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New development to rise from home's ashes

Much like the mythical phoenix rising from its ashes to be reborn anew, so a new residential development will rise from the ashes of an old Oxford home that was purposely burned to the ground Saturday....more >>


Library tax hike defeated

Spisz earns GOP vote for county board

The message from Oxford and Addison voters was clear in the Aug. 7 primary election – no new taxes! In Oxford Township, voters defeated a proposed 0.4518-mill property tax increase for the public library by a margin of 1,521 to 1,351....more >>
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Cast your ballot

The unofficial results of the Aug. 7 primary election

Supervisor Chris Barnett...........3,417 votes 65.38 % JoAnn Van Tassel.....1,794 votes 34.33 % Clerk Penny Shults.........4,080 votes 98.77% Write-in (Elaine Hanes) 51 votes 1....more >>
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Leonard woodworkers build distinct table

They say if you build a better mouse trap, the world will beat a path to your door. Distinctive Design, based in Leonard, has recently put this old adage to test, and can confirm it remains true in 2012....more >>


Appeals court ruling invalidates village ordinance

It appears a zoning ordinance amendment prohibiting uses related to medical marijuana enacted earlier this year by the Oxford Village Council is no longer valid thanks to a ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals last week....more >>
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Local trickster aspires for greatness

By Trevor Keiser Review Co-Editor Like Houdini, Anthony Grupido is looking to make a name for himself in the world of Magic. At age 16 and heading into his senior year at Lake Orion High School he is already a professional magician, escape artist, balloon man and juggler....more >>
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Dragon boat races attracts paddlers

Lake Orion's upcoming festival features food, drink, fun and more, but nothing quite says "Dragon on the Lake" like the Dragon Boat Races. The Aug. 25 and 26 races, which pit two boats of around 20 paddlers (and a drummer) against each other to cross a span near the eastern Lake Orion shore....more >>


Equipment to give downtown free wireless internet coming this month

After nearly 18 months of waiting and waiting, it appears the equipment necessary for the Frankenmuth-based Air Advantage to provide free wireless internet service to downtown Oxford will finally arrive later this month....more >>

Classic cars, good eats and poker

By Gabriel Ouzounian Review Co-Editor Police from the Lake Orion Police Department do more than patrol the streets of the downtown area. They also sponsor a youth program called Kops for Kids and for about three years, Golling Buick GMC has helped them make their program a success....more >>


New service gives low-income folks a lift

Being able to hop in a car and drive anywhere at anytime is a privilege that most people take for granted. But there are plenty of folks out there, who for one reason or another, don't have or can't afford that luxury....more >>
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Resident challenges fireworks ordinance

Regulating fireworks and nearly prohibiting them all together are two different things, according to Michael Mahan, owner of Lake Orion Fireworks. "I don't want to see them banned," he said....more >>


Special ed, alternative high school director

Brandon Twp.- Diane Zedan has been named the new special education director in the district, as well as the principal of Brandon Alternative High School. Zedan, a Grosse Pointe reisdent, has 18 years of experience as a special education director in four different districts, and 16 years experience as a special education administrator, including 10 years in the Romeo School District, three years in the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, and the last three years in the River Rouge School District as the special services director....more >>


Clear Lake among schools with widest achievement gap

Michigan's exemption from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) education standards granted on July 19 has landed Clear Lake Elementary on a new list. As required by the federal waiver, Clear Lake has been identified among 10 percent of Michigan schools with the widest student achievement gap....more >>


Council tours county dispatch, 'impressed' by setup in Pontiac

Three of the Oxford Village Council's five members went on a two-and-a-half-hour tour of the Oakland County Sheriff's Dispatch Center last week as officials consider the possibility of switching from their local system housed on W....more >>


FISH pantry needs local help Oxford/Orion FISH, a local food bank, is in urgent need of office and Pantry Volunteers  to work two days a month.  The office hours are from 9 am. until 1p....more >>


Comparing local, county dispatches

It's no easy task comparing and contrasting the dispatch systems operated by the Oxford Village Police and Oakland County Sheriff's departments. Although the two centers essentially perform the same function– receiving and dispatching police, fire and emergency medical calls – they couldn't be more different in terms of size....more >>


Addison Twp. to revisit MM issue in light of court ruling

Due to a recent ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals, many municipalities across the state feel compelled to revisit their medical marijuana Ordinances. Addison Township will revisit the issue in upcoming meetings....more >>


Atlas Township, Goodrich to vote on fire millage

Atlas Twp.- On Tuesday when township voters go to the polls they will be asked to renew a fire millage to continue providing funding for the fire department. Earlier this year, the board of trustees voted 5-0 to have the 1 mill renewal for fire services....more >>


Merge Studio to host art/car show Aug. 10

Downtown Oxford's Merge Studio & Gallery is hosting a unique event that combines art, cars and charity. On Friday, Aug. 10, the 18 N. Washington St. business will host an automotive artist reception, silent auction and classic car show from 7-9 p....more >>


Celebrate Oxford $6,100 short; DDA seeks donations

Say brother, can you spare $100? The Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is seeking businesses and individuals willing to make donations to help cover the cost of this year's Celebrate Oxford event (Aug....more >>
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Smiles of the Week

Here's what happens when you don't pay your fire tax. The department shows up, but they just let your house burn while they pose for photos. JUST KIDDING! Actually, Oxford's hard-working firefighters took a moment to pose for this group photo during a training burn that occurred on Saturday using an old house at the corner of Pathfinder Trail and W....more >>
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Celebrations. Done Right.

So much fun was had by so many at Celebrate Oxford that we couldn't limit our photos to just one page. So, here's another page full of smiling faces and folks enjoying all that Oxford has to offer....more >>
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Rescue horse named Oxford's new mayor

Villages in Michigan typically don't have mayors; they have council presidents. But Oxford Village boldly broke the mold Sunday afternoon by appointing its first-ever mayor. It also broke the species barrier by giving the title to a horse....more >>
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Jr. Golf League produces three more winners

All eyes were on the Indianwood Golf & Country Club in Orion Township a few weeks ago when it hosted the 2012 U.S. Senior Open. While it was certainly exciting and glamorous, there's no denying those golfers who chipped and putted in the national spotlight represent the sport's past....more >>


Concert in Labodie Park Aug. 17

Music in the Park returns to Addison Township on Friday, Aug. 17. From 7-9p.m. at Labodie Park (1440 Rochester Road), stop by to hear the Haulin' Ellis band. Haulin' Ellis plays an eclectic blend of tunes-- a little bit of country, and a little bit of rock-n-roll, to paraphrase the Osmonds....more >>


Cycle crash sends Oxford rider, 66, to hospital

A 66-year-old Oxford man took a trip to the hospital Monday afternoon after crashing his motorcycle near the intersection of M-24 and Drahner Rd. The man lost control of his 2003 Suzuki bike and crashed to the ground after a 2008 Chevy, driven by a 22-year-old Canton man, came into his lane while making a left-turn into the driveway of a business along M-24....more >>
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Studinger's #1 fan turns 94

Editor's Note: In light of his mother's passing (see left), Walt Studinger asked if we could reprint the following article about her from Nov. 1, 2006. We're happy to oblige. We'd also like to express our deepest condolences to Walt and his entire family....more >>


Recruitment event dose of reality

Brandon Twp.- Young athletes and their parents will get a "dose of reality" during a presentation by a college recruitment expert. The event, featuring keynote speaker Jack Renkens, president and CEO of Recruiting Realities, is set for 7 p....more >>


North to Alaska, on a whim

When opportunity knocked, Dalton Warden answered. The door opened to Alaska. The 2011 Brandon High School graduate spent nearly two months in Ketchikan, Alaska, from May 7 to July 1, working full-time and drawing scenery in his spare time....more >>


Village detachment will be up to voters this November

The voters will decide. That's the word from the Genesee County Board of Commissioners, who voted unanimously on Wednesday to put the partial detachment of the Village of Goodrich to Atlas Township on the Nov....more >>

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Brandon gunman captured

'It was a very dangerous situation,' Sgt. Burkett

A Brandon Township man who terrorized his neighborhood Wednesday morning by firing shots and assaulting a woman, was safely taken into custody and was expected to be arraigned on charges Friday....more >>
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Tanner home perfect spot for film production

The mayor's speech was made up, but music, mood, and swanky mansion were real at a movie shoot last weekend in Springfield Township. Jim and Audrey Tanner, who often host parties for SCAMP and other community groups on their sprawling estate, hosted cast and crew of the drama "Approaching Midnight....more >>

Election results

Unofficial results of Tuesdays, Primary Election: Independence Township, 14 precincts Supervisor Patrick J. Kittle, 38.44%, 2,067 Neil Wallace, 26.69%, 1,435 Terry Fortuna, 19.43%, 1,045 Todd Waring, 15....more >>

Finn remembered

Zachary Daniel Finn of Clarkston died from injuries suffered in a traffic accident this past weekend. He will be remembered for his smile and sense of humor, said his uncle, Brian Varney "And for being such a gentlemen and a good listener when you needed someone to talk to, and, most of all, being able to make time for his family no matter how busy he was with school,work, and friends," Varney said....more >>

Crossers complain about crosswalk

Some Independence Township residents have made a habit of dodging traffic because of a non-functional crosswalk on Sashabaw and Bow Pointe roads. "Somebody's going to get hit," said Lori Powell, who has dodged traffic trying to get across the road....more >>

Township faces lawsuit over 2011 missing-tractor case

Wallace Parker believes the township owes him an apology, and he's decided to sue both Independence Township and Trustee Neil Wallace to get it. Parker filed a complaint on Aug. 2 in which he accuses the township and Wallace of "Defamation and Disparagement of reputation....more >>
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Ghost Walk brings history back to life

An air of mystery surrounds the first Ghost Walk event organized by the Clarkston Community Historical Society and Heritage Museum. Toni Smith, museum director, is keeping most of the eight stops on the walking tour a secret, but gave The Clarkston News a few details....more >>

Heritage Festival returns

The Davisburg Heritage Festival is back for its fourth year and bigger than ever. The festival promises to be fun for the entire family as a range of activities take place, Oct. 13-14....more >>
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Knights plan to pitch in to help community

Davisburg is home to a new Knights of Columbus Council, the Divine Mercy Council, based out of Divine Mercy Parish in Davisburg. The parish started in November of 2009. Since then, the council has grown in size and has done a number of things to help the local community....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Young scientists invent gadgets

Laura Lemerond studied the parts of the VCR as she took apart the machine during Camp Invention on July 24. She was looking for pieces she could use to pop a water balloon in the I Can Invent module....more >>

Many parties for 100th birthday celebration

Springfield Township resident Lucille Krause looked, as she would put it, "finer than frogs hair" as she celebrated her 100 birthday, July 27. Krause has lived in Springfield Township since 1945 and has always been an active member in the community....more >>

News Briefs

This week on ClarkstonTV.com

Programming on ClarkstonTV.com this week includes new editions of "The Jose Aliaga Show," "Seeing Green" with Mary Keck, Don Rush's "Don't Rush Me - The Show," and "Phil in the Blank," with Phil Custodio....more >>

Eaton Road closed

CN Railroad will close Eaton Road between Davisburg and Rattalee Lake roads in Springfield Township, Aug. 13-17, for railroad crossing repairs. The project was rescheduled from this week to avoid the Aug....more >>


Al Deeby Chrysler Dodge, Jeep Ram's full-page article and advertisement in the Best of the Best special section lists the incorrect phone number. The correct number is 248-620-0800....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Aesop's Fables as you've never seen them" Aliens. Gypsies. Hash slingers. And the requisite king with a beautiful daughter, hero, and lucky goose named Gertrude....more >>
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1817: Frederick Douglass, slave, and later, activist and author.
1819: Christopher Latham Sholes, inventor of the first practical typewriter.
1845: Quinton Hogg, English philanthropist.
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1957: The Georgia state senate outlaws interracial athletics.
1965: Malcolm X's home is firebombed. No injuries are reported.
1971: Moscow publicizes a new five-year plan geared to expanding consumer production.
1973: The United States and Hanoi set up a group to channel reconstruction aid directly to Hanoi.
1979: Armed guerrillas attack the U.S. embassy in Tehran.