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Oxford teen to fight in Golden Gloves championships

The next Michigan Golden Gloves champion could be bobbing and weaving right here in Oxford. His name is Antonio Negron and he's training at Strike Fitness Club (275 S. Glaspie St.) for the 82nd anniversary Golden Gloves state championships set for April 26-27 at the Grand Valley National Guard Armory in Wyoming, Michigan....more >>

New teachers' contract OKed, still includes union dues

Twenty-four hours before the new "Right to Work" law was set to go into action, the Oxford Board of Education approved the new Oxford Education Association (OEA) contract. The teachers' union contract is a three-year agreement ending in 2016 and it still includes union dues....more >>

Village's 'strong' credit rating tempered by 'weak' finances

Once again, Standard & Poor's gave the Village of Oxford an 'A' rating the third highest credit (or bond) rating available. But once again, it was accompanied by a "negative outlook," which is a warning that if the municipality's financial picture doesn't improve, that rating could be lowered....more >>
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Local mom willing to take over 'Kids Town'

After reading about the need for volunteers to take over Celebrate Oxford's Kids Town in the Oxford Leader, local resident Meg Buckley decided to take on the challenge. "You can't have family day without anything for the kids....more >>

Sneak preview of Lone Ranger July 2

How appropriate that Oxford home of the radio Lone Ranger will be able to view Disney's new movie about the masked lawman's adventures a day before the rest of the country. It's been confirmed that a special sneak preview will happen at the Oxford 7 Theater (48 S....more >>
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War of 1812 military artifacts now on display at museum

It's been called everything from America's "Forgotten War" to America's "Second War of Independence." But the truth is many Americans don't know much about the War of 1812. The Northeast Oakland Historical Museum in downtown Oxford is hoping to change that locally with a special display of military items from this bloody conflict with Great Britain that lasted from June 1812 to February 1815....more >>


Amos Orton look-alike contest

The 2013 CreekFest Committee is seeking individuals to participate in the first annual Amos Orton look-alike contest. Contestants need to grow a natural beard and resemble Amos Orton, who founded Ortonville in 1848....more >>

Sale still waiting on regulators

Level One's Fehring assures money isn't the issue

Still waiting on approval from federal and state regulators. That's the status of the pending sale of Oxford Bank, a 129-year-old financial institution, to the Farmington Hills-based Level One Bank, founded in 2007....more >>

Rochester Rd. resurfacing to begin in June, cost $5.6M

Get ready, Addison Township because a fresh crop of orange construction barrels will be sprouting up this summer along the heavily-traveled Rochester Rd. Beginning in early June, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) will be doing some road construction along the 3....more >>

Police: Man commits suicide in truck

Oxford Village police officers were dispatched to 975 Glaspie St. on April 4 after a receiving a report of a man sitting in a parked truck who was unresponsive and possibly not breathing....more >>

Bank employees donate $1,550 to local charities

Oxford Bank announced last week that its employees have agreed to donate $775 each to two local charities. The recipients are Orion-Oxford FISH and Blessings In A Backpack (Lake Orion and Oxford)....more >>
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Star search

Dustin Scriven's photography is out of this world. Way out. Scriven, 20, a 2011 Brandon High School graduate and Oakland Community College sophomore, is a local astronomer and for the past few years has ventured out at night to remote locations to study the heavens utlizing a variety of telescopes along with precision photography equipment....more >>
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Wheelock and Watkins drain project OK'd by local board

Goodrich-In a special meeting on April 9 at the village offices, a board of determination made up of Richfield Township Supervisor Joseph Madore, Mundy Township Supervisor David Guigear and Argentine Township Supervisor Robert Cole voted 3-0 to move forward with a Wheelock and Watkins drain project....more >>
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Beaten, but not broken

German Shepherd mix seeks loving forever home

Brutally beaten and buried alive. That's how China's previous owner left her. But fortunately, the German Shepherd mix was found by some kindhearted folks, nursed back to health and is now waiting patiently at the Oxford-based K-9 Stray Rescue League's kennel for someone to adopt her....more >>


Man leads police on two chases in Brandon Township

Brandon deputies terminated two high-speed chases led by the same suspect last week, but ultimately caught up with the man at his township residence. David John Daly, 45, was arraigned April 2 on two counts of fleeing and eluding, third degree, a felony, as well as driving while license suspended....more >>


Schools grapple with building sale

Proposed charter school offers deal for Sherman Center

Brandon Twp.- Jeff Maxson says he is moving forward with establishing a charter school in this area, but it appears unlikely it will be in a vacant building that the Brandon School District owns....more >>


Brandon Recreation: Progress continues despite challenges

Brandon Twp.- Recreation is "standing tall" in the township. This is how Fred Waybrant assesses the current state of the department he manages, which has been through plenty of challenges in the last few years, including a cut of two-thirds of the staff, elimination of an annual $15,000 funding contribution from Groveland Township, and a halt to seeking grants for further development....more >>
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'An everlasting bond'

Ortonville- To have and to hold, for better, for worse. After a nearly year-long courtship and 2-month engagement, Leah West and James Allen married on April 6 at the Old Town Hall in the village, decorated for the occasion with white tulle and ivy, sparkling lights, and purple flowers....more >>


BGYA: 'Making a brighter future for our children'

Dustin McClellan accepted an invitation to hop on a bus 15 years ago, a decision he believes changed the course of his life. McClellan was a 7-year-old Pontiac kid living with his single mother and older brother in a home with drugs and alcohol when Pastor John Gunn invited him to get on the bus and come to the Power Company Kids Club with other children from the neighborhood....more >>
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'The last day in Ukraine, I was thankful to leave'

Goodrich 'America and Me' essay contest winner, reflects on finding a family

"My name is Lisa, but once upon a time, my name was Ivanna, and I was an orphan living in the streets of Kiev, Ukraine." This is the opening line of Lisa Jankowski's essay "My Heroes that Saved My Life," which was chosen as the first place winner from Goodrich Middle School entries in the "America and Me" essay contest....more >>


Happy ending: Cancer-free

Jamie Broecker was at work last month when her daughter's doctor left a message on her voicemail. "The doctor almost gave me a heart attack," said Broecker, a 1996 Brandon High School graduate....more >>


Proposed charter school eyes vacated district building

A former school building may be saved from demolition. Board members of the North Oakland Charter Academy (NOCA) are seeking to purchase the vacant Sherman Lifelong Learning Center, 300 Sherman Court from the Brandon School District to open a kindergarten through fifth grade school....more >>


Council OKs village tractor

Goodrich-By a 5-0 vote on Monday night the village council OK'd the purchase of a new tractor. The 2013 John Deere tractor will cost the village about $93,000. "We received about $31,000 for the sale of the seven parcels in the Fairview Hills subdivision in March," said Rick Horton, village council president....more >>


Sewers: 'We need to pursue for the health of everyone'

Ortonville- Several projects were discussed during a special study session April 9 between the village council and planning commission, including numerous drain and sidewalk repairs, as well as new non-motorized pathways....more >>


Repeat domestic abuser charged with felonious assault

A 34-year-old Brandon Township resident who chased after a woman fleeing from him and was witnessed striking her in the snow before dragging her back to their shared home has been arraigned on multiple charges....more >>


Goodrich Lions: 50 years of community service

Goodrich-Gordon Smith needed gas. In the fall of 1962, local resident Emery Bennett was working at his Gulf Gas Station near the intersection of Hegel Road and M-15 when Smith pulled in for a fill-up....more >>
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Possible Michigan wolf hunt sparks debate locally

Jason Bradley, 39, is a Groveland Township resident and has hunted bear across the Upper Peninsula since 2006, bagging three over that period near the village of Bessemer in Gogebic County in the western section....more >>


After fleeing to Colorado, funeral bandit back to Michigan,facing charges

The 44-year-old man whom police are calling "the funeral bandit" arrived back in Michigan Wednesday after having fled to Colorado. Todd Lloyd Griffin was expected to be arraigned on a probation violation charge April 4, with numerous charges in numerous jurisdictions to come in the weeks ahead, said Oakland County Sheriff's Office Lt....more >>


Public access, recreation may be factor in future of mill pond

Goodrich-Some light in the murky future of the century-old village dam was shed last week during a special meeting. Dave Anthony of WadeTrim engineers, along with the councilmembers and several village residents, gathered at 9 a....more >>
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Swing into spring

Natalia Santia enjoys spring break at Depot Park last Thursday....more >>

Budget tightrope

$3.8M deficit threat to remaining savings

Next year's school budget is expected to fall short about $3.8 million. That's about as much as Clarkston Schools will have in its fund balance. "We're flirting with sinking below zero, going into receivership," said Deputy Superintendent Shawn Ryan to the Clarkston Board of Education, Monday night....more >>

Eberhardt new manager

Clarkston's new City Manager Carol Eberhardt was hired at the City Council meeting on April 8. She will replace Dennis Ritter, who has been city manager since 2008 and announced his retirement in January....more >>

Oil Zone

Nose knows rigs already producing oil, natural gas

Driving along White Lake Road just before the Indian Springs Metropark entrance, you wouldn't know there was a drilling operation behind the line of black plastic sheeting unless you take a right onto Teggerdine Road....more >>

Open enrollment for K-2

Independence Township resident Thomas Discenna went to Board of Education meeting on March 25 with an open mind. By the time he approached the podium to share his thoughts on the district having open enrollment for grades Kindergarten through second, his mind was made....more >>
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Uniformed prowler arraigned

Christopher Allen Murphy of Holly Township, 32, was in his National Guard uniform when he allegedly tried to break into a home in the 800 block of Cedar, 8 a.m., April 4, said Sgt....more >>
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Spring blaze helps Springfield park

When it comes to fire, Smokey the Bear would likely warn of danger, but Springfield Township Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Tucker has a different view. From her perspective, "fire is a fantastic tool, if you used correctly....more >>

Trustees seek tweaks to oil, gas contracts

Independence Township Board of Trustees took their first crack at an oil and gas contract with Jordan Development at their meeting on April 2, but some trustees wanted changes before signing off on leasing their mineral rights....more >>

Coffee capped

After April 14, you'll have to stop somewhere else to get your caffeine fix because Independence Township's Caribou Coffee is closing. The shop at 6315 Sashabaw is one among many Caribou Coffee locations across the United States that will no longer serve up lattes and cappuccinos....more >>
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Syrup sap by the gallon this season

If you take a drive down Bond Trail in Independence Township, some of the trees may catch your eye. Slow down and take a closer look, and you'll find two-gallon buckets full of clear sap hanging from the trunks of Sugar Maples....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Clarkstonite has big goals for AARP leadership

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Thomas E. Kimble of Clarkston has been a volunteer for decades. Now he's the lead volunteer in the state for American Association of Retired Persons, AARP....more >>
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Horn player going on tour around U.S., Europe

Horn player Caelan Stewart of Clarkston will perform around the world this summer as part of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. "I'm really excited about the tour," said Stewart, 16, currently spending his junior year at The Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Mich....more >>
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Think spring

Thoughts of spring filled the community room at Clarkston Independence District Library on April 2 as many concentrated on Garden Art. Participants decorated flower pots with colorful paint and added gems to their design....more >>
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Cold break

Families staying in Clarkston during spring break last week were treated to a few days of warm weather and sunshine. Depot Park was the popular place to go as kids of all ages enjoyed climbing the playground equipment, going on the merry-go-round and taking flight on the swings....more >>

News in Brief

Lions' White Cane Week Members of the Clarkston Area Lions Club take to Clarkston area streets and stores, April 26-May 4, during White Cane Week. Donations support sight and hearing projects including Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, Michigan Eye Bank and Transplant Center in Ann Arbor, Lions Bear Lake Camp for Physically Challenged Youth in Lapeer, Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor, Beaumont Silent Children Fund, and the District 11A2 Lions Hearing Program for Oakland and Macomb Counties....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Bye George" George White retired after 30 years as a Clarkston teacher. He taught at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels, ending his career as principal at North Sashabaw Elementary the experience earned him the title "Mr....more >>
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