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Officials say about $5K in village tax money missing

Records found at suspended deputy clerk's desk show taxes paid, but no cash deposited

Approximately $5,000 in Oxford Village property tax money is missing, according to officials, and paperwork discovered at suspended Deputy Clerk Pat Paad's desk indicates she could be involved with its disappearance....more >>

Voters say 'no'

$25.3 million school bond issue rejected in close election

By Laura Colvin Review editor Brian Clarkston lives on Clarkston Road in Clarkston, but he's no Clarkston wolf. One of about 5,000 registered voters who live outside Orion's municipal boundaries but within the Lake Orion Community School district, the 2007 LOHS grad made sure he got to the polls Tuesday....more >>
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DDA may sell downtown offices

Micro-brewer interested in corner location

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review staff writer Lake Orion beer tasters may have something new to try. The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) may be moving out of their current offices to make way for a new business....more >>
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Bank robber wields fake bomb, nabs cash

By Laura Colvin Review editor A 40-year-old man who allegedly used a fake explosive device to rob an Orion Township bank got away with an undisclosed amount of cash earlier this week, but his freedom was short lived....more >>
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Wagon Wheel's walls wobble

Steps are being taken to ensure the Wagon Wheel is ready for new business ventures. Although first the building must be able to stand. According to Del Kanka, a demolition worker from Marler, Harlow construction in Leonard, the north facing wall of the building has become unsafe....more >>

Chris Bell honored by Detroit Lions

Commuters driving on northbound M24 past Silverbell may have noticed a familiar face staring down at them. As part of winning The Detroit Lions 2010 High School Coach of the year, two bill boards - one near Ford Field and one in Lake Orion - have been decorated with Bell's face....more >>

Two organizations certify DDA's quality

The Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has impressed two more organizations. As of Wednesday, Feb. 16, Main Street Oakland County, and the National Trust Main Street Center have declared Lake Orion's DDA a nationally accredited 2010 Main Street Program....more >>

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Crime

Missing plate On Feb. 8, a report was made at the Brandon substation for a lost or stolen license plate from a trailer. The complainant resides in the 2400 block of High Meadows Drive....more >>

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Crime

Careless On Feb. 16, at 4:12 p.m., a Brandon deputy responded to M-15 for a report of a tractor/trailer driving recklessly. The deputy stopped the tractor-trailer on M-15 near Wolfe Road....more >>
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'I can't live without you. Will you be my wife?'

Brandon Twp.- Charlotte Goodhue is a surprise spoiler. She told her boyfriend, Michael Todd, that she has never been surprised, ever. On Feb. 22, that changed as Todd walked into Amedae Salon, 2211 Allen Road, where Goodhue, a stylist, was working....more >>
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Local book publisher reflects on future of craft

Brandon Twp.- Mass change in the publishing industry is increasingly evident, with the growth in popularity of e-readers and a decrease in overall sales of books in recent years. Borders, the formerly successful book retailer, filed earlier this month for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced plans to close stores across the country....more >>

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Brandon School Board to discuss how to spend $600K

Brandon Twp.- The school board will discuss how to spend about $600,000 left over from the $73.4 million bond voters approved five years ago, during their next meeting, planned for 6:30 p....more >>

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Briefs

Coffee hour At 9 a.m., March 25, The Citizen, 12 South St., will host a coffee hour. The public is invited to attend and enjoy treats and conversation. Donations for OCEF will be accepted....more >>

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Atlas Township nears deal on new cell tower

The Atlas Township Board of Trustees recessed into an hour-long closed session for negotiations with Fortune Wireless Corporation for a new cell tower in the township. No resolution was passed on Monday night, however....more >>

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Brandon Fire to improve communications with grant

Brandon Twp.- The fire department will upgrade emergency communications in the township this year, paid for with more than $70,000 in grant money. Fire Chief Dave Kwapis said a grant written by Oxford Fire Department Captains Ron Jahlas and Kurt Fechter for $225,339 in funds for communications equipment for three departments— Oxford, Brandon and Addison Township, was approved earlier this month....more >>

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Atlas Township trustee seat up for grabs

By a 4-0 vote on Monday night the Atlas Township Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of trustee Scott Statson. Applications for the remainder of his term, which runs until November 2012, are now being accepted at the Atlas Township offices, 7386 Gale Road....more >>

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Five years: Seymour Lake Sobriety Group

'Before, my life was a nightmare because of the alcohol, the lies'

Brandon Twp.— Sandy B., 54, started drinking alcohol when she was just 12-years-old. After years of abusing alcohol, she finally sought help in 2000. After five years of attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, however, she stopped....more >>

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The Chore Solution

Local authors Jason and Ann Cowan, will be holding a round-table discussion about their book, "The Chore Solution: Making Families Better by Working Together," which focuses on the daily challenges of being a family....more >>
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Wounded bald eagle may have been from area

A wounded bald eagle rescued from a Genesee County woodlot may have been residing in the Groveland Township and Holly area. On Feb. 14, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment Office received a call of an injured eagle in a woodlot near Ray Road in Gaines Township about 20 miles west of the village of Holly—just a few miles from Seven Lakes State Park and Holly Recreation Area....more >>

Ewww, cool!

It was fiesta time at Carpenter Elementary last week as students and teachers went on a journey "South of the Border" into Mexico and down through Central America. The children explored the Latin American culture of today, as well as the history of yesteryears, through a variety of activities....more >>

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"Real Talk" needs volunteers

Michelle Novak, Guidance Counciler for Lake Orion Community Schools, is looking for roughly 50 adults to help facilitate "Real Talk", an event taking place during Lake Orion High School's Unity Week....more >>

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Nominees needed

Know a local young person who goes above and beyond in service to the community? The Orion Area Youth Assistance (OAYA) is accepting nominations for for the18th Annual Youth Recognition Awards to be held April 28 in the Lake Orion High School Performing Arts Center....more >>

Citizen of the month

Lily DeClaire

Lily DeClaire, a fifth grade student at Stadium Drive Elementary School is January's Citizen of the Month. Friends and staff at the school remark on how Lily is "always smiling", "helpful" and "joyous....more >>

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Judge sets trial for Brandon Township boys accused of CSC

The trial of two Brandon Township teens accused of sexually abusing younger boys is set to begin at 8:30 a.m., March 8, in front of Sixth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Mary Ellen Brennan....more >>

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Brandon Schools fund balance down $1.5M

Brandon Twp.- A preliminary review of the school district's financial standing shows that the $606,543 projected deficit for the 2010-2011 budget (to be made up from the fund balance) has increased to a total deficit of $1,501,706....more >>

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OCEF: It's time for 'Sharin' o' the Green'

Brandon Twp.- As the snow melts and spring approaches, green will soon sprout from the earth and the trees. Some local residents are also hoping to see green in jars in the community....more >>

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Brandon sports: End of season survey

Brandon Twp.- Parents of athletes can help improve the sports programs in the school district by answering a simple survey online. With the winter sports season drawing to a conclusion, Athletic Director Wayne Thompson hopes parents will fill out the end of season survey, available at www....more >>

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Briefs

Coffee hour At 9 a.m., Feb. 25, The Citizen, 12 South St., will host a coffee hour. The public is invited to attend and enjoy treats and conversation. Donations for OCEF will be accepted....more >>

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Township website 'hacked' by Kubucyber

Brandon Twp.- The township website receives plenty of hits each day. However at least one visitor to www.brandontownship.us proved to be unwanted Township Supervisor Kathy Thurman said the password protected website was hacked into sometime during the weekend....more >>

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Former church youth leader faces felony charges

The church youth leader accused of indecently exposing himself to an 11-year-old girl at a Brandon Township campground faced arraignment last week in Sixth Circuit Court. Curtis Burkhardt was arraigned Feb....more >>

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Township to seek additional fire millage

Groveland Twp.-Following a budget meeting on Tuesday, the township board is expected to vote on a .44 mills tax hike for the fire department. The department is currently operating on 3....more >>
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District voters to decide bond extension

Residents in the Goodrich School District will go to the polls on Tuesday, Feb.22, to vote for a $15.4 million bond extension. This bond will be paid for by extending the current repayment schedule an additional six years, from 24 years (through 2034) to a 30-year bond (with final payoff in 2041)....more >>

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Village administrator ousted

Wartella:'(Sidge) does not recognize the majority of the council since the election'

Goodrich- By a 3-2 vote at a special meeting Friday Feb. 11, the village council approved a motion to request the resignation of village administrator Jakki Sidge. In addition, the council voted to request Sidge return keys to any and all locked doors, cabinets in the village of Goodrich administrative building, DPW garage, DPW vehicles and DPW offices....more >>
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Relay for Life Kick-Off

Brandon Twp.- Prepare to celebrate, remember, and fight back against cancer. A Kick-Off party for the 4th annual Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville will start with registration and snacks at 6:30 p....more >>
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Goodrich School District voters pass bond extension

Voter turnout 23 percent

Goodrich voters approved narrowly approved a $15.4 million bond extension on Tuesday with 930 yes (52 percent) to 847 no (48 percent) votes. About 23 percent of registered voter turned out....more >>

Pallotta is new clerk

Independence Township Board voted in Barbara Pallotta as the new clerk. The vote was 4-2, with Supervisor Dave Wagner, and trustees Neil Wallace, Dave Lohmeier, and Larry Rosso voting yes....more >>
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Making magic

Fairy Godmother, Mason Van Gieson, turns a pumpkin into a carriage in Clarkston High School's performance of Cinderella on Thursday....more >>
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Art of the deal

Compromise scheme complicates clerk vote

The third time wasn't a charm in the search for a new Independence Township clerk. No one was picked at the Feb. 17 special meeting, the third deadlocked meeting in as many days. Board members and residents were surprised, however, by what Joan Patterson, clerk candidate, had to say during public comment....more >>

$6.3M coming in school cuts

Cutting the budget leads next Monday's Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education meeting. The board already directed administration to cut $6.3 million from 2012 and 2013 fiscal years to balance the budget....more >>
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Funds repaid

When Sashabaw Middle School Parent Teacher Association officers found discrepancies in their financial records in 2008, volunteers spent more than a thousand hours unraveling an elaborate, multi-year embezzlement scheme....more >>
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Big Deal makes biz stand out

Lou Gallo, owner of Auto-Lab at 5100 Dixie Highway, has 25 years of auto repair experience, customer service, and convenient location in the Kmart plaza. But having moved three years ago, many of his customers don't know where he is....more >>
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Millstream

Speaking out for the dogs

With a business degree and 10 years with General Motors, Pam Sordyl of Independence Township had no experience with activism before 2007. "I wanted to go on one of those vacations where you go work on a farm – that sounded cool," said Sordyl, 40....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Snow's back after brief break

Temperatures in the 50s last week melted almost all the snow in Clarkston, but Sunday's storm brought more. The blizzard dumped more than 10 inches of snow across the Midwest. More is expected on Thursday....more >>
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Impossible! It's possible!

Music and magic filled Clarkston High School's Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The high school's drama club presented their rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella....more >>
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'Open your heart'

The annual Open Your Heart fund raiser for Lighthouse North proved once again a success at the home of Jim and Audrey Tanner, Feb. 17. The evening included various entrees and desserts from area restaraunts, while guests enjoyed conversation and laughter with each other....more >>

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Nominations open for community awards

It's time to nominate Clarkston's "unsung heroes" for this year's Community Awards. Categories are Citizen of the Year, Youth of the Year, Adult/Youth Volunteer of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Community Beautification/Preservation, Community Enhancement, and Community Collaboration/Team Effort....more >>

Coupons for troops

American Legion Post 63 is collecting coupons for troops overseas and their families. They are able to use them here and abroad for up to three months after expiration date. Coupons are sorted into food and non-food categories....more >>

Clarkstonites on county parks panel

Gerald Fisher of Clarkston was recently elected chairman of Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission. J. David VanderVeen of Clarkston was also elected secretary for a seventh term....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1996 "Fall bond issue likely for new school" School board reached a consensus to request a bond to construct a new elementary school. Increasing student population meant 10 more teachers and portable classrooms that year....more >>
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Here's Winterfest!

OHS students Max Hill and Zach Kelley play a game of human ring toss during the Winterfest Pep Assembly Friday....more >>
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Winterfest's King and Queen are...

Presenting the 2010 OHS Winterfest King and Queen Dylan Hencey and Sarah Fortier....more >>
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Men with guns, tools found in industrial area

OXFORD TWP. – Suspicious circumstances in an industrial area spotted by an Oakland County Sheriff's deputy on patrol Feb. 16 led to the arrest of a 22-year-old Hadley man for allegedly possessing a concealed handgun....more >>
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Takin' Care of Business

Local lands a pair of Elvis' signature sunglasses

Sometimes life is funny. Just aLake Orion resident Dave Hicks. Whilst in Oxford Elementary School, he became a fan of singer Elvis Presely. Soon he was impersonating "the king of rock and roll" at school functions....more >>
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UPS driver target of alleged robbery

The parking lot of Oxford Elementary School (109 Pontiac St.) is normally a quiet place where parents drop off and pick up their children on a daily basis. But on Feb. 18, it became the scene of an arrest as Oxford Village Police busted a man who allegedly tried to rob a UPS delivery driver of a package containing five cell phones worth a total of $1,000....more >>
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Macocha tries to make it in Michigan movies

Look closely at the screen the next time you go to the movies because you just might spot Oxford's own Chandler Macocha. The 2008 Oxford High School graduate has been quite busy appearing as an 'extra' in some well-known movies being filmed right here in Michigan....more >>

Unions protest Jacobsen's prevailing wage legislation

Union members from Operating Eagles Local 324 descended into the Village of Oxford to get the word out about State Rep. Brad Jacobsen's, R-Oxford, plan to repeal Michigan's prevailing wage law....more >>

Governor's proposal could cost Oxford Schools $3.3M

Skilling believes legislators won't allow $470-per-student cut

Michigan Gov. Rick Synder dealt what could be preceived as a deathblow to schools when he proposed a $470 cut per pupil to the student foundation allowance. However, Superintendent of Oxford Community Schools Dr....more >>
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1858: Giacomo Puccini, Italian operatic composer best known for Madam Butterfly.
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1929: Soviet troops leave Manchuria after a truce is reached with the Chinese over the Eastern Railway dispute.
1941: Japanese troops make an amphibious landing on the coast of Lingayen Gulf on Luzon, the Philippines. Remembering the Bataan Death March.
1942: The Soviets drive German troops back 15 miles at the Don River.Stalingrad foes meet again.
1944: During the Battle of the Bulge, General Anthony McAuliffe responds to a German surrender request with a one word answer: Nuts!
1945: The United States recognizes Tito's government in Yugoslavia.