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On your mark...

With the sun blazing overhead, Aaron Manriquez of Lake Orion, followed by Aaron Toth, take off from the starting line at Saturday's second annual Dual-A-Thon, hosted by the Lake Orion Sunrise Rotary Club....more >>

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Milestones

Achievements Merritt Mcghee Oakland County Fair poultry prince, Joseph McGhee fair king and Madeline Mcghee poultry queen. The McGhee family are Groveland Township residents. Photo provided....more >>

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Crime

Level up On July 13, a Brandon deputy responded to the 3700 block of Cedar Loop for telephone threats. The complainant said over the last two weeks, she has received numerous calls from a woman who said the complainant's number is on her husband's cell phone....more >>

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Start your engines: Cruise to Ortonville

Ortonville- Cars, trucks, and motorcycles of all makes and models will descend upon the village Aug. 1 for the Cruise to Ortonville. The eighth annual event, which features classic vehicles, will happen rain or shine....more >>

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Area lenders:Equity key in refinace

With interest rates below 5 percent, now could be the time to refinance— if you meet certain guidelines. This past week, Genisys Credit Union was offering 4.5 percent interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with no points and just 4....more >>

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Briefs

There will be a coffee hour at The Citizen 12 South St. Ortonville at 9 a.m., Friday, July 30 The public is welcome to attend and check out the new Ortonville 411 Web site. Details: 248-627-4332....more >>

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Kearsley Creek Watershed chapter seeks members

The environmental movement may be coined as green, but Rebecca Fedewa's movement is blue. Fedewa, the executive director of the Flint River Watershed Coalition, said the protection and preservation of rivers and tributaries is vital to environmental education and utilizing the resources available through the Flint River....more >>

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School board, village council petition deadline near

The petition filing deadline to be on the November ballot for several elected positions in the community is drawing near. In November, voters will elect two candidates to fill two four-year trustee seats on the Brandon School Board....more >>

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New underground tanks puchased by district

The Goodrich School Board moved forward Monday night with a proposal by the Oscar W. Larson Company to replace three 40-year-old underground fuel tanks that had failed an Enviromental Protection Agency inspection earlier this month....more >>
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Nook: a new kind of book

Brandon Twp.- Kris Norlin is an avid reader and a fan of author Stephen King, but it was difficult for her to hold his massive books without feeling pain in her wrists. Not anymore....more >>
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'I was excited to see the old tank'

Local WWII veteran finds local built tank in Arizona desert

Muldorf, Germany 1945. That's where Richard D. Horton was when WWII ended. It's also where the Goodrich native jumped down off the M-4A4 Sherman tank for the last time. His military tour of duty as part of the 14th Armored Division who earned the nickname, "Liberators," where during the last days of WWII they liberated some 200,000 Allied prisoners of war from German prison camps....more >>

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Township survey in today's edition

Brandon Twp.- Township officials are urging residents to complete a fiscal priorities survey found in today's edition of The Citizen. The survey asks Brandon Township residents to rank the importance of 13 services currently offered, including fire, police, recreation, roads and senior citizen programs....more >>

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New I-TEC Center: 'dynamic'

$2 million Brandon technology center grand opening set for August 8

Brandon Twp.- This fall, Amanda Goodloe will teach language arts, math and science to her students in a new environment. In the morning, the fifth-grade teacher will instruct these core subjects in the new Instructional Technology Exploration and Collaboration Center (I-TEC), located adjacent to the Brandon Middle School, 609 S....more >>
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Ortonville garden supplies, freshens OCEF pantry

$2 million Brandon technology center grand opening set for August 8

Susan Wentworth-Hoben loves to watch things grow. Especially when it comes to the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund donations. Wentworth-Hoben has been cultivating OCEF's food bank by maintaining a garden behind Dr....more >>

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Good Times in Goodrich 2010

It's time for good times again. Good Times in Goodrich will take place Aug. 28-29. "Last year, we had a really good turnout," said Shirley Kautman-Jones. "We're hoping for an even better one this year....more >>

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Milestones

Scholl-McGee Ashley Scholl of Milton, Ky. and Alexander McGee of Groveland Township are pleased to announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Donnie and Darlene Scholl of Milton, Ky....more >>

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Mending mortgages: an attorney's perspective

Special to The Citizen At any given time, James Porritt, a Lake Orion graduate and local attorney for nearly four decades, says his office has about a dozen or so clients going through short sales or foreclosures....more >>

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Briefs

Groveland Twp.-There are about 90 energy kits still available at the township offices, available to residents on a first-come first-served basis. The township received $53,700 to purchase 512 energy kits earlier this year, thanks to the state Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)....more >>
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Ditch the gas guzzler?

Ford jumps back into sub-compact cars with revamped Fiesta

The yellow-blaze colored 2011 Ford Fiesta should attract plenty of attention. But looks are not everything. At almost 500 miles per tank of gasoline, the Ford Fiesta returned to the sub-compact market and tops the fuel efficiency of 24 hybrid vehicles currently on the market....more >>

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Goodrich woman plans 3 days, 60 miles— by foot

Goodrich- Last August, on one of the hottest days of the year, Margaret Stump walked 22 miles. Sweating, exhausted, and with a blister on her right foot, the Goodrich resident, now 54, made it to her destination, a camp filled with a sea of pink two-person tents, all awaiting the participants in the Susan G....more >>

Gas prices -- is there a method to the mess?

Once upon a time I was content to merely moan and groan about the ever-increasing cost of gasoline. "Oh woe is me!" "Dang those evil profiteers!" It is easy to write about the rising costs of anything....more >>

Nuccio best for commissioner

Dear Editor, I am writing today to ask for your support for Beth Nuccio, who is running for Oakland County Commissioner. I have known Beth for many years now, and I have always been impressed by her ability to lead; she has been, and continues to be, one of my biggest role models....more >>

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Briefs

There will be a coffee hour at 9 a.m., Friday, July 30, at The Citizen, 12 South St. Ortonville. The public is welcome to attend and check out the new Ortonville 411 website. Details: 248-627-4332....more >>

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Goodrich couple killed in motorcycle accident

A Goodrich couple died following a motorcycle crash July 9 on I-75. The operator of the motorcycle, Anthony Taliercio, 48, and his wife Karen Taliercio, 48, were northbound on I-75 two miles north of the M-33 exit in Moffatt Township, Arenac County....more >>

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Not enough—but school districts snag $11 per pupil fund

A budget bill recently signed by the governor and promoted as an $11 increase in per-pupil funding is not really an increase, says one local superintendent. "For fiscal year 2010, we are expecting to receive an increase of $11 per pupil from the state," said Brandon Schools Superintendent Lorrie McMahon....more >>

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Village eyes roads, sidewalks, improvements

Ortonville- In the current economic times, it is rare to find a municipality that hasn't had to make any cuts. Here in the village, not only did the council recently pass a budget with relative ease and no cuts, but officials are now looking at spending money on improvements....more >>
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'We call them 'Love letters from home...'

There are angels in Ortonville. And they're excellent packers. The Desert Angels organization, led by Louise Downs, has been collecting donations for packages sent overseas to U.S....more >>

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Schools' fuel tanks fail EPA test, replacement anticipated

Three underground fuel storage tanks, located at the Goodrich School Bus garage on Erie Street, may be replaced prior to the start of the new school year following a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) report....more >>

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Park development stalled again

Brandon Twp.- The park is in park. Development of the township community park, even with grant money, isn't going anywhere. The township board voted 5-1 at the July 12 budget workshop meeting to seek a deadline extension from the Department of Natural Resources to complete a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant....more >>
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Township pioneer home marker vandalized, reward offered

Brandon Twp.- A small piece of the community is missing. An 80-year-old brass plaque identifying Tunis D. Hummer (1789-1863) and wife Francina (Swayze 1793-1878) along with their family members as one of the township's pioneer families has been allegedly removed by vandals....more >>
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Fly frog!

Tyler Elder of Waterford takes his best shot at the Frog Bog game, with the help of his mother, Kerrie Elder, at the Oakland County Fair....more >>

Police possibilities

Police service depends on 3 millage votes in 2 communities

For millage proposal proponents in Clarkston and Independence Township, total voter rejection is a grim prospect. "If our (city's millage proposal) fails and the township's renewal and increase request fail, then neither community is going to have police coverage," said City Manager Dennis Ritter....more >>
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Topsy turvy

Crowds filled Springfield Oaks County Park for the Oakland County Fair, July 13-18, enjoying thrilling rides, tasty snacks, education animal and farm exhibits in historic Ellis Barn, circus shows, exotic petting zoo, pig races, Globe of Death motorcycle show; Miracle of Birth display, horse shows, contests, and shows....more >>

Tax break for carbide company

A local business hopes to stay in business with local government help. Springfield Township Board approved a resolution, July 8, designating Carbide Form Master on Dixie Highway, a Tool and Die Renaissance Recovery Zone....more >>
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Family cut-a-thon with Glitz

Glitz Salons hosts its ninth annual Family Festival, Cut-a-thon, and Run for a Remedy, Sunday, July 25, at I-75 and Baldwin Road. The event starts at 8 a.m. with a 5k run. A hypnotist show is at 11 a....more >>
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Millstream

Two times a crown

Former Miss Michigan Teen USA 2008 and Clarkston High School graduate Elizabeth Hawthorne brings home another crown as Miss Oakland County 2010. "It was great being crowned because I've worked so hard for it," she said....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Taking a chance

Teen tries out for Miss Detroit pageant

Trisha Tarvestad of Independence Township won a mini photo shoot in a contest a month ago, so she had a portfolio she could use for modeling. Then she received a letter inviting her to try out for the Nationals' 2010 Miss Teen Detroit pageant....more >>
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Beatlemania

For younger generations it might have sounded like something new, but those of an older generation were brought back in time to the days of their youth - when Beatlemania rocked and rolled all across the U....more >>

Legion helps out at vet event

Chief Pontiac 377 American Legion, Auxiliary, S.A.L, and Juniors of Independence Township work all year, sponsoring and providing volunteers for the annual Veterans Stand Down. "These are the men and women who bravely served our country now you can help them in just a small way....more >>
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Benefit concert for three local people in need, July 30

Following the concerts ending on July 23, Lend a Helping Hand will hold a benefit concert at Depot Park on July 30 starting at 7 p.m. to help out three local individuals dealing with various cancers....more >>

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Legion baseball

Chief Pontiac American Legion Post 377 hosts the 2010 American Legion State Baseball Championship, July 28, at Shufer Burns Memorial Field, 4819 Mary Sue Street. Opening ceremony starts at 6 p....more >>

Road closure continues

White Lake Road south of Dixie Highway will continue to be closed for construction until July 26. According to Road Commission for Oakland County, work on sewers and relocating utlities have taken longer than expected....more >>

Campout in the park

Independence Township Parks and Recreation's Tent City Campout is 7 p.m., July 29, until 9 a.m., July 30, at Clintonwood Park. Campers 12-17 years old can compete in a tent decorating contest, take a midnight splash at the spray park, watch an outdoor movie, make S'mores at a bonfire, play games, and make music bring your own instruments....more >>

Clarification

In the story "Voters soon to decide," July 14, the proposed Springfield Township Parks and Recreation millage is new, not an increase to an existing millage....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "$1.8 M approved for new fire hall" Independence Township Board accepted a construction big for a new $1.8 million fire/OCSD station, but rejected bids for a new $500,000 Bay Court Beach House....more >>
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On your mark...

With the sun blazing overhead, Aaron Manriquez of Lake Orion, followed by Aaron Toth, take off from the starting line at Saturday's second annual Dual-A-Thon, hosted by the Lake Orion Sunrise Rotary Club....more >>

What's on the ballot?

Officials expect high turnout for Aug. 3 primary election

With the Aug. 3 primary less than two weeks away and plenty at stake, local officials are gearing up for a long election day. "We're expecting a high turnout," said Orion Township Clerk Penny Shults....more >>
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Lenders like loan modifications

Part three in a three-part series on mortgage relief

Lenders don't like foreclosures, say Carolyn Chevrier and Jim Boehler of Lakes Community Credit Union (LCCU) and Eric Dyson of Oxford Bank. And they do like loan modifications. But that's about where the financial institutions' common beliefs end....more >>
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Horseshoe club goes for world record

A man grunts, lofting something through the air. Clank. "Ringer!" Ever hear those sounds while hanging out in Children's Park or at the Orion Art Center? They're probably coming from the horseshoe pits, belonging to Lake Orion Horseshoe Club....more >>
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Need help around the house? Church of Christ group has empty to-do list, seeking odd jobs

By Leah Yanuszeski, Review Intern This year marks the fifth annual Mission Possible for Lake Orion Church of Christ. The home-based mission provides church members and other volunteers the opportunity to complete a church mission without the traveling expenses....more >>
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Sculpting students break the summer school mold

Kids who spent last week up to their elbows in Winterstone, a sculpture modeling and carving compound, are something special. That's the word from engineer-turned-sculptor Lorne P....more >>
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Healing Power of the Arts Exhibit comes to Orion Art Center

The Orion Art Center, a non-profit arts organization in Lake Orion will present The Healing Power of the Arts, July 15 through August 5. The show is a collaboration between The Art Experience, Inc....more >>
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X-cellent! Lake Orion kids going pro in BMX competition

Getting an invitations to the X Games for BMX bike competition is the honor of honors, say BMX enthusiasts. And this year, two of Lake Orion's own -- Lauren Vellucci and Brandon Dosch -- are heading to Los Angelas, CA for the event....more >>

Briefly: Celebrating 40 years of service

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is celebrating the career of Reverend James Van Dellen with a special service Sunday, August 1. His life of service spans 40 years, church representatives said, 30 of those years in the Lake Orion community....more >>

Briefly: See your candidates 'ONTV'

Lake Orion's government access channel, Comcast 20 and AT&T 99, will play the following schedule through the August 3 primary election. Tune in to check out the candidates beofe heading to the polls....more >>
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No time for napkins

The fact that he's getting more ice cream and sauce on his little face and shirt than in his mouth isn't deterring Leonard resident Emmett Goulding, 1, from eating his sundae with gusto at the 58th Annual Strawberry Festival held Saturday in downtown Leonard....more >>

Twp. makes village final offer

It's been seven long years and along the way, more than $563,000 in legal fees have been paid by the taxpayers of two governments that have trouble coexisting as one community. But despite it all, it appears there could finally be a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel otherwise known as the Oxford Township versus Oxford Village lawsuit over the fire department....more >>

How we got here

For those not familiar with the Oxford Township v. Village of Oxford case or who may have forgotten how it all started, here's a bit of history. Beginning in 1999, the Oxford Fire Department was governed by a 12-member safety authority board called the Oxford Public Fire and EMS Commission (OPFEC)....more >>
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Closed until further notice

Village shuts down med. marijuana biz before doors open

Oxford's very first medical marijuana business was shut down by village officials before it could even open July 14. Approximately an hour and 15 minutes prior to opening their doors, the owners of The Kind Tree: An Organic Wellness Center, located at 109 N....more >>

Voters to face slight fire tax increase

Addison Township voters are going to decide whether they would like to approve or deny a millage tax increase for the Addison Township Fire Department when they head to the polls on Tuesday, Aug....more >>
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Cyclist, 15, in stable condition

A 15-year-old Oxford boy is reported to be in stable condition at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak after being hit by a motor vehicle July 19 in front of the Oxford Marketplace shopping plaza....more >>
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Commission candidates answer questions

Five of the nine candidates running for the Oakland County Commissioner District #1 seat answered audience member questions for just over one hour at a community forum held by the League of Women Voters Oakland Area at the Addison Twp....more >>
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Elmer Ball: A leader on the field and in the classroom

Ask anyone in the Athletic Department at Oxford High School or the community who the most successful track and field and cross country coach in Oxford history, and one name will continually come up....more >>

First 10 chosen for OHS Hall of Fame

After much debate and consideration, the Oxford High School Hall of Fame Committee is ready to announce the inaugural class to the community. For nearly a century Wildcat fans have enjoyed watching the athletic achievements of many high school athletes and coaches ever since the Wildcats captured their first title, the Tri-County League in baseball, in 1913....more >>

Officials to consider weed ordinance

For the third time since 1998, the Oxford Township Board is going to consider creating an ordinance to deal with the uncontrolled growth of grass and weeds. "The village (of Oxford) has an ordinance....more >>

Officials concerned voters won't understand police taxes

When Oxford Township voters go the polls in November, they'll be asked to approve two separate police millages a renewal and an increase. However, some officials are worried the public isn't going to understand exactly what they're voting on or the level of service they're going to receive should one or both of the proposals be approved....more >>
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Flashlight Alice dies

After more than 50 years of shining a light on others, Oxford resident Alice (Hauxwell) Nicholson walked toward the light on July 17, 2010. She was 95. Known far and wide as "Flashlight Alice," Nicholson worked at downtown Oxford's movie theater from the 1940s until the late 1990s....more >>

Twp. puts moratorium on med. marijuana uses

It's official Oxford Township is going to create an ordinance to regulate the dispensing of medical marijuana. Township officials last week voted 5-2 to direct the planning commission and its ordinance review subcommittee to do so for a cost not to exceed $2,500....more >>
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Architect hired to assess 116-year-old mausoleum

Plans to repair a deteriorating piece of Oxford history are moving forward as the township board last week agreed to enter into a contract with a local architect. Township officials voted 4-3 to hire the Lake Orion-based Stephen Auger and Associates Architects, Inc....more >>
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What a berr-iffic time in Leonard!

Despite some rain showers, the 58th Annual Strawberry Festival in downtown Leonard was, as usual, a complete success. The Addison Township Firefighters Association served up approximately 2,100 strawberry and chocolate sundaes....more >>

Beat the heat with survival kit

For most of us, record summer heat means little more than higher cooling bills and more time at the pool but for local seniors living on their own, the consequences are far more serious....more >>
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Addison couple competes in Indiana Senior Games

Addison residents Laurence and Candice O'Dess traveled south last month to participate in the 2010 Indiana Senior Games in Hamilton County. The couple, both of whom are 66 years old, competed in the Badminton Mixed Double event....more >>

Ghiaciuc hosts charity motorcycle ride to fight leukemia

Eric Ghiaciuc, a 2006 graduate of Oxford High School, made a special trip to his home town to host the first annual Rubber & Roads charity motorcycle ride on Saturday, July 10 in order to raise money for a cause that's dear to his heart....more >>
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Young actors will tame the 'shrew' in Orion park

Four young Oxford area thespians are ready to take the stage and bring a Shakespearean classic to life. Oxford siblings Robert, Phil and Margaret Skylis along with Bethany Gibson, of Metamora Township, will perform in "The Taming of the Shrew," Thursday, Aug....more >>
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Born September 16th
1893: Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, biochemist who isolated vitamin C.
1925: Charlie Byrd, jazz guitarist.
1925: B.B. King, blues guitarist.
1926: John Knowles, writer (A Separate Peace).
1950: Henry Louis Gates Jr., critic and scholar.
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1864: Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest leads 4,500 men out of Verona, Miss. to harass Union outposts in northern Alabama and Tennessee. Armed with their new, lethal seven-shot Spencer rifles, Wilder's Lightning Brigade was all that stood between the Union Army and the looming disaster at Chickamauga Creek.
1889: Robert Younger, in Minnesota's Stillwater Penitentiary for life, dies of tuberculosis. Brothers Cole and Bob remain in the prison.
1893: Some 50,000 Sooners claim land in the Cherokee Strip during the first day of the Oklahoma land rush.
1908: General Motors files papers of incorporation.
1920: Thirty people are killed in a terrorist bombing in New York's Wall Street financial district.