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Precious moments

May I have this dance, Daddy?

A total of 315 fathers and daughters attended the annual Daddy-Daughter Dances held Friday and Saturday night at the Devil's Ridge Golf Club in Oxford Township. The event was conducted by the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department....more >>

Skilling's $199K pay package ranks 21 out of 28 in county

According to a new online database from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Oxford Superintendent Dr. William Skilling's $199,170 compensation package ranks 97 out of 606 school districts in the state and 21 out of 28 districts in the county....more >>

Property values up in Oxford, Addison

There's good news for beleaguered homeowners tired of being told their largest investment is worth less and less each year. The State Equalized Values (SEV) of residential properties in Oxford and Addison townships increased by an average of 3....more >>
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Relume wins major lighting awards

A local manufacturer of light-emitting diode (LED) products is beaming with pride after winning not one, but two awards in a prestigious lighting contest. "It's the first year we entered and we happened to take home the big award," said Crawford Lipsey, chief executive officer of Relume Technologies (1795 N....more >>

Villages talk collaboration

What began as a discussion about the possibility of consolidating police dispatch services in the villages of Oxford and Lake Orion has developed into a larger look at potential collaboration projects between the municipalities....more >>


Area physician heads to McLaren Macomb

Dr. David Pinelli has come to know plenty of patients during his 14-year stint in Ortonville. "I estimate 50,000 visits," laughs Pinelli, from his office at POH Medical Center, 180 Ortonville Road....more >>


Pinewood Derby looking for racers The Fifth Annual Pinewood Derby Race will be held at Oxford Free Methodist Church (790 S. Lapeer Rd.) on Saturday, March 9 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Boy Scout Pinewood Derby cars are welcome or kits can be obtained at Flightline Hobby store (1192 S Lapeer Rd....more >>
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Ortonville: Historic facelift planned for Old Town Hall

Ortonville- The Old Town Hall has stood at the corner of Mill and Church streets in the village since 1848 and its history includes use as a courtroom by circuit judges, as a basketball half court by high school players, and for storytelling hour for children by the library....more >>


Brandon students shine at Regional Scholastic Art competition

Forever. This is Wendy Hagan's response when asked how long she has been interested in art. "Forever" isn't actually that long in her case, she's only in eighth grade, but the Brandon Middle School student is already showing artistic promise as the winner of two Gold Keys in the 2013 Southeast Michigan Regional Scholastic Art competition....more >>


Law enforcement, staff prepare during emergency response drill

Goodrich-The smell of gunpowder in a school building is terrifying and the response to such a situation is critical. On Feb. 20, more than 40 law enforcement officers from the Genesee County Sheriff's Department, Michigan State Police, FBI, Grand Blanc and Davison townships along with the City of Grand Blanc converged on the high school for an emergency response drill....more >>


OCEF: Sharin' o' the Green returns at a 'desperate' time

An anonymous benefactor has stepped forward once again offering to match donations from the community up to $3,000 to the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund food pantry. The matching funds drive has been dubbed "Sharin' o' the Green" due to its proximity to St....more >>


Township to hike police millage

Atlas Twp.-On Monday night the township board of trustees discussed ballot language for an increase in police millage for a spring election. With a deadline of Feb. 26 looming for the May 7 ballot—a discrepancy was determined over a taxable value report of the township prepared by assessor Carrie Bock....more >>


Duck Sense

On Tuesday, Richard Paul visited Reid Elementary School to present his research-based Duck Sense Bully Prevention program. The educational school assembly program helps promote respect, responsibility and safe schools....more >>


Bridging the technology gap

From rotary telephones to iPads—technology has evolved at a rapid rate. On Jan. 24, RUSH (Respect Unity Spirit and Heart) Team Leader Kyle Hughes, along with six members of Team RUSH, a Clarkston High School robotics organization, spent part of their day with some of the senior members of the Ortonville Woman's Club to demonstrate recent innovations in communications....more >>


Snow storm blocks village property deal

Ortonville- Adverse weather this past week delayed yet again the purchase of property by village officials, although after more than a year, the deal should be sealed within the next week....more >>


Nominate a good kid

Nominations accepted until March 22 for BGYA youth recognition

Good kids wanted. Nominations are now being accepted for young heroes, scholars, and extraordinary volunteers to be honored by the Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance. "We want to reward good students for their hard work in making our community better," said Fran Hotchkiss, Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance Recognition Award chairperson....more >>


Brandon School District enrollment tumbles

Brandon Twp.- The number of students in the Brandon School District has been plummeting for the past six years and the decline continues. A student count on Feb. 13 reveals the district lost another 38 students over the course of the past four months....more >>


Consumers Energy far short of goal in sign-ups

As of Wednesday afternoon, only two days before a March 1 deadline, Consumers Energy had received 170 applications from Brandon Township residents wishing to be included in the second phase of a gas main extension project in the township....more >>


Martian Frisbee throwing robot set for spin

Six weeks. That's how long the the First Robotics teams of Goodrich were given by NASA Robotics Alliance to build a robot that can toss flying discs into goals and then climb a 90-inch pyramid....more >>


Goodrich District enrollment slide continues

Goodrich-The number of students in the district has continued to decline after the recent count day. Following the Feb. 12 statewide count day, Goodrich now has 2,099 students, 56 fewer than the 2,155 reported in February 2012....more >>
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Revamped digs for chamber

Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce has a new look and renewed mission, reflected in its newly renovated headquarters at 5856 S. Main Street. "We're very, very excited," said Penny Shanks, chamber executive director, at the grand reopening and ribbon cutting, Feb....more >>
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A win for Pap

A Clarkston High School sports patriarch is gone but his spirit lives on in his son, Coach Dan Fife and the Wolves basketball team. Prior to the game the Wolves heard the news one of their loyal fans, Victor "Pap" Fife, Coach Dan Fife's dad, passed away earlier in the day, Feb....more >>
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Memorial playground planned for Kennedy

BY WENDI REARDON Clarkston News Staff Writer Ryan Kennedy loved sports, especially baseball and football, and also playing outside in a park. So in his memory, the Friends of Ryan Kennedy are raising money for a playground at Clintonwood Park....more >>
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Library classes get electronic readers up to speed

These days, your library card comes in handy even if you're not in the building. Many are poring over e-readers instead of the traditional hard and paperback books, so in recent years the Clarkston Independence District Library lends electronically....more >>

Cable committee needs info before final OK

Independence Television Community Public Access Township Committee gave the go-ahead for negotiations to continue between the township and Clarkston Community Schools for a combined public access station, but not without questions....more >>
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Clarkstonite raises temps in Antarctica

With forecasts calling for more snow, Michiganians may be grumbling, but Clarkston High School graduate Eric Woolley would find our temperatures quite mild. He's been living in Antarctica at the National Science Foundation's McMurdo research station since August 2012 where temperatures can get as low as -56 degrees Fahrenheit....more >>
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Help needed to find out who needs help

For Clarkston area Christmas In Action (CIA), a coalition of volunteers providing free home repairs to people in need, the hard part can be finding out who needs them the most. "We find a lot of homeowners who need help don't want others to know about it they're embarrassed," said Mike Gemborys, who volunteers for CIA with his wife, Joanne....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Blazing hot

The Clarkston Varsity Pom Pom team heated up the basketball court during half time for their annual boy/girl dance as the Wolves beat Southfield, Feb. 15. The dance team performed for the last time in the winter season on Tuesday at the Wolves final home game....more >>

CNews welcomes new sales rep

The Clarkston News welcomes a new addition to their sales staff. Long time Clarkston resident Andrew Dubats is enthusiastic about his new position as advertising representative because "I like to interact with and meet new people and establish long-lasting relationships," he said....more >>

News in Brief

One more deputy In a 5:1 vote, the Independence Township Board of Trustees approved the hire of one more patrol officer to cover a shift from 3-11 p.m. Trustee David Lohmeier opposed the motion; Supervisor Pat Kittle was absent....more >>

A cappella contest

Clarkston High School Vocal Music Department hosts the International Championship of High School A Cappella this Saturday at the high school's performing arts center, 7 p.m. The competition features six competing high school a cappella groups from Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, including two groups from Clarkston High School, the Madrigals and Concert Choir....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Back by popular demand" The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program had been cancelled at the elementary school level, but Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy Dave Hernandez was kept on hand to teach fifth graders about the consequences of drugs, gangs, and violence....more >>
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1938: Poland renews nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union to protect against a German invasion.The Polish submarine Orzel.
1939: The Soviet Union charges Finland with artillery attack on border.
1941: The Japanese fleet departs from the Kuril Islands en route to its attack on Pearl Harbor.One Sunday in December.
1947: France expels 19 Soviet citizens, charging them with intervention in internal affairs.
1949: India becomes a sovereign Democratic republic.