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Dashing through the snow!

The older we get, the more snow is viewed as just another chore – something to be shoveled, plowed and dreaded. Many adults try to avoid it by staying inside as much as possible during the winter....more >>

No free rides from NOTA

Effective Feb. 1, riders of the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) will be charged $1 and $2 fares for one-way rides. The fares are the first time the organization has charged for riders....more >>

MSP Industries 'not done with Oxford'

"They're not done with Oxford." That's the good news Oxford Township Trustee Jack Curtis wanted to share with the public following an impromptu meeting last week with MSP Industries Plant Manager Tony Felice....more >>
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Orion spiker among best in nation

Elite athletes seem to have what is sometimes described as a sixth sense and have poise, vision and an awareness that often gives them a competitive edge over their opponents. Katherine Carlson, a 15-year-old Lake Orion teen who plays volleyball and basketball for Pontiac's Notre Dame Prep, is one of those rare and special athletes....more >>

New youth detective on the job

Joe Ashley's excited about his new position for two reasons – 1) he gets to help the community's young people and 2) he finally gets to see the sun again after working nights for so long....more >>

Cop shop requests a makeover

The Orion Township Board authorized the Oakland County Sheriff's Department to send out a request for proposal (RFP) to remodel the Orion Township Hall Sheriff substation. According to Lt....more >>

Oxford Rotarians celebrate 75th anniversary

Service above self. For members of the Rotary Club of Oxford, this isn't just some noble motto they pay lip service to during a weekly meeting – it's a definite way of life. This Friday, Oxford Rotarians will gather at the home of their current president, Bob Warnke, to celebrate 75 years of unselfishly volunteering their time and talents to help others in their community and around the globe....more >>

Orion Library makes some noise

Even though we've always been told to use our inside voices when in a library, the Orion Township Public Library sure is making a lot of noise this year. If you're curious about the science of bubble gum, want a sense of how our cooking has been influenced by our geography, or understand what makes music the universal language, then the Family Reading & Science Workshops might the ticket for you....more >>

Historical society has new president, new goals

Membership drives, fund-raisers, new hours – Ron Brock has lots of plans and goals as the Northeast Oakland Historical Society's (NEOHS) new president for the next two years. But even though his eyes are on the future, Brock's focus remains firmly on the past....more >>

What will the personal property tax repeal mean to Oxford?

It's unclear what financial impact Michigan's new laws repealing personal property taxes for businesses will have on local governments like Oxford Township and Village. The two municipalities will undoubtedly lose some revenue as a result of this, but exactly how much is the question....more >>

Reactions mixed to new personal property tax laws

There's no shortage of opinions regarding the new state laws repealing the levy of personal property taxes on items such as equipment, tools, furniture and computers used for commercial and industrial purposes....more >>
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Cool car – or should we say 'cold' car

Oxford resident Bruce Bunker isn't letting the winter weather get him down. Over the weekend, he carved a snow sculpture of a 1938 Pontiac Coupe in the backyard of his Hilberg St. home....more >>

Family reunited with missing pooch

A Troy family rejoiced after being reunited with their dog that had been missing for 10 days and was finally found in Oxford Township on Jan. 5. Owner Erika Resh said her dog, Tony, a 14-year-old Australian Shepherd mix that is deaf, went missing on Dec....more >>


Consumers Energy meetings in Atlas, Brandon

More than 1,100 homes in Brandon and Atlas townships have the potential to be hooked up for natural gas service from Consumers Energy this year and meetings are planned for Jan. 19 and Jan....more >>


Let's go to the casino The OHS Senior All Night Party 2013 Committee invites everyone to go on a casino bus trip to the Greektown Casino on Saturday, Jan. 26. The cost is $40 and participants get $25 in casino play....more >>

Brief - Lake Orion wins Chrysler grant

Lake Orion Schools was awarded $6,400 from the Chrysler Foundation to aid the LOHS FIRST team. The Chrysler Foundation awarded grants totaling $147,000 to 25 elementary, middle and high school The grants will help the teams offset costs associated with items such as registration fees, parts and materials and team apparel....more >>

Brief - High-performing Elementary Schools

Michigan's Department of Education named six Lake Orion Elementary Schools as "High Performing Reward Schools" for 2012- 13. Carpenter Year Round Elementary School, Orion Oaks Multiage Elementary School, Paint Creek Elementary School, Pine Tree Elementary School, Stadium Drive Elementary School of the Arts, and Webber Elementary School were among the 344 of the 4,247 schools in Michigan to receive the distinction....more >>


Glimpse of Union Army life: Soldier letters home shared

Township resident's family member's Civil War experience; Read all eight Civil War letters.

One hundred and fifty years ago this month, Pvt. Theodore Wood, a Union soldier, penned a letter home. Wood described his life over about three years of the Civil War that included marching hundreds of miles, sleeping on the ground and his encounter with African-Americans....more >>

Sheriff's Marine Unit offers ice safety tips

There is no ice that is 100 percent safe. The following is a recommended guide to help judge recreational use of clear, solid blue ice and help you minimize your risk: • 5 inches thick minimum for general use (fisherman, ice skaters, and foot traffic) • 8 inches thick minimum for travel by snowmobile, Off Road Vehicle (ORV) We do not recommend automobiles out on the ice....more >>


Flu cases on the rise: Area residents urged to obtain vaccine

In the first 10 days of the new year, the number of patients seen at M-15 Urgent Care has doubled over the same time period last year. Nena Woodall, office manager of the facility located at 250 N....more >>


Bald eagle visits area lake, numbers grow

Brandon Twp.- Jerry Smith has lived on the shores of Bald Eagle Lake for more than 30 years "I was out on my dock in the on Thursday, (Nov. 29) and were watching some ducks feeding in front of my home," said Smith....more >>


Man charged with attempted arson, felonious assault

A 35-year-old Ortonville man who tried to set his home on fire with his wife and young children inside and then proceeded to stab his wife in the chest with a knife is facing four felony charges....more >>


Blackhawk now on Texas ice

Leo Lumm will miss graduating with his friends this spring, but he gave up his senior year at Brandon High School to pursue a much bigger goal. The 17-year-old moved to Texas in August to play for the Texas Tornado team in the North American Hockey League....more >>


Enbridge, steps, trees delay Oak Hill Road project

Raymond Miller refers to the three rows of stones in his front yard as "Carriage Steps." "I'm not sure of the purpose of the three steps up to my lawn from Oak Hill Road," said Miller who, with his wife Elizabeth, purchased the Springfield Township home in 1973....more >>


Fight over video game leads to violence, threats

On Dec. 19, at 8:46 p.m., a walk-in complaint was filed at the Brandon substation. The complainant and her son reported that he overheard threats made by a 14-year-old and 16-year-old at Brandon Alternative High School....more >>


Vacant property ordinance adopted

Brandon Twp.- The township board has adopted an ordinance that will help keep foreclosed or abandoned homes and property from falling into disrepair. The board approved the vacant property registration ordinance during their Jan....more >>


Township home prices up in 2012

Atlas Twp.-According to a report issued by Realcomp, a realtor-owned multiple listing service that supplies first-rate data services, support and instruction to the real estate industry, home prices jumped in both Atlas Township and Goodrich during 2012 compared to 2011....more >>


Remembering 2012 July-December

July Enbridge controversy For much of 2012, township officials challenged Enbridge plans to replace the Line 6B petroleum pipeline, part of which runs through the township. Meetings in the township regarding the plan began in the spring, and in July, the township postponed giving consent to Enbridge Energy to replace the pipeline....more >>
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Stage ready

Sara Sanger prepares to take the stage in Clarkston Village Players production of "Sinners," which opens Jan....more >>
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Snow removal for seniors

For many, shoveling a sidewalk is a mere inconvenience, but for others it is an impossibility. "As people get older, it's physically strenuous to shovel or plow," said Senior Coordinator Patty Collins....more >>

Dispute turns deadly

A domestic violence case took a lethal turn, Jan. 6, when a deputy shot an Independence Township man after he threatened to stab her and another officer. "Domestic disputes are one of the most dangerous situations for deputies – they're very unpredictable," said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard....more >>

Future looks good to local leaders

At the start of a new year, Clarkston community leaders are busy preparing for the future. For Dr. Rod Rock, Clarkston superintendent of schools, that means working on curriculum adjustments to meet students' needs and match Michigan Common Core and Smarter Balance standards, which replace the MEAP and MME in 2015....more >>

Clarkston snow

Major streets through Clarkston, which are maintained by the County Road Commission, were cleared, salted, and safe for driving and walking after recent snowfalls, said resident Cory Johnston....more >>
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Lust and laughter

"There's nobody really innocent in the play," said actor Jennifer Gentry-Saulski of the characters in the Clarkston Village Players' latest production Sinners. Gentry-Saulski plays femme fatale Monica Lloyd, who isn't quite what you might expect from a clergyman's wife....more >>
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Clarkston Moms are on a mission

The Clarkston Mom Squad is getting ready for their next mission trip. They are heading to Nairobi, Kenya, with Volunteers in Service Abroad to work at an International Child Care School....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Man of snow

Lewyn Beernink and his dad Kevin Beernink made this snowman over the weekend at their home in Independence Township, with a carrot nose, or beak, sidewalk chalk eyes, and seed tops of decorative grass for hair....more >>
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Angels in Clarkston

Total Nutrition in Clarkston hosted a packing party for troops overseas with Desert Angel, Nov. 27. The volunteers collected enough items to send 76 care boxes to the troops, as well as three large boxes for military dogs serving in Afghanistan and Iraq....more >>
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Christmas pageant

Everest Collegiate High School and Everest Academy celebrated the Christmas season with their annual Christmas Pageant, Dec....more >>

News Briefs

Snowmen sought

Get out your buttons, carrots, and spare hats and scarves because Independence Township's Parks, Recreation, and Seniors department is challenging you to build a traditional or non-traditional snow sculpture....more >>

Charity Week

Clarkston High School's fourth Annual Charity Week is Jan. 28-Feb. 2nd. Funds from each event is donated to charity - The Rainbow Connection, DRAW (Disaster Relief at Work), Jimmy V....more >>

Financial workshop

Daniel Krug & Associates along with Penn Mutual host Financial Health Evaluation Workshop on Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. and Jan. 11 at 10 a.m., at 8040 Ortonville Road, Suite C, Clarkston....more >>

Spring Break Clarkston Style

Clarkston Coalition for Youth is organizing Spring Break Clarkston Style to help local teens have fun while staying safe by encouraging businesses to offer healthy, supervised and affordable activities during spring vacation, March 29-April 7....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1997 "Maitrott's buzzer beater sinks Central" The Clarkston Boys Varsity Basketball team turned the tables on Detroit Central on a 3-pointer from Mike Maitrott with less than two seconds left in the game to win 51-50....more >>
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Born February 9th
1846: William Maybach, German engineer, designed the first Mercedes automobile.
1871: Howard T. Ricketts, pathologist.
1874: Amy Lowell, poet.
1880: James Stephens, Irish writer (The Charwoman's Daughter, The Crock of Gold).
1909: Dean Rusk, Secretary of State under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
February 9th
in history
1916: Conscription begins in Great Britain as the Military Service Act becomes effective.
1922: The U.S. Congress establishes the World War Foreign Debt Commission.
1942: Chiang Kai-shek meets with Sir Stafford Cripps, the British viceroy in India.
1943: The Red Army takes back Kursk 15 months after it fell to the Germans.
1946: Stalin announces the new five-year plan for the Soviet Union, calling for production boosts of 50 percent.