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Prelim set for Orion man charged with first degree sexual assault

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer An Orion Township man, Matthew R. McBee, 35, is being held on a $500,000 bond on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. On the night of Tuesday, January 7, McBee, a live-in boyfriend of the alleged victim's mother showed the 7-year-old girl pornographic materials before assaulting her according to reports....more >>
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Local artist stages winter protest

"I hate winter!!" That about says it all for local artist Larry "Sinister" Stephens who spray-painted this angry message in big, bold green letters on a snow bank in front of his Mechanic St....more >>
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The many faces of the Wagon Wheel

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Paul Revere and the Raiders had just had their first national hit with "Stepping Out," The Who was gaining momentum, and Freddy Cannon rehearsed with local Lake Orion bands....more >>

Twp. wants 2 dispatchers or it's switching to county

By the time this newspaper hits stands, Oxford Township could be preparing to make the switch to the Oakland County Sheriff's Department as the provider of dispatch services for its fire and emergency medical calls....more >>

Snow closures: schools, mail and roads

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer A law Gov. Rick Synder signed in 2013 allowed school districts to add hours to the day, if they had to, instead of days to the school year if districts had too many snow days....more >>

Twp. adopts curfew hrs.for minors

Unless they have supervision or a valid reason, minors must be off the streets by 10 p.m. under a new curfew ordinance adopted last week by the Oxford Township Board. Curfew hours are from 10 p....more >>

Township board selects youth council to run (some of) the show

By Leslie Batoha Review Special Writer Eleven Orion Township teens will now have the chance to voice their political opinion thanks to Township Supervisor Chris Barnett's new Youth Council....more >>
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Library uses $14K donation to benefit youth

A generous gift to the Oxford Public Library is being used to enhance the educational experiences of local youth. An anonymous donation of approximately $14,000 allowed the library's youth and teen departments to purchase a variety of materials that will aid groups ranging from special needs children to college-bound teenagers....more >>

Kindergarten reading intervention program successful and back again

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Four years ago when Lake Orion kindergartners were assessed for pre-reading skills, about 55 percent met the benchmark for that skill. Three years ago 65 percent met it....more >>

RCOC spends 4 days plowing subs

"They wait forever to plow back here." That was Oxford resident Shana Smelser's assessment of the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) when it comes to clearing snow in the Brabb-Dewey subdivision, just north of Stony Lake....more >>

All inclusive at Art Center's all member show

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer All Orion Art Center members had a chance to showcase their work on January 9, whether hung on the walls or placed on the floor. The showcase was unique not only because it was an all-member, free show, but represented a variety of mediums including sculpture, acrylic, oil, pastel, and wood carving to name a few....more >>
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Recovering heroin addict wants to help others

"Death, jail and rehab are the only outcomes from drug addiction." Joshua Wells wasn't just spouting a line from some anti-drug pamphlet when he said this. He was speaking from personal experience as a recovering heroin addict....more >>

Winner selected for DDA's shop-a-thon

Twenty-one downtown businesses participated in the Shop Downtown Lake Orion contest, which ran from November 29 until December 31. The DDA received around 5,000 enteries, and one lucky winner, Angie BelAl, pictured center, was selected January 6 for a $500 gift certificate to downtown businesses....more >>

Mom's writing on parenting gains national attention

Little did Ortonville resident Jessica Watson know that when she started writing a blog called "Four Plus an Angel" six years ago after the loss of a child, that it would lead to a career for the stay-at-home mom and that her writing would be published nationally and globally....more >>

Lady Dragons roll past Rochester

The Lake Orion girls basketball team won an important matchup against Rochester last week, leading wire to wire for a 54-41 win. Nicole Crier led all scorers with 14 points to improve the Lady Dragons record to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the OAA White Division....more >>

Smithsonian exhibit coming to library

Oxford residents won't have to travel all the way to Washington D.C. to view a piece of the Smithsonian because one is coming to their community later this year. The Oxford Public Library will host a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit entitled, "The Way We Worked," from Dec....more >>
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Corner drug store celebrates 50 years

The corner drug store. It's a friendly place that conjures up Norman Rockwell-esque images of neighborhood kids sitting at the soda fountain and eating ice cream while a bespectacled pharmacist in a crisp white coat toils away amidst a sea of pills and bottles....more >>
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Road rage: RCOC responds

Clearing of subdivisions, back roads questioned

Craig Bryson is used to hearing complaints. The public information officer for the Road Commission for Oakland County got even more than usual following the Jan. 5 snowstorm that dumped from 10-16 inches across the county, causing numerous accidents and making roads treacherous and even impassable, some for days....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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Auditors terminated; fresh start for Brandon Library

Brandon Twp.- The library board has terminated their contract with the auditing firm of Pfeffer, Hanniford, and Palka. Board President Ann Schmid had no comment regarding the work done by the firm saying only, "We are doing a forensic audit and want a fresh start for the library....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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Martian coach nets 300 wins

Hoops coach Jason Gray joins MHSAA elite

Mt. Morris-On Tuesday night, just seven games into his15th season at the helm of the Lady Martians, Head Coach Jason Gray notched 300 wins and only 41 losses. The Lady Martians, currently ranked No....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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'I can have more impact here'

Brandon Twp.- Kristy McDonald worked in an office for seven years before earning her teaching degree. Now, after seven years as a teacher, she will combine her skills. "It's the best of both worlds for me," said McDonald, who has been named the director of the Brandon Alternative High School, a new position in the district....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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Wheelock & Watkins Drain report released

To view the report from Genesee County go to:http://www.gcdcswm.com/projex_files/BOD/0297/ 0297%20PER%20Dec%202013.pdf

Goodrich-A preliminary engineering report to help rectify significant flooding in the village has been submitted by the Genesee County Drian Commission. On Monday night the village council discussed the next step in the process that could impact more than 100 residents within the village....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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Frontier customers without service

Groveland Twp.- First no power for days. Then, no phone— for more than three weeks. Mary and John Cesarz, township residents and Frontier customers, lost their home phone service Dec. 22. They weren't alone, and as of Jan. 15, were still disconnected, along with up to 55 other Frontier customers in the area. ....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 >>

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Brandon Township allocates CDBG funds

Brandon Twp.- The bulk of nearly $34,000 in grant funds will be funneled to bathroom remodeling and other services at the Edna Burton Senior Center. Other beneficiaries include the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund and Brandon Groveland Youth Assistance....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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Board votes to terminate teacher employment, principal resigns

Goodrich-In a special meeting on Monday night the school board voted 5-1 to dismiss Oaktree Teacher Nicole McVey. Board President David Cramer, Vice-President Jeff Gardner, Treasurer Chip Schultz, Secretary Niki Wiederman, and Trustee Linda Jackson voted yes....more >>
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Snowy weather superb for ski slopes

More than a foot of snow caused trouble all over Clarkston, but for skiers hitting the slopes at Pine Knob Ski Resort, it was made to order. "I love it," said Jose Miguel, a teenager from Mexico City attending Everest Academy who tried snowboarding for the first time about a month ago....more >>

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Man killed in crash on icy I-75

A multi-vehicle crash on I-75 at Sashabaw Road, Monday, tied up traffic for hours, and left one man dead and others injured. Icy conditions and fast drivers contributed to the series of accidents, according to Michigan State Police, which is handling the investigation....more >>
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Weather hampers water main repair

Recent winter weather meant slow going for workers trying to fix a leaking 12-inch water main on White Lake Road near the railroad tracks. "It's tough digging out there now, so it's going slow," said Independence Township DPW Director Linda Richardson....more >>

Retro fun at Strolling Cocktail Party

A Strolling Retro Cocktail Party will once again grace the streets of downtown Clarkston all for a good cause. "People start asking about it months in advance," said Peg Roth of Clarkston Retailers Group....more >>
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New clerk learns the ropes at City Hall

City of Clarkston officials spent last week welcoming new Clerk Sandy Miller. City council voted to hire Miller during a Dec. 6 meeting. Jan Gillespie, who came to work in the city as the temporary clerk after former clerk Kelly Richter took a job in Oxford in October....more >>
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Fewer lectures in new class Culture

For Stacy and Adam Swick of Clarkston, elementary school isn't what they remembered. "It's changed so much since we were in school," said Stacy, during a tour of Pine Knob Elementary, Dec....more >>

Internet use affecting teen 'relationships'

Part 1 of a series on teen internet use. An estimated 300,000 pornographic websites are online, and with just a click of a button, not only are relationships being adversely effected, a generation of America's youth is growing up with a skewed idea of what intimate relationships truly are....more >>
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Cafe owner doing well, recovering from accident

Ann and Pete Beishaj have been serving up great food and smiles since 1993 at the Old Village Café in downtown Clarkston. But regulars may have noticed over the past several months that Pete has been missing from the café....more >>
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Early start on the slopes

With tiny skis and bunny hills, skiing can be fun for toddlers too. Kathy Garris took her 2-year-old son, West, to the Pine Knob ski slopes to show him the ropes, while his brothers, Lane and Reed, enjoyed the slopes, too....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Super Bowl prep

John Schmidt, Neiman's Family Market store director, Therese Cooper, assistant store director, and employees are busy stocking their Superbowl Tailgate display with beer, chips, and everything else you'll need for the big game....more >>
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Snow giant

From right, Clarkston High School graduates Andrea Dumais and Andy Fitzgerald, both class of 2012, Alex Fitzgerald, class of 2011, and Dani Dunn, class of 2012, can still put together a decent snowman, as they demonstrated last Friday while home from college....more >>
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Regional bound

The Clarkston High School DECA Club competed this past Saturday in the District 6 Regional competition at Lakeland High School. Out of the 18 members, 14 made it to the 2014 State Conference, held March 14-16 in downtown Detroit....more >>
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Men in tights

If you like men frolicking in tights, feisty swordfights, and high romance, check out Clarkston Village Players' production of "I Hate Hamlet," by Paul Rudnick. In this dramatic comedy, TV actor Andrew Rally finds himself in New York City with an elegant new apartment, the lead role in a Central Park production of Hamlet, and the larger-than-life ghost of the apartment's former resident, John Barrymore, as coach for his upcoming role....more >>
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Students work on spring training at Springfield Oaks

Fifty-four competitors from seven high schools in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties gathered at Springfield Oaks County Park, Dec. 12, to prepare for Skills USA competitions in the spring "This is a training exercise for competition the top three teams move on, so it can be nerve wracking," said Aaron Swett, technical skills instructor at Oakland Technical Campus Northeast....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

Shiver by the River Clarkston hosts Shiver by the River at the gazebo in Depot Park, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18. Several community groups are working together to offer activities and treats at the first annual event, including build your own dog sled, dog sled races, snowman contest, snow shoe races, ice skating, crafts, bonfire, chili, s'mores, and hot chocolate....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Chief Ormiston for city manager?" As longtime Clarkston City Manager Art Pappas was getting ready to retire, some members of the council had differing opinions about the status of the city manager search....more >>
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