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Olivia Spolyar remembered as inspirational

By Ana Cordera Review Special Writer Olivia Spolyar lived a life full of happiness and accomplishments, even at the tender age of 17. Olivia, a senior at Lake Orion High School, died on November 11 in a two-car accident in Brandon Township....more >>
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High winds knock down trees, knock out power

Severe storms with wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour blew through the area Sunday knocking down branches, trees and power lines, leaving nearly 3,000 Oxford and Addison residents without electricity....more >>

Orion Commons one step closer to development

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Developers of a new 86-acre home front at the southwest corner of Scripps and Lapeer are one step closer to approving their site. Orion Commons will be built next summer if all goes accordingly....more >>

Dress code rumors addressed

What started out as a simple assignment of studying the school's rules of conduct and dress codes for Oxford High School's Leadership Class turned into a rumor concerning "new dress code rules" that spread like wildfire among students on Friday, Nov....more >>

Students to perform Barefoot this weekend

By Maddie Stroin Review Special Writer Under new direction, the Thespian Society is bringing to the stage a fall production unlike anything done in the past couple years. This year the Lake Orion High School Drama Club will be performing Barefoot in the Park by comedian Neil Simon....more >>
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Browns take first bucks

Oxford Elementary fifth-graders Joshua and Makenzie Brown shot their first bucks during the firearm deer season. Joshua (above) got an eight-point buck on Nov. 16, while Makenzie got a four-pointer on Nov....more >>

Well known street entertainer, magician heads west

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer A Lake Orion street performer took his act to the west coast, and is traveling with little money and a big heart. Lake Orion High School graduate Anthony Grupido left on November 8....more >>
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OHS to present 'The Boys Next Door' Nov. 21-23

If you want to see a funny, but touching comedy about the daily lives of four mentally handicapped men living in a group home, while being taken care of by their social worker, then check out Oxford High School Theatre's rendition of "The Boys Next Door," showing Nov....more >>

Orion will keep safety paths clear this winter

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Winter is coming, and so is the promise of some plowed sidewalks. Jeff Stout, Orion Township operations director, Aaron Whatley, buildings and grounds crew leader, and the Safety Path Committee have been discussing keeping 7....more >>
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Lock It RV ready for business

Are you looking for a safe place to store your RV, camper or boat during the off-season? Take it over to Lock It RV, located at 3025 Mullins Ct. or call for special pricing at 248-628-6230....more >>

Orion Twp seeks to sell land for possible development

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer It is Orion Township's intention to sell an 11-acre plot of land located within the Fernhurst Drive community. First, the township had to approve the rezoning of the lot from a multi-family residential area to a single-family residential area in order to match the surrounding neighborhoods....more >>
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Local kids to perform in Rochester play

Full Impact Theater invites you to join it for its limited engagement of Moss Hart and George F. Kaufman's smash Broadway hit, The Man Who Came to Dinner. The four live performances, under the brilliant direction of Maureen Mansfield, are guaranteed to make you laugh....more >>

Fundraiser set to help family in wake of Nicole Burton's death

By C.J. Carnacchio Oxford Leader Editor Hope is a big component in most cancer-related fund-raisers. Hope for a cure. Hope for a longer life. Hope for the future. Sadly, in this case, Nicole "Colie" Burton's hope is gone as the Oxford resident passed away at home on Friday, Nov....more >>

Interested in a reverse mortgage? Know the Pros and Cons

Chances are you have come across an advertisement for a reverse mortgage and have probably wondered what this type of mortgage is all about. Geared toward seniors, reverse mortgages are growing in popularity and inspiring the curiosity of older homeowners....more >>

School board to meet ; schools of choice on agenda

The Lake Orion Board of Education will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at 7 p.m., at the district's administrative offices, at 315 N. Lapeer Street in the village of Lake Orion....more >>

Overcoming addiction with a higher purpose

Four years of sobriety for a Lake Orion man

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Eric Anglea was never scared of the drugs. He was scared of himself. The Lake Orion resident hit rock bottom on the floor of a crack house four years ago....more >>


Consumers still seeking sign-ups in Atlas, Brandon

As temperatures plummeted this week and snow flew, some residents of Atlas and Brandon townships are heating their homes with natural gas for the first time after Consumers Energy extended natural gas service in the area....more >>


Tragic end to search for happiness

Family of Jean Leppan speaks out on slain sister, mother

Tauna Shapovalov was first separated from her older sister, Jean, when they were toddlers in the 1970s. They would reconnect when they were teens, but only for about a year. About 10 years later, in their mid-20s, the relationship was rekindled, but Tauna would be robbed of her sister forever when Jean was murdered about seven years later....more >>


Memories of JFK

50 years after the assassination of JFK, locals reflect on president, memorabilia

By David Fleet Editor On Friday, as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, two local residents shared rather unique associations with the 35th president of the United States....more >>


One dead, four teens injured in Brandon Township crash

Brandon Twp.- Weather may have played a role in a car accident Monday night in the township that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old girl. Oakland County Sheriff's Office Lt. Terry Mekoski said black ice was forming on the roads at the time of the crash....more >>
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On stage at Goodrich High School: 'Taming of the Shrew'

Goodrich- "There's small choice in rotten apples." The wit of William Shakespeare will come to life next week at Goodrich High School. Written in the early 1590s, Shakespeare's comedy "Taming of the Shew," on stage next week, depicts the courtship of gentleman Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, stubborn "shrew....more >>


Engineers: 'We have a leak'

New, deeper sink hole reported near dam

Goodrich- The village dam is leaking. The seepage was realized after a village DPW worker and others reported sinkholes in the soil embankment just east of the spillway. There were at least two instances of where the soil gave way under foot....more >>


'He just wanted to serve his country'

Goodrich soldier found dead in Army barracks

Shane Michael Holton, 21, a 2011 Goodrich High School graduate, was found dead inside his barracks room Thursday, Nov. 14 at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska. As of presstime, the results of an autopsy were incomplete....more >>


$1.4M: Brandon School Board plans new bus purchases

Brandon Twp.- The school district is planning to add 15 new buses to their fleet next year. The purchases will total just over $1.4 million, to be financed with an annual debt payment of $203,757....more >>


Strong winds rip area

Brandon Twp.- Sometime between 9 p.m. Sunday and early Monday morning, more than 160 years of township history came crashing down with the collapse of Midge Stewart's barn. "It was thought to be the oldest barn in the township," said Stewart, owner of Maple Lane Kennels, 2939 Hummer Lake Road....more >>


Village Council seeks state SAW grant for drain research

Goodrich- By a 5-0 vote on Monday night, the village council moved forward with a grant application to fund a project to systemically identify all village drains. The village, with the assistance of WadeTrim engineers, is seeking part of $450 million available from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Stormwater, Asset Management, Wastewater (SAW) grant or loan....more >>


Early chill opens Mt. Holly

Groveland Twp.- Many of the fall leaves still need raking, pumpkins still adorn front porches and Thanksgiving is about two weeks away. Now add skiing to that list of autumn activities....more >>


Atlas Township to host meeting on bike/walking path

Atlas Twp.-At 6 p.m., Nov. 25, there will be an informational, exploratory meeting to discuss the possible future development of new and/or expansion of existing bike/walking paths within the township....more >>

Hometown Heroes: Local military on duty during holidays

The Citizen is recognizing our local military men and women serving our country away from home during the holiday season by publishing their names, photos, and some information on each of them....more >>


Board OKs superintendent search firm

Brandon Twp.- The school board approved at their Nov. 18 meeting the hiring of the Michigan Leadership Institute to search for a new superintendent. Earlier in the meeting, the board had heard presentations from representatives from three search firms....more >>


Kayt Hyatt:'I'm grateful to be alive'

Kayt Hyatt was paralyzed in a car accident this past summer, but she is still finding much for which to be thankful. "I've found a sense of gratitude in all this," said the 21-year-old....more >>


Charter schools: NOCA to host informational meeting

Parents interested in learning more about a proposed local charter school are encouraged to attend an informational meeting from 7-9 p.m., Nov. 20 at the Ortonville Montessori, 258 S....more >>


Antler restrictions could soon be statewide

Jason Bradley called it dumb luck. The Groveland Township resident bagged a seven point buck on Nov. 16 in Lake County near Chase, north of Big Rapids. "I was not using bait, the buck just walked up," said Bradley....more >>


Sherman Lifelong Learning Center razed, plans for property discussed

Ortonville- As it turns out, the Sherman Lifelong Learning Center didn't quite live up to its name. The former Brandon School District building, located on Sherman Court in the village, was demolished this past week....more >>


Brandon School District amends budget

Brandon Twp.- The school board approved at their Nov. 18 meeting an amendment to the 2013-14 budget that includes, for the first time in five years, an operating surplus. Jan Meek, executive director of business services, said she feels very positive about the surplus, which is expected to be about $140,000 at the end of the fiscal year in June....more >>


Brandon Twp. Library director resigns; investigation underway

Brandon Twp.- Paula Gauthier resigned as library director Nov. 14, hours before she was to attend a special meeting and explain to the library board why the library has not received state aid revenue for the past five years....more >>
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The Wolves hoist the MHSAA Regional Championship trophy after defeating Rochester last Saturday....more >>
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Winds put 4,500 in dark

Storms ripping through the area Sunday night knocked out power for about 4,500 residents in the Clarkston area. "We will be working throughout the week to fix the outages," said Scott Simons, Media Relations for DTE Energy....more >>

More input sought for semester switch

School officials are seeking more parental input on a proposed switch from trimesters to semesters. They set up an online survey and will provide responses to the Board of Education, said Deputy Superintendent Shawn Ryan....more >>

Tax law for vets

A new Michigan law passed Nov. 12, the "Dannie Lee Barnes Disabled Veteran Property Tax Relief Act," is effective immediately and provides disabled veterans a 100 percent exemption on property taxes....more >>

Dixie annexation plan moves forward

Independence Township Board voted to approve a plan to annex property along Dixie Highway, Nov. 12 The transfer of the property is through an intergovernmental agreement between Independence and Springfield townships....more >>
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Freebies, deals at Clarkston Chamber Expo

Clarkston businesses filled the Clarkston High School cafeteria during the 27th Clarkston Chamber of Commerce Annual Best of the Best Business Expo, Nov. 14. Business gave away free goodies as they welcome visitors and promoted their business, organizations and churches....more >>
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Long road to teaching for Clarkston grad

Molly Goss is only a few months into being apart of Teach for America and every day is still exciting. The Clarkston High School 2008 graduate is currently teaching Spanish I to high school students in Nashville, Tenn....more >>
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Shooting Stars

First-hand awareness

Pine Knob Elementary fourth graders participated in activities providing a first-hand experience of what it is like to have a physical or reading disability during Disability Awareness Day, Nov....more >>
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Kids come through for Army food bank

Military families in need will have a bountiful Thanksgiving thanks for Clarkston Junior High students. "The kids did really well," said Christine Rogers, history teacher and Academic Service Learning district secondary coordinator....more >>
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Eagles dance

Andersonville Elementary students stayed after school on Nov. 8 for the school's dance-a-thon. Over 60 students danced and were physically active for four hours as they learned different dances at six different stations....more >>

News in Brief

Kringle Mingle Clarkston Retailers group will host the Kringle Mingle in downtown Clarkston on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 5-8 p.m. Local businesses will welcome visitors into shops to sip, snack and shop while gathering holiday gift ideas, seasonal decorating ideas and special deals....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1998 "It's final - no water park" It was official - Springfield Township said no thanks again to the proposed water park. The request by the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority to rezone 41 acres in Indian Springs Metropark was unanimously denied by the Springfield Township board....more >>
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1877: Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer is buried at West Point in New York.Tom Custer Died Alongside Brother George.
1911: Revolution in China begins with a bomb explosion and the discovery of revolutionary headquarters in Hankow. The revolutionary movement spread rapidly through west and southern China, forcing the abdication of the last Ch'ing emperor, six-year-old Henry Pu-Yi. By October 26, the Chinese Republic will be proclaimed, and on December 4, Premier Yuan Shih-K'ai will sign a truce with rebel general Li Yuan-hung.
1911: The Panama Canal opens.
1933: At Rio de Janeiro, nations of the Western Hemisphere sign a non-aggression and conciliation treaty. President Roosevelt adopts a good neighbor policy toward Latin America and announces a policy of nonintervention in Latin American affairs at the December 7th International American Conference at Montevideo, Uruguay.
1941: Soviet troops halt the German advance on Moscow. Soviet raids over Berlin in 1941.