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OHS student's welding torch makes for bright future

Michelle Vought is lighting the path to her future with a welding torch. The Oxford High School senior's prowess with fire and metal helped her and her fellow students from Oakland Schools Technical Campus (OSTC) Northeast in Pontiac earn a first place award for a child's pedal car they created as part of the Genuine Hotrod Hardware Pedal Car Challenge....more >>
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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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Police: Homes robbed to feed burglar's drug habit

A 22-year-old Oxford man accused of burglarizing three Oxford Twp. homes within a week to help finance his alleged drug habit was arrested March 15 by the Oakland County Sheriff's Department....more >>

Candidates for $25K environmental grant sought

Oxford Township officials are considering applying for a $25,000 environmental grant from a Canadian-based energy distribution company, but first they want to find a deserving group, program or project that could really use that kind of money....more >>

Work on oil line to begin later this year

A portion of a large-diameter interstate crude oil pipeline that runs through Oxford and Addison townships is due to be replaced later this year by the Canadian-based energy distribution company that owns it....more >>
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Lakeville's 'mayor' celebrates 95th birthday

Bob Smith, Oakland County's oldest unelected unofficial, celebrated his 95th birthday last week in Lakeville. Friends and family gathered at the Lakeville United Methodist Church (UMC) Sunday afternoon to honor Smith with song, well wishes and of course, lots of cake....more >>

Oxford now part of MI Big Green Gym

Yet another feather has been added to the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department's plumage-filled cap. Oxford is one of only 23 local departments in the entire state that will be highlighted as part of MI Big Green Gym, a new program focused on helping families and individuals improve their physical, spiritual and mental health by taking their workouts to the great outdoors at local and state parks....more >>

Twp. okays $162K for new safety paths

A $161,621 contract to construct new safety paths along Seymour Lake and E. Drahner roads was awarded last week in a 5-1 vote by the Oxford Township Board. Pro-Line Asphalt Paving Corp....more >>
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Addison FD receives $61K grant for medical equipment

A significant chunk of federal grant money was awarded to the Addison Township Fire Department to help improve its emergency medical capabilities. The department was the recipient of a $60,667 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)....more >>

Who wants to take over Kids Town?

Celebrate Oxford, scheduled for Aug. 3, is almost set, but due to budget cuts the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA), which has run the activity in the past is looking for an organization or a group of organizations to take over the Kids Town....more >>

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Teens and Seniors Rocking & Raking

Scouts, teen youth groups and adults looking to serve the community are invited to join others on April 27 for the annual spring Teens and Seniors Rocking and Raking yard clean-up project....more >>

Briefs

Put on your dancing shoes! The Oxford edition of "So, you think you can dance!" is coming to the high school's Fine Arts Center (745 N. Oxford Rd.) on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show are $3....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 >>
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DDA brings home two county awards

A total of 11 Main Street Oakland County communities (MSOC) won awards at the Main Street Oakland County awards celebration held at the Royal Oak Music Theater on March 8. The Oxford Downtown Development Authority brought home two of the awards....more >>

Twp. okays repaving of crumbling intersection

Oxford Township officials last week voted 6-0 to proceed with road improvements at the intersection of Seymour Lake Rd. and Brookfield Drive. "The intersection is just crumbling," said township engineer Jim Sharpe....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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Bush whacked: African adventures

The 4-passenger Cessna plane Elizabeth McGhee flew in Kenya in February was the same model as the plane she owns and has flown in Michigan. However, the difference between the two planes is that she successfully landed the one in Kenya— even after power had been cut to the engine— while the other ended up on its roof on Sunday....more >>

Bill to move canvassing to county passes state House

As a way to save local communities money on administering elections, the Michigan House of Representatives approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Brad Jacobsen (R-Oxford). House Bill 4171 is part of a three-bill package that transfers the duties of local canvassing boards to the county level....more >>

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Dogs perish in mobile home fire; uninsured home a total loss

Brandon Twp.- Michelle and Kenny Zanoni left their home around 1:30 p.m. on Monday to pick up their teenage daughters, Angela and Brianna, from school. Only a few minutes after they arrived at the school to pick up the girls, a neighbor called Michelle to tell her that their home was on fire....more >>
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Oxford company donates pavilion to Orion Veterans Memorial

"With the service that they provide us, it's the least we can do." That's the reason Jerry Suzore gave as to why the Oxford-based Carport Structures Corporation donated a 20-foot-by-20-foot steel pavilion to the Orion Veterans Memorial....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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Suspect arraigned in series of area home invasions

Charges pending for additional home invasion suspects

Three suspects will soon be facing charges in several area home invasions. Alan Jay Pratt, Jr. 22, of Oxford, was arraigned March 16 in 52-3 District Court on one count of receiving and concealing stolen property, a 5-year felony....more >>
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Camo to be adopted

Abandoned dog goes from coal mine to loving home

Within the span of just a few months, a thin and frightened little dog went from being abandoned at a coal mine in West Virginia to finding a loving home in Michigan. Camo, a 2-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog/pit bull mix profiled in the March 6 issue of the Leader, is in the process of being adopted by Corey Albertson, a 23-year-old resident of Washington Township....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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Connected from Portugal

Martian exchange student adjusts to snow, American food

Ines Figueira watches the snow fall outside the classroom window. "It's too cold here," she said. "It's been cold for so long—I had no idea about that when I came here to Goodrich....more >>

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Copier issue draws ire of township officials

Atlas Twp.-On Monday night the board of trustees put to rest a controversy over the sale and return of a township copier. The concern was first expressed during the Feb.19 board of trustees meeting....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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November election costs challenged by village official

Atlas Twp.-Fees to the Village of Goodrich for the 2012 election, which included a detachment issue, have recently come under fire. A bill of $1,187 sent to the village from the township came under scrutiny during the March 11 Village of Goodrich meeting....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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History gets real for BMS students in Washington, D.C.

Walking up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on March 15 was a huge reality check for Katy O'Neill. "It all hit me then," she said. "I was like, 'This is real, this is happening....more >>
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Singing stars

Sydney Cooper opens Andersonville Elementary's Ninth Annual Variety Show with "The Star Spangled Banner....more >>

Two up for city manager

After five hours of interviews and deliberation, Clarkston City Council selected two candidates for city manager at a special meeting, March 16. Carol Eberhardt of Clarkston and Andrew Potter of Ortonville will present on how they would approach the job and plans for the first hundred days of their employment at the council's next regular meeting on March 25 at 7 p....more >>
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Township weighs oil drilling options

An agreement to drill for oil in Independence Township will be on the table next month. To prepare for it, Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle, Clerk Barb Pallotta, and Township Attorney Steve Joppich met with Jim Nash Water Resources Commissioner for Oakland County on March 15 to discuss the lease agreement proposal Jordan Development offered in December....more >>

Perfect GPA now needs 5.0 for some students

A 4.0 isn't perfect anymore at Clarkston High School. For that, students' grade point averages have to go up to five. "It is a good thing for our students," said Clarkston Community Schools Superintendent Dr....more >>
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Club keeps up with issues in off year

This is an off year for elections, but Independence Conservatives Club still has a mission to do. "This is an opportunity for likeminded people to be together and accomplish things in the local community," said Carol Grubba, secretary....more >>
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Land conservancy welcomes new director

In some circles she is known as "the tree lady," but for the North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy (NOHLC) Marie Donigan is called Executive Director. Since 1972, the NOHLC's efforts have led to the preservation of 55 properties covering 1,426 acres of land, but Donigan says the non-profit isn't finished yet....more >>
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Reading guests

March is National Reading Month and Springfield Plains Elementary celebrated by giving their students a treat last Friday. While sitting quietly on the floor, they listened to books read by guest readers who visited their classrooms....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Wildcats play at fair

Students explored the hallways of North Sashabaw Elementary on Friday night looking for the next game to try. They brought their friends and family to join the fun at their school's fair and partake in games and activities....more >>
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Mansour honored by optimists

Clarkston Area Optimist Club honored Andersonville Elementary student Anna Mansour with the Optimist Student Citizen of the Month award for March. "She's one of the top kids at Andersonville," said Principal Bruce Martin....more >>

Destination Imagination teams going to finals

Four Clarkston Creativity Crew Destination ImagiNation teams qualified for Affiliate Finals competition in Mount Pleasant, April 20. The Regional Destination ImagiNation tournament was at Waterford Mott High School, March 2....more >>
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Students spread the love for Lighthouse

Independence and Andersonville elementary students helped "Spread the Love" with a Valentine's Day and peanut-butter-and-jelly themed food drive. Students collected 129 jars at Independence Elementary and 100 at Andersonville Elementary throughout February....more >>
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Taking the stage

Talented Andersonville Elementary students stayed after school last Thursday to put the final touches on their ninth annual variety show. The show included a mix of dancing, singing, magic and karate....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Tootsie Roll Drive Clarkston area Knights of Columbus will be out in local intersections and stores for their Annual Tootsie Roll Drive this weekend, March 22-23. Proceeds are used to help people with intellectual disabilities....more >>

Votes needed for grant

Swan for Life Cancer Foundation of Independence Township is in the running for a Livestrong Foundation grant. An online vote determines which locations will be awarded funding in 2013....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Languages considered for elementary grades" Clarkston Board of Education considered a plan to bring foreign languages to elementary students as young as kindergarten....more >>
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Born November 1st
1798: Benjamin Lee Guinness, Irish brewer.
1818: Jems Renwick, architect.
1828: Balfour Steward, Scottish physicist and meteorologist.
1871: Stephen Crane, poet and novelist (The Red Badge of Courage).
1880: Sholem Asch, Polish-born American novelist and playwright (The Nazarene, The Mother).
November 1st
in history
1945: John H. Johnson publishes the first issue of Ebony magazine.
1950: Two members of a Puerto Rican nationalist movement attempt to assassinate President Harry S Truman. Shoot-Out on Pennsylvania Avenue.
1951: Algerian National Liberation Front begins guerrilla warfare against the French.
1967: The first issue of Rolling Stone hits the streets.
1968: President Lyndon B. Johnson calls a halt to bombing in Vietnam, hoping this will lead to progress at the Paris peace talks. The War Makers.