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The Goodrich Girls basketball team wins second Class B crown

The Goodrich Girls Basketball team successfully defended its Class B State titled on Saturday The the Lady Martians capped off the 2012-13 season by defeating Flint Powers 51-34 at the Jack Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University....more >>
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Derby satisfies need for speed

It was an afternoon full of fun, friends and competition Saturday as the Oxford Free Methodist Church held a Pinewood Derby. More than 30 boys and girls participated in the event, which helped build self-confidence and teach sportsmanship....more >>

Forensic auditor says DDA wasn't shorted tax funds

A forensic audit report shows the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was not shorted $8,550 in property tax funds back in 2006 and 2007 as was previously believed. "We find no funds 'do to' or 'do from' between the ODDA component unit and the Village of Oxford," according to the March 8 report filed by Certified Financial Examiner Karl Haiser, co-owner of the Ann Arbor-based Michigan Forensic Accounting, Inc....more >>

No time to waste

Oxford Twp. looks to amend zoning ord. to keep local control over new cell towers

In order to ensure local control is not lost and everything's in compliance with state law, Oxford Township is looking to modify its zoning ordinance as it pertains to wireless communications facilities such as cell towers....more >>
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Hi-Yo, Silver! To the museum!

eader Editor It's certainly shaping up to be a banner year for the Lone Ranger, famous fictional hero of America's Old West. There's a Hollywood blockbuster about the masked lawman starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp opening July 3....more >>
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Car collides with truck at Drahner/M-24

A 56-year-old Oxford woman was taken to the hospital March 5 after her 2002 Dodge Stratus collided with a semi-truck at the intersection of Drahner and M-24. The truck, driven by a 44-year-old Detroit man, was headed south on M-24 when the Stratus, which was eastbound on Drahner Rd....more >>
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Ready to serve:

Deerfield Academy board sworn-in, new school expected to have 200 students on two campuses

It's official. Oxford now has two school boards one for the traditional public school district and one for the new charter public school at Crossroads for Youth (930 E. Drahner Rd....more >>

Commissioners seek to allow indoor recreation facilities in commercial, industrial zoning

Some Oxford Township planning commissioners want to expand the zoning where commercial indoor recreation facilities are allowed so as to make it much easier and less expensive for them to open here and fill vacant buildings....more >>
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Lakeville Elementary school sign loses battle with SUV

Lakeville Elementary's school sign was sturdy enough to handle lots of things rain, snow, wind, the blazing sun. The only thing it couldn't survive was an SUV coming straight at it....more >>
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Three-vehicle smash-up in front of Marketplace

M-24 was backed up with traffic and littered with debris late Monday afternoon following a big three-vehicle crash in front of the Oxford Marketplace shopping center. According to Oxford Village Police Chief Mike Neymanowski, a 1986 Pontiac Fiero, driven by a 19-year-old Oxford man, made a left-turn from the shopping center's parking lot into oncoming traffic....more >>

Back to Back

The Goodrich Martians Girls Basketball team defeated the Flint Powers Chargers for the Class B state crown.

The Goodrich Girls Basketball team successfully defended its Class B State titled on Saturday The the Lady Martians capped off the 2012-13 season by defeating Flint Powers 51-34 at the Jack Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University....more >>

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Water issues continue to plague schools

Brandon Twp.- Paul Haggerty was more than a little surprised to learn that his sons were unable to drink from the water fountains at their schools. "It's shocking that it's not safe to drink from the fountains at Harvey Swanson (Elementary) and also at Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School," said the father of Chase and Dylan during a school board budget work-shop meeting March 4....more >>

Lions offer scholarships to high school seniors

The Oxford Lions Club is sponsoring two $500 scholarships for graduating 2013 high school seniors who reside within the Oxford school district. To be eligible, students must attend a public or private school, or be home-schooled....more >>
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Moms, sons kick up their heels

A total of 150 moms and sons enjoyed a fun night out Saturday at the annual Mother-Son Dance held at the Devil's Ridge Golf Club in Oxford Township. The event was put on by the Oxford Twp....more >>

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Consumers Energy deadlines extended

Consumers Energy has extended deadlines in a last ditch effort to gather enough applications to proceed further with natural gas mains in both Brandon and Atlas townships. The utility company wants to offer natural gas service to residents who have asked for it; however, in order to do so, at least 50 percent participation is needed in the proposed project areas....more >>
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Township supervisor remembered

Area leaders are remembering Bill Wright as a tireless public servant that loved his community. Leslie L. "Bill" Wright, Jr. of Ortonville died March 6. He was 91. Born in Lake Orion, Michigan to the late Leslie L....more >>

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Little Dresses: From Ortonville and Goodrich to Africa

Ortonville- Nicole Holbrook was joined by about 50 seamstresses and tailors of all ages on March 3 at Hillside Bible Church in making 77 dresses that will be sent to Africa. Not everyone in the group knew how to sew, but the ones without that particular talent cut fabric and pillowcases to assist in the project for the non-profit organization, "Little Dresses for Africa....more >>

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Three step forward for village vacant land sale

Goodrich- Sold. The village council accepted sealed bids totaling $31,052 for seven parcels of land in the Fairview Hills subdivision. Council members Richard Saroli, Mark Baldwin and Pete Morey voted for the sale....more >>

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Senate Bill 770 will impact district, taxpayers

Brandon Twp.- As of last June, the district had $81.4 million in outstanding bond debt. In 2006, voters approved a $73 million bond for capital improvements, including a new elementary school....more >>

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HB 4147 OK'd by House tax committee

On March 13, the House Tax Policy Committee OK'd legislation that would give local townships the authority to decide how to best pay for police and fire protection. House Bill 4147, sponsored by State Rep....more >>

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Nimrods nip Martians mascot for tops in state

The Nimrods have it. Well, sort of. A recent USA Today poll to the determine the best mascot in the state and ultimately the nation went to Watersmeet, a small Western Upper Pennisula community....more >>

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Twp. budget: Pay hikes, 200 percent fund balance

Groveland Twp.- On Monday night by a 5-0 vote the township board of trustees OK'd the 2013-2014 budget. Township officials report about $200,000 in surplus revenue with about $2 million in the infrastructure fund, just over 200 percent based on a general budget of $987,520 and building fund of $26,000....more >>

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HB 4147:'This is about local control of taxes'

A lingering debate over collection of taxes for police protection in the township may soon prompt changes in the law. In September 2012, Rep. Joe Graves, (R-Argentine) introduced House Bill 5914 that will amend a current law that requires municipalities to collect for police and fire protection based on ad valorem— the value of the property....more >>

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Almost a Tiger: On the field at Briggs

In 1961 the Detroit Tigers finished the season with a record of 101-61, second in the American League, eight games behind the New York Yankees. First baseman Norm Cash led the team hitting ....more >>
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A world away: Local serves Peace Corps in Madagascar

Monica Lambert left the comparatively tame Brandon Township early this month for wild and exotic Madagascar. But while a trip to the fourth largest island nation in the world, located in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa, may seem exciting, Lambert is not traveling there for a vacation....more >>

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Blackhawks wrestling

The Brandon Blackhawks wrestling team completed the 2012-13 season with a 27-6 record. The team lost in district competition to Holly High School by a score of 37-30. The Blackhawks finished tied for second place with Lapeer West High School in the Flint Metro League with an 8-1 record....more >>

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Outdoor assembly fee: Must apply first

Brandon Twp.- In August 1969, about 500,000 people descended on a 600-acre New York dairy farm for the Woodstock Festival, billed as three days of peace, love and music. Three years later, in 1972, this township passed an ordinance regarding outdoor assemblies....more >>

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Cell tower 'lucrative' for Brandon Township

The township board will retain their lease rights on a cell tower located on Seymour Lake Road property. Communications Capital Group recently sought to purchase the lease rights, offering the township $758,333....more >>

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Ortonville: Random Acts of Kindness/Purple Love Week

Ortonville- Toni Mariucci-Shipley and the Downtown Development Authority hope you will join them in painting the town purple and participating in random acts of kindness during Purple Love Week March 17-23....more >>

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Proposed cuts for Brandon Schools; $1.2 million needed

'This will keep us in the black instead of the red'

Brandon Twp.- Reductions of teachers as well as non-instructional staff would account for more than half of $1.2 million in savings if a proposed list of budget cuts is adopted by the school board....more >>
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Ready to show

Car collector Steven Smith of Clarkston worked for two years to restore his 1970 Plymouth Road Runner, which he showed at AutoRama in Detroit....more >>

Dixie businesses ready for road work

Starting April 1, fewer lanes on Dixie Highway will be open, and 395 businesses along the busy thoroughfare will feel the impact. According to Penny Shanks Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has been "extremely proactive" in working with the businesses thus far....more >>
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Founder's O.A.T.S. legacy to live on

When a new session at Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles (O.A.T.S.) was set to start, March 11, instructors and volunteers were there, leading their horses from stables to waiting students....more >>

Assessor says property values are rising

You may have received mail in late February about changes in the assessed and taxable value of your property. The Clarkston News sat down with Independence Township's Director of Assessing Kristen Sieloff to find out how these values are determined....more >>

Eagle Ridge open space development goes forward

From a golf course to open space, plans to develop the area around Morgan Lake have been in limbo since the late 80s, but those sketches may soon leave the drawing board and become reality....more >>

More to come on leaf burning

Since adopting a new burn policy last fall, the Independence Township Trustees has heard mixed reviews, but they aren't finished tweaking the Open Burning Ordinance just yet. At their first meeting in March, Supervisor Pat Kittle and Treasurer Paul Brown clarified burning restrictions and exceptions to Open Burning....more >>
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Feeding the hungry around the world

The community fed 166,128 children around the world in one hour last year. Clarkston High School students in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club would like to see more fed this year during the second annual Kids Against Hunger event, March 23....more >>
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Laughs about life in California Suite

Travel offers a lot more than a change of scenery for the characters in the Clarkston Village Player's latest comedy, Neil Simon's California Suite. The production is made up of four playlets, each one packed with laugh-out-loud hilarity....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Family finds home through My Habitat Clarkston work

Working with My Habitat Clarkston, the Mefford family have a home. "The simple fact of giving somebody a chance is so important," said Kaleena Mefford, who grew up in Clarkston, at a house blessing in their new home....more >>
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Mystery Optimists

As one of the "official photographers" for movie star Kelly Ann Starbright, AKA Sherry Regiani, at the Clarkston Optimist Club mystery dinner Murder Takes a Cruise, this reporter got many pictures of her as she graced fellow passengers with her presence....more >>
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Cars at show

Detroit AutoRama last week at Cobo Center was a chance for gearheads to show folks the results of their hard work. Clarkston residents Erik Standford and Steven Smith were there. Standford displayed his 1949 Chevrolet 3100 truck, which he built with his dad, Don Standford of Ortonville....more >>
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Imagineers heading to state finals

Students from around Clarkston competed in the Destination Imagination regional tournament on March 2 at Waterford Kettering High School. The Imagineers, a team of seven students from North Sashabaw, chose the Real to Reel challenge for which they selected a community service need, recorded a video, and prepared a skit about their work in our community....more >>
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New Marines

Ty Vandesteene, at left, and Ryan Butterfield are both 2012 Clarkston High School graduates, and both graduated from Platoon 2020, Company E, Marine Corps bootcamp, March 1. The newly minted Marines are heading to Camp Geiger in North Carolina for combat training, then on to advanced training at Pensacola, Fla....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Library parking lot The Clarkston Independence District Library plans to repair its parking lot and is currently seeking bids for the project, but patrons will have to wait until spring before all the holes are filled....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Township ponders ordinance for sidewalk liability" Following a Michigan Supreme Court ruling on imposing liablility on townships for injuries and damages resulting from the failure to maintain and repair sidewalks, Independence Township attorney Gerry Fisher told board members an ordinance should be created....more >>
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Born December 21st
1879: Stalin, Communist leader of the Soviet Union.
1911: Josh Gibson, baseball player for the Negro Leagues, Home-Run King.
1918: Kurt Waldheim, controversial fourth Secretary General of the United Nations.
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in history
1708: French forces seize control of the eastern shore of Newfoundland after winning a victory at St. John's.
1790: Samuel Slater opens the first cotton mill in the United States (in Rhode Island.)
1862: The U.S. Congress authorizes the Medal of Honor to be awarded to Navy personnel who have distinguished themselves by their gallantry in action.
1866: Indians led by Red Cloud and Crazy Horse kill Captain William J. Fetterman and 79 other men who had ventured out from Fort Phil Kearny to cut wood. The fatal Fetterman fight
1910: Over 2.5 million plague victims are reported in the An-Hul province of China.