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Girl Scouts Silver Award

Goodrich Cadette Girl Scouts Alex McKinzie and Jessica Taylor accomplished their Silver Award. The girls completed various leadership and service projects throughout the year before their April 2010 culminating event....more >>

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Dance class From 3-6 p.m., Aug. 31 Brandon Community Education will host a open house at H.T. Burt Elementary School for fall dance classes. The public is invited to chat with Lynn Holiday to explore various styles of dance for all ages....more >>

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Crime

Bike found On Aug. 19, a bike that went missing between Aug. 12 and Aug. 15 in the 4500 block of Wildwood Loop was recovered in the neighborhood. Canoe recovered On Aug. 19, the owner of a canoe that went missing the week prior in the 500 block of S....more >>

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Local stars in "Roadkill: A Love Story"

Brandon Twp.- Filming a movie isn't always glamorous. On a warm, rainy Tuesday earlier this month, Director Raphael Buechel stands under an umbrella held by an assistant and adjusts a camera....more >>

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Local stars in "Roadkill: A Love Story"

Brandon Twp.- Filming a movie isn't always glamorous. On a warm, rainy Tuesday earlier this month, Director Raphael Buechel stands under an umbrella held by an assistant and adjusts a camera....more >>

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Crime

Denied On Aug. 12, Brandon deputies responded to the 3700 block of Dartmouth at 8:39 p.m. for a breaking and entering in progress. En route, the deputies werre advised the complainant knew the responsible and he fled prior to the arrival of deputies, but left his car in the driveway....more >>

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Top 50 Michigan Prep football recruits

Justin Mezsets is living the life any aspiring football player would love to lead. Mezsets, an upcoming junior at Brandon High School, is making his way into his second year on the varsity football team as an offensive and defensive lineman....more >>

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Coffee Club canceled The weekly business networking Coffee Club at the Brandon Township Library has been canceled for Sept. 1. The next meeting will be 7:30 a.m., Sept. 8. Details: 248-627-4332....more >>

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Classic Shelby

No ordinary Shelby—a Cobra version of the most powerful Ford Mustang ever built has arrived in Ortonville. With a 526-horsepower supercharged engine, Joe Carrier, manager of Randy Wise Ford, 968 South Ortonville Road, said about five customers come in to the showroom each day to check out the 2010 Shelby Cobra....more >>

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Man arraigned in sexual assault of Brandon Township child

A 42-year-old man staying at a residence in the Clarkston Lakes Mobile Home Park after he tattooed the homeowner has been arraigned in the sexual assault of a child who was being babysat there....more >>

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Orange barrels on the way: Paving projects set for village streets

The mean streets of Ortonville will receive some kindness soon. Weather cooperating, South Street will be repaved on Thursday from M-15 to the bridge just north of the library, said Village Manager Larry Brown....more >>

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Coffee hour There will be a coffee hour at 9 a.m., Friday, Sept.24, 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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Man charged in home invasion, domestic violence

A 39-year-old Brandon Township man has been arraigned on charges of home invasion and domestic violence. David Earl Greer, Jr. was arraigned Aug. 25 by 52-2 District Court Judge Kelley Kostin on one count of home invasion first degree, a 20-year felony, and one count of domestic violence, a 93-day misdemeanor....more >>

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Contaminated soil found at Goodrich bus facility

Goodrich-After underground storage tanks at the school district's bus garage failed a Department of Environmental Quality test last month and were removed, a second issue with the tank area has been reported....more >>
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Groveland Twp. fire

Groveland Twp.- Just after midnight on Aug.23, township firefighters responded to the 15000 block of Warden Road for a residential structure fire. Township Fire Chief Steve McGee said when firefighters arrived flames were visible from the single-story home....more >>

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New assistant principal, athletic director named

Goodrich- Stephanie O'Dea must be a good sport. In one day O'Dea went from being Oaktree Elementary principal to the Goodrich High School assistant principal in addition to taking over the duties of the district's athletic director next year—a move she's ready to accept....more >>
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Mission: Copperhill, Tennessee

In the southeast part of Tennessee, nestled among the Appalachian Mountains, far from main thoroughfares, is the isolated town of Copperhill, population roughly 500. It was to this area that 43 teens and seven adults from Hillside Bible Church in Ortonville traveled last month to assist poor, elderly residents....more >>

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Township police: 'Quality of service is starting to decline'

Brandon Twp.- It's a conundrum— township residents don't want higher taxes, but they don't want their services reduced, either. Police protection in the township is already falling, says Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt....more >>

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District moves forward with bond extension

Goodrich-The school board voted 6-0 on Monday night to move forward with a $15.4 million bond extension for renovations to several district buildings. If approved, district voters would decide the issue on Feb....more >>

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CANUSA games

GOB Gymnastics took part in North America's largest and longest running international games last weekend. On Aug. 7, the local gym sent three gymnastics to the CANUSA games, a competition 53 years running that focuses on giving amateur athletes a chance to showcase their talents across the Canadian-United States border....more >>

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'AJ never felt the tick bite that spreads Lyme Disease

By David Fleet Editor AJ Craven lived for baseball. The 8-year-old Fenton first grade student had played the game since he was 2-years-old, recalls Eileen Craven, his mother. "He just loved to play—so when he woke up late for a game one spring day I became suspicious—something was not quite right....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, Aug.27. The public is welcome to attend and check out the new Ortonville 411 website....more >>
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'I just have blisters, stiff joints, it will all heal'

Heather Roberts' feet are a mess. She has a blister on her right big toe, and one on her right heel and they are joined, as she says, by ten friends on her left foot. She isn't complaining though—the blisters are battle scars, a result of walking 60 miles in three days in the fight against cancer....more >>

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Reward offered in Brandon Township arson case

Brandon Twp.- A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest or conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting a fire that destroyed a vehicle and damaged another truck and two homes Aug....more >>

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Technology, security key in bond issue

Goodrich- How to spend $15.4 million in the school district is likely to be debated over the next few months. The laborious process was kicked off on Monday afternoon when the building and site committee convened to discuss a list of priorities the week before the school board considers whether to move forward on a major bond extension....more >>

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Nothing but 'Good Times' in Goodrich

By Samantha Shelley Staff Writer A forecast of sunny skies, warm temperatures and plenty of fun is expected as one of the premier summer events kicks off on Aug. 28 at Good Times in Goodrich....more >>
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Cops on the run

There will be a police chase on Aug. 28 in Flint involving three cops from Brandon Township. Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Pete Burkett, Brandon substation commander, as well as Brandon deputies Dave Rheaume and Arnie Terrell will run a 5K that day as part of the 2010 Crim Festival of Races....more >>

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Robbers dash with teen cash stash

Brandon Twp.- Thieves who broke into a church here recently have robbed local teens of an annual fall trip. Ruth Britting, secretary of Cornerstone Baptist Church, 3060 E. Seymour Lake Road, said on Aug....more >>

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Local helps at Marshall oil spill

As a firefighter/medic with the Brandon Fire Department, David Castle routinely protects and cares for township residents. Recently, however, his skills were needed in Marshall, where an oil spill last month has impacted area residents, wildlife, and ecology....more >>
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Groveland blaze 'Hottest fire we've had'

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Groveland Twp.- Spontaneous combustion is believed to be the cause of the most intense fire Groveland Fire Chief Steve McGee has ever seen in the township....more >>
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Summer clean

Linda Steuart cleans the lockers through the hallways at Independence Elementary, in preparation for students' return, Sept....more >>

Sup't candidate has extensive, expensive work history

Dr. Richard Drury, former superintendent for Community Unit School District 200, Wheaton, Ill., had some explaining to do at his job interview for Clarkston superintendent. "I am sure there were times I was overly passionate, but in the meantime I did what needed to be done," said Drury to Clarkston Board of Education, Monday....more >>

Cory calls for dissolving city

The reasons why the Village of Clarkston became a city and whether those reasons are valid anymore doesn't really matter, says resident and former Councilman Cory Johnston. With the recent vote to get rid of the City Police Department, Johnston feels it may be time to dissolve the city and surrender to Independence Township....more >>

Clerk finds fake filings in race

Aaron Tyler is signed up to run for Oakland County Commission District 2 as a Tea Party candidate and resident of Springfield Township. The problems: the signature isn't his, he's not with the Tea Party, and he doesn't live in Springfield Township....more >>

Sweet way to save kids with heart defects

Yummy ice cream, delicious food and helping a great cause makes Culver's of Clarkston the place to be this Saturday. Culver's is hosting their first annual Scoop for Hearts with activities for the entire family while donating 10 percent of all proceeds to the Children's Heart Foundation, a non-profit organization for children born with congenital heart defects....more >>

Cars on Labor Day

Fred Ranta stands in front of his maroon 1936 Ford custom, Best of Show winner at last year's Country Fair and Car Show at First Congregational Church, 5449 Clarkston Road. The church hosts its annual Labor Day Fair and Car Show, Monday, Sept....more >>

Golf Classic for SCAMP, Sept. 10

Clarkston SCAMP's 23rd annual Golf Classic will take place on Friday, Sept. 10 at White Lake Oaks Golf Course. The golfer fee includes a buffet breakfast, lunch, hors d'oeuvres and a premium open bar....more >>

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Walker goes the distance to help friend

Heather Roberts took her first step at Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills and took her last step at Ford Headquarters in Dearborn - finishing 60 miles in three days. Roberts was inspired to walk in the Susan G....more >>
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Park fun for dogs

Dogs and their owners filled Independence Oaks County Park, Aug. 22, for Paws in the Park. Hosted by Paws for Life Rescue, activities included a half-mile walk, picnic, games, and adoptions for dogs and cats....more >>
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Festival for Youth Day

Friends Shannon Disalle, Mary Smith, Mikayla Thibodeau, Annie Toohey plan to attend World Youth Day next summer. It'll cost about $3,000 each because it's in Madrid, Spain, so fund raising has already started....more >>
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Entrepreneur teams with music legends, protege to help others

Helping others is a priority for Anna Muzzy of Independence Township. Hosting a charity golf outing, Aug. 2, she found it's also a priority for Motown legends The Contours. "They're so nice they treat you like they've known you for 10 years," said Muzzy, whose Rock Me business sponsored the outing benefiting Athletes with Disabilities Network....more >>
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Local writer's poetry comes from the heart

TimothyPrice's creativity began as a young child when he and his brother would make greeting cards out of colored construction paper. "My mom and dad were short on money and they wanted us to expand our minds," he said....more >>

Knox concentrates on Freedmen's Bureau

Third in a series on Major John Knox BY AL HESTER Special to the Clarkston News Major John J. Knox of Clarkston was never without pain from his Civil War battle wounds and his chronic dysentery....more >>
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Final details

The halls throughout Clarkston Community Schools are dark and empty but head into a few classrooms and see a flurry of activity is going on. Custodians and bus drivers finished their detail cleaning of all the elementary schools last week at Independence Elementary....more >>

Tools to help you decide when to retire

By Cindy Kita Social Security Manager in Pontiac These days, everyone is taking a new look at their finances — and no one is looking more closely than the millions of baby boomers who are nearing retirement age....more >>

75 years of Social Security

By James F. Martin Social Security regional commissioner This year we are be celebrating the 75th anniversary of Social Security. For 75 years, Social Security has been a cornerstone of our nation, touching the lives of many of you and the people you know....more >>

Treasure sale

Neighbor for Neighbor, an all-volunteer non-profit charitable organization for families in crisis from Springfield, Holly, Groveland, Rose and parts of Independence and White Lake Townships, hosts Treasures and Treats fall fundraiser, 9:30 a....more >>

New seat for Kid Rock

During the second night of Kid Rock's three sold-out show run at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Aug. 13-15, the Clarkston-based music star was presented his own personalized courtside Detroit Pistons seat by Palace Sports & Entertainment owner Karen Davidson....more >>

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City constable talks continue

City Mayor Stephen Arkwright asked for the finance committee to meet prior to the regular Sept. 13 meeting to further define the duties of the Constable and to come up with a better idea of cost....more >>

Bike workshop

Michael Wissink, Elite Men's 2009 state cyclocross champion, and Anne Schwartz, Elite Women's 2009 state cyclocross champion, will be in town to teach bike skills at Cyclo-cross clinic, 11:30 a....more >>

Special meeting

Clarkston City Council motioned to hold a special meeting Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. to talk more specific language regarding the intergovernmental agreement contract between Independence Township and the City....more >>

ree prostate tests at Great Lakes Cancer Institute

POH Regional Medical Center teamed up with Oakland County Urologists and the Great Lakes Cancer Institute to provide free prostate screenings, 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, at Great Lakes Cancer Institute, 5680 Bow Pointe Drive....more >>

Benefits for vets

Rick Anderson, director of the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, and Lauren Chamberlin, counselor and supervisor for Oakland County Veterans, will discuss veterans' benefits provided by the federal government, at a Veterans Benefits Seminar, 10 a....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1995 "Levy may buy Salem pit" The Edward C. Levy Mining Co. was denied the right to mine 300 acres near the headwaters of the Clinton River, but was negotiating the purchase of the 200-acre Alabama-based Blount Materials mining operation near Oak Hill and Dartmouth roads....more >>
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Community stunned by stabbing, runious blaze

Richard Darrin saw movement in the woods ahead. A woman, lying on the ground, raised her arm in the air. "I think she was trying to get someone's attention," said Darrin, who alerted firefighters Sunday after he found Rosemary Rangi, covered in soot and suffering from multiple stab wounds, behind her Orion Township home....more >>

Video contest seeking best-of-Orion entries

What's so great about Orion? Is it the trails? Downtown? A park? A shop? Maybe it's high school sports or a very special person. Whatever your favorite thing about Orion is, Orion Neighborhood Television (ONTV) wants to know....more >>

Orion ponders renewable energy proposal

If one man's trash is another man's treasure, is one man's garbage another man's gas? The folks at Waste Management of Michigan and Eagle Valley Landfill say yes methane gas, anyway and they're hoping to break ground soon on a renewable energy facility in Orion Township....more >>
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High winds carve path of destruction

It was not a twister, Dorothy. There was much speculation by Oxford and Addison residents that the many downed wires and toppled trees stemming from the Thursday, Aug. 19 storm were the work of a tornado....more >>

Cats vs. Dragons: Rivalry renewed Friday

And so it begins . . . After 27 long years, the Oxford and Lake Orion high school football teams will once again face each other on the gridiron at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27. The first meeting of this renewed rivalry will take place on the enemy's soil at 495 E....more >>
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Oxford dines on Dragon

Friday's big game hasn't even been played and already the Oxford varsity football squad has beaten Lake Orion. The Wildcats were victorious in the "Men vs. Men vs. Food" eating competition held Aug....more >>
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They make us look good

Oxford is such a visually-appealing community because so many property owners take pride in the places in which they live and do business. To honor those folks who work so hard at keeping their property looking good, the Oxford Village Beautification Commission recently named nine winners as part of its 18th Annual Beautification Awards program....more >>

Splash Pad recognized by trade publication

Once again, Ron Davis and his dedicated team have brought home the gold and drawn positive attention to the community of Oxford. This time it's on an international level. Hold on to your bathing suits because the KLR Splash Pad at Seymour Lake Township Park has earned the distinction of being the "Best Spray Park" in the United States and Canada, according to a contest held by the Los-Angles-based Aquatics International magazine....more >>

District spends $75K on wireless radio system

If an emergency happens at one of the seven schools in the Oxford School District and a phone is not available, the district has a backup plan in place. The school board recently voted 5-0 to purchase $75,625 worth of hand-held radios employees can use....more >>
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Art in the park is here

Centennial Park finally got its very own Van Gogh. A waterproof, full-size digital reproduction of an oil painting created by Dutch post-Impressionist Vincent van Gogh in July 1890 was erected last week in the downtown Oxford park for all to see, enjoy and appreciate....more >>

Twp. adds two years to proposed police tax hike

Sitting through last week's Oxford Township Board meeting felt more like watching a math class than a government body engaged in the decision-making process. The clickety-clack of an adding machine filled the air as officials tried to solve the problem X number of mills plus Y number of years equals Z number of police officers....more >>
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Biz dispenses info, not pot

Oxford's very first medical marijuana business officially opened its doors Aug. 14, but it's not dispensing any of the controversial, yet legal, medicine to patients. "It's strictly a place for people to come and get information on medical marijuana," said Matt Dankovich, co-owner of The Kind Tree: An Organic Wellness Center, located at 109 N....more >>
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Smoke 'N' Cuffs

When it comes to protecting the public, police officers and firefighters are normally on the same team. But that all changes when they put down their handcuffs and hoses, and pick up some bats and gloves....more >>
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Legion dedicates helicopter to American hero

A crowd of veterans, military personnel, civilians and family members gathered Saturday afternoon at Oxford American Legion Post 108 to dedicate a monument to a hero and honor the men who created it....more >>
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Church offers free food

For those who truly need it, free food is always a Godsend, especially in these tough economic times. Knowing this, the New Beginnings Baptist Church, located at 985 N. Lapeer Rd. on the Oxford/Orion border, held a grocery giveway on Saturday....more >>
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What a mess

Noble Rd. in Addison Township was littered with so many downed trees, limbs and branches from the storm that it was impassable. Fortunately, Oakland County Road Commission workers got right on it the next day, clearing the rural road with chainsaws, elbow grease and giant machines like the one shown here....more >>
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Artists garner honors as exhibition continues

Art lovers from all over have enjoyed stopping into Margot's Gallery and Frame over the past few weeks to see more than 83 pieces of art on display from artists all over the thumb area of Michigan....more >>
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Meads was outstanding athlete, student

Dr. Ed Meads was a standout on the field of competition as well as in the classroom, thus earning him a spot in the inaugural class of the Oxford Athletic Hall of Fame. "I was very flattered and very honored," Meads said....more >>
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Born September 19th
1904: Bergen Evans, educator and author who wrote Dictionary of Contemporary American Usage.
1911: William Golding, novelist best known for Lord of the Flies.
1915: Elizabeth Stern, Canadian pathologist who first published a case report linking a specific virus to a specific cancer.
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in history
1692: Giles Corey is pressed to death for standing mute and refusing to answer charges of witchcraft brought against him. He is the only person in America to have suffered this punishment.
1777: American forces under Gen. Horatio Gates meet British troops led by Gen. John Burgoyne at Saratoga Springs, NY.
1783: The first hot-air balloon is sent aloft in Versailles, France with animal passengers including a sheep, rooster and a duck.
1788: Charles de Barentin becomes lord chancellor of France.
1841: The first railway to span a frontier is completed between Stousbourg and Basle, in Europe.