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Wagon Wheel rocked then knocked

On Sunday great winds and the weight of ceaseless, wet snowfall caused the west side of the Wagon Wheel to collapse. Tuesday a demolition company pushed in the rest of the walls. Police Chief Jerry Narsh said the building was unsalvageable, and a safety hazard....more >>
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Buried!

Snowstorm blankets area, closes schools, causes power outages

Old Man Winter is on a rampage and he shows no signs of relenting. He ended 2013 with a destructive ice storm just before Christmas. Now, he's kicked off 2014 with a brutal blizzard....more >>

Township to host fireworks Fourth of July

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Fourth of July fireworks, held for years in Lake Orion, will be launched on the other side of the lake in 2014, from Orion Township. In past years the fireworks were blasted from barges on the east side of the Bellevue bridge, closer to Green's Park....more >>

Library to get self-check stations, new lobby area

Director says $212K project will increase efficiency, user-friendliness for patrons

Soon the Oxford Public Library will have something in common with grocery stores self-checkout. Three self-check stations will be added in a few months to give patrons the ability to check out materials without having to rely on a staff member to do it for them....more >>

In 2014 tighter grip on seasonal businesses

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Open-air businesses in Orion Township will be contending with more restrictions in 2014. Previously, the zoning ordinance grouped together temporary use permit requirements for both open-air and outdoor display and sales businesses....more >>

New bldg. fees in effect

It's a new year and Oxford Township has a new schedule of building fees. As of Jan. 1, it will cost significantly more to undertake any residential or commercial construction. Back in June 2013, the township board voted to increase the building department's fee schedule in order to make it self-sustaining and end the practice of subsidizing the department with tax money from the general fund....more >>

Competitive cheer success at invitationals

On January 4, 2014, Lake Orion Varsity Competitive Cheer Team traveled to Grandville, MI. for the Grandville Invitational. The Dragons took 1st place after competing against eight Division 1 schools....more >>
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OHS grad part of Spartans' Rose Bowl win

When Michigan State University won the Rose Bowl in 1988, Neil Maskill wasn't even alive. The 2010 Oxford High School graduate is representative of an entire generation that never saw the Spartans travel to Pasadena, let alone return victorious....more >>

Lake Orion: A Year in Review (summer-winter)

By Dan Shriner Review Editor The second half of 2013 was a joy to be in Lake Orion. Beautiful weather and some wonderful events such as the annual fireworks show and Dragon on the Lake brought tens of thousands of residents and others out for some great times on the water and in the communities....more >>

Addison residents are going to get gas

Addison Township officials received word from Consumers Energy Dec. 27 that natural gas will be coming to their residents. "It's just another step in improving the life of the residents of Addison Township," said Supervisor Bruce Pearson....more >>

The Year in Review 2013: Part II

July 3 More than 250 folks attended the Hollywood-style sneak preview of Disney's new Lone Ranger movie at the Oxford 7 Theater. Many dressed up as either the iconic masked lawman or Tonto, his Indian partner....more >>
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Snow, cold slams area

The third largest snowfall in recorded history for Flint and frigid temperatures not seen in 20 years wreaked havoc in the area, closing schools, freezing pipes, causing car accidents, and working furnaces and plow drivers overtime, but not necessarily employees who couldn't get out of their driveways....more >>

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Flu, illnesses on rise locally

H1N1 spreading fastest among 20-50 age range

The holiday gatherings are over and some celebrants may have received some very unwanted gifts. Local hospitals have reported to the Oakland County Health Division an increase in patients with H1N1 flu, as well as norovirus, a gastrointestinal illness....more >>

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Unplanned Christmas

Sara Taylor was anticipating Christmas 2013 as the first one in her new Atlas Township home, as well as the first one for her baby. However, things for the Taylor family, like hundreds of other area families, didn't go quite according to plan....more >>

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Roses for Elsworth

Kyler Elsworth's mantra is simple—"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." It was some of that iconic work ethic that propelled Middle Linebacker Elsworth to center stage on New Year's Day when he stuffed Stanford fullback Ryan Hewitt on a fourth-and-short and sealed a Rose Bowl victory for Michigan State (13-1) 24-20 over Stanford (11-3) with more than 95,000 in attendance at the Rose Bowl, in Pasadena, Calif....more >>

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Local finds many challenges in first Michigan wolf hunt

Deep snow and a conflict with deer hunting season may be two factors that kept Michigan's first wolf hunt in more than five decades to about half the anticipated harvest. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, as of Dec....more >>

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Becoming a Non-Critical Parent

"Becoming a Non-Critical Parent," 7-8:30 p.m., Jan. 13, Brandon Township Library 304 South St. Ortonville

Brandon Twp.- As upsetting as it may be when children are fighting at the table and the milk gets spilled, the old adage, "Don't cry over spilled milk," really does apply. Judith Cox will explain why the response of parents to children's actions makes a difference in their behavior in the seminar "Becoming a Non-Critical Parent," planned for 7-8:30 p....more >>

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Sheriff contract expires— talks ongoing

Atlas Twp.-Tuesday was the last day of 2013 as well as the last day of a two-year contract with the Genesee County Sheriff Department. On Dec. 16 the board of trustees went into closed session for deliberation regarding the contract....more >>

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Too many signs?

Overabundance of political signs at polling places sparks debate

Atlas Twp.- One candidate. One sign. The township planning commission voted 7-0 last month to propose a revision of the sign ordinance that takes aim at limiting the number, size and location of temporary political signs at polling facilities within the township....more >>

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Ortonville Relay for Life volunteers needed

Looking for an opportunity to volunteer in the new year? You don't have to look far. The seventh annual Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville is planned for June 14-15 and Mary Woods, chairperson, needs volunteers to help make the event a success....more >>

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Goodrich School Board seat open

Goodrich- Ryan Starski submitted a letter of resignation as district school board trustee effective Jan. 2. School Board President David Cramer said area residents interested in the position should apply....more >>

Bromley's Beat

Bromley's Beat The world stopped last weekend. Well, OK, so maybe it wasn't the whole world. Maybe it was just part of the world. Maybe it was just a very small corner of the world like southeast Michigan, and maybe it didn't really stop so much as it just slowed down....more >>
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Slammed by snow

Heavy snowfall and record breaking low temperatures caused hazardous commutes and school cancellations Monday and Tuesday, after a winter snowstorm dumped over 15 inches in Clarkston and surrounding communities....more >>

Communication, finances big township goals for 2014

The year 2014 is off to a cold start, but residents can expect a warm welcome at Independence Township Hall, said Supervisor Pat Kittle. Kittle said he wants residents to know his door is always open and he would also like to hold more meetings with homeowners association presidents....more >>

Writing tells the story, expert says

Handwriting says a lot about you, according to graphology guru Dave Littmann. Graphology, the study of handwriting, is a practice that goes back to the times of great philosopher Aristotle, and is actually very popular today in European counties....more >>
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Black belt before 10

Ryan Berry of Davisburg finished the year 2013 by achieving a long-time goal, earning his Black Belt in karate after four years of work. "I'm very proud of him," said Hayme Serrato, his teacher and Seventh Degree Black Belt....more >>
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Shooting Stars

A poem for his birthday

Charles Galbraith celebrated his 93rd birthday on Jan. 2. To celebrate, Galbraith, who was born in 1921, visited the Clarkston Village Bake Shop with friend Frank Liimatta to have coffee, which he does everyday....more >>

Wolves reflect on football state championship

This week The Clarkston News continues with part two as the Wolves' reflect on their big year as they finished as MHSAA Division 1 Football State Championships for the first time in history....more >>
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Snowy Saturday on the hills

Before Old Man Winter added another layer of snow to the ground last weekend, Clarkston area residents put on their warm gear and grabbed their sleds on Saturday. One of the popular spots was the hill at Clarkston High School next to the baseball and softball fields where many were smiling and enjoying the fresh air....more >>
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Specialist eye care keeps shooters on target

Bill Olds, a member of Oakland County Sportsmen's Club in Independence Township, has enjoyed archery and shooting all his life, but nowadays has more difficulty focusing on the sights....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Mark new year with renewed faith

I listened to a conversation on the radio the other day where a woman was talking about a new friend of hers, "I knew she was enlightened when I saw her drinking coconut water and holding a yoga mat....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Online banking for township bills Independence Township Treasurer Paul Brown said residents can now use online banking to pay township bills. Brown said he recently set up the ability for the township to receive payments electronically to use when residents use their banks online bill pay system....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Clark gas held-up" An Independence Township gas station, whose clerk was trying to close the doors early for New Year's Eve, was robbed of $325 in cash by a man wielding an unknown black firearm....more >>
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in history
1526: Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon and colonists leave Santo Domingo for Florida.
1529: Francisco Pizarro receives a royal warrant to discover and conquer Peru.
1758: British forces capture France's Fortress of Louisbourg after a seven-week siege.
1759: The French relinquish Fort Ticonderoga in New York to the British under General Jeffrey Amherst.
1775: The Continental Congress establishes a postal system for the colonies with Benjamin Franklin as the first postmaster general.