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Dallas Cowboy comes back to rock home turf

Jeff Heath, a 2009 Lake Orion graduate, is living an improbable but glorious dream. His family and friends are lovin' it, too, enjoying every moment of the ride along with him. Heath came home on Sunday as a rookie starting safety on the Dallas Cowboys in a game against the Detroit Lions....more >>
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Fund-raiser set for kids of OHS grad killed in crash

"Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat." It's not just some motto or slogan. It's a sincere promise that Oxford always takes care of its own. How fitting that it's also the name of a Wednesday, Nov....more >>


Concept plan to calm M-24 traffic makes its debut

A concept plan to calm traffic along M-24 through Oxford Village, making it safer for pedestrians and motorists, was presented at both the village council and Downtown Development Authority (DDA) meetings last week....more >>

Exchange students love Dragon vacation

The English as a Second Language department for the Lake Orion Schools district tested 73 new students with 23 different languages this year for English skills. Apart from noting the extensive differences in American "fatty" cuisine, and the lack of public transportation, eight students in the foreign exchange program at Lake Orion High School all agreed on two things: the school organization is very different and the people are much nicer....more >>
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Scarecrow Best-ival!

Rain, wind and chilly temperatures didn't stop folks and families from heading to downtown Oxford Saturday to enjoy all the entertainment and activities the annual Scarecrow Festival had to offer....more >>

Math night at Kroger focuses on Common Core curriculum

Some tiny Kroger shoppers last week could barely see over their carts, but could tell their parents the fraction of registers open to pay for their pop-tarts. One-hundred shoppers came from Pine Tree Elementary and even some schools in Oxford to the first ever math night at the Kroger on M-24 and Indianwood, introducing students from kindergarten through fifth grade to a different approach to the math curriculum demanded by the Common Core standards adopted three years ago....more >>


Improvements in M-24 concept plan

+ Install center left-turn lanes at East St. so southbound M-24 traffic can turn onto East St. and northbound M-24 traffic can access downtown's northwest quadrant. + Install a crosswalk along the south side of where East St....more >>

Hundredth Halloween leaves "Kat" surprised not spooked

While costume wearers flock the streets on Halloween, Kathleen Elliott is busy turning 100. "I never thought of old age, I really never did because I was always on the go. Now I'm surprised I'm 100 years old....more >>
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A lesson in local business -- and toys!

Three classes of second-graders from Clear Lake Elementary descended on downtown Oxford Friday to learn about local businesses and spend a few dollars to support them. Approximately 75 students spent the day visiting Funky Monkey Toys, Merge Studio & Gallery, Johnston Photography, Beadifferent Boutique, Soothe Your Soul and The Max, a new fitness center....more >>

Lady Linksters are 10th in state

By Riley Holder Review Special Writer The Lake Orion girls' golf team earned a 10th place finish in the state championships recently, prompting hopes for an even-better season next year....more >>
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DA student published in Highlights

Politicians dream of being profiled in Time magazine. Actors dream of being mentioned in People magazine. Athletes dream of being featured in Sports Illustrated. But the highlight of an elementary-age kid's life is to make it into the hallowed pages of Highlights for Children magazine, thus assuring your name will be read in classrooms, school libraries and pediatricians' waiting rooms across the nation....more >>

Dragons burn Knights in season finale; playoffs next

By Joe St. Henry Special to The Review Lake Orion's defense rediscovered how to tackle and made big plays in the second half of its OAA crossover game against Oak Park last Friday to spark the Dragons to a comeback win, 19-14....more >>

School News

'Marriage' to give birth to housing for intl. students

Oxford Community Schools is one step closer to being able to house international students after signing on the dotted line to a new international partnership with the Weiming Education Group out of Hong Kong, China....more >>


Two ways to help stock FISH's pantry

Folks looking for a way to help feed local people in need will have a couple of opportunities to do so. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Rochester Hills Skating & Sports Arena is offering free admission from 11:30 a....more >>
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Fun-filled Flavor Fest

The Friends of the Addison Township Public Library held its annual Flavor Fest on Oct. 24 at Addison Oaks. About 110 people attended the event, which netted approximately $3,000, all of which will be used to benefit the library and its patrons....more >>
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Health is true wealth

Training & Treatment Innovations (1450 S. Lapeer Rd.) hosted a Wellness Fair on Friday at the Oxford Mills shopping center. Attendees learned ways to reduce their stress and the health benefits of eating right and staying physically active....more >>


Council rejects rental ordinance

A proposed ordinance to require the registration and regulate the inspections of residential rental units within Oxford Village was rejected in a 4-0 vote by council last week. The vote followed a public hearing on the subject during which council got an earful from property owners and citizens vehemently opposed to such an ordinance....more >>


Brandon Superintendent Lorrie McMahon resigns

School leader says, 'I knew it was time'; will stay until end of contract on June 30

Brandon Twp.- Lorrie McMahon will be stepping down as the superintendent of the Brandon School District at the end of this school year. The school board accepted McMahon's resignation at their Oct....more >>


County millages on ballot

Atlas Twp.- Township residents will be heading to the polls on Tuesday to decide on two millage proposals. A proposed 0.04-mill property tax for the MSU Extension-Genesee County would cost taxpayers with a $100,000 home about $2 per year and support Agriculture 4-H, master gardener, and nutrition programs....more >>


Local a zombie on 'Walking Dead'

Joe Constable has an extra special role in a popular cable tv show airing Sunday, but it's doubtful anyone will recognize him. The 1996 Brandon High School graduate is one of the primary zombies on "The Walking Dead," scheduled to air at 9 p....more >>


Girls on the Run: Healthy, happy, confident

Brandon Twp.- Kelly Thwing places a tube of toothpaste in the center of a circle of girls seated on the floor of a classroom at Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School on Monday after school and invites one of them to attempt to put a dab of toothpaste squeezed out of the tube back in....more >>


Board eyes funding formula for subdivision roads

Atlas Twp.- The board of trustees voted 4-0 on Monday night to allocate $2,500 for a share of the $4,250 in costs for a crack seal project on the roads in the Atlas Lake Estates. Treasurer Ann Marie Moore was absent....more >>


TimPaNo Toys opens township store

Groveland Twp.-Tim Resst will be the first to admit—he's just a big kid at heart. "That's why a toy store is just the right fit," said Tim, a Lincoln Park native and Brandon Township resident for the past 12 years....more >>
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Simply a miracle

"Bucks for Jeremy," benefit 5 p.m.-midnight, Nov. 9, Bullfrogs, 2225 S. Ortonville Road.

What does it take to survive a 40-foot fall from a tree stand? Factors may include youth, good basic health, a strong will to live, family support, and luck. Whatever the answer, Jeremy Shellnut had what it takes, and then some....more >>


DAR: Finding your patriot

Genealogy class seeking revolutionary ancestors

Atlas Twp.- Patriots William Rich and his father, Jonathan, fought in the 1775 Battle of Lexington before fighting in skirmishes in New York and Massachusetts. They are buried near a small settlement in New York bearing their namesake— Rich's Corner....more >>
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Big bucks for burrito

Votes needed for Sadie's Southwest Breakfast Burrito

Goodrich-An 8-year-old Oaktree Elementary third grade student is cooking up a burrito that could be worth cash. In the early morning hours of Oct.17— Sadie Wisner, along with her mother Dawn, about 70 classmates, and school officials gathered at the Oaktree gymnasium for a demonstration of what will hopefully be the right ingredients to win $30,000 for the school plus $15,000 for her family....more >>


Brandon Clothing Closet

Brandon Twp.- This community has a pantry to feed the hungry and a seasonal toy store stocked with donated gifts for children at Christmas. Now there is a closet to provide clothes for those in need, too....more >>


Group ready to blaze township bike/walking path

Atlas Twp.- For almost a decade Bruce DeGrouchy has been an avid bicyclist. And has the injuries to prove it. "I've been hit three times by vehicles locally," said DeGrouchy, a township resident since 1988....more >>


Getting to know your well and septic systems

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Get the scoop on how to maintain your water well and septic system on Monday night during a program at the library. The Oakland County Health Division will present "Maintaining your private well and septic system," at 7 p....more >>


Halloween in the Village

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Ortonville- Every Halloween, hundreds of trick-or-treaters descend on the village seeking candy. This year, the holiday will be extra special, with events, thrills, and amenties added for not only young goblins, but also for teens and parents....more >>


School scores new board from area auto dealership

Goodrich-By a 7-0 vote on Monday night the school board voted to accepted a donation of $15,746 from Randy Wise Ford of Ortonville for the purchase of a scoreboard at the Roy U. Stacey Athletic Complex....more >>


Martian icers join to form the Alliance

Four schools—one team. When the puck drops later this month on the 2013-14 high school hockey season, Goodrich High School players will be lacing up their skates with a few new teammates....more >>


Ed Albertson honored with 'Heart of a Champion'

Brandon Twp.- Ed Albertson has been recognized as having the "Heart of a Champion." A resident of the township for 28 years, Albertson received the honor Oct. 17 in Lansing at the Michigan Library Association's annual conference....more >>


Brandon:Truck Town Thunder Robotics

Brandon Twp.-In response to a world increasingly focused on science and technology, the school district is expanding learning opportunities in this area of study for younger children....more >>
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Front page

Pumpkin count

Andersonville Elementary student Natalie Adcock pulls out pumpkin seeds to count during a lesson last Thursday....more >>

Right-to-work lawsuit could include local

A lawsuit against the Michigan Education Association could include a Clarkston paraeducator. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation's lawsuit against the union's "August Window" policy employees can opt out of membership only in August says the policy is outdated and limits members' First Amendment rights to one month....more >>

Clarkston Haunts on Halloween

Rumors abound about haunted places in Clarkston, especially this time of year. For one, the spirit of Enos Church still frequents downtown Clarkston. "That guy lived at my house, and he would leave open the door and not shut it....more >>

Parents warn of epilepsy sudden death

BY ANDREA M. BEAUDOIN Clarkston News Staff Writer Katherine "Katie" Woloson was experiencing the best years of her life. Katie was young, just 27 and living in Maryland. She was fearless, generous, adventurous, motivated and determined....more >>
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Trains meant new life for orphans

Life was bittersweet for children who rode the Orphan Train. Al and Dave Eicher of Program Source International presented the story of orphan children riding the train in search of family at the Clarkston-Independence Library, Oct....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Pumpkins plant seeds of knowledge

Students busily got to work carving and taking seeds out of their pumpkins at Andersonville Elementary last Thursday. Mrs. Jordan and Mrs. Lockwood's class used everything they had learned in math, science, language arts and social studies during the lesson with the pumpkins....more >>
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Local artist selected for St. Joe's tower

When St. Joseph Mercy Oakland opens its new South Patient Tower next year, patients and staff will have some local artwork to enjoy. Local artist Marilyn Casha submitted paintings to the Pontiac hospital's A Call for Artists, for artwork to decorate the new tower with soothing, Michigan-related works from Michigan artists....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Treats for Troops Oakland County Sheriff's Office is collecting Treats for Troops, Friday, Nov. 1, and Monday, Nov. 4, until 4 p.m. at Independence Township Substation, 6560 Citation Drive....more >>

A Cappella Festival at junior high

High school a cappella groups from all over the Midwest converge on Clarkston Junior High School, Nov. 2, for the Clarkston A Cappella Festival. Groups will learn a cappella basics such as a cappella arranging, beat-boxing, and rehearsal techniques for both students and directors....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "Hepatitis A shows up in Clarkston" An unusual increase in hepatitis A cases had hit Michigan and Oakland County with a number of them showing up in Clarkston. Dr....more >>
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