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Developer proposes turning village complex into townhouses

Right now, it's a place for Oxford Village residents to pay their water bills, attend government meetings and file police reports. But it could become a place for people to hang their hats and live within a stone's throw of the downtown area....more >>

Trail mgr. resigns

Bagley cites daughter's 'health crisis' as reason

The Polly Ann Trail is in need of a new manager. That's because the current manager, Juliane Bagley, submitted her letter of resignation July 3. "Because of the burden associated with my daughter's ongoing health crisis, I am no longer able to fulfill my duties as trail manager," she wrote....more >>
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Garmin donates $38K to local causes

Five nonprofit groups dedicated to enhancing the lives of low-income folks, senior citizens, homeless dogs and individuals with special needs got a $38,000 boost Monday. Oxford-Orion FISH, Christmas in Action (Northeast Oakland County), Banbury Cross Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Oxford Special Olympics and Last Day Dog Rescue were each presented a check for $7,600, courtesy of Garmin International, at the 24th Street Sports Tavern in downtown Oxford....more >>

Citizen input sought at ORV park workshop July 11

A charrette (or workshop) regarding the potential creation of an 860-acre multi-use adventure park centered around off-road vehicle (ORV) use in Oxford Township is scheduled for Thursday, July 11....more >>
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Radio days revisited

Brace Beemer 'had it all,' says legendary disc jockey

A gentleman and a very funny guy." That's how radio veteran and legendary disc jockey Chuck Daugherty described Brace Beemer, who voiced the Lone Ranger from 1941-54 on WXYZ radio in Detroit....more >>

Civil War song written by Oxford man's ancestor

'The Vacant Chair' to be performed at Celebrate Lone Ranger Aug. 3

When folks gather round Aug. 3 to listen to the 5th Michigan Regiment Band perform at the Celebrate Lone Ranger festival in downtown Oxford, they'll hear a song written by one of Don Steiner's ancestors during the Civil War....more >>
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Cultivating global citizenship is McQuater's goal

Some people shoot for fame, fortune and other fleeting delights in this life. Not Kate McQuater. Her main goal is to become a global citizen. "I believe it is vital that young people understand that they are not just citizens of the town they grew up in, or even the country or hemisphere that they grew up in, but that we are all citizens of the same globe together," said the 2009 graduate of Oxford High School....more >>
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Oxford Parks and Rec. bringing Aladdin to stage

Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Community Theatre wants to show you "a whole new world" with its take on the classic story and musical "Aladdin" starting July 19-21 at Oxford Middle School....more >>

DDA board can't be removed without cause, attorney says

Restructuring the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) board is going to be a lot tougher than the Oxford Village Council originally thought. A legal opinion issued by village attorney Bob Davis informed council that it cannot just remove and replace DDA board members at will....more >>

Oxford Smile Center completes successful outreach program

Throughout the month of May, Dr. John Koury of the Oxford Smile Center collected and matched monetary donations made to the Oxford Pregnancy Center. The program raised hundreds of dollars for the non-profit organization that provides free services to woman throughout the community....more >>

Silver bullet good deeds contest is underway

To coincide with the town's Lone Ranger celebration, Oxford residents will be given an opportunity to win a genuine silver bullet just for doing good deeds and helping make their community a better place....more >>
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Splish splash!

Whether it's capture the flag, wet t-shirt relay, or pool time. Oxford Township Park & Recreation "Fun-N-Sun Summer" Camp offers a good time for students K-6 grade. For more information, checkout www....more >>
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Celebrating independence with America's hero

The sound of thundering hoofbeats and a hearty "Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!" filled downtown Oxford July 4 as folks gathered in Centennial Park to relive the Golden Age of Radio with its most famous character, The Lone Ranger....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Road improvements planned for Clarkston" Michigan Department of Transportation approved several road improvements in Clarkston. Slated for improvement was M-15, north of Clarkston to 1-75 and the Dixie Highway and White Lake intersection....more >>


Recreation director job challenged

Brandon Twp.- Parks and Recreation Director Fred Waybrant is under fire and facing the threat of being fired. "For years, people have been after me for no reason," said Waybrant during the July 1 township board meeting....more >>


Enbridge pipeline phase II

Board OKs consent agreement, new line to be purged

Brandon Twp.- The replacement of Enbridge's Line 6B oil pipeline that runs through this township drew a lot of questions, complaints and controversy last year, but ultimately ended in the company gaining consent to finish phase 1....more >>


'Someone has to stand up for us'

Some still bailing out after county drain fails again

Goodrich- An intense summer rain, flooded basements and an overwhelmed, dilapidated, century-old county drain has sparked the ire of many village residents. "The situation is dire, not just for me, but for the future of the village as well," said Terese Allen, a Ridge Road resident who is experiencing flooding in the lower level of her home for now a third time since 2011 after the Wheelock and Watkins drain failed....more >>


Goodrich Hospice facility moving

Genesys Health Systems announced in June that it will relocate its residential hospice services in Goodrich to a separate, dedicated wing of Genesys Convalescent Center (a skilled nursing facility) in Grand Blanc in August....more >>


'Under the Lights'

Oakland Astronomy Club to host stargazing class at Brandon Library

Ortonville- Rain or shine, clear skies or cloudy, expect a celestial show at the library Monday night. Members of the Oakland Astronomy Club will present "Under the Lights," from 7:30 p....more >>


Brandon police millage in 2014

Brandon Twp.- Voters will see at least one millage renewal request on their ballots next year, and the township board is examining whether they may also have to seek a millage increase....more >>


'Flint is always a concern for our bedroom communities'

Sheriff responds to Flint's top crime rate report from FBI

According to data published by the FBI, the number of violent crimes across the United States rose by 1.2 percent in 2012, after falling for five consecutive years. The increase was even greater in some of America's largest cities....more >>


New BHS principal

Dan Stevens is looking forward to working as a team with students, parents, teachers and the community as the new Brandon High School principal. "I'm excited to be a part of the great things going on here," said Stevens after the Brandon School Board unanimously approved him for the principal position during a July 9 special meeting....more >>


Karate kids on Team USA

Ortonville- Hayme Serrato believes karate develops confidence in those who practice the sport. Now, six local students at Hayme Serrato's Martial Arts Studio, 4 N. Ortonville Road, are getting a confidence boost after qualifying to compete on the world stage....more >>


Council opts out of downtown property deal

Hotel property to be auctioned

Goodrich- A piece of downtown will cost $40,000. 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 will be for sale on Sept....more >>


Step up to the Brandon Warrior Warm-up

Just ten obstacles, 3.1 miles, and plenty of mud. "It's unique, challenging and fun," said Fred Waybrant, Brandon Parks and Recreation director. "The Brandon Warrior Warm-up is a great way to prepare for other races this summer right here in our community....more >>


Goodrich Village Volunteers

Local group needs help with playground project

Some local volunteers need some help. The Goodrich Village Volunteers (GVV), founded earlier this year with the purpose of enhancing the community needs some help this August. The GVV recently received a $1,000 grant from SAGE (Safe and Active Genesee for Everyone)....more >>


Brandon Township audit, fund balance 50 percent

Brandon Twp.- While the police and fire fund balances in the township have declined, the general fund balance is on the rebound. "The general fund balance has increased $144,000," said Ken Palka during an audit presentation to the township board during their July 1 meeting "It is apparent you take your budget seriously....more >>


Township forms cemetery board

Historic Mt.Bethel Cemetery closed in township

Groveland Twp.- On Monday the township board of trustees established a cemetery board. Supervisor Bob DePalma was absent. The board is needed to oversee two township cemeteries— Mt....more >>


New pastor at OUMC

'There is ministry to be done, not just worship time Sunday morning'

At one point in time, recounts Dave Pratt, there was a Methodist church in every township in Michigan. The 67-year-old new pastor of the Ortonville United Methodist Church, grew up on a dairy farm in Alma and noted that "back then" a lot of farm families came to a church....more >>


Local to compete in Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals Motocross Race

Chris Williams believes motocross is a very dangerous sport. He knows firsthand—the 2013 Brandon High School graduate suffered a back injury as well as a concussion at the beginning of the season this spring....more >>
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Fun and games

Annie Allen shows son Jace and daughter Joli how much fun carnival games can be at Independence Fest on July 4....more >>


Schools OK public access TV merger

Despite objections of the committee overseeing local cable operations, Clarkston Board of Education voted unanimously, July 8, to approve a media lease agreement with Independence Township....more >>

Citizen committee opposes move

A committee overseeing Independence Television (ITV) public access station said Independence Township moved too hastily on a plan to move the channel to Clarkston High School (CHS)....more >>

Officials promise better public access

BY ANDREA M. BEAUDOIN Clarkston News Staff Writer Residents have complained about a lack of programming at Independence Television (ITV), with $200,000 a year in Public, Education and Government, or PEG, fees collected via residents' cable television bills going to waste....more >>
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Independence celebration

Downtown streets were filled with parade goers and floats who flocked to Clarkston to celebrate America's 237th birthday on Independence Day, July 4. Many headed over to Clintonwood Park after the parade for Independence Fest, an event featuring carnival rides, games and lots of food....more >>
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Lunch diners for Dixie

Construction's not finished yet on Dixie Highway, and Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce (CACC) asks residents and local business owners for help. "Our Dixie businesses need support," said chamber Executive Director Penny Shanks....more >>
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Fourth carnival in Clintonwood

Clintonwood Park was packed for the first-ever Independence Fest carnival. Soccer fields in the park were covered in thrill rides, children's rides, games, and food vendors for the event, which lasted from July 4-7....more >>
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Salute to vets

Independence Fest 2013 in Clintonwood Park kicked off with a Veteran's Celebration, with a Military Museum in the Carriage House and ceremony on stage in the park. The event was hosted by Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center....more >>
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4-H Fair packed full of fun

A rainy morning made way for clearer skies this weekend during the Oakland County 4-H Fair being held July 4-14 at Springfield Oaks in Davisburg. The popular Oakland County event runs every day, and features an array of activities, free events and live animal exhibits....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Half marathon coming to town

Runners and walkers can face the challenge of Clarkston's hills in the first-ever Clarkston State Bank Backroads Half Marathon and 10K, Nov. 10. "It's always been a dream to have a half marathon in Clarkston," said Deanna Hart, who is planning the race along with Megan Holt....more >>
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Fireworks fans

What Fourth of July celebration would be complete without fireworks? Not the one in Independence Township. Spectators in Clintonwood Park and surrounding areas enjoyed a half-hour show launched from the Everest Academy property....more >>
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Parade duck

Clarkston area 4-Hers brought several animals for the Oakland County Fair float in the Clarkston Fourth of July parade, including Winston, the diapered duck....more >>

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City fee study Clarkston announced a building department fee study will be conducted to determine a fee structure to cover administrative salaries and department services. A review found the city was paying costs 2-3 times higher than other communities in the area....more >>
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1871: Ernest Rutherford, physicist who discovered and named alpha, beta and gamma radiation and was the first to achieve a man-made nuclear reaction.
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1892: The Moravia, a passenger ship arriving from Germany, brings cholera to the United States.
1932: Nazi leader Hermann Goering is elected president of the Reichstag.
1944: Ploesti, the center of the Rumanian oil industry, falls to Soviet troops.
1957: In an effort to stall the Civil Rights Act of 1957 from passing, Senator Strom Thurmond (D-S.C.) filibusters for over 24 hours. The bill passed, but Thurmond's filibuster becomes the longest in Senate history.
1961: President John F. Kennedy appoints General Lucius D. Clay as his personal representative in Berlin.