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'Going to the Chapel ...'

Above Kayla Schodowki shows off a wedding dress from Glorious Collections at the Oxford Women's Club Annual Fashion Show....more >>
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Orion falls 16 seconds short

When the number one- and two-ranked undefeated football teams in the state clash, it can only mean something had to give. There could be only one undefeated team and after the unstoppable force of Orion's running backs met Clarkston's seemingly unmovable defensive line, the Wolves walked away the victors....more >>
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War with computers

Congressman Mike Rogers speaks to Rotary about cyber espionage

Where the fear of war with other countries used to be solely based upon who had the best "fire power" and military forces, now must be accompanied with who has the best computer hacker and computer virus defense systems....more >>

LOEF grant money awarded

Christmas came a bit early for teachers in Orion this year. Santa must have had a full list this September, because teachers from across the Lake Orion district found funding for classroom tools in their stockings....more >>

What costume are you wearing?

By Olivia Shumaker Review Staff Writer With Halloween fast approaching, Lake Orion residents can stock up on costumes and decorations at Ed's Broadway Gift and Costume and the Halloween Outlet....more >>
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Boys gridiron hopeful for one more win to clinch playoffs

One win and they're in. The Oxford Wildcats' state playoff hopes are very much alive and well after Coach Bud Rowley's team shocked previously undefeated Oak Park, 14-12 on Friday night....more >>
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'Film bug' bites Orion resident

With two movies filmed in Orion recently, the township is getting yet another taste of the silver screen, though this screen might be slightly smaller. Orion Township resident Caroline McClure got a taste of the film industry three years ago as a freelance writer for Michigan Movie Magazine....more >>

Resident helps local government go paperless

Most folks who visit the Oxford Township office complex at 300 Dunlap Rd. probably won't see Glenn McCaw as he quietly works away in the basement day in and day out. But when his job is finally complete, they'll definitely know his work because the process of storing, finding, sending and receiving township records will be quicker, easier and much more efficient....more >>

Citizens upset with Verizon

Tower installation comes under fire

Concerned citizens assembled on Monday to hear if the Orion Township Board would authorize construction of a 145-foot tall new cell phone tower on the corner of Baldwin and Waldon roads in southwest Orion Township....more >>

Deputies investigate assault, stop vandal

The relative peace of Mockingbird Drive was broken at 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 9, when a woman was assaulted and threatened with a handgun. The woman told deputies she was walking down Bluebird Drive when a green Ford Explorer, estimated to be an early 2000s model, passed her and turned around....more >>
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Women have fun at expo

With 62 vedors The Women's Expo 'Fight Like a Girl,' sponsored by the Oxford Chamber of Commerce proved to be another success. The event was held at Boulder Pointe Golf and Country Club....more >>
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High school thespians ready another play

By Olivia Shumaker Review Staff Writer The thespians are back on stage in Lake Orion High School with their fall production of My Boyfriends' Bicycles, a first time experience on many fronts....more >>

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District receives clean audit; deficit less than expected

Brandon Twp.- The school district has received a "clean" audit and the operating deficit is not quite as high as the previously projected $1.1 million. A representative from Lewis & Knopf presented audit results for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012 at the board's Oct....more >>
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Scarecrow Festival returns with a witch hunt

The annual Scarecrow Festival, sponsored by the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is back and better than ever on Oct. 20 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Centennial Park. New this year is "the best homemade scarecrow contest," which is open to the public for the first time, said DDA Director Madonna VanFossen....more >>

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Brandon Township Library grant

Brandon Twp.- Fran Hotchkiss expects to be able to purchase at least 160 new books and 40-80 music cds with grant funds she recently won for the library. The head of youth services was notified earlier this month by the Metro-Detroit Book and Author Society that the library would be awarded $2,000 as the winner of the Dick Johnston Grant, given to a public library for the purpose of establishing or improving a library collection....more >>

Playing to raise funds for Allie

It was a rewarding and competitive week of volleyball for the varsity volleyball squad but the greater reward did not come on the courts. Last Sunday, the varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams scrimmaged the Oxford varsity and junior varsity boys' soccer teams in a fundraiser for a little girl battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A....more >>
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Fun day at the fire house!

What kid doesn't want to be a firefighter when he or she grows up? Kids of all ages got the opportunity to see what it would be like to use the big hose and sit in the big red truck when the Oxford Fire Department recently hosted its annual open house at Station #1....more >>

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Halloween hours

From 6:30-7:30 p.m., Oct. 31, the Village of Ortonville will host trick-or-treating followed by the annual bonfire with cider and doughnuts at the DPW building, 159 Cedar St. In addition the following streets will be closed for the hour of Trick-or-Treating: Church from Mill Street to Oakwood Road, Cedar Street from Mill Street to Ball Street, and Ball Street from Cedar Street to Church Street....more >>

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Brandon Township Library grant

Brandon Twp.- Fran Hotchkiss expects to be able to purchase at least 160 new books and 40-80 music cds with grant funds she recently won for the library. The head of youth services was notified earlier this month by the Metro-Detroit Book and Author Society that the library would be awarded $2,000 as the winner of the Dick Johnston Grant, given to a public library for the purpose of establishing or improving a library collection....more >>
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Help is needed for OCEF: A Thanksgiving feast for all

Brandon Twp.- With Thanksgiving just four weeks away, the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund is asking for help in making sure all area residents have food to celebrate the holiday....more >>

News Brief--Township CDBG application approved

The Orion Township Board approved an application for 2013 Community Development Block Grant funds. The allocation for Orion Twp. is $61,620, of which $15,986 is designated for public transportation, $2,500 for Emergency Food Assistance programs, and $43,134 for Home Improvement Loan Program....more >>

News Brief--LOHS Marching Band Excels

The Lake Orion Marching Dragons competed in a Bands of America tournament on Saturday, Oct. 6. At the Pontiac Silverdome, the Dragons faced bands from seven different states, finishing first in Music, second in Marching, and second overall of the 18 bands competing....more >>

News Brief -- Township CDBG application approved

The Orion Township Board approved an application for 2013 Community Development Block Grant funds. The allocation for Orion Twp. is $61,620, of which $15,986 is designated for public transportation, $2,500 for Emergency Food Assistance programs, and $43,134 for Home Improvement Loan Program....more >>

News Brief -- LOCS unofficial headcount

Lake Orion schools conducted a head count of all students on Oct. 9. Total students attending Lake Orion Schools is 7,602. 3,211 attend Orion elementaries, 1,832 attend middle school, and 2,534 attend LOHS....more >>
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'Roadkill: A Love Story': Local flick now on big screen

Brandon Culp made it to the big screen this month, along with downtown Ortonville and Brandon Township. The 2003 Brandon High School graduate starred in and wrote the screenplay for "Roadkill: A Love Story," which was filmed locally in 2010 and for which there was a private screening at the Main Art Theater in Royal Oak on Oct....more >>

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Student count: Brandon School District enrollment drops

Brandon Twp.- A student count conducted Oct. 3 revealed that the school district has 3,251 pupils, a loss of 30 students from last year, and a stunning 455 student decline from the 3,706 kids in district classrooms in September 2006....more >>

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Groveland Twp. man charged with premeditated murder

Colin Eugene Thompson, 39, of Groveland Township will be arraigned before Oakland County 6th Circuit Court Judge Phyllis McMillen on Oct. 18 for the alleged first-degree premeditated murder of Michele (Missy) Coakley, 40, also of Groveland Township....more >>

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Count Day: Goodrich District student enrollment slides

Goodrich- As anticipated, the 2012-13 student count day Oct. 3 showed a decrease. District enrollment declined to 2,120 students in 2012—25 less than the count of 2,145 students in 2011....more >>

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Volunteers, support for BGYA

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This isn't the motto of Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance, but it's an adage the organization certainly believes in. The purpose of BGYA, in existence since 1979, is to strengthen youth and families who reside within the Brandon School District....more >>

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Funeral fight draws deputies to cemetery

Groveland Twp.- Police responded Wednesday afternoon to Ortonville Cemetery to break up a fight amongst a reported 40 family members after they buried their grandfather in his final resting place....more >>

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DNR seeking EHD in deer

On Sept. 30 a Brandon resident near Hurd and Granger roads reported a sick adult female deer lying in the front yard. According to reports, the deer would not move when approached and could barely keep her head in an upright position....more >>

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Martian turned Spartan stepping up for junior year

The best is yet to come. That's how Kyler Elsworth, a 6-1, 220 pound 2009 Goodrich High School graduate, views the remainder of the Big 10 season as a key member of the 2012 Michigan State Spartans....more >>

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Q & A with Enbridge

Jason Manshum, a spokesperson for Enbridge, recently responded via e-mail to questions from The Citizen regarding the Line 6B petroleum pipeline replacement project. For previous stories on the controversial project that affects numerous communities in Michigan including Brandon and Groveland townships, go to www....more >>
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Family together at last: Local returns from Afghanistan

During his deployment to Afghanistan with the Army National Guard this year, Spc. Logan Rascher marked the passage of time by finding the same star in the sky every night....more >>

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Habitat key in pheasant opener

A mild winter coupled with a favorable spring nesting conditions could lead to an expected increase in pheasant populations in Michigan, at least areas where good amounts of quality habitat exist, says Ben Wickerham, Pheasants Forever's regional representative in Michigan....more >>

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Cost recovery debate: Who should pay?

Atlas Twp.-Earlier this summer four area youth were caught by sheriff's deputies on the roof of a local school building. Township officials said the fire department was called to the scene and a ladder was used to assist the youths off the roof....more >>

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Paul Amman: Two decades in township government

Atlas Twp.- After more than 20 years in local government—Paul Amman has established a mantra that can often resolve an issue before it escalates out of control. "Have you talked to your neighbor?" asks Amman, 74....more >>

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Survey: School restructuring

Brandon Twp.- Change in the use of school buildings in the district is coming. What remains unknown is what that change will look like in December, when a facilities review concludes....more >>
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Slaying Dragons

Clarkston pulls last minute win over Lake Orion

With 14.3 seconds to go on the clock at Dragon Stadium, the Wolves clinched the OAA Red title and showed Lake Orion why they are ranked as Division 1's number one football team. "We knew the objectives before the game," said sophomore quarterback D....more >>

Learn views at debate

Citizens will have an opportunity to hear from Independence Township trustee candidates when the League of Women Voters (LWV) holds a debate. According to Judy Bateman of the LWV, each candidate will give a one-minute opening and closing statement, and they will have one minute to respond to questions from the audience and from Mary Keck, staff reporter for The Clarkston News....more >>

Downsize eyed for Planning Commission

Clarkston's Planning Commission will be downsized from 7 to 5 members if the City Council votes to change their current ordinance. In addition to decreasing the number of Planning Commission members, Ordinance 129 will be amended to ensure the city council member appointed to the commission can vote....more >>
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World Security at risk in election, Rogers says

"This is the most important election of my lifetime," said U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers during the Independent Tea Party Patriots' Town Hall Meeting. Rogers, along with other candidates who will appear on the November 6 ballot, spoke at the Fountains Banquet Hall on October 10....more >>

Sewer, cemetery

Independence Township residents will pay more for sewer and burials in 2013. During their Special Budget meeting on October 9, the township board voted to increase sewer rates from $80 per quarter to about $83....more >>
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More suspense as adventure continues

Fans of The Secret Zoo are excited about book four, Traps and Specters, which was released at the end of September. They will finally see the Shadowist as the Action Scouts, Noah, Megan, Ritchie and Ella, continue to work with the secret society to protect the Secret Zoo....more >>
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Shooting Stars

An eye for art

Kali Slavin, 16, likes art and photography is her medium. She likes to shoot landscapes, sunsets, animals, and people having fun. Her teachers tell her she has a good eye for images people don't usually look for, said Slavin, a junior at Clarkston High School....more >>

News Briefs

Friendly Forest

Friendly Forest is this Saturday in Clintonwood Park. Independence Township parks and rec and Clarkston Area Optimist Club hosts the Halloween event, 3-6 p.m., Oct. 20. Kids ages 2-9 walk the trail in costume with their parents and collect goodies from cartoon and fairy tale characters....more >>

This week at ClarkstonTV.com

Lowrie's Landscaping and Plum Hollow Design hosted their Third Annual Chili Cook Off at their business on Dixie Highway, Oct. 11. Watch and see who won on Clarkston TV.com. As the Nov....more >>

School think tank

Clarkston Community Schools is looking for volunteers for the "Great Schools, Great Community" think tank. Parents, business people, government officials, and others are invited to provide insight and feedback on challenges and opportunities to help with strategic planing and decision making....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Fighting back" Cancer survivor Diana Dyer thought of herself as a dedicated guinea pig. She had three bouts of cancer, once when she was a child and two as an adult....more >>
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1887: Sigmund Romberg, composer.
1900: Owen Lattimore, writer.
1905: Stanley Kunitz, poet.
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1693: The Army of the Grand Alliance is destroyed by the French at the Battle of Neerwinden.
1830: Liberals led by the Marquis of Lafayette seize Paris in opposition to the king's restrictions on citizens' rights.
1848: A rebellion against British rule is put down in Tipperary, Ireland.
1858: Japan signs a treaty of commerce and friendship with the United States.
1862: Confederates are routed by Union guerrillas at Moore's Mill, Missouri.