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Time's running out for turf committee

"If we don't raise the funds . . . they could come after our homes." Another wrinkle in the tale of the turf was revealed with these words when Oxford School Board Trustee Jim Reis went on television July 7 to give Oxford residents a glimpse of what's been swept under their famous blue rug....more >>
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Football season is back

Sometimes the best way to fix a problem is admit there was one. That appears to be what Chris Bell, head coach of the Lake Orion Dragons varsity football team, is doing. When asked about the early exit his team had in the 2011 football season, Bell said the team simply was not very good....more >>


Twp. to seek 1-mill police tax increase

When Oxford Township voters trek to the polls for the November election, they'll be asked to approve a two-year, 1-mill property tax increase for police protection. Last week, the township board voted 4-2 to approve ballot language for the proposal....more >>

Election upsets

New faces will be seen on the Orion Township Board in November after the results of last week's election. Chris Barnett took the supervisor seat with 3,417 votes, 65.38 percent over the 1,794 votes, 34....more >>
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Addison Twp. couple fears dog stolen

For a pet owner, there's only one feeling worse than having a cherished animal go missing and that's the awful fear that their furry little friend has been abducted. Day and night, the owner wonders who took their pet, what was the motivation and will they ever see their animal again safe and sound....more >>
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Dragon on the Lake is about the art

By Olivia Shumaker Review Intern Once again the time has come to break out your best dragon: Dragon on the Lake is returning from August 25 to 26 and this year the focus will be on the art more than ever....more >>


FISH needs volunteers for Renaissance Festival drive

Oxford-Orion FISH is in desperate need of volunteers to collect food donations at this year's Renaissance Festival in order to restock its pantry and feed those in need. "By now, we have hardly any food left in our basement....more >>
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Local studio features educational dance instruction

All great dancers start somewhere. It's usually as a child in a dance studio under the tutelage of a dance instructor who cares and Lake Orion now has an outlet for young men and woman who want to express themselves on the dance floor....more >>


New interim principal named, appointees considered

Coy Stewart, a longtime Brandon School District teacher, has been named the interim principal of Belle Ann Elementary for the 2012-2013 school year. Superintendent Lorrie McMahon announced her decision on Tuesday, noting in a memo to school board members that Stewart has most recently been a reading recovery teacher at Harvey Swanson Elementary and served as a literacy coach in the district....more >>

Oxford kids are at home on the range

Normally, when you read news stories about kids and guns, it's never a good thing. From accidental shootings to violent rampages, major media outlets often paint a negative picture that youth and firearms simply don't mix....more >>
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Life is changed in EPIC moment

With every epic story, comes an epic hero who has battled with opposition and in the end overcame the trials victoriously. Having overcome his own battles, Oxford resident Jeff Gibbs is looking to empower others to overcome their own issues....more >>
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Vintage toys on display at museum

Long before video games and computers ruled the day, it was a child's imagination that fueled his or her play. Hands and minds, not circuits and electricity, made toys come alive to delight little girls and boys....more >>


Potential land purchase explored to help pay water debt

Oxford Township is exploring the possibility of purchasing six acres of undeveloped land from its water system customers to help pay their considerable debt. The land adjoins, on the north side, the existing 27 acres which the township already owns along Dunlap Rd....more >>
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'Tornado' rips through Oakview Middle school

Those who have driven past Oakview Middle School the past couple weeks may have thought they were driving past a war zone. But don't worry - it was just an on sight tornado for an upcoming Hollywood film currently called "The Untitled Tornado Project....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 >>


Mediator for Brandon negotiations, teachers called back

Brandon Twp.- A mediator will assist in contract negotiations between school district officials and the teacher's union. Superintendent Lorrie McMahon requested the mediator from the Michigan Employment Relations Committee a few weeks ago to participate in a meeting between the Brandon Education Association and the administration on Aug....more >>


$16K approved for safety path engineering

An expenditure of up to $16,000 for engineering fees related to two proposed safety paths was approved last week by the Oxford Township Board. Officials authorized spending an amount not to exceed $11,000 for engineering work related to constructing a safety path along the north side of Seymour Lake Rd....more >>
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Bus stop sparks controversy

Safety is of the utmost importance for schools, especially when elementary children, who don't know better, are concerned. But one Lake Orion parent is worried that's not the case, especially so because the child at potential risk is her 10-year-old son....more >>


Entrepreneur exceeds goal, garners national attention

If 236 years of American history has demonstrated anything, it's that nothing can stop an entrepreneur with an idea and a dream not even government red tape and fees. Case in point, Kerri (Linto) Smith needed to raise $4,660 to pay off the government, so she could sell her brand new maternity pillow, called the Belly Rest, via the internet....more >>


Village investment portfolio report A summery of investments was approved at the Aug. 13 Village Council Meeting. The overall interest rate increased slightly due mainly to an increase in earning on Oakland County Local Governmental Investment Pool funds....more >>


Officials ponder proposed 'dog control' ordinance

It all started with a request from a resident for a barking dog ordinance and now, the Oxford Township Board is considering a "dog control" ordinance that encompasses a variety of canine-related issues....more >>

Identity theft is on the rise - here's how to avoid it

(ARA) - Two million Americans fall victim to medical identity theft each year, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute, commissioned by Experian's ProtectMyID. While medical identity theft costs victims an average of $22,346, the potential impact can be far greater - medical identity theft could cost some victims their health, or even their lives....more >>

New service gives low-income folks a lift

By CJ Carnacchio Leader Editor 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 >>

Twp. OKs $180K for cemetery improvements

Cemeteries exist to provide comfort for the living and a final resting place for the dead. With that in mind, the Oxford Township Board last week voted 5-1 to make improvements to the community's public cemeteries in an amount not to exceed $180,295....more >>


Sewers, property issues spark debate in detachment vote

Following the Genesee County Board of Commissioners unanimous vote to put the partial detachment of the Village of Goodrich to Atlas Township on the Nov. 8 ballot several concerns regarding the details of detachment and just what it means to taxpayers has surfaced....more >>


Candidates slated for November

The full slate of local candidates who will appear on the November ballot have been revealed with the passing of the Aug. 14 petition filing deadline. In Ortonville, the village council has been effectively decided....more >>
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Wolf big winner in library's summer reading program

The Oxford Public Library just wrapped up their teen summer reading program. Open to all students in grades 6-12, this year's program ran from June 18 - July 31. In total, 122 teens participated in the reading contest....more >>


A Dominican summer

"Bananas unite! Bananas split! Peel banana, peel, peel banana; bananas to the left, bananas to the right, peel it down the middle and UNH! take a bite! Go bananas, go, go bananas!" Hannah Scherer taught this classic American camp song (and dance) to children in the Dominican Republic during a trip to the island nation last month....more >>


Plenty of Good Times in Goodrich—Aug. 25

This Saturday, Aug. 25, Good Times in Goodrich is back and promises another year of good food and family fun. Hundreds are expected to gather in downtown Goodrich to watch the parade, enjoy a band or two, and visit with the locals....more >>
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Goodrich Schools to kick off new athletic complex

Goodrich-At 7 p.m., Aug. 23 the Martians Varsity Football team will step into history. The 2012 Martians take on the Saginaw Arthur Hill in the season opener at the renovated Roy U....more >>


A Goodrich exchange

Ines Figueira is preparing to adjust to a new life between America and her home country of Portugal when she arrives in late August. Figueira,17, will be a foreign exchange student at Goodrich High School this fall and says she is looking forward to the opportunity to experience something new....more >>
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Cars and arts

Merge Studio & Gallery in downtown Oxford hosted a show Friday evening featuring works celebrating the art of automobiles. From paintings and photographs to old hoods and quarter panels, the pieces were a mix of traditional and unique....more >>


List of charges against Brandon shooter grows

The list of charges has grown against the Brandon Township man who assaulted neighbors, fired shots and threatened to kill police earlier this month. James Walter Graves, 58, was arraigned Aug....more >>


Goodrich House demolition bid awarded

By a 4-0 vote on Monday night the village council accepted a bid from Bedrock Express, 1290 N. Ortonville Road. Councilmember Doug McAbee was absent. In June, the council voted to seek bids for demolition of the Goodrich House in the downtown area after Genesee County 7th Circuit Judge Farah signed an order to secure....more >>


Bones under home investigated by medical examiner

Ortonville- Moo, not boo. A village resident recently found bones buried beneath his home, complete with cut marks, prompting a call to police. Further investigation of the bones revealed no sinister motives, however, other than a possible desire for steak or a hamburger....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 >>
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Front page

Chasing down a cure

Adam Johns makes a play against the blue team at Football for a Cure, Saturday....more >>
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Local youth help out at Santorum speech

For former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, young people like Everest Collegiate High School Life Club members are what his pro-life message is about. "It's so encouraging to see young people like this, as pro life as any generation in the country," said Santorum at the Birth Choice Pregnancy Resource Center fund raiser, Aug....more >>

Winners point to change, positivity in primary election

"It takes a lot to throw your hat in the ring. You have to have respect for everyone who put themselves out there," Trustee David Lohmeier said. From dog bites to walking door-to-door in 100-degree heat, the candidates for Independence Township were truly challenged before Election Day....more >>
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Candles for Finn

Classmates, family and friends gathered in a candlelight ceremony, Aug. 9, at the Clarkston High School tennis courts to celebrate the life of Zachary Finn, who passed away, Aug. 4....more >>

Candidates to continue civic involvement

"The township will be in good hands," said Treasurer Curt Carson, who wasn't able to hold on to his position after the results of the Aug. 7 primary were tallied. Carson isn't alone in feeling like the voters made good choices....more >>

Dirty politics reported in race

Residents and candidates had a rough ride in the Independence Township primary election. Many candidates reported stolen or misplaced campaign signs during the primary season, which ended on Aug....more >>
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Clarkstonite's art exhibit in New York City

Since graduating from Clarkston High and Cranbrook Academy of Art, artist Laura Ginn's photography and video work has been displayed in Detroit and Atlanta, but her exhibition in New York City is one of a kind....more >>

Roots to Fruits hopes to revive local foods culture

Most believe the economy could use a boost, but is the answer to financial woes in fruits and vegetables? According to the owners of Clarkston's Roots to Fruits ecological design firm, farming isn't only an avenue to a stronger economy; it is also a road to reviving local culture....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Run for Ryan

The gray clouds didn't keep away runners as they came out for 5K Run for Research on Saturday at Clarkston High School. Proceeds from the event go to research for brain cancer in honor of Ryan Kennedy, a North Sashabaw Elementary student who passed away in May....more >>
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Alight with history

Pheobe Bojanzyk and her two daughters Laurie Bojanzyk and Melissa Beznitz have owned the Davisburg Candle Factory for 13 years. This summer, business has really started to pick up for them....more >>
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Let's Roll!

Kids of all ages headed to Clintonwood Park last Saturday to explore at the Independence Township Parks and Recreation annual Tons of Trucks. For more information, visit www.itpr....more >>

News Briefs

Sign rule amendment

The retailers' application to amend the city's ordinance on internally illuminated signs was moved forward after the Planning Commission meeting on August 8. The retailers seek an amendment to the ordinance that would allow a lit "open sign" in their shop windows....more >>

DSO concert

Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Copland lovers will have an opportunity to hear their favorite classical compositions performed for free. A Detroit Symphony Orchestra performance will take place on September 20 at 7:30 p....more >>

Tickets for sports

Athletic passes for all Clarkston home athletic events for the 2012-2013 school year are now available to purchase in the attendance office of the high school. The passes are good for athletic events at Sashabaw Middle School, Clarkston Junior High School and Clarkston High School....more >>

Golf for dance team

The 16th Annual Clarkston High School Dance Team Golf Outing is Sept. 9 at Pine Knob Golf Course. It is a 18-hole scramble with cart including dinner and raffles. It is $100 per person....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Wendy's marks opening with donation" Clarkston's first Wendy's restaurant opened its doors with a champagne preview for the town's movers and shakers. Oh, and they gave away some money too....more >>
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