officials cut police positions due to a shrinking budget, concern is rising over where those deputies are serving and who is paying for it. Shortly before the township board unanimously voted during their June 7 meeting to eliminate both the desk officer at the Brandon substation as well as the school liaison officer, township resident and former fire chief Bob McArthur addressed the officials....more >>


Relay for Life 2010, bigger, better, ready to battle cancer

Ortonville- Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. The public is invited to do all of the above at the third annual Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville, a 24-hour event to raise funds to fight cancer and celebrate life, survivorship and hope....more >>

Third village home razed

Ortonville- On Tuesday, a home at 21 Church St. was demolished as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Due to the small size of the lot, village officials said the vacant property will either be sold to neighbors, or kept as a village property and maintained....more >>


Your Thoughts: Put on your walking shoes and take a walk with all of us

Dear Editor, (School board members, Lorrie McMahon) My name is Rose and I am a bus driver. The job of school bus driver has the highest turnover rate of any job in the country. But here in Brandon, 22 of 28 drivers have been here 10 years or more....more >>
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'God had other plans'

Mt. Bethel UMC pastor retires

Groveland Twp.- Perseverance. For 173 years the Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 3209 Jossman Road, has endured storms, fires and a host of struggles for a congregation of about 50....more >>
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'I've taught 6,100 students in 37 years'

Bill Duso spent most of his teaching career assigning fiction. Maybe that's why he was so good at convincing the students of Goodrich High School that he was walking around with a 6-foot tall, invisible pink rabbit....more >>
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Back to the Bricks founder ready to cruise into history

To Allen Hatch, the recipe was simple. Eight decades of American automotive history coupled with a relentless desire to promote Flint and Genesee County—grounded on a passion for classic automobiles....more >>

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Coffee hour There will be a coffee hour at 9 a.m., Friday, June 25, at The Citizen 12 South St. Ortonville. The public is welcome to attend and check out the new Ortonville 411 website....more >>

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New at The Citizen Karen Koviak is new to The Citizen advertising staff. A long-time resident of Independence Township in Clarkston, Koviak is a graduate of the University of Michigan....more >>


Now there's something we can do to fight cancer

Ortonville- When Julie Graveldinger hears the news that someone she knows has cancer she, like many others, has often wished there was something she could do to make a difference besides offering prayers and support....more >>


Ortonville cemetery vandalized

Groveland Twp.-Jack Gabbard, Ortonville Cemetery sexton for the past nine years, said that sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning vandals damaged a cemetery office window, a mercury light, and other parts of the structure....more >>


Quick action, first aid saves local man's life

Brandon Twp.- During the years that Brian Hosner, owner of Brian's Small Engine Repair, has worked on outdoor equipment, he's had a few scrapes and bruises. However, on the morning of May 24, the 35-year-old entrepreneur faced an injury that could have ended his life....more >>

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Sociopathic or just cruel?

Dear Editor, For starters let me just say that I am a proud supporter of Brandon High School, the girls soccer team as well as the coaches. What I'm not proud of though, and has absolutely appalled me throughout the entire girls season this year, is the cruel and sociopathic campaign taken on by people who obviously had two goals in mind....more >>

Some 'laws' I've used to amuse and enlighten

I'm a occasional quoter of Gumperson's Law, which is probably interchangeable with Murphy's Law, McGurk's Law and your own law. All somewhat resemble the "law" of the armed services, depending which you want to attribute it to, "If something can go wrong, it will....more >>


Township officials eye survey, police cuts, millage increase

Brandon Twp.- Township officials may soon be asking for residents' input as they ponder cuts to services and a potential increase in the amount of mills levied. During a budget workshop meeting June 2, boardmembers discussed creating a survey to determine what township residents want....more >>
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Two leagues—one great hockey player

Mitchell Wedding focuses on stopping goals when it comes to hockey, but that doesn't mean he's not reaching for his own. Wedding, 15, of Ortonville, has been drafted into both the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the United States Hockey League (USHL) within the past month....more >>

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Two Martians earn academic all state honors

Goodrich High School Students Andrew Patrick and Mitchel Villie received Academic All-State from the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. To be Academic All-State, a player must be on one of the All-State teams or be honorable mention All-State....more >>

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VIew Points

True hero found in Ortonville Dear Editor, This is a public Thank You to the angel that drove into the same carwash bay I had just left in downtown Ortonville. It was a beautiful Memorial Day for me....more >>


'I feel like a new person'

Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance Youth Recognition recognizes 135 outstanding area youth

Brandon Twp.- Nathan Miller used to be sent to the principal's office nearly every day, beginning in kindergarten. An angry child who lacked control over his emotions, he routinely had tantrums....more >>
Jeff Oldenburg helps his daughter Chesney Oldenburg with her graduation robes, as they prepare for that evening's commencement ceremony. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)

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Graduation grants heartfelt wish

Watching their child walk across the stage at Commencement, many parents of Clarkston's 592 graduates consider it a miracle. For Chesney Oldenburg's parents Jeff and Jeanne Oldenburg, they know it is....more >>

Permanent placement

HR director promoted to full-time status

For Beverly Shaver, township assessor, hiring a new Human Resources department head when employees have been laid off doesn't seem wise. Neither does throwing in four weeks of vacation....more >>
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Whole Foods top survey pick for Dixie redevelopment

What used to be a Farmer Jack in the center of White Lake Commons off Dixie Highway and White Lake Road still sits vacant. "There is a need for an anchor store there," said Penny Shanks, executive director of the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce....more >>
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We did it!

After tests, countless lesson - smiles, tears and hugs were shared on June 7 as 592 Clarkston High School seniors received their diplomas. For more photos, click the Blue Button at www....more >>
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Cancer claims former school board treasurer

Joseph Ray Armstrong of Clarkston went to be with the Lord, June 6, 2010, after a short battle with cancer, at the age of 65. Mr. Armstrong was treasurer of Clarkston Board of Education, stepping down this past March....more >>

Summer concert series in the park

Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the 31st season of Concerts in the Park, presented by McLaren Health Care. The free concerts are 7-9 p.m., Fridays, June 18-July 23, in Depot Park....more >>
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Honored teacher credits her students

No matter how many times Jan Finney walks from the parking lot to Springfield Plains Elementary, she's excited and ready for the day. Her morning ritual changed on May 27 when she was honored with Clarkston Foundation's Teacher of the Year Award....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Creating memories

Clarkston High School seniors headed to Clintonwood Park for the annual picnic after taking their last walk through the halls of the high school. While sporting their festive 2010 glasses they feasted on food, played various games, shared laughs....more >>
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Flags unfurled in Davisburg

Davisburg Elementary dedicated a new set of flag poles, June 4, with the help of local veterans. "Our old flag pole was rusty and hidden by a tree," said Principal Barb Bloom at the flag ceremony, attended by the entire school....more >>
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Last Dance

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Singers celebrate end of year

Students at Crosshill Community Preschool hosted their End of the Year Celebration with songs and a slide show, May 26. Teachers and staff of the preschool at United Methodist Church of Davisburg honored the 4's and 4/5's classes for their accomplishments over the school year....more >>
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CVP fun

With a night of food, laughter and entertainment, Clarkston Village Players held a garden party at the Depot Theatre June 3 in appreciation for support from friends, patrons and advertisers....more >>
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Graduates shine bright

Seated from left, Michelle Lee of Clarkston, Clarkston High School graduate; Mary Houlihan of Clarkston, graduate of Marian High School; and Lance Hopkin of Holly, Holly High School, join WXYZ reporters Anu Prakash and Michael Rosenfield in the TV station's Brightest & Best salute to high school seniors....more >>

Honor student gives back to Kid's Kloset

When Alissa Reddy of Ortonville became co-president of National Honor Society at Our Lady of the Lakes during her senior year, she organized a school fundraiser for First Congregation Church of Clarkston's Kid's Kloset "I loved the interaction with the families that visited," said Reddy, who volunteered for this organization in the past....more >>
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Party in the house

Over $50,000 was raised this past weekend with the SCAMP Home Tour this weekend. "It was wonderful," said Donna Clancy, SCAMP executive director. "I was most pleased by so many new faces amogst all those familiar faces, as well as the generosity of Art Van and all those homeowners....more >>
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Helping out

Thirty Clarkston-area volunteers joined hundreds of thousands of young people all over the country to help those in need with World Vision's On An Empty Stomach 30-Hour Famine, May 21-22....more >>

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Smith's Open House

Smith's Disposal and Recycling hosts an Open House with ribbon-cutting ceremony and refreshments, 9:30-11 a.m., Wednesday, June 16, at its new location, 4941 White Lake Road. For more information, call 248-625-5470 or check www....more >>

Cancer Survivor Day

Great Lakes Cancer Institute, Michigan Hematology Oncology, SWAN for Life, and McLaren Breast Center host their first Cancer Survivor Day Celebration, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, June 13, at the McLaren Health Village, 5680 Bow Pointe Drive....more >>

Lighthouse gets grant

Lighthouse of Oakland County was awarded an $8,000 grant from Metro Health Foundation, the 20th consecutive year it has done so. The grant will be used to help uninsured people who seek help through Lighthouse purchase emergency prescriptions....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "What's the going rate for a high school" Clarkston Community Schools was asking for a $52 million bond issue to build a new high school. The cost was in line with recently constructed high schools nearby, The Clarkston News found....more >>
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'Relay' day

Ray Partlo, whose wife is a cancer survivor, gets a hug from Nicole "Colie" Burton, also a survivor, at Saturday's Relay for Life event in Friendship Park. Colie's mom, Shelly Burton, spoke to the crowd during the afternoon, describing her little girl's hard-fought battle with cancer and eventual journey into remission a year-and-a -half ago -- one of Saturday's many inspiring moments....more >>

'I hope you shoot it down'

Nearby residents unhappy with senior center plans

Will we be forced to hook into the sewer you're bringing through our neighborhood? Can we really tolerate more traffic in this area? How will drainage issues be addressed? Will the flooding at M-24 and Clarkston Road get worse, and what will you do if it does? What about the wetlands, and the protected habitat -- the Blanding's Turtles -- back there? And what's the big hurry, anyway? Residents near the new senior center site behind the K-mart Plaza on M-24 arrived at a planning commission public hearing armed heavily with questions June 2....more >>
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Streetscape plans tangled in red tape

It's time to play to play the waiting game, says Suzanne Perreault, Downtown Development Authority (DDA) executive director. Getting a $500,000 Department of Transportation grant, which will fund the pending streetscape and Children's Park improvements, is taking longer than expected....more >>

Lake Orion grad opens local Edward Jones office

Grand opening Friday, June 18

Lifelong area resident and 2003 Lake Orion High School graduate, Grant Fodor is planning a grand opening for a local Edward Jones office. "When I started with Edward Jones, and they asked me wanted my office to be, the answer was easy....more >>
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Dragons will fly across Lake Orion this summer

Imagine a scene straight from a medieval adventure: dragons with scales, claws and teeth soaring across Lake Orion this summer, wing tips grazing the water's surface. Part of Lake Orion's second annual Dragon on the Lake will feature just that, with the addition of dragon boat races....more >>

Township reconsiders ban on medical marijuana

The crowd at township offices rolled into a spontaneous and rare round of applause Monday as Orion Township Trustee Mark Crane stepped up to slap his two cents on the table. In front of the board for first reading was a proposed amendment to local zoning ordinance, which, if approved, would essentially outlaw medical marijuana and related activity in the township....more >>
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'Sex slave' case heads to trial

Two Lake Orion residents charged after holding a woman captive for months

Two men who allegedly beat and raped a 52-year-old woman they held captive in a Lake Orion home for nearly two months are headed to trial in Oakland County 6th Circuit Court this week....more >>


Spelling wizard, Scouts talk citizenship, LOHS reunion

Spelling wizard Waldon Middle School's Kirk Hansen sailed all the way to the semifinal round in the Scripps National Spelling Bee before finally getting eliminated. Hansen, 14, of Lake Orion, is a president of Waldon's student council, an accomplished trumpet player and an avid athlete....more >>
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Boosters honor 96 athletes

Wurtz, Wolanin named best male, female athletes

For four years, they bled blue and gold on every field, every court and every track they competed on from here to all the way to Swartz Creek. They were always fierce and always determined, yet they never allowed their natural drive to win to take precedence over academics and sportsmanship....more >>
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Classmates save OMS student's life

An Oxford Middle School student who was choking last week was saved by two quick-thinking classmates. Seventh-grader David Martin was enjoying his lunch Thursday, June 3 when all of a sudden a piece of food got lodged in his airway....more >>


Contract OKed, privatization KO'ed

Oxford Community Schools won't be privatizing its transportation services as both the district and union have agreed to a contract that will save approximately $200,000 annually. "We've set (privatization) aside for now....more >>


Repairs done, Vets Hall to reopen June 14

After being closed for cleanup and repairs over the last four-and-a-half months, the Oxford Veterans Memorial Civic Center will once again be open to the public beginning Monday, June 14....more >>
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Museum displays vintage frocks

Fans of vintage clothing will be excited to learn there's an assortment of antique dresses on display at the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum in downtown Oxford. "A good half of them are wedding dresses, but they're really not what you would think would be wedding dresses," said Carla Lambertson, a volunteer docent at the museum....more >>


Fed up with govt.? Tea party group forming in Oxford

Fed up with big government and high taxes? Looking for a productive way to channel your frustration and bring about reform? Then circle Tuesday, June 15 on the calendar, so you'll remember to head over to Oxford American Legion Post 108 (130 E....more >>


Detour ahead: Ray Road paving to begin June 18

The Road Commission for Oakland County will begin paving the gravel section of Ray Road between Lapeer Road (M-24) and Oxford Road in Oxford Twp. on Friday, June 18. The road will be closed to through-traffic until Sept....more >>
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