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FBI raids Orion's Tubby's Subs

Agents looking for more than just lunch

The Orion based Tubby's Grilled Submarines was the subject of an FBI raid on Sept. 5 after the owner of the restaurant was alleged to have obtained and attempted to manufacture explosives....more >>
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Playing like the pros

Dragons scorch Red Hawks

The Dragons got a taste of the big time on Aug. 31, and thanks to the beating they delivered to Troy Athens, the Red Hawks got their taste as well. The clock ran down and the score board read 68-20 extended the Dragons' winning streak to two games....more >>


Coby was a true friend, fisherman

A member of Oxford High School's Class of 2009 who was full of life and rich with friends unfortunately died by suicide Aug. 29. Coby Etherton, 21, passed away as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, according to Oakland County Sheriff's Lt....more >>
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Student petitions Township for skate park

After watching the X-Games four years ago Logan Kaiser decided to take up skateboarding, but he has no safe legal place to improve his skills, which is why the fifteen year-old would like to see a skate park in Orion Township....more >>
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1,400 miles to Michigan for charity

In 1997 Marc DesRosiers rode his bike from Colorado to Michigan in 13 days, traveling 100 miles per day. In 2007 he ran his first Detroit Marathon with his brother. Ever since his dad passed of cancer in 2008, he has wanted to combine his bike trip with a marathon and this year DesRosiers will get his chance....more >>


Kingsbury celebrates its 60th 'first day of school'

For most schools around Michigan, Sept. 4 was simply the start of another school year. But for Kingsbury Country Day School in Addison Township, the date was actually a milestone. It marked the beginning of the institution's 60th year of educational excellence and independence from the public system....more >>
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Another year another Dragon on the Lake succeeds

The dust has settled, the guests have gone and the Dragon has returned to its lake, but the memories are still warm for many Orion residents. The 2012 Dragon on the Lake was a success....more >>


Drunken restaurant patron allegedly punches deputy

There's only one thing that can land a person in jail quicker than drinking and driving drinking and punching a cop. Anthony Paul Ruiz, 27, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania is accused of doing just that to an Oakland County Sheriff's deputy who was passing through downtown Oxford on the afternoon of Friday, Aug....more >>

DDA seeks input on community brand

After having 10 new businesses open or about to open since the completion of the streetscape downtown, is community branding the next step? Suzanne Perreault, director of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) thinks so....more >>


Turf Committee prez corrects, clarifies info regarding mailer

In last week's Leader, a story was published regarding a mailer that was sent out to approximately 8,100 Oxford High School alumni seeking donations to help pay off the $300,000 private debt associated with football field's blue turf....more >>
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Celebrating junior golf

The final event of the 2012 Junior golf season ended in a buffet style dinner and awards ceremony at Paint Creek Country Club. Nearly 300 junior golfers and family members were in attendance....more >>


STAND Strength Team to visit Oxford Schools

The STAND Strength Team is coming to the Oxford area on Monday thru Sunday, September 10-16 for doing local school assemblies and FREE evening programs at Oakwood Community Church (5791 Oakwood Rd....more >>


Write-ins will determine who replaces Alberty

It appears that it will be a write-in candidate who ultimately replaces the late Dan Alberty as treasurer of Addison Township. Oakland County Elections Director Joe Rozell informed township Clerk Pauline Bennett of this on Sept....more >>


Welcome back Oxford students!

From the wee ones in elementary school to the driving-and-dating teenagers in high school, students of all ages in Oxford returned to the classroom Sept. 4 to begin a new year of learning and self-discovery....more >>


Chief warns council old fire hall is not up to code

A simple council discussion over allowing a limousine service to rent some space from the Village of Oxford revealed the old fire hall is not compliant with the fire code despite the fact that it's being regularly used for public gatherings....more >>


Council invites Willow Lake residents to speak Sept. 25

By C.J. Carnacchio Leader Editor Residents living in the Willow Lake subdivision in Oxford Township will be given an opportunity to speak about whether or not they favor a cut-through traffic reduction measure recently rejected by the village council....more >>
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175 years: Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church

Groveland Twp.- It's the definition of a country church. Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, located at the intersection of dirt roads—adjacent farm fields and woodlots has endured fire in addition to the challenges of a modern world....more >>

Brief - DPW truck purchase

Bill Ireland, Public Works director requested to purchase a 2013 GMC Sierra 3500HD 4WD work truck with crane from Red Holman GMC at $36,772. The truck will replace the 2005 GMC pick-up, which will go out to bid in the fall....more >>

Brief - Requests for part-timers

After having a vacancy in the part-time program director position since last spring and after interviewing five people for the position, Community Programs Director Lisa Sokol requested to hire Jennifer Angus as a part-time programmer in the Community Programs Department at $14....more >>

Brief - Truth in budgeting public hearing

A public hearing for the Truth-in-Budgeting on proposed millage rates to be levied for 2012 will be held on Sept....more >>

Brief - LOEF 5K postponed

The Lake Orion Education Foundation 5K run has been postponed until the spring....more >>

Brief - 9/11 Patriots Day Ceremony

The Orion Veterans Memorial will host its 9/11 Patriot Day Ceremony at 7 p....more >>


Local pharmacy burglarized

The Genesee County Sheriff's Department responded to a burglary at PharmD Co., 8191 State Road, Goodrich. According to police reports in the early morning hours of Aug. 28, the phone lines to the building in the Goodrich Plaza were cut in an effort to disarm the security system....more >>


'Weed factory' or beauty?

Ortonville- The Heritage Garden is getting a one-year reprieve. The village council voted 6-0 during their Aug. 27 meeting to keep the garden's current configuration and provide mulch to garden volunteers as needed for one year, at which time the state of the garden will be reevaluated....more >>
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Home run

Lori Mancini celebrated her 56th birthday on Aug. 25 by running 10 miles at the Crim Festival of Races, every step bringing her closer to her best present ever. She ran in a T-shirt that proclaimed her as the birthday girl and as spectators yelled, "Happy birthday!" Mancini invariably responded, "Guess what I'm getting for my birthday??" What she was getting, she found out only the day before, was her son....more >>
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Sierra Leone: 'What is the most challenging place I can go?'

After returning home to the U.S. from a month-long stay in Sierra Leone, Matt Yettaw attaches cost to items in a new way. "There is a price on everything now," says the 2011 Brandon High School graduate....more >>


Atlas Township treasurer primary election challenged, recount Friday

Atlas Twp.- A vote recount following the primary election has been scheduled for 9 a.m., Sept. 7 at the township hall after incumbent treasurer Ann Marie Slagle defeated challenger Beth Forys by 160 votes....more >>
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An eye for adventure: Freelance cameraman reels in Emmy

Jim Wedlake said he "felt like a speck on the ice." "The airplane dropped us off about 70 miles from the North Pole," said Wedlake. "I never felt so alone or so isolated. There's no land under us—it's like an ice conveyor belt moving all the time....more >>


No millage hike despite sagging revenues for fire department

Brandon Twp.- Firefighters in the township have not had a raise since 2008, the department is about to replace two aging ambulances at a cost of more than $100,000 each and property values have been declining for the past several years, resulting in a loss of revenue....more >>


Township fund balance remains at 270 percent

Atlas Twp.-Township coffers will stay level at more than $2.9 million. Mark Perry, CPA for Yeo & Yeo, presented the annual financial statements and auditor's report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012 at the Aug....more >>


Virtual Learning Academy Consortium

Students around Michigan go "back to school" this week, but that doesn't necessarily mean children are leaving their homes. Oakland Schools is providing a free online program to children in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade who learn best in a non-traditional classroom....more >>


Schools of Choice down by half to start year

Goodrich-The district opened last week with fewer Schools of Choice students. A total of 52 new Schools of Choice students enrolled in Goodrich Schools for the 2012-13 school year compared to 91 SOC students in the district for the 2011-12 school year....more >>


Enbridge response spurs more questions than answers

Brandon Twp.- A 2-page letter from Enbridge appears to possibly be a response to a recent township resolution requesting higher standards for the company's planned replacement of a petroleum pipeline here....more >>


Enbridge: 'They get to ignore things that are not to their advantage'

When Karen Prater bought her home 12 years ago, the structure was in shambles. Built in 1847 in what was then Austin Corners and is now Groveland Township, the Greek revival style home needed a significant amount of work....more >>


Brandon begins school facilities review process

Surveys will be e-mailed to residents of the Brandon School District this week, seeking input regarding possible restructuring of buildings. The surveys are the first step in a 4-month review of facilities in the district, led by a team from the Michigan Association of School Boards....more >>


175 years: Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church

Groveland Twp.- It's the definition of a country church. Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, located at the intersection of dirt roads—adjacent farm fields and woodlots has endured fire in addition to the challenges of a modern world....more >>
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A new look: Randy Wise Ford-Ortonville

Brandon Twp.-Not only does Ford have a better idea—locally it's going to be bigger now, too. Randy Wise Ford-Ortonville announced last month that a new showroom and service area will be constructed at their current location, 986 S....more >>


Board votes to reduce substitute teacher compensation

Goodrich-On Monday night the school board voted 7-0 to lower the substitute pay rate for the upcoming school year. Currently, the district contracts with Professional Educational Services Group (PESG) to find teachers when needed for both short and long-term substitution....more >>


Consumers Energy begins plans for more gas main extensions

Consumers Energy is bringing a natural gas main extension project to Atlas Township. Josnelly Aponte, a customer attachment program leader for Consumers, said the utility is awaiting the results of gas load studies, after which an estimate for costs to individual customers will be finalized....more >>


Township to host public hearing on police funding

Atlas Twp.- The township board of trustees has set a public hearing for 7 p.m., Sept 17 at the Atlas Township Hall, 7386 S. Gale Road, to discuss adjusting the amount and possibly the method of collecting police funding for area law enforcement....more >>


Village representatives to meet on detachment issue

Goodrich- In a special meeting on Wednesday, the village council OK'd 4-1 to send three representatives to a meeting with John O'Brien, director of the water and waste services division of the drain commissioner's office, to talk about the ramifications of the November detachment vote....more >>
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Singing salute

Downtown road repairs on the way

Fund balance funding irks former councilman

Clarkston residents will hit fewer bumps while driving downtown because the city approved a bid of $35,280.50 from Asphalt Specialists Inc. (ASI) for road repairs. While the council was able to fund fixing cracks and holes in the roads, money for such projects may not be so easy to come by in the long term....more >>
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City hopes to get new trucks

The City may get two new dump trucks, but not for free. The Village Council will hold a special meeting on September 6 at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall to discuss a grant from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)....more >>
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Water woes for township resident

If you take a boat ride on Whipple Lake, you'll see the usual cattails, ducks, piers, and boat hoists, but what might catch your eye is a sign painted on the underside of a wooden dock propped up on the shore stating, "Removed per township ordinance....more >>

Clarkston's newest restaurant open for business

It's been months of waiting, of driving up Dixie and watching the old Deer Lake Inn -- vacant for years -- slowly transform itself. Last week, the new Kruse's Deer Lake Inn officially opened for business....more >>
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Residents learn how to grow their own food at home

Instead of stopping by the supermarket for fruits and veggies, Mark Angelini and Trevor Newman of Roots to Fruits Ecological Design want you to grow it yourself. Residents learned about North Oakland County's agricultural history and brainstormed ways to get the community involved in growing their own foods at the "Local Food Starts at Home" event on August 30....more >>
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On parade

Clarkston bid farewell to summer with a sunny Labor Day Parade, Monday. Community groups, classic cars, Clarkston marching band, businesses, and dozens of other floats, all announced by Dale Ryan, voice of the Wolves, marched down Main Street to the cheers of the crowd....more >>

Backpack blessings

School has begun and Blessings in a Backpack is asking for donations to fill backpacks with food for Clarkston students in need. The first annual Golfing for Backpacks at Pine Knob Golf Club, Oct....more >>
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Welcome back!

The once quiet and empty hallways through Clarkston Community Schools were filled with noisy students getting reacquainted, and lockers opening and closing once again last week. Students and families headed to Pine Knob Elementary last Wednesday to meet their teachers and put school supplies in desks of their new classrooms....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Off to school

The day after Labor Day means the first day of classes for Michigan public schools. From left, Danica and Jorja Fuller are starting second grade, and A.J. Damone is a new third grader....more >>
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Summer end

Residents took advantage of the warm weather on Monday and headed to the Labor Day Fair at the First Congregational Church. Kids enjoyed taking pony rides in the front lawn, a petting farm and the various inflatables to climb and jump on in the inflatable playground....more >>

Community support for vets

Local businesses generously supported The Clarkston News' Memorial Day remembrance and Fourth of July Celebrating America features. Proceeds were donated to Clarkston's American Legion Post 63 and American Legion Post 377 to help local veterans....more >>

News Briefs

This Week at ClarkstonTV.com

The Voice of the Wolves Dale Ryan hosts "The Dale Ryan Show" in the Show 1 slot on ClarkstonTV.com, along with Friday's West Bloomfield football game in Show 2 and half time show, Show 3....more >>

Ballot proposal info

Independent Tea Party Patriots host a Ballot Proposal Educational Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 12, at Fountains Golf and Banquet Center, 6060 Maybee Road. Manny Lopez, managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, will discuss potential ballot proposals to amend Michigan Constitution to include the right to collectively bargain, unionize home-based caregivers, referendum on the Emergency Manager law, no state taxes without two-third vote in state house, and amend the state constitition to require 25 percent of energy come from renewable sources by 2025....more >>

Tractor lawsuit

H. Wallace Parker is going through his lawsuit because, "I still don't have an apology," he said. On Aug. 2, Parker filed a suit against both Independence Township and Trustee Neil Wallace on two counts: "Defamation and Disparagement of Reputation" and "Complaint for Declaration of Innocence....more >>

Veterans seminar

Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home hosts a Veterans Seminar, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m, Sept. 26, at American Legion Post 63, 8047 Ortonville Road. The event features speakers from Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Oakland County Veterans and the Lewis E....more >>

Online tax in city

The Clarkston City Council voted unanimously to start the County's "Pay Local Tax" program at their meeting on Aug. 27. The new program will allow Clarkston residents to pay their taxes online with a credit card for a fee....more >>

Dixie project in spring

Sam Morosi of MDOT says Dixie Highway will get "a nice makeover" in mid-April of 2013. The project extends through Springfield, Indepedence, and Waterford townships. It will involve resurfacing, bridgework, storm drainage repair, and replacement of curbs with ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Ah, the last days of summer season

This has been a time to soak in a balmy season, to indulge in a slow pace of "smelling the roses" and to find rejuvenation, rest, replenishment and refilling. What a great season to just relax and just let the good stuff of life wash over us! But we can see the end; the list of tasks lies ahead....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "NBD says no" The bank reversed an earlier decision not to sell its empty building on Main Street to another bank. They decided to sell to the highest bidder, which could include banks....more >>
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