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Soakin'!

Field Day? Fun day!

Leonard Elementary students celebrated the end of another school year with their annual Field Day May 30. In between all the different games and races, the kids got hosed down by Addison firefighters and ate sweet icy treats....more >>
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Goodbye, Megan

Talented teen musician ends life on a sad note

Megan Marie Abbott will never again strum her pink-colored electric guitar, nor will she grow up to pursue her dream of becoming a math teacher. Never again will she make her friends chuckle or cheer the Oxford Wildcats on to victory from the sidelines....more >>

Public invited to workshops on park concept

Folks who have opinions, suggestions, comments or a desire to be involved in the decision-making process are invited to attend a series of charrettes concerning the proposed concept of creating a multi-use adventure park centered around off-road vehicle (ORV) use in Oxford Township....more >>
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Mildred Pocock celebrates century of life

When it comes to reaching the astonishing age of 100 years, there's really no closely-guarded secret or magic elixir. Just ask Oxford resident Mildred Pocock, who joined the centenarian club on May 31....more >>

Police looking for leads in pharmacy break-ins

Oxford Village Police are asking the public to help them find whoever is responsible for two break-ins at the pharmacy inside the Crittenton Medical Plaza (72 S. Washington St.). On Thursday, May 30 at 11:45 p....more >>
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Good news! Ava's in remission!

Watching Ava Ferguson run, laugh and play Sunday at the Kingsbury Country Fair in Addison Township, it's hard to believe she spent two-and-a-half years literally fighting to stay alive....more >>

DDA budget funds director job until Dec. 31

One vote was all that separated Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Director Madonna Van Fossen from the unemployment line at least for now. At its May 28 meeting, the village council voted 3-2 to approve a significantly-reduced DDA budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year that includes keeping the director on a full-time basis until Dec....more >>

Village budget OKed, tax rate stays same

Oxford Village property owners will not see an increase or decrease on their July 1 tax bill as council last week voted 4-1 to maintain the current rate of 10.62 mills and approve a $6....more >>

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Beets, Beats & Eats 2013

Ortonville- Summer returns this month, as well as Beets, Beats & Eats, the 12-week Friday night extravaganza. The event that features food, music, vendors and fun themes kicks off its 8th annual season June 14 at Crossman Park in the village with an art contest sponsored by Art of Life and a taco dinner provided by the Edna Burton Senior Center....more >>

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From Brandon East: Living and working in Taiwan

Grace Kemeny, a 2004 Brandon High School graduate, moved to Taiwan in 2011 after graduating from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in secondary education for English and history....more >>

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School board mulls bus driver outsourcing

Goodrich-On Wednesday night the school finance committee gathered to discuss the results of outsourcing transportation recommendations. Earlier this year the school officials advertised for outsourcing the 15 bus drivers for the district to help contend, in part, with nearly a $900,000 budget deficit....more >>

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Public hearing on Brandon Schools budget

Brandon Twp.-A public hearing on the proposed school district budget will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 10, at the I-TEC building, 609 S. Ortonville Road. "(The hearing) will be a presentation on what the expected budget will be for the district for the 2013-2014 school year," said Superintendent Lorrie McMahon....more >>
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'We wish they can move on'

Oakwood kids reach out to Oklahoma peers

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- After a tornado tore through Moore, Okla. last month, destroying two elementary schools, students here at Oakwood Elementary wondered what they could do to help their peers hundreds of miles away....more >>
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'I'm so grateful they got out of there alive'

Atlas Twp.- Vickie Kennedy gazed over a scene of destruction in the 7400 block of Gale Road early Wednesday morning, after a tornado tore through Tuesday night. "This is my daughter's house," she said, crying....more >>

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Spotters, chasers key in storm warning, prediction process

While radar played a large role in predicting the six tornadoes that touched down in southeast Michigan on May 28, including the F2 with winds of 130 mph in Atlas Township —meteorologists also depend on a network of spotters that keep an eye on the sky during threatening weather....more >>

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Ball Street Bridge plan springs a leak

Ortonville- A plan to replace the Ball Street Bridge in the village has been delayed due to concerns over an artisan well beneath the bridge. During the May 28 village council meeting, Village Manager John Lyons said the construction company contracted by MDOT for the bridge replacement found an inconsistency in the bridge design that was done by Rowe Engineering and Geo-Tech Services....more >>

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Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville

Ortonville- Everyone is welcome at the area's largest 24-hour summer party, taking place next weekend. The 2013 Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville is set for 10 a.m. June 15 to 10 a....more >>

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Three decades: Red Pine Pottery & Twigs

Groveland Twp.- To some, they're renegade willow saplings that grow randomly along roadways. But to Sue Kolb, they're nature's palette when meticulously woven, revealing artwork that she calls her passion....more >>

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Ortonville Fireworks 2013

On June 29 the annual Independence Day celebration will combine with CreekFest in what should be one of the greatest fireworks displays ever in this area. The event is expected to begin at dusk (approximately 10:15 p....more >>

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Brandon Library summer programs: Dig up some great reads

Brandon Twp.- It's time to uncover some great reads. Register now for the summer reading at the library, 304 South St., where there are three programs covering children, teens, and adults....more >>

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Three-car accident on M-15 in Brandon kills doctor

Brandon Twp.- A 74-year-old retired physician was killed May 24 in a multi-vehicle crash on M-15. According to Oakland County Sheriff's Office reports, at approximately 8:31 a.m., May 24, Dr....more >>

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Troopers respond to baby left in vehicle at Bueche's

On May 28 at about 6 p.m., Michigan State Police responded to Bueche's Food World, 400 N. Ortonville Road in Groveland Township after individuals in the plaza parking lot reported a child left in a locked vehicle....more >>

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Brandon School Board OKs new security measures

Brandon Twp.- In an effort to protect students from outside threats, school officials are increasing security measures district-wide. The school board unanimously approved hiring ROK Systems at a cost not to exceed $130,000 to provide additional security at all student-occupied buildings in the district....more >>

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Blackhawk boys track 2013

The Brandon Blackhawks boys track team completed the 2013 season tied for fifth in the Flint Metro League. Head Coach Mark Mills, Assistant Coach Tony Ceccacci and Coach Eric Donders lead the team which included several school records....more >>
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Sweet, soggy victory

From left, senior captains Preston Haven, Evan Kneisel and Kyle O'Grady don't let storm clouds stop them celebrating their first regional championship in boys lacrosse after the team's 18-3 win over Holt, Friday....more >>

Fired up on FOIA

Public info seekers call foul on new FOIA regs

Local residents fear the First Amendment is under fire Clarkston City Manager Carol Eberhardt wants to change the way the city charges for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests....more >>

School budget deadline looms

It's coming down to the wire for Clarkston Board of Education, with two regular meetings left before deadline to approve the district's budget. The Board of Education meets Monday, June 10, with a workshop at 6 p....more >>

Grads make the grade

From learning the alphabet to using letters in words and in math problems and beyond, Clarkston High School seniors closed the chapter of a 13-year journey as they graduated on Monday at DTE Energy Music Theatre....more >>

Lake dispute tests 'keyhole' law

A subdivision's access to Deer Lake has neighbors steamed, and the issue's headed to court. A subdivision of 27 homes, Deer Lake Knolls homeowners jointly own five acres along Deer Lake and has been keeping boats in the water since 1966 by installing seasonal docks....more >>
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Diplomas for Renaissance High students

Many of them faced obstacles and struggles, and overcame adversity, but they made it. About 40 graduates from Renaissance High School walked across the stage at the Clarkston High School in the Performing Arts Center on May 29....more >>
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Sports alive on CSPN.TV

Check out the new Clarkston Sports Programming Network at CSPN.TV for the latest in Clarkston sports. Spearheaded by videographer Al Partington, the ClarkstonTV.com offshoot features sporting events from Clarkston High School, Everest Academy, and local schools, clubs, and organizations....more >>
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Toys for children's hospital

North Sashabaw Elementary School's Alpha Club has been collecting toys over the last month to donate to Mott's Children's Hospital to help supply their treasure chest that benefit kids who are being treated for terminal illnesses....more >>
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McLaren still committed to Clarkston

Kevin Tompkins spoke to businesses and community members during a Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce event at Bullfrogs in Ortonville, May 23. McLaren presently has locations in 53 counties in Michigan and employs 17,000 workers....more >>
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Millstream

Home tour raises $55,000 for SCAMP

It was a weekend of fun for SCAMP supporters-all for a good cause. "It was the smoothest home tour we have ever had" said SCAMP Executive Director Donna Clancy. This year's event raised an estimated $55,000 for SCAMP, a camp for kids and young adults with developmental disabilities....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Volt science

Clarkston Elementary students learned about electricity and electric cars, thanks to parent volunteer Brian Pospy. Pospy, business development manager with 3M, explained and demonstrated the Chevy Volt vehicle and how it eschews gasoline to run on Lithium ion batteries....more >>
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Water Warrior takes on Great Lake for Special Olympics

When Water Warriors takes on Lake Huron later this month, Clarkston-area residents Roxanne and Bryan Rollison will be there. This is the second year Bryan took to the water on the back of a jet ski to conquer the sometimes stormy waters of the Great Lake for a good cause....more >>
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First pitch

Katie Moloney, 17, junior at Clarkston High School, won the AAA and Detroit Tigers Teen Safety Driving Contest. Her prize included throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Detroit Tigers home game during Memorial Day weekend, May 24....more >>
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A day of gym fun

It was the perfect day last Friday as North Sashabaw Elementary students headed outside for field day. They continued the theme from last year's popular Best of Gym Class field day....more >>
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May for Maysie

Pine Knob Elementary students and staff spent the month of May helping out for fifth grader Maysie Madison. They held bake sales, sold lemonade and daisy suckers, washed cars, and held fundraisers for Madison to raise over $1,700 during the month....more >>

News in Brief

Concerts in the Park Clarkston Concerts in the Park kicks off with the 70s sounds of Magic Bus, 7-9 p.m., Friday, June 14, in Depot Park. Local talent plays warm up tunes before the headliners at the free concerts....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Traffic fatalities" A fatal accident on Dixie Highway that claimed the life of a 7-year old and 17-year old prompted a campaign to make the road safer. One business owner petitioned for a stoplight at the corner of Dixie Highway and Bridge Lake....more >>
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Born October 25th
1838: Georges Bizet, composer, best known for his opera Carmen.
1881: Pablo Picasso, painter and sculptor or over 6,000 works.
1888: Richard E. Byrd, U.S. aviator and explorer who made the first flight over the North Pole.
1889: Abel Gance, film director (Napoleon).
1902: Henry Steele Commager, American historian who wrote the fifty-five volume Rise of the American Nation.
October 25th
in history
1923: The Teapot Dome scandal comes to public attention as Senator Thomas J. Walsh of Montana, subcommittee chairman, reveals the findings of the past 18 months of investigation. His case will result in the conviction of Harry F. Sinclair of Mammoth Oil, and later Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall, the first cabinet member in American history to go to jail. The scandal, named for the Teapot Dome oil reserves in Wyoming, involved Fall secretly leasing naval oil reserve lands to private companies.
1940: German troops capture Kharkov and launch a new drive toward Moscow. Germany's lost victory at Kursk.
1944: The Japanese are defeated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the world's largest sea engagement. From this point on, the depleted Japanese Navy increasingly resorts to the suicidal attacks of Kamikaze fighters. On patrol north of the Philippine island of Luzon, USS Batfish destroyed three Japanese submarines in four nights.
1950: Chinese Communist Forces launch their first-phase offensive across the Yalu River into North Korea. A year after leaving West Point, Lt. Joe Kingston was en route to Korea, where he, like a lot of others, found himself retreating and advancing in a single day.
1951: In a general election, England's Labour Party loses to Conservatives. Winston Churchill becomes prime minister, and Anthony Eden becomes foreign secretary.