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Cheerleading coach charged with embezzlement

By Dan Shriner Review Editor Lake Orion cheerleading Coach Nancy De Avila has been charged with embezzlement for allegedly using funds from a charitable organization at Lake Orion Schools for personal use....more >>
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Road fix turned down for fed. funds – again

It looks like the Oxford Village Department of Public Works will have to continue laying plenty of cold patch along the portion of W. Burdick St. known as cemetery hill because there won't be any federal aid to help fix it....more >>

Non-union 'at will' employees contracted out of schools

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer The Lake Orion Community School District has opted to contract LO Learning Support Staff (LSS) and other non-instructional positions through a third party agency....more >>

State ID now required to enter schools

In an ongoing effort to ensure Oxford schools are as safe as possible, parents, volunteers and all visitors will be required to offer up their state-issued identification in the front office and have it scanned for an electronic background check using the SchoolGate Guardian System....more >>

LOCS ranks above average in state study

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer In a recent study ranking expected achievement conducted by Bridge Magazine and Public Sector Consultants, Lake Orion School District was ranked 81 out of 540 districts in the state of Michigan....more >>

Enbridge project info at next twp. board meeting

Before Enbridge, Inc. begins construction this year on a new crude oil pipeline to replace an existing one running through Oxford and Addison townships, the Canadian energy company wishes to meet with residents to give them an idea of what's going to happen and answer any questions they might have....more >>

GFWC Lake Orion 100-year a big success

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Women, along with their supporting men, came from far and wide to attend the General Federation of Women's Club Lake Orion's 100 year celebration of service to the community on February 15 at the Orion Township Public Library....more >>
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Pharmacy drive-through OKed, but Meijer must improve landscaping

Plans for a pharmacy drive-through at the Oxford Meijer were approved 5-2 by the township planning commission last week. But commissioners made it clear that before Meijer can put this addition into use, the store will be required to improve its overall appearance in terms of landscaping, the current state of which was described as poor....more >>

Trustee Miller resigns from school board

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Melissa Miller, who served as a trustee for the Lake Orion Community School District, has resigned and has begun a new job this week. Therefore, the Board of Education is accepting applications from qualified residents for a partial year board appointment as a trustee....more >>
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Puritan Magnetics offers $300K for village site

Village sets April 8 hearing for proposed industrial tax exemption district

Potential buyers for a piece of Oxford Village-owned property are multiplying. Last week, Puritan Magnetics, Inc. submitted a letter of intent for the purchase of 98 S. Glaspie St....more >>

Downtown developments proposed by LO graduate

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Scott Reynolds is planning the redevelopment of downtown Lake Orion. It's for a class, not for real, but it still caught the attention of several community members who listened to his presentation on February 11, at the Downtown Developmental Authority meeting....more >>

Chamber director gets the ax, tells her side

It's one of an employee's worst fears – being fired upon returning from vacation. For Holly Bills, that fear became a reality when she was terminated Monday as the executive director of the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce....more >>

Golden Opportunities for Active Living

On any given weekday at Orion Center, you will find at least a dozen activities to enjoy. This is your golden opportunity to experience active living with area seniors who are enjoying every day life in our community....more >>

Parks/rec. surveys folks about community center

How do Oxford residents feel about the possibility of funding and building a community center? The Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department wants to know. That's why residents are being encouraged to visit the department's website www....more >>

NOTA and Lake Orion Schools agree to share

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer What once held the fleet of 65 Lake Orion Community School buses will now be the new home for NOTA's 18 vehicles. The North Oakland Transportation Authority is partnering with Lake Orion School's with a three-year lease of the school's old transportation building located behind Blanche Sims Elementary....more >>

Twp. hires architect for hall addition

Oxford Township has got itself a new architect. Last week, the board voted 5-2 to hire the Lake Orion-based Stephen Auger & Associates Architects to provide the architectural services for the proposed 8,375-square-foot addition to the township hall located at 300 Dunlap Rd....more >>

LOHS students reach out to 8th grade

By Ana Cordera Review Special Writer Recently, the Lake Orion High School group, Students Offering Support, expanded its program to the middle schools. SOS is a club that raises awareness of teen crises and combats the stigmas surrounding mental health issues....more >>

Full-time twp. officials get pay raise

Oxford Township's three full-time elected officials received pay bumps last week because a study showed their salaries were lower than their counterparts in comparable communities....more >>

AP art students receive Scholastic Art Awards

By Leslie Batoha Review Special Writer Lake Orion students once again proved they are the best of the best. This time they did it with their creativity. Of the 90 winners that were picked from cities in Michigan, nine students from Lake Orion high school's AP art program were selected as "gold key" winners in a Scholastic Art competition, and many more were selected as runner-ups....more >>

Briefs

Sheriff to address Rotary Club Oakland County's top cop, Sheriff Mike Bouchard, will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Oxford's Tuesday, Feb. 25 meeting. The public is invited to attend....more >>

LO grad on a road to success

Talk with a transportation engineer and they'll likely tell you the exact road, highway or interchange that inspired them down their career path. For Patrick Andridge, a master's student in Wayne State University's College of Engineering, it's the I75/696 interchange in Royal Oak....more >>
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Fire destroys barn on N. Coats Rd., causes estimated $260K in damage

A smoldering pile of debris and hay was all that remained following a fire Monday afternoon that claimed a 2,400-square-foot barn at 887 N. Coats Rd., between Seymour Lake and Granger roads, in Oxford Township....more >>

Free fishing weekend

February 15 and 16 marked the first free fishing weekend of 2014 by the Michigan DNR where fishermen and women could throw lines without a license. The next weekend is June 7 and 8....more >>

LO grad on a road to success

Talk with a transportation engineer and they'll likely tell you the exact road, highway or interchange that inspired them down their career path. For Patrick Andridge, a master's student in Wayne State University's College of Engineering, it's the I75/696 interchange in Royal Oak....more >>

Twp. OKs dispatch termination agreement with village, designates county to receive 9-1-1 calls

Oxford Township officials took a few more steps last week in the process of switching dispatch services for fire and emergency medical calls from the Oxford Village Police to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office....more >>

Lake Orion's road warriors win three away from home

Lake Orion girls' varsity basketball team were road warriors last week, going on the road and winning all three games. The lady Dragons started the week at Royal Oak where they pulled out a gutsy win over the Ravens 37-34....more >>

Petitions for all five council seats available

Folks interested in running for a seat on the Oxford Village Council can pick up a nominating petition and affidavit at either the village office (22. W. Burdick St.) or township hall (300 Dunlap Rd....more >>

Competitive cheer team wins district championship

Lake Orion won its second straight Division 1 Competitive Cheer District Title on Saturday at Lake Orion High School. The Dragons finished with a three-round total of 769.76, more than 30 points over second-place Clarkston(738....more >>

Applicants sought for youth govt., police programs

Oxford High School juniors interested in learning more about the inner workings of government or pursuing a career in law enforcement can pick up applications in the counseling office for summer programs....more >>
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All hail the King and Queen of Hearts!

Jerry and Jackie Bambousek took a break last week from being the king and queen of snow to become the monarchs of hearts. Married 58 years, the Oxford couple, wearing their crowns, celebrated Valentine's Day together by attending a holiday party at Independence Village of Waterstone....more >>

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Relay for Life 2014 kick-off

Brandon Twp.- Time to get pumped up. The kick-off meeting for the seventh annual Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville will be at 6 p.m., Feb. 27, at the library, 304 South St. "This is where we get everyone enthused, talk about what relay is, how they can participate, what the American Cancer Society does, and get everyone geared up for the event, which is June 14," said Mary Woods, chairperson....more >>

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Brady appointed to school board

Brandon Twp.- The school board elected to go with experience Wednesday night. By a unanimous vote at a special meeting Feb. 12, the board appointed Debbie Brady to a trustee seat. The newest member of the school board replaces Le Anne Schmidt, who stepped down last month....more >>
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The Beatles: 'In My Life'

Sheila Newton glances over the aging album covers. The vinyl records inside the cardboard sheaths are etched with music that defined her generation, youth, and a closeness known to only a few....more >>

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Brandon superintendent search narrows to four

Public interviews for candidates Feb. 18 & 21

Brandon Twp.- The board of education has selected four candidates to interview for the position of district superintendent. After reviewing 40 candidate applications, roughly twice the average number, the board unanimously voted to interview Dr....more >>

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'Annie Get Your Gun' at BHS

7 p.m.,Feb. 21-22, BHS Performing Arts Center

Brandon Twp.- Morgan Barton almost didn't audition for the latest Brandon High School musical, "Annie Get Your Gun." The 16-year-old sophomore who is in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Academy had a lot on her plate....more >>

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Benefactor gone, but 'Sharin' O' the Green' lives on for OCEF

Brandon Twp.- Five years ago, a local man stepped forward to help those in need in the community by offering to match donations to OCEF. The matching donation drive was dubbed "Sharin' O' the Green," as it was timed to coincide with St....more >>

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Under the ice

Last month, as many area residents stayed inside for warmth or bundled up when they ventured outside in temperatures that dipped below zero, twelve brave souls plunged into a local icy lake....more >>

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Martians ready

It's 6:30 p.m. and Patrick Major looks rather relaxed. And he should. The two Goodrich FIRST Robotics Team 494 and Team 70 robots were completed and ready to go. "We have had the best build season ever in 2014, finishing early with a great group of students and mentors," said Major, team head coach....more >>

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World Ice Fishing Championship recorded by local

When the bait hits the water in the eleventh annual World Ice Fishing Championship on Feb. 18-24 in the Minsk region in the country of Belarus— a local will be recording and producing the action....more >>

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A few days in Antarctica

Hadley Twp.- Regardless of the frigid temperatures this winter, it's rather balmy compared to where William Schiffel spent a few days in December 1968. The National Science Foundation gathered six reporters, which included Schiffel, then a staff writer for The Grand Rapids Press, for a briefing on the U....more >>

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Ball Street Bridge project moves forward

Ortonville- Construction is a sign of spring and village residents traveling in the Ball Street Bridge area may get a glimpse of work being done this week. Trojan Development Company of Oxford will begin cutting trees as they prepare to build a new bridge....more >>

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Blackhawks Flint Metro League Champions

Brandon Twp.- The Brandon Blackhawks wrestlers finished their first season with Coach Erik Donders with a 3-26 record. Seven years later, the team and Donders have turned it around, recently completing their season with a 32-4 record, finishing as Flint Metro League Team Champions for the first time in school history, and as Michigan High School Athletic Association team district champions for the first time in 20 years....more >>

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Brandon District goes back in-house for tech

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Two years after outsourcing technology services, the school board is looking inward again. The board voted 6-0 at their Feb. 17 meeting to terminate their contract with VARtek Services....more >>

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Beetles come to America—65 years

The four cylinder engine produced 25 horsepower. Top speed, about 60 mph. There was no gas gauge. While many engineering upgrades have been implemented, 65 years after the first Volkswagen rolled on the shores of the United States—the unique Beetle remains prominent today on American highways....more >>

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Toddler found outside in freezing temps

Brandon Twp.- Locked doors help keep criminals out and they also help keep children in. An unsecured door ultimately led to a 2-year-old child being found alone outside in the snow recently amidst temperatures that were in the single digits....more >>

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Withholding program protects neighbors after fire

Brandon Twp.- A proposed program in which the township would have the ability to hold on to up to $8,200 of insurance money in the event a home in the township burns, is meant to protect neighbors....more >>

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Dam repairs top $50,000

Goodrich-On Monday night the village council OK'd a pair of proposals to help rectify the leaky century-old village dam. By a vote of 5-0 the village council moved forward with a proposal from Midland-based Gerace Construction for $43,925 to begin in early spring to determine the cause and repair the leaching village dam....more >>
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City manager breaks contact with News

City of the Village of Clarkston Manager Carol Eberhardt says she is done with The Clarkston News. Eberhardt's email, in part, states: "...I have stopped reading the paper...Several people called, as well as stopped in the office voicing concern about his (Cory Johnston's) mental state after his last letter....more >>

School savings on edge, board says

As school administration prepares next year's budget, the plan is to fund $9.5 million in critical-needs spending while maintaining a five-percent fund balance. "It's looking positive right now for Clarkston," said Mary Beth Rogers, Executive Director of Business Services at the Feb....more >>

$35,000 for water main fix

A leaky 12-inch water main on White Lake Road near Andersonville Road will cost Independence Township more than $35,000. First reported on Jan. 8, the Independence Township Department of Public Works had to call a contractor to repair the leaking main because it required larger equipment than the department had....more >>

Clarkston ranks in top third

Clarkston Schools ranked 162 out of 540 districts in the state in Bridge Magazine's Achievement Exceeding Predicted Proficiency study. Bridge Magazine and Public Sector Consultants used test scores and socioeconomic status to determine school performance, with 2011-2013 state standardized tests including fourth and eighth-grade Michigan Educational Assessment Program tests, eleventh-grade Michigan Merit Examination, and ACT (American College Testing) scores for both public and charter schools....more >>

Sewer rates double for mobile homes

Independence Township Board of Trustees approved almost doubling sewer rates for local mobile homes residents. The Clintonvilla Mobile Home Park rate increase will be applied to 180 units of both single and double wide homes....more >>
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Winter tough on wildlife too

If you think winter has been rough for you, just imagine living like an animal outside. With deep snow and extreme temperatures, the well-below-zero winter has buried grass and other food sources in heavy drifts of snow....more >>
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Shoe collection for SADD memorial

Students Against Destructive Decisions is collecting shoes for donation to people in need in the community. First, though, the footwear is needed for another purpose. They will represent the 259 men, women, and children lost due to drunk driving accidents in Michigan in 2012 at SADD's Walk to Remember Memorial Walk, Thursday, Feb....more >>
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Kick off for jump rope time

Pine Knob Elementary kicked off their annual Jump Rope for Heart exercise and service learning program with an assembly led by the school's fourth graders, Feb. 7. The students presented a play illustrating the hazards of junk food and the benefits of healthy eating and exercise....more >>
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Parties for Valentine's

Clarkston Elementary students celebrated Valentine's Day last Friday with treats, games and crafts. The fifth graders added something differently to the festivities by celebrating the unsung heroes from throughout the district including teachers and staff members....more >>
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Scout visit

Bear Den Cub Scouts, front row from left, Jack Mayhew, Frankie Fabrizio, Logan Strong, Aiden Scott, and Collin Schroeder, and in back from left, Ryan Snudden, Reece Stachowiak, Sam Modrzynski, and Parker Sterling, visit the Clarkston News office on Main Street....more >>
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Wonders of flight

Audiences filled Clarkston High School Performing Arts Center last week for the Drama Club's latest production of "Peter Pan....more >>

News in Brief

Wolves state win on ITV Miss the Wolves' state-championship game last December? It's on ITV, local public access television, but only for this week. "Dr. Rod Rock (Clarkston schools superintendent) and I approached Fox Sports and the MHSAA and asked if we could air the game for a week," said Pat Kittle, Independence Township supervisor....more >>

Master plan update

Dixie Highway and Sashabaw Road, Independence Township's main corridors, have been the main focus of work while reviewing the township's Master Plan, said township Trustee, Ron Richie, who also serves on the Planning Commission....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "City Council resists senior living project" Clarkston City Council members and the overflowing crowd at city hall were not receptive to a 35,000 square-foot elderly assisted-living facility at the corner of Waldon and Main Street....more >>
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