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New staff, students and teachers for LOCS

The Lake Orion Board of Education approved the hiring of four new teaching positions at their board meeting August 14, with another 4.7 positions to fill. Of the 26 teachers officially laid off earlier this summer, 14 have been called back, leaving 12 still on the layoff list....more >>
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ORV Park discussions put to an end

Those worried about noisy weekends, heavy traffic through local neighborhoods and depreciating home values due to an ORV (Off-Road Vehicles) park can rest easy. After several meetings and "standing room only" public hearings for both Oxford Village and Township residents, officials took residents' concerns to heart....more >>

Dragons have more than their lake

By Katelyn Winkler Review Staff Writer Dragon on the Lake has become so much more than boat racing on Lake Orion. The three-day event, which kicks off Friday, is a chance for the community to get involved in some great festivities, including the "Help Kids Succeed 5k", "Charity Casino" and the "Lakeside Living Art Fair", which are all new this year....more >>

Council approves Merge PUD

Tim and Karey Collins breathed a sigh of relief last Tuesday night after the Oxford Village Council gave an "A-OK" to move forward with plans of relocating Merge Gallery & Art Studio from its current location downtown, to the old grain elevator at 33 Pleasant Street....more >>

Whiskey's demolition approved for parking lot

The parking lot is on. After a brief hiccup halting the Whiskey's Steakhouse parking lot project, the DDA board voted last Tuesday, August 13, to continue with the demolition. Village President Ken Van Portfliet along with DDA Secretary Thomas Traurig, owner of the Village Trophy Shop, voted not to approve the bid by Best Demolition at a special meeting August 6, which brought plans to a standstill for a week....more >>
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Deputy clerk has faith in replacement

After six years of being Deputy Clerk for Oxford Township, Renee Wilson handing the reigns over to her administrative assistant Susan McCullough. After receiving her municipal clerk certification from Oakland Community College, Wilson got hired to take over as clerk for the City of Fenton, which is why she is resigning....more >>

Madison Eaton has sights set on Olympics

Lake Orion's Madison Eaton was one of five runners selected from Michigan to compete in the North American Finals for the Hershey's Track and Field Games. After the 200-meter sprint she was up on the podium in third place....more >>

Madison Eaton has sights set on Olympics

Lake Orion's Madison Eaton was one of five runners selected from Michigan to compete in the North American Finals for the Hershey's Track and Field Games. After the 200-meter sprint she was up on the podium in third place....more >>

Albensi resignation accepted by council

Aug. 13 was bittersweet for Oxford Village resident Tony Albensi. The Village President turned in his letter of resignation and the common council accepted it unanimously.  "As you know my wife (Jessica Hallmark) and I recently purchased a new residence outside of the Village ....more >>

Oakland Regional Ballet debuts

From hooks and fishing lines to ballet shoes, the new leasers of 12 N. Broadway rolled out the dance floor on Saturday, opening the new Oakland Regional Ballet dance studio. Formerly Hook Line 'N Sinker, the Oakland Regional Ballet will teach kids from as young as two, to any age adult, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, point and tap dance lessons....more >>
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Golf outing stays true to founders

The 15th Annual Roy E. & Budd H. Lester Memorial Golf Scramble was held Aug. 4 at Oxford Hills Golf Club. This very special event started with just one family and 20 golfers. Although it has grown over the years the mission has stayed the same; serve great food, have lots of fun, and earn a few bucks for the American Cancer Society! The past 6 years this event has also sponsored 4 children and 2 adults, individuals who were diagnosed and battling cancer....more >>
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Life of a horse girl

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The girl and the horse already have quite the intuitive relationship. "When you put the bridle on she yawns, and does everything so she doesn't have to be ridden," 16-year old Lake Orion rider, Hanna Gustafson laughed....more >>

Life of a horse girl

The girl and the horse already have quite the intuitive relationship. "When you put the bridle on she yawns, and does everything so she doesn't have to be ridden," 16-year old Lake Orion rider, Hanna Gustafson laughed....more >>
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Fish celebrates 40 years of being a good neighbor

Oxford/Orion FISH celebrated 40 years of "neighbors helping neighbors" this past Sunday "We help a lot of people in the community and they're very, very grateful," said Fish Volunteer Sue Hackstock....more >>


Show Wildcat pride take a ride Skalnek Ford and Oxford/Lake Orion High School Cheer Programs are partnering to raise up to $6,000 as a part of Ford Motor Company's Drive 4 UR School Program....more >>


Central Michigan eyed for area charter school academy

An area charter school moved one step closer this week as a phase one application is near completion. The American Charter Educational Services (ACES) is nearing completion of the application to Central Michigan University on behalf of North Oakland Charter Academy (NOCA)....more >>
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Thanks for heroes

Brandon firefighters save woman's life after attack

Brandon Twp.- When emergency personnel rush a patient to the hospital, they don't always know the saga's conclusion. This week, Sgt. Billy Starr and Sgt. Gary Shafer of the Brandon Fire Department learned that thanks to their efforts and those of their colleagues, Sylvia Runyon's story has a happy ending....more >>


School district taxes to increase

Brandon to jump from 8.24 mills to 13 mills

Residents in the Brandon School District will pay nearly twice the amount of school bond taxes next year— going from the current 8.24 millage to 13 mills. "The analysis tells us that we have to legally," said Superintendent Lorrie McMahon....more >>


Brandon Academy of Arts & Sciences opens this fall

Brandon Twp.- One size does not fit all. With this in mind and an eye on expanding education options in the district, the Brandon School Board unanimously approved at a special Aug....more >>


Despite tough economic decade, township coffers swell by $1M

Atlas Twp.- Bradley DeVries, a CPA for Yeo & Yeo, presented the annual financial statements and auditor's report for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 at Monday's township meeting....more >>
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Always 'Good Times in Goodrich'

Something for everyone downtown Aug. 24-25

On Aug. 24-25, Good Times returns to Goodrich for another annual weekend of fun for the whole family. Hundreds are expected to converge downtown on Saturday and Sunday to watch the parade, jam to a band or two and visit with some of the townsfolk during the late summer event....more >>


The Fiji Islands: Another look at paradise

(Editor's note: Former Goodrich resident Jillian Zirnhelt is a Peace Corps volunteer on one of the Fiji Islands. She has corresponded with The Citizen when possible over the last few months via e-mail....more >>


Hats off to a mystery

Groveland Twp.- Farmer Nick Nichols fell in love with a statue of "Little Lulu" when he was shopping with wife Pam at an antiques mall a few years ago. The antiques dealer didn't have any information on the 8-foot tall sculpture of the comic strip character, but was anxious to sell her as she was taking up a lot of space....more >>


Many of the same drivers return to district bus routes

Outsourced bus drivers will include previous employees

Goodrich- When many of the more than 1,000 district students get on the bus on Sept. 3—they should see a familiar face behind the wheel. About 10 of the 15 drivers that were released earlier this year by the district have reapplied and were hired by Portland-based Michigan Education Transportation Services (METS)....more >>
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Racing to 50 in 2013

Atlas Twp.- By the time February rolls around, many New Year's resolutions have fallen by the wayside. By August, they may be a distant memory. Not so for Robin Hoeffel, who set a goal in January of running 50 competitive races by her 50th birthday....more >>


Give and take for recreation: Extra hours, no extra funds

Administrative assistant's hours increased from 24 to 29 hours per week for rec dept.

Brandon Twp.- Residents should see improvements in recreation with an increase in staffing and office hours, but they will likely also see a slight increase in program registration fees next year....more >>


Consumers Energy meetings set for Atlas, Brandon

Natural gas service could be available everywhere in Atlas and Brandon townships next year. Consumers Energy has set public meetings to outline plans to continue extending natural gas mains in both townships....more >>


Elsworth, Spartans ready for Rose Bowl run

Chances are, when the Michigan State Spartans take the field for the 2013 Big 10 season the legions of fans will once again hear a common name on defense—Kyler Elsworth. Elsworth, a 6'1", 220-pound, 2009 Goodrich High School graduate, is a fifth-year senior for the Spartans and although he likely won't start, he will get plenty of playing time....more >>


Drain Commissioner eyes village- owned culvert as flooding culprit

Wheelock & Watkins Drain project addressed at meeting

Goodrich-A 6-inch culvert has been identified as a possible factor in flooding some village homes and businesses. Despite several heated exchanges during the Goodrich Village Council meeting on Monday night, Jeff Wright, Genesee County Drain Commissioner, expressed his opinion of the causes of numerous flooded basements in the village and the prognosis for future drainage demands....more >>


Hello and goodbye in Brandon as district prepares for new year

Brandon Twp.- Coming, going, returning. During their Aug. 19 meeting, the school board said hello to three new district staffmembers, goodbye to seven, and welcome back to two more....more >>


No Brandon School bus transportation outside district

Brandon Twp.- The school district will not be sending a bus to pick up students in Pontiac, nor in any other area outside of this district. While students who reside in other districts are welcome to attend Brandon as schools of choice students, the school board unanimously agreed during a special Aug....more >>


Ortonville Community Historical Society to host: Early Life of Old Mill

Ike Hamilton, son of past mill owners, to discuss working at operational mill in the 1940s

Ike Hamilton recalls his father Jack, along with a co-worker, falling through the floor in the Old Mill. "The floor gave way and day along with a man named Armstrong were loading sacks of corn and the floor gave way," recalls Ike....more >>
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Ready to roll

Independence key player in regional emergency plan

If a tornado, natural gas explosion, ice storm, or even a terrorist attack tears into Independence Township, Fire Chief Steve Ronk knows who to call. A leader in Michigan Fire Service Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS), he can summon firefighters from several counties and tap into a warehouse filled with truckloads of special tools, emergency supplies and gear for responders packed always ready in "go-bags," and a command center always online and up and running....more >>

New cameras, upgrades for public access

As it prepares to move to Clarkston High School, the local public access channel bought six new cameras for $13,000 at overstockdigital.com. "We wanted to get some less technical cameras for students and the public to use....more >>

DTE traffic raises safety concerns

Independence Township will keep a closer watch on events at DTE Energy Theater to avoid what township officials called, "a perfect storm" of events leading to traffic chaos and a seriously injured motorcyclist....more >>

Free emergency info at News office

The Clarkston News has free emergency preparation material such as flyers, booklets and information at 5. South Main Street in downtown Clarkston. Anyone is welcome to come in the office and grab information while supplies last....more >>

Township aces financial audit

Independence Township is healthy financially, according to a financial audit. Representatives from auditing firm UHY presented their findings to Independence Township Board of Trustees for 2012 at the Aug....more >>
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Sparkling clean

Custodians and bus drivers throughout Clarkston Community Schools have been working hard. During the summer while the hallways and classrooms were empty, they were cleaning the buildings from top to bottom....more >>
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Donations needed for overseas troops

American troops are still serving overseas, and Crystal Cockerham of Clarkston is working to make sure they're taken care of. "Anything we can do to help is great," said Cockerham, who is collecting supplies for troops in Afghanistan....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Blooming Beautifully

The Clarkston News adopted this garden in Depot Park. Staff writer Andrea Beaudoin and volunteers planted lots of flowers in their gardens to beautify the spaces. Clarkston City Manager Carol Eberhardt created the Adopt-a-Garden program, and local artist Danielle Daigle created stones for each garden....more >>
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Fighting against cancer

The Wolves traded their traditional blue and gold for pink and blue for their Fifth Annual Football for a Cure last Saturday. For the event, they raised money for the McLaren Breast Center and McLaren Cancer Institute - both in Clarkston....more >>
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Starting school year in style

Volunteers with Clarkston Free Methodist Church and the community partnered with Renaissance High School, Monday, to help kids kick off the new school year. "It's something families need," said Terry Porritt, para-educator at Renaissance High School and member of the church....more >>
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Class of '53

Clarkston High School Class of 1953 gathered for their 60th reunion, June 22, at Red Knapps Restaurant in Independence Township. Standing from left are Walter Jones, Ric Huttenlocher, Dan Curry, Tom Bullen, Bruce Jarvis, Bob Booth, Melvin Farrar, Claude Trim, Chuck Robertson, and Ann Cunningham-Barrows....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

School strategic plan A new Clarkston Community Schools Strategic Plan will be up for discussion at the Aug. 26 school board meeting. The plan focuses on student performance and program evaluation, finance and personnel, and infrastructure, which includes wireless technology upgrades....more >>

Floats needed for Labor Day parade

Clarkston Rotary Club, sponsors of the Clarkston Labor Day Parade on Sept. 2, is seeking parade participants. The traditional end-of-summer parade is seeking floats, classic cars, community service organizations, musical groups, businesses, and equestrian riders....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "High winds result in Main Street banner bad" Clarkston Community Education's hopes for some highly visible publicity were literally blown out of the air twice....more >>
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