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Time for the ol' Easter sugar buzz!

Oxford resident Tabitha Diber, 4, cracks open a plastic Easter egg to get at the delicious candy inside during a hunt Saturday morning at Christ the King Church....more >>
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Wrestling coach to stay, return to assistant spot

There's been no shortage of rumors swirling around town and on the internet regarding Brandon Rank's status as the head coach of the Oxford High School varsity wrestling team. "Wrestling's kind of a small community," explained the 33-year-old Rochester Hills resident....more >>

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Republicans to host 'Big Tent' discussion

The Greater Oakland County Republicans are inviting everyone to listen and participate in a round table discussion to identify commonalities and areas of division in order to bring understanding and unity when it comes to supporting the right candidates for the 2014 and 2016 election years....more >>

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DDA balks at suggested name change

'Lone Ranger Days' proposed as alternative to Celebrate Oxford

What's in a name? To Oxford resident Rod Charles and the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the answer is a lot. That's why last week Charles approached the DDA board about the possibility of changing the name of the Aug....more >>
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Addison homeowner glad 'funeral bandit' was caught

Addison Twp. resident Joseph Marion most likely won't get all of his belongings back, but he's pleased to know the man who allegedly stole them is now in police custody. "I hope he has a long time to think about what he did," he said....more >>

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Community service set for Good Friday

Residents are invited to celebrate the sacrifice of the Christian savior Jesus Christ by attending a Community Good Friday Service at Oxford United Methodist Church (21 E. Burdck St....more >>
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Sports

Oxford hires a tennis coach

Two years after the Oxford Board of Education voted to use approximately $400,000 in surplus bond monies to construct new tennis courts, the high school now has a team to play on them....more >>

Second Front

OHS auto students earn spot in state finals

Not all the glory in high school is attained on the football field or beneath a stage spotlight. Sometimes glory is found covered in grease and sweat beneath the hood of a car. Oxford High School seniors Mike Doell and Josh English are hoping to secure their glory during the state finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition....more >>

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McLaren's Oxford campus to go blue for autism

Beginning April 2, the McLaren Oakland medical campus in Oxford will be bathed in the soft glow of blue lights to help raise awareness about autism. The color of the 385 N. Lapeer Rd....more >>
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Spreading the joy of reading one book at a time

Sandy Gilmore isn't satisfied with simply waiting around at the Oxford Public Library for folks to walk in and check out a good book or two. That's why for the second straight year, the library's head of adult services will be participating in a worldwide event in which thousands of volunteers give away millions of books to people who don't read regularly or even at all....more >>

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Ortonville man arraigned in assault of assistant prosecutor

A 17-year-old Ortonville resident has been arraigned after assaulting an attorney in court. Jordan Sosa was arraigned March 26 in 52-3 District Court on a charge of assault. Bond was set at $10,000 cash surety, no 10 percent....more >>

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Supervisor highlights Addison's successes, positives in speech

Fifteen people made their way to Addison Township Hall Saturday morning to listen to Supervisor Bruce Pearson's second "State of the Township" address. "It's hard to believe four years have gone by and we've accomplished so much, Pearson said....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 >>
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Police car vandal caught on tape

A man is facing three charges of malicious destruction of property to police equipment after he was caught on videotape puncturing tires on two patrol cars. Adam Miller, 21, of Madison Heights was arraigned on the charges March 27 after he apparently used a pitchfork to puncture the tires in the early hours of March 23 while Brandon deputies were investigating a party complaint in the 4300 block of Wildwood Loop....more >>

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Township dog rescued from lake more than just family pet

Atlas Twp.- A canine trained to provide comfort to others recently needed just a little assistance himself. A local family is thankful today after a neighbor, along with the township fire department, saved their dog Riley from the icy waters of Lake Shinanguag....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 >>

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A daughter's dream wedding

Trip down the aisle with Dad will be a walk to remember

Weddings can be major productions that take months to plan and cost thousands of dollars. The wedding of Leah West and James Allen will take place April 6, with less than three weeks of preparation and a budget of almost zero....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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Bumper apple crop expected

Spring: Time to prep gardens, plant trees

Brandon Twp.- Spring is here and even though the temperatures are still cold, the snow is gone and soon the earth will turn green again. In anticipation of the growing season, Dennis Ashton recently hosted a fruit tree pruning and care seminar at Ashton Orchards, 3925 Seymour Lake Road....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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Village council pushes for no vote on HB 4147

Goodrich-The village council voted 4-0 approving a resolution in a special meeting on Monday afternoon to request members of the House of Representatives to vote no on House Bill 4147....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 >>

Ortonville strategic planning

Ortonville- A wastewater treatment system, expansion of sidewalks, and nature trails will be among the topics of discussion at a study session planned for 7 p.m., April 9, at the Old Town Hall....more >>

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Consumers Energy extends twp. gas mains to some, not all

Brandon, Atlas projects released in limited area

Consumers Energy will extend gas mains in Brandon Township again this year, as well as Atlas Township, but not as far as they originally planned. With the passage of two deadlines, the public utility did not meet the 50 percent overall participation goals for either project, meaning the extensions will encompass only areas that did reach 50 percent....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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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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Parents, educator seek formation, grants for area charter school

A group of area parents, along with a preschool owner, are exploring the creation of a charter school in the Ortonville area. A founders board has been established comprised of parents from the Ortonville Montessori, 258 S....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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Boom!

Ortonville- It was the shot heard round the world. Well, around the social media world. Several Facebook posters who reside in the village and surrounding area reported they heard and even felt two explosions during the evening of March 23, one around 7:30 p....more >>
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Eggs please

Lydia Reed seeks treats and treasures at Clarkston United Methodist Church's annual Easter Egg Hunt last Saturday....more >>
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Time for a break

In town and looking for something to do next week? Spring Break Clarkston Style has you covered. "This is a great initiative to get high school kids involved in the community with their parents," said Tonya Cunningham, Clarkston Coalition for Youth community organizer, who is co-chairing the week-long event with Kelly Hyer....more >>

I-75 resurfacing on way in May

Dixie Highway won't be the only place commuters will see orange barrels this summer, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). A project to resurface 14.5 miles of southbound I-75 from the Genesee, Oakland County line down to M-15 is scheduled to begin in May, and the work should be complete around Labor Day weekend....more >>
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Dr. Carson in Clarkston

Dr. Ben Carson is planning to visit his hometown of Detroit in a couple weeks the trip includes a speaking engagement in Clarkston, April 12. Dr. James O'Neill of Clarkston is looking forward to meeting the world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon....more >>

Trustees appeal to state for McLaren

Independence Township trustees expressed their support for the McLaren hospital project to elected leaders during their meeting, March 19. Governor Rick Snyder, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin along with U....more >>

Orion and Independence partner for HR savings

At their next meeting on April 2, the Independence Township board will vote on whether or not to hire Human Capital for their Human Resource needs. Reaching an agreement with Human Capital will allow them to receive a discount because Orion Township hired the same firm....more >>
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Businesses proactive as Dixie project begins

This week businesses along Dixie Highway are seeing orange barrels from their windows, and some are worried about how the resurfacing project will impact their revenues. "It's definitely a concern," said Brian Perkins of Clarkston Auto Body and Towing....more >>

New DPW trucks

Independence Township Public Works employees will soon have new vehicles since the Board of Trustees voted to spend $96,894 to replace four trucks. The DPW has been driving around in three 1999 trucks, each with over 100,000 miles on them and one 2001 Chevy with over 200,000 miles....more >>

Local pastor appreciates new pope's outreach

Pastor Christopher Maus of St. Daniel Catholic Church in Clarkston is not only looking forward to celebrating Easter, he's also excited about the election of a new pope. Reverend Maus didn't believe it when he first heard Pope Benedict resigned....more >>
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Kids in service

A decade ago, Independence Elementary held their first Serving Our Community Kids Style (S.O.C.K.S.) Day to help the community and make a difference. Ten years later it's still going strong as the entire school spent last Thursday morning busily working on their donations....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Dragons show off talent

Over 30 acts took to the stage during Clarkston Elementary's Got Talent show at Clarkston Junior High School Auditorium last Friday. It was standing room only as friends and family watched the students sing, rap, dance, perform magic, perform gymnastics routines, and play the piano and guitar....more >>
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Downtown Knights

Brent Michelsen of Clarkston Knights of Columbus sells Tootsie Rolls on Main Street during the Knight's Tootsie Roll drive, March 22. Proceeds from the annual fund raiser are used to help those with mental disabilities....more >>
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Smile of the Week

Makenna Theuer happily reaches for another egg at the Clarkston United Methodist Church Easter Egg Hunt, March 23....more >>
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Junior high students honored for Reflections artwork

This year's Reflections art contest included many student artists from Clarkston Junior High School. Students selected to move on to compete at the Reflections state level include: Lauren Barnhardt, Theresa Horowitz, Renee Rogowski, and Kate Rogowski in Literature; Erin McNeil, Alona Lysa, Alison Ferer, and Adam Kacanowski in Photography, Johanna Jeung, John Giolitti, Adam Kacanowski, and Matisse Vitale in Visual Arts; David Nelson, Trevor Chamberlain, Nathan Slater, and Adam Kacanowski in Music Composition; and Abby Wilson, and Sara Loucks in Dance Choreography....more >>
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Seuss reader

Marcie Lemieux reads the book "The Cat in the Hat" to Kindergarteners at Springfield Plains Elementary for Dr. Seuss Day, March 18. After she read the book, she presented Cat-in-the-Hat hats, which were made by her mother, Ruth Powers, to each student....more >>
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Egg hunt enthusiasts

In a matter of minutes 3,000 eggs around Clarkston United Methodist Church were collected by kids on Saturday afternoon. They went back inside to find out what treasures were left inside of the eggs....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

City manager selection postponed Clarkston City Council will vote on their choice for City Manager on April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall on Depot Road. The two candidates being considered are Carol Eberhardt, who currently serves on the City Council and was formerly village president, and Andrew Potter, who serves on the Ortonville Downtown Development Authority and was formerly a public safety officer in Oak Park....more >>

Rotary scholarships

Clarkston Rotary club is accepting scholarship applications from high school sophomores and juniors interested in improving leadership skills, working in a team setting, and meeting other like-minded peers at a weekend leadership conference....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Suspect arrested in Shell robbery" The man police believe robbed a Shell gas station at gunpoint on M-15 near I-17 has been arrested. Christopher Wells of Pontiac was arrested on his birthday and arraigned on the day he was supposed to get married on six counts of armed robbery in connection with incidents in several Oakland County communities, including Oxford and Independence Township....more >>
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Born August 1st
1770: William Clark, American explorer, led the Corps of Discovery with Meriwether Lewis.
1779: Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner.
1818: Maria Mitchell, the first female astronomer in the U.S.
1819: Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick
1942: Jerry Garcia, lead singer of the Grateful Dead.
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in history
1914: Germany declares war on Russia.
1937: The Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany becomes operational.The Nuremberg Trial brought high-ranking Nazis to justice.
1939: Synthetic vitamin K is produced for the first time.
1941: The Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo plane makes its first flight.
1942: Ensign Henry C. White, while flying a J4F Widgeon plane, sinks U-166 as it approaches the Mississippi River, the first U-boat sunk by the U.S. Coast Guard.