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You got a permit for that?

Oxford resident Bennett Fruk, 3, got into the holiday spirit by building a gingerbread house at the Oxford Public Library. We're confident it took less time to demolish it than build it....more >>

Caution at Orion Schools

It is difficult to be rational after violence strikes our children as it did at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But despite the fog of fear that has crept into our Michigan homes and schools, Lake Orion School officials have taken steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency....more >>
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Toys for all

More than 300 area youth will have gifts this Christmas thanks to the generosity of the community. The Community Christmas Toy Store, which services children ages birth to 12 years of age that live in the Brandon School District, started a drive to collect toys in November....more >>

Taking on the phone company

Call it another example of the power of the media. Or a case of one longtime local business helping another. Either way, the end result was the same Collier Lanes is going to get some financial justice from AT&T that it might not have otherwise received at least not without a lawyer had the Oxford Leader not intervened....more >>

Orion's fiscal cliff

Assistant superintendent of business and finances John Fitzgerald announced further bad news at the Dec. 12 school board meeting. Due to the impending federal sequestration process that will impose severe spending cuts and revenue increases (a....more >>


Threats close Goodrich Schools

'Schools are at the center of concern right now'

Goodrich School District was one of 21 districts in the Genesee Intermediate School District that closed their schools Thursday and Friday, two days before winter break was to begin, due to threats in Genesee and Lapeer counties following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec....more >>

MSP nixes expansion after site plan denial

PC cites deficient landscape plans, zoning ord. violations, unauthorized outdoor storage

It appears that MSP Industries has decided not to expand its Oxford Township's facilities in light of a recent decision by the planning commission to deny approval of its preliminary site plan....more >>

Hilite to add 25 jobs

By Lance Farrell Review Staff Writer Christmas came early for Orion and Hilite International this year. Thanks to a five-year tax abatement, Hilite will put a research and development center on the south side of the township....more >>


From Brandon Township to Newtown—love and prayers

Brandon Twp.-When Darian McNeir-Nealy's mother told him about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14 that took the lives of 20 young students and six women at the school in Newtown, Ct....more >>

DDA hires grant writer for $12K

Investing thousands of dollars in the hopes of collecting millions that's the Oxford Downtown Development Authority's strategy when it comes to financing the proposed streetscape plan, which carries a price tag of nearly $5 million....more >>
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Checkers opens second location in Orion

In the current economy, it is not uncommon for new businesses to pop up with high hopes, but die a slow death. This is not the case for Orion's Checkers' franchise, which has done so well a second location will join the township, tentatively, in February....more >>

NOTA to begin charging riders Feb. 1

Effective Feb. 1, riders of the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) will be charged $1 and $2 fares, so the entity will only have to take one bus off the road next year, instead of two, due to a revenue shortage....more >>
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Dragon Art contest winner announced

This week, the Lake Orion High School Art Club and National Art Honor Society announced the top five winners of their fall Dragon Art Contest. The contest was started to welcome the new high school principal, Stephen Hawley....more >>


Russian experiences American Christmas

Brandon Twp.- This Christmas will be very different from any other Anastasia Mikahylova, 17, has experienced. For one, she will be celebrating the holiday on December 25 for the first time....more >>

Cop logs

Monday, December 17 Deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of Shummard Branch where a woman said her son was upset and throwing things around the house because she would not let him use her phone....more >>


Consumers Energy expands to Atlas Township

Atlas Twp.-Consumers Energy is coming. Within two years, 1,067 township residents could be utilizing natural gas for their homes. The message was delivered by John T. Foley, gas service field leader of Consumers Energy, who attended the township meeting on Monday night....more >>


Man found guilty of all charges in CSC case

A man who repeatedly sexually assaulted his young daughter for several years in Brandon Township will now spend at least the next 25 years in prison. Following a three-day trial in the courtroom of Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Colleen O'Brien, a jury deliberated less than 90 minutes on Dec....more >>


Regional Emergency Medical Services eyes township

Atlas Twp.- A vacant township garage may soon have a tenant that could save a life. Representatives from Regional Emergency Medical Services (REMS) attended the township meeting to discuss locating a facility in the community....more >>


'Chasing the Dragon'

BHS students respond to anti-drug presentation

Brandon Twp.— Rotting teeth. Needles shot into destroyed veins. Burned spoons. Grieving parents holding photos of their deceased children. Gravestones. These were the images that flashed upon two large screens in the darkened Brandon High School gymnasium Dec....more >>

Brief--Master Plan Request for Proposals

Orion Township Board of Trustees authorized a request proposals for the Master Plan for the Parks and Recreation and Open Space Master Plan. $50,000 has been allocated in the 2013 budget for the Master Plan process....more >>

Brief--Water Contract Amended

Orion Township adopted an amendment to their contract with Detroit Water and Sewage Department. Thanks to the completion of the new Orion water storage facility, the township can reduce its peak usage from 12 million gallons per day (mgd) to 9....more >>

Brief--LOHS Senior honored

Orion Township Supervisor Chris Barnett issued a proclamation at the Township Board meeting Dec. 19 honoring LOHS senior Connor Stalions. Stalions was recently accepted into the U....more >>

Brief-- Township adopts 2013 budget

Orion Township adopted its 2013 budget at the Dec. 17 meeting. Estimated revenue for fiscal year 2013 is $6,866,782. Expenditures are estimated to be $6,866,782. General property tax on real and personal property will be 6....more >>
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Stockings stuffed by students with care

In addition to gingerbread houses, songs, games, and other Christmas fun, Independence Elementary students in Jodee Blaszkowski's second-grade class spent some of their holiday party last Thursday stuffing stockings for children in need at Lighthouse....more >>
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Black gold in Bay Court?

Springfield and Waterford townships have entered into negotiations for oil and gas drilling projects; will Independence Township follow suit? During the Board of Trustees meeting on Dec....more >>
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Teaming up to help a friend in need

Anne Maxwell, 24, of Independence Township was receiving treatment for a Ewing's Sarcoma tumor at the University of Michigan when she made a friend. "My mom (Maggie Maxwell) is a teacher in Walled Lake and one of the secretaries that works at her school has a son that is a research coordinator for pancreatic cancer at U of M," Maxwell said....more >>
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Holly Jolly Time

Pine Knob Elementary students kick started their vacation with their classroom holiday celebrations. They participated in games, made crafts (which made great presents) and enjoyed a lot of yummy snacks....more >>

News Briefs

Zoning law updated

Independence Township's Zoning Ordinance has been revised, and the Planning Commission approved the changes at a public hearing on Dec. 13. Township Planner Dick Carlisle and Building Department Director David Belcher will present the Zoning Ordinance to the Board of Trustees in January....more >>

City considers road, sidewalk additions

During their regular meeting on Dec. 10, Clarkston City Council discussed using grants to fund road work at the intersection of Clarkston Road and M-15 and to complete sidewalks along Buffalo, Depot Road, and Main Street....more >>

Polar Rhino ride

Flying Rhino Cycling Club presents their annual "Polar Rhino" ride through Clarkston, rain, snow, or sunshine, Tuesday, Jan. 1. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. at American Legion Post 63, 8047 Ortonville Road....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Goodfellows make Christmas warmer" Thanks to area Goodfellows and churches, 167 needy children in the Clarkston area received new shoes, boots, hats, and gloves for the holidays....more >>
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1905: Orville Wright pilots the first flight longer than 30 minutes. The flight lasted 33 minutes, 17 seconds and covered 21 miles. The Virginia Air and Space Center is home to the Great Aerodrome, which almost beat the Wrights into the air.
1914: The first German Zeppelin raids London. The J.V. Martin Kitten failed at intercepting Zeppelins.
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1968: Cambodia admits that the Viet Cong use their country for sanctuary. As America's involvement in Indochina came to an end in the spring of 1975, the Khmer Rouge closed in on Phnom Penh for the kill.
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