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Lake Orion Schools and Oakland County Sheriff's Department urge teens to drive safely

By Dan Shriner Review Editor With the Lake Orion High School prom this week and the upcoming graduation season only a month away, Lake Orion School officials and the Oakland County Sheriff's Department are urging teens not to drink or text while driving....more >>
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Auto students tops in state

Practice makes perfect. That old adage certainly proved true for Josh English and Mike Doell. Two weeks of practice before, during and after school ultimately led the Oxford High School seniors to win first place at the state finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition held April 24 at the Macomb Community College (MCC) Expo Center in Warren....more >>

Blessing in a Backpack coming home to Orion students

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer One in five children in Lake Orion does not receive enough to eat in a typical weekend. "They can't learn if they're hungry," said Jennifer Goethals, principle of Blanche Sims Elementary, talking about Mondays....more >>
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Vikings sign Line

Zach Line began his football career as a Wildcat. Then he became a Mustang. Now, he's officially a Viking. On Saturday, April 27, the 2008 Oxford High School graduate signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent....more >>
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Shots fired in caregiver confrontation

A late night confrontation between a man's former caregiver and his current caregiver ended with gunshots April 25 in the Hidden Lake Estates mobile home park in Addison Township. Kimberly Ann Trackwell, 47, of Taylor is now facing one count of assault with a dangerous weapon (a four-year felony), one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (a two-year felony) and one misdemeanor count of reckless use of a firearm....more >>

DDA faces budget woes

Madonna Van Fossen could be out of a job or find herself working only part-time as executive director of the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA). "I'm not taking it personally," she said....more >>
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Cancer benefit for local salon owner

Those who give must also be willing to receive, that's the lesson lifetime Oxford resident and business owner Laura Lee has had to learn. Lee, who's always been a very independent woman and giving to others, realized she, was going to have to ask for some help after being diagnosed earlier this year with cancer....more >>

No tax hike, $300K reserve in proposed village budget

Things are looking up. That seemed to be the overall theme of Oxford Village's proposed 2013-14 budget when it was presented to council last week by Manager Joe Young. "The good news is we're above water here," he said....more >>

Upgrade or county? Albensi wants disptach question settled before any money's spent

Consideration of a proposal to begin the process of upgrading Oxford Village's outdated 9-1-1 dispatch system included some discussion as to whether the municipality could contract with the Oakland County Sheriff's Department....more >>

Entries sought for Lone Ranger parade

What's more fun than watching a parade? Being in a parade, of course. Entries for the Saturday, Aug. 3 Lone Ranger parade are now being accepted. The parade will celebrate both the 80th anniversary of the first Lone Ranger radio broadcast in 1933 on WXYZ radio in Detroit and Oxford's historical connection to the famous masked lawman....more >>

Oxford gets One Stop Ready

Five years ago, Oxford government was viewed by developers and businesses as "hard to work with." "It really hurt us," said Todd Bell, chairman of the township planning commission....more >>

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OCSO: 'If it seems too good to be true, it is'

If you are the victim of a tax scam, special forms the IRS requires can be obtained at the Brandon substation.

An 89-year-old woman was swindled out of more than $6,000 earlier this month and police are once again warning residents to be wary of lottery frauds. "If it seems too good to be true, it is," said Oakland County Sheriff's Office Sgt....more >>
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Planning commissioner honored for his service

Addison Township officials honored longtime Planning Commissioner, Bill Devine at the April 18 board meeting by making him an "Honorary Citizen of Addison Township" and giving him a "Key to the Township" and a plaque for his service to the community....more >>

Addison extends attorney, planner contracts

When the citizens of Addison Township elected the township board in 2008 there was "some cleaning to do on contracts," said Supervisor Bruce Pearson. According to Pearson they went through every contract in 2008-09 and put many of them out to bid, but two contracts they didn't put out to bid were their attorney Robert Davis and their planner Rand Bowman....more >>
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Happy 90th birthday to Helen Dick!

The family of Oxford resident Helen Dick wishes to announce and celebrate the fact that she will turn 90 on May 10. She was born in Aurora, IL, and graduated from high school in Hudson, MI, and from the Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing....more >>
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Raising money in Ryan's memory

A benefit in memory of former Oxford resident Ryan Nauseda was held on Tuesday, April 16 at the 24th Street Sports Tavern (13 S. Washington St.). After three weeks in ICU at the University of Illinois, Nauseda succumb to complete organ failure at age 29....more >>

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Raleigh convicted of murder in Brandon baby's death

An Oakland County jury deliberated less than one hour before finding Donald Kyle Raleigh guilty of murdering a 4-month-old boy in Brandon Township last fall. The Citizen has withheld the name of the victim in order to protect the family's privacy....more >>
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Locals near Boston chaos

'I thought maybe they had fired a cannon in Boston...'

Casey Hartman was at work in Boston the afternoon of April 15 when she heard, and felt, the first explosion. The personal stylist and 1996 Brandon High School graduate had no time to even begin to comprehend what had happened before a second explosion rocked the building....more >>

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Youth Recognition Night

Brandon Twp.- Tessa Kremer was born with Moebius Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that affects cranial nerves and can cause other physical problems. The disorder has created challenges for the 13-year-old, but it has also created a greater sense of empathy for others....more >>

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Locals near Boston chaos

'It was unreal—the race can't be stopped...'

Bib number 23886 did not complete the 2013 Boston Marathon. The race identification belonged to Bill Snyder, an educator for 45 years and Brandon Middle School principal for 15 years prior to his retirement in 2012....more >>

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Township home invasion suspects arrested

Atlas Twp.-A drug habit may have been the motivation for a Flint couple that had allegedly been breaking into several area homes. Dawn Ludwig, 34, and Jonathan Karalla, 28, are charged with first degree home invasion, a 20-year felony, and second degree home invasion, a 15-year felony in connection with burglaries on April 11 and 18....more >>

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Goodrich:19 teachers pink slipped, Schools of Choice ramped up

Goodrich-When the Monday night board of education meeting finally ended at about 8:30 p.m. it was painfully clear—the district will change. More than 100 residents, staff, and administrators packed the school board room as lay-off notices were issued to 19 teachers, reinstated Schools of Choice for grades seven through 12 and vowed to continue exploring privatizing of sectors of the services needed to operate the district....more >>

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'Par' for the disc golf course

Development of 9-hole links eyed for Brandon Township Park

Brandon Twp.- Jonathan Burnicle's father, David, picked up a disc golf basket at a garage sale last summer. The pair bought some discs and the family has been playing since then in their backyard....more >>

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Daughters book date with mom for library 5K

Ortonville- Food often becomes a centerpiece of holiday get-togethers, but one area family is focusing on health and each other by walking together Mother's Day weekend. Louanne Allison, 53, will be joined by her daughters, Amanda DeLandsheer, 25, and Amy Allison, 20, at the Bookin' It for Your Library 5K on Saturday, May 11....more >>
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A shocking performance: Local stars in 'The Full Monty'

Joshua Monterosso was playing the lead role in the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" several years ago when he felt the seam rip in the back of his trousers. The Groveland Township resident now recalls how thankful he was that he able to do the rest of his scene without having to turn his backside to the audience....more >>

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Take a bite out of cancer: Bark for Life of Brandon/Ortonville

Dogs will bark back against cancer at the 1st annual Bark for Life of Brandon/Ortonville. The American Cancer Society's canine event will premiere in this area from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, May 4 at the Brandon Township Community Park, 1414 N....more >>

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Tombstone iconography

Historical society to host lecture at Old Mill

From 7 to 8 p.m., May 8, the Ortonville Community Historical Society will host Ray Henry who will speak on tombstone iconography at the Old Mill in downtown Ortonville. "Tombstones tell a story," he said....more >>

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Confession admissible in township infant murder case

A confession of guilt made by the man charged with murdering an infant in Brandon Township last fall will be admissible in court. The trial of Donald Kyle Raleigh is slated to begin at 8:30 a....more >>

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Enbridge pipeline phase two set to begin

Brandon Twp.- Officials from both the township and Enbridge Energy are preparing for the second phase of the Line 6B petroleum pipeline replacement project. A meeting for residents who wish to gain a better understanding of their rights regarding use of their property by a public utility is planned for 6:30 p....more >>
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Marriage equality

U.S. Supreme Court expectedto rule on same-sex marriage in June

Brandon Township residents David and Willie Ollie Ray enjoy the same freedoms as other U.S. citizens, with one very large exception. They are unable to marry. The denial of the right for gay couples to marry has caused controversy for years across the country and the issue is more intense than ever as the U....more >>

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Local on fast track to NASCAR

At 15-years-old, Vinnie Miller has spent nearly a decade racing toward one goal—NASCAR. His quest started early in life. Miller, a Brandon High School sophomore and Hadley Township resident, has been behind the wheel and on the throttle since he was about 5-years-old....more >>

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Atlas Township voters to decide on police millage Tuesday

Atlas Twp.-On May 7, township and Goodrich Village voters will go to the polls to decide on 2.1 mills to fund police coverage for the community. The millage will cover four years of a contract with the Genesee County Sheriff of about $565,000 per year....more >>
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UP CLOSE SCIENCE

Andersonville Elementary fourth graders Anthony Deschaine and Bianca Hoogewerf take a look at a dragonfly - an insect salmon enjoy eating....more >>

Public speaks on school budget

As Clarkston schools consider how to close a $3.8 million budget deficit, residents were split at a public hearing, April 22. The school district faces a $3.8 million deficit due to decreasing state and federal revenues, decreased enrollment, and increased costs....more >>

Raises for city workers

BY ANDREA M. BEAUDOIN Clarkston News Staff Writer A budget amendment placing Clarkston's budget in deficit includes raises for several city employees. They deserve them, said new City Manager Carol Eberhardt....more >>
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Car hopes

Hopeful ticket buyers filled John Bowman Chevrolet, April 27, watching 9-year-old Sophie Wirth reach into the hopper, rummage through the 4,329 entries, and draw the winner of a 2013 Corvette Coupe....more >>
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Signs of the city

City Council told a subcommittee made up of two City Planning Commissioners and two Historic District Commissioners to seek bids for four signs estimated to cost $5,000, April 22. "Something the city has needed for a while is a designation to let people know that this is a historic district," said Historic District Commission Chair Cara Catallo....more >>
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Bowman partner in former Hosler buy

Randy Hosler Buick GMC on Dixie Highway in Springfield Township is no more. Taking its place is Sellers Renew Auto Center, in partnership with John Bowman Chevrolet of Clarkston. The partnership with Sam Slaughter, president of Sellers Buick GMC of Farmington Hills, gives Bowman Chevrolet, 6750 Dixie Highway at M-15, an opportunity to expand....more >>
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Clarkston scout blazes trail for Eagle project

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Bikers have a new trail to try, thanks to Eagle Scout Connor Eckhout of Springfield Township. Eckhout, 17, of Davisburg Troop 192 earned the highest achievement in scouting with a 3-mile dirt trail at the corner of Rattalee Lake and Reese roads....more >>
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A ball for Helping Hearts Helping Hands

Erica Cale, Clarkston High School graduate and founder of Helping Hearts Helping Hands, was back in town, April 26, for her annual Sapphire Ball fund raiser at Deer Lake club. Now 21 years old, Cale has been running a mission for children in need in Honduras for the past six years....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Student-led night of prayer

A student-led prayer group invites the community to Depot Park, 6-10 p.m., Saturday, May 4, for Enkindle the Remnant. Growing out of the Life Club at Clarkston High School, the event will include prayer and break out sessions, said organizer Josh Kuruvilla....more >>
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A race for Angels' Place

Runners and walkers hit the roads of Clarkston for Angel's Place Race, 9 a.m., Saturday, May 18. "We had 330 walkers and runners last year, and we hope for 350 this year," said organizer Paul Maxwell of Clarkston....more >>
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Kids learn about life of salmon

Andersonville Elementary fourth grader Olivia Neubeck may enjoy eating different foods at lunch, but she has learned salmon do not share the same taste in food as she and her classmates....more >>
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Heroes in the hallway

What does it take to be a superhero in Clarkston? Independence Elementary third graders found out last week as they learned six different leadership skills from local superheroes - (Clarkston High School students in LEAD, International Baccalaureate and Teacher Cadets)....more >>
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Talent on display

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Thanks to volunteers

Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center thanked about 146 volunteers, business, and churches for their help through the year with a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, April 26 at Clarkston United Methodist Church....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Day of Prayer Clarkston Area Day of Prayer is 7-9 a.m., Thursday, May 2 at Fountains banquet center, 6060 Maybee Road. Representatives from local community groups, government, law enforcement, fire department, and churches will take part in the breakfast meeting, with the theme, "pray for America....more >>

Kids Day in the Park

Tons of free activities await kids at Kids Day in the Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at Clintonwood Park. Hosted by Independence Township Parks, Recreation and Seniors and Turtle Toys of Clarkston, the day includes Kids Only Garage Sale, kite building, petting zoo, pet adoptions, big wheel with Detroit Derby Girls, archery, face painting, balloon animals, fort building, bouncers, rock-climbing wall, mechanical bull ride, spinning carnival ride, retro games, Bubble Blast attempt to break a world record, pictures with Star Wars stormtroopers, and autographs with Tinkerbell....more >>

A cappella groups to sing

Clarkston High School's Detroit Voice vocal group and special guest ENCORE from Sashabaw Middle School perform on Friday, May 3, 7 p.m., at the Clarkston Junior High School. Detroit Voice is a vocal a cappella group of 11 talented Clarkston High School students....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Offense heats up for Wolves in sweep of Falcons" Clarkston Varsity Softball showed some pop in their swing for a sweep over Rochester High School, 8-7 and 10-4, before they headed into spring break....more >>
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Born April 23rd
1564: William Shakespeare, English playwright and poet.
1791: James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States (1857-1861).
1813: Stephen A. Douglas, American politician.
1897: Lucius D. Clay, U.S. military governor of occupied Berlin.
1902: Halldór Laxness, Nobel Prize-winning Icelandic novelist (The Fish Can Sing, Paradise Reclaimed).
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1856: Free Stater J.N. Mace in Westport, Kansas shoots pro-slavery sheriff Samuel Jones in the back.
1865: Union cavalry units continue to skirmish with Confederate forces in Henderson, North Carolina and Munsford Station, Alalbama.
1895: Russia, France, and Germany force Japan to return the Liaodong peninsula to China.
1896: Motion pictures premiere in New York City.
1915: The ACA becomes the National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA), the forerunner of NASA.