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Lone Ranger tickets on sale Monday!

July 2 preview at Oxford 7 to benefit statue fund

The wait is almost over! Tickets for the special 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 2 sneak preview of Disney's Lone Ranger movie at the Oxford 7 Theater (48 S. Washington St.) will be available to the public beginning Monday, June 17....more >>

Kingsbury to reopen as charter school

A second charter school is preparing to open in the Oxford area, but this one is backed by a 60-year reputation for educational excellence. Kingsbury Country Day School, an independent private school in Addison Township, will officially close its doors June 30 and reopen July 1 as a charter school academy bearing the same name....more >>

Teachers, admin. agree to take salary cuts to balance budget

In order to fix Oxford Community Schools' $467,817 deficit for the 2013-14 budget, which is proposed to be $45.84 million, teachers and administrators agreed to take pay cuts across the board based on student population growth next year (see below)....more >>
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Fmr. waitress reminisces about most famous customer

To millions of Americans, the Lone Ranger is a cultural icon, a masked hero who fought for the innocent and brought the wicked to justice in the Old West. But to Oxford Village resident Helen Bierwirth, the Lone Ranger was a faithful customer and a heck of a nice guy....more >>

Lone Ranger scavenger hunt

Folks will be given an opportunity to test their knowledge of Lone Ranger trivia and win prizes between July 1 and Aug. 3. Oxford businesses and residents are being invited to participate in a Lone Ranger Scavenger Hunt....more >>
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Merge looks to give old bldg. new life

An Oxford Village building that's been vacant for many years could find new life as a local business seeks space to expand its operations and move in new directions. Last week, Karey Collins, owner of Merge Studio & Gallery (18 N....more >>

Council cuts DDA director, looks to reorganize entity

One vote can make a difference just ask Madonna Van Fossen. Last week, funding for Van Fossen's position as executive director of the Oxford Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was completely eliminated from the 2013-14 budget in a 3-2 decision by the village council....more >>

Twp. retains 'AA' bond rating from Standard & Poor's

Sizeable reserves, sound management practices lead to 'stable' outlook

Once again, Oxford Township received the second highest credit (or bond) rating from Standard & Poor's. The well-known financial services company affirmed its 'AA' long-term credit rating for the township....more >>
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FISH celebrates 40th anniversary, honors 'Advocates of the Needy'

Members of Oxford-Orion FISH gathered and broke bread Friday evening at the Orion Community Center for two purposes to celebrate the nonprofit organization's 40th anniversary and to honor those who've dedicated their time, talents and resources to the group....more >>

Briefs

Homeschool/virtual family support group Oxford resident Juliana Rice is starting a support group for families in virtual schools and combinations of homeschooled and virtual programs....more >>

Lone Ranger radio show coming to Centennial Park

Volunteers sought to act in July 4 performance

Long before television was able to show audiences exactly what characters and settings looked like, those seeking entertainment had to rely on their imaginations. Neurons fired and mental images were created as folks gathered around radios and listened to popular shows like "The Shadow," "The Green Hornet" and of course, "The Lone Ranger....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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School lunch prices higher

Brandon Twp.- School lunches, as well as breakfast, preschool, and latchkey, are increasing in price this fall. During a public budget hearing June 10, District Executive Director of Finance Jan Meek presented a plan to increase school lunch prices for students by 25 cents districtwide, to $2....more >>

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Brandon bus stop in Pontiac?

Brandon Twp.- The school board is considering all options to keep students, including offering bus transportation to those who reside in Pontiac. "The board is looking at any and all options to retain students," said Superintendent Lorrie McMahon....more >>

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Brandon District in decline

Fund balance sags to 3 percent, after $1.2M in cuts

Brandon Twp.- The school district has been losing students and funds at an increasingly alarming rate for the past eight years. Budget reductions have not stopped a steady depletion of the fund balance, which takes another $600,000 hit with the proposed 2013-2014 budget....more >>

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Dam repairs this summer

MDEQ OKs village DPW fix to watergates in August, sedimentation may be next obstacle in long term repairs

Goodrich-On Wednesday morning, engineers from the Department of Environmental Quality, Water Resources Division, WadeTrim engineers, and village council members gathered for a discussion regarding the necessary repairs to the village dam....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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Council eyes vacant village property

Goodrich- For more than a century it was home to the Goodrich Hotel. Then home to the Goodrich Apartments. Now the small Hegel Road parcel in the heart of the downtown area may be property of the village....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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Millage rate hike looms as debt piles up

Brandon Twp.- In 2006, voters here passed a $73 million bond for school district improvements. The district has been borrowing money from the state every year since just to make their annual bond payments....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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Village council divided on second pay hikes

Goodrich-By a vote of 3-2 on Monday night the village council OK'd a $2 per hour pay hike as part of the 2013-14 budget. The pay hike for village employees will mark the second consecutive year their compensation has increased by $2 per hour....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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From Oakwood to Finland: Secrets of educational success

For the past ten years, Finland has ranked number one in the world on a test that measures the competency of high school students in math, science and reading. Last month, Oakwood Elementary Principal Kristy Spann traveled to the Scandivanian country to learn the secrets of their educational success....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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Area Consumers Energy project moving ahead

Consumers Energy has fully released two gas main extension projects in Atlas and Brandon townships. In Brandon, the utility has received 356 applications of a total 806 possible customers within the second phase of the gas main extension project....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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Compassion, integrity: Comfort Care Senior Home

Atlas Twp.- In 2009 Michele Burnett was faced with a challenge. Burnett's father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and it was becoming difficult to take care of him in the family home....more >>
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I made it!

Brian Adkins Jr....more >>

'No' on schools-of-choice in Clarkston

Clarkston's taking a pass on schools of choice. The Board of Education voted 4-2 against a limited open enrollment program proposed by administration to help close a $3.8 million budget deficit....more >>

Questions on city use of township's sheriff services

When Michael Powell of Independence Township listened to the May 13 Clarkston City Council meeting, he got fired up. "I'm quickly finding the city manager is under the mistaken belief that the sheriff is to provide the city the same services the city received from its now defunct city police department," said Powell....more >>
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Pictures show way Clarkston was

When former Clarkston resident Terry Goyette was passing through town recently to visit his parents' graves, he stopped by the Clarkston News office. He had something he knew the News would be interested in vintage photos of Clarkston going back to the horse-and-buggy days....more >>

More cuts in school budget

Clarkston School Board will vote on the 2014 budget when they meet on June 24. Administration updated its list of budget cuts, including eliminating 12 teacher positions, which is two more than previously planned, saving a total of $868,000; not replacing three retiring paraprofessionals, $85,000; and reducing maintenance and grounds department by four employees....more >>

Center expansion moves forward

Local seniors need more space, according to Ken Elwert, Independence Township Parks Recreation and Seniors director. At the June 4 Independence Township Board of Trustees meeting, senior center representatives asked for the go-ahead to continue raising funds for a 24,000-square-foot addition to the existing building at 6000 Clarkston Road in Clintonwood Park....more >>

Job fair for Neiman's market

Neiman's Family Market is expected to open in Independence Township by mid-July, employing 150 positions. To fill those positions, they're hosting a job fair, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., next Thursday and Friday, June 20-21, at the White Lake Commons Shopping Center, 7121 Dixie Highway at White Lake Road....more >>
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Sweet endings for Tigers

Pine Knob Elementary third graders weighed their decision carefully - a Creamsicle or a Root Beer float during their Made in Michigan barbecue, June 4. No matter the choice made they enjoyed the ice cream treat made with Faygo pop....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Broadway calls for young actress

Mason Van Gieson was ready for summer vacation weeks ago when she found out one of her goals was coming to life - she would be traveling to New York City and training with Broadway professionals....more >>
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Start to a new chapter in life

Clarkston High School seniors grabbed a hold of their tassles and moved them to the right at DTE Energy Music Theatre, June 3. It marked the end of their education in Clarkston Community Schools District and the beginning of a new journey....more >>
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Sporty start to summer

The Clarkston Junior High School stadium was filled with giggles and laughs from Clarkston Elementary students as they participated in Around the World, May 31. It was the theme for their annual field day as they played in different activities....more >>
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Teamwork in the field

Renaissance High School students enjoyed a light sprinkle of rain during their field day last Thursday. "It is something annually we started last year," Taylor Merriman explained....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

City DPW director cut Clarkston City Council voted, June 10, to eliminate the Department of Public Works (DPW) department head and allow new city manager Carol Eberhardt to serve as DPW director....more >>

Fire budget reduced

Fire Chief Steve Ronk presented the proposed 2014 Fire Budget to the Independence Township Board, June 4. Revenues are expected to decrease $92,980, 1.65 percent; labor costs decreasing by $40,313, ....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Unlicensed driver charged with murder" A Holly man who never earned his license was charged with seven felony charges including two second degree murder charges after a Saturday morning high-speed chase and accident on Sashabaw Road resulted in the death of 27-year-olds....more >>
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